Adding authentic touches to a ceremony can make a wedding stand out. Debbie Ward rounds up entertainment, accessories and blessings that make for memorable nuptials.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in brides and grooms wanting to embrace the local Caribbean culture as part of their wedding celebrations… by having a traditional Caribbean-themed menu for their dinner reception, or by hiring island performers, a steel pan music band or limbo dancers as part of their wedding entertainment,” says Sandals Resorts’ weddings brand manager Olivia Knight.
And at Beaches Resorts, traditional sand ceremonies are possible. She adds: “The bride and groom select colours of sand that they feel represent them both and combine these to symbolise two lives becoming one.”
Eden Rock in the Dominican Republic offers merengue musicians while Barbados’s Elegant Resorts suggests wedding parties visit the island’s lively Oistins Fish Fry.
In St Lucia, Calabash Cove co-owner Konrad Wagner says: “A special bonfire on the beach the night before the wedding is proving a very popular addition. It can be arranged with rum punch or champagne and is also ideal for a beach proposal.”
Book it: At Sandals, steel drum bands cost from $400 per hour, a fire dancer from $500 for 15 minutes, depending on resort, and an acrobat $300 in Barbados.
Calabash Cove’s Lovers’ Cove wedding package costs $1,500. A beach bonfire costs from $150, a steel pan player $250 and a small band $450 an hour.