Expert Advice from wedding guru, Sharon Naylor
Good Evening Sharon!
My fiance and I are from Chicago and we are looking to do a destination wedding. We were currently looking at the Bahamas, when it was mentioned to us to check out some of the islands on the east coast. The farthest east that I have been is D.C. so I don't know a whole lot about the islands along the east coast. I was wondering what your thoughts/suggestions were one either location. We are paying for the wedding ourselves so there is definitely a budget. I really appreciate any help that you could offer. Thank you so much!
If you're looking to go right off the coast, there's Hilton Head Island, SC that's really nice for weddings. They have a tremendous amount of nice resorts there, with plenty to do, and that's a very popular golf destination in case any of your guests are golfers!
My #1 choice is in the Caribbean, on the island of St. John. Check out www.caneelbay.com, which is where I honeymooned. Their Facebook page will show you a lot about the resort and how gorgeous it is -- their destination weddings team is top-notch and the food is phenomenal. I actually honeymooned there and we've been back 3 times. Definitely worth checking out. The garden rooms are very affordable, and look for their special packages like a free day.
Another location is Tucker's Point on Bermuda. It's a bit closer to you, a shorter flight, but also very pretty and a great destination wedding location. Bermuda is beautiful as well, very charming with its British culture.