What Traditions Are Found in Weddings in Trinidad & Tobago?

My godchild is getting married and I am part of the planning group. Can you please tell me what are some of the traditions that people from Trinidad & Tobago incorporate into their wedding ceremonies? — CB, Kansas City, MO

Thanks for your note; it sounds like you will have a lot of fun planning this wedding. In Trinidad and Tobago, it’s traditional for wedding receptions to include curried crab and dumplings.

Also, the wedding cake is usually the traditional black cake, a Caribbean cake that’s similar to a very heavy rum-soaked fruitcake (sometimes iced). At the reception, dances such as the reel and jig and the quadrille are traditional.

Heritage Festival hosts an annual Old Time Wedding every July that features some old time wedding traditions (like the cake transported on a guest’s head; it is covered in mosquito netting.) We watched the ceremony once; there’s more about it on Lovetripper in an article on Heritage Festival.

Good luck with your planning!

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