Scuba divers looking to get married somewhere warm next year while getting into the record books and helping to boost an island economy all at the same time might want to check out the Bahamas.
If you don’t mind sharing the glory on your big day, you’ll be taking part in an attempt to achieve a Guinness world record for the most underwater weddings held simultaneously.
The “In Deep Love” event is to be held at the Grand Lucayan resort in Grand Bahama on 16 February next year, with a 10-day programme of related events surrounding it.
The previous such record was set at Trang in Thailand in 2000 when 34 couples were married under water at once. Trang has continued to carry out mass underwater weddings on Valentine’s Day every year since then, so the proposed Bahamas event is set to provide some east-west competition. Its aim in 2017 is to have 50 couples from around the world take their vows under water.
The In Deep Love team plans to bring out family and friends to witness the ceremony and also to arrange a live underwater TV broadcast.
The all-inclusive dive wedding will be sold as part of an “entertainment package” embracing “tours, cultural displays, scuba dives, wedding rehearsal parties, reception and honeymoon – which could be on a different island chosen by the guest,” say the organisers. Package prices are expected to be in the US $12-18,000 range.