16 couples win simultaneous Caribbean weddings

16 couples win simultaneous Caribbean weddings

Today (16 May) 16 happy couples will be saying 'I do' on the 16 islands of the Bahamas after winning a TV competition

The lucky winners of last year's Wedding TV competition will be walking up the aisle today as 16 couples marry simultaneously on 16 islands on 16 May.

Couples were invited to submit videos saying why they should win their wedding to a panel of judges for Wedding TV. Fifteen couples were chosen by the judges, with the 16thcouple being chosen by the greatest number of text votes.

The competition aimed to promote the Bahamas as a honeymoon destination for UK couples - it's perennially popular with couples from the States. Find out more about the Bahamas 16 Islands Wedding Invitation here.

For couples considering the Bahamas for their honeymoon, here's a breakdown of what the 16 main islands offer:

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND - has a Bond movie background, the world's largest limestone cave system in The Lucayan National Park and some of the world's longest white sand beaches.

ACKLINS - a really is a tiny island that's perfect for peace, seclusion and getting back to nature. Have a Robinson Crusoe wedding on Golden Cove Beach.

ANDROS - the largest and yet least explored island in the Bahamas chain. Take the plunge into married life (literally!) at the island's most famous Blue Hole, Captain Bill's.

BIMINI - Hemingway wrote Islands in the Stream and To Have and Have Not on Bimini, and since it's just 80km away from Miami, the island is perfect for combining the relaxed pace of island life with the buzz and glamour of the city.

CAT ISLAND - the view from The Hermitage atop Mt Alvernia (the highest point in the Bahamas at a giddy 63m above sea level) across the island's famous pink sand beach is enough to make you catch your breath, even though the altitude won't!

SAN SALVADOR - Christopher Columbus first set foot here in 1492; pirates and plantations followed... and now it's a fantastic wedding and honeymoon destination if you want to wed somewhere where fascinating history and geography match the utter beauty of the surroundings.

THE ABACOS - the islands and cays of The Abacos span 200 km, and are perfect to explore by boat. Whether you skipper a dinghy or lie back on a yacht to explore the 120 islands, the biggest decision you'll have to make is which beach to explore first.

MAYAGUANA - the only island in the Bahamas bearing the name given by its earliest inhabitants, Mayaguana is perfect for nature lovers. There's over 118 species of birds, and sea turtles nest on the east coast.

CROOKED ISLAND - As quiet and remote as neighbouring Acklins, head to Crooked Island for miles of pristine white sand beaches, cawing sea birds, spectacular cliffs, limestone caves, coral gardens and complete seclusion.

THE BERRY ISLANDS - pelicans and divers know good fishing grounds when they find them. Try and catch marlin or tuna for your wedding feast, gather shells at Sand Dollar Hill or explore the island's lighthouse.

THE EXUMAS - swim with dolphins or domesticated pigs, or get a rare glimpse of the rare Bahamian iguana (or even Johnny Depp) on The Exhumas. A 300km stretch of ocean has been designated a Land and Sea Park to maintain the archipelago's pristine condition.

LONG ISLAND - you'll find a bit of everything on Long Island, from green hillsides in the north to salt flats, underground caves and lush marshes. Plus, of course, glorious beaches - both soft white sand and rocky headlands. The island is divided by the Tropic of Cancer and has amazing diving and fishing spots.

ELEUTHERA - one of most historic Bahamian islands, with elegant old Colonial buildings dating from the 17th century. You'll be in stylish company if you head to Eleuthera; Mariah Carey got married here.

HARBOUR ISLAND - with its pineapple groves and old clapboard houses, Harbour Island is as charming as neighbouring Eleuthera, and a haunt for the rich and famous. If you'd like your honeymoon to have a touch of glamour, head to Dunmore Town for sophisticated shops, gourmet restaurants and vibrant nightclubs.

NASSAU - the Bahamian capital Nassau, on New Providence Island, is chic and sophisticated. Away from the designer shops, nightclubs and luxurious resorts you'll also find a taste of the Old Bahamas with the Junkanoo Festival - the Bahamian answer to Mardi Gras.

PARADISE ISLAND is connected to Nassau by two bridges. If you want to combine the glamour of Nassau with Caribbean stalwarts like swimming with dolphins and fabulous golf courses, head over to Paradise.

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