When you’re planning a wedding, there’s a lot to consider. There’s even more to think about when you’re planning a destination wedding—and those considerations are very much based on the destination itself. We know it can be difficult to know where to start when planning your Turks & Caicos wedding, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our top tips for brides-to-be considering the Turks & Caicos as the perfect place for their upcoming wedding.
1. Consider the season
When deciding when to have your wedding, be sure you know the different seasons in the Turks & Caicos and what they entail. No, we don’t have “winter” in the traditional sense of the word, but there is a difference between getting married in August and tying the knot in January. Up north, September normally marks the beginning of Autumn. In the Turks & Caicos, it’s the dead of summer—and it gets hot. And most importantly, be aware of hurricane season, which runs from June to November. That doesn’t mean a hurricane will definitely interrupt your nuptials, but it’s always a small risk.
So when is the best time to get married? Generally, April to June is considered wedding season in the Turks & Caicos, in part because it’s not too hot, and because flight prices tend to go down following peak season (December to March).
2. Wear sunscreen
We’ve seen it happen too many times: The bride and groom arrive a week before the wedding and want to get nice and bronzed for their big day. The result isn’t always what they envisioned. Instead, picture bright red faces and unwanted tan lines that will need to be photoshopped out of wedding photos. Avoid all that mess. Be sure to wear sunscreen and plenty of it, and don’t spend more time in the sun than necessary. You will still get some color, even with sunscreen.
3. Dress accordingly
Remember that you’re getting married in the Caribbean. While we often get a cool sea breeze, our climate is still a tropical one, with an average temperature of 80 to 90 degrees (depending on the season). If you’re getting married outside, avoid a big, stuffy ballgown that will leave you sweating. It’s your wedding day, and you want to be comfortable—so dress for a Turks & Caicos wedding. Think sleeveless, backless, light material. Trust us—you will still look like a queen.
And if you’re getting married on the beach (most of our brides do), be practical with your shoes, if you wear any. When it comes to walking on sand, barefoot is always best. Don’t worry, you can still wear your high heels to the reception!
4. Go with the flow
This is good advice no matter where you’re getting married. But when you’re having a destination wedding in an unfamiliar place, it’s even more important to remember. Sometimes plans have to change—and that’s OK. Most brides will tell you their wedding day had a few hiccups, and most will also tell you that in the end, it didn’t matter. Some things are out of your control… like the weather. If the weather doesn’t go according to plan, don’t worry—we’ll make it work. We’ve done it before, and we’ll surely do it again. It’s true that a little rain never hurt anybody, and sometimes (as long as you can go with the flow!) it makes for a great story.
5. Hire a wedding planner
What’s the best way to have a stress-free Turks & Caicos wedding? That’s easy—hire a wedding planner to do all the dirty work for you. We’ve been planning weddings here for many years, and we take pride in what we do. We work closely with all the vendors you’ll need for your big day, and we have all the necessary materials and decor to create your dream wedding, whether you’re looking for something rustic or glam. We take care of all those pesky little details so you can focus on what’s important—family, friends and each other.
Ready to get started? Send us an email so we can get your dream Turks & Caicos wedding underway.