The “Helen of the West Indies’’ has been voted several times over as the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination by the World Travel Awards, and from every angle, St Lucia offers couples limitless locations where they can create lasting memories. The pristine beaches, rustic churches, historic plantations, beautiful gardens, quaint towns and villages are just a few of the traditional romantic spots St Lucia is famous for. Romance also mixes well with adventure in underwater locations or mountaintop weddings. Off the beaten track, you might just discover a spot that belongs only to the two of you.
Picturesque locations with historic appeal, such as St Lucia’s Pigeon Island with its old fort and barracks and the plantations which dot the island offer couples a chance to make their weddings unique and special. Old sugar estates such as La Sikwi or cocoa plantations such as Fond Doux are fitting backdrops for the beginning of your new life.
Getting married in St Lucia can be anything you want it to be: the traditional resort wedding, a garden ceremony or a simple exchange of vows on the beach. Resorts offer professional assistance from the first hello to the last goodbye.
A white- or black-sand beach wedding is total romance. There’s something that sings to the free spirits when the groom rolls up his trousers to stand in the surf and the bride gathers her full, lacy skirts to reveal bare feet.
If you consider horses to be part of the fairytale but either you’re not comfortable in the saddle or you don’t want to forgo the elegant gown and tux, then opt for a quaint country carriage ride. Imagine you and your partner rambling along quiet roads in a horse-drawn carriage through the loveliest of settings, the ride ending at a sprawling park or verdant floral garden. The assembly watches as the groom climbs down and then helps his lovely bride to alight before strolling hand on arm up the floral-lined walk to the delicately adorned pavilion. The island also offers something extra and unique. If you are particularly interested in a certain sport, then many sporting facilities will be more than glad to arrange a special event.
Underwater wedding’ Done! The couple exchanges vows via an underwater writing board. Other sports that could easily translate into a fabulous, customised wedding are mountain biking, mountain climbing, spelunking, and canoeing. For the adrenaline-driven, a mud-splattered ceremony at the peak of a tough mountain bike trail deep in the heart of the rainforest could be just the thing to capture the wow factor. The two- to three-hour arduous trek to the top of Gros Piton in St Lucia could culminate in an exchange of vows above the wispy clouds parting briefly to reveal forest and beach below.
Perhaps your partner has always wanted to take a thrilling helicopter ride. Add to the excitement by taking the priest or minister along. Rotary blades whirl and beautiful scenery unfolds below as you make a lifetime of promises. Finish with a resort reception, but make sure they have a convenient helipad for the arrival of the guests of honour. Or, if the deep blue sea is more to your liking, charter a boat. The options include a locally made and brightly painted fishing canoe, a deep-sea fishing vessel, a catamaran to sail or a motorised yacht. You can exchange vows under full sail, powering along slapping the waves, or anchored in a secluded cove with only the gulls singing in celebration.
If Nature smiles upon you, the wedding photos may even reveal the slapping tail of a humpback, a jumping dolphin or a rainbow dipping into the horizon.