Elopement by the Sea
Eloping is like having a private and romantic wedding ceremony with your immediate family and friends. Instead of paying a lot of money for the venue with hundreds of guests, why not spend it on a weekend getaway with your loved ones and get married by the beach, the woodland or on top of a mountain. You can even wear whatever you want and no one will be there to judge you. Some people might not agree with the idea because they believe that it is still best to follow the traditional wedding celebration with relatives and friends (including acquaintances). Truth is, it is not for everyone.
Planning a wedding can be really stressful and nerve-racking, and since me and my husband are both working abroad, it was never easy deciding where to hold the wedding: His country or mine. And also, don’t forget to consider the guest list, the date, venue, caterers, florists, etc. etc. It was all too much. Plus, the budget, especially the budget! In our case, aside from the wedding expenses, we also need to buy tickets, and trust me, they are even more expensive than our wedding budget.
So, after a few discussions and headaches, we decided to ditch the detailed planning and booked a wedding package in the Caribbean.
Elopement by the sea: Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
What’s more magical than having an intimate wedding using the blue sky and the sparkling turquoise sea as a wedding backdrop? It’s beautiful and most of all, it’s free.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has lots of beautiful beaches to get married, but of course, locals know best. Our coordinator suggested Princess Margaret Beach in Bequia. They sent me photos of the beach and I fell in love with it immediately.
We booked our wedding package from The Grenadine Collection, they are really accommodating and helpful in a lot of ways. They will also try to give you the best wedding possible according to your budget. We got a huge discount considering I DIY-ed my own bouquet, flower crown, and the boutonnieres for my husband and family.
When we arrived in St. Vincent, we met up with one of the coordinators and she helped us get our marriage license from the Attorney General’s Office. It was a special license, so we got it in a few minutes. In order to get the license, you must be a resident of the country for 24 hours. The only requirement: Passports.
Everything was already set when we arrived at the beach. The wedding arch was perfect. I actually requested to put some pink flowers to fit my motif. The minister was very friendly as well. The ceremony started around 11 in the morning as proposed because the sun would be a bit higher and it would give a clearer view of the blue sky. So, it did!
Everything was perfect: The sun in the blue sky, the turquoise-colored sea, and the white sand above our feet as we said our vows in front of our families.
When I was a little girl, I also dreamed of having a fancy and lavish wedding with numerous guests who would look at me as I walk down the aisle wearing my princess wedding dress and a tiara, but as I grew older, I decided to become a mermaid, wear a seashell crown and get married by the sea instead. Kidding! 😛