Mention wedding season and the colour white instantly comes to mind. But this Spring, brides are showing off their green side with weddings that incorporate an eco-chic aesthetic, with greenery seeping into everything from centrepieces to bridal bouquets. Instead of following the floral trend du jour and paying costly import fees to have fresh flowers flown in from overseas, brides are looking to flora grown right in Grand Cayman, which is home to more endemic plants than the Galapagos.
“We are finding that a lot more brides are going for a more rustic look, which is great for Cayman weddings and highlights the natural beauty of the island perfectly,” explains Juliette Heath, Five Star Weddings & Events’ head wedding and event coordinator.
For bohemian brides with a penchant for desert-style succulents and whimsical wildflowers, your dream wedding décor is sitting right in your wedding venue’s backyard. George Town–based Joy Basdeo of Simply Weddings has noticed a trend towards brides carrying more casual bouquets with smaller blooms that look as carefree as a handful of freshly picked flowers. As for the ceremony itself, the majority of weddings Basdeo plans weave in Cayman’s waters as a natural backdrop, with the bluff at Smith Cove being one of the more popular locales for couples to “take the plunge,” jumping off the rocks for a “trash the dress” session. For the small percentage of couples who do go for a more staged setup, natural elements like bamboo and birch are interlaced with fresh flowers in arches, whilst rattan and shells serve as tropical-style aisle runners.
Green Ways to Give Back
“As a wedding planner, it is our responsibility to guide our couples to create a magnificent day whilst ensuring we do our utmost for the environment,” says Kaibo’s wedding and event planner, Louise Warren. “There are many ways to be creative whilst reducing our carbon footprint.”
Incorporating locally grown flowers is one of the easiest examples, but couples can start right with the ring. Warren is seeing more couples choose antique diamonds or visit dealers who are committed to selling metals and gemstones that are socially and environmentally responsible. As for the celebration itself, the three “R’s” — reduce, reuse, recycle — couldn’t ring truer: reduce electricity with candles, reuse flowers, and print place cards or menus on recycled paper.
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