With the latest in weddings and honeymoons trends in mind, Scott Hart, general manager, Peter Island Resort & Spa located in the eternally stunning British Virgin Islands speaks exclusively to Natalie Hami about all that the romantic private island retreat offers guests wishing to tie the knot.
TTG: What are the latest wedding trends and how is your property catering to these requirements?
At Peter Island Resort, wedding groups between 60-100 persons prefer a welcome reception on arrival day, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and wedding reception.
We have seen minor shifts away from traditional sit down dinners to the more mobile and interactive food station concepts. This gives the bride and groom more of an opportunity to circulate with their guests and takes away the anxiety of deciding who sits where. Our executive chef Todd Howard has been the driving force behind the creativity going into these menus that focus on delicious and creatively themed stations that are customised to the bride and groom’s preferences and tastes.
Drone photography was more frequently used this year than ever before — it provides exciting and unusual options for wedding couples to capture their special day. We have built relationships with top professional photographers in Tortola who have this equipment and know-how.
Our villas have become increasingly popular as locations for wedding ceremonies. The most popular location in the past was the beach — but now more and more couples are opting for the more sophisticated villa settings which provide stunning views of the sea and surrounding island and require very little in terms of decor to create a ceremony location that's elegant, festive and wedding-ready.
TTG: What has been the most unusual and unique request regarding a wedding and/or honeymoon that has been asked of you from a high net worth individual? How have you fulfilled this request?
Flying the musician, Randy Travis to the island with his band. We had to set up a stage on the beach and coordinate a fireworks display as a grand finale. It was an in-depth logistical process – especially since we’re on a private island. It required a two-day set-up, numerous work permits and transporting a barge from St. Thomas (the US Virgin Islands) to Peter Island with a 13 wheeler truck carrying stage materials. We were lucky to already have the connections to make the fireworks happen because we do it every year for New Year’s Eve. For wedding fireworks, we need three months advance notice to make the arrangements.
TTG: In what ways does your property create an unforgettable experience for couples?
Every wedding couple is unique so we customise every wedding to make it a one-of-a-kind fit for the couple. When couples substitute certain elements for others and add their own touches they put their signature on their wedding making it a true reflection of the couple. We also understand every wedding couple has a budget so we don't offer services that go beyond it; we ensure they get value for money. Turning a couple’s dream wedding into reality is truly what makes a wedding here unforgettable.
TTG: What exciting and exclusive experiences do you offer honeymooners both within the property and outside?
We can offer all kinds of special experiences — nights at sea on our private sail boat, sailing lessons, a day of exploring the British Virgin Islands by luxury sailboat, yacht, catamaran or helicopter, deep sea and scuba diving excursions, romantic dinners on one of our five pristine beaches and more. The possibilities are endless — we’ll mindfully tailor our suggestions based on how the couple wants to spend their time, what kinds of things they like to do and perhaps what they might like to learn or try as a couple for the first time.