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A Short Guide to Planning Weddings on St. Martin in the Caribbean

 

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St. Martin in the Caribbean the perfect place to plan beach weddings. This charming island, split between the exotic “Dutch side” and more intimate, slower-paced “French side” is favorite location for honeymoons, vow renewals, family reunions, birthdays and other special events.

We have created this blog post as a guide to help you plan your wedding on our beautiful island. We have provided information about the island, what paperwork you need to get married here, flights, activities, and more.

And with our local knowledge and experience, we are on hand for advice and assistance at any time.

Planning a St. Martin Wedding

St. Martin is a small island of coves and sheltered bays. Thanks to this spectacular natural setting, weddings on the island can be intimate and unforgettable experiences. The northern, leeward side of the island overlooks magnificent and unforgettable Caribbean sunsets – a truly unique touch for your wedding.

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Of particular interest is our own home village of Grand Case. With two beaches to choose from just steps from the hotel and a spectacular backdrop of beautiful azure Caribbean sea, you can plan a secluded and very personal wedding right on the beach. Contact us now to plan your event!

Weddings in St. Martin: take your vows looking out over the Caribbean

If you are inviting a large number of guests for a destination wedding on St. Martin, Grand Case Beach Club features what must be the most unique and special place to hold a wedding on the island: a promontory overlooking the Caribbean.

St. Martin’s Grand Case Beach Club After Gonzalo

If you have a large wedding party, the promontory is perfect for the ceremony itself or as a venue for the reception. The promontory has a pavilion where we can set up tables and a dance floor for your reception.

Catering

Our Sunset Cafe is a very special restaurant tucked away on our corner of the island. For your wedding celebration, we can make special arrangements to create custom menus and bring a very special occasion to life.

Dine inside and enjoy the tasteful ambiance or dine outdoors with the picturesque ocean backdrop.

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Every evening, the cafe becomes a romantic candle-lit fine French restaurant while offering a glimpse of the legendary “green flash” of a Caribbean sunset. Learn more about our Sunset Cafe.

Activities for Honeymooners and Guests

Most newlyweds come to St. Martin to relax and get away from it all, but if you’re planning a destination wedding, keep in mind your guests may be keen to explore the many opportunities for adventures St. Martin has to offer.

St. Martin’s Grand Case Beach Club After Hurricane

Day trips and sunset sailing excursions

Everything on the wonderful island of St. Martin revolves around the beach and the sea.

It is possible to get boats of all sizes and capabilities to cater for excursions to other islands. You can also book a boat should you with to enjoy a party at sea. We will be happy to advise you of all the different options available.

Please take a look at our excellent St. Martin excursions page to get more ideas of things to do while you are here.

Sunset cruises

During your honeymoon, enjoy a very romantic cruise along the coast of St Martin at sunset. Celine Charters offers one such excursion, while Passaat organizes romantic cruises from Simpson Bay.

St. Martin beaches

Popular St. Martin beaches (on our “French side” of the island) include:

  • Orient Beach
  • Baie Rouge
  • Pinel Beach

Popular Sint Maarten (the spelling for the “Dutch side” of our island) beaches include:

  • Mullet Bay Beach
  • Dawn Beach
  • Little Bay Beach

Find out more about Sint Maarten beaches

Fishing

St. Martin is one of the top fishing spots in the world. There are a variety of fishing charters and game fish guides for everyone from the recreational to the most experienced fishermen. Learn more about St. Martin fishing.

Diving and snorkeling

Most dive sites are within a 20 minute boat ride and wet-suits are definitely not necessary in these warm waters. Learn more about St. Martin diving.

Playing golf

St. Martin’s lone golf course at Mullet Bay Resort offers golfers of all levels a formidable challenge. Learn more about playing golf on St. Martin.

St. Martin itineraries

From day hikes to museums, to sailing around the island, here are some sample St. Martin itineraries for your guests.

St. Martin Visas, Currency, and Wedding Paperwork

Most couples planning a wedding on St. Martin will have a civil service in their home country before they arrive, and then have a formal ceremony here.

Tying the knot before you arrive avoids much of thepaperwork required to get married on both the French and Dutch sides of the island.

Registering your marriage on St. Martin

If you choose to perform your civil service here and officially register your marriage after you arrive, at least one person must be a resident of the Collectivity of Saint Martin (the French side of the island). Getting officially married here is a lengthy process that requires a great deal of planning.

More information about getting married on the French side of the island can be found here (official St. Martin tourism website).

The Dutch side of St. Maarten has similar rules regarding how foreign visitors may be married on our beautiful island, which can be found here (official Sint Maarten tourism website).

Wedding officiate on St. Martin

Grand Case Beach Club would be delighted to provide you with a list of ministers, priests and civil servants who may act as your wedding officiate, either for a formal or civil (official) wedding ceremony.

Currency: Do I need dollars, euros, or guilders?

On St. Martin, the French side of the island (our side of the island) we accept US dollars and euros. On Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of the island, they accept three currencies: dollars, euros and guilders.

How to Get to St. Martin

Our island is serviced by most of the world’s major airlines, so travel to St. Martin is a straightforward process. Award-winning Juliana International (SXM) is the largest airport on the island, and Grand Case Airport (CCE) is close to Grand Case Beach Club, leaving you more time to relax in your perfect Caribbean getaway. However, no matter where you’re coming from, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a flight to St. Martin. Read more about flights here.

Get help with your wedding

Grand Case Beach Club is happy to monitor and track the reservations of all your guests as you plan your wedding, and we can meet any special rooming requests they may have.

We are also able to assist you with any items you would like placed in your guests’ rooms at any point during their stay, such as welcome notes, wedding itineraries, champagne and wine, flowers, fruit or cheese baskets, party favors or gift baskets.

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