Free forum boosts Cayman’s wedding industry

Cayman as a destination wedding location is about to get a boost as international professionals from the industry share tips and trends at a conference at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman on Monday. 

Thousands of flowers have been brought in for the free conference, “Mini Engage 14,” which will offer local industry providers with insider information on wedding destination trends from around the globe. 

Joy Basdeo of Simply Weddings Cayman is excited to attend the workshop, organized by the Department of Tourism, so that she can learn more about the field. 

“We have a very vibrant wedding industry, and we want to keep up with international trends …,” said Ms. Basdeo. “We have the opportunity to learn from the biggest and most well known wedding celebrities so that we can improve our service and our industry. It is a very exciting time for us. I think the DoT should be commended.” 

So far this year, there have been about 370 destination weddings in Cayman, and the number is expected to increase during the holidays, said Ms. Basdeo. 

One of the most common reasons people get married in Cayman is so they can have a “weddingmoon,” which is a blend of the wedding and the honeymoon,” she said.  

Cayman is also the “easiest place in the Western hemisphere to get married because you can get married the day you arrive,” she said. 

Many of her clients are cruise ship passengers, said Ms. Basdeo, who has organized weddings from the sparkling waters of Stingray City to the depths of Hell in West Bay. Eleven motivational speakers are scheduled to attend Monday’s conference, which runs from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  

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Thousands of flowers had to be cleared by the Department of Agriculture before they could be brought in for the conference. – Photo: Samantha Bonham

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