I have been a long time reader (slightly addicted) and have been engaged for almost TWO years. We had some family issues that prevented us from planning, but we are finally ready to get it done
We got engaged in St. Maarten but have wanted to get married in St. Thomas. We are probably going to have a larger party (80ish) actually attending (inviting 125) - and with a limited budget, St. Thomas is proving to be difficult!! My FI and I both want to be married on the beach and have an open air feel reception close to the water (so the cheaper venues like Villa Botanica just don't work for us). So far this has been a STRUGGLE with our budget and wanting to keep food/drink prices under $150pp. We have heard not so great things about the Marriott and fabulous things about Island Bliss Weddings. So we are giving it a shot, but so far have found nothing that fits!
Have other brides had the same issue with St. Thomas?? We are also looking at Punta Cana (Jellyfish) or Bahamas (Pelican Bay) as other options, but would love to get hitched in St. Thomas - but from the rooms to the food - everything is CRAZY expensive! We are not picky about the date, but would like to plan something in early 2013 - so the clock is ticking!
Hoping to find the perfect place soon! Thanks for reading