As the average cost of a wedding has risen in the UK to hit a new high of £32,000, looking for an alternate option that is extremely special and doesn’t break the bank is getting more and more popular. 

Weddings in the Caribbean provide this ideal alternative. From the weather and the personalised service to the world-class catering and the perfect honeymoon, it ticks every box. 

The Guest List

One of the reasons for the hefty price of a wedding in the UK is the expense of feeding that long guest list!


Between families on both sides, friends, colleagues, family friends, school friends and who knows what else, the list can get rather large! 

A huge benefit of a wedding abroad is you can bring only your nearest and dearest. Most Caribbean weddings are personal and quite private, so bring only the handful you really want to spend your special day with and leave no one offended.

We recommend: East Winds, St Lucia

This resort specialises in intimate sized weddings for a guest list of 2 – 72 people. With only thirty cottages, they offer a complete buy out of the resort to provide an exclusive experience, or if you are having a more intimate affair, you won’t be overwhelmed by other hotel guests.

Caribbean Weather and Environment

The Caribbean has remarkably steady weather, allowing for variation between different islands and months it generally keeps between a lovely 20-35 degrees year-round. Go in the dry season and you are almost guaranteed a sunny, warm and incredibly beautiful wedding.

Whether your idea of a Caribbean wedding is the all-out barefoot beach approach or a more formal indoor wedding, the sun, the beach and the ocean will always provide perfect photos and a dreamy backdrop for the wedding.

We recommend: Sandy Haven Resort, Jamaica

This resort has the location of a lifetime, with only 35 rooms all located on the Seven Mile Beach, the coastal views, sea breezes and sunsets can’t be beaten. The restaurant has ocean views whether you choose to eat inside or out, and the suits are a private oasis.

Ease of Catering and Arrangements

One fabulous perk of a wedding abroad is everything is in one place, with no hassle. You stay at the hotel, the hotel organises the catering, the service, the documents and anything else that’s required. 

It is a hassle-free option, that is personalized for you. When the hotels are already five-star you are getting incredible wedding food and they provide flowers, buttonholes and anything else you want to have. You even have the spa right there for your relaxation and pampering before-hand.

We recommend: Little Good Harbour, Barbados

This resort has an excellent variety of vendors available, from their own in-house to a partnership with Barbados Weddings. The Fish Pot Restaurant will personally design a menu to suit your taste and budget. Truly every detail is taken care of to create a perfect stress-free day.

Combine the Wedding and Honeymoon

You flew to the Caribbean before your wedding and now that the ceremony is over, and you are ready for your honeymoon… it’s already begun! No need to pack and fly anywhere else when you are already in one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

The Caribbean is consistently in the top spots for recommended honeymoon destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. Pristine beaches, luxury hotels, azure waters and luscious nature creates a dream location for your honeymoon.

We recommend: Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

This hotel is rated in the top three for romance in the Caribbean in the Travellers’ Choice Awards and for good reason. From candlelit dinners, couples’ massages to alfresco dining, complimentary champagne and VIP airport passes, the Celebration of Love Package is hard to beat.

For further hotel information or details on weddings, contact Essential Detail 

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