There’s something so invigorating and romantic about exchanging nuptials somewhere exotic and unexpected. Perhaps this is why destination weddings are rapidly rising in popularity. With global travel being affordable and quick and social media serving as the ultimate #travelinspiraton, planning and executing a destination wedding is more accessible than ever.
Aside from getting to say “I do” to the love of your life somewhere exotic and beautiful, what’s another reason to opt for a destination wedding? Naturally, the answer is unique to every couple, but one reason we love to offer up is the chance to infuse local culture and traditions into one’s wedding.
Planning a Destination Wedding? Use These Tips to Infuse Local Culture
On the small idyllic Caribbean island of Curacao, there are a variety of ways to sprinkle in the culture into your wedding. We’ve spoken with Vanessa Jacobus, the wedding coordinator at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, to get her take on the most popular ways to do so.
1. Toes in The Sand
Curacao’s main attraction lies in its impressive natural beauty. The island is surrounded by the sparkling Caribbean sea and is known for having magnificent beaches. Destination wedding couples are encouraged to take full advantage of the beauty and say “I do” with their toes in the sand! If not sand, there are also plenty of open-air venues where the refreshing Caribbean breeze can be enjoyed.
2. Local Cuisine
Curacao is famous for its fascinating mix of Caribbean and Dutch fare. Often destination weddings held on the island feature Curacao cuisine at some point during the festivities. Adding in a taste of the culture is a delicious way to deepen your connection to the chosen destination for your wedding. A few Curacao favorites include:
- Keshi Yena – Essentially a large ball of cheese stuffed with various ingredients, usually spiced meat.
- Kabritu – A hearty and delicious stew. Often features cubed goat or lamb, and served with Caribbean style rice and beans.
- Stroopwafels – For dessert, you will shock and awe the party with the most delicious Dutch treat, the Stroopwafel. A sugary delicacy consisting of two thing waffles with caramel between, usually.
3. Incorporating Curacao Liqueur
One simply cannot have a wedding in Curacao without incorporating Curacao liqueur somehow! The iconic blue liqueur named after the island it originated from, Curacao can easily be mixed into all sorts of drinks, including an island favorite – the Pina Colada.
4. Carnival-Inspired Music
Unbeknownst to many, Curacao is home to one the longest-lasting, and most energized Carnival celebrations in all of the Caribbean. Brazil may be the famous choice to celebrate Carnival, but Curacao offers an incredible experience without all the crowds! Local Carnival music such as Hora Loca is immensely popular island-wide and makes a great addition to the wedding reception.
These four ideas are just the tip of the iceberg so to speak, and if you’re itching for more, consult with Vanessa! Whether you choose to get married on Curacao, or someplace else in the world, we recommend mixing in a few local elements to enhance the experience and make even more life-long memories. It’s so special to feel more deeply connected to the destination of choice, especially for something as monumental as getting married.
If you’d like to learn more about having your destination wedding at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, visit here.