Destination Wedding – Cuba
For most couples looking to plan a Cuban wedding, there are two clear choices – the city or the beach. Despite the temptations of a sunny beach ceremony, Havana can be a vibrant and romantic setting for a wedding in Cuba. Getting married in Havana can be like stepping back in time, with old fashioned cars and handsome colonial architecture. Despite the fact that Communism and religion have rarely got along very well, Havana has numerous beautiful stone churches that can be the perfect venue for a wedding in Cuba.
Those who want to get out of the city and have a Caribbean beach wedding will be spoilt for choice. Varadero is the most popular beach resort in Cuba, but Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Guardalavaca are all fine choices as well. Wherever you go, you are likely to find white sands, blazing sun and balmy tropical weather. But on the subject of the weather.
The last thing you want on your wedding day is for it to pour down with rain. This is a problem most people expect to deal with if they are getting married in most parts of the world, but not for a Caribbean beach wedding! It’s an easy mistake to assume that Cuba is blazingly sunny all year round; as a subtropical country, it is subject to periodic bouts of torrential rain. The rainy season runs from May to October, and the island sometimes suffers hurricanes during this time as well.
You don’t need to worry too much – even in the height of the rainy season in the wettest parts of the country there’s rarely more than 7 rainy days a month. But for the best chance of a clear day for your wedding in Cuba, you might want to consider the ‘shoulder months’ of April or November, when it will still be hot and sunny but the chance of rain is greatly reduced.
The boring part – paperwork. It may be the last thing you want to think about, but if you miss out a crucial document your day could be ruined! For a wedding in Cuba, the bride and groom both need to have:
- Copies of passports and birth certificates
- Details of their education, home address, employment and the full names of both parents
If the bride or groom is divorced or widowed, they need to have their Certificate of Divorce or their original Marriage Certificate and former spouse’s Death Certificate. These need to be translated by the Cuban Consul, and the original copies taken to Cuba when you go to get married. Copies of these documents need to be faxed to your hotel three weeks before your arrival in Cuba.
Also, be sure to note that you need to be in Cuba for at least 72 hours before the ceremony begins, so use that as an excuse to arrive early and relax on the beach for a few days before your wedding in Cuba.