In Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, there are romantic experiences on every corner. Here you will find a selection of whimsical wedding proposals and honeymoon highlights that will appeal to your beloved customers
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With the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic dominating overseas weddings and vacation travel still banned in 2021, couples may be looking for a new destination to tie the knot or celebrate their newly made vows.
Jersey, far enough away to offer a different vibe but close enough to take away the current stress of international travel, could be exactly the magical island these brides and grooms are looking for.
Jersey’s marriage laws make it easy for couples to moor on the island. All you have to do is submit an application by post and after completing the documents, arrive three working days before the date you have chosen, complete the formalities and collect your license. Jersey has many beautifully intimate and idyllic venues and locations to choose from, including Jersey National Park.
Couples looking for a ceremony reminiscent of a fairy tale can take their vows at Mont Orgueil Castle, where they can choose a medieval hall or chapel by candlelight for their ceremony and gardens, or a battery for their reception. The 13th century fortress is steeped in history, but the shining star of this venue is the sweeping views along the island’s east coast and across to France.
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The famous Elizabeth Castle on St. Aubin’s Bay is also a great option with panoramic views across the bay. Civil partnerships and wedding ceremonies can take place in the governor’s house with a musket salute and cannon fire for the occasion. You can also walk to the castle at low tide and return by boat at high tide.
Inland, the La Mare winery offers the opportunity to say “I’m doing” with a vineyard as a background and to hold rustic receptions with a view of manicured lawns. The venue can even offer chocolates and locally made gin miniatures for the table favors, and the property’s cider and apple brandy are top notch.
In addition to this selection of quirky venues, there are also a variety of luxury hotels that offer wedding packages in Jersey. The Royal Yacht Hotel in St. Helier, the Atlantic Hotel on the southwest coast, the Somerville Hotel overlooking St. Aubin’s Bay, and the St. Brelade’s Bay Hotel on the south coast are all worth investigating. If clients want to return to a specific location on the island, they can request that it be approved for marriage.
Dramatic landscapes and coastal sunsets mean any visit to Jersey can be romantic, but there are ways to make a honeymoon in the destination extra special. For example, suggest that your newlywed clients wait for the tide to be lowest on Plemont Beach and then go down to the coast to explore the caves that are inaccessible at other times of the day. Couples could even wrap up a picnic from The Jersey Grazing Company with a bottle of wine to watch the sun set from the sand – St. Ouen’s Bay is the perfect spot for that.
Candelit dinners are widespread in Jersey, but for an undeniably unforgettable dining experience, we recommend the Michelin-starred Bohemia in St Helier. The menu here is put together by the restaurant’s talented chef, Callum Graham, a 2018 MasterChef candidate who made it to the quarterfinals. Alternatively, the Oyster Box in St. Brelade’s Bay is known for its seafood and of course oysters, which are served with a fantastic sea view.
There are so many more things to do for couples traveling to Jersey for a once-in-a-lifetime trip, whether they’re interested in nature, culture, food, or just spending time together in special environments. Find out more about TTG’s special Visit Jersey Hub and details about the current entry requirements.
For more information on organizing a Jersey wedding, please visit the relevant page on the government website.
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