Caribbean theme wedding
When you look into his eyes, you see beautiful blue waters and your heart
beats out a delightful sound the makes you think of steel drums. A Caribbean
wedding might be just the thing to celebrate your special day!
There are two ways to celebrate a wedding Caribbean style. The first way is to
consider a destination wedding to one of the beautiful Caribbean islands. Before
you go running off, contact one of the many local wedding planners on the island
of your choice. Having someone there who is familiar with the documentation that
you will need, the local customs, and the local vendors will be of unlimited
value to you in the long run. It will save you hours of time on the computer and
on the telephone, trying to track down reputable vendors on your own. Most
wedding planners specializing in Caribbean destination weddings will have
packages that you can choose from that include everything from flowers and
invitations to the fee for the minister, a taxi from the airport, and a
traditional West Indies Black cake. They will be able to help you secure
accommodations to fit any price range, from low cost local apartments to luxury
suites at hot tropical resorts. To maximize attendance at a destination wedding,
as soon as you set the date, send “Save the Date” cards to your guests, letting
them know the wedding will be held in the Caribbean. This will give them enough
time to arrange vacation time and plan for the expenses they will incur. Once
you have established your location and your accommodations, prepare the
information your guests will need – for example, a group discount code for the
hotel. Send your invitations out a little earlier than you would for a local
wedding, and include with the invitation all of the pertinent information for
your guests who may want to travel to celebrate with you.
A Caribbean destination may not be in the cards for every couple, but you can
certainly bring a Caribbean flair to your wedding no matter where you are. Plan
your color scheme around the cool blue waters, the white sandy beaches, and the
bright tropical colors of the Caribbean flowers. Go with the colors of the
Jamaican flag, using red, gold, and green. You can opt to go with warm, tropical
hues like orange, yellow, and red; or choose a crystal clear blue color scheme.
The bridesmaid dresses can reflect your color choices, but you could also opt to
dress each one in a color that conjures up feelings of the Caribbean. Dress one
in ocean blue, another in coral, and yet another in lush green. You can find
accessories for your groomsmen in tropical colors, and they also have tropical
printed vests, cummerbunds and ties.
Your flowers should be bold and beautiful, right out of the gardens of the
Caribbean. Choose brightly colored dendrobium orchids, birds of paradise, and
anthuriums. You can carry over your floral selection to use as brightly colored
tropical centerpieces by placing pots of dendrobium orchids at each table,
wrapped in gold foil and surrounded by flowers.
Set the scene at your reception with palm trees – artificial ones are readily
available; tiki torches; and lush tropical greenery. For an evening wedding, use
white twinkle lights throughout the greenery, and drape the ceiling with
brightly colored or gold fabric, entwined with twinkle lights, to remind you of
the sparkling Caribbean sky.
The guests will delight in being welcomed to your reception with steel drum
music, or hire a reggae band to play into the night to give the celebration a
real Caribbean beat. If you choose to go with a disc jockey, convey the tone of
your wedding to him so he knows to bring the right kind of music to transport
your guests to a Caribbean hot spot.
Work with your caterer to provide an authentic Caribbean menu. Jerk pork or
chicken, coconut shrimp; red snapper; conch fritters; fried plantains all give a
true Caribbean flavor to your wedding menu. In addition to your wedding cake,
offer bite sized samplings of Caribbean rum cake, orange cake, and gizada (a
coconut tart). Make sure the bar is equipped to make some popular Caribbean
drinks to cool the guests off after dancing to the reggae beat all night long.
Ones to have on hand are traditional rum punch, ginger beer, or sorrel drink.
Tropical fruit punch is a good thing to have on hand as well.
A traditional Caribbean wedding cake is a Black cake, an island version of the
fruit cake. Consider having that as your wedding cake, or as a groom’s cake, for
an authentic taste of a Caribbean wedding.
Whether you can transport your party to the islands or you have to bring the
islands to you, the sun is sure to set on this Caribbean theme wedding leaving
only good memories.