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Getting to Andros Island, The Bahamas is very easy!
We may be slightly off the beaten path, but that's a big
part of our appeal. Even though we're not in the center of a big tourist hub (thankfully!) we're really quite accessible.
(more info on getting to Andros)
Get married on the beach in a simple ceremony by the sea. We'll arrange it all, plus a reception for up to forty of your closest friends. All you have to do is show up!
For more than forty years, weddings have been a celebrated part of life at Small Hope Bay. Three generations of Birches have been married here. We'll bring a family warmth and tropical style to your Bahamas wedding day.
We'll build you an arch of flowers, and make head wreaths, anklets, corsages and bouquets using blooms from our nearby gardens. We will decorate our outdoor patio with colorful Androsia fabric, ferns, and flowers and let the sea provide its own magnificent backdrop.
We'll arrange the paper work and contact the appropriate officials to perform the ceremony. We'll host your reception, serving up tasty hors d'oeuvres of our island specialties: conch fritters, grouper fingers, curried chicken wings, and more. An elegant tropical-style wedding cake, and sparkling champagne complete the celebration, that usually rolls right into the dinner hour at Small Hope Bay Lodge.
We will capture the event on video, using your favorite CDs for music. We will also take your digital pictures and give you a CD to take home. All you have to do is show up and enjoy the moment! You might even want to stick around for the honeymoon!
As with all things in life the weather can be a bit unpredictable. If it rains, we can have your ceremony inside our glass room or lounge. If it is windy, you can have it on the patio with a screen covered in native plants and flowers.
All of the photos you see on this page are from recent Small Hope weddings. These couples all had from 2 - 40 of their friends, other guests, and our staff enjoying the event with them. We can also do much more private ceremonies, if you prefer. You can get married in our pine grove, on the beach, on a secluded cay, or even underwater (please give us advance notice for that, the only minister in the area who can scuba dive is in Nassau). If you would like to renew your vows, we would be happy to accommodate that. We strive to have your Bahamas Wedding be an event to remember fondly.
SEE SMALL HOPE'S ALL-INCLUSIVE RATES PAGE WEDDING PACKAGE:
OPTIONAL ADD-ONS (variable costs, please direct inquiries to Lodge):
Small Hope Bay Lodge offers you a true tropical experience with an easy island style. The resort has twenty cottages (including a Honeymoon cottage!) plus two beaches, delicious food, a help-yourself bar, and simple all-inclusive rates. Our rooms have no phones or TVs (though we do have free internet in the lounge), and our guests never have to wear shoes. The focus in on a natural environment and the enjoyment of our guests.
For activities we have diving, snorkeling, fishing, eco-tours, hammocks, kayaks, windsurfers, bicycles, nature walks, and a small sailboat. For adventure, the third largest barrier reef in the world lies just one mile offshore. We have a full-service dive and snorkeling operation, and offer free Discover Scuba or snorkeling lessons for beginners.
Small Hope Bay Lodge is the winner of two Cacique Awards for Ecotourism and Best Company/Group in the Bahamas, and a finalist in the American Express CHA Green Award for Ecotourism. The resort was opened in 1960 by Canadian Dick Birch, and under the same Birch family management, continues its dedication to offering a natural refuge for rest, relaxation, rediscovery and romance.
RATE INCLUDES EVERYTHING: Beachfront Cottage, all meals, all beverages (including a help-yourself bar), Discover SCUBA or snorkeling lessons, and hotel taxes -- PLUS:
See the wedding/honeymoon rates page for more information on prices
OPTIONAL ADD-ONS (see rates page):
Since this package features a specially reduced price, please request it by name when booking, in order to avoid confusion. Ask for the Simple Little Honeymoon Package, specify seven nights or four nights.
The usual confirmations concerning present single status and eligibility for marriage are required.
Non-Bahamians wishing to get married in the Bahamas need to be in the country 24 hours prior to applying for a marriage license. A Bahamian-issued marriage license is valid for 90 days (see rates page for cost).; no blood tests are required.
Small Hope Bay Lodge is happy to assist you with obtaining a marriage license through our local government offices when you reach Andros. Please note that while ceremonies are performed during the weekend, all paperwork and associated business must take place during normal Government office hours, Monday through Friday.
The Bahamas is a primarily Christian country, and we often use the services of local church Ministers to perform our wedding ceremonies. If this is unsuitable to you, please feel free to discuss your preferences with us.
Minister/Commissioner stipend is extra.
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"I love Jeff for making everything wonderful and fun! Thanks - so much ..."
-- Mrs. Lori Speirs
"Thanks to everyone for the best island wedding and honeymoon that anyone could possibly have. The video is great, the photos are great, the memories are unbelievable and certainly do not translate into mere words when we're trying to tell our fellow island-lovers what it is really like at Small Hope Bay Lodge. Our major quandry now (after the new sailboat, of course) is whether we can wait until our anniversary date for another visit, or if we're gonna have to have a practice run before then just to keep our hands in. Many, many, many thanks."
-- Tom & Terri Nelson
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