Itâ€™s my turn! Iâ€™ve been piecing this thread together this whole year to make it a little easier, I wanted to wait until we got our pro pics back, but I canâ€™t wait any longer!
Thank you to all the brides Iâ€™ve turned to for advice, I donâ€™t know what I would do without this site! That would be my number one piece of advice, start research well ahead of making any decisions, we sent out our STD before I really had any clue of what I was doing! As happy I am with how things turned out, I probably would have made a few different decisions. One of those would be not having a wedding right after Christmas! But it was in fact the best week of my life!
Before I dive right into the details about the planning of the weekâ€™s events let be tell you nothing went as planned. So â€œAâ€ type personalities (like myself) be prepared it may not be just as you pictured it, but in the moment it really doesnâ€™t matter! All the little glitches (see
Us on our wedding night
Our first Valentines Day in our home, we decided to make dinner and stay at home. We cooked up some lobster and had a nice candle light dinner. After which I did my usual, get my pjs on and lay on the couch to watch tv. He came over and said that we â€œhad to talkâ€, my first reaction was â€œoh shit, what did I do?â€! He proceeded to tell me how much he loved me and that he should have done this long ago (all of which I had to get him to repeat after because I was giggling and crying through his speech!). He gave me a beautiful ring that wasnâ€™t mine (back story: I was going to have my ring made by a family jeweler, but I guess he wasnâ€™t quick enough for Garett, and he picked out his own!). Iâ€™m glad he chose the ring himself because it is so beautiful and I couldnâ€™t imagine not having it now!
After I got my ring I was a little bit stressed. I wanted â€œthe ringâ€ for so long that I forgot what happened after, â€¦ the wedding. In the first few months we weâ€™re throwing around the idea of having a â€œbackyard weddingâ€ at his family farm, we knew we didnâ€™t want to do the regular sit down receiving line/sit down dinner kind of thing, but it was still a little bit over whelming for me. Then we talked about a destination wedding, I had always joked about getting married in a bikini and sarong.
We contacted a few friends who were travel agents to get prices for a trip. We had been to the Grand Palladium in Jamaica the year before and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately it didnâ€™t quite fall in our budget for the wedding. We wanted to have as many of our friends and family join us so we had to make it affordable for everyone. So we chose the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios. I didnâ€™t do much research in the beginning and booked without looking into the prices for the wedding and extra costs, so make sure you do your research before booking anything!
We chose our week and sent out almost 200 save the dates. We wanted to make sure that anyone who wanted to come, could come. We had friends of friends and family book, even some new friends, but thatâ€™s they way we wanted it, a big party. Our STDs were designed by Etsy Seller ItsMelC and they were great. She sent me the file and I had a local printer print them all out. If I had of been more familiar with this site and Vistaprint at that time, I would have done them myself.