St John is the perfect spot for your beach wedding
Find out why so many brides and grooms choose Great Expectations
St John is known as ‘Love City’ because to come to the island once, is to fall in love. The romantic vistas are everywhere on this tiny island and we can think of no where more beautiful to have your Caribbean beach wedding, commitment ceremony, or vow renewals than on St John. There are plenty of people who are ready, willing, and able to help make sure your wedding plans and events go smoothly.
We’ve seen many dozens of island weddings and they typically involve Great Expectations being the home base for either the family of the bride/groom or the wedding party.
- Beach Weddings
- Villa Weddings / Destination Beach weddings with wedding party staying in villa
- Vows renewal / anniversary with close friends and family staying at villa
- Small weddings & receptions at the villa (usually during sunset)
SAME SEX MARRIAGES ON ST. JOHN: The June 2015 US Supreme Court decision on Obergefell v. Hodges officially brought marriage equality for 2 persons to the Virgin Islands and we welcome all at Great Expectations.
Wedding Service Providers & Locations
We've had guests get hitched at the villa, on one of dozens of beaches, aboard a sunset sail on a catamaran or even underwater. See our complete list of St. John Wedding locations >
Have your after-beach-wedding party at the same location, or maybe move to a restaurant, bar or even a sailboat. See more Wedding Reception Locations >
Wedding Planners & Officiants
First time to St. John? Want a little help planning your wedding with an expert who lives on island?
Caterers, Chefs and Bakeries
A St. John Wedding Itinerary
Day 1Arrive St John mid-afternoon, rent Jeep(s) and wedding party checked into Great Expectations.
Day 2More guests arrive. Beach day for almost everyone already on island. Met up at Skinny Legs for burgers and drinks at Happy Hour.
Day 3Bride & Groom ferry to St. Thomas for wedding license. Rest of guests arrive and have a beach or wandering around Cruz Bay day.
Day 4All day sailboat snorkel trip on Calypso catamaran!
Day 5Rehearsal dinner/party at Duffy's Love Shack in Cruz Bay (now Dog House Pub). Bride checked into Westin.
Day 6Bridal shower at Westin pool for all women on island. Groomsmen had breakfast then helped organize Oppenheimer Pavilion. Sunset wedding on Gibney Beach with reception at pavilion including island music. Appetizers, dinner and drinks by Passion Fruit Chefs.
Day 7Relaxation, some guests departing, others went to last beach day.
Day 8Stayed over at Ritz on St. Thomas with a few close wedding couples. Honeymoon flight to Anguilla.
"Nearly 10 years later, and when we talk to friends and family, the most common memory from the wedding is 'greatest wedding AND vacation we ever had'. The villa was a private getaway with pools and hot tubs for us and the wedding party...and St John was our playground for the week. We wouldn't have done anything different and we have been back 3 times for our 1st, 5th, and 7th anniversaries and stay at Great Expectation each time!" - Carrie B.
Testimonials from Wedding guests
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I am beyond impressed with this magical property. Everything went beyond what we expected. The place was spacious, comfortable, clean, and with spectacular views all around. We stayed here with a group of 15 and everyone absolutely loved it. The owners were very helpful with any questions/concerns about booking, and Patti (property manager) was super sweet and helpful during our stay. Highly recommend this place!!!
We got married on island of St. John and we and our friends/family stayed here and a few other villas on the island. Everyone congregated at this villa b/c it was the nicest. Good balance of view, breeze, good stereo, decoration, private and shared space. Loved the outdoor showers!! The pool is nice and the kids all loved it. You'll need a car to get to the beach but we didn't mind. The house managers are great - very well organized and considerate
Great Expectations exceeded my expectations. The property is in a great location - unbelievable views and very convenient to town. Rooms are well appointed and very comfortable. Decor is relaxed with a sophisticated Caribbean flair. Outdoor pools and porches were wonderful, lots of places to sit and enjoy the views and the company. Outdoor showers adjoining each room were a treat. The kitchen had everything we needed. Guest services were amazing, we had an issue with the satellite and it was promptly and professionally resolved by friendly staff. Working with the owner, Charles, over email was fantastic, and he went out of the way to make sure we had everything we needed and were prepared for our trip. I would highly recommend Great Expectations. We stayed here surrounding my sister's wedding, and I can't imagine a better choice for a large family to stay together in an intimate, private setting.
