Wedding traditions in the Caribbean

Local Caribbean traditions bring a lovely touch to your wedding.

Whilst many Caribbean weddings borrow from traditional western customs and traditions, the unique combination of African and European cultures give the islands a flavor all their own when it comes to wedding traditions.

In the Caribbean a rich fruit cake called ‘Black Cake’ laced with rum is covered with fondant icing is especially popular on the islands of Barbados, Grenada and St. Lucia.

Bermuda Wedding Traditions

In Bermuda brides use a small cedar sapling as a cake topper to symbolise the growth of the love between bride and groom.

Jamaican Wedding Traditions

A dark fruitcake, usually with a liberal lacing of rum is served at wedding receptions in Jamaica. Enjoyed by all the guests and there will be slices of wedding cake saved for those unable to attend the wedding reception.

Wedding Traditions in the French West Indies

In the French West Indies wedding receptions usually serve curried goat and white rice. A traditional rum-flavored wedding cake is hidden from guests with a fine white table cloth, where wedding guests have to pay for a small peek.

Netherland Antilles

After a Dutch wedding, the couple plants lily-of-the-valley in their garden so that they can renew their love for one another every year when the plant blooms.

Puerto Rico Wedding Traditions

In Puerto Rico the ‘Bridal Doll’ is a long tradition part of any ceremony. Typically the doll is dressed in the same outfit as the bride, and takes center stage and the head table. The doll will have mementos and souvenirs pinned to it and guests will pin money onto the doll