Hosting Your Bahamas Destination Wedding Safely and Conveniently

A Bahamas Destination Wedding

So, your dream has always been to celebrate the best day of your life in the Bahamas. Saying “I do” while surrounded by the Bahamas’ natural beauty is just the perfect way to begin marital bliss. Plus, all the benefits of a destination wedding in the Bahamas is simply amazing. But, in this time of COVID-19, it seems like an almost impossible dream to achieve.

A Bahamas Destination Wedding
Photo by Alfred Anderson Weddings

But the good news is that the Islands and Cays of the Bahamas are now fully open for travel, and destination weddings in the Bahamas are back in full swing.  This means that your dream of having a Bahamas destination wedding will come true! Whether you want to elope with the love of your life, put together a private ceremony or host a grand wedding ball, the Bahamas offers a myriad of spectacular destination wedding venues with adequate health measures in place.

COVID-19 Requirements To Travel To The Bahamas in 2022

Updated: May 17, 2022

The Bahamas announced some changes to the COVID-19 requirements to travel to the Bahamas on January 4, 2022. Please check with the Islands of the Bahamas travel authority for the most up-to-date information.

❖ Bahamas COVID-19 Testing Requirements

First, the number of days for the required COVID-19 test has been reduced from 7 days to 3 days. That is, you’re required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 3 days before your arrival to the Bahamas. Also, the same COVID-19 test requirements now apply to children aged over 2 years old to gain entry into the Bahamas. 

The Rapid Antigen Test results will be accepted from vaccinated travelers. Unvaccinated travelers entering the Bahamas will require a negative RT-PCR test. Therefore, you must ensure that the test you take is a COVID-19 RT-PCR test. 

❖ Bahamas Travel Health Visa

Along with presenting a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test to gain entry into The Bahamas, all travelers above 18years old need a Bahamas Travel Health Visa. The visa includes COVID health insurance that covers medical expenses due to COVID-19 up to $50,000 within one month during your stay in The Bahamas. 

The visa costs $40 to $50, depending on your country of residence. To apply, you’d need to upload your government-issued vaccine record card, and a negative COVID-19 test result took 3 days before your arrival date. This means that you’ll have to apply at most 24 hours after you take the test, as processing the visa takes at least 48 hours. 

Wedding reception at Versailles Gardens, The Ocean Club Four Seasons. Photo by Lima Caroline Photography

How To Travel To & Around The Bahamas For Your Destination Wedding

Traveling to the Bahamas is as straightforward as it was before the pandemic. Of course, the experience isn’t exactly the same, as there are a couple of changes to ensure health safety. If you’re in the U.S., there are non-stop flights from major cities such as Atlanta, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Charlotte, and more into Georgetown Exuma, North Eleuthera, Staniel Cay. A direct flight to Nassau is available via American Airlines, Delta, and Silver Air. You can also get a flight to Nassau from Toronto, if you’re in Canada.

On the other hand, if your destination wedding venue is on one of the numerous Out Islands with miles of safe space for physical distancing, there are several modes of travel available. From the Nassau airport, you can travel via Bahamasair, the inter-island air service. You can also avoid the uncertainty of getting a connecting flight by hiring a private plane from Nassau. Most of the Out Islands have at least an airstrip where a private plane can land. Other options to get around the Bahamas include seaplanes, water taxis, and private yachts.

Bahamas Venues To Host Your Dream Destination Wedding in 2022

A Bahamas Destination Wedding
Photo courtesy of Alfred Anderson Weddings
Dining al fresco at The Cove Eleuthera … the private, secluded exclusive Bahamas wedding venue! Photo: Caroline Lima Photography

Whether you’re planning an elegant ballroom wedding with hundreds of guests, an intimate ceremony with family, or an outdoor wedding by the beach, there’s a perfect Bahamas wedding venue for you – from boutique hotels with incredible backdrops and private clubs perfect for intimate receptions to luxury resorts and private villas. 

The Island House. Photo by Chaz Cruz
Dream destination wedding ceremony
The Emerald Bay Golf Course, Exuma. Photo by Alfred Anderson Weddings

You can host your destination wedding on the expansive events lawn of The Island House, surrounded by lush landscape. Luxury resorts like Rosewood Baha MarThe Grand Isle Resort, and The Cove Eleuthera, have several spectacular indoor and outdoor venues, including access to a private beach to say “I Do” and host an alfresco reception. 

The Cove Eleuthera Ceremony at the Pointe. Photo: Caroline Lima Photography

For a casual wedding reception ceremony, Blu Exuma’s mouth-watering dishes and dining space, with its breathtaking view of the water, is just perfect. Also, the Old Fort Bay Club’s elegant colonial-style banquet room and sea-side dining venues offer a memorable venue for your Bahamas destination wedding. 

Plan an Unforgettable Destination Wedding in The Bahamas with Chic Bahamas Weddings

An Outdoor Bahamas Destination Wedding
Photo courtesy of Carolina Lima Photograph

COVID-19 has made planning a destination wedding even more challenging. We’re not going to sugarcoat it. But, you don’t have to give up on your dream of tying the knot in the Bahamas. Not when you can get the help of a professional like Chic Bahamas Weddings.

Bahamas wedding planner Marva Munroe
Photo by Carolina Lima Photography

We’ll help make your tropical destination wedding a dream come true. Our professional destination wedding planning staff will help you with everything – from picking guests at the airport and booking your dream venue to obtaining your marriage license and planning activities for guests. We’ll handle all those tedious wedding tasks and boring to-dos. 

Furthermore, we’ll connect you with the best local vendors in the business, including photographers and make-up artists, as well as manage them to ensure that you get the services you need. And, whatever situation that may arise, no matter how small, will be taken care of by us. Nothing is allowed to stress you on your big day. 

From start to finish, you can participate as much or as little as you want in the planning of the wedding you’ve been picturing. Our goal is to help you and your guests enjoy a fantastic experience beyond your expectation and imagination. All you have to do is contact us at Chic Bahamas Weddings today!