Caribbean Bridal Trends 2014 Forecast by Hannah-the-Intern

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Hannah-the-Intern’s making predictions for our Vieques brides based on what she’s learned so far down here — and I’d say she’s pretty on target. Check her out!

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Hannah Kaufman is an intern from University of Wisconsin, here for the winter wedding season at Weddings in Vieques

Hannah Kaufman is an intern from University of Wisconsin, here for the winter wedding season at Weddings in Vieques

Bridal magazines, and of course Pinterest, set the tone for each year’s bridal trends. Immediately after they have rings on their fingers, most brides race to the nearest bookstore to buy all of the bridal magazines they can get their hands on (at least I know that’s what I’ll do…don’t judge me). Newly engaged brides can’t wait to flip open the magazines to see what colors are popular and what is “in” this year for cakes, dresses, décor and everything else. Destination brides are no different. Let’s take a peek into my Caribbean destination wedding trend forecast for 2014 based on what I’ve learned so far working with brides in Puerto Rico.

Wedding colors are a huge deal to a bride. Last year’s all-white wedding fad is here to stay, but color lovers don’t you fret, there are a lot of bright colors on our wedding trend radar! Caribbean destination wedding brides love to stay neutral and then mix it up and add a pop of color to their wedding. Personally, I think it gives a bride the traditional feel to incorporate a muted color to their scheme and then they can feel like BAM – I have arrived, with a pop of color. Colors that have been popular in the Caribbean are bright tropical colors like, aqua, coral, purple, and pink.

Of course, there are various shades of all of those colors, but don’t even get me started on shades of purple. Purple has been popular for many years but the color gurus say Pantone’s “radiant orchid” will be all the rage this year. Radiant orchid? It’s purple. I’m curious to see how many different shades of radiant orchid brides can concoct.

Bride Leigh Haith rocked a blush wedding gown like no bride I've ever seen - she looked absolutely amazing!

Bride Leigh Haith rocked a blush wedding gown like no bride I’ve ever seen – she looked absolutely amazing!

Speaking of unique colors, brides are starting to alter the color of their wedding dresses a lot more often. We had a bride a couple weeks ago who chose to wear a blush colored dress and let me tell you, it was gorgeous! Brides are wearing blush, peach, and pinks of all sorts. We also had bride go with a more vibrant colored dress of blues, purples, and pinks, which gave it a Caribbean feel to it.

Erica Barton's dress

Another big trend brides tend to follow is wedding cakes. Cake are traditionally a must, but a lot of brides have followed the trend of a dessert bar or cupcakes instead of the traditional cake. We’ve even done a Pie-Stravaganza for a Thanksgiving bride. There are no rules about what you may serve for dessert at your wedding down here.

When it comes to cake, our Caribbean brides and grooms love to incorporate the traditional Puerto Rican wedding cake flavor, vanilla almond rum. Another Caribbean must is adding fresh flowers to the cake for a pop of color and texture that is exquisite. Sugar flowers are pretty, but fresh orchids are unbelievable.

Stacee Wendling had a dessert  bar of many different kinds of pie for her Thanksgiving weekend wedding.

Stacee Wendling had a dessert bar of many different kinds of pie for her Thanksgiving weekend wedding.

On the flip side, dessert bars give guests a lot of choices and are fun for the bride and groom to sample a little of everything. You can have mini flan and cheesecake squares with guava drizzle and champagne flutes of chocolate mousse and mini cupcakes too, if you want that cake option in there. We’re planning a dessert bar right now that is nothing but a vast array of different hand-made chocolate truffles and different flavored cake pops. Yum.

That’s just a taste (pun intended) of the current trends we’re seeing here on Vieques for destination weddings. But regardless of the current trends, a bride should choose things that she likes, not what the magazines tell her to like. Using your own taste and a little common sense will save you from having to ask yourself why you wanted to have a radiant orchid sugar flamingo perched on top of your cake, or whatever else ridiculous you came up with on Pinterest at two in the morning. Pictures are forever. Stick to what you like and your wedding planner will help you create your perfect wedding in the end.

Hannah Kaufman

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