Planning a destination wedding has been the most stressful, but amazing experience of my life! I have to say, there are no regrets about having our wedding in Jamaica. We had the best 7 days with friends and family on a vacation that we never would have been able to experience had it not been for the wedding. Having said all of that... as a bride-to-be, I learned a lot!
-Keep yourself organized. It seems most destination wedding coordinators are.... MIA! If you concentrate on what you want your wedding day to be, keep all the details outlined, everything will fall into place.
-Pick a great photographer. Look at A LOT of pictures before choosing, and do a MUST have list of shots. I will say the one part of my wedding I regret is not making that list. I trusted my photographer would be on top of it and he missed a lot of those sentimental shots that I would like to have had. (I'm actually getting $ back because of this) I paid a lot for photography and researched a lot of different photographers (almost $3000 with day pass) and did not have near the shots I anticipated, from TWO photographers! The ones I DO have are beautiful but I was definitely disappointed in what they missed. Perhaps letting them know ahead of time how important those shots are. Maybe I'm to critical, but a wedding photographer should be the absolute best of all photographers! I also didn't do a first look, and would probably do one if I could change it. It gives the photographer time to capture that amazing moment, without it all happening to fast.
-Write your own vows! I wanted to do this and the weeks leading up to the wedding were so busy, we never got around to it. I think its even more beautiful to write your own! (We will do this eventually on our wedding vow renewals)
-Cut costs where you can, the place you chose is already beautiful... let it show, and save some $. Guests really don't remember all of that little stuff anyway!
-If you are traveling with decor and favors, ask around if anyone has any old suitcases they don't want anymore. We took one with favors and decor and just left it down there... we didn't have to pay to bring the bag back!
-Speaking of "stuff"... decide on decor BEFORE you go buying all kinds of crap! I changed my mind a few times and I have a room full of junk now! Save yourself the running around and plan from photos online first before buying!
-Jamaica is an amazing, amazing place!! Once you go, you know!!
Here are a few photos from our day!!