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St. Thomas Weddings Venues

Resorts

A number of hotels await your booking on St. Thomas, the busiest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands. Whether you work with a budget or choose to splurge on the biggest day of your life, there’s a spot somewhere on this 31 square mile paradise to perfectly suit your needs.

Many of the hotels and resorts in St. Thomas sit right along prized beachfront property, making a ceremony at the beach as easy as stepping outside the front door. The atmosphere you choose remains entirely up to you – opt for the fun loving and laidback Bolongo Bay Resort, or choose the more grandiose, luxurious surroundings of the Ritz Carlton or Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort for an elegant affair. Regardless of how you choose, the hotels generally offer services and wedding coordinators to make your life easier, as well as romantic extra little touches and perks when you book a package. Not only does working with a coordinator make the whole affair simpler, they can also help you navigate the paperwork details, and any other technicalities and legalities that may easily slip your mind. For the honeymoon, hotels also offer water sports, restaurants, bars, spas, entertainment, and more to keep you comfortable and entertained during your first few days together! Below, we’ve listed just a few popular choices with unique settings and/or great wedding planning services to help plan your perfect day.

Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa

Overlooking the beautiful Sugar Bay Beach, this hotel offers comfort and island hospitality to its guests. The Wyndham contains 294 guest rooms with private balconies and gorgeous views, 3 interconnecting pools, hot tubs, and a full spa, all providing plenty of relaxing activities before and after the wedding! Use the hotel as a starting point to explore the rest of the island, or simply lie back on the beautiful grounds and enjoy the beginning of your lives as a married couple.

The hotel offers several choices for your ceremony site -- consider the garden gazebo (up to 50 guests) or an exclusive section of Sugar Bay Beach (up to 30) for an outdoor experience surrounded by natural Caribbean beauty. If you prefer an indoor venue, the glamorous Estate Ballroom seats up to 500. Lastly, two terraces provide stunning views of the Caribbean waters. The popular St. John terrace sits 100 feet above the beach where guests can glimpse St. John and the British Virgin Islands, and the Garden Terrace features huge windows that frame the gorgeous blue Caribbean waters outside.

Couples must pay a $500, non-refundable deposit to reserve their wedding ceremony date, with the entire balance due exactly one month before your wedding. The hotel also offers group rates for 10 or more rooms.

To book a room visit: Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa

Contact:

Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa
6500 Estate Smith Bay
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802
Phone: 340-777-7100

Ritz-Carlton

For romance and elegance at its best, nothing beats a trip to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. With luxurious hotel rooms, 30 acres of manicured grounds, 2 pools, a Jacuzzi, and 4 decadent restaurants, couples find no shortage of things to see and do. The beachfront property also offers access to the sand and water of Great Bay, perfect for lounging or a day of water sports.

Ritz-Carlton wedding venues include everything from the intimate to the unique, and couples are certain to find a spot that speaks to them. One creative option is a ceremony aboard the Lady Lynsey, the hotel’s private catamaran. Other choices include lovely beachside ceremonies right on the sand, or two beautiful, private gazebos right in front of the water. Wedding packages are available for every site, offering convenient services such as music, flowers, and photography to take the stress away from the couple. A combination honeymoon and wedding package is also available. Although the weddings here might be pricier than those of competitors, the result is well worth it – go ahead and indulge in the wedding ceremony of a lifetime.

To book a room visit: Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Contact:

6900 Great Bay
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802
U.S.A.
Phone: (340) 775-3333
Fax: (340) 775-4444

Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort

Dramatically situated overlooking the Charlotte Amalie Harbor, the St. Thomas Marriot Resort brings Caribbean flavor to your wedding with their “Weddings in Paradise”, including wonderful ceremony sites, access to the beautiful Morning Star Beach, and a helpful staff to see you through from start to finish. Feel free to sit back, relax, and enjoy the “destination” part of your destination wedding, knowing that all your details are in capable hands.

How about a wedding beachside, right on the white sands and dramatic rock outcroppings of the beach? Open to the sea and less protected than some of the smaller bays, the views here go on for miles over the turquoise waters. If you prefer a more intimate outdoor venue, try the Garden Wedding Gazebo, with lush surrounding flowers and the sight of the beautiful Caribbean Sea spreading out before you. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, a number of indoor spaces are available to meet the needs of any sized wedding party.

