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2013 Wedding plans

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2013 Wedding plans

My fiance and I are beginning to plan a September 2013 wedding and St. Lucia is at the top of our list in terms of destinations right now. I'm trying to figure out the best way to navigate large family/friends (about 100 to 140 people more or less) and affordable but nice accommodations with good food choices for a caribbean family that really love good food and like to have fun. We also want to know if a late September date is decent in the island in terms of the weather conditions. Any suggestions anyone? Been doing quite a bit of research and i'm trying to make this as easy and stress free for everyone including my fiance and myself.

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1. Re: 2013 Wedding plans

Try speaking to one of the girls at awesome caribbean weddings you won't go far wrong, just google them

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With a group that size you may want to check out Windjammer Landing -- here's a blog of a wedding that was held there

traveltoido.com/2011/…

The wedding planners at the resort can help you with anything you may wish. Awesome Caribbean Weddings is also a good operation to investigate. All the hotels in St Lucia have wedding planners and the cost for their services is included in your stay. You may also want to take a look at Bay Gardens Beach Resort, too.

Late September is during hurricane season but the weather can be absolutely awesome unless there is a tropical storm or hurricane close by. No way to predict those things unfortunately.

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Windjammer may be a great option if you want everyone to stay together at the resort, etc. Large resort with lots of different room choices, several restuarants, lovely beach, great wedding service, etc.

I would also highly recommend checking into Awesome Caribbean Weddings. They are an excellent destination wedding specialists who can arrange everything from rehearsal dinners, photographers, locations, flowers, favors, decor, music - everything. They are also quite quick with communication. If you work with them, I would recommend your party look into staying in the Rodney Bay area - lots of hotel choices in a 15 minute walking radius at lots of price points, over 30 restaurants and bars in walking distance, great stretch of beach with watersports for hire, casino and shopping, etc. That way everyone could stay near (easy walking distance) of each other, but at a place that fits their budget best.

With ACW - you can stay in RB, but have your wedding just about anywhere you want on the island - all beaches are public and there are loads of truly beautiful places around the island - Soufriere is first choice with the Pitons for the backdrop - Soufriere waterfront beach is beautiful, La Haut on the hillside with both Pitons and ocean views is gorgeous (and they have large gardens and restaurant to accommodate that size group), Malgretoute Beach is lovely, Jalousie beach is beautiful, etc. Pigeon Island in the north is quite lovely and pictures around the ruins would be beautiful. AWC can arrange for a seemingly private beach where there are almost never visitors or find a cliff top to host. Plantations are available, etc. All sorts of options.

another option are the family AI resorts around the island. All 3 offer wedding packages for a minimum night stay - the wedding would be at the resort with all their services/facilities, etc. The bonus - everyone stays together, wedding is on-site, minimal planning needed by you (wedding coordinator handles everything) Cons - little personalization and no options for venues outside of the resorts (and none are in Soufriere) Morgan Bay, Smugglers Cove and Coconut Bay. Of the 3, I have been to several weddings at C-Bay - and they are beautiful. The backdrop with the Maria Islands in the distance is quite lovely. the other 2 are lovely too, but I don't find the views as nice. All 3 are great family friendly AIs with adult only areas, pools, enterainment, several restaurants, etc.

good luck - I imagine it is a bit stressful starting to think about planning a wedding and trip for that large of a party! Congrats in advance!

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Thank you all so much for your suggestions...this is a really big help! I had already thought about contacting ACW, but I also wanted to see what my best options were according to the experts. I am definitely trying to make sure that I find a place that is affordable and accessible for my family as well my fiance's family and friends. I'm sure the bulk of the crowd will want to stay at the same hotel. I was thinking Bay Gardens and possibly one other hotel for room blocks and then having the wedding day and cocktail/reception elsewhere. What is most important to us is that everyone is able to eat well (we have some picky family), and that they have a clean location to stay and have a good time all around. I was also really concerned about the weather in late September and whether or not the island is still busy around that time or do most businesses close down? Would hate to be there during a really off season where everyone can't enjoy what ST. Lucia really has to offer.

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If you are thinking Bay Gardens (I am assuming the Beach Resort) there are two other Bay Garden properties that are less expensive that your guests could utilize or another possibility of an additional hotel is Coco Palm. That way everyone will be able to access any kind of food they may desire and they'll be close to the fabulous grocery store in the mall that offers just about anything you could desire. If you are planning on doing that then I would definitely contact Awesome Caribbean Weddings to assist with the planning of your wedding and reception.

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Thanks again for all of your suggestions!

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