Weddings

February 7, 2022

Planning a wedding in Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco

Are you planning a wedding in Hope Town on Elbow Cay?  You have come to the right place.

Now that I have moved to Miami, FL I am so excited to be able to easily hop over to Hope Town, Elbow Cay to photograph weddings.  I often get questions from couples who are planning their wedding Hope Town, Elbow Cay.  Where do I find a great band? Flowers?  Where do I get my hair done?  I thought it would be helpful to list some of the people and places that I have loved working with when shooting weddings in Hope Town on Elbow Cay, Abacos.  Of course I would love to photograph your wedding there (duh!) so please feel free to look at recent Hope Town weddings on my website.

If I am missing someone you loved working with or if you have a question, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

*These businesses have been updated in 2021 to reflect post Dorian.”

ABACO WEDDING BANDS:

An amazing singer and great band -they are perfect for ceremony through the reception:

Simplicity Hope Town :  simplicityhtmusic@gmail.com

Suppatime and New Entry are both really fun and bring so much energy to the reception:

Suppatime

New Entry Band

New Entry Band Abaco Wedding

*Pictured above is New Entry Band

If you want to go the DJ route for any part of the evening, you can’t go wrong with DJ Bigz!

DJ Bigz:  https://soundcloud.com/user-893214941

Youth Junkanoo Band:

Melinda with Buds and Blossoms (see below) is the best contact if you’d like to hire the local junkanoo youth band.  They come over from Marsh Harbour (short ferry ride) and will seriously kick the party off right.  Highly recommended.

Wedding Junkanoo band Hope Town

ABACO WEDDING FLOWERS:

Melinda at Buds and Blossoms is so talented and wonderful to work with.  I can’t get over the creations she comes up with!

Buds and Blossoms Wedding Flowers Abacos

WEDDING HAIR in HOPE TOWN:

Monica at the Chopping Block in Hope Town is the source for your wedding day hair:

Chopping Block Hope Town

WEDDING & MAKEUP in HOPE TOWN:

Jennisan does wonderful work for wedding makeup in Hope Town AND she’s available to photograph elopements in Hope Town!

Wedding makeup Hope Town Elbow Cay Abacos

CAKE, CATERING, and the BEST water on the planet:

Tiffany’s Treats are amazing!  She makes everything from cakes to cookies to quiches to doughnuts.  Check out the link to her Facebook page and you’ll see the huge (and delicious) variety of baked goods she offers.

Sea Biscuits is another delicious options for pastries, bagels, pies and cakes, including gluten free options!  Stephen is an artist!  He also posts regularly on the FB page, so get ready to get hungry.  🙂

Kent LeBoutillier has been making wedding cakes on Elbow Cay for many years!Wedding Cake Abacos

Air2O2 is your source for the more delicious water you can get on Elbow Cay.  Skip the gallon jugs that taste like plastic.  Reach out to Neil and he will hook you up!

Stephen Malone, of the above mentioned Sea Biscuits, also runs Elbow Cay Personal Chef Services.  He makes everything from amazing sushi to big dinners for your starving sun-worn friends.  🙂  Perfect for when you all want to hang at home but don’t want to cook!

LOCATIONS FOR WEDDING RECEPTIONS ON ELBOW CAY:

You may have already chosen your location for your wedding in Hope Town, but if not- here are a few favorites:

Firefly Sunset Resort

Abaco Inn

Hope Town Inn and Marina

Bahamas wedding photographer

*Pictured above is the Abaco Inn.

HOUSE RENTALS:

Tanny Key Rentals

Elbow Cay Properties

LOCAL SHOPPING in HOPE TOWN:

Da Crazy Crab has a great selection of everything from party gifts, to that perfect sunhat, pretty jewelry, to a gift to bring home and even Cuban cigars!

Hope Town Canvas

Hope Town Canvas shop is right in the settlement, next to the bike rental shop.  You have to stop in and check out their bags.  I own five.  Plus a baseball hat.  Oh and a dog leash!  🙂  They also make custom-made bridal purses!

ELBOW CAY MASSAGE & MORE:

You know you want a massage the day before the wedding.  🙂  She also offers fun bridal party paddle board adventures and group yoga classes.  Contact Rachel from Rachael Aberle!

Wedding on Elbow Cay in the Abacos

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY:

The Hope Town Bulletin on Facebook is a great source for information about what’s happening on the island and where you can get a feel for the lovely community here!

The Bulletin also has a website.  You can find links/contacts to all the stores, restaurants, and even medical needs.  It’s a great website to save and full of wonderful resources:

https://www.hopetownbulletin.com/directory

Wedding in Hope Town Elbow Cay

BOATING IN HOPE TOWN:

For exploring the water and cays without renting your own boat:

Hope Town Boat Charters

Ranaldo can take you out in his boat OR he also offers tours or fishing guide services on rental/personal boats as well as a mate-for-hire for larger fishing vessels.  Check out the link above to see recent island explorations!

Island Boy Excursions 

Clinton Adderley with “Local Boy Fishing and Charting” is a great source for taking you out boating and fishing for the day.

Other things to think about…  Rent your golf carts sooner than you think -there are several companies to call but you would be surprised by how fast they all get booked!  Same story with boats -call now if you are thinking about renting a boat.

Wedding Hope Town

The legal stuff -borrowed from Abaco Inn’s info page:

In the week leading up to your wedding, you must obtain your license from: The Government Administrator, Government Office, Marsh Harbour.

Required legal documents:

  • Original or notarized copy of your Birth Certificate
  • Parental consent if either of you are under the age of 18 (eighteen)
  • Sworn affidavits if you are single
  • Certified copy of a divorce or death certificate of deceased spouse if either party has been married previously.
  • BOTH parties must appear at the Administrator’s office to apply for the marriage license. There is a fee. Phone # 242.699.0000 or fax 242.699.0012,
  • Email administrator: prestoncunningham@bahamas.gov.bs.

There you go!  I hope this has helped you out with your wedding planning in Hope Town, Elbow Cay!  You truly can’t go wrong with having your wedding here.  It is such a treat for your family and friends to get away from the world and jump into this friendly community, surrounded by nature and beauty.

Ending this post with a selfie with some wonderful clients while we were cruising around on my golf cart, hoping from one beautiful spot to the next for portraits.  🙂

Mary McHenry Photography