The Marriot offers packages starting at $1,050 that from the simple to the luxurious, all of which are customizable to your preferences (take note, sunset ceremonies on the beach cost an extra $500 due to their popularity). Services including catering, flowers, music, cake, photography, and more, as well as indulgent additions such as champagne and next morning breakfast, small reminders that your marriage is taking place in paradise.

To book a room visit: Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort

Contact:

Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
5 Estate Bakkeroe
St. Thomas, 00801 Virgin Islands (US)
Phone: 1-340-776-8500
Fax : 1-340-715-6191
Sales: 1 340 776-8500
Toll-free: 1-800-524-2000

Bolongo Bay Resort

Stretching along the beautiful, palm-tree lined Bolongo Beach lies the Bolongo Bay Resort, a fantastic hotel with unbeatable prices and a great atmosphere! Wonderful, personable staff, comfortable rooms, island-renowned casual restaurants and absolutely gorgeous views are just a few of the things that make this venue worth your consideration.

The resort offers a number of different packages for couples, including beautiful beachside ceremonies. With soft sand, beautiful views, and dramatic rocky formations to the right when you face the sea, exchanging vows on Bongolo Beach create memories to last a lifetime. Another option is marrying aboard the Heavenly Days catamaran, and then setting out for a romantic 2-hour celebratory wedding cruise. For larger wedding parties, the hotel also offers “Friends and Family” wedding packages, with a 10% off discount for up to 25 guest rooms. When you choose these packages, the hotel offers incentives to bring more guests and book more rooms – the couple can cut the price of their reception, ceremony, and even get half off on their package. With a number of rooms to fit all budgets, and the choice to go all-inclusive or pay standard room rates, couples should have no trouble finding guests who can make the trip work! Enjoy this friendly hotel and all of its fabulous amenities on your wedding day, surrounded by friends and family, and simultaneously take advantage of one of the best deals on St. Thomas to benefit everyone in attendance.

To book a room visit: Bolongo Bay Resort

Contact:

7150 Bolongo
St. Thomas
US Virgin Islands 00802

Phone: 1 800-524-4746

Best Western Emerald Beach Resort

The Emerald Beach Resort sits on beautiful Lindberg Bay (also known as Emerald Beach.) A friendly hotel, it offers amenities to travelers including a pool, entertainment, water sports, and of course beachfront access to one of the most beautiful spots in the entire world! Exchange vows on quiet, lovely Emerald Beach in a stress-free setting, thanks to the packages and services offered by the Emerald Beach Resort. At a reasonable cost with terrific results, their coordinators can help you put together a gorgeous wedding you’ll remember for years to come.

A ceremony at the Emerald Beach Resort costs only $649, and includes unlimited correspondence through phone and e-mail, a wedding officiant, coordination of your wedding, 2 copies of your wedding license, filing of your marriage paperwork, a personal escort to the Superior Court, and a bamboo arch placed on the beach for your wedding ceremony! When the ceremony ends and the honeymoon begins, the Emerald Beach Resort offers 3 different wedding packages to suit every taste, featuring elegant luxuries such as breakfast in bed, rose petals, champagne, spa treatments, and romantic candlelit dinners. Indulge and relax while the hotel plans your wedding at the lovely Emerald Beach Resort in St. Thomas.

Website: Best Western Emerald Beach Resort

Contact:

Emerald Beach Resort
8070 Lindbergh Bay
St. Thomas, U.S.Virgin Islands 00802

Phone: 340-777-8800
Toll Free : 800-233-4936
Fax: 340-776-3426

Beaches

The beaches of St. Thomas capture the relaxed spirit of the Caribbean with their long white strips of sand, inviting blue waters, and diverse marine life. The benefit lies in their close proximity to many of the major hotels in the area – several of the bays sit directly in front of luxury resorts, perfect for wedding ceremonies. This conveniences your guests, as well – no long treks down cliffs or steep stairs to reach the beach, and amenities such as bathrooms, restaurants, and changing rooms are usually available. All of the beaches on St. Thomas are public, but some charge entry and site usage fees. Listed below are some of the more popular choices for weddings.

Magen’s Bay Beach

One of the most popular beaches on St. Thomas, heart-shaped Magen’s Bay Beach on the north coast frames exceptionally calm waters with a mile strip of white sand. Consistently called one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, this area features stunning views, and is arguably about as perfect of a venue as any couple could ask for. Facilities, including a bar, snack bar, restrooms, showers, lifeguards, and changing rooms, are available for the convenience of you and your guests from the hours of 8 AM-5 PM. Because Magen’s Bay is owned and maintained by the Magen’s Bay Authority, you must purchase a $100 pass for weddings.

