My brother & (now) sister-in-law chose a well known 'couples only' resort in St Lucia as the destination for their small family wedding in 2010.
At the time of booking I had only just met M and didn't feel I could ask him to commit to spending quite a bit of money on a 10 day Caribbean holiday for a family wedding.
In steps my friend Imogen.....
I really didn't want to miss out on being at my brothers wedding just because at that point I wasn't in a 'long term' relationship (little did I know that I would be married myself 3 years later!) so I had to go through the task of contacting the resort, explaining the situation & gaining permission to bring a same sex friend!
Fortunately Imogen has no shame & stepped up to the challenge of being my plus one!
Needless to say we had a lot of looks and people peering over sunglasses at us, but we didn't care! We soaked up the all-inclusive food & cocktails and had an amazing time! We made friends with the staff; had a private dance off with them in the ballroom, cooked our own dinner in the late night 'snack' bar with them, and had late night piano sessions in the music bar. Why we chose the night before my brothers wedding to head out into the dizzy heights of St Lucia to sample their nightlife, I do not know... but all I can say is "no pressure, no problem!"
this may, possibly, still be a sore point with my husband, (the fact that I didn't invite him) so I am secretly hoping he doesn't see this post! haha!