Tying the knot in Saint Lucia

There’s a reason why the magical island of Saint Lucia is praised year after year as the most romantic island for weddings and honeymoons by numerous travel sources.  In 2002 – 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Saint Lucia was awarded World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination as well as the Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination award for 2011 and 2012. The colorful towns, picturesque views, intimate sunsets and magical beaches all confer to the romance that that you experience every time you visit.


Sunset at Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina

I have never felt so warm inside as I look around and breathe in an air filled with love and excitement when strolling through golden sands towards the most intimate sunsets.  Saint Lucia is truly the one destination that offers perfectly luxurious getaways for the perfect couple.  Here, you can share freshly cut coconuts with the one you love and also experience an exhilarating rainforest zip line tour.  This land of magic and mystery allows you the freedom to tie the knot anywhere you like!  I have witnessed many weddings that leave me with tears of joy as I feel that connection that many feel whenever they come in contact with the most beautiful wedding, honeymoon and vow renewal spots that this destination island has to offer.  You have the option to be enchanted by a lovely beach wedding that has you feeling like a dream come true with the waters of the Caribbean Sea flowing gently over your toes or a tropical garden wedding where you are surrounded by unique designs of flora and sweet chirping melodies of little song birds.  There is also the option to have a more traditional wedding in historic churches where you can continue to write your history together.

It really is very simple and easy to say I do right here!  Here is what you need to plan a destination wedding in Saint Lucia:

  • Passport of each party
  • Birth Certificate of each party
  • Decree Absolute if one of the parties is divorced
  • In the case of a widow or widower, a death certificate of the deceased spouse
  • A Deed Poll if a name has been changed
  • If one of the parties is under the age of 18 years, evidence of a consent of parents in the form of a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public.
  • An authenticated translation of any document not in English
  • Applications made by a local solicitor to the Attorney General or notary who prepares and signs the license.



Yes, a destination wedding would be perfect for you and also perfect if you wish to say I do all over again.  I love vow renewals too as I get to witness couples fall in love again whilst sailing away towards the horizon with personal chef and assistant services on board.

If you wish to say I do, contact your Capella Marigot Bay romance specialist at res.marigotbay@capella.com to help make that dream wedding your reality.




Tips For Planning A Destination Wedding

Destination weddings are a trend that is growing in popularity.  Often for couples who’s families live far apart, or those looking for a bit of adventure, a destination wedding is the ideal option.  I’ve seen many such couples be joined in marriage here at Capella Ixtapa for these very reasons.  After all, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo offers amazing beaches and surrounding islands, beautiful tropical landscapes, exquisite cuisine, friendly people, beach lifestyle, stunning sunsets and pristine Mexico ambiance—who wouldn’t want to get married here?!

For some planning a destination wedding can be a daunting task.  So, I thought I would talk to Capella Ixtapa’s wedding consultant, José Brito, and get some insider tips on what you need to consider for planning the perfect event.


1. Define the wedding budget.  This first step of your wedding planning will help you define which destination to pick, the number of guests, hotel and wedding venue.

2. Pick a destination with convenient travel connections.  Since most of your guests will be traveling to the destination, pick a location which has easy and convenient travel connections.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has many direct flights from Mexico, US and Canada, so it is very convenient to travel here.  When planning a destination wedding contact your airline (or travel agent) and negotiate group rates.

3. Determine number of guests. Determining the guest list is crucial to understanding where and how your finances will be allocated.

4. Pick a destination and resort and that has something for everyone.  It is important to remember that when you ask guests to travel for your wedding the location becomes a vacation destination for them as well.  So be sure to pick a location that will suit your guests’ varied interests.  In Ixtapa Zihuatanejo you can find something for everyone; for couples, small or multigenerational families, for nature and ocean lovers, for sports lovers and for those who are looking for some relaxing time.  You can find anything from small luxury hotels, to hotels and resorts of a larger scale and even private accommodations.

5.  Work with a local wedding consultant.  A local wedding consultant will be able to help you navigate not only the legalities of getting married in your destination, but also will have relationships with local wedding vendors.  A local consultant can also introduce you to romantic local customs or help you plan excursions for you and your guests.

6.   Get there early.  When planning a destination wedding, Jose recommends that the couple arrives to the location a few of days prior to the wedding, so you can  review in person all the details with your wedding consultant, make final arrangements and get ready for your big day.

