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The Brasserie in Grand Cayman has its own fishing boats.
Kamalame Bay’s ceviche marinated with citrus, peppers and onions.
Sesame-crusted seared tuna.
For swimmingly fresh reception fare, you and your guests should get wet.
Chadner Navarro | June 22, 2012
Yes, farm-to-table dining and even barnyard “I do’s” are de rigeur, but for those of you hosting an island wedding, the fare should be decidedly more aquatic. Thanks to a few Caribbean innovators, couples can now consider an ocean-to-table approach, where fresh seafood catering reigns supreme and wedding party shenanigans might include exclusive water adventures where guests dive for their meals.
The Regent Palms in Turks and Caicos has a lot for to-be-wed couples, but chief among them is personalized attention, which is expected at a place that only allows for one wedding a weekend. The Regent Palms organizes boating excursions with local fishermen so guests can capture what will be served at the reception. The catering team may turn your haul into conch salad or whatever the honored couple requests. All menus are customizable, so tuna and grouper will most likely be options, too.
Check out The Brasserie in Grand Cayman for a casual rehearsal dinner destination. In addition to having its own boats for catching seafood, it boasts an on-site herb and produce garden. Choose an intimate private garden affair or a larger party on the lawn for chowing down on catch-of-the-day meals.
Located off Antigua, Jumby Bay is also all about tailoring menus to fit the needs and wants of brides and grooms looking to get hitched on the private island resort. And if catching your own mahi or kingfish is what will elevate your nuptials to exactly what you dreamed of, Jumby Bay’s recently launched Sea-to-Dinner program can arrange for a private deep-sea fishing trip so guests can play angler for a day. Do this in style on one of Jumby’s sport fishing boats, which come with on-deck beverages and snacks plus a professional crew who will walk you through the entire process.
But if your concern is a bit more environmental and sustainability focused, opt to get hitched over at Kamalame Cay, another super-luxe private island hideaway in the Bahamas. The property partnered with marine conservation group BREEF and Bahamian fishermen to harvest the invasive, yet delicious lionfish to create a five-course tasting menu available for a rehearsal dinner or the main event. Looking to get your hands wet? Kamalame has its own boats that take guests out for an unforgettable Caribbean jaunt. Catch lobster, snapper, tuna or conch, or even just a tan. Either way you have Mother Nature’s blessing.