Hi Grand Cayman brides,
So many people were helpful to me on this board, I wanted to give back. Here are my photos and recommendations:
These are the vendors I recommend (in order of favorites):
-Celebrations (rentals, florals)
-Some people really wanted/expected a pick up from the airport
-Not all guests will be comfortable walking to get to places (even if they are as close as Luca & Hemingways)
-I thought everyone would want to share suites at Caribbean Club, but most of my guests chose to get private rooms at major chain hotels instead
-Plan for a lot of wind on the beach
-You don't need a full hour of pre-dinner cocktails for a small wedding (we had 30 guests)
-Luca's portions are large (and delicious), three courses is plenty. We had five and wasted a lot of amazing food.
-Having a DJ in a Caribbean Club suite for a small wedding is awkward unless most of your guests are youthful/want to party
-"Island time" is a real thing, don't expect vendors and restaurants to operate with the efficiency and standards of quality you find in big US cities (I'm from LA)
-Related to the above note, the bigger and fancier your wedding, the more potential you have to be frustrated. I wore an expensive dress and the cleaners burned a hole in it when I took it in for pre-wedding steam. If I had just gotten a simple beach dress, I probably wouldn't have been so freaked out and/or could have just ironed it myself.
-Also related to the above note...a lot of weddings take place all the time on the island, so keep that in mind when dealing with businesses there. It will help you keep perspective and look on the bright side.
-The best surprise is how truly, magically, beautiful the island is (especially the colors of the water). Most guests are just so enchanted by the location that wedding details become insignificant.
For the welcome bags, I did a local flare theme with a rum cake, saltwater taffy, caybrew, rum, shot glass, and an adorable cartoon map
(pic in 'Little Details')
I did makeup and hair myself and flew in my photographer
and wedding coordinator.
Our big day was November 4, 2011 in the evening and weather was lovely. Dinner was at Luca with a dancing following in our Caribbean Club suite.
Hope you all have just as magical as a time with your wedding in Grand Cayman.
Good luck and enjoy the ride!