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First Published: 8th April 2013

Marry in Barbados – the destination wedding gem of the Caribbean Sea

Endless sunshine, the sand between your toes and rum punch at sunset. It’s not hard to see why Barbados is the ultimate destination wedding location.


Whether you prefer a stress-free marriage organized for you at a stunning wedding resort, a personalized private affair, or a quick wedding ceremony for two, Barbados has it all…

Tucked away in the eastern corner of the West Indies, Barbados is a tranquil paradise of golden beaches and cloudless blue skies completely isolated by the Atlantic Ocean.

A second home for a string of A-Listers like the Rooneys and Simon Cowell, the popular spot boasts secluded luxury and a laidback atmosphere and is a rare peaceful location for an unforgettable wedding.

With Barbadian native Rihanna suggesting she plans to wed on the island soon, and Tiger Woods tying the knot at the exclusive Sandy Lane resort on the West Coast in 2004, Barbados has shot to the forefront as the place to get married.

Whether you prefer a stress-free marriage organized for you at a stunning wedding resort, a personalized private affair, or a quick wedding ceremony for two, the Gem of the Caribbean can work to suit you.

The Stress-Free Resort Wedding

Barbados’ infinite range of resorts leaves you spoilt for choice for where to hold your dream wedding. Put your feet up and relax because opting for a destination wedding leaves behind all the stress of wedding planning and gives you more time to top up your wedding tan!

The Crane

The Crane Resort is a luxurious homage to old Barbados, with a newly recreated historic town built within the premises. Home to one of the top ten beaches in the world, Crane Beach, the resort holds weddings either on the beach or in their immaculately landscaped gardens which look out over some of the most spectacular views on the island. Wedding packages start from £595.

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Crane Beach

Little Good Harbour

Nestled within the fishing village of Sherman’s, is Little Good Harbour, an intimate boutique hotel with a selection of quaint garden cottages and seaside ‘Fort’ suites. For the wedding reception, the beachfront Fish Pot restaurant will create a delicious menu bursting with fresh local cuisine.The Little Good Harbour team will design your wedding to suit any budget, with suites starting at £165 per night.

Sandy Lane

Notorious for elite celebrity clientele, five-star Sandy Lane is the prime location for a decadent Barbados wedding. Marry on the exclusive Green Monkey Golf Course where Tiger Woods tied the knot, and let the staff do the rest as you enjoy a tranquil ‘Bridal Bliss’ pampering session at the award-winning Sandy Lane Spa. The Wedding Package at Sandy Lane starts at £1,700.

Green Monkey Golf Course, sandylane.com
Green Monkey Golf Course, sandylane.com

The Secluded Private Villa Wedding

Villas in Barbados range from tropical bungalows to extravagant beachfront homes and are the perfect backdrop for an intimate Caribbean wedding, providing both venue and accommodation.

Bellevue Plantation Estate

Bellevue Plantation Estate’s sprawling lawns and eight-bedroom Barbadian great house make it ideal for the larger destination wedding. The recently renovated property is set within a forest of aged mahogany trees, providing a blend of rich Caribbean history and modern glamour. Private function rates start at £985 per day.

Bellevue Plantation Estate
Bellevue Plantation Estate

Mullins Mill

Set just above the west coast is Mullins Mill, an eight-acre estate set around a characteristic 17th century sugar mill. The grounds of the spacious property are filled with unique embellishments such as a gazebo overlooking the west coastline and a refreshing infinity swimming pool, making it a picturesque venue for the wedding of a lifetime. Daily rates for Mullins Mill start at £1080.

Fustic House

Fustic House is a Barbadian Treasure. Originally built in the 17th century, the 11 acre estate and its exotic gardens perch atop a natural coral ridge providing spectacular panoramic views of the west coast and a memorable location for your dream nuptials.

Fustic House
Fustic House

Scenic and Simple Beach Weddings

Lining Barbados are endless stretches of golden, glistening beaches. With no cost involved in marrying on the sands, holding your wedding ceremony in front of the crashing waves is a popular choice for many couples

Carlisle Bay Beach

Carlisle Bay is an expansive stretch of warm, white beach on the edge of Barbados’ capital, Bridgetown. Private yachts dot the luminously blue ocean, providing you with a unique nautical background for your first seaside stroll as husband and wife.

Carlisle Bay Beach
Carlisle Bay Beach

Harry Smith Beach

Harry Smith Beach is one of Barbados’ best-kept secrets. Hardly used and magically quiet, for a charming beach wedding on one of the island’s hidden gems, this is the spot.

Bottom Bay Barbados

For the couple craving a dramatic wedding setting, the cliff-tops of Bottom Bay are not to be missed. Panoramic views of the south shore makes for a remarkable wedding ceremony.

Bottom Bay
Bottom Bay

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Practical Points on marrying in Barbados

  1. Once you’ve decided where and when to hold your big day, all that’s left is to plan the particulars and in true island style, there’s not many!
  2. Weddings can take place in Barbados as early as the day you arrive as long as both bride and groom head to the Magistrate’s Authority to collect the wedding license.
  3. After that, sit back and relax as the great thing about a Barbados wedding is when the planning is over, and the big day has come and gone, your only worry is when to hit the beach as your honeymoon has already begun!

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