US Virgin Islands Wedding Planning
US Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands is made up of 3 islands: St Thomas, St John and St Croix and if you know anything of the US Virgin Islands, you will know that all 3 are a vacationer’s paradise. St. John. It’s the smallest, quietest, least populated and most secluded of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, where even the residents of neighbouring St. Thomas and St. Croix come to vacation.
Be that as it may, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t an excess of beaches, with all of the 44 beaches being open to the public. Within the Virgin Islands National Park are Cinnamon Bay and Maho Bay, and both offer sports and activities in the pristine water. Sailing, snorkeling and diving are also top attractions.
Planning your destination dream wedding in the US Virgin Islands make sense if you are wanting to wow your guests and really enjoy the time away to celebrate.
Virgin Islands National park
Laurence Rockefeller donated 5,000 acres of land to establish the National Park in 1956. Today, the park covers two-thirds of the emerald island of St. John and includes hiking trails, protected bays, stunning beaches, underwater sea gardens, petroglyphs, and the ruins of historic sugar mills.
Trunk Bay Underwater Snorkeling
The Trunk Bay Underwater Snorkeling Trail lies just offshore from the spit of land jutting out into the bay. In the crystal-clear waters here, you can spot up to 30 different species of fish. Underwater signposts label key features of the coral reef.
The Capital – Charlotte Amalie
Apart from many restaurants and entertainment options, Charlotte Amalie also offers the largest number of boutiques and jewelry shops in the Caribbean, as well as several picturesque beaches for swimming and snorkeling.
Popular things to do in Charlotte Amalie include climbing the historic 99 steps up to Blackbeard’s Castle, a National Historic Landmark, which is being restored after hurricane damage; stopping in at the serene St. Thomas Synagogue, famous for its sand floor; and exploring Fort Christian, the island’s oldest structure.
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge protects leatherback sea turtles, as well as many species of birds. Check opening times before you go during turtle nesting season, as it is only open certain days of the week (usually Saturday and Sunday). Make sure you bring your own food, water, and sun protection, too, as you won’t find any facilities here.
Movie fans will be interested to know that the final scene of The Shawshank Redemption was filmed along this beach.
For non-U.S. citizens, visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands is just like visiting the mainland United States: You need a passport and visa. A passport is necessary for all visitors to the British Virgin Islands (including citizens of the U.K.).
Waiting Period: 2 days on the island
Fees (US Dollars): Notice of Intended marriage – $210; Marriage certificate – $21.
Marriage license application form (must be completed at the US Virgin Islands Territorial Courts and notarized).
Passport and visa (if you are not a US citizen).
An affidavit is required to be married under the age of 18.
2nd Weddings: Proof of divorce or death certificate required.
Application: Must be completed in person
Notice Period: None
Residency Period: None
Waiting Period: 8 Days (The couple does not need to be on the island during this time). The application must be sent to the court 8 days prior to wedding.
Fees (US Dollars)
The official and most widely spoken language in the Virgin Islands is English. It is also common to hear French Creole and Spanish spoken
The currency of Virgin Islands is the US dollar.