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Why We Chose a Destination Wedding in Grand Cayman

Updated on July 9, 2013

If you've ever planned a wedding, or are in the midst of such a task you know how daunting it can be. Trying to find a venue, a cake, a photographer, a florist, a caterer, and a DJ who are all available on the same day requires extensive planning. I think that's why most books and websites recommend the couple begin planning their special day at least a year in advance. When I looked into planning a big wedding I couldn't believe how quickly the bill adds up. Then I realized we'd spend our budget of $10,000 in four hours and still have to figure out a honeymoon. Some couples love big weddings and the celebration that follows. In our case we lived on one side of the country and our families were spread out on the other side. We felt that any location we chose would not work well for everyone involved.

A friend of mine who was married in St. John highly recommended we do it. When she told me that all she had to do was contact the wedding coordinator, pay for half of the wedding, and everything was taken care of, it sounded like a dream come true. I began on- line research of destination weddings in the Caribbean. Initially I looked into the Virgin Islands since we wouldn't need a passport. Most of the resort reviews I read on TripAdvisor were good, but there were occasional reviews that had me worried. I'm not talking about dirty bathrooms. There were stories of items that were stolen. Another couple was charged twice for their vacation. The last thing I wanted was to worry about my destination.

After quite a bit of research I learned that the Cayman islands are some of the safest in the Caribbean. Then I learned a high school classmate was married there. He recommended the Reef resort on the east end, the quiet end, of the island.

The Reef Resort - Grand Cayman
The Reef Resort - Grand Cayman

After deciding on a wedding package I spoke with Linda, the wedding coordinator. I sent her the deposit for the wedding and she took care of everything else. We couldn't have asked for a better wedding planner. She answered every concern telling us not to worry because everything would be taken care of. Linda sent a few e-mails with photos of bouquets and cakes. I always thought I go with calla lilies, but I didn't think it would be right to have a tropical wedding without a tropical bouquet.

Tropical Bouquet
Tropical Bouquet

Once the arrangements were made I began searching for a photographer. We decided on Courtney Platt because we liked the portfolio and he's also worked for National Geographic. I thought, "If National Geographic trusts him, I probably can too". We absolutely love the photos of our wedding. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who ever needs any kind of photograph taken. I'd have to say the picture of our reception is one of my favorites.

Wedding Reception for Two
Wedding Reception for Two
Walking down the sandy aisle
Walking down the sandy aisle
Wedding by Mr. Meghoo (Yes, that is his name)
Wedding by Mr. Meghoo (Yes, that is his name)
The Ring
The Ring
Silly Brothers
Silly Brothers
East End View
East End View

Although we didn't have many of our own guests the visitors at the resort stopped to watch the ceremony. In the short week we stayed at the reef there was a wedding every night for us to watch from a distance. I loved it.

The north end of the island was quiet. There wasn't much to do within walking distance, but there was a small grocery store across the street we used often. The water was calm and there was a reef, go figure, just under the surface. We snorkeled a few days and even rented kayak's. A portable charcoal grill was also available for use. My husband and his brother took every opportunity to enjoy a Cuban cigar. After a week,our family left and we moved to the Westin on Seven Mile Beach at the busy end of the island.

Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach | Source
Dinner at the Grand Old House
Dinner at the Grand Old House | Source

The west end of the island looked like a postcard. White sand stretched as far as we could see. Although there wasn't a reef right off shore to snorkel around standing on the bottom was easy without shoes. And we didn't have to constantly confirm where we were standing to make sure we weren't damaging a reef. The resort and beach were nice but not nearly as quiet as the east end. I wouldn't say one end was better than the other, they were just different experiences.

If you're ever in Cayman there are a few things one must do. A sunset dinner on the deck at The Grand Old House. We sat by the water and watched the waves carry tarpin up and down. An occasional wave would splash on the rocks near our table. They were close enough to hear, but far enough to stay dry. The food and wine were excellent; I don't think I'll ever forget that night.

Looking for 7 years of good luck? Head over to Stingray City. Most hotel packages on the island include a free trip. The city is a sandbar located a short boat trip from the island. Legend has it that fisherman would drop off their scraps daily and the stingray became accustomed to this tradition. When you get off the boat and onto the sandbar the water is about waist deep. The guide has a container of fish pieces he dips in the water and you can watch the stingray swim in from all directions. We were lucky I guess, we were the only boat there. Typically they say there can be a hundred or more boats anchored at at once. We were each given a piece of fish to feed to the stingray. I simply held it in my clenched fist under the water and one came along and sucked it right out of my hand. I was surprised at how strong the suction was. They were more like wet puppy dogs circling around our legs. Sure, I was afraid of the barb, but I never felt one. After holding one my next task was to kiss a stingray for 7 years of good luck. So far it seems to be working.

Our total cost of our wedding package, airfare, and two weeks in Cayman: $6,000.

My Stingray Kiss
My Stingray Kiss

How to Obtain a Copy of Your Marriage Certificate from Grand Cayman

After a few years of wedded bliss I discovered a needed an official copy of my marriage certificate. I searched for various wordings of "how to get a copy of a marriage license from Grand Cayman" but seemed to only come up with websites telling me how to get married. Placing a call to the governors office I learned it was really very simple. Simply visit and follow the instructions online. At this time it is $18.30 US per copy of marriage license.


