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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!

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

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





Thank you to The Knot for featuring an interview with our owner, Candice Coppola, on tips for your destination wedding! Click here to read the article on thoughts and ideas for your destination wedding here in Barbados.

We love out of town guest bags around here– especially for our clients hosting a destination wedding in Barbados! An out of town welcome bag is the perfect way to welcome your guests as they arrive to their hotel, villa, or condo after a day of traveling. Our friends at engage! have perfected the art of the guest swag, but here are some examples that we’ve done for clients in the past, working with the talented paper artist and out of town bag guru Nichole Michel of Coral Pheasant.



{ image and design courtesy Coral Pheasant }

Our bride Nicole wanted to do something special for her guests, and also wanted to incorporate her wedding’s design into her welcome bags. She chose to continue with the purple and gold color story, gifting guests refreshing mini bottles of Perrier, custom bags of Lindt truffles wrapped in purple and pistachios. Guests also received a detailed itinerary of the weekends festivities and a “do not disturb” sign for their hotel room. All these goodies were packaged beautifully in gold lid top boxes!


{image courtesy Carla Ten Eyck // design by Coral Pheasant }

In a previous post we shared with you our photoshoot inspired by Pineapples & Stripes– and for this shoot Nichole conceptualized an adorable welcome bag which was actually a bright yellow pineapple, filled with a mini bottle of smirnoff, pineapple juice with a custom label, tropical trail mix with a custom label, a “do it yourself” cocktail recipe, and a hot pink and gold polka dot shot glass (in case your guests wanted to get right down to business!). I love this welcome bag because it incorporates so many elements from our design– and it is colorful, cheerful and completely unique!


{image courtesy Carla Ten Eyck // design by Coral Pheasant }

For our Gatsby Themed photoshoot, appearing in our book The White Dress in Color — Inspirations for the Modern Bride, Nichole designed a gorgeous gold wooden box filled with decedent goodies! A welcome note following the design style of our paper story was attached, along with a gold wrapped custom candy bar, custom “salty” and “sweet” treat bags, and a bottle of Verdi sparkling wine!

For our destination wedding clients in Barbados, we recommend some of the following bits and pieces to accompany your welcome bags, depending on your weddings style:

  • A welcome note, thanking your guests for making the special journey
  • A detailed itinerary of the weekend, including things to do during guests’ “off” time
  • Bottled Water (it is, after all, hot!)
  • Mini bottles of Bajan Rum (there are plenty of varieties to choose from) with mini Coke cans
  • A custom cookie shaped like our beautiful little island
  • A Bajan Sweet Cake
  • A mini bottle of our famous Bajan pepper sauce

Happy planning! x