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Friday, 20 January 2012

Sandy Lane, Barbados

Getting wed at the lavish Sandy Lane resort will set you back an initial $2,500, but the additional expenses add up. Dinner for a party of 50 is about $6,250, alcohol not included. You may personalize your big day with a local band; for this, expect to pay at least $5,000. Six minutes of fireworks will run you about $20,000. If you really want to take your guests who will be staying with you at the resort for a "ride," have them arrive via Bentley and welcomed with a chilled towel and tropical drink. Rooms will cost from $950 to $15,000 per night, depending on season and size.










Ashford Castle, Ireland

This 13th-century fortress stands on 350 acres of wooded parkland just 45 minutes from Galway. Opt for an intimate wedding of about 40 guests in the Connaught Room, or, if you desire, a larger affair of 160 guests in the George V Dining Room. Throw a wedding here, and you'll be required to book all 83 rooms. Room rates range from 232 to 1,130 euros ($342 to $1,664) per night per room. Catering is not included.









Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Depending on how many guests you invite (this 850-acre island holds 32 in 15 private rooms), you'll shell out between $136,500 and $185,500 a week. Compared to that, the $1,850 ceremony seems cheap. For that, you get the services of a coordinator, stamps for your marriage license, a cake for two and flowers. The fee includes three standard meals a day; special catering requests will set you back further.









Musha Cay, Bahamas

Musha Cay comprises four Caribbean islands. Spring for the $43,150-a-night wedding package, and you and your 24 guests will arrive by helicopter at the 150-acre main island boasting five beachfront villas. The fee covers lodging, meals and such activities as water-skiing and sailing, plus entertainment like a bonfire accompanied by a five-piece jazz band. Perks, like fireworks, massages and scuba diving, are extra.









The Rome Cavalieri Hilton, Rome

This five-star hotel's $1 million wedding package includes bands designed by jewelry stylist Fabio Salini; Pratesi monogrammed linens, slippers and robes; and a wedding cake created by Heinz Beck, Rome's only three-star Michelin chef. Fifty executive rooms are reserved for guests, and the bridal couple will receive four nights' accommodations in the 2,690-square-foot penthouse.









Chateau of Vaux le Vicomte, France

Set on 100 acres and created by Versailles designer Andre Le Notre, this two-winged manse features a Grand Salon that accommodates 400 guests for a sit-down wedding dinner and 800 for cocktails. It costs 39,205 euros ($57,893) a night to rent, catering not included. The drawback? There are no overnight accommodations on the property, but Paris is just a 34-mile limo ride away.









Turtle Island, Fiji

This 500-acre spot settled in the middle of the Pacific accommodates 28 guests. You'll spend at least $275,000 to rent out the eco-friendly island for a week, with an extra $2,500 for the "Grand Beach Wedding" and $1,500 for the "Private Beach Wedding." Both packages include hair and makeup, and meals including a beach-side wedding day reception.









One & Only Reethi Rah Resort, Maldives

Those willing to shell out $1.2 million for three days can rent this 109-acre island in the North Male' Atoll. More than 200 guests can stay in one of 130 beach, over-water or duplex villas. Reethi Rah's Sunset Wedding Package includes such services as a custom wedding cake, a candlelit dinner with personalized menu in a private villa or on the beach, and music arranged by the resident DJ.









Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Owned by billionaire Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, Necker Island sleeps up to 28 guests. The price tag? Brides and grooms can expect to pay about $47,000 a day and stay a minimum of five nights. Inclusive amenities include a wedding dinner, couple's massage, day and evening guest entertainment, all meals and drinks, and boat transfers from Virgin Gorda or Beef Island (Tortola) airports.







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