The Cayman Islands is poised to capture the lion’s share of the burgeoning United States Destination Weddings market, according to Rebecca Grinnals, strategic consultant for the wedding and honeymoon market to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.
On island to run a local wedding workshop, focusing on maximizing local vendor’s business opportunities from the lucrative $125 billion market, Ms Grinnals said that destination weddings now account for 10 per cent of the total United States wedding market – up 200 per cent over the last ten years with no signs of slowing, says a press release from DoT.
Couples choose Cayman because ‘Cayman offers a high level of quality service providers and a variety of accommodation choices for all of their guests coupled with stunning, exotic locations for the wedding’, explained Ms Grinnals.
‘She joined with the Department of Tourism and many private sector partners to host the Romance FAM for four esteemed wedding journalists recently.
The Department of Tourism showcased the Cayman Islands and all it offers to wedding/honeymoon couples and their guests – large and small.
The publications represented were: Bride’s magazine, Modern Bride Magazine, Elegant Bride Magazine, Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Magazine and In Style Weddings Magazine,’ said the release.
The Media FAM will do much to strengthen the Cayman Islands position as ‘the Caribbean destination of choice for discerning brides and grooms’.
The most recent weddings in Cayman have brought 80 -100 guests from all over the world, supported by a minimum of ten local vendors from car rentals to music groups.
A bride of one of the latest weddings stated, ‘Many of our guests turned this into a weeklong vacation!’
That is 100 visitors that specifically came to Cayman for a wedding yet stayed on for four to five days equalling a substantial investment into Cayman’s economy.
The average size of a destination wedding from the United States is now 88 guests, according to an American Weddings study by Fairchild Bridal Group, publishers of Brides, Modern Bride and Elegant Bride Magazine, indicating that the Cayman Islands is right in line with competing markets, states the release.
Another compelling reason for couples to get married in the Cayman Islands is the warm reception they receive during their stay.
Joanne Brown and her team at Celebrations quote the Mother of the Bride at their last destination wedding: ‘You made my daughter’s dream wedding become a reality and for that, I will always be grateful. You are wonderful ambassadors for your country – warm, friendly, professional, creative, talented, and very genuine’.