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Yacht Charter Weddings and Honeymoons Virgin Islands-Style

A wedding celebration should be magical. Imagine combining it with the unforgettable experience of an island yacht charter. There is probably nothing more romantic than a couple starting their lives together with a Virgin Islands-style wedding and/or honeymoon!

Imagine repeating vows while standing barefoot on a white sandy beach with turquoise blue water as your backdrop. Or, perhaps you might prefer a lush mountain top with panoramic views and gentle trade winds. Maybe more adventure is your style. How about standing on the bow of a magnificent sailing vessel or chartering a luxurious yacht decked out in tropical flowers as you exchange your vows? You can get married at sunrise, sunset, or under a balmy tropical night, sky-filled with more stars than you have ever seen. An underwater ceremony can even be incorporated into a colorful coral reef dive. Caribbean weddings are big business.

Wedding planners and yacht/sailing charterers are happy to make any arrangements. The happy couple needs to remember, however, that they cannot just show up on their favorite island and expect to be married.

Each island has its own requirements, but the local tourism office will provide the necessary details. For U.S. citizens, a British or U.S. Virgin Island wedding is the easiest to arrange.In the BVI, couples apply for a marriage license at the attorney general’s office in the Administration Building in Road Town, Tortola. You must have your passport with you so the entry date can be established since the ceremony cannot be performed until you have been in the Territory for a minimum of 3 days. An original or certified copy of a divorce decree or death certificate must be presented if either couple was previously married. Both the application and actual ceremony requires two witnesses. A couple can be married at the Registrar’s Office above the Main Street Post Office for $35.00. If the ceremony is elsewhere (on the beach or on a sail/yacht charter, the fee is $100.00.

Picking out the ceremony location is probably the hardest thing about having a BVI wedding. Tortola is the main island in the BVI, with many beautiful beaches to have a wedding, including: Cane Garden Bay, Lambert Beach, Long Bay Beach, Josiah’s Bay and the Beach at Nanny Cay.

Just to the north of Tortola is the island of Jost Van Dyke. White Bay, with its crystal blue water and white sandy beach is a perfect location to drop anchor from your sail or yacht charter, swim to the beach and exchange vows. The wonder and beauty of the Baths on Virgin Gorda’s southeast shore will be most memorable. For more information contact Gail Hartman at ViSailing.

In the USVI, the Territorial Court in St. Thomas must receive the marriage application form and any certified divorce decrees or death certificates of previous spouses at least 8 days prior to the ceremony. No physical exam or blood test is required, but you will need to present yourselves with picture identification to the Clerk of the Court prior to the big day to obtain your license. Again, a local wedding planner can help you with the details. There are many choices for selecting the perfect wedding location in the USVI. On St. Thomas, the romance of a tropical beach wedding can be yours at lovely Magen’s Bay – selected by National Geographic magazine as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.

The Sapphire Beach villas have panoramic views of St. John and Jost Van Dyke. Just picture a terrace-side celebration around the infinity pool with that backdrop as you exchange vows. On St. John, two thirds of the island is National Park. The natural beauty of the Island Mountains combined with the exquisite white sandy beaches, creates a perfect place for a paradise wedding.

Check out Caneel Bay and Leinster Bay. For an island experience with more Dutch character, do not miss St. Croix with its white sands of Pineapple Beach or the secluded alcove of Sugar Beach. Want more intimacy? Consider heading out to sea for a wedding adventure aboard a private sail or yacht charter. A Virgin Island style wedding is a great romantic way to start your marriage, and, it is an even better place to honeymoon!

As one Custom’s agent recently stated, “Our moon is full of honey, mon.” Throughout the Virgin Islands, with its unhurried lifestyle and friendly people, there are many resorts and villas to make the perfect romantic holiday. Whether you choose a beachside cottage or a luxurious suite, the new couple can enjoy spectacular seascape views while snuggling in a cozy hammock for two. If you need more intimacy and privacy, how about sleeping aboard a sailing vessel or luxury yacht?

The knowledgeable staff at Virgin Island Sailing will be more than happy to arrange your crewed or bareboat sailing vacation or yacht charter.

Besides smooth-sailing island hopping, there are a variety of activities to explore the full range of romantic honeymoon possibilities.

Whether you are new to the sport or an experienced old hand, there are endless places to dive or snorkel in the Virgin Islands, including exciting wrecks, walls and reefs.

Golfing, island style, is a round you will always remember. Tees and greens with breathtaking ocean views and fairways like tropical gardens, make golf in the Virgin Islands a golfer’s paradise. How about horseback riding through the surf or on a lush mountain trail, or even windsurfing in the Sir Frances Drake Channel?

Honeymooners can walk hand in hand on the fabulous beaches, sip rum drinks while watching the most spectacular sunsets, or star gaze into the clear tropical night sky. With the constant gentle breeze, the swaying palms, the soft white sand, and the warm turquoise waves lapping at your feet, the romance of a Virgin Island Wedding and/or honeymoon is truly unforgettable.

Whether you remain land-based or arrange for a yacht or sail charter, you will truly be beginning your lives together in paradise! Contact ViSailing for your yacht charter and let your ideal fairy tale moment come true.

The Wedding Night – No Ration on Passion

Weddings as we know is where a bride and groom stands at the altar taking their vows pledging undying love for each other but not all countries do the same as we. Worldwide country cultures and beliefs differ greatly in the way they celebrate their wedding night.

