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Bermuda Wedding Traditions & Romantic Rituals

Have your wedding in Bermuda and incorporate these special island traditions to make memories you'll remember forever. Bonus: One of these customs will give you a good excuse to come back on your anniversary.

Bermuda's mystical moongates are said to bring good luck

Bermudians don't do ordinary. There's always a special touch that makes every person, place and thing on the island just a little different. When it comes to weddings, you'll see this way of doing things expressed in certain traditions found only on these magical, pink-sand shores.

Kissing Under a Moongate

Bermuda moongate

According to local legend, the round or horseshoe-shaped arches found in gardens all over the island will assure a long and happy life together. Walk through one of these photogenic limestone archways, make a wish, seal it with a kiss and look forward to a joyful and prosperous future. The Hamilton Princess & Beach ClubPalm Grove Gardens and Queen Elizabeth Park are a few locations with traditional moongates.

Celebrating with Two Wedding Cakes

Traditionally, Bermudians serve two cakes at their weddings: one for the bride and one for the groom. The bride's three-tiered fruitcake is covered in silver icing to symbolize their fruitful marriage, while the groom's single-tier pound cake with gold icing signifies prosperity. Check out the island's wedding vendors or ask your wedding consultant for bakery recommendations.

Riding in a Horse-Drawn Carriage

Horse-drawn carriage ride

With no car to hire (rental car or limo) on the island, brides and grooms often follow the example of local couples who travel to and from their weddings by horse-drawn carriage. If you're looking for an old-world feel or an extra romantic touch, a carriage ride sets the mood perfectly. Bronco Stables Horse & Carriage Bermuda and Marquis Ranch are two experienced carriage companies to call.

Planting a Tree Together

To honour their special day, Bermudian newlyweds plant a cedar tree as a symbol of their growing life together. Often, the wedding cakes themselves are adorned with tiny cedar saplings that the couple may plant somewhere special on the island to represent their union. Imagine coming back to the island on your anniversary to find your tree growing and thriving!

Bermudian newlyweds plant a tree as a symbol of their growing life together.