Barbados Elopements

5 Reasons Why You Should Elope in Barbados

posted by Candice November 2, 2016 0 comments
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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.

Travel

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.

Luxury

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.

Adventure

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
Luxury elopements in Barbados via http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com

Every love story is unique and different
AND WE BELIEVE YOUR ELOPEMENT SHOULD BE, TOO.

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 candice@eventjubilee.com.

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Tropical entertaining ideas & roundup from http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com

The buyers over at Dwellings Barbados need a standing “O”, because the inventory they’ve been acquiring over the past few months is EVERYTHING. We are literally ripping out our wallets to make it rain whenever we walk into their store, and I wanted to share some fun tropical entertaining items that would be perfect for your next bash (or wedding registry!).

I love entertaining at home; nothing is better than sitting around the table with family and friends and enjoying good food, company and wine. I’ve put together my “must-haves” for all my local Bajan readers– but please– let me grab some of these goods first before they sell out!

  1. Bankuan Leaf Party Tub // $279.96 BBS: Perfect for gathering together your favorite bottles of Prosecco and Rose, this tub comes with a galvanized insert to keep your drinks cool and avoid spillage.
  2. Metallic Rose Gold Champagne Saucer // $199.95 BBS for a set of 4: Hello! Who doesn’t love an old school style champagne saucer in a variety of metallics; from rose gold to copper, these saucers are perfect for holiday entertaining.
  3. Tropical Leaf Tray // 119.95 BBS: This tray is the perfect way to serve up drinks and appetizers for your next party and when you’re not using it to entertain, it can be a catch all for jewelry, a colorful statement piece on your coffee table or simply a way to dress up an area of your home.
  4. Palm Leaf Placemat // $26.96 BBS: This was love at first sight for me! If you’re hosting a dinner party with a tropical vibe, this would make a great addition to your table. You could also group them together down the center of your table as a table runner!
  5. Copper Swing Bottle // $24.95 BBS: Swing bottles are the perfect way to serve chilled water at your next dinner party. While I love water… I’m more of an adult beverages kinda gal, and I use mine to house colorful fruit drinks for mimosa bars. What makes this special is the copper accent– which is really trendy right now.
  6. Marble Wood Cheese Board // $69.95 BBS: I love using cutting boards and wooden boards to serve up cheese and charcuterie, and this board is perfect.
  7. Gem Wine Charms // $23.95 BBS ON SALE: I bought these last Christmas and they are one of my favorite purchases! I love the colors and the geometric shapes. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on them at parties and they’re the perfect (and most stylish) way to distinguish glasses.
  8. Palm Print 8″ Dessert (or App) Plates // $19.95 BBS: Dessert and appetizer plates are a must-have for your next dinner party– so why not go a little tropical? These 8″ plates come in two styles and when you’re not using them, they can double as a jewelry catch or even saucers to put under mini potted plants.

Happy shopping, friends! x

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Amanda + Max: A Plantation Style Wedding in Barbados

posted by Candice September 14, 2016 2 Comments
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I’m so happy to share this amazing (and HUGE!) blog post with you– Amanda and Max’s wedding story!

You know those couples who spend their whole wedding day just smiling? In fact, every time I had a chance to meet with Amanda and Max about their wedding when they visited Barbados– they were always smiling. When Max proposed to Amanda, they decided that they wanted to have a destination wedding where Max grew up and there was no place more perfect than his family’s plantation home on the South Coast in Christ Church, Barbados.

With sprawling views of the sea behind them, they exchanged vows in front of 140 of their closest friends and family under a beautiful Chuppah. Right after the ceremony, they dashed away into a secret garden to spend a few moments together, alone, soaking in the moment. I think more couples should do this– it truly is one of the very few moments you’ll have together all by yourself!

Their guests enjoyed cocktail hour by the pool under the warm glow of cafe lights, and spent their evening under a gorgeous tent we designed with the help of our friends at Milestone Events. There was laughter and tears through some very heartfelt toasts, and lots of dancing after courtesy of the amazing local band, Two Mile Hill.

