The Wedding Planner advises: One out of every six couples getting married for the first time choose a destination wedding, that number rises to 61% for couples getting remarried. For most, destination weddings offer a chance to celebrate in the sun and somewhere a bit different to the norm. For high-profile brides and grooms such as Google co-founder Larry Page and Lucy Southworth (the now Mrs Google), destination weddings are the best way to guarantee privacy on the big day.
Necker Island was the destination of choice for 34 year old Page when he recently married 27-year-old student Lucy. The 74-acre island in the British Virgin Islands is owned by billionaire Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin fame. Guests can stay in the eight-bedroom Great House or in one of the five smaller Bali houses that dot the island; together they sleep 28 guests.
The entire island can be reserved for about $47,000 a day – you might think that, that is not too bad as that is close to the price of the average wedding – the catch is that there is a five-day minimum stay!
You may choose between an informal beachfront wedding or a more formal ceremony in the main lounge. Included in the package are such amenities as a couple’s massage, access to water sports, lessons with a professional tennis pro, all meals and drinks, and boat transfers from Virgin Gorda or Beef Island (Tortola) airports.
Necker Island is one of a handful of spots worldwide that offer pricey exclusive island weddings. Other spots include Guana Island (Virgin Island) and Turtle Island (Fiji). All feature luxurious lodging, ultimate privacy and top-notch amenities – they’d want to for that price!
Not dear enough for your dear loved one?? Then try One & Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives, situated in the Indian Ocean’s North Male’ Atoll. The Legendary Sunset Wedding Package is a mere $2,480, however guaranteeing that the wedding stays an intimate affair costs a bit more than Necker island. This 109-acre island costs $1.2 million to rent the resort for three days.