Consistently recognised as one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world, the British Virgin Islands has no shortage of gorgeous backdrops to make for a truly stunning wedding location.
Coupled with the fact that the local ministers and registrar are happy to perform ceremonies at any location of choice, it’s the perfect destination for couples who don’t want to follow the crowds, and pick their own exclusive spot for an intimate wedding. With so many islands and options to choose from, the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board let us know the 5 top places to marry there…
Best for… nature lovers
The Baths National Park, Virgin Gorda
A geological wonder and undoubtedly one of The BVI’s most famous attractions, these exotic pools and grottos, formed by ancient volcanic boulders, are the centrepiece of Virgin Gorda’s north shore. Huge granite boulders create mysterious grottos with nested sea pools, caves and pristine white sandy beach areas. For even more privacy, follow the shoreline North to the quieter Spring, Crawl, Little Trunk and Valley Trunk Bays, or head south to Devil’s Bay – early morning or late afternoons are best for the most intimate ceremonies!
Best for… romance lovers
Cane Garden Bay Beach, Tortola
Cane Garden Bay is the ultimate Caribbean beach. It has everything – swaying palm trees, a perfect sweep of fine, powder white sand and turquoise blue waters that lap the shore. Above and all around, the view of stunning tropical hillsides will astound you as the lush, green vistas stretch from the crescent beach that surrounds you all the way to the sky. For added romance be sure to hold your ceremony in the evening to catch the spectacular sunset of the British Virgin Islands.
Best for… Ocean lovers
On a luxury yacht
With fair weather, steady trade winds, tame currents and hundreds of protected salt-rimmed bays, it’s clear to see why the British Virgin Islands is heralded as a sailor’s paradise. There really is nothing like sailing through these exquisite waters, finding secluded anchorages and breathtaking beaches. So for a truly exclusive ceremony, why not take your vows on the deck of a luxurious yacht with a spectacular backdrop! Whether you would prefer an intimate ceremony, or lots of guests to share your day, there is a yacht to meet all of your needs!
Best for… cocktail lovers
White Bay Beach, Jost Van Dyke
The only way to get to Jost Van Dyke is by sea, and with no dock at White Bay Beach, your ceremony would start in earnest with a ‘paddle’ to the shore. The backdrop is definitely worth the effort though as White Bay Beach offers the ultimate beach paradise with a long stretch of white sand and a reed at the bay’s western edge, teeming with blue tangs, rainbow parrotfish and other impressive marine life. You might even see sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins! After the ceremony, enjoy a celebratory ‘Painkiller’ cocktail from the birthplace of the famous drink, the Soggy Dollar Bar – a coconut, pineapple and orange juice concoction drowning in Pusser’s rum and topped off with a little nutmeg.
Best for… peace lovers
Spring Bay Beach, Virgin Gorda
Adjacent to The Baths, Spring Bay Beach attracts fewer people making for a secluded wedding ceremony. Sprinkled with boulders, this stretch of soft white sand is one of Virgin Gorda’s loveliest, and features some of the BVI’s clearest waters. Palm trees dot the beachfront, providing shade for guests, while silhouetted hills create vistas that make for stunning backdrops whether looking at land or sea.
To get married in the BVI, couples only need to be resident for one day prior to the ceremony. The simplest way to get married to have a wedding coordinator handle the arrangements who will ensure everything runs smoothly from the license and paperwork to the ceremony and honeymoon.
For more info on weddings in the British Virgin Islands – as well as details of wedding coordinators, accommodation and resorts on the islands – visit bvitourism.co.uk/destination-weddings. If you’re wanting a wedding abroad but can’t make a decision on the location just yet, why not get some inspiration from our real weddings abroad?