Reed Travel Features
ST. JOHN'S -- Old buildings, new packages, borrowed tradition,
clear blue waters.
The island of Antigua follows the time-honored wedding tradition
with its resorts featuring packages catering to couples getting
married or newlyweds.
These island hotels offer a range of services for newlyweds --
some arrange the weddings themselves, and others offer honeymoon
A listing follows:
* Admiral's Inn, in Nelson's Dockyard at English Harbour,
created a honeymoon package valid May 6 to Dec. 14.
The package includes accommodations in a superior room decorated
with fresh flowers. A six-night package is priced from $670 per
couple and covers chilled champagne, transportation to local
beaches, a boat trip around the harbor and use of snorkel gear.
To book, call (800) 223-5695.
* Couples reserving accommodations at Club Antigua for
honeymoons will receive a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit plate,
a small gift and a candlelit dinner for two.
Wedding arrangements also can be arranged at the resort for $400
Included in the arrangements are all legal documents and fees,
two bottles of champagne, a one-tier wedding cake, punch for the
reception and a bridal bouquet and groom's boutonniere.
The wedding package must be booked through the hotel directly at
For reservations, call (800) 742-4276.
* The Falmouth Harbour Beach Apartments, located near Nelson's
Dockyard, features a Honeymoon Package valid throughout the
The plan includes accommodations in a room with a fully equipped
kitchen, a bottle of rum, fresh flowers and free use of boats and
Rates are $670 per couple May 6 to Dec. 14 and $955 Dec. 15 to
To book, call (800) 223-5695.
* The wedding packages at Galley Bay, Pineapple Beach Club and
the Royal Antiguan Beach and Tennis Club include the services of a
wedding coordinator, a marriage license, the ceremony site
decorated with tropical flowers, a bridal bouquet and groom's
boutonniere, a West Indian wedding cake, a bottle of champagne and
all government, registrar and ceremony charges.
The price is $600 per couple.
For couples staying at the resorts 13 nights or longer (in an
oceanview or bayview Royal-Inclusive room at the Royal Antiguan
Beach resort), the package is complimentary.
Call (800) 345-0271.
* For $700 per couple, the Hawksbill Beach Resort offers a
wedding package covering registrar's fees, a marriage license, a
civil ceremony in a decorated location and a wedding reception from
the hotel staff, including a toast for the bride and groom and a
The resort also offers honeymoon packages for three or seven
nights beginning at $678 per couple through Dec. 20. Winter rates
(Dec. 21 to April 15) start at $975 per couple.
The honeymoon package offers superior accommodations; champagne,
flowers and a fruit basket in the room; full American breakfasts
daily; a welcome drink, and one waterskiing lesson. For
reservations, call (800) 223-6510.
* Jumby Bay Island's wedding program, Marriages in Paradise,
will guide couples through all of the appropriate legal processes
and arrange for a wedding on its grounds, catering to the couple's
Legal fees are the responsibility of the couple and a full range
of wedding reception services are available.
Pricing per couple for the inclusive Honeymoon Hideaway Packages
ranges from $2,600 to $4,800 for a four-night plan, while
seven-night plans are available starting at $4,450 to $8,400.
Prices do not include government tax or service charge. Call (800)
* Guests reserving the wedding package at Rex Halcyon Cove
receive the services of a wedding coordinator; a bottle of
sparkling wine and a selection of fruit in the room upon arrival;
one jug of fruit juice; hors d'oeuvres; a wedding cake; breakfast
or a la carte dinner; a bridal bouquet and groom's boutonniere; a
decorated location for the wedding; souvenir T-shirts, and
registrar and legal fees. The price starts at $385 and is subject
To book, call (800) 255-5859.
* Yepton Beach Resort features a honeymoon package including
seven nights' accommodations; champagne and flowers upon arrival;
daily American breakfast, featuring one breakfast in bed; four
dinners; a day cruise with a buffet lunch and open bar, and
The package price starts at $1,500 per couple, through Dec. 15.
Call (800) 361-4621.
Marriages in Antigua require valid passports, an original
divorce decree if previously married or original marriage and death
certificates if widowed.
The procedure involves visiting the Ministry of Legal Affairs
for an application and to pay the legal fees, about $200, and
confirmation of a date and time for the wedding ceremony with the
marriage officer and the wedding itself. Two witnesses are
required, and all can be accomplished within 24 hours.