Yes, not only can you elope at a Sandals Resort, but it is a great option for a couple looking for an affordable and carefree wedding.
If you’re getting married and you think you’d like to elope, you’ll definitely want to consider eloping at a Sandals Resorts are not only gorgeous places to get married and then honeymoon, but they also provide a ton of perks and services to make getting married super easy.
Why Elope at Sandals?
Perhaps one of the best reasons to elope at a Sandals resort is that you can get a free wedding at Sandals with just a 3-night minimum stay. This means that your Sandals elopement cost could just be the amount you spend on your room or suite! And since Sandals resorts are all-inclusive, you won’t have any surprise fees to deal with after you come home.
Another great reason to elope at Sandals Resorts is that none of the Caribbean islands where Sandals resorts are located require any blood tests or medical exams to get married! Plus, all Sandals weddings come with a complimentary onsite wedding planner to take care of all the details for your special day.
The Sandals Beautiful Beginnings package (see below for details) offers a great wedding for nothing more than the cost of your room. This package is good for up to 8 guests including the bride and groom, so if you want to have a few close friends or family members at the ceremony, you can. But if you want to elope in the traditional way with just the two of you, you can do that as well.
Tip: While the Beautiful Beginnings package is free, neither it nor any of the other Sandals wedding packages include the mandatory government fees. These range from $95 in Jamaica to $325 for weddings in Barbados; your Sandals wedding planner will be able to tell you what the local fee is and how to pay it, as well as assist you with the necessary paperwork. Figure these fees into your Sandals elopement cost.
Sandals Wedding Packages
Sandals Resorts offer “Customizable Weddings,” with a range of packages that you can use as a base and then add options on to personalize your celebration. If you stay at least 3 nights in any type of room, you can take advantage of the free wedding package for your elopement at Sandals: Sandals Beautiful Beginnings.
The Sandals free wedding package includes
- A personal wedding planning team
- Bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere
- 5×7 wedding photograph
- Two-tiered white fondant wedding cake
- Table settings
- Chiavari chairs
- Pre-recorded music for the ceremony
- 1-hour cocktail reception for up to 8 guests including bride and groom
- Reception table centerpiece
- A signature cocktail for the bride and groom
- Marriage paperwork
- A wedding gift
- $15 discount on spa services
- Romantic turndown service with flower petals on the first evening of your honeymoon
- Breakfast in bed with mimosas on any morning you choose for your honeymoon
- A honeymoon dinner with white-glove service and complimentary sparkling wine in one of the resort’s specialty restaurants.
If you stay 7 nights or longer, you get Premium Perks
- Up to $500 toward license and administrative fees
- $500 towards a room upgrade
- $200 credit on select photography packages
- $200 credit on certain videography packages or on an anniversary stay
- $100 towards your choice of scuba diving, snuba, candlelight dinner, or a private cabana.
If you book 5 or more guest rooms, you can add “Bells and Whistles” to your weddings such as tiki torches, a sangria bar, and a lobster wedding dinner.
You can also create a completely custom elopement at Sandals by choosing from a wide variety of options and ceremony locations—including an incredible overwater wedding chapel (at certain locations; see below for details).
One extra you can add is the Kiss Me at Twilight package ($600), which ensures your ceremony will be held at that magical twilight hour and includes a unity sand ceremony.
A great incentive that Sandals offer is the Preview Your Wedding package. For discounted rates (starting at $250 per couple per night) you can stay up to 3 nights at the resort you’re considering for your elopement, look at venues, meet with a wedding planner, and go over menus and cake options. This is an excellent way to make sure you’ve chosen the best Sandals location for you and to get a real feel for how your wedding there will be. And if you’re having guests, you’ll get up to a $1050 credit if you book your wedding there and reserve at least 5 rooms.
Sandals Resorts Wedding Locations
Let’s take a look at all the Sandals resorts so you can choose the best Sandals resort to elope to for you. There are 17 Sandals resorts, all located on stunning Caribbean beaches: 2 in The Bahamas, 3 in St. Lucia, 2 in Barbados, 1 in Antigua, 1 in Grenada, 1 in Curacao, and 7 in Jamaica.
While each location offers similar amenities and activities, there are some differences, especially when it comes to wedding options.
Which are the best Sandals resorts to elope at?
It depends on what sort of ceremony you want to have when you elope at Sandals. Here are some of the wedding locations at the different Sandals resorts.
For the ultimate unique wedding experience, how about getting married on a secluded island? The private island at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica is a stunning setting for weddings. Just a short boat ride away from the resort, this beautiful spot has gorgeous white sand beaches and amazing amenities like a pool with a swim-up bar and a beautiful Asian-inspired restaurant. Daybeds shaded by thatched roofs are dotted along the beach.
Do you want to walk down a glass floor aisle in a stunning overwater chapel, surrounded by 360-degree views of the Caribbean? Just four Sandals locations offer Over-the-Water Wedding Chapels: Sandals South Coast, Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Ochi in Jamaica, and Sandals Grande St. Lucian in St. Lucia.
At Sandals Royal Barbados, you can get married on the Sky Terrace beside a rooftop pool, overlooking the sparkling turquoise sea.
Sandals Montego Bay offers the Intimate Resort Chapel, a secluded spot with a more traditional feel. A charming path through lush greenery and fountain pools leads to the white chapel, which features a vaulted ceiling, wooden pews, stained glass windows, and an elevated altar.
All Sandals resorts except the Barbados location offer an open-air Oceanfront Gazebo overlooking the beautiful Caribbean. Most Sandals locations offer a Garden Gazebo as well, which is tucked amid tropical gardens near the sea.
For a sophisticated setting, you can get married in the European Wedding Garden, featuring a white pergola surrounded by manicured lawns, beautiful blooms, and elegant water features. This is available at Sandals Emerald Bay in The Bahamas, Sandals Ochi in Jamaica, and Sandals Grande Antigua in Antigua.
And of course, at every Sandals location, you can get married on a pristine beach, with the ocean just steps away.
On the Sandals website, you can explore each of these locations in detail.
Consider Using a Sandals Travel Agent to Help You Elope at Sandals
Even if it’s just the two of you, you may want to work with a Sandals travel agent to help you find the best Sandals resort to elope to, and help plan your trip. A Preferred Sandals Specialist is a travel advisor who specializes in booking travel to Sandals locations and is recognized as an expert. They go through an extensive education program about Sandals Resorts and keep up to date on the latest information.
You’ll want to find a travel consultant who is a Sandals Weddings Specialist. They know everything about the various wedding and honeymoon packages available and can match you with the best options and resorts for what you want.
Sandals travel agents can save you money, above and beyond the usual discounts you find online. They’re able to get the lowest price, and they know which upgrades are worth your money and which aren’t. Also, they have access to extra options. And since they book so much travel with Sandals resorts, they can make sure that special requests are taken care of.
Plus, they can help during your trip if any problems come up. They usually monitor the area for weather issues or other factors that can impact you on your Sandals vacation, and can easily reschedule flights or make itinerary changes if you need it.
What do you think? Are you ready to elope at a Sandals resort? Do you have any more questions or need help planning your trip? Let us know in the comments!
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.