Aug. 7, 2017, 3:48 p.m.weddest
Other than getting your guests off the beach in time to get de-sanded and dressed before the Wedding March, organizing a destination wedding on Anguilla is as easy as phoning and talking to Kenroy Herbert, President of the island’s new Leviticus Lifestyle concierge service..
As Kenroy puts it: “Anguilla may be roughly the size of Manhattan but we have luxury villas and not-so-luxurious villas to suit every wedding party.” Check out the villas at www.leviticuslifestyle.com. Kenroy Herbert and his staff at Leviticus plan every last, nitpicking detail of everything that’s needed for a perfect match of wedding and villa.. “Sure, anyone could surf the web and come up with some answers,” says Herbert, “but it takes years of experience and hours of exacting research to match the right villa with the right wedding, to match the right staff with the right guests.”
The Leviticus Lifestyle portfolio of villas ranges from two-bedroom getaways on quiet coves to 8-bedroom mansions; from serene villas surrounded by unspoiled nature to mini-estates with three or four freestanding villas accommodating up to 30 guests. For larger groups needing a wider range of lodgings, Leviticus Lifestyle can negotiate special rates and block off rooms in nearby guest houses and moderately priced resorts.
Anguilla’s villas can be rented with minimum staff (usually a couple of housekeepers and a gardener/handyman) or with VIP staffing that might include private chefs, butlers, waiters and bartenders, spa technicians and drivers to chauffer guests around from beach bar to beach bar and trattoria to bistro. Whatever suits your guests – that’s the goal above all others.
“Maybe you’re wondering: why a villa? One of the advantages of villas rather than resorts,” says Kenroy, “is that we can tailor the service to suit any special needs. There are large villas of 12 rooms that can accommodate wedding parties and smaller villas with 2 bedrooms for more intimate affairs. Wedding guests with children are particularly lucky because they may have private gardens, pools and, in some cases, private playgrounds for letting off steam. Sometimes their parents can even request to have their kids’ laundry hand-washed and air-dried (on request and extra charge, of course).”
Leviticus Lifestyles will take care (meticulous care) of the details, even following through with vendors after the wedding party is back home and showing off their amazing photos to friends. Well ahead of time a staff member will brief the wedding party on marriage license rules and regulations on the island (like, how many days of residency are needed before a license can be issued); with your input, they’ll book an officiant, combo or DJ, florist and put a tailor on standby for last-minute alterations to hems and waists. Also, Kenroy and his staff don’t just line up photographers and videographers, they even have a lawyer look over the contracts ahead of time to make sure photos and films will positively, unequivocally be delivered on the date promised and not a couple of weeks later (ask any bride who’s had to wait weeks how important that is!).
Since you are probably picking up the tab, you deserve a couple of extra days to treat yourselves to some rounds of unhurried, easygoing golf on the island’s Greg Norman-designed Cuisinart Championship Course. How unhurried? Five minutes between foursomes. Average. On weekends. Call Kenroy for preferred tee times. If you can’t spare the extra days, check into the villa with the private golf simulator. (Really!)
Wed on Anguilla, honeymoon on nearby St.Barths at one of these striking villas.
This magical, little island-nation has just two traffic lights but 30 beaches, about 70 restaurants and hundreds of the most dreamy, drop-dead villas in the Caribbean…the perfect place to plan a stress-free, magical wedding.