I am back form our wedding in St.Lucia! Wow! I am still day dreaming about it!
We were in St.Lucia from July 9 to July 16th. What a week!
I will do a more elaborate review when I will find some time but meanwhile, do you hesitate to ask me any question you may have about the south part of St. Lucia. We were in Soufriere and stayed at Jade Mountain. Our 19 guests stayed at Anse Chastanet for the entire week.
I strongly recommend Jade Mountain if you can get married there or have your honeymoon there. I am still looking for words to describe it. It is more expensive than other resorts but worths it! We met other couples honeymooning there and they were glad they choose a 5 nights stay there over a 2 weeks stay in a generic resort. You can't go wrong there, even in the summer time! Fianc© (now husband was worry that it would be too hot but it was perfect! Having our own infinity pool in our room was awesome!
Here is few generic advices for all of the St.Lucia brides to be:
- We choose an outside photographer from St.Lucia. His name is Mikael Lamber and I strongly recommend it. We were able to exchange emails with him BEFORE the wedding and he even planned a Skype meeting with me few weeks before departure. He is really great and kind! Husband and I are not huge photo fans and were exhausted after the wedding! He was so patient and positive!
-Gravol: I have not been to the north of the island so I can not comment on the road but the drive from the airport to Soufriere is quite nauseous. I am glad I took a Gravol (anti nauseous med.) in the plane before landing.
- Hair: I am SO glad I had my hair in a up-do! It is so humid and very windy! Honestly, think about that ladies when considering your hair style. I had some real hair extensions put in for more volume and they hold the curl very well but this would not have been enough to keep them look good!
- Veil: If you are planning having a veil, choose a long one (mine was to the floor) since the wind will blow in it. I have gorgeous pictures because of that! I do not think it would have look so good with a shorter veil since it would be all up in the air!
-Customs- Immigration: Very friendly! We had 6 suitcases (if you are travelling business with Air Canada or having a Elite status, take advantage of this!) and they asked us why we had so much. We told them we were getting married and no problem! I did not have to show my receipts for OOT bags or anything. Very convenient and quick customs!
- For Canadian Brides: We left Vancouver hoping to purchase some duty-free champagne on our connecting flight in Toronto. We were disappointed to see the selection at Toronto-Pearson. Just Canadian Champagne or Baby Duck! Do not rely on the International Duty free in Toronto, it is very disappointing, specially if you are used to shop at the nice ones in Europe.
- I purchased some nice chocolate truffles at the Duty-free to give to the crew onboard. They really appreciated it and recognized us on the way back!
- Travelling with the dress with Air Canada: Inconsistent... I was able to put my gown in the business class closet for the first leg (travelling between Vancouver and Toronto) but not on the smaller aircraft (A319) between Toronto and St. Lucia. Their closet is very small and the crew is using it. So I put my dress on the overhead bin. You should not worry, the humidity makes everything look wrinkles free in St.Lucia! I should not have worry so much!
-Another tip for Canadian brides: We invited everyone in the Air Canada Lounge in Toronto so we had a free breakfast together before the flight. We were able to introduce everyone and it was such a great start! Some guests (including me and husband) also took a shower before continuing the trip to St.Lucia.
- Finally, OOT bags were awesome but I wanted something for the flight as well. I had prepared Flight Comfort Kit to give to each guest when boarding. These kits were a HUGE hit! I should do a post for that in the near future!
Well, let me know if I can be useful to any of the future St.Lucia brides!
P.S. The first two pictures were taken in our room! Really!
Comfort Kit for the flight: