Planning your perfect wedding abroad can feel a little overwhelming, but at the White Sands Hotel & Spa on the glorious Island of Boa Vista in Cape Verde, there’s nothing to be daunted by, only excited about, as there could really be no better place in the world to begin your “happy-ever-after” and make all your dreams come true.
Picture this – sun-kissed sugar-white sands between your toes, your veil carried elegantly on a gentle sea breeze, your closest friends and family enjoying a holiday of a lifetime as they witness you and your partner vow your love eternal, and all of you spoiled with luxurious 5-star service, where the champagne flows with love, laughter and dancing long into the starry night.
And this is just a snapshot of how perfect your big day will really be at the White Sands Hotel & Spa. From the moment you open your eyes in the morning through to getting yourself pampered and prepared to walk down the sandy aisle, the sunshine ceremony by the sea, the photographs, the flowers, the luxurious wedding breakfast, the champagne reception, and on to your honeymoon – the White Sands Hotel & Spa will see that your beach wedding is as picture-perfect as you’ve always dreamed.
Getting Married on Cape Verde
Cape Verde, with its endless summer climate, miles and miles of idyllic beaches, thriving culture and impeccable hospitality, is fast-becoming a go-to destination for special couples seeking a luxurious approach to their ceremony. The stress-free, laidback lifestyle of the Islands make for an effortless yet beautiful alternative to a UK wedding, and at only a 6-hour flight from home, it’s a practical choice for friends and family, too.
And it’s not just weddings. Cape Verde is also very popular for those seeking marriage blessings and renewal of vows ceremonies. Indeed, there are so many different ways to organise your day. Civil weddings can only take place when tourists have been on the Islands for 30 days, so, even if this isn’t viable for you, a marriage blessing ceremony either before or after your legal UK service offers a wonderful alternative, and is a popular choice for many couples.
Either way, your ceremony will be truly unforgettable on Cape Verde, and with all the pampering and luxury provided at the White Sands Hotel & Spa, both yourselves and your guests will be whisked away in a truly enchanting experience from start to finish.
The White Sands Hotel & Spa Wedding Experience
The wonderful thing about choosing a destination like Cape Verde for your beach wedding is that you can combine stag and hen parties, the ceremony, and the honeymoon all into one magical trip.
In the lead-up to the big day, the bridal party can make the most of being pampered at the world-class YHI Spa, while the boys enjoy some time down at the beach. And then, following your dream ceremony on the white sands of Santa Monica, bride, groom, friends, family and all can celebrate together at the White Sands Hotel & Spa, where a range of restaurants, bars and beach clubs can all be tailored to make your after-party special.
Then your honeymoon awaits.
A deluxe suite, a five-star Resort, no end of activities on the Islands to enjoy together – whale watching trips, quad biking adventures, and kite surfing opportunities to name just a few – and some of the most beautiful landscapes and seascapes in the world make Cape Verde the dream destination for romantic honeymoons.
Staff at White Sands Hotel & Spa will also work especially hard to ensure that everything before, during and after the big day goes as perfectly for you as possible. Indeed, we will endeavour to help you with all the details of your dream beach wedding at the White Sands Hotel & Spa wherever we can. From getting you hair styled just how you want it, to your make-up and nails polished to perfection, we are here to advise you on how to make the arrangements with local stylists. And the same goes for the organisation of your bouquets, buttonholes, and flowers for your ceremony – some beautiful seasonal bloom and natural Cape Verdean colours will bring even more photogenic magic to your big day.
And as for your wedding cake – be it a frosted, multi-tiered affair that you want, a cupcake stack, or something more dainty and delicate, there’s nothing that can’t be arranged to suit your individual needs.
And of course, you will want to capture as much of your special day as possible. If you’re not bringing your own photographer, we can put you in touch with local professionals to have your whole ceremony photographed, filmed, and even live-streamed to friends and family back home.
The Dream Destination for Ceremony and Honeymoon
Weddings are an incredibly important festivity on Cape Verde, and there are customs and traditions in which you may wish to partake to make your ceremony unique to the culture and country.
For instance, there is the batuque, inspired by the nation’s African roots, whereby the wedding party takes part in solo dancing and a call and response choir. This is a lively event, and one where all friends and family are invited to take part – lots of fun and full of excitement.
Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements for some live music on the beach, ensuring that you have the perfect soundtrack to match the perfect backdrop of clear skies and turquoise waters for your ceremony.
Whatever you want, and no matter if you’re celebrating your wedding, renewing your vows, having your marriage blessed, or relaxing on your honeymoon, you will find everything you need to make your dreams come true at the White Sands Hotel & Spa. Nothing is too much trouble when it comes to pleasing our VIP wedding guests, and if you’d like to learn more about how the White Sands Hotel & Spa can make your big day even more special, then please get in touch with us today.