Barbados Elopements

Barbados Beach Elopement Inspiration

posted by Candice March 16, 2017 0 comments

palm tree arch elopement: via tumblr // draped arch elopement: photography Elizabeth Messina planning Imagine Weddings & Special Events // lantern elopement: photography Asia Pimental Photography // driftwood arch elopement:  Lauren Fair Photography flowers Wildflowers by Design // rocky beach elopement: via 100layercake // palm tree elopement: photography Melanie Gabrielle flowers Ever After Floral Design

Barbados makes the perfect destination to elope in an intimate ceremony! We wanted to compile inspiration to inspire you as you beginning the process of planning your extraordinary, intimate nuptials. Fabulous décor for a perfect ceremony on the beach is what we all dream of when we think of jetting off to elope in the Caribbean. Here are a few things we love that make up a romantic beach elopement in Barbados:

  • Floral: An abundance of flowers for your beach nuptials takes our top spot in creating a unique environment for a beach elopement. Flowers can carry your color scheme! They can be simple and elegant or full and luscious. Flowers are a wow factor in pictures and make everything look even more romantic and beautiful.
  • Linens: We love great flowey linen that blows so perfectly in the ocean breeze at sunset. Tied back with flowers or ribbon or rope, looped and draped in the exact spots adds some great detail to your elopement. Of course you need an archway for all this, and that’s the next piece of our beach elopement décor.
  • Archway/Chuppa: It’s always nice to have something to stand under as you profess your love to one another. Since it’s just the two of you, the archway plays a role in pulling your elopement ceremony together and makes for a beautiful photo backdrop; it’s the perfect chance to add that luxurious personal touch to your elopement.
  • Lanterns: When there’s no guest, there’s no aisle. Lanterns are a great way to set a path. Since elopements on the beach are usually at sunset, the lanterns with a flickering candles in them adds the perfect romantic touch for when the sun is setting.

Looking to plan a unique, one of a kind elopement? Check out our elopement services. Happy planning!

Tropical wedding backdrop ideas via Jubilee Events: Caribbean -- Barbados Wedding Planner

image credits: tropical wall decor: via // tropical “living” wall: via imessage nicholas design // cake backdrop: design selena marie events, photography anna delores, painted backdrop fanciful designs, cake Lele Patisserie // hanging greenery: florist foraged, photography wesley vorster photography // wine cart: design Beijos Events, florist mv florals, photography kelsey albright

Lately, I’ve been keen on designing a wedding for our clients here in Barbados using a big focal point– like these tropical backdrops! Focal points in your wedding or party design are great ways to enhance a space or cover up an unsightly area. Here are some ideas for creating a unique tropical wedding backdrop for your wedding:

  • Ceremony: Our clients are always looking for unique ceremony decor– and I love the idea of creating a lush, green backdrop of tropical leaves in lieu of an arch or traditional ceremony structure.
  • Photo Booth / Portrait Station: Our clients LOVE to hire their photographer to do a portrait station at their wedding. It gets guests involved and guests LOVE when they can have a professional portrait of their family taken. Consider doing this during cocktail hour, and add some interest to this area with a tropical backdrop. When cocktail hour is over, you can reuse this space for something else!

Where would you use an interesting, tropical inspired backdrop at your party? Let us know in the comments. Happy planning!

Macrame wedding inspiration from Jubilee Events: Caribbean

macrame wedding gown: photography by phil chester // ceremony arch: styled by Little Lane Events and Flora Folk // macrame wall art: via raftaele circa // macrame bouquet wrap: via heirloom&bloomco // macrame chair decor: via fab you bliss // backdrop with hanging macrame plants: photo by CJ Williams, styling by Flights of Fancy by Kristy, rentals by Pretty Willow Hire // macrame hammock: via architecture n design

Lately I’ve been digging the 70’s boho vibe of macrame, in part because we have an upcoming destination wedding we’re designing that’s going to feature lots of macrame goodness! If you would have told me this staple from the 70’s would have come back in style, I probably wouldn’t have believed you (I definitely didn’t think the peacock chair would come back, either!). Barbados has a lot of options for a boho inspired wedding– and including macrame would be gorgeous! Stay tuned to our blog for more Barbados wedding inspiration, but in the meantime, here are some fun ways to incorporate macrame into your wedding:

  • Fashion: I’m loving the macrame wedding dress pictured– but if you don’t want an entire gown in this style, consider a shawl or wrap for later in the evening.
  • Ceiling Decor: Hanging macrame planters make for a dramatic and fun statement in the ceiling of your wedding tent, or hung above some of your dining tables. You can either use plants and greenery (hello pantone color of the year!), or you can turn them into chandeliers, providing ambient light over your tablescapes
  • Table Runners: Macrame runners would look fabulous down the center of wooden farm tables, giving texture to the center of your tablescapes!

