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  1. Diane

    My husband and I decided to get married on Barbados. This was a second marriage for each and we knew that what we wanted was a simple intimate ceremony for just the two of us. I contacted several wedding planners on the island and quickly and easily decided that Lisa St. John with Island Bliss was the choice for us. Lisa promptly answered my inquiry and, not only listened, but heard what we wanted without trying to create a larger event. She graciously facilitated the process including meeting us at the marriage license office, selecting the lovely location, engaging the minister of whom we became very fond in a short amount of time, securing the witnesses and making our dinner reservation. She was always responsive in the weeks leading up to the event to answer questions. Our simple little wedding turned out to be something very special. And, we now have a new friend on the Island!

  2. Paul Nicholls

    Paul and Julie – 30th January 2018
    This was not the first marriage for either of us and our children are grown up with families of their own and scattered round the globe from Ireland to Australia. Getting everyone together for our wedding would have been impossible. So we made the decision to tell no one and get married while on holiday, offending them all equally. As there was only the two of us, a hotel package seemed inappropriate, so after a litter research we settled on Island Bliss and made enquires. Jean responded with several suggestions and a few weeks later we agreed a simple package that met our needs. We booked a one week holiday in Barbados and told Jean the exact dates and location of our stay and she pulled together the itinerary accordingly.
    Jean picked us up on our first weekday in Barbados and took us to get the licence, which went smoothly, as she had prepared us well. She also offered and arranged for a hairdresser to call in to our hotel the following day, for a few finishing touches to the brides hair.
    On following day, the car picked us up and took us to the beach at Fitts Village, where the Minister and Photographer where waiting along with Jean and her assistant. The simple ceremony followed, along with a glass of bubbly and a few photographs, before the car took us the The Tides restaurant for a meal.
    Jean managed to get the certified copies of the marriage certificate to us before we left and the photographer, Addison Cumberbatch, made the proofs available to view.
    The whole experience went without hitch and we are eternally grateful to Jean for making this so.

  3. Katherine

    I had a bit of an unconventional idea for my 10th anniversary renewal, and the team at Island Bliss made it all a reality! They tracked down a number of unique requests, like the same priest who performed our original ceremony, and went through a number of planning changes with us. We could not have asked for more on not just our special day but our special week as we had all come from the US. The attentiveness, focus on details, and not fearing to tell me when my decisions weren’t potentially the best – seriously, Island Bliss is exactly what you want from event planning.

  4. joanne duffy

    We had some fairly specific ideas and requirements for our wedding, and knew that a resort wedding wasn’t for us and our guests,. The thought of planning a wedding remotely was a scary prospect, and the thought of leaving it someone that we had never met was equally daunting, however, after an initial conversation with Jean @ Island Bliss my concerns were more than put at ease.
    Jean had a lot to contend with, having tentatively organised a venue, the number of guests went above our estimation, so we had to come up with an alternative plan, dealing with our sometimes lax communication when life got in the way, helping us with the little extras that we wanted as part of the wedding, managing a wedding that covered 3 different venues, and had various requirements, nothing was too much, and everything was dealt with calmly and professionally, it was seamless. Island Bliss delivered our dream wedding. Jean and the team at Island Bliss worked so hard on our wedding day, even our guests all commented on what a find they were. We can’t recommend the Island Bliss team enough, if you want a dream wedding/event in Barbados you need to get in touch with Island Bliss.

  5. Deb Rude

    We arrived back to Bristol, RI late last night from my son and daughter-in-law’s Barbados wedding, and haven’t yet unpacked because the first order of business was to write a review about Island Bliss Barbados. We have visited Barbados seven times with our family and, so when Becky and Michael selected Barbados as their wedding venue, we weren’t surprised but a bit concerned as to how they would pull off the planning and execution from so far away. Becky found the excellent reviews of Island Bliss and once she began corresponding with Jean she relaxed and knew that Jean would create the perfect wedding for her and my son. We had the pleasure of meeting Jean when we visited Barbados in April for a wedding planning vacation and her competence, excellent communication, humor, kindness, creative vision and fun loving spirit shone through in the first five minutes.
    Jean’s recommendation for the rehearsal dinner at Hugo’s was simple perfection. We had the entire top floor balcony to ourselves with delicious food and a beautiful ocean view. The wedding ceremony at Hunte’s Garden was breathtaking thanks to Jean, Lisa and their team and when returning to the villas where we stayed, Jean transformed the pool area into a sophisticated and chic venue where we drank, ate and danced the night away.
    If you plan on getting married in Barbados, you must use Island Bliss as your wedding planning service. Jean and Lisa are second to none and are exceptionally professional and honest as well as delightful human beings!

  6. Dimitry and Araba

    When we decided to have a destination wedding my now husband and I didn’t know where to start. We were given a recommendation by a friend to inquire about Island Bliss Weddings and I am so glad that we did. Lisa and Jean were in constant communication with us throughout the whole planning process. They helped us find a beautiful location to have our wedding ceremony and reception (Fairmont Royal Pavilion). Planning a wedding can be stressful and planning a wedding from thousands of miles away can be even more so, but thanks to Lisa, we were able to get through the planning process almost stress free. Lisa and Jean were with us every step of the way especially when it came to coordinating the vendors, decorations, and transportation for all of our guests. Leading up to our wedding a weather system lingered over Barbados and caused us to move our outdoor garden ceremony and cocktail hour indoors. Lisa and Jean quickly pulled everything together to give us a stellar ceremony and cocktail hour despite the last minute change of plans. Our wedding day was so incredibly special and all of our guests had an amazing time. For that we will always be grateful to Lisa and Island Bliss Weddings for their outstanding work, patience, dedication, and care.

  7. Josh and Sarah

    Jean is AMAZING!
    Sarah and I had been planning our beach wedding for the better part of a year, as a Bajan I took the liberty of booking a venue, caterer and everything in October last year (while visiting family) for August this year – booked Island Bliss as well – and since we live in Switzerland handed everything over to IB…Needless to say everything was on schedule –
    2 weeks before our special day I get a call from Jean saying that the owner o the venue I booked just informed her that he made a mistake and double booked us…I was upset, my wife-to-be was DISTRAUGHT and Jean said to us “trust me, let me look around and see what is available, and let’s take it from there.” so said, so done – not even a week later we booked the Hilton and everything came off wonderfully – we had a fantastic evening!
    Thank you guys so much IB team, especially to Jean who was our direct connect: for always being there, for all of your advice, guidance and for pulling it all together when it seemed to be falling apart.

  8. La Toya Beckwith

    While some women dream about every detail of their wedding, I always dreamed of having a planner that would take as much of the decision making off my hands as possible. Jean was exactly that person. When we began to plan our wedding, we knew it was going to be an ambitious undertaking. Besides the fact that we would be planning it from the US, we also wanted our guests to experience a whole weekend of activities – including a welcome reception and a post-wedding beach fete – so that our time together would be a real vacation. It was also important that our wedding not be the typical cookie-cutter “beach destination wedding” and incorporate local Caribbean culture and food. From start to finish, Jean walked us through everything, making helpful suggestions, anticipating our questions, and thinking ahead to issues that hadn’t even crossed our minds. Even when we decided to change jobs and move to a whole different state right in the middle of everything, we never had to worry about our wedding planning getting off track. Every single thing about our wedding was perfect, every vendor top notch, and it was clear that Jean, Lisa and the whole Island Bliss team was a well oiled machine.

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