Things to Consider: Planning a Caribbean Wedding
A Caribbean wedding brings its own set of challenges ranging from what type of wedding do you want to what do you do about the gifts? These suggestions can assist you in finding solutions as you plan your Caribbean wedding.
Type of Wedding
The Caribbean offers many wedding options. You can get married at sea by the captain on a Caribbean cruise or choose to say ‘I do’ on a secluded beach. Or, plan your wedding at an all-inclusive resort which provides a wedding consultant and includes most items for the wedding and reception. As some islands do require 24 hour residency prior to the nuptials, the destination’s legal requirements for a wedding needs to be reviewed.
Some guests may hand you cash for a wedding gift. Although a cash gift is always appreciated, having too much cash in a foreign country can cause safety concern. One suggestion is arriving a day early to open a bank account at the destination so you can deposit the cash after the wedding. Upon your return, simply write a check and transfer the funds to your own bank.
Set up a honeymoon registry to reduce cash gifts. A honeymoon registry allows guests to contribute to the cost of your honeymoon activities. The guest pays the money directly to the registry and selects a gift pre-chosen by you. Some available gifts include transfers to the hotel, horseback riding on the shore, parasailing, sunset dinner cruises, and couple massages.