In the shadow of the Pitons, imagine your loved ones gathering barefoot on the brilliant white sand, because a destination wedding in St. Lucia is the quintessential locale for beach wedding bliss. Not only does St. Lucia’s golden coast boast jewel-toned waters and world-class accommodations, it is relatively easy to wed here and breathtaking to boot. With several all-inclusive (and award-winning) resorts to choose from, St. Lucia is the east Caribbean’s most prized wedding destination, and for good reason.
St. Lucia Itinerary Insight
Much like many other islands in the Caribbean, St. Lucia has a wealth of things to do. From deep-sea diving to Jeep tours, sailing and sunbathing, you literally can choose any one of your favorite vacation past-times and they will have it. However, if you want to plan excursions for your guests to enjoy, it’s best to choose a couple of different ones that can appeal to different types of travelers. Since it can be inconvenient when guests arrive to have to plan their own outings, this extra step will make it even easier for you to enjoy time together.
Best Ways to Entertain Guests in St. Lucia
For the Sporty Crew: Instead of having to pack up your entire wedding party and head out to hunt down the best beaches on the island, why not stay put? While the beaches in St. Lucia are easily accessible and have some of the most breathtaking ocean views in the world, your hotel may provide all of the entertainment and views your group needs. To make your resort’s beach even more private, create a bocce ball or volleyball tournament by the pool or beach with your guests. Ask the concierge if you can plan a private game hour for your destination wedding guests. In most cases, they are happy to oblige.
For the Adrenaline Junkies: Perhaps you have a lot of adventure-seeking types on your DW guest list. If that is the case, St. Lucia will definitely live up to their expectations. Be sure you plan one day to visit The Treetop Canopy Adventure. Complete with soaring ziplines, this top rated excursion spot is worth the $65 per person. For a less intense but equally adventurous outing, take a day to kayak in Marigot Bay searching for secret snorkel spots.
St. Lucia Destination Wedding Need-to-Know Info:
Fees– Obtaining a marriage license less than 7 days before the wedding: EC$540 (Approx. $200 US)
– Obtaining a marriage license more than 7 days before the wedding: EC$335 (Approx. $125 US)
– Registrar Fees $EC100 (Approx. $37.00 US)
– Marriage Certificate $EC8 (Approx. $3 US)
Residency Requirements: St. Lucia does have a residency requirement of two days, but since you can not apply for your marriage license until after you arrive, you must have a local solicitor apply for you to the Attorney General or notary the time limit is inconsequential. It will take that long to simply apply. Additionally, the Attorney General should receive the application four working days prior to the wedding. This means that it could take up to six days in order for you to be able to get married (in some cases it only takes four). Most tour operators or hotel wedding coordinators can take care of this process for you.
– Valid passport that will not expire for six months upon arrival
– Birth certificate
– A Decree Absolute, if one or both parties are divorced
– Death certificate, if either is widowed