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caribbean A seaside gazebo wedding at Secrets St. James Montego Bay in Jamaica. & bermuda ISLAND WEDDINGS pump up the volume Big island or small, nuptials in the Caribbean need always play up those scenic beaches and luxuriant landscapes that vacation postcards are made of. Here are some of our favorite resorts for weddings: P sarah muñoz 58 june 2012 pink sands resort, bahamas The blush-hued shores that ribbon around this Harbour Island haven play a big role in the fantasy weddings that take place here. Just 25 pastel-colored cottages follow the Bahamas’ perky-classic style, as do two estates also available for couples and guests arriving for a barefoot (or not) beach bash; the resort can host up to 100 wedding guests. Some couples buy out the entire resort, but those who can’t don’t have to; the resort offers a room discount structure for weddings based on dates and availability with at least three rooms booked. Most ceremonies do take place right on the beach here—how could one resist?—but Pink Sands also has plenty of garden spots for inspired nuptials; most receptions take place at the Garden Terrace restaurant, with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres enjoyed on the beach as well. A dedicated wedding coordinator, food & beverage manager and even the general manager team up to help plan each memorable event—and although customization is encouraged, set menus and packages are also available. Sample menus here read like a dream dinner in Caribbean heaven—think lobster, conch, and coconut-crusted chicken breast. A couples-only wedding starts at $3,500, but they might want to bring others so they—and the resort—can show off with tropical flower arrangements, elegant stemware and seashell decor. Pink Sands’ packages include everything the couple needs to legally be married in the Bahamas. Rooms start at $495 per room, per night. Why we chose it: Comprehensive packages and gorgeous location. Contact: (800) 407-4776; secrets st. james montego bay, jamaica The energy of Montego Bay is never too far away from the adults-only comforts of this resort and its private stretch of beach. Secrets St. James Montego Bay captures the spirit of a lively Jamaican getaway and adds great alternatives and perks for a wedding. continued on page 60

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend June 2012

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Noble House Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Artisans of Leisure
Romance on Land & Sea
Out of Africa Come Romantic Retreats
Starry-Eyed Bliss in Exotic Surroundings
Enchanting Nuptials American-Style
Honeymoons that Stir the Soul
Latin American Gems Play to the Heart
Brazil Travel Planner
Fairy Tale Honeymoons in Europe
Island Weddings Pump Up the Volume
Once-in-a-Lifetime Honeymoons
Destination Wedding Powerhouses
Fancy-Filled Mexican Weddings
'Mooning in Mexico

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