The British Virgin Islands are home to resorts than can do it all with style. "These properties are able to offer a wide range of activities without guests ever having to leave," says Weiman-Nelson.
Necker Island, the British Virgin Islands home of Sir Richard Branson, is an Asian-inspired hideaway that can accommodate destination weddings of up to 28 guests in five Bali-style houses. "It's the jewel for small destination weddings: There's total privacy," says Weiman-Nelson. "Couples like the island because you can use different parts for different things."
The Great House, for example, has a huge Great Room with a sky-lit peaked roof and open sides that's ideal for a welcoming reception, while the island's private Main Beach or Turtle Beach are favorite spots for wedding ceremonies. The home's private staff "is here just for you," says Weiman-Nelson. "They will cook a private gourmet meal for two, or for a group of 20 on the beach. They cater to your every need."
For a larger wedding in a similar setting, nearby Biras Creek resort on Virgin Gorda has 33 suites on a 140-acre estate navigated mainly by bicycle and filled with flowering gardens and rugged hiking trails. "It's spread out enough that you can offer different events in unique settings," says Weiman-Nelson.
Guests as this Relais & Chateaux resort can hold a seaside wedding on Berchers Bay or in the dramatic Arawak Room with its 360-degree ocean views. A beachside pavilion, the resort's arrival dock (in a narrow, mangrove-edged cove) and the funky Fat Virgin Cafe are options for more casual receptions. Since all Biras Creek guests can sign up for boating lessons, scuba and snorkel expeditions, and guided nature walks, arranging group activities is simple, and parties of up to 100 can set sail on the resort's private yacht.
This article was adapted from a story that originally appeared in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine