In recent years, the destination wedding has become increasingly popular with couples from the United Kingdom. Instead of tying the knot in their local town, couples are choosing to head abroad to spend the biggest day of their lives in a much more exotic location.
There’s a good chance that if you haven’t already, you’ll certainly be invited to one. The Daily Mail reported that now one in every four couples are opting for a holiday in paradise instead of staying at home.
Of course, there are plenty of good reasons why you would choose a destination wedding. On top of the stunning location and the fact that you are already at your honeymoon destination, destination weddings are actually surprisingly cheap according to Young and Thrifty.
The question is, how do you go about deciding on a location for your destination wedding? While there are thousands of potential options, we’ve put together a number of reasons why the Caribbean destination Turks & Caicos Islands should be your first choice.
The Sheer Beauty
The Turks and Caicos Islands lie south-east of the Bahamas and north of Haiti and the Dominican republic, so their beauty is not really much of a surprise.
With a tiny population of under 50,000, these islands are only also tiny in comparison to their better-known neighbours.
However, what Turks and Caicos doesn’t have in size, it more than makes up in beauty. Providenciales is one of the larger islands and is home to Grace Bay which was named the Trip Advisor best beach in the world.
With its crystal clear waters, white sands, blue skies and relative lack of tourist families compared to many other locations, why visit any old beach when you could tie the knot on the best beach in the world?
However, no matter how beautiful the location is, the hotel you choose to stay and have your ceremony is just as important.
Thankfully, there are a number of fantastic, romantic and beautiful hotels which specially cater for destination weddings.
We spoke to Blue Haven Turks & Caicos Resort which is one great example of this. They told us, “Popularity for destination weddings has shot through the roof in recent years, so we do our best to provide a perfect experience for the happy couples that stay with us.
“We understand couples are looking for something they can’t have at home. This is why we offer things like ceremonies on Grace Bay beach, directly in front of the hotel.”
Like a number of Caribbean islands, Turks and Caicos have a history with the British Empire. However, unlike others, it still remains a British Overseas Territory.
Because of this, there is still a great deal of British culture on the islands, chiefly that English is the official language.
Also, if you are looking to plan a last minute wedding getaway, Turks and Caicos is perfect because unlike many other Caribbean nations, it only takes 48 hours to apply for a marriage license. Read more on the tourism website.
Lots to Enjoy
Despite its size, this location offers a massive range of activities to enjoy either before or after you tie the knot.
From water sports to scuba diving, visiting the world’s only conch sea farm to riding horses along the coast, from whale watching to visiting Little Water Cay (an island only inhabited by a rare breed of iguanas), there’s something for every couple.
And if you’re a couple that just prefers to chill out, there’s plenty of space to lay back, relax and enjoy the local food and drink, which is absolutely delicious.
Peace and Quiet
Weddings are largely quite private affairs. They are a time to celebrate with your close family and friends, so it’s entirely understandable that couples would want a location where there are no outside disturbances.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are perfect for couples seeking plenty of alone time for two reasons. One already mentioned in an earlier point is that the islands have a very small population, just 49,000.
The second is that they draw a relatively small amount of tourists each year in comparison to the better known Caribbean islands, as you can see in this post from Traveler’s Digest .