First, I wanna thank Tammy and all the people who have helped my day come to life with your help and advice.
My FI and I have been together for 8 years, we met in college and 5 years later he proposed.
So now to the planning!
We are both from NY, so we had always planned to marry there. Untilâ€¦. We saw the prices! I donâ€™t know how people do it. So I started looking into destination weddings. At first, the plan was Europe, but I realized that would be a budget buster for most of our guests. When we thought about the Caribbean, I had no choice but to end up in Jamaica. My family is Jamaican so it made the most sense. I scoured the internet for weeks looking for resorts that would be affordable and beautiful, I narrowed it down to four. We vacationed to Jamaica that year and hired a driver to visit the resorts so we could make our pick.
Riu Montego Bay- Nice resort, very spring breakish, didnâ€™t like that they did more than one wedding a day.
Royal Decameron Montego Beach- drove up to it and didnâ€™t even go in. Not very resort- like on a main street.
Holiday Inn-After looking at pictures online decided it was too family friendly.
Iberostar Rose Hall Suites- I was impressed. The grounds were immaculate and it had such a laid back atmosphere, I knew my guests would love it.
This is one of the pics we took on our visit.
I contacted Nicole as soon as we got back and booked our date, that was about a 2 week process lol.
On to the dress, I am not very picky, didnâ€™t need a name brand or anything. I just knew I wanted a mermaid dress. After trying on several dresses at Davidâ€™s Bridal, I found it and nothing else I tried on could compare.
I love my reception dress, purchased online.
We got caricatures done for our save the dates, they were too cute.
We hired a photographer from Craigslist to do our E-pics and they were great also http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/thread/60275/engagement-shoot
My invites were done by Sproullie Designs and Sarah was awesome to work with. I got passport invites and everyone thought they were so unique. Lol, not for us BDWerâ€™s.
I canâ€™t figure out how to include them here, but they were great!
I did my own pre wedding brochures and luggage tags. Both from Vistaprint! I added elastic string to the business card to make it a luggage tag.
I also got my placecards from Vistaprint, just plain old business cards.
I purchased a white pen, to fill in the placecards.
Iâ€™m a budget shopper, I purchased all my things online. My shoes were great for the reception. My ceremony shoes wonâ€™t be seen because of my dress, but they serve their purpose for walking in sand.
I purchase shirts for my girls and I bought the dresses as gifts.
Iâ€™m planning on using silk flowers for the girls, less expensive. I purchased the bouquets from Etsy - ASpring Wedding
As far as the hair this is my inspiration.
And for make-up
I bought the cutest cake topper from Etsy
I also did wedding cd's as my favors. The wedding playlist is
1.Bob Marley-Is this love (prelude)
2. John legend- So high (processional)
3.Robin Thicke- Sweetest Love (recessional)
4. Shabba Ranks- Ting a ling (bridal party intro)
5.Method man & Mary j. Blige -All I need (Bride and Groom intro)
6. R.Kelly- Looking for Love (first dance)
7. Raheem Devaughn-Mo Better (last dance)
8. Raheem Devaughn- Believe (dinner music)
9. Parachute VA- She is love (dinner)
10. R. Kelly- When a woman loves (dinner)
11. Jah Cure- Love you (dinner)
12. Taurus Riley- She's Royal (dinner)
13. Erykah Badu ft. Stephen Marley-I'm in love with you (cake cutting)
14. Fat Man Scoop- Baltimore club ladies anthem (bouquet toss)
15. Marvin Gaye- Sexual Healing (Garter removal)
16.James Brown- it's a man's world (garter toss)
We plan to get married on the beach in 35 days! I know Iâ€™m probably missing stuff, but this is what I have for now.