For a bit more privacy, face the water and head to your right to find Little Magen’s Bay Beach, a much smaller sandy area with fewer people. Be aware, however, that this is somewhat of an underground nude beach, despite the illegal status of naked tanning on the U.S. Virgin Islands. It might be worth taking into consideration before you begin snapping wedding photos.

Website: Magen’s Bay Beach

Sapphire Beach

Sapphire Beach, appropriately named for the pretty blue shade of the water, sits on the eastern side of St. Thomas not far from the Sapphire Beach Resort. A restaurant and bar are available right near the beach, as well as bathrooms and chair rentals through the hotel. Popular for water sports, there is no shortage of interesting things to do and see on this each, including two reefs for snorkeling! It may be better to hold your wedding here early in the day or later at night, as the beach sometimes gets crowded during the day.

Sapphire Beach requires a $200 site fee for weddings, but the cost is waived if you are a guest of the hotel. If you fall in love with this particular beach, consider checking in and sharing your vows, then taking advantage of the sports and exploration opportunities!

Limetree Beach (Bluebeard’s Beach)

Close to the Bluebeard’s Beach Club property on the island’s south side, Limetree Beach is a favorite among many St. Thomas regulars. Edged in palm and sea grape, the white sand slopes down softly to frame mild warm waters, perfect for a beachside ceremony. Besides excellent views, the calm waters draw out many water sports fans, with rentals available from the hotel. Bathrooms, a restaurant, and a bar also sit close by for your convenience. For as beautiful as it is, this beach often draws quite a smaller crowd than expected – it’s an excellent spot for a little peace and quiet, and ideal for wedding ceremonies without hoards of people running through your celebration. The site is available for a $100 usage fee, which is waived if you stay at the hotel.

Coki Point

Another popular St. Thomas beach, Coki Point sits to the east right near Coral World Ocean Park, where it draws large numbers of tourists and locals alike with its scenic beauty. A large reef offers some of the best snorkeling in St. Thomas, hidden beneath beautiful blue water bordered in palm trees and white sand. Because of its beauty, convenient location, and numerous facilities, it draws some of the largest crowds in St. Thomas – food, drink, and souvenir vendors, a dive shop, bathrooms, lifeguards, and lockers bring everything visitors need directly to the beach. Because of its wonderful reputation, it’s also a popular stop for cruise ships, along with Magen’s Beach. If you don’t mind potential crowds, the stunning views may well be worth any other inconveniences. Planning an early morning or later evening ceremony may help avoid the worst of them.

Smith Bay (Lindquist) Beach

A lesser-known beach of St. Thomas, Smith Bay sits further off the beaten track than some of the other resort beaches, and generally stays less crowded. Reachable only by an easily missed dirt road, it’s a great choice if you prefer a wedding ceremony with more privacy in a beautiful, romantic setting, particularly in the early morning or in the evening. There are no facilities on Smith Bay Beach, so consider your needs before planning a wedding there – do you value a peaceful location that offers escape from modern life, or do you prefer the comforts of bathrooms, snack bars, and restaurants? The brilliant turquoise waters and small strip of sandy beach create the perfect setting for a quiet, intimate ceremony (expect a fee of $125.)

Sugar Bay Beach

A small east-side beach with a lot of personality, Sugar Bay sits in front of the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, making the hotel facilities such as bathrooms, restaurant, and bar available to visitors. True to its name, the pristine white sand, perfect for lounging, stretches the length of the beach and turns rockier as you enter the water, with the Wyndham rising from the background behind a border of trees. The hotel provides water sports rentals, and it’s not uncommon to see tiny figures jet skiing or windsurfing far out in the water.

This picturesque beach draws visitors from across the island as well as from the Wyndham Resort, so plan your ceremony time carefully to avoid potential crowds. You must pay a $100 site fee, which is waived if your stay at the hotel.

Lindberg Bay (Emerald Beach)

A calm, quiet beach, Lindberg Bay is flanked by the Best Western Emerald Beach Hotel and the Island Beachcomber Hotel, which means restaurants, drinks, water sports, and bathrooms are all available to visitors. With plenty of seagrape and palm trees for shade, and white sand that goes directly to the edge of the water, the scenery is absolutely beautiful – there’s even a playground at one end for any small children. However, be aware that the airport sits right next door, and the noise from planes taking off and landing is constant in the background. If you feel this might affect your ceremony, you may want to consider a different beach.