7.  Enjoy your wedding.  Jose explains, “Your destination wedding should be all about enjoying your most important day in a beautiful location with your closest group of family and friends,” don’t let the stress of planning it get in the way of enjoying it.  After all, you’ve chosen to have a destination wedding for the experience, so make sure you experience it!

If you are interested in leaning more about a destination wedding at Capella Ixtapa please visit our website, or call us at: USA Toll Free: 1 (877) 296-8889, Canada Toll Free: 1 (855) 842-3399 or Mexico Toll Free: 01-800-838-6501.

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Consejos Para Planear Una Boda En Destino

Las bodas en destino son una tendencia que cada vez es más popular.  Normalmente para parejas donde la familia vive lejos, o para aquellos que están buscando añadir un poco de aventura a su celebración, las bodas en destino son una excelente opción.  He visto muchas parejas como estas casarse en Capella Ixtapa por las mismas razones.  Ya que Ixtapa Zihuatanejo ofrece fabulosas playas e islas, hermosos paisajes tropicales, exquisita cocina, gente amigable, estilo de vida de playa y relajado, impresionantes puestas de sol y un auténtico ambiente mexicano – ¿A quién no le gustaría casarse en dichas condiciones?

Para algunos, planear una boda en destino puede ser una tarea desalentadora. Así que pensé en hablar con José Brito, asesor de bodas de Capella Ixtapa, y obtener un par de consejos para tener en cuenta cuando se planea un evento perfecto de este tipo.


  1. Define el presupuesto de la boda.  Este primer paso del planeamiento de tu boda te ayudará a elegir correctamente el destino, el número de invitados, hotel y lugar donde será la celebración.
  2. Elige un destino con conexiones de viaje apropiadas.  Debido a que la mayoría de tus invitados estarán transladándose de su lugar de residencia al destino de la boda, elige un sitio que tenga fácil y conveniente acceso a los viajeros.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo tiene muchos vuelos directos desde Mexico, los Estados Unidos y Canada, así que es muy conveniente al momento de viajar.  Cuando planees una boda de destino contacta a las aerolíneas (o agente de viajes) y negocia una tarifa para grupos.
  3. Determina el numero de invitados.  Determinar la lista de invitados es crucial para comprender dónde y cómo tu presupuesto será aplicado.
  4. Elige un destino y resort que tenga algo para todos.  Es importante recordar que cuando pides a tus invitados viajar para tu boda, el destino se vuelve un destino de vacaciones para ellos también.  Así que asegúrate de elegir un lugar que pueda tener algo para los variados intereses de tus invitados.  En Ixtapa Zihuatanejo se puede encontrar algo para todo gusto; para parejas, familias pequeñas o multigeneracionales, amantes de la naturaleza o del océano, para los amantes de los deportes y también para aquellos que buscan relajarse.  Puedes encontrar desde pequeños hoteles de lujo, a hoteles y resorts de gran escala e incluso alojamiento privado.
  5. Trabaja con un Asesor de Bodas local.  Un asesor de bodas local te permitirá navegar no sólo el aspecto legal de casarse en el destino elegido, sino también tendrá relación y conocimiento de los contratistas de boda locales.  Un asesor local también te puede introducir a tradiciones románticas locales o ayudarte a planear actividades para ti y tus invitados.
  6. Llega al sitio antes de tu boda.  Cuando planeas una boda en destino, Jose recomienda que la pareja llegue al lugar días antes de la boda, para que puedan supervisar en persona todos los detalles de tu boda con tu asesor de bodas, hacer arreglos y ajustes finales y prepararte con calma para tu gran día.
  7. Disfruta tu boda.  Jose explica “Debes disfrutar al 100% tu boda en destino, estar en un sitio hermoso con tu familia y amigos más cercanos” no dejes que el stress de planearla interfiera en el goce de la misma.  Después de todo, has elegido organizar una boda en destino por la experiencia, así que ¡asegúrate de vivirla plenamente!

Si están interesados en aprender más sobre nuestras bodas destino en Capella Ixtapa por favor visiten nuestra página web, o llámanos sin costo desde los Estados Unidos al: 1 (877) 296-8889; sin costo desde Canada al: 1(855)842-3399, o sin costo desde México al 01-800-838-6501.

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