Beach Wedding Inspired Wedding Gowns

So often we see brides arrive for their beach wedding in dresses that are totally inappropriate for the water and sand.  So we decided to scour the internet to see what experts takes were on dresses that were appropriate for a destination wedding and more specifically beach weddings. Please click the links below and see images of some of our faves for your beach wedding in Jamaica:

     

Sone links we liked are:

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/229219/gorgeous-wedding-gowns/@center/272419/youre-engaged#/106548

http://www.islandbrides.com/view-article/The+Wedding+Dress/28/

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/weddings/how-to-choose-bridal-gown-for-destination-wedding.htm

http://www.colincowieweddings.com/inspire-me/fashion-beauty-fitness/wedding-gown-101

http://www.weddingdressescorner.com/2011/03/19/beautiful-beach-wedding-dresses-2/

Jamaica Wedding Vendors Online

Looking for wedding vendors for your wedding in Jamaica visit our online directory of Jamaica Wedding Vendors at http://www.jamaicaweddingvendorsonline.com and you just might find that perfect caterer or photographer.

15 Ways To Cut Your Budget For Your Wedding In Jamaica

As a wedding planner in Jamaica I meet and speak with alot of brides on a weekly basis and the main thing that’s on every brides tongue and mind right now is the word budget. Sticking to budget and avoiding debt. Also today most couples are financing their own wedding so its a major concern. See below some suggestions for trimming that budget:

1. Instead of having a full bar for the cocktail hour why not do a signature drink or just offer a limited bar.

2. Buy your own liquor wholesale. You will pay corkage to some venues for serving it but it still saves you something.

3. Have a morning wedding and thus a wedding breakfast or brunch.  Breakfasts and brunches, are usually more affordable than evening receptions. They are shorter and guests tend to consume less food and liquor early in the day.

4.  Avoid price main courses. Use expensive ingredients, such as lobster, in hors d’oeuvres where the serving size is less rather than in a main course.

5. Make the wedding or display cake your dessert. As a planner we now suggest this alot and therefore schedule the cutting of the cake early in the event so that the cake can be removed and prepared for slicing and thus dessert.

6. Avoid a full sit down dinner. Some brides are now opting to just have a cocktail reception or simply a cake reception where only cake and drinks are served.

7. Choose and simple wedding cake design. Order a moderately priced, plainly decorated cake, and make the focal point the cake topper. Floral toppers or flowers used on the cake in some gorgeous blooms and colors, vintage bride-and-groom figurines, wedding bells, monograms or a pair of doves (from an antiques shop or handmade) are toppers that can make a cake memorable.

8. Champagne for toasts only. Instead of serving champagne all night using it for toasts only is a good way of cutting the budget.

9. Re use your wedding flowers. For example bridesmaids bouquets can be reused in centerpieces. Also if there’s an adequate number of ceremony flowers and they’re an appropriate size, they can serve as centerpieces at the reception; otherwise they can decorate behind the headtable,  guest-book, seating-card, and favor tables.

10. Go minimalist with your centerpieces. Instead of decorating tables with large arrangements, float a few flowers in shallow bowls or glass cylinders filled halfway with water. You can also use candles or attractive glass containers with fruits.

 

11. Use cheaper blooms. Don’t overlook such floral standbys as daisies and carnations. They’re available year-round, are quite affordable, and when arranged en masse make delightful centerpieces and bouquets.

12. Make your own wedding favors. There are tons of DIY ideas now on the internet. Click this link to find 29 ideas http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/228626/boxed-wedding-favors/@center/272429/diy-weddings#/228622

13. Downsize your bridal party. Try to keep the number of attendants as small as possible: The larger the bridal party, the more you’ll spend for gifts, hair and make up and flowers.

14. Edit your guest list. To minimize the guest list, refrain from inviting children and coworkers. Include your friends’ significant others but not casual dates. A rule of thumb I use is if you haven’t talked to the person in 2 years then they aren’t important enough to be on the list.

15. Never be afraid to ask for a discount. Before signing a contract with your caterer, photographer, or florist, try to negotiate a lower yet still reasonable price.

Tips For Hosting You Destination Wedding Guests

 

Welcome Guests To Your Destination – When they get to your location, they’ll want a cold beverage after experiencing the tropical heat and a few moments to refresh and recharge. Have the hotel staff greet everyone with a drink, and leave a handwritten note in each room that says something along the lines of, “Welcome to Jamaica. Jamaica No Problem! We look forward to seeing you soon.” 

And while welcome bags aren’t a must do, they’re a thoughtful way to give guests their bearings and a feel for the country. Fave items for welcome bags are local items such as rum, coffee, sweets and souvenirs. Other items you can include sunblock and mosquito repellant. As a personal touch, include a local guidebook and map.

Be Considerate of Guests: You more than likely arrived a  day or two before your guests and you are ready to get things going but keep your welcome gathering casual since guests might be jet-lagged. A laid-back cocktail party or informal dinner eases people into vacation mode and encourages conversations. This is also the best time for all your loved ones to meet one another before a more formal event, like your ceremony.

Arrange some group activities: The key is to entertain your guests without overwhelming them. Take them to experience some popular sites or sample some local cuisine. Include everyone: Keep in mind that not everyone is comfortable in a swimsuit, and your elderly relatives may not be up for alot. Guests should be able to have fun whether they’re participating or just observing from a distance. Ideal activities are those that are easy and don’t leave anybody behind. Leaving hiking, river rafting etc. for your personal trips or for trips with close close friends.

Allow guests time off from your schedule: Yes, your friends and family are there to enjoy your wedding, but it’s also their vacation. To make sure they get the chance to hang out by the pool or explore Jamaica independently limit activities to one a day (nothing before 9:30 a.m.), and avoid anything too long or too far away. For those who will be staying close to the hotel let them know where they can find one another in your welcome packet or via the concierge. Hotels also provide welcome packets of daily activities they can participate in. Last, don’t schedule anything for the wedding day because you want them to save their energy for later!

End With A Bang: Saying goodbye is never easy (especially after a wonderful wedding weekend!), but there are ways to make it better. Brunch is one option. If you go that route, keep it informal and let people drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and noon so they can sleep in and pack.

Another luxurious alternative? Treating your attendees to breakfast in bed. You can have items such as pastries, fruit bowls, coffee-filled French presses, and local papers delivered to rooms for bleary-eyed guests to enjoy at their leisure.

Finally, travel hassles risk tainting guests’ memory of the trip. To smooth their departure as much as possible, organize shuttle buses to bring them to the airport, suggests Hanlin, or prepare a box lunch for the flight so everyone feels pampered on the way home