Where to get married? Barbados or Grand Cayman?

Jun 4th, 2003, 06:06 PM
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Where to get married? Barbados or Grand Cayman?

Any suggestions? We're looking at October or November of this year. Thanks!
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Jun 6th, 2003, 05:24 AM
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Hi, I have no info on Barbados but we are getting married on the beach at sunset in GC in early December. We are working with a wonderful outfit called Cayman Weddings.
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Jun 6th, 2003, 07:38 AM
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As with most questions here, it's a matter of personal preference, so here's my $0.02: Barbados has a more romantic feel than Grand Cayman. Cayman's main strenghts are diving, beautiful water, beautiful beaches, and great condos. But to me, it has less of a Caribbean feel than Barbados, and when I travel I prefer more local color. Barbados has some very nice beaches, beautiful water, great restaurants, and hotels that will pamper you in a variety of price ranges. It also offers more sightseeing and historical possibilities than Cayman, and probably more shopping, too, but I'm not really a shopper and cannot rightfully comment on that aspect.

One more or less objective plus that Barbados has over Cayman for that time of year is its location. Since it's essentially outside of the hurricane belt, you have a lesser risk of hurricanes than GC. However, in October, you run the risk of restaurants and hotels being closed anyway for their annual upkeep, maintenance, etc. November is a better time, especially the first half of the month. Still low season rates and everything looks fresh & new. Whichever you end up choosing, have a great time. You'll no doubt love either island and have wonderful memoris.
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Jun 6th, 2003, 01:59 PM
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We got married in 2000 @ The Westin in Grand Cayman on the beach just before sunset. We did not go through a wedding outfit, but instead went to a marriage officer named Noel Johnson. I found him on the internet. I called him from home and he told me to just give him a call when we got to Grand Cayman, which I did. He met us at the hotel, "counseled" us (which amounted to us taking him out to lunch a day or two before the wedding, where we had a delightful chat with him), and on the big day, he showed up with a bouquet for me and a photographer who took great pictures, put them in an album and brought it to us at the hotel a couple of days later. After we got married we went out to eat a restaruant called Papagallo. I can't tell you what a wonderful, romantic experience it was (the most beautiful wedding I've ever attended). As an added bonus, the whole thing cost a mere fraction of what it would through one of the Cayman wedding agencies (less that 25% less). Also, Grand Cayman is a glorious place for a honeymoon--the most beautiful water in the world, snorkeling, sting rays, great jewelry stores (we bought our rings there). We also went to a church service while there, and the congregation greeted us with open arms. It was just the best time ever, and you feel so safe wherever you go. I've been to Barbados, and while I suppose the lush natural beauty is a cut above, for an overall experience, I don't think you can top Cayman. And the Cayman people are so polite and friendly, while in Barbados, you can pretty much count on at least a few sem-scary moments. Who needs that on your honeymoon? Best wishes to you.
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Jun 6th, 2003, 08:50 PM
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Regarding the claim that Barbados is "out of the hurricane belt", I'd like to point out that this is just not true.
Looking at the compiled data since 1944, Grand Cayman has been hit by 7 major storms and 10 hurricanes.
Barbados has been hit by 18 major storms and 7 hurricanes.
Curacao and Bonaire are lowest on the list but are not entirely immune either. They've both seen 5 hurricanes and 5 major storms since World War II.
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Jun 8th, 2003, 08:50 AM
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Just got married in Barbados - we stayed at the House at Tamarind Cove - everything was perfect. Steel drum player, minister, flowers video and photographer - for a great price. And they made us feel very special. Dinner afterward on the beach under a canopy. I highly recommend it to anyone. We will be returning on our anniversary every year. The people in Barbados are wonderful.
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Jun 9th, 2003, 12:08 PM
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Re Cayman...I would also recommend Cayman Weddings for a casual wedding, www.caymanweddings.com.ky

I would also recommend mid November (that's when I got married here years ago , pretty much out of the small possibility of tropical storm disruption, plus weather has cooled off a bit.

For a romantic beach wedding and honeymoon with Caribbean flavour, consider The Reef (www.thereef.com.ky) who specialise in Honeymoons.

Finally, vs Barbados, do consider relative distances...Barbados is a LONG way from the US, Cayman is only one hour from Miami.
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