For a destination wedding in what many consider some of the last unspoiled islands of the Caribbean, head to St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the experience of a lifetime. These island gems, from lush volcanic St. Vincent all the way down to the stunning and untouched Tobago Cays, remain underdeveloped and offer great places for intimate, utterly romantic destination wedding venues, wedding ceremonies, receptions, and honeymoons. No built-up strands of shopping malls dot the shores, no endless rows of high-rise hotels and highways mar your views - you experience only the simple charm of the islands, the people, and beauty that draws couples to these one-of-a-kind locations.
Composed of some 32 islands and cays, some containing small cities, towns, and villages, and others completely uninhabited, St. Vincent sits the furthest north and remains by far the largest out of all the islands. The remaining Grenadines descend to the south in a long chain, ending only once they reach Grenada. Usually accessed from other islands (Barbados makes a popular transition point), the major islands of St. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan, Mustique, and Palm Island contain landing strips and facilities for airplanes, while the remaining islands require access by boat - but this remains part of the charm of the Grenadines, with their "off-the-beaten-path" feeling and sense of simplicity and charm. Each island contains its own unique personality, and depending on the type of destination wedding ceremony you envision, one of them might make the perfect location for you!
St. Vincent, despite being the largest and most populated of the islands, remains largely undeveloped and filled with beautiful scenery. An extremely lush volcanic island dotted with banana fields, St. Vincent's unique black sand beaches create one of its most distinctive features. To the south, couples can find two popular white sand beaches, but the further north you go the darker and coarser the sands become. A number of differently priced accommodations reside here, making planning and executing your destination wedding easy with the help of a hotel wedding planner.
Should you choose to explore the Grenadines, you can select from a number of different atmospheres and personalities. To get a quiet and easy-going experience, guests may want to head to the islands of Mayreau or Canouan, or perhaps even the completely isolated Tobago Cays for an untouched natural background. For discerning couples that want to rub elbows with the stars, Mustique offers stunning beaches and highly exclusive properties that provide only the best in romance and intimacy. Bequia, the largest and most developed of the Grenadines (literally, "Island of the Clouds" in ancient Arawak), provides a friendly and laidback atmosphere and a charming waterfront, with a number of lovely beaches and hotels from which to hold a ceremony. Despite the focus on the beaches and scenery, many of the islands contain their own luxury resorts and hotels, hidden near some of the best beaches and prepared to provide anything couples may need, including excellent wedding and honeymoon packages. With so many choices, picking the best location may seem a bit overwhelming - but rest assured that every location in St. Vincent and the Grenadines appears more beautiful than the last, and they all contain a special sense of intimacy perfect for a fabulous destination wedding!