Entertaining Trends (Cayman Style!)
Words by Satina DaCosta
How to Entertain in Cayman?
Hosting an intimate dinner party at home or a wedding with a 200+ guest list? Cayman has everything you need, from the most sophisticated venues in the Caribbean to the more rustic seaside locales. All you need is a clear vision of what you want or at the very least, the desire to hire the right professional to help you map out a fool proof plan for your special occasion! It's all about managing those tiny details...
Photography is a fine art and a powerful means of visual communication. Whether you are planning an intimate wedding or a large scale event, choosing the right photographer is paramount to ensuring that you will be left with images that truly capture the essence of your special day. A good photographer will not only be mindful of proper lighting but will also help you map out what photographs should be taken and will create a specific vision for the look of your photographs… from the spontaneous shots to the more poised and formal black and white shots. Luckily the Cayman Islands’ social calendar is always busy, so there is a growing number of professional photographers that specialise in event, wedding and commercial photography. Say cheese!
Event Planning & Production
Great events just don’t happen, they have to be carefully planned and orchestrated in order to be successful. Cayman has professionals experienced in planning large scale events from concerts and charity balls to intimate weddings. Whether you require special lighting and staging or simply the perfect DJ to spin your favourite tunes, there is someone specifically suited to your needs! Whatever the budget, an event planner will act as your guide, helping you navigate a clear path through the logistics. Avoid the usual headaches with the do-it-yourself approach and choose a professional! You will be rewarded with a stress free occasion executed without a hitch!
Venues & Hotels
Some may dream of a Gatsbyesque affair for their wedding, while others may desire a more relaxed sand-between-the-toes occasion. Cayman has it all... There are five star hotels with ballrooms and also an exceptional selection of restaurants that are more appropriate for a refined event or wedding. For the laid back entertainer, Cayman will spoil you with the many sun-drenched beach bars and restaurants!
Good food is the heart and soul of any event, so choosing the right caterer is a key consideration. Catering isn’t about arranging a few canapés on a plate; good catering is about creativity, presentation and ultimately executing the right (gastromomic) vision. From beach weddings to silver service affairs, Cayman offers an excellent selection of highly skilled professionals. On-Island caterers hail from all corners the world, so your menu need not be meat and potatoes dull!
There are very few limitations in the Cayman Islands when it comes to event décor. Roses, calla lilies, hydrangeas, tulips, orchids, or whatever variety of flower is your favourite, they can usually be found at local floral shops or certainly imported from overseas. Whether you want to adorn a banister in your home with local greenery before hosting a dinner party or you desire tables decorated with elegant candelabras and clusters of small candles for a formal evening wedding, floral arrangements set the mood in a room, and can be the focal point of any event. Planning an outdoor wedding in a garden or at the beach? One of the many local florists on Island will be able to advise you on the variety of flowers that won't wilt away in our tropical climate before the "I dos"!
For our recommended caterers and event planners as well as top tips and event venues check out the event section on Cayman Good Taste!