You've said, "Yes, I will." Now it's time to make it happen. Does the fantasy of a barefoot-on-the-beach wedding have you scoping out options in the Caribbean overlooking the sparkling blue sea? With countless islands and a host of cultures, the region can accommodate every wedding style, from casual to extravagant. Anguilla just may be your perfect "I do" spot. Among its many appeals: The island has a relaxed, chic vibe and is definitely for couples who savor serenity. Step onto any one of Anguilla's 33 beaches and you might think you've stumbled into a silk factory. That's the island's trademark: sands that are snowy white but also incredibly soft.
Over two decades ago, Cap Juluca redefined Caribbean architecture with its striking tableau of stark, white-domed buildings that dot a mile of powdery beach. Today, this island has other chic options, but Cap Juluca still stands out. Like a sensual casbah nestled within 179 acres, this romantic resort employs an artist's palette of intense colors: green foliage, white-washed villas draped in brilliant bougainvillea, and blue azure of the sea and sky. At night, lit by torches, the property looks like a Moorish fantasyland—and is probably the most glamourous vision west of Fez. If being surrounded by such supreme beauty isn't enough to relax you, splurge by booking one of the pool villas, where living rooms open onto private decks.
Cap Juluca is also a prime destination wedding locale. There's good reason: The resort's special-events staff will coordinate all the details for a personalized affair. From processing legal work to arranging a succulent menu is what makes this resort shine above others. Marry on the beach, then party the night away at one of its many restaurants. Choose a Caribbean-style barbecue buffet with locally caught fish at Blue, or a sit-down candlelight dinner featuring Eurobbean fare at Pimms. Or, choose Spice for its Asian cuisine with a hint of island flare. The private cedar-lined wine room is another option for a small dinner party. The resort's wedding coordinator will even arrange a private "wedding for two", where you'll enjoy an evening ceremony followed by a romantic dinner on the beach. After the reception, and wishing all a good night, kick off your shoes and walk hand in hand back to your room along the moonlit beach and be lulled to sleep by the sound waves rolling up on the shores.
There's much to do on Anguilla for your family and friends. The northernmost island of the British Leewards, Anguilla's chief attraction, besides its beaches, are tiny offshore islands accessible in day trips. We love Sandy Island, the most developed with a beach bar, restaurant and snorkeling shop. Further out, Prickly Pear Cay is a great spot to watch migrating sea birds and diving pelicans. Both offer a great way to entertain your guests before the wedding. Scuba diving is another way for your family and friends to discover the endless reefs and marine life. Fishing enthusiasts can head out with local fishermen for a unique tour. Another fun option: Gather your guests and take a water taxi to tiny Scilly Cay for a barbecued lobster curry lunch. Grab a waterside table at the islet's restaurant, place an order, and invite everyone to snorkel while you await your meal.