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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!

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!

{ 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


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:

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


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!


  1. Sourced on Stock Food
  2. Sourced on Square Meal from Rue Magazine Catering by Contemporary Catering Production by Be inspired PR Concept,Event design,styling & Coordination Gather Events Photography Caroline Tran
  3. Sourced on Floating Kitchen Made by Liz
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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)
  3. (Sourced from Invites Weddings)
  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)