Monday, December 30, 2013

A wedding in the US Virgin Islands (Married in a Synagogue)

Just because you're planning a destination wedding, it doesn't mean that you can't still have the traditional wedding ceremony that you've always dreamed of.  The US Virgin Islands have some of the oldest and most incredibly beautiful synagogues and churches that I have ever seen.  All are rich in history and grandeur in the most feel good ways.  Seriously - you just feel good in these places.
In St Thomas I visited St Thomas Synagogue(Charlotte Amalie St). This synagogue is the oldest in the contiguous United States! When marrying at the synagogue, the signing of the ketubah and the bedekken are also included in the services.
Aren't the dark mahogany woods and blue cushions on the benches perfect for a Caribbean wedding? What makes it even more island...the sand floors!  You can read more about the theories of the sand floors here.

As you know, wedding ceremonies can't take place until after sunset on Saturdays.  All the more reason to have a chandelier lit ceremony.  The center chandelier uses REAL candles.

For information on getting married at this hystoric synagogue, email mina.synagogue{at}
For great information on the US Virgin Islands, go to  Its a great resource for gathering information on having a destination wedding on St Thomas or St John.

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