If you and your bride-to-be dream of exchanging vows in stunning foreign climes, away from the dreary perma-grey of the UK, you could do no better than to set your sights on the exotic Caribbean island of St Lucia.
Glistening like an emerald gem in the southern Caribbean Sea, St Lucia is a unique and diverse country unlike any other. Situated some 150 miles northwest of Barbados, this lush, mountainous island boast truly jaw-dropping natural beauty combined with British, French and Creole flavours that are guaranteed to wow the senses.
What could be better than saying “I do” in what could only be described as a tropical paradise!
But in an island so crammed packed full of wonder, how can you possibly choose where to host your ceremony to get the best experience for both you and your guests?
The original couples resort
Whilst there are several luxurious resorts and hotels in St Lucia that offer weddings, The Groom List think that the Rendezvous really is the pick of the bunch.
This perfectly manicured haven sits on two miles of pristine white sand beach just to the north of St Lucia’s capital, Castries. Whilst we are now used to seeing boutique adults-only resorts like this all over the world, Rendezvous was actually the first of its kind – anywhere – and the wealth of experience on offer really does show when it comes to wedding planning.
Rendezvous employ a dedicated wedding planner in the form of the supremely knowledgeable and experienced Sandra Baptiste, and offer an all encompassing service that will leave you with little to worry about from back home in Blighty. The entertainment, photography, flowers, cake, table decorations and even your bride’s hairdressing can all be arranged for you and without any stress.
The “Ever After” Collection
With the increasing popularity of overseas weddings, many couples will have an idea in their minds about what a ‘traditional’ tropical ceremony looks like. Rendezvous have done away with convention however and launched what they are calling the Ever After Collection. This unique offering ties the special occasion together with stunningly designed wedding concepts, each focused around a central theme – “Exotic Oasis,” “Island Romance,” “Elope,” “Romance in Bloom,” and “Romance by the Sea”.
Offering a truly secluded experience, the ‘Island Romance’ theme affords couples the privacy of celebrating on their own private island surrounded by close friends and family. For a more intimate ceremony, couples can ‘Elope’ to a tucked-away hideout amongst the colonial ruins of Pigeon Island, and steal some private time with a beachside dinner under the stars or a romantic island picnic. The Middle Eastern themed ‘Exotic Oasis,’ evokes an ornately festive aura, where vibrant antique lanterns, lush carpets and plush ottomans surround your guests; who all the while are feasting on international delicacies. From a sunset cruise along the Saint Lucian coastline to pampering couple’s massages, the customised collections offer tailored experiences to personalise each couple’s special celebration.
From the table décor to the flowers and food, each theme has been expertly crafted and is oozing with wow factor. A wedding at Rendezvous is most certainly the pinnacle of luxury and opulence.
A stag in the sun
It is not just a spectacular wedding that Sandra and her team can put together for you either. They will even go out of their way to organise an unforgettable stag experience for you and the mates you’ve convinced to come and endure this tropical paradise with.
Everything from deep-sea sport fishing to zip lining through ancient rainforest is available, assisted all the way by a private driver whose intimate knowledge of the island certainly helps when it comes to planning the activities for after dark.
The honeymoon on your doorstep
There comes a point once the wedding is over and the guests have departed that most couples start to feel a little bit down, realising that one of the best days of their life is now behind them. Not so if you have had a Rendezvous wedding however, for now you can start to really enjoy all the amazing facilities that Rendezvous offers its guests.
Outstanding all-inclusive dining; a sumptuous spa staffed by magicians; unrivalled fitness facilities and breathtaking grounds all await you as you start your journey through married life together.
What could be better than that? We certainly can’t think of anything!
Wedding ceremonies at Rendezvous are complimentary for all guests staying 7 nights or more. The premium ‘Ever After’ Collection themes range from £1,000 to £1,800.Optional extras may incur a supplementary charge.
Several carriers fly direct from London to St Lucia daily.
Find out more at www.theromanticholiday.com