Frequently Asked QuestionsAbout weddings at sandals
Congratulations and thank you for choosing Sandals or Beaches Resorts to host your upcoming wedding. We are delighted that you have afforded us the privilege to cover your photography needs.
We would like to take this opportunity to provide you with some information on our wedding photography program and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
What are the wedding sites on property?
Most of our resorts offer beach, garden and gazebo locations. The location can be chosen during the planning process, please consult with your wedding planner for full details. Visit our website www.sandals.com/weddings/venues/ to view samples of our wedding locations.
Is my wedding legal in the country where I reside?
Yes, the marriage is a legally binding marriage. You should inquire with your local government regarding name change procedures, etc.
What flavors are available for the wedding cake?
You have a choice of vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, Caribbean fruit, carrot or brownie.
Can I get married at a different resort than where I am staying?
It is required that you get married at the same resort where you are staying. The only exception is when using the Frank Warren Chapel at Sandals Montego Bay, which you can use if you are a guest at Sandals Royal Caribbean.
When will I receive my marriage certificate?
Your marriage certificate will be sent by the following, depending on the island, Jamaica: 6‐8 weeks, Antigua: 4‐6 weeks, Bahamas: 8‐10 weeks, Saint Lucia: 6-8 weeks, Grenada: 2-3 weeks, Barbados: 2-4 weeks, Curaçao: 4-6 weeks.
Is there a fee for the use of a personal wedding planner?
In line with our Luxury Included® philosophy, every couple has their own personal Wedding Entourage, including a wedding planning team, as part of the complimentary wedding inclusions.
What is the best way to travel with a wedding dress?
Any arrangement for transportation of a wedding dress should be discussed directly with your airline carrier.
What are the different types of ceremonies I can choose from for my wedding?
A non-denominational minister presides over our wedding ceremonies, but if you wish to inquire about having a non-religious ceremony or religious ceremony (an additional cost may apply) please consult with your wedding planner. Symbolic ceremony only available in Curaçao (at an additional cost).
Is there Tuxedo rental available in the island?
Unfortunately, we do not offer tuxedo rentals on resort; however, some resorts have contact information for local formal wear providers (varies by island). Keep in mind, due to the Caribbean climate, you may want to consider a lightweight alternative for the groom.
Are there any special inclusions for weddings with a group of rooms?
Sandals offers a number of exclusive Bells and Whistles for wedding parties that book five rooms or more. Please contact our Groups Department at 1-800-327-1991 Ext. 46172 or visit our inclusions section to view more information.
Who will assist me with my wedding once I arrive?
The Wedding Event Managers will be excited to meet you and will be instrumental in making your dream day a reality.
Can I bring down my own wedding décor items and favors?
Yes you can; however, we do not recommend bringing this as there are custom laws that will require you to pay taxes and duties on these items or they might be confiscated if they are deemed commercial goods. If you decide to take items down with you, please note there is an applicable set-up fee. Please speak with your wedding planner for full details.
Can I mail the government fee?
All fees can be mailed as long as the wedding confirmation number is placed with the payment. Keep in mind that 50% of the fee must be received 7 days from the date you booked the wedding to avoid booking cancellation and the entire balance is due 45 days prior to arrival. Government fees are not included: $95 USD for weddings in Jamaica, $288 USD for weddings in Antigua, $310 USD for weddings in the Bahamas, $270 USD for weddings in Saint Lucia, $180 USD in Grenada, $325 USD in Barbados, and $500 USD in Curaçao (for Legal), $400 USD in Curaçao (for Symbolic).
*Symbolic only available in Curaçao
Are medical or blood tests required to get married?
No, the islands of Jamaica, Antigua, Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, and Curaçao do not require a medical or blood test to be performed.
When do I finalize my wedding details?
Details should be finalized 60 days prior to arrival; your Wedding Planner will guide you through this process.
How do we decide which Image package we should purchase?
The best way to estimate it is to carefully consider the following:
- The size of your wedding party
- The scope of photography coverage needed for the day (e.g. First Look session, spa coverage, getting ready shots, family and group portraits)
- The order of events for the day and specific requests (compare length of time with photography time booked in your package)
What are “Standard Inclusions”
- 1 Photographer
- Editing and Post Production of purchased images
- Slideshow set to music with up to 40 purchased images
- Purchased image proofs delivered on property
- Digital delivery of final images
How many images will be taken at my wedding?
The number of images taken at your wedding will vary significantly depending on multiple factors: The size and scope of the event, the number of guests, more than one photographer, pre-ceremony and spa shots and the number of hours of coverage requested. A simple wedding with just a bride and groom in attendance and two hours of coverage will normally result in somewhere between 150-250 images.
Will we be able to select and correspond with our wedding photographer before our arrival?
Due to the nature of our on-property operations it is not possible to choose your photographer or correspond with him/her prior to your arrival on property. Your pre-wedding planner will be addressing all your queries prior to your arrival. Once on site, you will have the opportunity to meet and get to know your assigned photographer during your wedding consultation. All your questions, concerns and requests will be addressed at that point.
How long is our wedding photographer assigned to our wedding?
Packages for 25, 50 & 75 images come with two (2) hours of continuous coverage. Packages for 100+ image packages come with three (3) hours of continuous coverage. Additional hours can be purchased according to your needs.
When will we view our wedding photos?
The on-property Wedding Coordinator will work with you and the Photoshop to schedule a viewing appointment at a time convenient to you, usually the day after the wedding.
Can our family and friends who traveled with us also purchase wedding photos?
Yes, they can. Just have them visit the photo shop after you have completed your viewing.
How many images are in the slideshow and what is the format of delivery?
Your included slideshow is comprised of up to 40 images (It can be less depending on how many you purchased) and set to music selected by our editing team. Within ten (10) business days of your photo viewing session on property you will receive a high resolution (1080p) MP4 file.
What is the difference between post production and “photoshopping”?
Post production: Finished images go through full Adobe Lightroom post production which includes color& exposure correction, cropping & straightening, addition of filters & effects and cleaning.
Photoshopping: Adobe Photoshop is used to make significant changes to images to include photomanipulation. For example: Removal of bra straps from an image, removal of a distracting element in the background of a picture, removal of seaweed on a beach shot, etc. Guests receive 8 free images Photoshopped once their package includes a book. Any additional images to be photoshopped will attract a charge of $15 per image.
Do we have input on the layout of our photo album before it is produced and shipped?
A link will be sent to you for approval and you will have the opportunity to request changes and edits at that point. The finished book or books will not be sent for production until your final edits have been made and you send your approval.
How long does it take to receive the link to my finished Photobook or Album?
The standard design timeline for a wedding or vacation photo book package with basic edits is 2-3 weeks excluding weekends, holidays and image edit special request.
- August to March - 2 to 3 weeks (standard)
- April to July - 4 to 6 weeks (peak season)
Can my wedding guests get a Day Pass?
Day/Evening Wedding Guest Passes are issued for five (5) hours and is dependent on wedding start times. Between one (1) hour prior to the start of the ceremony and four (4) hours past the scheduled start time; or, for a 3:00pm wedding, the pass is valid from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. The duration for a Full Day Wedding Guest Pass is 10:00am – 2:00am.
DAY PASS RATES
*All rates are in US dollars and are per person. All rates are subject to change without notice and blackout dates apply.