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  1. Planning your wedding can be stressful, but getting married shouldn’t be. Get Help with Tying the Knot When the to-do list barometer starts to rise, keep these two invaluable resources in mind: (1) Use a travel agent to handle all your flight, hotel, and resort accommodations, including group discounted rates.(2) Hire a wedding coordinator to take care of all on-the-ground details, vendor contracting, and resort and miscellaneous schedules. Let them dial back anxiety and restore your sanity with their know-how and contacts! Travel Agents Deal hunting for flights and accommodations can involve late nights of surfing websites and sifting through hundreds of special-offer emails. Like a hall of mirrors, ads can distort or misrepresent the facts. Sometimes a super sweet deal for a six-night stay at a user-friendly oasis is actually a predatory scam in a rundown ruin. Fortunately, our community is hereto vet anything too good to be true and share their own success or cautionary tales. Better yet, cut down on your inbox clutter and give yourself the gift of peace of mind by hiring a travel agent to do the dirty work for you! Go to the BDW Vendor Review tab under Wedding Coordinators & Travel Agents to research honest reviews from our own destination brides. There, you can learn about trusted agents who have helped literally thousands of brides and grooms plan the wedding or honeymoon of their dreams. Your agent can book the travel and resort accommodations to craft a destination wedding experience as unique and special as your forthcoming marriage. Wedding Coordinators Wedding coordinators have years of experience, professional networks based on trust and follow-through, and the know-how to get you out of trouble. They have the inside scoop on booking the perfect morning of pampering with your bridesmaids or selecting an exhilarating but well-traveled hike and waterfall swim for your party’s groomsmen. Wedding Coordinator services vary, but can include help with table toppers, coordinating with photographers, ceremony set up, and décor. Our member reviews of their coordinators continue to help new members find the vendor that matches their dream wedding! Some vendors offer the full-service treatment, which combine the booking savvy of a world-class travel agent and the vetted experience and network of a wedding coordinator. It's up to you to find the right vendor, so gather your questions and visions and be proactive. A Little Help From Your Friends Using the services of a travel agent or wedding coordinator will save you energy and time that you can devote to those details that require your personal touch, like choosing the most flattering dress, getting in shape for the Big Day, and selecting charity recipients or gift items for your wedding registry. You’ll also spare your best friend or beloved family member from being at the receiving end of any Bridezilla slipups. It happens to the best of us, but remember to conduct yourself with professionalism and courteous as you would with any other vendor or service provider. Yours will be a business relationship, paying them, so make sure to read your contract or service agreement ahead of time to avoid any surprises. Stay the Smiling Bride to Be with Resources Galore BestDestinationWeddings.com has invaluable resources available to help you organize, prioritize, and make your destination wedding dreams a reality. Read our 12-Month Countdown Checklist, fancy a voyage on the high seas with a Cruise Wedding, or browse vendor reviews written by our community members. Visit our Wedding Tips section to search through helpful articles and locales, including the hot Caribbean destination of Jamaica BestDestinationWedding.com is a treasure chest of information and enthusiastic and passionate community. There’s something for every bride or groom to-be, from general guidelinesto keep in mind when choosing a destination wedding resort to how to save money on your wedding cake! If you've benefited from the services of a travel agent or wedding coordinator, please write about and rate your experience in BDW's Vendor Reviews. Help brides-to-be and find the right fit for your next vacation or anniversary!
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    Amazing Flowers

    Those are indeed BEAUTIFUL flowers! :-)
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    Flower Cones

    You're very welcome! If you have any success or even mishaps, please post photos and let us know how they went. Thanks!
  4. "Don’t tip a band, unless they stay extra time and don’t bill you for it." I still think that not tipping the band unless they work for free is totally unethical. Just my 2 cents! XO Miss Manners
  5. Jamaica is home to world-renowned beaches, food, and hospitality. A year-round destination just 550 miles south of Miami, Florida, Jamaica offers pristine seascapes, friendly and casual culture, diverse historic sites, delicious food, and upbeat music. Fall in love with the island’s treasures, catch a pickup game of cricket, and visit the major ports of Kingston and Montego Bay. With a multitude of experienced wedding vendors ready to assist you and smiles that go on for miles, Jamaica is the island of warm welcomes. Planning a wedding or honeymoon is easy and exciting, with countless attractions to entice, experienced tour guides, and accomplished photographers to preserve the memories. The island is home to stunning waterfalls, rivers, and beaches that are perfect for a languid day or action-packed watersports. Hire a guide and hike the island’s majestic Blue Mountains. Other hotspots include Black River, Discovery Bay, Morant Bay, Spanish Town, and Treasure Beach. Kingston and St. Andrew have the largest concentration of historical sites and museums – well worth devoting a day or more to discover. Sample the island’s many culinary offerings, and be sure to try the national dish made from dried and salted codfish and the ripened fruit of a local tree. Known as “ackee and saltfish,” this dish is often served as breakfast or dinner, along with staples like fried plantains and dumplings. Other favorites are rice and peas cooked with coconut milk, spicy jerk chicken, a cassava flour pancake called “bammy,” and Rastafarian “Ital” food made without meat, oil, or salt. Jamaica’s high tourism season runs from early-December to mid-April, with hotel prices typically the highest over Christmas and Easter. Jamaica is susceptible to hurricanes, so plan ahead and consider purchasing low-cost travel insurance if you visit between the peak storm months of August and September. Winters are usually warm in the day and mild to cool at night, whereas summers are typically hot. You may want to pack an umbrella if you travel during the rainy season from May through November, with the heaviest rains occurring in May, June, October, and November.
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    Jamaica

