Bride and groom standing in a sea half underwater for their incredible wedding photo capturing underwater dress floating while the couple kissing

Bahamas Full Wedding Planning and Cost Guide

So how much it cost to get married in Bahamas?





average cost of mid-range wedding venue for 50 people

average cost of wedding planner in Bahamas

average cost of accommodation per room per night in Bahamas at popular wedding destinations

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3. how to get legally married in bahamas

1. best places to get married in Bahamas

2. Budget Planning

what to book and how to do it

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across all islands

6. wedding photography

5. travel tips

4. activities you can do while in bahamas

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cost of flight, hotels & where to stay

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Where to get married in Bahamas and Which wedding venue to choose?

The Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands, each with its unique charm, and some popular wedding destinations include Nassau, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, and the Out Islands. When choosing your location, consider your wedding size, budget, and preferred scenery to find the perfect setting for your special day. To add a unique touch to your wedding photos, consider taking a boat trip to the nearby pink sand beaches, such as those found on Harbour Island or Eleuthera, for a romantic portrait session. Alternatively, you could capture unforgettable moments with a seaside photo shoot, with the stunning turquoise waters of the Bahamas as your backdrop.

  1. Atlantis, Paradise Island: This iconic resort offers a range of wedding venues, including beachfront locations, lush gardens, and elegant ballrooms. The resort also provides various wedding packages and services to make planning easier.
  2. One&Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island: This luxurious resort offers an exclusive and romantic setting for weddings. Venues include the Versailles-inspired terraced gardens, a beachfront location, and an intimate 12th-century Augustinian cloister with breathtaking ocean views.
  3. Sandals Royal Bahamian, Nassau: This all-inclusive couples-only resort is located on Cable Beach and offers several wedding venues, including white-sand beaches, a private offshore island, and beautiful gardens. Sandals provides customizable wedding packages for a stress-free planning experience.
  4. Baha Mar, Nassau: This luxurious resort complex offers a variety of wedding venues, including pristine beaches, stunning pools, lush gardens, and elegant indoor spaces. Baha Mar provides professional wedding planners and customizable wedding packages to help create your dream wedding.
  5. Grand Lucayan, Grand Bahama Island: This resort offers a variety of indoor and outdoor wedding venues, such as pristine beaches, lush gardens, and elegant ballrooms. The resort provides customizable wedding packages and an on-site wedding planner to help with all the details.
bride and groom standing in sunset for an amazing photo during their destination wedding and backlit with a flash in Bahamas, Nassau

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Wedding costs in the Bahamas can vary greatly depending on your desired location, number of guests, and level of luxury.

Here are some of the key costs to consider.






Venue hire



In the Bahamas, catering for weddings often comes as part of the package when booking a venue, especially at resorts or hotels. These establishments typically have in-house catering teams that provide a variety of menu options, including local and international cuisines. Best of all that most of these packages have unlimited Bahama Mama cocktail option.

When choosing the right venue for your Bahamas wedding, consider the number of guests, local amenities like water parks for added fun, and whether you prefer a beachfront setting or a more luxurious style to ensure a perfect balance between a memorable ceremony and an enjoyable experience for your guests.

I highly recommend hiring a luxury destination wedding photographer over a local photographer, as we offer expertise and a personalized approach, ensuring high-quality, true story-telling photos that capture your special day's essence. While local package options may be more budget-friendly, you shouldn't compromise on your memories for years to come..

If video is important to you, consider asking your high-end photographer for recommendations, but research to ensure the videographer's style aligns with your vision. A luxury videographer will capture the essence of your day and create a stunning, cinematic film that tells your love story.

cost: $100-250 per person

cost: $1-10K

Starts at: $5K addon

starts at: $10K inc. travel





Wedding planner



Decorations and flowers

If you're not familiar with the Bahamas, it's highly recommended to hire a local wedding planner. They can help you navigate the planning process, recommend trusted vendors, and manage logistics on the big day.

I highly recommend a Anne-Marie from weddingsinthebahamas.com.

When selecting music and entertainment options in the Bahamas, keep in mind that many venues offer resident DJs as part of their wedding packages, providing a convenient and cost-effective solution. Alternatively, you can also consider hiring local bands to infuse your celebration with the unique sounds and rhythms of the islands.

For your wedding officiant in the Bahamas, there are excellent local options available, such as certified celebrants who can tailor the ceremony to your preferences. However, if you opt for a symbolic ceremony, consider having a close friend or family member serve as the officiant, adding a personal touch and making the occasion even more special and memorable.