We had a great time at the villa. We were so fortunate to be able to have our wedding in St. John and stay at Great Expectations. Kristin and Chuck were great at letting us know their thoughts on a caterer, flowers and ideas to make our special day great. Thanks so much for letting us come into your beautiful home. Hopefully we can come back next year.
Great Expectations has wonderful views for watching the sun rise and set! We brought our families down to St. John for our wedding. There were 16 of us. We were married on Trunk Bay at sunset. Everything was perfect!...We re so glad we picked St. John as the place to start our life together!
Words seem inadequate to tell you how much our family loved your beautiful home, Great Expectations! The views took our breath away, the pools offered many hours of fun and relaxation and the well equipped kitchen provided each of us an easy space to prepare wonderful meals together. Coby was very gracious and responsive to our questions or needs. We really enjoyed his warm and friendly manner touched with a great sense of humor. The wedding was held at Oppenheimer Beach. It was a joyous celebration of family and friends! The rain held off, thankfully, and everyone had a wonderful time. The consensus from our family that it was a perfect week. They all loved Great Expectations and would definitely like to come again.
We invited 60 people to our beach wedding and ended up with 38 guests. Our close wedding party of 14 stayed at Great Expectations. You made everything so easy - all of our friends & family who stayed there with us just loved it. There was never anything we lacked - you and Chuck have really equipped the villa very well. From the kitchen supplies to books, island info to water toys, we were never in need. And the layout of the property made everyone feel they had privacy, while we still had plenty of room to gather as a group both inside and out. We chartered Calypso for an all day snorkel, we had our rehearsal dinner at Duffy's (now Dog House Pub), were married on Gibney Beach and had a big reception/party after in the Oppenheimer house catered by Passion Fruit. The friends and family who attended still say to this day: best wedding & best vacation ever!
The F-Z wedding at GE was fabulous! We were married on Trunk [Bay] and then celebrated with our friends & family here at Great Expectations. We had 11 people in total. Everyone loved the villa!
Sixty-five people [not all stayed here, fortunately] came to St. John to celebrate the marriage of our son. We had a welcome dinner at La Tapa, Party at Coconut Coast, Rehearsal dinner at Isolate, the Wedding at Catholic Church, the Reception at Voyages and a Beach party at Trunk. Everything was perfect - especially "Great Expectations." The pool was the center of our activity...the views were awesome. We'll all be back!
We had 13 Adults with us on the Wedding of a Lifetime. Every single guest said it was the best vacation they ever had. The Great Expectations Villa was more than we ever thought it could be. There was not ONE amenity that we were missing. They thought of everything! The set up of Great Rooms and Bedrooms is magnificent! The pool/hot tub area is breathtaking. You get to see Sunrises in the morning from your rooms and Sunsets in the evening from the pool area. Coby is a dream to have as a Property Manager. He can help you solve any problem you have whether it's a question about the Villa or just interested in the Island and all it has to offer. What a friendly man to have introduce you to the great Island of St. John. We had Aqua Blu as our car rental service and her father, Chico, as our taxi service. What a nice Duo they are. We also had a meal catered by St. John Catering. Every single person said it was the best meal they have ever eaten. There are so many things to see on the Island from hiking and beaches to Island city life..........but, why would you want to :) The Villa is amazing. Highly recommend this Villa to anyone that is inquiring. We had a private wedding on the property and it was amazing. There is a nice patio area for the wedding ceremony and dinner. A+++++ rating from this happy crew!!!! Thank you Chuck and Kristin for a superb place.
Honeymoons at Great Expectations
We have had dozens of guests come for a wedding or anniversary vacation and then have the bride & groom stay on for an additional few days or week for their own private honeymoon.
If you are thinking about getting married on St. John, consider renting Great Expectations for your wedding party and family, then stay on longer to relax in our private island compound.
Don't forget: Brides & Grooms stay FREE at Great Expectations!