Destination weddings to the Caribbean are expensive for both the wedding party and the guests, but couples who can't afford to traverse the ocean for their dream wedding can surely bring the Caribbean home. With a splash of island color and culture, a Caribbean wedding is possible anywhere in the world. A Caribbean-style wedding is ideal for summer weddings.
Reflect the Ocean
The Caribbean is alive with the vibrant colors of nature. Like the clear blue waters and yellow sun-baked beaches, the Caribbean is about living life in color. One of the most vibrant of Caribbean colors is turquoise. Give guests the feeling they're sitting by tranquil waters with attendants dressed in turquoise. Remember, the Caribbean is about relaxation, so have bridesmaids wear informal summer dresses or sarongs. Consider having your bridesmaids go barefoot.
Flowers are one of the most obvious decorative elements for any wedding. From bouquets and boutonnieres to huge floral arrangements and centerpieces, flowers are everywhere. Use colorful tropical flowers such as the orange tiger lily, brightly colored hibiscus, pink and white orchids, the vibrant orange bird of paradise and the fragrant frangipani flower. Wrap floral arrangements together with turquoise and yellow tulle or ribbon.
Make it Nautical
The Island Brides website suggests incorporating touches of the nautical into your Caribbean wedding with seashells and ropes with candles for centerpieces. Shells, with their muted natural colors will bring a touch of the neutral to balance the bright colors of the Caribbean. Use seashell accents in floral arrangements or on jewelry. The Caribbean is a string of islands, so nautical elements help bring the islands inland. Take care not to overdo the shells or ropes, because too much can be tacky.
Tropical fruits are another way to bring the colors and flavors of the Caribbean to your wedding. In lieu of candles or floral centerpieces, make tropical fruit basket arrangements for your centerpieces. Use wicker baskets tied with turquoise, yellow or white ribbons or tulle. These fresh fruit baskets are exotic and edible. Use colorful passion fruit, bananas, pineapple, guava, kumquat, mango and starfruit. Add a touch of island style and substitute hollowed coconut shells for baskets to make small centerpieces. Alternatively, use coconut shells to make flower arrangements for tables. The fragrance and bright color of coconut will instantly call to mind the islands.
Traditional Caribbean wedding festivities last well into the evening, so entertain guests with music and games. The conga line and limbo are ideal, as are calypso and reggae music. Decorate for a fun reception with bright, colorful palm leaves and sandy accents. Light your Caribbean wedding's reception with bamboo torches if your reception is outdoors.
Caribbean weddings call for a traditional black fruit rum wedding cake. Festive tropical fruit salad, Caribbean fish such as the blue marlin or lobster, and rice make for an excellent Caribbean-style dinner. Serve brightly colored tropical cocktails such as mai tai, Bahama mama and sangria with dinner. If traditional Caribbean wedding food is more your speed, serve jerk chicken, fried plaintains and conch fritters. Serve food on brightly colored plates, such as yellow or turquoise glass.
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