Everything You Need to Know About Planning a Destination Wedding in St. Thomas


If you’re reading this, chances are you’re considering tying the knot on one of the most enchanting islands in the Caribbean – St. Thomas!

With its pristine waters and lush greenery, St. Thomas is truly a magical destination for your special day.

As the island breeze drifts in, your worries melt away, and all that’s left is pure joy. But before you get lost in the romance of it all, there are a few things you need to know to make your destination wedding in St. Thomas everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

So grab a pina colada, and let’s journey into the world of Caribbean wedding planning!

Overlooking a luxurious resort pool in St. Thomas, fringed by swaying palm trees with views of a sun-kissed beach where guests lounge and play, and kayakers paddle in the clear turquoise waters.

Welcome to St. Thomas – Where Sun, Sand, and Happily Ever After Begin

As destination wedding planners, St. Thomas is one of our all-time favorite spots for a wedding abroad. The island has it all – breathtaking beaches, crystal-clear waters, gorgeous gardens, and a laid-back Caribbean vibe.

Plus, it’s an excellent location to travel outside of the US. It’s perfect for people who haven’t traveled extensively outside of the US because it’s convenient to get to. And the local culture is welcoming, friendly, and service-oriented.

In St. Thomas, guests can find various activities to suit their preferences, including adventurous ones like snorkeling and more relaxed options like lounging on the beach with a drink in hand. And the local cuisine of fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and delicious Caribbean spices will make your taste buds dance.

Another amazing thing about St. Thomas (where does it end, right?!) is that planning a wedding is a breeze. Since it’s a US territory, US citizens have no passport requirements, and the legal process for getting married is pretty straightforward. And don’t worry about finding accommodations – we have just the place for you and your loved ones.

But most importantly, St. Thomas provides the perfect backdrop for your celebration. Imagine saying your vows on a secluded beach with the sun setting behind you, then dining and dancing under the glow of a Caribbean moon. It’s a tropical dream, and we can make it happen.

A bustling gathering of people outside a white building, enjoying the evening under swaying palm trees, with the water reflecting the pink hues of dusk.

Traveling to St. Thomas

Getting to St. Thomas is relatively easy, thanks to its status as a popular tourist destination. Several transportation options are available, depending on where you’re coming from.

The most common way to get there is by flying into Cyril E. King Airport (STT), located on the island’s southwestern side. The airport serves numerous airlines, including major carriers like Delta, American, and United, as well as smaller regional airlines.

If you’re coming from the mainland United States, you can find direct flights to St. Thomas from cities like Miami, New York, and Atlanta. If you’re traveling from elsewhere in the Caribbean, several airlines operate flights to St. Thomas from nearby islands.

Once you arrive in St. Thomas, a variety of transportation options can get you to your accommodations. Taxis are readily available at the airport and port, and there are also car rental companies if you prefer to have your own vehicle. Many resorts and hotels also offer shuttle services, so check with your accommodations beforehand to see if that’s an option.

Things to Do on the Island

St. Thomas has a ton of activities and excursions to offer your guests during their stay.

Let’s start with the beaches! They’re some of the most beautiful in the world and will call you in like a siren’s song with their powder-soft sand and calm, blue waters. Your guests can lounge in the sun, dip in the ocean, or even try water sports like snorkeling or stand-up paddleboarding.

If your friends and family are looking for more adventure, plenty of options exist. They can hike to the top of a mountain for breathtaking views, go zip-lining through the jungle, or even take a helicopter tour of the island. For those who love the water, there are sunset cruises, deep-sea fishing trips, and even a chance to swim with sea turtles!

St. Thomas is also rich in history and culture. Your guests can explore the island’s past by visiting historic sites like Fort Christian, Blackbeard’s Castle, or the St. Thomas Synagogue. And, of course, there’s always shopping and dining in the charming town of Charlotte Amalie, where your guests can try local cuisine and pick up some souvenirs to take home.

Take a Trip to St. John

St. John is a neighboring island to St. Thomas and is only a short ferry ride away. Although smaller, there are plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy.

One of the main attractions on St. John is the Virgin Islands National Park, which covers over 60% of the island. Here you can hike through forests, swim in pristine waters, and snorkel around colorful coral reefs.

There’s also the opportunity for beach hopping, exploring museums, and strolling through charming shops for a souvenir or two.