    Jamaica is home to world-renowned beaches, food, and hospitality. A year-round destination just 550 miles south of Miami, Florida, Jamaica offers pristine seascapes, friendly and casual culture, diverse historic sites, delicious food, and upbeat music. Fall in love with the island’s treasures, catch a pickup game of cricket, and visit the major ports of Kingston and Montego Bay. With a multitude of experienced wedding vendors to assist you and smiles that go on for miles, Jamaica is the island of warm welcomes. Planning a wedding or honeymoon is easy and exciting, with countless attractions to entice, experienced guides to assist you, and accomplished photographers to preserve the memories. One such vendor is Sun Gold Photography, a cross-cultural team whose portfolio includes some of Jamaica's most gorgeous villas, botanical gardens, and resorts, including Coyoba Gardens, Laughing Waters, Half Moon Resort and Villas, Round Hill Resort and Spa, Moon Dance Villas, and Grand Lido Resort. The island is home to stunning waterfalls, rivers, and beaches that are perfect for a languid day or action-packed watersports. Hire a guide and hike the island’s majestic Blue Mountains. Other hotspots include Black River, Discovery Bay, Morant Bay, Spanish Town, and Treasure Beach. Kingston and St. Andrew have the largest concentration of historical sites and museums – well worth devoting a day or more to discover. Sample the island’s many culinary offerings, and be sure to try the national dish made from dried and salted codfish and the ripened fruit of a local tree. Known as “ackee and saltfish,” this dish is often served as breakfast or dinner, along with staples like fried plantains and dumplings. Other favorites are rice and peas cooked with coconut milk, spicy jerk chicken, a cassava flour pancake called “bammy,” and Rastafarian “Ital” food made without meat, oil, or salt. Jamaica’s high tourism season runs from early-December to mid-April, with hotel prices typically the highest over Christmas and Easter. Jamaica is susceptible to hurricanes, so plan ahead and consider purchasing low-cost travel insurance if you visit between the peak storm months of August and September. Winters are usually warm in the day and mild to cool at night, whereas summers are typically hot. You may want to pack an umbrella if you travel during the rainy season from May through November, with the heaviest rains occurring in May, June, October, and November.
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    Majestic colonial bride June 2012!!!

    Hi Cherriane, Have you tried this forum: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/t/34234/majestic-colonial-or-elegance-brides-post-here ? There you can ask experts their opinion and see other quoted prices. Good luck!
  8. Totally agree, Brenners. Here's a question for the ages: Is what's reasonable to one seem like far too much to some, or not nearly enough to others? Basically, I'm curious to know more details about the services you'll pay for and what you expect in return. Let us know? Thanks! XO Miss Manners
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    Flower Cones

    Hi amberah19, These may not be the exact templates you were hoping for, but I bet you could modify them to suit your needs: http://www.marthastewart.com/275722/handmade-party-favors Good luck! Let us know how it goes and post photos!
  10. Don't worry, we're not passing judgment! I think the ongoing debate in this thread is really healthy and proves how vibrant, passionate, and smart our community members are. As I mentioned in an earlier reply, tipping and etiquette in general are really driven by one's cultural, social, and economic upbringing. Something you may want to bear in mind, though, if you opt not to tip your staff or reserve tipping only for those who work overtime: Destinations may eventually have to shut their doors, because their staff will have gone on to other tourism jobs where they can earn more money for their families. Americans, and North Americans in general, haven't always had the best image abroad. Help improve international relations by being kind and generous with all who make your special day all the more special and seamless. The way you treat others reflects on you and your new spouse. Even if you don't care about how the staff at the Destination feel about you when you've packed up and returned home, your new in-laws might not so easily forget. I hope everyone will continue to share their thoughts and experiences! Thanks for the Knot advice, too. It's great to see others are actively considering etiquette and manners. XO Ms. Manners
  11. Nice Those will make super pretty party favors and bouquet embellishments!
  12. Eeep is right!! Unless it's really really good maple syrup, and the card contains a check for $200!
  13. Adding my $0.02: Many of us face tightening belts and smaller bank accounts, and tipping is very much influenced by one's cultural, social, and economic background. My mother always tipped at least 20%, so the bar was set there from a young age. (It's actually a turnoff for me when friends leave miserly tips at restaurants. Thanks for turning me into a snob, Mom!) There are unfortunately no hard and fast rules, but I personally err on the side of "more" rather than "less." I would make sure to include a gratuity/tip in my master wedding budget document to make sure everyone gets their much earned due. I also may be biased, as I have friends who play in wedding bands and cater large events. Not to tip them (or tipping them only if they stay late and work longer than originally contracted) seems downright criminal Having traveled abroad and observed real, pervasive, hand-to-mouth poverty, I assure all that even the friendly gesture of a small gratuity (even if the tip is $40, instead of 15% or 20% of services) goes a long way to helping these destinations and their employees stay in business. If you're really confused and feel like yours is a unique and unusual event, feel free to ask the wedding coordinator (or whomever has been the most responsive, polite, and straight forward with you) for their recommendations. I guess I'm passionate about etiquette and curious to hear what others think! P.S. Feel free to call me Ms. Manners
  14. Very pretty and sparkly! :-) Are they made from plastic or glass?
  15. Congrats, Taryn, and thanks for sharing such beautiful photos, leigh2011!
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