So you are having your wedding in one of the most interesting places on planet earth. Jamaica is such a culturally rich country and it would be an absolute shame if you are here without experiencing at least some it.
What will we have the time to do though? Especially if our guests will be on island for just a few days?
Pleasure to give you those answers my loves.
Here are a few fun ways to get a good Jamaican experience.
Reggae Bonfire and BBQ
Instead of the traditional rehearsal dinner, let us plan a Reggae Night just for you and your guests. On the beach with fire blazing and lots of authentic Jamaican food and drink.
For a spiritual touch, we can arrange to have an ordained Rastafarian priest share the tenets of Rastafari and its ‘livity’ (way of life).
Other Fun Activities
Other pre-wedding activities include guided tours and shopping excursions. Since one of the great benefits of the destination wedding is that only your closest friends and family will likely surround you, we can plan some meaningful activities that you wouldn't plan if the wedding were a larger event. For example, you might plan a slumber party night with close friends that includes movies, popcorn and drinks in your hotel room, villa or cottage, depending on where the wedding is held.
Of course, if you plan a destination wedding, for some people this might double as their vacation.
All more reason to make it memorable.
Living and loving fearlessly go hand-in-hand for Chris and Brooke. Some might say it's impossible to have a stress-free wedding, but this couple absolutely nailed it! Their wedding was a whirlwind of fun, planned to take place as an excursion on a cruise ship vacation. That's right, the entire family docked in the morning, we picked them up from the port, and after their nuptials they enjoyed an evening celebration and were ferried back to their ship to enjoy the rest of their honeymoon.
No muss, no fuss, just fun and love. When we think of the concept of footloose and fancy-free, Chris and Brooke surely knew what they wanted and we were happy to provide it. Here are some tips to ensure your wedding day can be just as stress-less whether it be a destination event, or right at home:
1. Keep your hair and makeup easy breezy
They say less is more and for your cruise ship wedding it couldn't be truer. Consider makeup that gives a fresh, dewy, radiant look with just a pop of color to compliment. On choosing a hairstyle; try going with a flowy, or even tousled look and let the Caribbean breeze do the rest.
2. Go Tropical
This is such a great way to add the essence of Jamaica to your theme and also keep your floral budget super low. There’s an explosion of vibrant colors in locally grown orchids, ginger lillies, anthurium, and more. Your florals and bouquets will scream "I got married in the tropics!"
3. Let the guys be cool
For the men, comfort is key during a beach wedding. For a laid-back but crisp vibe, select cool colors and light fabrics. Khaki is king for comfort and it mirrors the golden sand so nicely!
4. Color block
Cruise ship weddings usually have a few special guests; Why not have everyone color coordinate in white or any other color you desire. Everyone feels honored to be a part of the bridal party and the look makes for stunning photo images.
5. Taste of Jamaica
Try some of the local cuisine every chance you get. A post-ceremony cocktail, wedding cake or even some sweet treats are great ways to taste the unique Jamaican approach to food. When a taste isn’t enough, a gift basket is a perfect memento to take with you for the trip home.
5 tips for keeping your guests cool and refreshed at your beach wedding.
A beach wedding is a beautiful affair and offers the ultimate Caribbean wedding experience. Like many Brides you will opt to invite friends and family to share this special moment and undoubtedly you want to have your guests feeling comfortable and refreshed as they enjoy the sun, sea, sand and love. A beach wedding is a great choice and by incorporating the five tips below, you will ensure that your guests are as cool as you are!
One major feature of your beach wedding will be the ever present Mr. Sun. As the day heats up have your guests served water infused with cucumber, mint, lemons and other fruits for a decorative and tasty cooling drink. Kick it up a notch by using fruits that match your wedding colors.
How cute is this! Have local fruits chilled, cut into bite size pieces and served in little cups immediately after the ceremony by your hotel or caterer. It’ll be a cute, inexpensive and decorative treat.
In the bag
Who doesn’t like a treat! Pre stuff treat bags with snacks, candy and mint. You can really take it to the next level by using local snacks to give your guests a taste of the island.
Let them eat cake
Feed their sweet tooth a little before the reception by having a post ceremony dessert stall ready with a variety of pastries. Is there ever a bad time to have cake? We don’t think so!
Add a little savory to the mix, think a cool shrimp ceviche or even kebabs. You can be conservative with this or go as far as having a live action station. It’s really up to you.
These tips are meant to give your guests light refreshments after your beach ceremony has ended. You can incorporate all or even one and they work well whether you will be having a sit down reception or a cocktail reception. Tell us what you think @bridaldreamsja (twitter and Instagram)
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