The Buccaneer
Frequently Asked Questions - Weddings
Wddings at The Buccaneer
Photo: 2009© Lindsay Kammerzelt

Questions About Your Ceremony

What are the legal requirements for getting married in the Virgin Islands?

For island weddings, proof of citizenship and a 24-hour minimum stay is required; however, there is no blood test needed. Couples who have been married before need only bring an original copy of a divorce or death certificate. Couples must file marriage documents prior to arrival on St. Croix, giving the court at least eight working days to process them. To facilitate arrangements, call 340-778-9750 and ask for the Marriage and Family Division.

What are our options for ceremony sites?

Our two most popular sites are the 18th Century Sugar Mill, and our palm tree-lined Mermaid Beach. Both are quintessential 'Caribbean', and very charming and picturesque. See Weddings for photographs of ceremony sites.

Weddings on the beach at The Buccaneer, St Croix

What times of day are best for weddings?

The most popular time for weddings is at sunset, which provides a spectacular background for the ceremony - and wedding photos! Wedding receptions are normally scheduled for 6-10pm.

What religious denomination is the officiate?

Most ministers that we work with are non-denominational and ordained through the Universal Life Church. We also use the services of a Baptist minister upon request.

What are our choices for vows?

We provide a selection of vows to choose from, or you may provide your own.

What is the maximum number of guests allowed?

There is a minimum of 20 adults for our Hibiscus wedding package. Our largest venue for ceremonies and receptions can accommodate 125 guests.

What are our options for music?

We can arrange for almost any style of live music you prefer. Prices vary per artist. You may choose a live band/musician or a DJ for your reception. Bands must stop playing at 10:00 p.m.

What are the options for photographers/photo packages?

We refer our guests to several different highly qualified and professional photographers. Prices vary per photographer and package.

Can we arrange for a videographer?

We offer professional videography services through a third-party.

Do you offer a wedding rehearsal?

Since ceremonies at The Buccaneer tend to be short, we usually forgo a formal rehearsal with the minister, and instead offer a walk-through with the bride, groom, and wedding party on the evening prior to the wedding, or early on the day of the wedding. If you prefer a rehearsal with the minister, one can be arranged for an additional cost of approximately $100.

Are gratuities included?

Gratuities for all services are at your discretion with the exception of food and beverage functions.

Sugar Mill weddings at The Buccaneer

Questions About Your Reception

What are the options for reception locations?

Our most popular reception site is our air-conditioned Brass Parrot. For intimate groups of 12 or less, our 18th Century Sugar Mill offers an unparalleled romantic atmosphere.

What room/table decorations are available?

The Buccaneer provides white linens, low candles and local flowers. If you require more elaborate decorations, we can offer decorating options at additional cost.


Questions About Bridal Party and Wedding Guest Accommodations

Are rooms included in the wedding packages?

No, room charges are not included.

What is the rate for accommodations for the bridal party and guests?

Please refer to our current hotel rates page. Please contact us to discuss your particular wedding party size and dates. We are happy to discuss large wedding party discounts.

Must we stay at The Buccaneer to have our wedding there?

The Buccaneer provides wedding and reception services only to hotel guests. At least 50% of the invited guests must be hotel guests for a minimum of three nights in order to provide these services


Other Wedding Information

No passports are required for US Virgin Islands travel at this time.

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requiring passports by December 31, 2006 will not affect travel between the United States and its territories. U.S. citizens traveling between the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will continue to be able to use established forms of identification, such as birth certificates and government-issued photo ID, to board flights and for entry.

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship required
  • Tickets and documents for return or onward travel required
  • Vaccination: Not required
Usually Acceptable Proofs of U.S. Citizenship
  • U.S. passport (must be valid) -or-
  • Certified copy of birth certificate plus government issued photo ID -or-
  • Official U.S. government document verifying citizenship
  • Certificate of citizenship
  • Certificate of naturalization
  • Consular report of birth abroad of a U.S. Citizen
  • Valid photo I.D. (Photo I.D.'s are not applicable to minors up to 16 years of age.)
NOTE: A Voter's registration card does NOT constitute proof of U.S. Citizenship.

When should you make your wedding reservations?

We suggest you and your guests have reservations in-place 90 days prior to your wedding.

What is your cancellation policy?

In the event that you cancel your function, penalties are applied if cancelled within 90 days of the function.

Which credit cards do you accept?

Payment may be made by any credit card, certified or personal check. Personal checks are accepted for deposits only

How many days in advance of the wedding should we arrive?

You should arrive at least one business day prior to the day you plan to be married. You must go to the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands on St. Croix to be sworn in. Be sure you don't plan to visit the court on a holiday, when it will be closed.

What if I have other legal questions about marriage licensing in the USVI?

Other questions regarding the legal aspects of the marriage license may be answered by calling the Territorial Court at 340-778-9750 and asking for the Family and Marriage Division.

What if I have more questions about a ceremony, reception or wedding party accommodations at The Buccaneer?

E-mail your question to us at and we'll answer as quickly as possible.

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The Buccaneer
St. Croix,
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