Repeatedly ranked one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world by Modern Bride and awarded distinctions for its world-class resorts by Brides, Saint Lucia is quickly becoming one of the leading romantic destinations in the world. The island’s diverse natural attractions such as its pristine beaches, secluded waterfalls and dramatic Piton Mountains are just some of the reasons why couples are attracted to this lush Caribbean oasis.
There are so many hotels on the island offer wedding gazebos with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. The choice of churches as well as one-of-a-kind venues such as cascading waterfalls, nature heritage sites, a tree-house set amid the lush green leaves of a tropical almond tree, beaches or colorful botanical gardens. Some of favorite resorts for weddings of all price points include: Discovery at Marigot Bay , Ti Kaye Village Resort, Ladera Resort, Anse Chastanet, and Windjammer Landing.
What are the requirements necessary to get married here?
Amendments to the wedding regulations make it easier than ever for visitors to marry on Saint Lucia. Two types of marriage licenses have been created, an Ordinary license and a Special license.
The ordinary License is when the application — an affidavit and a petition — have been submitted at least seven days prior to the date of marriage.
The new amendment gives the attorney general the power to issue a special marriage license for an application submitted less than seven days before the date of marriage. Visitors can even apply for a special license on the same day of the marriage, providing all required documentation is available.
Couples planning to marry on Saint Lucia should bring the following required documentation, which includes certified true copies or originals:
* Birth Certificate
* Decree Absolute (if one of the parties is divorced)
* In the case of a widow/widower a Death Certificate of first spouse is required
* If a name has been changed, a Deed Poll is required
* If one of the parties is under the age of 18, evidence of a consent of parents is required in the form of a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public
Application to be married in Saint Lucia must be made by a local solicitor to the Attorney General or notary who prepares and signs the license. Weddings are not generally conducted during weekends or holidays, so if you are interested in a weekend or holiday wedding, you will need to check with the wedding coordinator to be sure that it can be arranged.
* Notary Fee & Marriage Ordinary License $125
* Notary Fee & Marriage Special License $202
* Registrar Fees $37
* Marriage Certificate $3
What are the best/signature experiences can a wedding party expect – or most importantly, if a couple is looking for a venue, why would they choose this island vs. another?
As mentioned above, Saint Lucia is one of the most unique islands in the Caribbean. It is known as the “Simply Beautiful” Emerald Isle for its majestic mountains, lush rainforest and secluded waterfalls. Blending authentic Caribbean style and hospitality with world-class resorts and spas, top-rated restaurants, golf, yachting and more, Saint Lucia is the ideal location for a Caribbean wedding.
Tell me about the catering, bridal suite, adventures and anything else you want to share with a bride.
St. Lucia has an abundance of accommodation choices to suit individual tastes and budgets from all-inclusive resorts and luxury villas to intimate inns and guesthouses. Opt for a resort in the north, which offers the excitement of the capital city of Castries with shopping, restaurants, clubs and bars. Properties in the south of the island, near the picturesque town of Soufrière, are more secluded and offer quiet beaches, views of the majestic Piton Mountains and proximity to botanical gardens, natural waterfalls and the world’s only drive-in volcano. Each resort will cater to the couple’s individual needs and ensure that their day is truly a one-of-a-kind celebration.
St. Lucia is a place where true romance begins.
For more information, please visit http://www.stlucia.org/ or call 1-800-4-ST-LUCIA.