Secret Harbor

Home to the Secret Harbor Resort in eastern St.Thomas, Secret Harbor Beach is bordered with shady palm trees, surrounded by condos, and perfect for a quiet, relaxed beach ceremony. Clusters of rocks along the shore make for great snorkeling, and there are usually children playing out on the anchored float. A bar and restaurant near the hotel complete the idyllic Caribbean picture.

Vessup Bay Beach

For couples searching for undeveloped beaches without hotels, Vessup Beach provides a perfect solution. Popular with the local inhabitants, particularly on weekends, there’s a draw here that comes from the quiet beauty, the tangles of sea grape, and the lack of neatly organized beach chairs and hotel traffic. Explore this beach for lovers, and find the intimacy and privacy you’ve been looking for. Take a celebratory honeymoon swim in the calm blue waters, walk along the shoreline and enjoy the variety of wildlife, or hold your ceremony right among the waves. Except for a water sports booth, expect no amenities here – they aren’t what this location is about!

Bolongo Bay Beach

This south-lying beach offers something for every type of visitor – spend a few hours lounging on the strip of soft white sand, perhaps under the shade of the palm tree border, and then turn to face the ocean. To your right sit rock formations that hold some interesting snorkeling and exploration, and water sports abound from the nearby Bongolo Bay Resort. Whether you feel active or simply want to take in some sun, spend the entire day at this location and head home happy. Bathrooms and a hotel restaurant and bar make themselves available to guests. The area is perfect for a beautiful ceremony, and your guests will delight in the perfect views. Consider booking into the hotel and taking advantage of the catamaran wedding cruise, which carries you across the beautiful blue water and allows you to explore the bay from different angles!

Villas

For an intimate and private experience totally unlike the hotels, consider renting a villa for your wedding ceremony and honeymoon. The villas of St. Thomas come in a range of locations – choose one close to the hotspot cities of Charlotte Amalie or Frenchtown, or stay right near one of the beaches far away from the crowds, noise, and shopping. Villas come in a range of sizes, featuring anywhere from one bedroom to enough for an entire wedding party to stay over. Choose from the simple or the elaborate with pools, game rooms, fully equipped kitchens, tennis course, and of course beach access! Full of lovely spots to hold a wedding without any chance of peeping hotel guests, St. Thomas villas create an ideal setting for your destination ceremony.

Pavilions and Pools Villa Hotel

This affordable resort offers the privacy and intimacy that newlywed couples look for with 25 villas available for rent. Divided by fences and landscaping, each comes with its own individual pool and nearby beach access! With two different villa sizes available, guests can enjoy amenities such as maid service, equipped kitchens, living spaces, bedrooms, TVs, and more. Pavilions and Pools even offers Romance Packages, including 5 or 7 nights in a private villa with massages, day excursions, romantic dinners, and more. Consider this lovely location for a great start to your new life together!

Website: Pavilions and Pools Villa Hotel

Contact:

Pavilions and Pools
6400 Estate Smith Bay
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802

Telephone:
Toll-free: (800) 524-2001
(340) 775-6110
Antilles Resorts (St Thomas): 800-874-7897
Fax: 340-776-5694

Churches

For couples who prefer religious ceremonies in the Virgin Islands, a number of churches and other venues lie scattered across the island, including various denominations and religions. From the St. Thomas Synagogue to historic churches, St. Thomas makes it possible to plan meaningful weddings for couples from a number of different backgrounds and beliefs. Our list below offers you a starting point.

Agape Seventh Day Adventist Church – (340) 775-1224
All Saints Episcopal Church – (340) 774-0217
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church – (340) 774-1223
Asamblea Cristiana El Oasis – (340) 776-5162
Bovoni Baptist Church – (340) 775-0265
Calvary Baptist Church – (340) 774-1759
Christ Church Methodist – (340) 774-0797
Church of God of Prophecy – (340) 779-2404
Faith Christian Fellowship Alive In Christ – (340) 777-3312
Frederick Lutheran Church - (340) 776-1315
Grace Baptist Church - (340) 776-2950
Memorial Moravian Church – (340) 776-0066
Nisky Moravian Church – (340) 774-2809
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church – (340) 774-0885
St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral – (340) 774-3166
St. Thomas Assembly of God – (340) 776-7243
Saint Thomas Reformed Church – (340) 776-8255
Wesley Methodist Church – (340) 775-1293

