St. Thomas Weddings – 2016 Vendor List

Ready to spend some money on your destination wedding?  Below are the cast of characters you might work with while planning your wedding.  That is, if you decide you don’t want one of my wedding packages.

Hopefully when you read this, you already have a general budget in mind for your St. Thomas wedding.

If this is the first time you stumbled onto the musings and guides I’ve written about St. Thomas weddings, let me share with you 1 piece of important information that I tend to talk about a lot…

St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands has some of the best vendors and wedding service providers in the world.  And generally speaking, they are reasonably priced compared to many stateside wedding vendors.

(For more important information about getting married in St. Thomas check out 13 Things You Must Know About Having a St. Thomas Wedding)

How do I know?  Well, I’ve performed hundreds of weddings throughout the US and Caribbean.  And no where have I met and worked with so many excellent and consistently amazing destination wedding professionals.

Planning a wedding from thousands of miles away is no easy feat.  So how do you decide where to begin when finding and hiring vendors for your wedding?

I’ve put together all the vendors that work in the wedding industry here in St. Thomas.

A word of caution…

There’s that old joke about what do you call the guy that finished last in his class at medical school?  “Doctor”.  The lesson being that just having a title don’t a good doctor make.

Sort of the same goes here.  I’ve listed everyone that is available for hire.  But I don’t make any representations that everyone on here finished top of their class.

So take a little time to check out reviews, websites, etc., to find the best fit for you.  But generally speaking, you can’t go wrong with any of the folks listed below.

St. Thomas Wedding Photographers

If you decide to hire a photographer for your destination wedding, the 2 most important considerations are:

-Budget

-Style

The best way to choose a photographer is by looking at their work.  Every beach photographer in St. Thomas has their own style and personality.

  1. The Mango Works
  2. Sage Hammond
  3. Toes in the Sand
  4. Elisha Orin
  5. Savanah Loftus
  6. Chic Photography
  7. Megan Biggs
  8. Dow Studio

As you look through the galleries and portfolios of each photographer you will begin to get a sense of the skill and habits of the photographer.  And also remember, all of these photographers will most likely be happy to take any shots you request (i.e. trashing the dress, etc.)

Wedding Planners in St. Thomas

If I had to guess, the first thing my couples research are wedding planners when planning a destination wedding in St. Thomas.  It’s probably a good idea.  If someone asked my advice, I’d suggest hiring a wedding planner even before picking a hotel or villa.

A wedding planner is going to take this whole list and narrow down the options based on your likes, dislikes, style, etc.  Each resort on St. Thomas has an event staff that is somewhat fluid and changes often.  So I’ve only listed independent wedding planners.

Every planner listed below is a full-service wedding and event planner and should be able to help you with your destination wedding and/or reception.

  1. Blue Sky Ceremony
  2. Beach Weddings By Deb
  3. Heart and Soul Unions
  4. Simple Island Weddings
  5. Perfect Weddings of St. Thomas
  6. Weddings the Island Way
  7. Tropical Weddings VI

Chefs & Caterers

Whether you want a beach reception with good ol’ barbecue or a traditional sit-down, plated dinner in a villa, the caters listed below can tackle groups of any size and tastes.

I have tasted the creations of all of these chefs and can attest that they all will blow your minds with their culinary skills.  Probably the second best part of my job (after officiating a wedding) is getting a plate of food from the caterers!

  1. Passion Fruit Chefs – true professionals with a team of chefs and wait staff.
  2. Shelley Berry – a long-time island chef and a master of island-inspired cuisine.
  3. Off the Grid – these guys are kings of the barbecue.
  4. Havana Blue – a restaurant that offers catering for wedding receptions on location or on Morningstar Beach.

Island Bakers

Your wedding cake (or rum balls) is one of the center pieces of your wedding.  A wedding without cake is like Bonnie without Clyde, Siegfried without Roy, Batman without Robin…

A cake provides a focal point and gathering spot for family and friends after your wedding ceremony.  The photos of the cake cutting (and the occasional cake in the face) are some of the most beautiful and memorable of your wedding day.

