For many years the Cayman Islands have been known to be an ideal location for a destination wedding. The airlift is pretty substantial, the local language is English, the documentation process is painless, and you can be on a picture-perfect beach just minutes from landing. The Coral Stone Club, and it’s extraordinarily spacious piece of Seven Mile Beach is no exception. Brides have been coming here for years to create their own authentic exchange of wedding vows, seeking the most unique Caribbean beach wedding.
With “engagement season” coming to a close this week – Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day – we thought now would be a good time to share a little bit about the weddings we’ve hosted recently. So if you are planning a “wow” wedding to celebrate your vows, perhaps you might want to think about a destination beach wedding on Seven Mile Beach. According to Caribbean Wedding, an online magazine, the Cayman Islands are one of only 3 Caribbean destinations that do not require a residency (minimal amount of time on-island before the ceremony), a blood test, or any other documentation besides a marriage license fee. As such, here is how Lindsey & Eric and Megan & Noah celebrated their big day on Grand Cayman.
Lindsey & Eric
Lindsey with her two sons
Lindsey and Eric with family & friends
The bride and groom planned a stunning event with the aid of Meg Peterson of Octopus events. With 19 guests of friends and family, Lindsey and Eric married on the sugary white sand beach in front of their unit and incorporated their grown children into the ceremony. The clever use of calla lilies, which came from the brides’ bouquet but was utilized to plant a garden with both sides of the family uniting, symbolized two families coming together as one. The rehearsal dinner was on a 60’ catamaran sailing around North Sound, and following the beach nuptials the group moved the party to the Cracked Conch for cocktails with dinner at Macabuca. Notes Lindsey, “We chose Coral Stone for our wedding not only for the amazingly beautiful and intimate setting, but also Coral Stone’s willingness to accommodate the small details that made the day especially ours!”
Megan & Noah
Steel drums at Megan's Wedding
“All the staff at the Coral Stone Club were very accommodating over the weeks and months leading up to our wedding,” says Megan. “Valerie and Corina went out of their way to make sure that everything went off without a hitch. Our guests loved staying at the Coral Stone Club and we cannot wait to return for our first anniversary.”
Megan, an attorney and Noah an IT executive, started off the festivities for 40 close family and friends with a rehearsal dinner at Hammerheads that included a tour of the on premises Seven Fathoms rum distillery, mahi mahi burgers, conch fritters and rum runners – a most perfect relaxed outdoor setting on the water for newly arrived guests to meet and get the party going. The next day, their beach wedding shifted into a more elegant affair, with a bamboo canopy and steel drum player set up on the beach. Colors of ivory, ocean blue and chocolate brown accented the flowers and glass blown starfish given as gifts for the ladies and cigars for the men. Cocktails and canapes around the pool deck, catered by Mise in Place, were offered for the couple’s first dance at sunset, followed by a dinner and cake cutting at the Ritz Carlton. But the party didn’t end there … upon return to Coral Stone Club, the group enjoyed a cozy fire pit with lounge seating, tiki torches, and a bar serving cocktails.
Megan & Noah vow
So, for a simple elegant beach wedding on a tropical Caribbean island, one that distinctively reflects the desires of the bride and groom and does not come from a prepared binder of options, consider working with any of the companies noted here.
Welcome to “Insights”, where you will learn all sorts of interesting things about Grand Cayman, our guests, owners and staff, and generally anything related to… food!
That’s right. After quick review of all the subjects we want to cover over the weeks, months (and years) to come, it was very easy to select the most ideal topic for our first post. The one subject that interests all our owners, guests and staff – regardless if visitors are vacationing with family, celebrating a wedding, or having fun with friends… or if a staffer is a lifelong Caymanian or recently settled here via another Caribbean island, nearly everyone that passes through Coral Stone Club, Grand Cayman, is passionate about food. From restaurant reviews to local recipes, we will share with you the “best of the best”, particularly along Seven Mile Beach. Read More »
For most, the corporate retreat is often an obligation of some kind. Obliged to your employer, co-worker, subordinate and supervisor to attend, participate and engage, perhaps even lead. And obliged to your family, savings plan, monthly bills to protect your income. For the most fortunate, those that take a corporate retreat in the Cayman Islands, this commitment becomes less obligation and more an embraced anticipation.
While many Caribbean islands, including the Cayman Islands, rely on tourism to feed the economy, the Cayman Islands also welcomes other industries such as real estate, banking, finance, and (what comes with “all that”) … legal services. These activities attract visitors that seek business as a path to leisure. With English as the official language, a close proximity to the U.S., infrastructure that is supported by the UK, and a well educated population, there is much to entice meeting and convention decision makers to Grand Cayman. Find some quick FAQ’s here.
CORAL STONE CLUB
At Coral Stone Club, we have welcomed many a guest on-island for a corporate retreat or conference. Some stay with us as an overflow from brand hotels nearby. Others extend their stay in Grand Cayman and follow-up with a vacation, often with other friends or family joining them … thus a condo becomes more suitable accommodation. A central location and extra living space are usually motivating factors to coming here, but for many it’s that Coral Stone Club has the 2nd largest piece of beach on Seven Mile Beach, and when you factor in the number of guests using the beach, it has the most space per guest.
We recently welcomed some guests into ten of our units from Captive Forum, which is an annual conference for over 1,200 insurance managers held immediately after Thanksgiving. “I love having them here,” says reservations manager Corina Cridland “it’s nice to have guests at a time the island normally quiets down considerably.” Other groups that visit regularly are the Bearacuda Dive group and a recent welcome to JETEX, which provides global aviation services.
So, the next time your employer is seeking an ideal location for a corporate retreat, why not suggest Grand Cayman?
“Our family absolutely LOVED our stay here. Great condo – exceptionally clean, great location, beautiful view. Thank you for a great experience.” – CORAL STONE CLUB GUEST
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