Couples “Jump the Broom” at St. Croix’s The Buccaneer

Couples looking for unique ways to wed now have some new options at The Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. One novel new offering involves a festive “jump the broom” rite of passage, a modern interpretation of an ancient African tradition in which the couple jumps over a gaily-decorated broom, symbolizing a new life together with a clean sweep. The Jump the Broom option, priced at $500, is an extra feature which can be added to any of the Buccaneer’s Hibiscus, Sugar Mill, Bougainvillea, or Elope to Paradise wedding packages.

The Package: All Buccaneer wedding packages include:

  • Wedding location at the resort’s restored 17th century sugar mill or its palm-lined beach
  • the services of a personal wedding planner and non-denominational minister
  • services of a photographer and selection of 40 images plus CD
  • his and hers Buccaneer bathrobes
  • his and her massages
  • bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere
  • his and hers sterling “hook” bracelets
  • welcome basket of champagne, fruit, cheese, and chocolate.

The Prices:

  • “Hibiscus” begins at $8,100 for a minimum of 20 adults, not including accommodations
  • “Sugar Mill” includes a beach wedding followed by dinner for up to 12 people in the restored 17th century sugar mill overlooking the sea, for $5,500 for 12 people
  • “Bougainvillea” for two to 19 guests offers a wedding dinner at The Terrace restaurant with wedding cake and champagne for $2,650 for two
  • “Elope to Paradise” includes the packages’ shared features for up to six guests, starting at $1,350 for two.

Why It’s Dreamy: The Buccaneer, family-owned and operated for 64 years, is the Caribbean’s longest-running resort. The resort has the distinction of being owned and managed by the Armstrong family since 1947. The main building dates backĀ  the 17th century when it served as a Knights of Malta manor, and in subsequent decades the property served as the childhood home of Alexander Hamilton, a French Great House, sugar plantation, cotton farm, and cattle operation.

Located on the eastern end of St. Croix, less than a five-minute drive from the historic town of Christiansted, The Buccaneer’s 340 tropical acres include an 18-hole golf course, eight tennis courts, three beaches, a water sports center, a two-mile nature and fitness trail, fitness center, spa, three restaurants, a shopping arcade, and other amenities.

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