Synagogues

St. Thomas Synagogue – (340) 774-4312

Other Venues

St. Thomas Synagogue

For a unique and meaningful religious ceremony, consider the St. Thomas Synagogue, steeped in years of a rich and colorful past. The venue features a distinctive sand floor, the same type that once muffled the prayers of the Jewish people during the Spanish Inquisition. Still a very active place of worship today, the synagogue holds events and ceremonies, and is a popular destination for bat and bar mitzvahs and weddings. Surrounded by palm trees, it combines the distinctive, laidback feel of the islands with a formal interior, the contents original and untouched since the most recent building was constructed in 1833. To begin planning your wedding at this location, contact Rabbi Stephen Fisher Moch (typically cost runs around $2,000.)

Website: St. Thomas Synagogue

Contact:

Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas
Krystal Gade #16AB, Queens Quarters
PO Box 266, St. Thomas, VI 00804

Phone: 340-774-4312
E-mail: hebrewcong@islands.vi

Peter’s Great House and Botanical Gardens

No matter what size wedding you choose to have, Peter’s Great House and Botanical Gardens provides lush, beautiful grounds, stunning views, and beautiful facilities to make your important day an absolute dream.

Established in the 1800’s as St. Peter Plantation, the remaining large house and beautiful gardens stay open today for tours and events. The observation tower provides amazing views at 1,000 feet of Magen’s Bay below, and visitors can even see several other islands scattered across the Caribbean Sea. Wander through the lush, romantic scenery or across one of the many deck areas, enjoying the peace and tranquility of a true island retreat.

The grounds lend themselves perfectly to weddings, with 2 beautiful air-conditioned dining areas – the Royal Palm Pavilion, which holds 40-150 people, and the Grand View Ballroom, which holds 120-500. At its fullest, Peter’s Greathouse accommodates up to 1,000 people. The site fee is $315 for 4 people, with an extra $12.50 for every additional person.

Website: Peter’s Great House and Botanical Garden

Contact:

3A-18 Estate St. Peter
St. Peter Mountain Rd
St. Thomas 00802

Phone:
340-774-4999
Fax:
340-774-1723

Coral World Ocean Park

For a truly different Caribbean wedding experience, Coral World Ocean Park brings you exotic marine life and lush surroundings along with customizable packages. This beautiful park offers exhibits, hands on animal encounters, and underwater experiences to bring visitors face-to-face with the Caribbean Sea. As a ceremony and reception area, it becomes an intimate site for any couple to exchange vows, right on the border of the park and the blue Caribbean waters. A standard package begins at $1,095.00 plus a 20% service fee, and includes coordination of your ceremony, the site fee with admission for up to 6 people, an officiant, an hour of photos, music, bouquet and boutonniere, wine, a 6” cake, and two complimentary admissions for your anniversary (upgrades are available as you feel necessary!)

Website: Coral World Ocean Park

Contact:

Coral World Ocean Park
6450 Estate Smith Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802

Phone: (340)775-1555
Toll Free: (888)695-2073
Fax: (340)775-9068

Villa Botanica

This stunning venue, once a working sugar plantation, is now 5.5 acres of beautiful estate surrounded by lush gardens, perfect for any destination wedding. Enjoy the view of Charlotte Amalie harbor, or wander through the grounds over the many twisting footpaths, bridges, and lawns. Features such as a pond with waterfall, fountains, a pavilion, and a garden devoted specifically to hundreds of brilliantly colored orchids create a romantic backdrop for any type of wedding. Inside, spacious rooms include a dance floor, bar, dining room, and private area for the bride to prepare.

Couples have the choice of a day ceremony, with the colors and views in full force to amaze your guests, or a romantic evening ceremony among the gardens. The area fits anywhere from a private 2-person ceremony to 200 people, with room for more if you choose alternate dining options. Three potential locations – on the lawn by the waterfall, on the terrace overlooking the harbor, or within the sugar mill itself – ensure that each couple finds the perfect spot for their “I do’s.”

Villa Botanica also offers optional packages for each site, allowing you to outfit you ceremony with beautiful canopies, flowers, and arches. These range from $800 to $2,600.

Website: Villa Botanica

Contact:

Plantation Crown and Hawk
7945 Estate Dorothea
St. Thomas, USVI, 00802

Telephone: 340-774-1136; 340-776-1138
Fax: 340-776-1138
E-mail: info@villabotanica.com











     
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