Are you digging macrame as much as I am? Barbados has a lot of options for a boho inspired wedding– and including macrame would be gorgeous! Let me know in the comments. Happy planning!

I’m so excited to share the beautiful wedding of Jessica and Matthew on our blog today! If you missed their welcome party or rehearsal dinner, follow the links to view each event surrounding their gorgeous wedding weekend!

Before I go into the details of the day I want to tell you a little bit about Jessica and Matthew– and their family. They are wonderful. Simply, and truly, wonderful. They have the unique ability to connect with everyone who helped to make this day special– and in turn made them feel special. You instantly felt like you were part of the family as they welcomed you with big hugs and lots of warm-hearted laughs. It is very obvious how important family is to J&M– you can see it in how much time they spend with their parents and siblings, or the many family vacations they all go on every year– or how many of their family made the trip to Barbados to witness their marriage. You can also see it in who they chose to stand by them in their wedding party. Jessica’s sisters were all her bridesmaids along with Matthew’s sister, and Matthew chose his brother, father and uncles to be his groomsmen.

When Jessica and I began on the design of her wedding, she wanted to embrace a soft and fun tropical color palette with a punch of citrus! We worked with Nichole Michel of Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design on the invitations and the entire paper suite for the weekend– and she did an amazing job! She perfectly blended a fun and modern tropical theme while keeping the invitations classic.

The day began relaxed for both J&M in the beautiful suites at Cobblers Cove. Jessica and her gorgeous bridesmaids were pampered by our stylists, Donna, Kia and Name and spent the morning sipping mimosas, laughing and sharing memories. Matthew and his groomsmen suited up just after lunch and made their way to St. Patricks’ Cathedral in Bridgetown. I have to say, Matthew was every wedding planners dream as a groom… if he was told he needed to be somewhere, he got himself there and perfectly on time!

St. Patricks’ Cathedral is in the heart of Bridgetown, and serves as the archdiocese of Barbados. In fact, it is the oldest Catholic church on the island– built in 1899! Jessica and Matthew fell in love with the idea of being married at this Cathedral and they invited a special guest to perform their ceremony with the permission of the church. Father Wall had been Jessica’s family priest for decades– in fact– he even baptized her! It was so special to have Father Wall be apart of the festivities the entire weekend. He is such a sweet and loving man, and truly loves Jessica, her family and Matthew. He was also a lot of fun, and took me for a spin around the dance floor during the reception!

Jessica and Matthew opted to have their ceremony decorated in classic white, and Giselle along with her team at Events & Decor by Giselle worked with us on creating an abundant and gorgeous alter. As guests entered the church, they were greeted by a beautiful floral and garland arch– dripping with roses and ranunculus. It was truly beautiful! Hymns and songs were played by our classic quartet and Jessica was walked down the aisle by her dad to the classic Canon D. The ceremony was truly heartwarming– filled with a few tears, some laughs, and a beautiful exchange of vows. After the ceremony, J&M were sent off to the reception by their guests (and an extremely large portrait of Jesus!).

Guests arrive by shuttle to Cobblers Cove and enjoyed signature cocktails in custom glasses, canapés, and a gorgeous raw bar overlooking the Caribbean sea. NJ30+ provided funky, upbeat jazz music which led us into an amazing sunset and a round of very heartfelt toasts by Jessica’s father, the best man Casey and maid of honor, Carly. After cocktails, guests dined in Cobblers’ lush gardens under swaying palms, flickering candles and a ceiling of string lights. It was truly magical!

After dinner, Jessica and Matthew surprised their guests with a lantern release (special thanks to Henri for her logistical mastermind on getting this done well!). They had purchased these 200+ sky lanterns (in Thailand, I think!) a few years ago and travelled with them all the way back to New York– knowing one day, they would release them at their wedding. It was so gorgeous and special– and just as the lanterns started to float away, our amazing band 2 Mile Hill started to play Coldplay’s “Sky Full of Stars.” We all had chills! The rest of the night was spent dancing away under a beautiful tent.

A special thank you to all our vendors who worked so hard to make Jessica & Matthew’s wedding day so wonderful. A special thank you to Will and Anne-Marie at Cobblers for all they did and to my team– Diana, Melissa, Alli and Shannon– who were absolute rockstars on the wedding day– THANK YOU! Thank you to Fred Marcus Studios for the generous use of the images below (images of the paper story are by Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design).

