68 of The Best Boutonnieres Ever Published by Martha Stewart Weddings

Trust me when I say boutonnieres for the groom and the other important men in your and his life is very important and for any wedding in Jamaica or any wedding at all its a must. It can break or make your grooms overall look.  This is so worth a look at for your upcoming wedding, Check out 68 of the best Boutonnieres ever published by Martha Stewart Weddings here: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/231177/best-boutonnieres?xsc=tw_wed_101613_boutonnieres

For destinations weddings in Jamaica we love love numbers: 11, 12, 15, 17, 20, 49 and 54. Share with us which ones are your favorites.

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Best Wedding Locations in Jamaica Part 1

We have come up with a list of wedding locations in Jamaica that we feel are the best for various reasons which we will try to state. Please note the list is not in order of importance:

Jamaican Beach Wedding at Laughing Waters

Jamaican Beach Wedding at Laughing Waters

1. Laughing Waters – Ocho Rios – We love this location for a beach wedding in Jamaica. It has the trio that any bride would love beach, waterfalls and garden. You can hardly find if never these three settings in any one location in Jamaica. With this location you can bring in our own caterers and go as late as you want.

Jamaica Wedding Location - Great House

Jamaica Wedding Location – Great House

2, Bellefield Great House – Montego Bay – Looking for a great house wedding in Jamaica with a spectacular garden setting. Then this is it. The food is to die for.

View from main lawn at Strawberry Hills

View from main lawn at Strawberry Hills

3. Strawberry Hills – Kingston – OK the drive to get to  this location will take you about 45 minutes from Half Way Tree or New Kingston in Jamaica but its worth the drive. For me the view and the peace and serenity is well worth the drive. This is one of the best wedding locations in Jamaica and Kingston. Fantastic Mountain views. Food excellent. Accommodations 5 star. Need I say more!!! Strawberry Hills is excellent for a garden wedding in Jamaica.

View from Firefly  St. Mary

View from Firefly St. Mary

4. Firefly – St. Mary – The views, the views the views. If you are looking for a wedding with a view in Jamaica, then this is it. It’s about 45 minutes from Ocho Rios and the drive can be scary for some but its worth it. Think about using a location for your wedding in Jamaica where a James Bond movie was filmed. Getting excited???

We will share our other favorite Jamaican wedding locations in another post.  But tell us what are your favorite wedding locations in Jamaica???

If you are searching for a wedding or event location in Jamaica? Call Helen G Events at 876-541-7772 or email heleng@helengevents.com as we offer a location search service so that we can help you identity your picture perfect wedding location in Jamaica.

Ideas For Your Jamaican Beach Wedding

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We absolutely love helping our bride and grooms plan their Jamaica beach wedding and over the years we have developed a list of our fave items to incorporate into our beach weddings.  See some below:

1. We just love a bamboo arch draped with white fabric on the beach:

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2.  We just love incorporating sea shells in the decor and on the wedding cake. See some ideas below:

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3. We love when our brides and grooms dress a little casual for their Jamaica beach weddings. No long trains and jacket and ties on the hot sunny beach.

4.  We love when our brides go barefoot and dress up their feet with jewelry:

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5. We love incorporating parasols in beach wedding they look so great when each bridesmaid carry one.

6. Sand ceremony – so romantic on the beach. It never gets old.

7. We love when brides provide flip flops for guests and brushes for guests to clean their feet.

We will share some of our other faves in another post.

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.