My name is Francine and I am getting married in my home island, Jamaica in June 2015. I live in NJ. I am so excited, but my fiance and I don't even know where to start. We are going to Jamaica in March 2014 for vacation to try to visit a couple resorts and reserve a date for the wedding.
I read a lot of these posts and viewed a lot of beautiful pictures. We want a small wedding of 50 - 60 ppl. I like Sunset Beach resort because it seems to be affordable, but I also like Rosehall Beach Resort because their grounds are beautiful and spacious. It seems to be more private.
Does anyone mind sharing how much they spent for their wedding? What were your big money items? Is it best to go with the resort for everything for the ceremony and reception? Or is it cheaper to get vendors outside the resort for things like decorations, flowers, DJ, photographer? Recommendations? I appreciate any feedback.
When I go and come back I'll be sure to update on the forum.
hey Francine, a great way to avoid much of the stress would be to hire a wedding planner, like acw said, most know what they're doing lol... i got married in Jamaica recently and opted to do all the shopping around myself... in my opinion, YES!, you would definitely avoid much of the cost associated with resort packages by booking the vendors yourself. My wedding photographer was Courtney Chen, he was recommended to be by a friend and i'm glad i went with him, his work speaks for itself, he has a face book page and you could Google him. If you're also shopping around for a Makeup Artist i could recommend Charlie Montag Makeup Artistry, i had a few trials with a few other MUA's before coming across her website. she was excellent, price point was fabulous and very professional. i had 9 bridesmaids, along with my mother and my mother in law and she was nothing short of amazing... check her out if you're still shopping around for vendors https://www.facebook.com/CharlieMUA .........My decorations were done by Nishy Weddings, i think they have a website so you could also try googling them as well... overall, my budget was $5,000 (USD) and it came well under that..