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Imagine getting married in the Turks and Caicos Islands on a beautiful, white sandy beach with sparkling turquoise water in the background. For many, it’s truly a dream wedding setting.
The popularity of Providenciales and the Turks and Caicos as a destination wedding choice has expanded greatly in recent years, boosted by a few high-profile celebrity weddings.
This guide offers information and hints on hosting the perfect Caribbean destination wedding.
The first step to planning a Turks and Caicos wedding is to decide which of our islands is the perfect destination for your special day. Each of our islands and cays are unique, with their own beaches, atmosphere, and levels of development. The island of Providenciales is home to Grace Bay Beach, one of the top beaches in the world, and also hosts the majority of tourism in the country, yet our lesser-populated boutique islands should also be in the running.
The next consideration is the venue for the ceremony and dinners. One of our stunning white sand beaches is an obvious choice of a setting, yet many of the resorts also feature event halls, some of the larger villas have beautiful gardens and courtyards, and there’s a wide selection of churches on Providenciales and Grand Turk.
Many of the luxury resorts on Providenciales offer tailor-made wedding packages for couples and their guests, although you may opt for a more secluded ceremony at one of the private beachfront villas.
The all-inclusive Beaches Turks and Caicos resort (part of the Sandals group) offers their trademark WeddingMoons package, which includes planning services, dinners, photography and spa visits.
It's highly recommended that you work with a local wedding planner to help manage all aspects of the event.
There’s a great number of arrangements and booking that have to be made for an island event, and a wedding planner will know who’s reliable and where to find everything. In addition, if you’re be importing any food or items, you’ll have someone to take care of local customs duty processing and shipping.
The dinners and wedding cake are essentials, and require thought and ample time for reservations.
You have the options of reserving with and dining at an established restaurant site, or utilizing the services of a caterer and hosting at a location of your choice. There are several long-standing and experienced catering companies on Providenciales.
The local caterers will be able to offer insights on cuisine and flavour selection. As a tropical archipelago, our authentic dishes of course centre around fresh seafood, yet almost any food or ingredients can be imported by air.
Romantic dinners can be arranged right on the beach at several of the beachfront restaurants, or one of the island's private chefs can cater to your villa. Local businesses maintain an arsenal of tents, tables, chairs, lamps and place setting for outdoor dining.
Capturing and preserving the important moments of tying the knot is especially important.
Providenciales supports most of the photographers in the Turks and Caicos, however many of these professionals will be willing to travel if you’d like to host a wedding on one of our family islands.
We highly recommend that your browse the galleries of the local studios to find a photographer who fits your desired style.
The selection of local businesses offering boutique video services is a bit more limited, yet a few of the wedding photography studios feature full-time and skilled videographers.
It’s important that decisions and reservations for flowers, decorations, place settings and ambiance are made well in advance of your important date as flowers and other items will likely have to be imported, and the availability of local décor and settings is limited and may be reserved by other events and weddings.
If you’re looking to avoid importing flowers, there are a few options.
The Turks and Caicos is home to several spectacular endemic wild flowers, yet due to the limited natural quantities of these plants (many of which are endangered), the common choice are arrangements made from the bougainvillea, an introduced landscaping plant that features vibrantly-coloured flowers ranging from purple, red, pink, peach, and white.
The ceremony has to be performed by a local Justice of the Peace, minister, or a registrar. It can happen anytime and anywhere. See Wedding Licence and Legal Requirements for a detailed list of the documents you'll need.
Providenciales offers the best selection of DJs, musicians and bands. In terms of live music, the options range from local genres to pop and rock.
There’s an excellent array of accommodations to choose from in Turks and Caicos, spanning from expansive luxury resorts, quiet hotels and rental villas of every size.
If several room bookings are to be made, you’ll want to contact the resort or hotel directly as you’ll likely be able to get a rate that’s better than what’s posted online.
Depending on your party size, one of the larger vacation villas may be suitable for the entire wedding party, as some of the more expansive mansions offer more than ten rooms.
It’s important to be aware of the tourist seasons in the Turks and Caicos and availability. The winter “high season” experiences greater arrival numbers than the late summer and fall months, and consequently the rates are higher and vacancies may be limited during the high season. If you’re planning your wedding for this time, you’ll want to book well in advance.For more information, see Best Times to Visit.
There are many options for starting your new life together, from the family-oriented Beaches Resort, to the exclusive Amanyara, to a good balance at one of the beachfront luxury resorts right on Grace Bay. There's a wide range activities available, from horseback riding down the beach, to one of our many water sports, to getting out in the wild and visiting some of our beautiful natural attractions.
If you’re looking for a quiet setting and unique experience, a great honeymoon destination is one of our smaller islands. There isn’t much development on these pristine islands and cays, and you’ll likely have an entire beach to yourselves.