I'm going to try and detail some of the services they used for the wedding, the activities that we planned to keep a larger group entertained, the places we ate and some of the experiences we had whilst enjoying the festivities.
Firstly, it was down to Kim and I to organise the mini Stag and Hen nights. Two very different nights were had by both parties. The girls went for cocktails at the glam Tiki Beach to take in the sunset, then off to Karma for some great food and ambience.
The boys opted for meat overload at Lone Star bar & grill and a couple of shots of Tequila before heading to Havana Club where a Blues band awaited us. Many Mojitos, five orgasms and a cigar for the groom left us with light wallets, but that didn't stop us from moving on to Agua (which in my haze of rum thought was Aqua Beach bar, but it was actually a quiet Italian restaurant/bar!).
An essential purchase for a large group is a keg of Caybrew from the brewery, I think we went for the 100 litre barrel at just over $200 (inc. delivery and pickup). The unit was refrigerated to keep the beer at optimum temperature and included a full on beer pump. I think everyone played barman at some point or other and within a week we'd polished off most of it.
|Keg, keg, keg, keg!|
The venue for the wedding was a beautiful, luxurious villa on the North side of the island in Kai, just next to Starfish Point called "Kai Conut". Before we all set off for the luxury though, we offered to put most people up in our modestly sized three bed condo; 13 guests for a few nights was a little tight, but good fun all the same!
Simply Weddings were chosen to carry out the ceremony, they also deal with the legal requirements, marriage certificate and can do the full on wedding planning if desired. There are countless additional options for the actual ceremony, for example arches/arbours, chairs, decor etc. though my sister opted for a more simple and relaxed affair. Joy Basdeo the marriage officer was excellent throughout.
The villa was littered with Conch Shells, so an aisle was created for the bride to walk down which was lovely.
The day was beautiful, a nice breeze helped to keep the heat at severe level rather than unbearable. Kim and I were both honoured to do a reading each, though mine was a children's story about a Love Monster!
Several Margaritas later and it was time to sit down for food. For catering, mise en place created a bespoke menu including canapes, cocktails and of course the main meal. The servers were extremely self sufficient and subtle meaning the bride and groom were able to relax and enjoy the occasion. The food was outstanding with the baby back ribs and shrimp skewers being the popular dishes. The newly married couple also opted to have the caterers back the next morning for a lovely breakfast - which for those of us who were a little hungover was a real treat!
The evening saw a fairly unsuccessful attempt at setting off Chinese lanterns, such was the breeze, nearly all attempts proved futile. Not one to give up, middle bro set off to the front of the house where the wind was down and created a sky full of burning lights. The only problem was that none of the wedding party saw any of them as we were unaware of his efforts! We also planted Tiki burners around the beach, mainly for effect but also to try and keep the mosquitoes at bay.
A couple of days were spent relaxing at the villa with some beach and pool time, a few opted for a trip to Rum Point for a couple of hours. I tried my hand with a Wave Runner - it's a lot harder than it looks to be honest!
Then there was the obligatory trip to Stingray City - though with so many guests, it made more sense to charter a boat. We used Red Sail's glass bottom boat with Captain Bill at the helm, (and some of the kids at times!) and it worked out more reasonable to do it this way, plus we got a very personal service.
We also took in lots of snorkeling trips; Coral Gardens, Rum Point, Macabuca, Smith Cove and of course Seven Mile Beach, Testudos guide proved useful for finding the best places.
A few opted to go to Dolphin Cove to swim with the dolphins, whilst others took in some down time at the Botanical Gardens. Nearly all of us made a trip on the infamous Jolly Roger Pirate Ship to down rum punch, watch the kids scrub the floors, the pirates fighting and enjoy jumping in off the plank (or being pushed in my case).
|Scrub harder ye urchins|
|Can't resist a damsel in distress|
In terms of eating out, we took the group to Grand Old House which is usually a little more pricey, but Thursday night is pasta night with the dish cooked to your liking in front of you and the cost is much more palatable, particularly for those who aren't used to the island prices!
Luca at the Caribbean Club is also essential to experience the legendary brunch. With a strong focus on fish and seafood, it's a real treat, and of course unlimited Prosecco to wash it down with.
Other restaurants that cater to larger groups included Kaibo Beach Bar for the Tuesday night BBQ and Tukka in East End where we experienced another great brunch.
Our livers are still recovering (as are our wallets), but I think it's safe to say that everyone had great fun during their first stay in the Cayman Islands. Kim and I are looking forward to a well earned rest now and we'd like another holiday please!
Credit to the guests for the use of some of their photos in this blog post.