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Hi everybody! I plan on having a small, private, ceremony with just my fiance' and I in Negril Jamaica the first week of September. I have never even been to Jamaica, so planning an "elopement" there is just nerve wrecking. I am very anxious about sending money to people in another country to secure dates, services, etc. I will l be sending less than $1000 to get everything I want so that's not bad at all, I just don't want to get there and NOTHING is what it seems or things just don't happen. I am dealing with Elegant Jamaica Weddings and Dawn seems to be pretty nice thus far. I see a few other ladies on this site who have had experiences with this company and I saw nothing negative. Most of those reviews were a couple of years ago though. I guess I just need some reassurance or to speak with some ladies who are going through something similar. This destination thing is all so sudden to me. I had already purchased a dress, centerpieces, invitations and everything for a traditional wedding, but then something dawned on me. I just REALLY DON'T WANT TO PAY $7000 (which is actually cheap!) for OTHER PEOPLE to enjoy MY wedding. I know that's selfish, but I really want to spend that kind of money on myself and my fiance to make a dream come true. I think with the economy the way it is and all, it is a new day and people are becoming more conscious with their money and traditions are changing. We will just have a big, nice party when we come back to celebrate with family and friends. I know I'm rambling guys, but any responses/advice are appreciated! :)

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Hello and welcome to BDW!  I totally get everything you are saying, and there is nothing like making the choices you want to make rather than those you think you should make.  Jamaica is amazing and your wedding will be too. 


Here are some links and tips that might make your time here on BDW more enjoyable.  Happy planning!

If you have not done so, you may want to:
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  • find the forum for your wedding destination and create a subscription to threads/members/vendors that you are interested in



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Hi Paradise,

Understand they way you feel. (I am Jamaican). Negril is beautiful. Where are you staying?


Just a word to other brides. If you were thinking of eloping to Jamaica (especially if you haven't been there before), a way to alleviate the stress is get married at an all-inclusive. Several hotels now offer free weddings if you stay a certain number of nights. I got married in Negril 4 years ago that way. No stress and it was beautiful and cheap! I recommend Sandals for small weddings.


Hope this helps



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