Jessica and Matthew– thank you for letting us be part of your personal history and trusting our team. This was a day our entire team will remember. So sorry for crying when I had to say goodbye, but I am SO excited that you’re making Barbados a place you’ll return to year after year. That means I get to see you for many years to come!

Vendor Reel:

Wedding Planning, Design & Coordination: Jubilee Events: Caribbean in Barbados
Photography: Brian Marcus of Fred Marcus Photography
Ceremony: St. Patricks Cathedral
Reception & Catering: Cobblers Cove Hotel
Staffing & Late Night Snacks: In-Fusion Catering
Florist: Events & Decor by Giselle
Invitations & Paper: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design
Ceremony Musicians: Stephen Brathwaite
Cocktail Hour Musicians: NJ30+
Reception Band: 2 Mile Hill
After Party DJ: DJ JJ
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Tent: S and R Rentals
Event Rentals: Ellco
Bars & Bar Backs: Events Unusual
Lighting: Best Effects
Videography: I Do Video Art
Hair: Hair by Donna (bride, MOH and moms) and Krave Hair Studio (bridesmaids)
Makeup: Makeup by Kia Foster Blades
Cake: LadyFingers
Transportation: SunTours & Foster and Ince


Happy Wedding Wednesday, friends! I’m back to share another gorgeous event from Jessica and Matthew’s destination wedding here in Barbados. You can catch their casual Welcome Party we shared last week here.

Jessica and Matthew wanted to treat their guest to an extraordinary experience the night before their wedding– and what better place to dine than The Cliff Restaurant on Barbados’ West Coast? The Cliff is a renowned restaurant voted by foodies from New York to London as one of the top restaurants to eat in the world– and let me tell you– it is one of the most GORGEOUS restaurants I’ve ever been to.

Guests were greeted with signature drinks upon arrival and watched the sunset over our platinum coast in the upstairs lounge. Following a sunset drink, they headed downstairs for a truly spectacular meal and a round of heartfelt, wonderful and vivacious speeches! Seriously, Jessica and Matthew’s family shared some of the most beautiful, funny and charming speeches we’ve ever heard.

All in all, it was definitely a night that all their guests will remember– and such a luxurious and special way to celebrate the night before their wedding. Enjoy these beautiful images from Brian Marcus of Fred Marcus Studio.


I’m so excited to share with you a gorgeous wedding weekend we had the privilege and HONOR of planning for our dear clients, Jessica and Matthew. They reached out to me after having chosen Barbados as their wedding destination. They knew they wanted an intimate weekend with their nearest and dearest and found Barbados to be the perfect place for all their guests to travel to and enjoy. From the get-go, they were focused on FUN and infused that into every event during their wedding weekend.

Guests travelled from all over to experience Barbados and share in their love for one another– many for the first time. J&M wanted to welcome everyone with a light-hearted and casual welcome party. They chose Cobblers Cove to host this evening of great food, rum punch and local music! The night was truly the perfect way to get all their guests together and celebrate the start of a memorable (and monumental!) weekend. It’s so great to look back through these images by Brian Marcus of Fred Marcus Studio and relive these precious memories.

Stay tuned for their amazing rehearsal dinner and wedding!

{ all inspiration images are weddings designed and planned by A Jubilee Event: Caribbean // photography by Gina Francesca Photography and Carla Ten Eyck Photography // floral by Events & Decor by Giselle and Tony Palmieri }

Pantone has released its color of the year and we couldn’t be more excited! We have been crushing on the color green for sometime, and the color of 2017 is so versatile– especially for a destination wedding here in Barbados. In fact, over the past two years we’ve used this fun shade of green for nearly all the weddings we’ve planned.

As you set out to plan your destination wedding, it’s always important to embrace the natural environment of your reception and ceremony locations. Barbados is lush and abundant in tropical greens– from the never-ending sugar cane fields (as far as the eye can see!), to the gently swaying palm trees. We’ve put together some fun inspiration for your greenery inspired destination wedding!

Pantone's Color of the Year, Greenery, Wedding Inspiration via

You can also follow our Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery inspiration board on pinterest! Here are some fun tips for incorporating greenery into your destination wedding:

  • Greenery pairs with nearly every color, but for a soft and romantic look consider blush pink. For a modern, tailored look, white is the perfect complimentary color!
  • Garlands are a great way to add a touch of greenery to your wedding. Consider adding draped garlands to your reception tent or as accents to your wedding day signage
  • Potted plants and herbs are a fun accent to your floral centerpieces. Ferns, succulents and cactus are perfect plants to pot for cocktail hour centerpieces and reception tablescapes! You can also ditch flowers all together for all greenery.

