Janelle from Island Bliss Weddings has been a life-saver in organizing a day that could potentially be very hectic. We have to go to the courthouse before the ceremony to get the license. The ceremony will be on the grass at Limetree Beach (aka Bluebeardâ€™s) at 11 AM, followed by lunch at Iggieâ€™s Beach Bar at noonish. Not including us, we have 19 guests attending, 13 cruising and 6 meeting us on the island.
Weâ€™ve been able to customize everything with Janelle, from the arch fabric color, to the palm/conch aisle, chairs, ceremony refreshments, etc. Weâ€™ll have a steel drum player for the hour that weâ€™re at the ceremony, along with rum punch, ice water and champagne for everyone. This is the general idea of our ceremony set-up:
Instead of a pillow or bowl, weâ€™ll be using an engraved shell (Hanson Ellis) to hold our rings.
I bought bamboo and paper fans from a BDW member, and I made tears of joy packets, which will all be set up in a black basket with blue ribbon trim.
To remember my dad, weâ€™ll be reserving a chair for him at the ceremony. I have a frame with â€œIn memoriamâ€ in it and a boutonniere for him on the chair.
I made reserved signs for chairs for our parents, which I shipped to Janelle with other ceremony items about a month before the trip.
Conducting our ceremony will be Janelleâ€™s husband, Stuart Scott. She gave us versions of the script he uses, and we were able to adjust it to fit us. It didnâ€™t really need any work, it was beautiful. I made a little cover for it.
Our photographer is Eric from Paradise Pictures. His pictures are gorgeous, vibrant, happy pictures, which is exactly what we were looking for. Weâ€™ll be paying a rush fee to get the pictures in time to make a slideshow for our AHR, two weeks after we return. I canâ€™t wait to get a petal toss photo at the ceremony site!!
I also made some signs for a photo op â€“ â€œThank You!â€ on one side, and â€œIâ€™m His/Her Mr./Mrs.â€ on the other.
We are having a shoreside lunch after the ceremony at a little beachside bar called Iggieâ€™s Beach Bar at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort. Itâ€™s a very casual location, and weâ€™ll just tell people to order what they want, and weâ€™ll pick up the tab for everyoneâ€™s food and drinks.
The wedding package from Island Bliss also comes with a cake which will be served at the lunch reception. Weâ€™ll be having yellow cake, white frosting, and simple blue accent frosting, with green orchids and white roses as a cake topper.
After the wedding, weâ€™ll just hang out at Bolongo Bay with our on-island guests, since we only have a few hours to spend with them before getting back on the boat. I figure if cruising guests want to explore St. Thomas, thatâ€™s cool. We just plan to spend as much time as possible with the guests who arenâ€™t cruising.
We plan to have dinner in the formal dining room with all of our guests that evening, wearing our wedding clothes (havenâ€™t decided if Iâ€™m going to wear my short or long dress). Then we can party in the shipâ€™s club after dinner!
To be continued...