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I am a travel agent and I have clients who will be arriving on November 2 and they want to get married on the beach. They are middle aged and are not
interested in any of the wedding packages. Just want a preacher and a person to take a few pictures with their camera. Do you have any suggestions?
Also, do they need to purchase their marriage license state side before departure?

Thank you very much for any assistance in this matter.

Janet Townsend
Master Travel
Longview, TX
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Posted : September 9, 2011 4:46 pm
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They will need to get a marriage license here at least 24 hours before the ceremony. I suggest you contact a wedding planner. They do more than pick out flowers.

Posted : September 9, 2011 5:40 pm
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My husband and I just got married on August 10 on Limetree Beach. It was a beautiful ceremony performed by Bill Arnet. We did not use a wedding coordinator at all, because our ceremony wishes were similar to your clients' wishes. Bill filed all the paperwork ahead of time, providing excellent instructions on how to fill it out, Bill was very accommodating to our wishes for the kind of ceremony we wanted. He will take pictures and post them on his website. He also took pictures with our guests' cameras. Such a nice man.

Ric is correct about the assistance of a wedding planner if you want more than just a celebrant. If you should want flowers or music or makeup and hair or cake and champagne toast you might want to consult a planner. There are several on the island, and I know Weddings the Island Way has an excellent reputation.

Posted : September 11, 2011 12:25 am
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do the extra stuff youself and save $$$.

Get there two days early as sometimes there may be a problem with city hall!


Posted : September 11, 2011 1:22 pm
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My son and daughter-in-law were married in a similar ceremony in December 2009. We did not use a wedding coordintor, but we did use Stuart Scott for the officiant. He was was great to work with and was very helpful with the license and a few other details at the beach. The ceremony was personal and exactly what they wanted it to be.

Posted : September 11, 2011 10:19 pm
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Our daughter just got married at Pretty Clip Point on Saturday. I planned and arranged everything. I had the advantage of owning a condo at Sapphire so I could come down and meet with the vendors. It was a lot of work and I think would be extremely difficult for someone without local connections. So, if any sort of party or celebration is to follow a wedding planner would be a great help. Otherwise, just search weddings on-line and you'll find many officiants to pick from, some who provide the services you request. The initial paperwork is available on-line. As a previous poster stated the couple will need to go to the courthouse on arrival. Once they choose a minister, he/she will guide them through the paperwork. Congrats to the couple, this is a beautiful spot to get married.

Posted : September 12, 2011 7:49 am
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I will add to make sure the day you plan to go to get your license isn't a territory holiday - we have many!

Posted : September 12, 2011 9:07 am
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I second the recommendation for Stuart Scott. We were married in STJ 6 years ago by Stuart and he was amazing. He met us at the airport on STT, brought us on a tour of the island, then stopped for some much needed beers for our hotel then he dropped us off at our hotel. The next day he picked us up at our hotel, took us to the magistrates office for our license, gave us more tours of the island then back to our hotel. 5 days later he met us on STJ where he performed a beautiful wedding ceremony on Cinnamon Bay. I highly recommend Stuart if you can get him. He's awesome!

Posted : September 13, 2011 8:45 am
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Who is Stuart Scott? I want to contact him and invite him to the grand opening of F STOP GALLERY , in Tillets Garden. Steve Rockstein, the photographer and owner, would like to welcome him too. The opening date is Monday, September 19, 4-8 PM. This event is open to the public. Contact Steve @ 340 626-0666 or

Posted : September 18, 2011 7:57 am
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A second for Bill Arnet. I've known Bill for almost 30 years and he's a lovely man with a great reputation as a wedding officiant!

Posted : September 18, 2011 8:09 am
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We got married at Sugar Bay almost six years ago (going back for our anniversary in a few weeks! Wheeee!) and it was just my husband and I. We had a very simple package of the location, flowers, champagne, photos, preacher, all the basics we needed. The wedding coordinators were always available via email while we were planning, and were there with me before going to the beach for the ceremony, helping me get my dress just right, all those little last minute things. They were just the "bridal party" I wanted, and our wedding could not have been more perfect. For our dinner that night, the resort surprised us with a special table with flowers and champagne, which was the perfect added touch.

The coordinator got us the info we need to get our license, and we did it the day before with no problems. 10-15 minutes and we were married on paper!

Posted : September 21, 2011 12:18 am
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Another fan of Bill Arnet. He married us on Magens in 2001 and he was terrific.

Posted : September 21, 2011 9:25 am

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