How to Pick the Right Island for Your Destination Wedding

We’re totally on board with tying the knot in paradise, and choosing the U.S. Virgin Islands is a fabulous place to start. But when it comes to narrowing down which awesome island is right for your celebration, we’re here to help. From fun-filled activities to gourmet dining, we’re breaking down our three fave islands to make your choice a whole lot easier. (Hint: You can’t go wrong.)

Photography: Erin McGinn

ST. CROIX: FOR THE CULTURALLY-INSPIRED DESTINATION WEDDING

St. Croix is perfect for tying the knot with resorts that feature everything from world-class golf courses to casinos. But what really stands out are the island’s amazing historical offerings. Think awesome arts, crafts and music events, so you can check out gems like St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, or even soak in the culture at one of the many, many events on their yearly lineup. And don’t forget those fab accommodations. With fewer than 200 rooms per property, your guests can really relax in between all of the sight-seeing in an intimate setting. Check out the Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina… it’s one of our favorites.

Photography: Lindsay Vann

ST. JOHN: FOR THE NATURE-OBSESSED BRIDE + GROOM

If your dream wedding locale is one part national forest and one part world-renowned beaches, St. John is clearly your spot. We think of it as the perfect mix of untouched beauty and modern amenities, with Trunk Bay stealing the spotlight. (Hello, underwater nature trail.) It’s hiking breathtaking trails, touring botanical gardens (like the pretty Pastory Gardens) and scuba or snuba diving in those deep, crystal blue waters. Not to mention that you can host your Big Day at one of their amazing hotels, inns, villas and even campgrounds! (Note: We’re obsessed with the Concordia Eco-Resort and its wood-framed tents.) Oh, and the tropical forest, petroglyphs and sugar mill ruins will change your nature lovin’ life.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer

ST. THOMAS: FOR THE LIFE OF THE PARTY COUPLE

For those of you who enjoy spending your days bopping from shop to shop and your nights taking in the next big band or dancing with your love, St. Thomas is perfect. With duty-free shops perfect for buying those souvenirs (or that dress you can’t take your eyes off of) and a list of entertainment hot spots that includes theaters, clubs for dancing and casinos, you’ll be loving every minute of your stay. Plus, St. Thomas is known for ultra-luxe accommodations that are simply made for those of you wanting to treat your guests to world-class restaurants, fun-filled nightlife and secluded beaches. We’re all for tying the knot in total sophistication at the Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas or the Sugar Bay Resort & Spa. You honestly can’t go wrong.

Photography: Elisha Orin

Whether you’re looking for a week filled with adventure, simply want to relax in paradise, can’t wait to tour all of the historic locations, dance the night away or all of the above, the U.S. Virgin Islands has an island that is right for you and your Big Day. Contact them now to get the ball rolling on what will be the wedding plus vacay of a lifetime.
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