Close-up of a colorful signpost with hand-painted directions in pastel hues, against the natural backdrop of St. John, USVI.

The Best Time of Year to Get Married in St. Thomas

When planning a destination wedding in St. Thomas, one of the most important things to consider is the time of year. Ideally, you’ll want to avoid hurricane season or times when the island is experiencing heavy rainfall.

Peak season in St. Thomas runs from December to April, and the weather is sunny, dry, and comfortable. However, keep in mind that this is also the busiest time of year, so you’ll need to book accommodations and vendors well in advance.

If you want to save money, consider having your wedding during the shoulder season (May to June or November) when the crowds are smaller, and the prices are more affordable. Just be aware that you may experience some rainfall during these months.

On the other hand, if you’re willing to take a chance, the off-season (July to October) can offer some great deals on accommodations and activities. Just be prepared for hot and humid weather, occasional rain showers, and the possibility of a hurricane.

The Ritz-Carlton is Where It’s At

The Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas is one of the most sought-after wedding venues on the island and for good reason! We can attest to the exceptional service and stunning views that The Ritz has to offer.

As you step onto the white sandy beach, you’re greeted by gentle waves lapping against the shore and the rustling of palm trees. The sun shines down, casting an amber glow over the glistening blue waters of the sea. You can immediately imagine your dream wedding taking place here.

The Ritz boasts multiple venues for your ceremony and reception, including breathtaking outdoor spaces with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. And the indoor options are just as gorgeous, with elegant ballrooms and intimate event spaces that can be customized to your style and preferences.

We love working with the décor partner at this venue! They have a passion for weddings and welcome creative ideas. Plus, they just adore having guests, making the experience much more enjoyable.

The impeccable service is one of the best things about The Ritz. From the moment you arrive, the friendly and attentive staff will treat you like royalty.

But don’t let the glamour fool you – The Ritz is also a laid-back and welcoming place that’s perfect for kicking back and relaxing with your loved ones. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, enjoying a delicious meal at one of the on-site restaurants, or indulging in a spa treatment, you’re sure to feel right at home.

An idyllic infinity pool at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas is nestled among lush tropical greenery and tall palm trees, with a breathtaking view of the ocean and rolling hills on the horizon.

Home Sweet Home Away From Home

The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is ideal for wedding guests, as they’ll have access to everything on the property, including resort transport.

The venue offers spacious and comfortable accommodations, ranging from elegant rooms and suites to luxurious villas with private pools and terraces. The rooms and suites are designed with a modern and tropical aesthetic, featuring plush bedding, private balconies, and stunning sea views.

The resort’s dining options are also a highlight for wedding guests, with various restaurants and bars serving delicious cuisine and drinks. Enjoy fine dining at Bleuwater, casual meals at Coconut Cove, poolside cocktails, and beachside dining.

And when they’re not sipping mojitos and soaking up the sun, guests can indulge in a spa treatment or explore the underside of the sea with a snorkeling trip.

How to Get Legally Married in St. Thomas

Don’t worry, it’s not complicated, and we’re here to break it down for you!

FYI: this is for a legal ceremony. If you’re having a symbolic ceremony only, you can bypass this section, friend!

First, both parties must be at least 18 years old to get married in the Virgin Islands. You must also provide valid identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. A birth certificate and social security card may also be required if you’re a U.S. citizen.

There are no residency requirements, which means you don’t have to be a resident of the Virgin Islands to get married there. However, you will need to apply for a marriage license and provide some basic information through the Superior Court of The Virgin Islands. Here are the step-by-step guidelines on how to do that.

Set Your Sails to St. Thomas

Well, there you have it, friends! Planning a destination wedding in St. Thomas may seem daunting at first, but with the help of a professional wedding planner, it can be a Caribbean breeze.

We’ll help you book your venue, coordinate vendors and activities, and take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy your special day.

Not only that, but we’ll help you navigate the legal requirements of getting married in the Virgin Islands, ensuring that everything goes smoothly and according to plan.

Plus, with our insider knowledge, you’ll have access to the best local vendors, activities, and attractions, so you can make the most of your time in St. Thomas.

Contact us today, and let’s set our compass to paradise!

A woman with a joyful smile holds a drink on the sunlit deck of a sailboat, cruising through the refreshing ocean breeze.
Twilight descends on a tranquil harbor in St. Thomas, where boats gently rock in the water, and the lights of a resort twinkle against the evening sky.

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