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Getting Married and Planning a Wedding in Haiti: Everything You Need to Know

Are you engaged? And you’ve never been to Haiti? Or the last time you went to Haiti, your parents had to hold your hand, and give you toys so you wouldn’t get airplane anxiety? Well, things have changed. You’re grown up, and you’re looking for a venue to hold your ceremony. Why not have your wedding in Haiti? A destination wedding! It could be the chance for all your relatives to visit Haiti, as well as your opportunity to revisit Haiti and have your special day. Getting married in Haiti! Wouldn’t that be grand?
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[Photo Credit: Sekoya Studios]

Follow along as I interview Angie of Konfetti Decor, a Wedding Planner and Event Consultant based in Port-au-Prince.

Kreyolicious: Do you plan a lot of beach weddings?
Most of our weddings for have been beach weddings. Haiti has beautiful beaches and people love the vibe and scenery there especially between the months of April and August. December weddings are classier, fancier.
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Above: An elegant Haitian cake at a wedding held in Port-au-Prince and planned by Konfetti Decor…Rustic setting and all.

Kreyolicious: What are some of the best places in Haiti to have an indoor or outdoor wedding?
Best places for me aren’t about the beauty of the space only but also about the trained staff on site capable of setting up and making decisions. Team Work is extremely important to a successful event. I can cite many but among the best I have to mention the order in which I state them should not be taken into consideration Club Indigo, La Reserve, Ritz Kinam, Ibolele, Wahoo Bay Beach.

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The staff of Konfetti Decor at a bridal show in Port-au-Prince.

Kreyolicious: Can you please give examples of what some brides and grooms asked for that were extraordinary that Konfetti Décor delivered on?
A bride getting married to a French man wanted to bring Paris to Haiti and we had to do the Eiffel Tour for the couple. A miniature Eiffel Tour yet big enough for them to stand under. This challenge was a great achievement. Another mixed couple, with one from Spain had requested a dance show, with the traditional Flamenco dancers. But you have to understand that in weddings something that is not planned that comes unexpectedly is sometimes the extraordinary that needs to be done or solved right away to save the day. Such as finding a priest one hour before the wedding because the actual priest got into an accident, or sewing the maid of honor’s dress ten minutes before the wedding because it ripped, or cleaning the bride’s dress that’s got make-up liquid foundation that fell on it. These unexpected crisis are the most extraordinary because without them being resolved there would be no wedding, and we had no preparation for them.
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Kreyolicious: Do you have any advice for brides wanting to have a wedding in Haiti?
Brides living in Haiti: meet with all your vendors, do not expect everything to work out properly if you communicate via emails or phone. Hire a coordinator at least for the wedding day to make sure everything is taken care of. Plan your wedding at least six months in advance and do not procrastinate.

Brides living in the States: come to Haiti a week or two before your wedding day. Do not count on [your contacts in Haiti] to handle the vendors and negotiate for you. It is best if you hire a planner who will professionally handle every detail as you wish by providing the right suggestions, paperwork, visuals and such. Planning your wedding six months in advance is a fair time frame, but communicate as much as possible with your planner via Skype, telephone, FaceTime. You will only [grasp] how many details and emotions are involved once you get into it.

Haitian Wedding Getting Married in Haiti Konfetti Decor Angie M. Joseph
[Photo Credit: HR Marsan Weddings]

Konfetti Decor is based in Port-au-Prince and can be reached at (509) 3783/3803 or (509) 34703333. CLICK HERE to visit the firm’s website.

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Chef Tigeorges Who Brought Haitian Cuisine to Los Angeles

Haitian cuisine would have made it to California, but it wouldn’t have made as big of a splash had it not been for Georges Laguerre, better known as Tigeorges. Laguerre is the owner of TiGeorges Restaurant, one of the few Haitian restaurants in California, and one of the most celebrated restaurants serving international cuisine in California. After decades of owning the landmark restaurant, running his own non-profit organization and selling his branded Haitian coffee, Tigeorges is telling his story in No Man Is An Island: A Memoir of Family and Haitian Cuisine, co-written with Jeremy Rosenberg.
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Above: Chef Tigeorges! Photo Credit: Tor Johansen/TorPhoto

TiGeorges nearly died at birth and had to be revived. His restaurant got burned down at the height of success, only to be moved elsewhere and be more popular than ever. Can this book be categorized? No Man Is An Island is a foodie memoir, it’s an autobiography, and it’s a cookbook. It’s a love letter from a man who loves Haiti, Haitian cuisine, and the kitchen.
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Above: Chef Tigeorges and co-writer Jeremy Rosenberg inside Tigeorges Chicken in California. Photo Credit: Fabrice Cazeau.

Kreyolicious: When you were little, did you ever imagine you’d get this far in life?
Yes…My dream was to become a camera man in Hollywood…So far, that dream has not been materialized.
[But] for sure I knew from the education that I had received from my parents I will play a very important role in society.

Kreyolicious: No Man Is An Island. I think this title is so appropriate for your book. So many ways you could interpret it. Did you consider other titles?
Tigeorges in the kitchen…Because cooking was always my passion.

Kreyolicious: So you worked with Professor Jeremy Rosenberg on the book. What was the collaboration process like?
It took us seven years to make this book. Always have been fun to work with Jeremy.

Kreyolicious: How did you ever get the courage to make the move to California, when you had been living in New York for so long?
Never did like the cold…I remember during winter time, I always had the blues. Could not see myself back in NewYork again—although my entire family is in New York.

Kreyolicious: Do you see yourself writing another book after this one?
The answer is yes…Because I have so much more to say about my life experience in Los Angeles.
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Above: Tigeorges Laguerre (left) and co-author Jeremy Rosenberg at an event promoting the book No Man Is An Island. Photo Credit: Gary Leonard.

Kreyolicious: At one point, you were really into filmmaking. Do you ever think about having a cooking TV show about Haitian cuisine?
A TV show is a great idea. That will give me a chance to show to the youth interested in Haitian cuisine how much
passion exists in the Haitian culinary [arts].

Kreyolicious: I have heard that some Walmarts around the country are selling “griyo” in their deli. Only, they don’t call it griyo. Do you think that as the decades go by, Haitian cooking will become more mainstream…like griyo will become the new taco, and diri sòs pwa will become the new chow mein?
Anything coming out of Haiti is hard to sell. Somehow, the rest of the world feel the originality of our cuisine should change so that Haitianty can be accepted and I refuse to sell Haiti on that level. No deformation if you come to patronage my business. I am going to say that Haiti[‘s] cuisine is among the ten best cuisines on this planet. And us Haitian restaurateurs have great responsibility not to combine the name of our restaurant with the name of other countries—that is Caribbean Haitian, French Kreyol etc.

Kreyolicious: What else can we look forward to from you?
Soon to open up a TiGeorges Kafe in my home town Port-De-Paix.

CLICK HERE to purchase his book on Amazon.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE TIGEORGES RESTAURANT WEBSITE.

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