By Crystal McCormick
Winter will soon be upon us and with it a flurry of couples that are embracing the season for their own special day in the Caribbean. After all, why should summer have a lock on amazing weddings?
In winter there’s less competition for guests’ schedules and venues, not to mention the season offers some gorgeous backdrops when you decide to head for the tropics to tie the knot.
Add Some Personality to Your Menu
When planning your wedding menu, you may want to keep the standard go-to chicken or salmon off the list. Instead, experts say replacing boring wedding fare with new and exciting dishes is on trend for winter weddings. “Couples are way more educated and adventurous with their menus,” said Carla Ruben, president and creative director of Creative Edge Parties to Vogue. “This creates a version of tapas or tasting menus that are specifically curated around their personal experiences together.”
Winterize your Bouquet
While roses and lilies often pop in our head when we think of traditional wedding flowers, why not infuse winter accents to your bouquet instead? If you step outside the wedding flower box, you'll find a variety of options for winter blooms including hydrangeas, camellias and even poinsettias.
Berry-inspired touches, like curly willow, eucalyptus and pepper berries, are also on trend for winter wedding bouquets – not to mention they can add serious dimension to even the simplest bouquets.
When tying the knot at Palace Resorts, floral arrangements are made easy as you can pick from a varied collection and choose the theme that speaks to your vision. From serene cream-colored motifs, to lush earthy-themed arrangements, and grand traditional rose displays with elegant accents, you’ll be sure to find the flowers that fit your special day.
Touches of Topiaries
Pantone's Color of the Year, Greenery, has found its way into many couple's wedding color schemes this year-and what better way to jump on this trend than by adding more greenery to your reception space? Not only do experts say incorporating foliage is more affordable than florals, but the sky is also the limit in terms of color, height, and type of tree.
“For lush event focal points, we love combining potted plants and trees at varied heights to create a dense, overgrown look,” explained expert floral designer Kalena Patton to Brides magazine.
If you’re planning a destination wedding, you can make Greenery work for you by customizing your decor with tropical flair.
Infuse Pops of Color
There’s no rule that says you have to stick with soft, muted hues when having a winter wedding. Instead, take inspiration from your locale and play off the wide array of brilliant colors of the Caribbean to add a colorful touch to your wedding decor.
At Palace Resorts, the color options run the whole spectrum with everything from Nautical (blue) to Romantic Red (runway red), Exotic Peacock (turquoise), Lavender Luxe, and Sultry Sunset (orange and pink), to ensure you find the perfect color accents for your big day.
Reinvent Your Bar
Just because your Caribbean winter wedding will be sans snow, doesn’t mean you can’t indulge your guests in the warm comforts of winter. Skip the typical tropical libations and kick your winter wedding cocktail hour up a notch by serving up white hot chocolate and rum in small espresso cups and spiked eggnog in small punch glasses for your guests as they arrive. Bring in the experts at Palace Resorts and have them create their season special – Apple Cider Bourbon cocktail.
1.5oz de bourbon
½ oz cinnamon liquor
½ oz triple sec
2 oz apple juice
Slice of orange
And because sometimes all we need is a good cup of coffee (especially for those sunrise weddings!), why not add a coffee station, too?