Designing the perfect reception for your tropical island wedding

Most of my couples have not been to St John before prior to their weddings.  Some decide to do a site visit to choose their ceremony and reception site.  This, however is not the norm.

So how do you translate your vision of your wedding to a reality?  Most couples have a vision, even if they do not think they do. Not everyone is able to describe in words the perfect ambiance and feel of what is in their hearts  their planner.

I have found the best way is to send photos, links, anything that shows me what their style is.  Many times I hear " understated elegance"- but unless I see what you think  understated elegance is, the final product could be way, way off base.

I also do unlimited consultations by appointment with my brides who choose my coordination services.  We start with looking at photos and links online.   I ask them to describe what it is they like about the image.  From there we start building the theme, ambiance and overall design of their wedding.

For those who have no idea where to start,  I suggest using an inspiration board. Take a poster board and paste colors, photos, and anything that pops out at you.  This can be your working canvas.  Change it as you go and you will eventually see a theme that becomes more clear to you.

For a tropical island wedding, less is better. You are already in a beautiful location.  Be realistic in what can and cannot work.  Photos on-line can be very deceiving.  An elaborate beach set up may look beautiful in a photo but make sure it can be achieved on a beach without the use of cranes or heavy machinery!

Some of the photos that I have seen from bridal magazines of beach set up- are actually shot in a indoor studio with a beach backdrop.   Be aware, you cannot guarantee that the level of the tide. If it were very high, it could leave very little  room for chairs.   The trade winds could be blowing strong on your wedding day.  Your lovely wedding canopy can become a sail ready to take flight.  It is wise to have a planner located on the island you choose, we know what can and cannot work in our destination.

Yulia and David who were married on Friday April 30, 2010 contacted me about a year ago to start coordinating their wedding.   They chose Trunk bay for their ceremony,  a small gathering of closest friends and family.  Yulia  a very classy lady born in Ukraine wanted a very elegant reception.    Both she and David love the beach and she wanted to translate that into the reception.  They decided to do a buyout of the Waterfront Bistro Restaurant in Cruz Bay.

Their guests list totaled 18 persons.  We created an event that showcased the clean lines of the restaurant and breath-taking setting.   The dinner setting,  intimate and exclusive, expressed their love and appreciation to everyone there.

Yulia and David, Congratulations and thank you for the including me in your lovely event! Friday, April 30, 201o