Cayman hosts world’s wedding planners

More than 300 wedding planners from around the world are gathering at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman this week for a biannual conference on the high-end wedding industry.  

The three-day conference began Monday with a mini-conference specifically for Cayman-based wedding planners. The rest of the conference will show off Cayman’s attractions and dining options to global professionals. 

JoAnne Brown, owner the Celebrations Group Ltd. and the JoAnne V. Brown design house, said hosting the conference this year is meant to highlight Cayman. “These are the best of the best in the wedding business. They are all about luxury weddings, and I think Cayman’s market is the luxury destination wedding.” 

Elena Karpechenko, meeting and special events manager for the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, said the conference brings together luxury wedding planners from around the world. “This is where people meet each other, get connected, bring business to each other, become friends and plan weddings together,” she said. 

Ms. Brown hosted an opening party Monday night on the beach at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and is helping organize a gala for Wednesday night. Tens of thousands of flowers were shipped in from Columbia, Ecuador, Holland and California for decoration. 

“We had a plane load on Wednesday, more on Thursday and Friday. And now we have the final, I think it’s 15,000 roses, that are due to come in. They’re not making it today. They’re hopefully making it tomorrow,” Ms. Brown said. After some investigation, they found the flowers waiting to clear customs in Miami.  

Karen Tran, a renowned floral designer, is preparing the flowers for both parties this week. “She produces very luxury, high end floral that I don’t think Cayman has ever seen before, so we’re super excited,” said Ms. Brown. 

Ms. Karpechenko said the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman hosts 40 to 50 weddings each year. She said hosting the conference at the hotel is a “great opportunity for us to capture business in general, not just weddings.”  

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JoAnne Brown, left, and Aileen Tran discuss flower arrangements in the refrigerated tent behind the Ritz-Carlton. – PHOTO: CHARLES DUNCAN

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