Planning Your Wedding In St. Croix

DID YOU KNOW THAT... Many couples are opting to save the money (not to mention the stress and hard work) of a big wedding at home by escaping to a Caribbean island for a combination wedding/honeymoon. Upon their return, they can share the event by showing the video and photographs at an informal reception.

All the islands are beautiful and, on some, weddings have become a major promotional tool. So why should you choose St. Croix above others?

First are the practical reasons. As we are a U.S. Territory, there are no legal, language, or money hassles to deal with. No blood test or waiting period is required, and the simple application process can be done by mail. A local wedding planner can handle this for you along with your other arrangements, ensuring that all is in order before you arrive. Or you may contact the Territorial Court yourself, at (340) 778-9750. The license fee is $50, and if you have been married before you will need a certified copy of the divorce papers or death certificate. You will need to pick up the license yourself on arrival; this only takes a few minutes but must be done on a regular business day. That takes care of the business part!
Then comes the fun of choosing from the numerous romantic ceremony sites around the island for the wedding of your dreams. The most popular and tropical choice is, of course, a palm-studded beach with the sun sinking into the Caribbean Sea in the background. Other options include an ancient stone sugar mill, offering the effect of an open-air cathedral, or the flowering wedding bower in the botanical gardens.

Buck Island Tours Christiansted's waterfront offers an old-fashioned bandstand/gazebo surrounded by the 18th-century fort and other historic buildings. You can marry there, then walk a few steps to a waiting boat for a champagne sunset sail. And, yes, you can be married on a boat, either sail or power, from small ones with just room for you and the minister to large ones accommodating 40 of your closest friends.

There are also churches of all denominations. Our Episcopal church is the oldest in the Caribbean, while a modern Baptist church has both indoor and outdoor venues overlooking the water. The recently renovated Catholic church has thick stone walls, wood ceiling, and huge arched windows.

And just because we're a small island, don't think you won't find first-class services in St. Croix! Professional consultants, photographers, florists, caterers, and jewelers are available to make your wedding as simple or as elegant as you want.

APRIL 12, 5:30-7:30PM National Park Service Lecture Series Location TBA Monthly lectures regarding current resesarch at St. Croix’s three Nartional Parks. (340) 773-1460, www.stxparkfriends.org, Facebook. 

 APRIL 13-14, 7:30AM-5PM USVI Literary Festival & Book Fair UVI & Other Venues Titled “Rough Tides, Tough Times: Reflections and Transitions,” this annual event celebrates the literary arts, photography, and film/media. Hear from Dr. Lewis Gordon, Jamaica Kincaid, Sharon Lewis, Mali Olatunji, Tiphanie Yanique, Mario Picayo, Dr. Paget Henry, St. Croix and VI Caribbean authors! (340) 692-4152 or (340) 692-4122, www.usvilitfest.com. 

APRIL 13, 5-8 PM Book Bacchanal Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Info: (340) 772-2622, www.cmcarts.org APRIL 13-14 Isaac Bay Sleepover St. Croix Hiking Association Join us for an overnight on the beach. Details posted on website one week in advance. (340) 772-2073, www.stcroixhiking.org 

 APRIL 13, 14, 20, 21, 6PM, APRIL 15, 4PM “Little Shop of Horrors” Caribbean Community Theater Good Hope Country Day School presents this fun 1960s pop rock musical. $10 for kids, 18 & under, $15 adults. Tickets sold at door. (340) 778-1974 x 2107. 

APRIL 14, 6AM Annual Run to Your Library Downtown Christiansted Join the national celebration of US libraries; this 5K race starts and ends at the Christiansted Library. (340) 643-2557, www.virginislandspace.org APRIL 14 WCSC’s “Starry, Starry Night” Café Christine Join the Women’s Coalition for a night of fun under the stars. Tasting menu, open bar, silent auction, DJ Fyah Coral, on the outdoor dance floor, fire dancers. $125 pp, $200 couple. (340) 773-9272, www.wcstx.org. 