Happy planning!

Xo, C


Barbados Elopements

5 Reasons Why You Should Elope in Barbados

posted by Candice November 2, 2016 0 comments

credit for above image: photography: carla ten eyck // fashion styling: beth chapman styling 
shoot design: a jubilee event: caribbean // location: st. nicholas abbey, barbados

The captivating clear blue water, luscious gardens, fabulous food and beautiful resorts are just some of the great things Barbados has to offer. Known as the gem of the Caribbean to all who live and vacation here, Barbados offers a variety of adventure, romance and luxury. Today, we’re sharing with you the 5 reasons why you should elope here in Barbados.


Barbados is located in the lesser Antilles and flying here is quite easy. There are direct flights from Miami, New York, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, Germany and the UK with a few flights a day for ease and convenience.


Barbados has perfected the luxurious vacation (and wedding!)– which is why celebrities visit Barbados every year. Stay at Sandy Lane Resort, voted as one of the most Hotels in the world by Forbes, Travel & Leisure, and Condé Nast. Or stay in one of our many posh villas which range in style from modern to traditional Caribbean. You can hire your own renowned person on-site chef and have a personal butler cater to your every need during your stay.


Barbados has limitless amounts of activities for the adventurous couple– especially for those of you who want to skip a beach day and explore! Some fun activities include island touring, standup paddle boarding, snorkeling and ship wreck diving, swimming with turtles, hiking, and catamaran cruisin’ (for our friends who prefer adventure to begin and end with adult beverages!).

Unique Culture

The Barbados culture is what captivates our visitors. Bajan’s take pride in their country and culture– and love to share it with anyone who visits. The food is some of the worlds best: from 5 star dining to rum shop haute couture, we have something for everyone. The local fish fry in Oistins on a Friday night is a great spot for local food, entertainment, and cheers with a cold Banks Beer.

Venues & Vendors

Barbados’ venues for destination weddings are endless. You can elope with your toes in the sand or in an old historical church. Our beaches are not private, so you have access to most beaches on our island for your unique elopement. If you’re looking for something beyond-the-beach, there are gardens, historical sites, plantation homes and even cliff side locations.

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Introducing Luxury Barbados Elopements

posted by Candice November 1, 2016 0 comments

Every love story is unique and different

If you’ve been following along on Instagram and Facebook, we’ve been working hard at Team Jubilee on a new service we are really excited about! When we launched our Caribbean brand two years ago, my mission was to bring our sense of style and approach to Barbados. As our business grows, I wanted to continue to innovate our approach and the services we offer. I’m excited to announce that we are transforming the idea of elopements to be more than a short ceremony– but rather, an intimate wedding designed and planned the Jubilee way!

Our Approach to Elopements

We believe in choosing what is right for you when it comes to your wedding day.  We also believe that an elopement should be just as special, beautiful and meaningful as the large wedding bashes you’ve attended of friends and family over the years.

What’s more romantic than just the two of you (and maybe a few guests) jetting off to our beautiful island of Barbados to profess your love? Honestly, we can’t think of anything more special! Our approach to elopements is the same approach we provide to our large destination clients: detailed, fun, luxurious and a reflect of you. We work with our elopement couples to curate an elopement experience in Barbados that is fully customized based on your aesthetic and unique love story.

How we are redefining the Elopement in Barbados

Barbados has so much to offer for your elopement! You can exchange vows in a 300 hundred year old church, on our untouched beaches against backdrops of the turquoise Caribbean sea, or in an abundant tropical garden. After, an intimate dinner awaits by a renowned private chef on the beach, in one of our 5-star restaurants, or perhaps in a modern villa. The options are endless, and just like you, we don’t believe in cookie cutter elopements.

No matter your idea for your intimate elopement, it’s our job to make it come to fruition. Our elopement clients hire us to not only plan an amazing adventure for their wedding, but also design a day that is beautiful in every way. From ceremony arbors draped in white fabric and exotic flowers, to a table for 10 on the beach under the glow of stars and candlelight– each elopement story is as beautiful as it is unique.

Why are we the Elopement Experts?

Aside from my husband and I choosing to elope ourselves (…. and it was MAGICAL), we’ve been planning and designing weddings all over the world for almost 10 years. We’re sticklers for the details and believe that they matter. We live for entertaining, and believe that some of the most memorable experiences are best shared with only a few. When our clients give us the opportunity to plan something truly special for them– we put every ounce of creativity, love, and care into making their experience more than they dreamed of.

Interested in learning more about our elopements? Visit our website or email us at