Being a St Thomas wedding planner or photographer is my dream job. Escape from the cold of the States and help couples plan and execute a perfect beach wedding on my favorite island. Having sent clients their way before, I have to introduce you to the incredible wedding planners at Weddings the Island Way in St. Thomas. They are super easy to work with and always put together a fabulous event whether its large or small. Coming in by cruise ship, or staying on island, either way they’ll make sure your day is perfection.
Truly the best wedding planners in St Thomas and St. John.
A recent quote from a bride who was there in June says it all… “Angela and Erica planned our wedding on the beautiful Island of St. Thomas. All of our contact was over the telephone and Email and the communication was outstanding and timely throughout the planning process. Both Erica and Angela did a great job planning and executing our wedding. Everything they promised not only came through but was executed flawlessly. I would recommend them 100%. Thanks again for making our special day very special and memorable.”
I interviewed Angela Berry, one of the wedding coordinators at Weddings the Island Way. Get to know them better, then call or visit their website to book your wedding in St. Thomas. With its beautiful sand beaches and island hospitality, you’ll have no regrets.
Tell us about yourself and how got started going weddings?
In March of 2008, amidst the planning of my own wedding, my soon to be mother-in-law informed me Weddings the Island Way was looking for a new wedding planner. Seeing as I was enjoying the planning aspect of my own event and I love, yes love, organization and attention to details, I applied. I was hired and after 6 years, I have learned so much and had the honor of being a part of over 400 weddings!
What’s your favorite part of being an wedding planner?
My favorite part about being a wedding planner is seeing a couple on one of the most important days of their lives and knowing that I was a part of making their day special. The smiles on their faces will make my day and their compliments are a constant reminder of why we do what we do.
Why choose St Thomas for a destination wedding?
So many reasons! It’s beautiful and the weather is pretty consistent year round–warm and sunny. There are no passports required to visit as the Virgin Islands are a territory of the United States. It’s easy to get married here–no blood test, no waiting period, and a marriage that occurs here is protected under all the same laws as a US marriage.
Why should couples hire a planner for their wedding in St Thomas? And why specifically your company?
St. Thomas is hundreds, maybe even thousands, of miles away from where you are and planning a wedding anywhere, let alone somewhere you may have never even been before, can be stressful. We are located on St. Thomas with over 26 years experience and we can make this experience, dare I say, fun for you!
What one tip do you have for couples just starting to consider doing a destination wedding?
Get your Save the Dates out early so guests can begin saving! Or, if you prefer it be just the two of you or a small group, don’t feel bad–you can plan a big reception when you return home for everyone who couldn’t make it.
What’s your favorite trend right now in island weddings?
Soft, romantic colors and flowers. Amazing, artistic cakes. And, of course, the photo booth!
Any great wedding story that you’d love to share with readers?
We had a couple, who shall remain nameless, a few years ago that came down to elope. The day before the wedding the groom, who claims he had iguanas as pets growing up, got down on his hands and knees to play with one on their hotel property. Now normally, you keep your distance and they will cause you no harm. They aren’t aggressive creatures. However, this guy just got too close and the iguana proceeded to clamp down on his nose! In a panic, the bride dropped her phone (which broke) and ran to his assistance. In the struggle to get the iguana off of the groom’s nose, she broke her wedding ring finger! The show must go on, though, and their wedding the next day went great. After some (well, a LOT) Photoshopping, you can hardly tell they had an encounter of the reptilian kind.
Anything else you’d like readers to know to help get to know you?
I live in St. Thomas but I’m originally from the States, mostly southern. I’m a sap. I love romance. I am always on the lookout for new ideas and love hearing other people’s visions. Wedding planning is more than just a job for me; I enjoy seeing people happy and will do everything I can to ensure this is the outcome to each and every wedding we coordinate.
Weddings The Island Way has been creating magnificent weddings since 1988. Being the first exclusive wedding service in the Virgin Islands, we have experience with all kinds of weddings, brides and details. As the premier wedding service on St. Thomas, we bring to you enthusiasm, experience and dedication. Our dream is to help you create an unforgettable wedding, from simple to elaborate, planned in detail and experienced in delight. If you have questions about the ceremony, legal documents, travel information, where to stay, what to wear–anything!–we can get you answers. You say “I do”, we do the rest!
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