When selecting decorations for your Bahamas wedding, consider using local flowers like the vibrant Yellow Elder or the beautiful Frangipani for a cost-effective and authentic island atmosphere, while also supporting the local economy and showcasing the natural beauty of the islands.

cost: $500-4000

cost: $1,500-5000

cost: $500

Starts at: $1,500


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how to get legally married in Bahamas as US or Canadian citizen?

Please note that the information provided here is for general informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. Consult a legal professional or the Bahamian consulate for the most up-to-date information on getting married in The Bahamas for American and Canadian couples.

  • Residency requirement: Both American and Canadian couples must be present in The Bahamas for at least 24 hours before applying for a marriage license. This is to fulfill the residency requirement.
  • Proof of citizenship: Couples will need to provide valid passports as proof of citizenship, as well as other required identification documents (e.g., birth certificates, driver's licenses).
  • Declaration of single status: Both parties must prove that they are free to marry by providing a sworn declaration of single status, usually in the form of an affidavit. If either party has been divorced, a copy of the final divorce decree is required. In the case of widowhood, a copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse is necessary.
  • Marriage license application: Couples must complete and submit a marriage license application to the Registrar General's office in Nassau or Freeport, along with the required fee of $120 (Bahamian dollars). The license is usually issued within two business days.
  • Minimum age: The minimum age to marry in The Bahamas is 18 years old. If either party is under 18, parental consent is required in the form of a notarized affidavit.
  • Witnesses: Two witnesses are required to be present at the wedding ceremony. If the couple does not have witnesses, the Registrar's office can provide them for a fee.
  • Certified copy of marriage certificate: A certified copy of the marriage certificate is available for a fee of $20 (Bahamian dollars). Couples may want to obtain this for their records and any legal proceedings in their home country.
  • Waiting period: After obtaining the marriage license, there is no waiting period or blood tests required to get married in The Bahamas

where to stay & when to travel

when to buy the ticket

There is no magic trick when it comes to purchasing tickets; it's best to buy them as soon as they become available, typically 8-10 months before your visit. The longer you wait, the more expensive they will become.



The Bahamas can be expensive when it comes to accommodations, and it can be challenging to find a place where you and your guests can stay together. While there are numerous options available, one recommendation to consider is Sandy Beach Port Resort.

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the hurricane season

Hurricane season in The Bahamas runs from June to November. Planning a wedding during this time poses risks due to potential severe weather, which may cause disruptions, flight cancellations, or venue closures. It's advisable to avoid scheduling a wedding during hurricane season for a smoother experience.

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what can you and wedding guest do in Bahamas for fun

Families attending a wedding in The Bahamas can also enjoy a plethora of activities suitable for all ages. Numerous family-friendly resorts cater to younger guests with kids' clubs, water parks, and entertaining activities such as treasure hunts or arts and crafts. Families can also explore the captivating marine life by visiting popular attractions like the Atlantis Aquarium or participating in dolphin and sea lion encounters at Blue Lagoon Island. A trip to Ardastra Gardens and Wildlife Conservation Centre allows families to observe native Bahamian wildlife up close, while the Pirates of Nassau Museum offers an interactive and educational experience for kids.

The Bahamas offers a wide range of activities for wedding guests without kids, ensuring an unforgettable experience. Adventure-seekers can indulge in various water sports, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, or sailing, while exploring the vibrant marine life and stunning coral reefs. Chartering a private yacht for a day can provide an intimate and luxurious way for guests to bond while taking in the breathtaking views. For those who prefer relaxation, the pristine white-sand beaches provide the perfect setting for sunbathing, swimming, or enjoying a refreshing cocktail. History buffs can delve into the rich Bahamian culture by visiting landmarks and museums in Nassau or taking a guided walking tour of the charming colonial architecture.

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I have traveled the whole world with my lovely couples

As a globe-trotting wedding photographer, I've captured love from The Bahamas to Santorini and countless stops in between. I bring a unique blend of experience, creativity, and a dash of badassery that elevates your wedding memories to Insta-worthy levels. From scouting jaw-dropping backdrops to snapping those candid, heart-melting moments, I've got your back. Get ready for a fun, personalized, and unforgettable photography experience that'll make your friends swoon and your wedding hashtag trend. #BestDecisionEver

Opting for a destination wedding photographer over local suppliers definitely has its perks. Sure, I might be twice as expensive, for example, but I guarantee you that it's worth it. I'm not just talking about the quality of the photos, but also the quality of service, peace of mind, communication, and my undivided attention.

Bride and Groom walking on the pier of Nassau in Bahamas for their destination wedding photograph during the sunset


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A multi-day wedding across Nassau and Exumas from first-look photos through pool parties till the crazy sunset.