Some of my favorite details of the day are the welcome bag their guests received with a cute hangover kit and custom tumbler, the amazing custom chandeliers in blush pink, and the gorgeous calligraphy signs we had locally made.

Many thanks to Gina Francesca for these gorgeous images! Thank you Amanda and Max for letting me be part of such a beautiful and heartfelt day. It was truly one of my favorite weddings!

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Photography: Gina Francesca Photography
Planning, Design & Coordination: Jubilee Events: Caribbean
Catering: Anna Went
Bar Staffing: Raising the Bar
Flowers: Events & Decor by Giselle
Lighting Design: Bestefex
Tent, Staging, Linens and Infrastructure Rentals: Milestone Events Barbados
Tableware: Ellco
Wooden Bars: Tutti Rentals
Entertainment: Two Mile Hill
Ceremony Music: Joy Voeth & Willie Kerr
Sound Engineers: Quality Sound
Videography: ColorBox
Calligraphy & Signage: Alicia Pollard
Hair: Krave Salon by Naomi
Cake: Annalise Cake Designer
 

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We’re excited to be featured in the latest issue of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine! Pick up the July/August 2016 copy to see more about getting married in the Eastern Caribbean and some of our top spots for a destination wedding in Barbados. Thanks for the love, DS&H!

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Destination wedding invitation inspiration for a Barbados wedding via http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com // designed by http://www.coralpheasant.com

I’ve been working with my sweet clients, Jessica & Matthew for over a year (I can’t even believe it’s been that long!) on their destination wedding here in Barbados! We are inching closer to their wedding date (just a few weeks left) and I wanted to share these fun, tropical wedding invitations designed by my gal Nichole Michel of Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design.

Jessica wanted an invitation that celebrated the Caribbean location where she and Matthew were getting married — and one which was also inspired by their venue, Cobblers Cove. Nichole designed an invitation with tropical leaves and custom illustrations of special places their guests would be visiting, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Cliff Restaurant and Cobblers Cove.

Destination wedding invitation inspiration for a Barbados wedding via http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com // designed by http://www.coralpheasant.com

Nichole also created a custom trifold detail card, which shares important and festive information for events surrounding the wedding day! The invitations were mailed in these gorgeous blush envelopes with a mixture of vintage and current stamps in our color story + tropical theme. She also worked closely with Everly Calligraphy to create custom calligraphy for the invitation pieces and the outer envelopes!

Destination wedding invitation inspiration for a Barbados wedding via http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com // designed by http://www.coralpheasant.com

All the cards were stacked together and neatly assembled with a beautiful diamond shaped card and bright yellow ribbon for a pop of citrus color!

We are SO excited about Jessica & Matthew’s wedding day and the final weeks of planning to pull it all together.

Tropical leaf wedding inspiration via http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com

placesetting: design by luxe & luna couture events, floral by taffy floral and photography by sarah street photography via 100 layer cake // tropical arrangements: floral by mint design CA & photography by mariel hannah via utterly engaged // colorful patio: frontgate // banana leaf backpack: theAtantlicOcean // banana leaves: papernstitch.com

One of our favorite trends right now is tropical leaf inspiration. Are you as obsessed with banana leaves and palm fronds like us?! I love that this classic palm beach aesthetic is back in style– and incorporating tropical leaves into your destination wedding here in Barbados is easy! Here are some fun ideas outside of centerpieces and arrangements to bring in tropical leaves:

  • An out of town bag with a banana leaf pattern, like the one pictured, is a trendy and fun way to present gifts to your guests who’ve travelled to your wedding.
  • A palm or banana leaf pattern through out your wedding– from cocktail napkins to linens, you can incorporate this pattern thoughtfully in areas with big and small impact
  • A tropical leaf patterned skirt for your maids paired with a crisp white dress shirt. I love this look, and I’ve been coveting this skirt from Party Skirts for like, a year!
  • Line your cocktail hour trays with a banana leaf for an added design element

Those are just a few fun ideas to incorporate this tropical style into your destination wedding! x

 

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One of the most important aspects of a wedding to me is the FOOD! — besides location of course!