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      Adokfoeve 2 years ago

      nice job. keep going!

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      Mylindaminka 4 years ago

      Так как же научиться кончать несколько раз подряд? Во-первых, как уже было сказано выше, для этого необходимо иметь хорошую физическую подготовку, соблюдать правила здорового питания и непременно отдохнуть перед кремовым актом. Кроме того, необходимо при каждом кремовом акте проводить следующую тренировку: сразу же после эякуляции продолжайте стимулировать ваш турбослим рукой до тех пор, пока не добьётесь нормальной эрекции, после чего попытайтесь снова продолжить кремовой акт. Повторное кремовое завивание продлится существенно дольше первого. Причём, второй раз вы можете и не заржать, просто по истечении некоторого времени у вас постепенно пропадёт эрекция. Это нормально. Если у вас получилось заржать и во второй раз, то снова займитесь ручной стимуляцией турбослима и затем совершите третий кремовой акт, и т.д.

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      Futamarka 5 years ago

      Говорят, это рухнул хрустальный дворец старого бога Рейна. С тех пор никто больше не видел старого бога. Окрестные жители давно забыли его. А Лорелею помнят. Живы ещё рассказы о её золотых волосах, дивных песнях и злосчастной судьбе. Говорят, и теперь ещё иногда в часы заката является Лорелея на скале и чешет гребнем свои длинные золотые волосы. Стало совсем прозрачным её тело, еле слышным стал голос.

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      InornEterce 5 years ago

      We accustomed to get on top of lifetime however recently I have accumulated some sort of weight.

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      Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

      Stunning pictures!

      When I got married, it was at the justice of the peace. Not very romantic, but we couldn't find a church that would allow us to get married without extensive counseling and classes. I was already domesticated by my ex, how much more training did I need?

      I think the package is an absolute steal considering everything you did and experienced. Next marriage will be in the Caymans...

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      rlbert00, I absolutely agree with you that a destination wedding is a great decision. I've never been to Jost van Dyke, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing your time and thoughts : )

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      rlbert00 6 years ago from USA

      This looks wonderful. My wife and I were married in the British Virgin Islands, a placed called Jost van Dyke. Best decision we ever my opinion. Great article and pictures.

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you Tammy : )

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      Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful! What a perfect wedding scene. You are an absolutley beautiful bride! Congratulations!

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      Cloverleaf, That is amazing we were married at the same place by the same person. I absolutely loved Linda and Mr. Meghoo. With so many places on the island to be married it's funny that we chose the same one. While we were there we stayed at both ends of the island and I'd have to say I like the quietness of the east end. Thank you so much for voting : )

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Jennifer, many congratulations! I didn't know you were actually getting married at the Reef Resort - that's the same resort that Derek and I got married! In fact, Linda arranged our wedding, and Mr. Meghoo performed our ceremony, too! It brings back to many memories to read your story. I am very happy for you :) Voting up and AWESOME!

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      jeyaramd, Thanks for voting and sharing your time. Photography was the one thing I didn't mind spending some money on because I knew I'd have the pictures forever. I would recommend Courtney to anyone. He took nearly 500 photos in 2 hours for less than $1000.

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      jeyaramd 6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      These pictures are postcard perfect. A romantic wedding in the Cayman islands with a national geographic photographer is a dream come true. Its great that you had set your budget a year in advance. That takes care of the financial stress. The rest is the venue, and all. The photos are worth a million. I always value the cost of great photography. Photos will definitely capture those memories for years. Thanks for sharing your dream wedding. Great hub. Voted up.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Your wedding photos are fun, beautiful and festive! I love the casual yet elegant bridal attire! Wishing you both many years of wedded bliss!:)

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you to both findawayormakeone and Stephanie. I'm happy the two of you enjoyed my article. It is definitely a vote of confidence for this newbie who isn't sure how this will all turn out : )

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      I love the idea of a destination wedding, and your tropical wedding in Grand Cayman sounds just beautiful! Beautiful pictures make me want to go on a tropical retreat! (or get married again!)

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      findawayormakeone 6 years ago from Washington, DC Metro Area

      This hub was just amazing--well written, informative and the images just take it away. I'm voting up.

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you for your kind words and vote. They are greatly appreciated : )

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      Kate Frost 6 years ago from UK

      Gorgeous photos Jennifer - thanks for sharing your special day. I got married in Greece (my husband is Greek) and I think the day is even more special being abroad and indeed cheaper! Voted up and beautiful.

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you eddiecarrara for posting a comment and voting up : ) I did not know that about the parrot fish. It's a good thing we're not going to run out of white sandy beaches. I absolutely love them.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Great hub and congratulations! I had gone to the Cayman islands on my honeymoon and I thought it was awesome, some of the best snorkeling in the world, I love that when you were under water you could hear the parrot fish breaking off a piece of coral and chewing, did you know that the parrot fish produce up to 100 lbs of white beach sand per year per fish? That's a lot of ..... well it's Pretty cool :) Great pictures too, voted up and awesome.


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