With a reputation that precedes itself, St. Thomas is known as one of the liveliest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. This Caribbean paradise attracts honeymooners from all over the world, but couples who opt for a destination wedding may also treat their guests to the ultimate getaway by hosting their big day at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. Andy Cisick, Director of Weddings and Group Sales at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, gives us a glimpse into the wedding planning process and why this luxury wedding destination is perfect for the most memorable celebrations.
GO: If you had to describe The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas in three words, what would they be?
A: Exclusive, Idyllic, Alluring
GO: How far in advance does a couple need to reserve a wedding date?
A: We recommend that larger weddings secure your date eight to sixteen months out from your desired date. If this is an elopement wedding, we encourage you can contact the resort no later than three months before the big day. If you miss these suggested timelines, we can plan weddings of any size in a short period. Rest assured that our knowledgeable and creative wedding team will help plan every detail based on your schedule.
GO: Are onsite wedding planners available for the wedding process?
A: Yes, we have a Meetings and Special Event Team specializing in corporate and social events, including momentous occasions such as weddings.
GO: Are accommodations and buyouts available? What is the capacity limit?
A: Yes, we have 180 guest rooms and extend discounted group rates. In addition, we offer buyouts during particular seasons. With our Great Bay Ballroom and Terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea, we prefer to maintain a max of 130 guests to ensure the utmost comfortable experience.
GO: What spaces are available for ceremonies and receptions?
A: There are numerous venues at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, to host your wedding ceremony and reception. The Ocean Pavilion, situated on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, is the ideal venue if you desire the utmost privacy. However, if you want your toes in the sand, you will love the Sea Grape Trees, which remain one of the most Instagramable locations in the Caribbean. You can select from the Great Bay Beach, the Sea Grape Trees, The Great Bay Ballroom, and the Ballroom Terrace for your memorable reception, amongst a few other hidden gems.
GO: What are some of the amenities, incentives and activities that the property offers a couple?
A: While enjoying the resort with friends and family, ensure you make time to experience our daily yoga classes, garden tours, beverage tastings, and water toys, including snorkeling, kayaks, paddleboards, and windsurfing.
Sailing away on Lady Lynsey II, our signature catamaran, is the perfect way to discover the Caribbean on a memorable sunset sail or an island-hopping excursion.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding. Tell us about your menu customization options.
A: Our award-winning culinary team will partner with you to create any cuisine you desire. We can accommodate any request and dietary restrictions.
GO: Service is imperative in the wedding industry. What does The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas offer couples and their guests that set you apart?
A: From start to finish, you will have a team of Ladies and Gentlemen partnering with you to ensure this is a stress-free process. In addition, you will love working with the onsite team and our incredible creative partners, including our design team, florist, and a wide variety of entertainment sections.
Throughout the journey, we are always available to answer any question that you may have. Closer to your wedding date, we would love for you to visit the resort to meet with the planning team and vendors and taste the incredible food that may be offered at your wedding.
You can always expect a few surprises from our thoughtful sales and planning team every time you visit the resort.