Feature Location: Cayman IslandsWords by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Cayman Islands Tourism Board
Discriminating couples seeking the exotic experience of a Caribbean wedding, without the worry of planning difficulties, should look no further than the Cayman Islands. This western Caribbean island -- a territory of the United Kingdom -- offers all of the tidings one would imagine an island paradise to have, as well as top notch wedding planning services.
The Caymans include three islands; Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, the Caymans are serene and captivating. Gentle ocean breezes infuse this balmy setting of rich landscapes, mellow vibes and tropical luxury. English is spoken, and Cayman residents enjoy the highest standard of living of all the Caribbean islands.
The largest of the three islands, Grand Cayman with the territory’s capital George Town, is the economic and social hub. Here you find a distinct mixture of British and West Indian flavor, distinguished hotels, world class shopping, dining, beaches and attractions dotting the island to a visitor’s delight. As a result, guests have the option to escape into the relaxing island scenery or to stay busy by experiencing the vibrant Cayman culture. And if tranquility is the priority, the sister islands offer equally distinguished accommodations, set in a quieter atmosphere.
In Cayman, a wedding is limited only by the imagination. Couples can chose from a variety of casual, unique or elegant settings and services. Barefoot ceremonies on sugary white sands with sunset backdrops and tiki torch altars, or deck-side while cruising offshore on a chartered boat at sunset are possible. The Butterfly Farm, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, the grounds of Pedro St. James overlooking the ocean and resting at the end of a mango and mahogany tree lined road, and the pier at legendary Rum Point are just a few of the breathtaking settings couples can choose from. For couples who love to dive, it’s even possible to exchange vows underwater, surrounded by exotic fish, coral gardens and fluttering sea plumes.
Opulent outdoor or ballroom receptions are also a possibility in this wedding friendly destination. Consider the Ritz Carlton’s premier resort on Grand Cayman’s world famous Seven Mile Beach, where brides can experience the pageantry of an outdoor grand staircase procession amidst tropical flowers, a stately lawn and an elegant colonial Caribbean bridal pavilion. There’s also the Grand Old House, established in 1908 on Grand Cayman, that specializes in tailoring custom events and receptions to meet your specific standards.
Before walking down the aisle, brides can pamper themselves at La Prairie’s world renowned spa Silver Rain, where guests begin their treatment in a crystalline room, with walls of faceted glass and quartzite and water flowing beneath a carved translucent glass floor.
Consider an ocean side bridal luncheon at one of the Cayman’s many beach front eateries like the Lighthouse Restaurant, where you and your guests can celebrate while sipping on melting tropical drinks to the sound of lapping waves. Or try serving the island’s notorious rum cake or using Icoa’s natural hand-filled chocolates made with fresh local produce like Key limes, passion fruit, and Caribbean spices as reception favors. These are just a few of many possible details that can allow you to capture the essence of the Caribbean in your wedding.
When it comes to orchestrating a Cayman wedding from the United States, just think of the soothing rhythms of the islands and don’t worry. High-end service is the standard as world-class wedding service providers on the islands have developed a reputation for excellence. Planners on Grand Cayman and the sister islands can provide the assistance and guidance couples need to create a unique and personalized ceremony by arranging details down to the tropical flower bridal bouquet, custom-designed wedding cake and island décor.
So what are you waiting for? A wedding in the Cayman’s can be as worry free as the islands themselves.
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