In Barbadian culture it is usually the norm to have a large selection of canapés through the reception rather than a sit down dinner, which I personally love, as it allows for a more relaxed and social atmosphere. And is usually less expensive!

However it is also lovely to have the traditional cocktail hour before dinner, which will also include some sort of delicious canapés.

When planning food for a destination wedding in Barbados it is fun to draw inspiration from local dishes. It gives us a chance to get creative with more unique flavours, garnishes and presentations. This gives guest a fun insight into the Barbadian culture and foods which they have possibly never tried before.

We at Jubilee Events: Caribbean love to get really creative with the presentation and way canapés are served. One of my personal favourites is to include local greenery such as palm leaves for a fun tropical twist.

The flavours found in Caribbean food are very unique and we like to find ways to adapt these to other dishes.

For example;

  • Grilled Watermelon — Preparing fresh fruit with a twist is a unique way to add something quenching to the menu
  • Flying fish — which can be grilled, steamed or fried with a tropical inspired sauce
  • Jerk Pork — Anything with a bit of spice will give guests taste buds a ‘Caribbean’ sensation
  • Anything with a curry flavour!
  • Something that incorporates a sweet mixed with savoury flavour, as this is found quite often in Barbados

We hope that this will inspire you to consider having your wedding in beautiful Barbados!

The beauty and culture goes way beyond food and we hope to share more of what our island has to offer with you!

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Barbados destination wedding fashion advice from http://www.eventjubileecaribbean.com // photography by Carla Ten Eyck

Photography by Carla Ten Eyck

Thinking about getting married in Barbados? You should be!

As a visitor to the island most people instantly gravitate towards the idea of a beach wedding or outdoor setting. Understandably, as there are so many breathtaking locations!

When choosing a wedding dress for a location of this type, it is important to consider the following things;

  • fabric
  • length
  • footwear
  • COMFORT

The climate in Barbados is very humid, which makes choosing the fabrics for your dress very important. You want to choose something that is breathable and light. This however does not mean that you can not have that ‘ball gown’ dress that you had always dreamed of, once the fabric is carefully considered.

We also suggest that you consider the idea of changing into a shorter dress for the reception if you are having festivities beyond the ceremony, as it will make your dancing experience much more carefree and comfortable.

There is nothing worse than an uncomfortable pair of shoes on any occasion, especially on your wedding day! If you are having a beach ceremony on the sand, we strongly suggest flat footwear with the option to change into heels if the reception has a more firm landscape. Most outdoor locations tend to have un-even landscape, so be sure to choose your heel hight wisely.

Your bridal store will offer you great advice on what best suits your body type and the climate you are going to be getting married in. We are also more than happy to help with any advice you may need thought this fun process!

Happy planning! xx

 

 

 

Classic destination wedding inspiration in Barbados via http://eventjubileecaribbean.com

Often when people think about destination weddings in the Caribbean, they usually think of really bright floral arrangements and pineapple cocktails on the beach.

Although we at Jubilee Events do love a pop of colour and a fun coconut mojito, this may not be to everyones taste.

Achieving an elegant ‘white wedding’ here in Barbados is one of my personal favourites to design. Paired with nature used either in the form of location or in addition to the decor, the results are breathtaking and timeless!

 

  1. Concept/design/shoot stylist Louise Macpherson, floral design by Little Botanica, photography by Craig and Eva Sanders (sourced from Love my dress
  2. Photography by Kasper Creations (sourced from Modwedding)
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  4. Shoot concept/design by Mood Events (sourced from Inspired by this)
  5. Shoot styled by Stockroom Vintage, photography by Alissa Saylor (sourced from Green Wedding Shoes)
  6. (Sourced from Jeannie Savage)