Why choose Fantasia Weddings?

Why choose the US Virgin Islands?

We’re coming to St. Thomas on a cruise; can we still use your services?

What’s the best time and day to get married?

Do we have a choice between male and female ministers?

What about gratuities? Do we need to tip?

We only have a few days in the islands. Can we still plan a wedding?

What islands do you do weddings on?

We need to make travel arrangements; can you do that for us?

What forms do I need to fill out?

What should we wear?

What if our ship doesn’t come into port?

When is hurricane season?

If I marry someone from outside of the US will this be legal in the other country?


Why choose Fantasia Weddings?

One of the biggest moments of your lifetime is approaching: your wedding. It needs to be fabulous, and everything needs to run smoothly to ensure a worry-free experience. We pay attention to every detail, from the smallest to the biggest, to ensure a magnificent event for you. Our wedding professionals attend to all details to make unforgettable weddings, from simple to elaborate.

Our office is staffed M – F, 9am – 5pm AST.

With over 20 years experience in the wedding business on St. Thomas, we’ve maintained a strong reputation for excellence since 1988.

We work with the top professionals in the Virgin Islands for ministry, photography, videography, florals, music & catering.


Why choose the US Virgin Islands?

The stunning views, charming informality and tropical ambiance – everything that makes them such a popular honeymoon destination – also makes the US Virgin Islands the ideal location for a unique and unforgettable wedding. Basking in the sunshine of a never-ending summer, the spectacular islands sit in the midst of the romantic Caribbean and boast “The finest weather under the US Flag”. The fact that the US Virgin Islands are under the American flag also gives them a great number of distinct advantages as the place to be married.

No waiting period is necessary once your license application is filed in the USVI courts (We request it be in our office 45 days prior to your wedding date).

No blood tests are required.

There are no residency requirements.

The US Virgin Islands are a United States territory; as such, your marriage is supported by all the protections of US law

…. and, the US Virgin Islands – ” Emeralds of the Sea” – are one of the most extraordinarily beautiful and romantic settings you could choose for your wedding!

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We’re coming to St. Thomas on a cruise; can we still use your services?

Yes! Compare our packages with the cruise lines’ and you will appreciate the flexibility of our wedding company. Fantasia Weddings saves you up to 50% from what cruise ships charge. Whether you are coming for a day on a cruise ship or staying in a lovely property here in our beautiful United States Virgin Islands we can assist you with your wedding details from start to finish. Fantasia Weddings has orchestrated weddings for passengers from the following cruise ship companies:

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Princess Cruise Line

Holland America Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line

Celebrity Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line

Radisson Cruise Line

Costa Atlantica Cruise Line

Sea Dream Cruise Line

Cunard Cruise Line

Windjammer Cruise Line

If you are coming for a day on a cruise ship we pick you up dressed in your wedding attire, wedding rings in hand and a photo ID for the bride and groom. We walk you through the quick court appearance and escort you on to your wedding. We personally handle all of the details of transportation, minister, decorations, floral, photography, videography, entertainment, food and beverage and any other details that you desire as part of your special day. Please give us the opportunity to make your wedding day as effortless as possible in one of the most beautiful locations in the United States – our magnificent and memorable Virgin Islands!

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What’s the best time and day to get married?

Because all beaches in the Virgin Islands are public, we recommend an early morning wedding. A morning ceremony will be cooler, the beautiful Caribbean aqua watercolor is more vibrant and less people will be on the beach. The ideal time is between 9:00 &10:00 AM. By having your wedding early, you and your guests will have more time in the day to enjoy our beautiful island. Often the indirect sunlight in the late afternoon can dull the color of the water in photographs. If you prefer a later wedding, photographers suggest a ceremony 1 – 1.5 hours prior to sunset for optimal lighting in your photos and video.

For a more intimate ceremony, we suggest a weekday over the weekend for a beach wedding, as weekends tend to be busier. If you do choose a weekend beach wedding, we recommend the morning and renting a beach pavillion at Magens Bay. We also have other options available, like private villas, to host your ceremony.

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Do we have a choice between male and female ministers?

Yes, we have both male and female ministers available, simply specify your preference when booking your wedding.

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What about gratuities? Do we need to tip?

Gratuity is a very personal thing, some people tip the standard 15 -20% of the total & have us divi it up, others tip what they feel is appropriate & what their budget allows. Some of the people to consider are: Your Coordinator, Minister, Photographer, Videographer, Driver, etc. Some people prefer to add it to the total ahead of time, so they don’t have to think about it. Tipping is optional for groups of 19 or fewer. A 15% Gratuity will be added to groups of 20 or more.

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We only have a few days in the islands. Can we still plan a wedding?

Yes, no problem! There is no waiting period or residency required in the US Virgin Islands.

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What islands do you do weddings on?

St. Thomas, St. John, Water Island & Hans Lollick, US Virgin Islands.

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We need to make travel arrangements; can you also take care of that for us?

We are not travel agents, but please call Debbi Tavares for air and hotel information, she specializes in St. Thomas. She is an excellent Travel Agent & we have been working with her for years. Her phone number is 973-895-4344, or email is debbi.tavares@avetravelgroup.com

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What forms do I need to fill out?

You can find the necessary marriage license and application forms and instructions from our website or by emailing us. Simply fill out & email to us if this is your first marriage. If either of you have been married before, mail it to us along with any necessary divorce decrees & we do the rest! Once you arrive on St. Thomas, a quick trip to the courthouse is required to pick up your marriage license in person. You will need to bring a photo ID for the Clerk of the Court (Driver’s License or Passport).

Please go to the forms page for explicit instructions.

If you are divorced you need to send your most recent Certified Divorce Decree in English (with a raised seal or stamped certified copy) signed by the judge from the court in which you were divorced (not just a notarized copy). Your divorce must be final and dated thirty days prior to your wedding date if contested or by default. No exceptions. If either spouse is widowed, you will need a certified, stamped copy of your spouse’s death certificate.

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What should we wear?

The islands are known for their casual-elegance. A soft-flowing cocktail length sheer strapless dress and a white dinner jacket with an open tuxedo shirt with rolled up pants might be your look to be married in ..or you can go for the formal tails and long beaded dress …dashingly becoming as you make your exit from the luxury limousine. A white swimsuit or a bikini with a sarong…. or get even more creative with a train attached to your swim suit, he… in khaki shorts and a white silk t-shirt…the choices are endless. Just remember to be cool… and comfortable! Keep your wedding attire with you in case of delays and lost luggage.

 


What if our ship doesn’t come into port?

Make sure you buy travelers/wedding insurance. If you are traveling on a cruise line and Fantasia has booked the wedding directly, we will honor a re-scheduling time when you can fly back and arrange to be married. Fantasia does not have a refund policy, only a guaranteed re-scheduling of events.

 


When is the hurricane season?

Meteorologically speaking from June 6th-October 15th, but history has shown mid September to be our most vulnerable time. However, we prefer to think positively!

 


If I marry someone from outside of the US will this be legal in the other country?

Yes, your marriage is legal and protected in your country. A separate apostle document is $25 plus express mail fee.

Rely on the expertise of the Wedding Coordinator you have chosen to help you with your arrangements. They live in the islands and have been in the business…they know what to expect and when…From the weather to the court and the traffic and usually have their own staff of professionals who work with them as a team.