Bolongo Bay military wedding by Oliver White, Dow Studios, V.I.

Bolongo Bay military wedding photo by Oliver White, Dow Studios, V.I.

If you (or your intended) are an active duty service member, you can live the dream of a wedding on a tropical beach for an amazing price. Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is offering its Barefoot on the Beach and Paradise Wedding packages at 50 percent off for members of the military. With the discount, destination wedding packages begin at $500.

Barefoot-casual and family-run, Bolongo doesn’t have butler service, celebrity visitors, or attitude. What it does have is a superb beachfront location, tons of complimentary water activities (even the intro to scuba diving is free), and 62 big, basic rooms with the kind of amenities that count (including a faucet on the deck for washing sand off your feet). And it also has an understanding of what works for guests. Knowing that the military sometimes have limited leave time or changes in leave dates, there is  no minimum stay requirement, no penalty if you need to change your wedding date, and no blackout dates.

There’s an on-site romance director who can attend to all the details. You might treat your wedding party to a snorkel booze hunt, marry under a flower-festooned arch on the sand, take a few dozen guests on a catamaran cruise into the sunset, treat everyone to lobster on a bamboo deck while Mocko Jumbie dancers entertain, and end the evening with cocktails and karaoke at Iggies, one of the Caribbean’s best beach bars.

And if you’re not military? For couples who are considering Bolongo Bay as a wedding venue, they offer preview rates of 50 percent off an oceanfront or beachfront room, just off the sand. There’s no mininum stay and the offer isn’t contingent upon a wedding booking.

Bolongo Bay, we salute you!

Pelican's eye-view of Bolongo Beach, USVI

Pelican’s eye-view of Bolongo Beach, USVI

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Want to know more about planning destination wedding travel to Bolongo Bay or other Caribbean resorts? Our travel partners at Coastline Travel Advisors, a Virtuoso agency, are ready to help.


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