Did you know that after a marriage has taken place some couples wedding night never goes according to plan due to all the activities concocted up by friends and family in a quest to upset the newlyweds plans of becoming one in the marital suite as early as they would like.

In the US it is habitual after the reception for the couple to jump into the vehicle that waits to take them on honeymoon only to find that the rear end of the car is fully geared up with rattling tin cans.

Tradition for the Gaelic culture is where close friends and family set out to delay the couple consummating their marriage in a fun sort of way. In the good old days the married couple would spend their wedding night in a hay barn. Close lady friends of the bride would dress her for bed and would invite every male species who attended the wedding to kiss her goodnight. What they did in the old days to add fun to the night would be things of disturbance making it hard for the groom to meet up with his new wife. When the couple finally come together noises would bellow from outside the barn with its (peephole) thus adding further embarrassment to the newlyweds.

It is just a matter of time when the alcohol kicks in sending the pranksters to sleep. Is it any wonder why in those days the honeymoon destination was kept a secret.

Other Celtic Scottish rituals performed on the wedding night was the sprinkling of water onto the bed which was considered to bring good luck.

Inhabitants of Germany and France uphold similar traditions where their disturbances on the wedding night are called Chiverie. The US spell it Shivaree, they also cause havoc by decorating the bridal suite with balloons or laying food all over the bed just for fun. A love in surrounded by crumbs is not very romantic.

They say when in Rome do as the Romans do but whatever you do dont fall as it is seen as bad luck if the bride takes a tumble on entering the newly weds first home. After the roman wedding all male friends of the married couple would carry the bride over the threshold. But times have changed where the groom has the pleasure, in saying that; he may need to ask for assistance if his bride is the size of Bessie Bunter.

In western Africa, (Benin), virginity is valued highly. The brides mother compensates her with money if still untouched by man on her wedding night! This may sound alarming but the sheets are checked for blood smears the next morning after the wedding night. I did say things were done differently in other countries and this just happens to be the custom in Benin. Sometimes the sheets were flown like flags from the window to show that the daughter never gave into temptation submitting her body to any other.

A Chinese wedding night consists of beautifully designed candles shaped like a phoenix and dragon to force away evil spirits. Wine is drunk from goblets tied together with a scarlet red sash while at the same time the newlyweds have their arms intertwined. It is now when the bride is handed half-raw dumplings which denotes prosperity.

Wait for it no ration on passion for brides from Marquesasian (Polynesia) who are expected to have sex with all the male guests – Heaven for bid if the numbers are great – the groom finally gets to sleep with his bride last.
Depending on the number of male guests surely this could go on for quite some time but at the end of the day I suppose the wait will be worthwhile because it is the groom who gets to sleep with her for the rest of his life.

Saving Yourself For Marriage – Reasons to Wait Until Your Wedding Night

Marriage is a lifelong affair that should not be started on the wrong footing or shaky foundation; otherwise those involved would regret for the rest of their lives. There is need to get things right and start the relationship in such a way that it would last long and stand the test of time.

There are several reasons why you should save yourself for marriage and wait patiently until the wedding night. The night should be a time of discovery and presentation of the golden gift by one partner to the other.

Some of the reasons to wait until the wedding night therefore include the following:

1. Proper foundation: Marriage is expected to be built on a solid foundation; especially that which is supported by God. Keeping yourself therefore helps to lay such foundation that is devoid of sin. Hebrews 13:4 says that “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” KJV.

Abstaining from all forms of sexual sins before the marriage would help to prevent God’s judgment and preserve the sanctity of the institution. When the relationship is backed by God from the outset, it would be difficult for divorce to come up later.

2. Surprise: Keep the valuable gift for your partner and let him be surprised to discover you are still a virgin. You can imagine the unspeakable joy this would bring to your partner, and the respect he would in turn give to you. It is rare to find mature ladies that are still virgins: it would therefore be the gift of the century if you present it to him on the wedding night. He would live to remember it always.

3. Trust: Waiting patiently without defiling yourself would make your partner trust you to the point of staking his life to vouch for your faithfulness. He would never have any reason to suspect you even though he travels for business or other engagements, he is sure you would never mess yourself up. This is because he is able to trust you and believe you would always maintain your personal principles just the way you did before he met you. The same applies for a man who marries his wife without first having canal knowledge of other women.

4. Clear conscience: It brings a clear conscience; you would not have anything to hide. There are usually no past records of secret affairs, unwanted pregnancies, out-of-wedlock babies, etc to hide form your partner.

5. Prevents diseases: It helps you to come into the relationship free of any kind of sexually transmitted disease. A disease-free marriage would save you the heartache of running from one hospital to the other in search of cure for an STD.

6. Prevents guilt: One big problem couples are struggling with today is the presence of guilt resulting from their premarital sex. But this guilt feeling would be avoided if you are able to save yourself and wait for the wedding night as the best time to have sex for the first time.

7. Newness: Discovering yourselves for the first time on your wedding night would be such a beautiful experience; especially after waiting patiently to unveil the hidden treasure. There would be nothing new to discover if you had had it with him before the night. The excitement would be greater if you are discovering yourselves for the first time than when you have already seen everything and drunken from the cistern before it is officially presented to you.

There is beauty in waiting; it increases your worth in the eyes of your partner. It makes you a woman of honour and dignity. Why don’t you patiently wait until your wedding night and surprise him with the gift of your virginity?