One Couple, Two Weddings: Multiple Celebrations Accommodate Everyone
Call it split, non-traditional or destination— one wedding can be celebrated numerous times. And why not? PLUS: Wedding photos from Sarah and Javier Acuna’s celebrations.
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Some 40 friends and family members traveled to Grand Cayman to attend Sarah and Javier’s wedding and to celebrate with them. Some of that group and about a hundred more would join them a few weeks later to continue the celebration in Delaware. To tie the two events together, the couple decorated Sante Fe with photos from their beach wedding and flowers in the same color scheme as the first. A custom-designed belt Sarah wore with a long, ivory lace dress in Grand Cayman graced her waist. This time, it was paired with a short dress, also in ivory. Sarah’s shoes and jewelry also made a repeat appearance.
Sarah is proud that she and Javier kept everything flexible in their wedding planning. The couple even hosted the cocktail reception before, rather than after, the ceremony in Grand Cayman. But, Sarah says, “I am still a princess at heart.” To create an elegant event marked by classic details, she relied on a wedding planner in Grand Cayman. “We put our complete trust in her,” she says.
The expertise that a wedding planner brings to an international event is priceless, even when you are planning just one event. A wedding planner in Grand Cayman, for example, can call on the photographer, the caterer, the hairstylist, and DJ he or she knows to be the best. In addition, relying on a planner for one event will allow you to focus more of your time and attention on the other.
Tiffany Chalk, a Wilmington-based event planner, even hired a planner to help plan her own Jamaican wedding 10 years ago. “Planners help keep you on task by handling logistics and managing the timeline and vendors,” Chalk says. Out of the two dozen weddings Chalk typically plans annually, about one third are destination weddings or split weddings of some nature. These events have brought her to places such as Florida, Chicago, North Carolina, Mexico and Jamaica. “If a plane can take me there, I will go,” Chalk says.
Hosting two weddings sounds glamorous when the reason to do so is geography, heritage or religious beliefs. But, sometimes couples opt to have two events out of necessity, Miles says.
“Financially, a couple may not be ready to host a large reception, so they get married in a civil ceremony and have a big party later.” She says that there is no rule as to how soon after your ceremony you have to host a reception. Knowing that, you and your fiancé can head to city hall today if you simply can’t wait to be married. Once you bid farewell to the justice of the peace, you and your hubby can begin saving for that spectacular reception you’ve always dreamt of.