 APRIL 19, 9AM-4PM 6th Annual VICCC Symposium UVI, Great Hall The VI Caribbean Cultural Center presents “Culture of Innovation: Caribbean Creative Industries, Arts and Technologies.” Register: (340) 692-4283, viccc@myuvi.net. APRIL 19, 5-8PM Art Thursday Downtown Christiansted More than a dozen galleries and shops show the works of artists and jewelry makers—a favorite of visitors and locals! Stay in town for dinner! Facebook. 

 APRIL 19, 5-8PM Nicole Canegata New Works Henle Studio Stop into the gallery and check the talents of photographer Nicole Cantata. (340) 718-0372. HenleGallery.com 

 APRIL 20, 8:30AM-4PM 7th Annual UVI Research Day UVI, Great Hall Posters, Exchanges, and Roundtables on projects, collaborations and STEAM demonstrations. For more info: uviresearchday@uvi.edu. 

 APRIL 20, 6PM-9PM Sunset Jazz Clock Tower, Buddhoe Park Go West! Bring a blanket or beach chair and catch the cool sounds of local and international musicians. Food and drinks available. Free.

 APRIL 21, 6 PM-MIDNIGHT Free Outdoor Concert Caravelle Hotel and Casino Back by popular demand, the DSB band returns to help celebrate The Caravelle Hotel and Casino’s 2nd Anniversary! Their Journey renditions will keep you on your feet! (340) 227–7156 x 609, 616. Facebook. 

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Beach Guide

Did you know... St. Croix is ringed by beaches of all shapes and sizes, some are long white sand stretches, others are small patches shaded by low sea grape trees and towering coconut palms. Some have smooth sandy bottoms ideal for swimming, and others have rock and coral-lined entries perfect for snorkeling!

Did you know... St. Croix is the only Caribbean Island where a diver can:
●Dive a wall that drops over 13,000 feet
●Dive a reef that is the largest living reef of any Caribbean Island
●Dive five wrecks that are within 100 yards of each other
●Dive a pier        

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Weddings / Romance

DID YOU KNOW THAT... Many couples are opting to save the money (not to mention the stress and hard work) of a big wedding at home by escaping to a Caribbean island for a combination wedding/honeymoon. Upon their return, they can share the event by showing the video and photographs at an informal reception.

All the islands are beautiful and, on some, weddings have become a major promotional tool. So why should you choose St. Croix above others?

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Moving Here

DID YOU KNOW... In addition to it's long and rich multicultural history, friendly people, open spaces, the blue sea and near perfect year-round weather, there are a number of reasons to consider relocating to St Croix. Most importantly, the U.S. Virgin Islands, which includes St Croix, operate under U.S. law which is important in both business and personal matters. 

This means mainland US companies do business here including retail stores such as K-Mart, Radio Shack, Office Max, McDonald's and Wendy's. Also U.S. financial services including a variety of U.S. mortgage, insurance and banking companies offer local service.  U.S. cellular phone companies including AT&T and Sprint, both operate here.

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Arriving By Cruise Ship

Our Port

The Ann E. Abramson Pier is named in honor of the Virgin Islands Public Works Commissioner who was responsible for much of the rejuvenation of the Frederiksted area. This is the pier where most of the large cruise ships dock, as well as military ships, submarines, and other naval vessels. From time to time, tall-ships especially from Denmark, can be seen here.

The dock itself has been a favorite diving place especially for viewing bright coral, sponges, and a multitude of fish life. A night dive should reveal the sea-horses unique to this pier. Visitors arriving at the pier often walk through the small town of Frederiksted and walk to the nearby beaches and beach club     

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Guided Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour On St. Croix
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Events & Festivals

So many wonderful events and things to do in St. Croix

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Water Sports

Come join us in our exploration of the unique underwater world.

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