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#1 Heidi

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    Posted 24 October 2007 - 03:35 PM

    How To Turn Up The Heat And Romance In Your Jamaican Wedding
    You've made the decision that sun, sand, and surf are must-haves for your Jamaican destination wedding. Now, if you could only come up with some lovely, romantic ideas to make your big day extra special and even more memorable. Don't worry, mon, we've got you covered. Just don't forget the sunscreen!

    Add sensual colors
    The people of Jamaica are both colorful in spirit and in their dress. Fiery reds and pinks and festive yellows and oranges can really turn up the heat for your affair. Try incorporating vivid hues by having your bridesmaids don hot dresses, or by even wearing a colored gown yourself. The unexpected is a fun way to set the mood for your wedding.

    Use what nature gave you
    The sand beneath your toes… The vast, sparkling sea in the background... The Jamaica setting itself is so spectacular and different from most standard weddings that you may be better off subscribing to the "less is more" mantra. Jamaica has gorgeous beaches and natural, colorful flora, plus lots of lush gardens. Typical wedding decorations might just look out of place in paradise, so you may want to let nature take its course instead.

    Incorporate Jamaican wedding traditions
    Jamaica is rich in history and overflows with cultural traditions. Try incorporating some of them into your special day in your own special way. For instance, you may not be big on the traditional menu of curried goat and rice that is typically served at Jamaican weddings, but the rum cake might be right up your alley. A rich pound cake made of dried fruits (prunes, cherries, raisins, currants) is soaked in rum for up to year before the wedding (for flavor and moistness). Some guests even send ingredients as wedding presents beforehand; consider asking your guests to do the same as their gift to you. It's also a great way to involve those guests who can't make the trip for your big day. Think how sweet those first bites will taste. It's also tradition to mail slices to guests who can't attend. Spread the love and the calories by doing the same.

    Say "I do" at sunset
    There are a ton of film-worthy beaches and locations in which to exchange vows, but we can't think of a more picturesque way to seal the deal than with a sunset wedding. The weather is at its most comfortable, and you'll feel like you're the star of your own romance flick.

    Add warmth with stunning lighting
    Maybe sunset isn't your bag, and you're dreaming of a raucous nighttime shindig? Make it even more fabulous by paying attention to the lighting. Think tiki torches on the beach, hanging white twinkle lights, or the soft glow of candles and lanterns lighting your way. Not to mention the star-filled sky up above. You're sure to elicit glowing reviews.

    Bond over bottlenose dolphins
    Your vows and reception aren't the only places to add love and romance to your destination wedding. Consider planning some activities for you and your guests where you'll get the chance to bond and feel the love and memories for a lifetime. Try swimming with a family of dolphins at Dolphin Cove, plunging into a soothing mineral spring, horseback riding by land and sea, or even rafting down a river. There's a ton of activities that will help your guests feel like part of the big love fest. The hard part is choosing which ones.

    WeddingChannel.com - How To Turn Up The Heat And Romance In Your Jamaican Wedding
    Married April 4, 2008 at the Riu Ocho Rios!

    #2 meandpaul

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      Posted 24 October 2007 - 03:40 PM

      I would really like to swim with dolphins, but that cost is scaring me. I know it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I may just have to bite the bullet and do it, but it is still scary.

      #3 DLyteful

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        Posted 24 October 2007 - 09:25 PM

        Where did you find that? Thanks for posting! it actually gave me some ideas and I was considering having my bridal party wear all white.... or hot pink... now I think color really is the way to go.

        #4 RiuBride2b

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          Posted 24 October 2007 - 10:58 PM

          Thanks for posting Heidi, th article gives a few good ideas!!

          #5 pouchie

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            Posted 25 October 2007 - 03:47 PM

            Good Ideas!! I wouldn't mind getting some pictures after the ceremony done with the sunset in the background!!

            #6 boscobel

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              Posted 25 October 2007 - 03:53 PM

              I was just reading that the other day after I was inquiring about Jamaican traditions!

              #7 JABride

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                Posted 25 October 2007 - 09:48 PM

                Thanks for the topic ... it helped me !!

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