Thursday, August 6, 2009

Eco-Friendly destination wedding location: The Landings Resort in St. Lucia

The beaches off The Landings

Whether you are interested in a casual sunset ceremony on the beach overlooking Rodney Bay followed by a seaside cocktail party, or a traditional chapel ceremony followed by a formal dinner in the Grand Pavilion, The Landings is a luxury St. Lucia resort that features ideal settings for all weddings in St. Lucia.

What I love about this property is they are environmentally aware. Couples can celebrate their special day with "Environmentally Engaged" St Lucia weddings. A RockResorts event planner will work with you to incorporate more personal sustainability practices into your special occasion that go far beyond simply recycling the cans from the "Just Married" sign.

Custom touches that are as unique as you are with a touch of green in every aspect of the wedding. Features include organic, natural and regional cuisine and beverages, sustainable décor and carbon friendly transportation options.

The director of sales & marketing at The Landings is John MacMullen, was kind enough to speak with me about this amazing environmentally-friendly island and resort.

Can you tell me about your space, locations and opportunities for weddings?

The resort has a few different venues: The Landings Beach for traditional sunset-style weddings, The Compass Terrace which is a paverstone venue overlooking our inner yacht harbor and we can also accommodate smaller ceremonies on the privates villa suite terraces.

What are the heavy times of year you're seeing brides?

The resort sees many of the wedding inquires out of the US Northeast during the winter/spring months while many of the couples residing in the southeast US prefer late spring and into the summer. The resort has weddings year-round.

What are the best/signature experiences can a wedding party expect - or most importantly, if a couple is looking for a venue, why would they choose your space/island vs. another?

The Landings has, by far, the best beach on St. Lucia. As the resort faces the west, it also has an excellent sunset backdrop over Rodney Bay. One of the main reasons why The Landings is so popular is that the resort is committed to performing only one wedding ceremony per day. This allows a couple to fully customize their experience. They receive the full attention from our entire staff and never have to worry about scheduling conflicts with other wedding ceremonies.

Tell me about the catering, bridal suite, adventures and anything else you want to share with a bride/couple.

Here are the Romance packages that we are the most popular:

‘Elope’ - For that perfect private wedding

* 6 night package to include breakfast or lunch daily
* Complimentary wedding ceremony for two
* Complimentary Chef’s dinner on your terrace
* Champagne turndown

Escape - For that special honeymoon or even a second honeymoon

* 6 night package to include breakfast or lunch
* Includes one excursion – snorkel, SCUBA, zip line, golf or spa
* Complimentary dinner for two in The Beach Club
* Beach amenity turndown

The LandingsCan you tell me about marriage requirements, costs or restrictions?

It's easy to get married in St Lucia. Couples need to bring the following documentation:

Passport, Birth Certificate and Decree Absolute (if one of the parties is divorced).

In the case of a widow/widower a Death Certificate of first spouse is required; If a name has been changed, a Deed Poll is required.

If one of the parties is under the age of 18, evidence of a consent of parents is required in the form of a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public.

If any required documents are not in English, an authenticated translation must be available

St Lucia has a No Residency Policy and clients arriving on the island for a day can be married within hours. The license fees are as follows:

* $335 EC if clients are staying on island for 3 days or more

* $540 EC for a SPECIAL LICENCE if the clients will be on island for less than 24 hours.

Application to be married in St. Lucia must be made by a local solicitor to the Attorney General or notary who prepares and signs the license. (The Landings will handle).

For more information contact: The Landings St. Lucia, A RockResort


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