Venues fit for a king

The Cayman Islands are rightly feted for their magnificent scenery, perfect weather and beautiful people.

No wonder so many couples throw caution to the wind and spend often crazy amounts of cash on coming here to get hitched. A once-in-a-lifetime moment deserves a lifetime memory and there is no better setting than Cayman to show the grandkids photos of the very special wedding day.

Around the Islands there are options aplenty with perhaps the most classic being the world-famous Seven Mile Beach. A sunset ceremony here can be arranged by most of the major hotels, which can cater to groups small and large, be it the full monty of chamber band, cabanas and catering for friends, family and invited guests or a simple and intimate affair with just a few guests. As the name suggests, there are plenty of options on whatever part of the beach suits you best.

Other waterside venues that are very popular around Grand Cayman are Rum Point, Smith Cove (particularly popular with cruisers), Cayman Kai and East End. The options are limited only by imagination.

Speaking of using your imagination, it’s also possible to get married under the sea. Increasingly, Cayman’s dive operators are being asked for off-the-wall things such as performing a ceremony 100 feet into the depths. Something for Wills to think about – he’s getting his feet wet anyway, so why not dive right in?

Perhaps a little history might do the trick – beaches aside, Cayman is also home to several sites of national importance and quite stunning backdrops.

Chief among those, perhaps, is Pedro St. James. This venue can accommodate any budget and people are consistently drawn to the national treasure of the historic building, which is the home of Cayman Islands democracy. As the sun goes down over the Caribbean sea, catering and in-tent entertainment can help any wedding with a real fizz.

Turtle Farm

Again a little more unique is the possibility of getting married at the Cayman Turtle Farm, formerly Boatswain’s Beach. Choose from the turtle breeding pond, the beach, poolside or Cayman Street with its Cayman-style houses and skilled artisans. You can even get married in front of the shark-viewing window – and top it off with a reception at the bar and grill. And yes, turtle is on the menu.

Sister Islands

Little Cayman – and, specifically, Owen Island – has a royal connection already, with Charles and Camilla reportedly fans of its gorgeous seclusion. Whether you take that with a pinch of salt or otherwise, Owen Island is an awe-inspiring part of one of the world’s most beautiful locations. Little Cayman has it all, but more than anything it has the unbelievable freedom of relaxation.

Cayman Brac, a little more rugged, would be ideal for active couples. Get married in a bat cave or climb up the famous bluff to join your guests at the top. Quite an entrance for any bride – certainly unforgettable stuff.

The Cayman Islands may be a mere speck in the Caribbean Sea, but there are a multitude of options to make the day tremendous for everyone concerned, whether you’re born with a silver spoon or have saved carefully and lovingly for the occasion. Here, everyone is equally welcome, which is perhaps what Cayman does best of all.

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