St. Thomas boasts top notch bakers with cake options for any design or inspiration.

  1. Island Sweet Stuff – creating edible artwork for your wedding.
  2. VI Desserts
  3. Caribbean Rum Balls – specializes in an island favorite – rum balls!
  4. Cakes VI – Shelley is one of the best!

Island Florists

I am by no means a wedding designer or planner.  I occasionally work with clients to design their bouquet colors, but I am not the best person to decide colors or types of flowers for your wedding.

If you know exactly what you want, I send the requirements to the florist and let them work their magic.  If you need inspiration or more assistance with flowers, any one of the shops below should be able to help.

One thing to note, all of our flowers are shipped in to St. Thomas, so give your florist time to get the orders in place for your wedding.

  1. Roses Too
  2. East End Flower Shop
  3. Blooming Things

St. Thomas Videographers

On occasion a couple will bring down a videographer from the states to film a couple’s destination wedding.  I often wonder why go through the expense when we have talented videographers here in St. Thomas.  St. Thomas weddings are made to be shared and relived.  That is why I typically recommend spending the money to have a videographer ‘document’ your wedding day.

  1. Creating Memories VI
  2. Palm Wedding Films
  3. Bramley Wedding Films
  4. Dow Studio (see photographers category for link)

Wedding Officiants & Ministers

So here we are.  Time to pick your officiant.  You probably want someone charming.  Handsome.  Personable.  I know of a guy that is all those things. 🙂

Ok, so I may not be the perfect fit for every couple.  I like to think I can make anyone’s wedding day unforgettable, but the reality is that I am not the “right” minister for every couple.

Reach out to several ministers.  Check out their galleries.  Maybe find a video or two.  While I hope you choose me, I would much rather you find the officiant that makes you happy.

  1. Michael Motylinski, your St. Thomas Wedding Officiant
  2. True Love Weddings
  3. VI Wedding
  4. Island Wedding Services

Another option is to have a family member officiate after getting ordained.  You can get ordained online with Wanderlust Bay Ministries.

St. Thomas Wedding Musicians

This category is a little tricky.  Some of the vendors don’t have websites or contact information available.  Here is where your trusted wedding planner comes in.  They know which musicians are suited for your wedding.

Admittedly, we are a little light on variety in this department.

If you want a violinist –  you have 2 options.

A harpist?  One harpist.

Classical guitarist?  One option.

Steel pan?  Half the population can play the steel pan.  But I have a favorite and he is the best on the island.  If you contact me I’d be happy to share his information.

Hair & Makeup Stylists

The below hair and makeup artists specialize in weddings.  Either of the two vendors listed below will gladly meet you at your villa, hotel or an agreeable location if you are on a cruise ship.

  1. Artistry by Kristina
  2. Sugar and Spice

DJs

Sometimes I feel like these guys and gals are a dying breed.  An iPhone, a play list and shuffle are what many couple now rely on.  Call me old school but I still like having someone at the controls to keep the dancing and party going.

  1.  DJ Eric Snow
  2.  DJ Brakez

Places to Get Married in St. Thomas

I call “uncle” on this category.  Too many to list.  Churches, villas, gardens, beach houses, resorts, etc.  So to make it easy on myself and yet still provide you with as much information as possible, check out a site that was willing to do what I am not!

  1. Blue Venues – basically they work with all the best wedding venues on St. Thomas.  So if you are looking for places to get married, this should be your first stop.

Weddings in St. Thomas shouldn’t have to be any more stressful than a wedding at the VFW down the street in your neighborhood.  What I hear time and time again from couples is that the most stressful part of the process is finding trusted wedding vendors…from thousands of miles away.

The professionals on this list eat, breath, sleep and obsess about St. Thomas weddings.  There are no part-timers here.

So I hope this vendor list is helpful in familiarizing yourself with wedding professionals here in St. Thomas and makes your destination wedding planning just a little easier.