Weddings in JAMAICA are often less formal than being married at home.
With an affair far away from home, you needn't feel compelled to invite your third cousins twice removed. Just remember that in between the cost of airfare and accommodations and getting time off from work and school, not everyone on your list will be able to join you.
Save the Date
Preferably, "save-the-date" cards for your JAMAICAN wedding should go out six to nine months in advance so that friends and family can work the trip into their budget and work schedule. This way you'll also have an idea early of how many people will be able to attend. While electronic cards such as E-vites are growing in popularity, sending both the save-the-date cards and wedding invitations formally via regular mail are still suggested. E-vites are fun and creative for casual occasions, but your wedding is a once- in-a-lifetime event.
A wedding in JAMAICA generally calls on invitees to pay their own airfare and hotel stay, while you pick up the tab for the extra flowers, along with the private wedding reception, including all food and beverage. We assist your guests in getting a good resort price and booking them into the resort. If money is truly a concern for your guests, let them know their presence is the only wedding gift you need and make yourself available to assist in any way possible. Perhaps you can also help them pair up in double or triple rooms, if they need the assistance. JAMAICA is rich with a great number of the all-inclusive resorts, where the rate includes the room, the food, beverages, services charges and most all in-resort activities.
As with any wedding, avoid the mention of gifts on the wedding invitation. In fact, you should appear completely unconcerned with gifts once you've arranged the registry. A family member or member of the wedding party will inform guests where you are registered. No guest should be encouraged to carry their wedding gift to JAMAICA as their package will be opened by Customs and possibly a duty charged on the contents.
Typically, the rehearsal dinner is for the bridal party, immediate family and out-of-town guests, but since everyone has traveled to be a part of your destination wedding, it's a good idea to include the whole gang with what we suggest as a beach “Welcome Party”. This type of celebration can be held right after the bridal party actually rehearses and then gives everyone a chance to meet each other in a very casual atmosphere prior to the wedding taking place.
The first thing to consider is the temperature in JAMAICA. As you are probably having at least your wedding ceremony outdoors in a beachside setting or at a lawn gazebo, go for natural, lightweight fabrics like silk chiffon, silk organza and satin crepes rather than a big heavy ball gown. Look for dresses that drape your body rather than cling to it, especially for JAMAICA’S tropical climate. You might consider skipping the veil, for the outdoors ceremony, and possibly adding some of the Island’s fresh flowers for your hair instead.
There are many ways to welcome guests and show you appreciate their attendance. If the whole wedding party stays in one place, prepare a small treat and leave it at the front desk so that people receive the gifts when they check in. This can be a welcome basket or tote bag filled with local maps, native snacks and an itinerary of events. A beach or tote bag makes for a great keepsake and remembrance of this special time.
One of the great things about a destination wedding is that you get to spend quality time with family and friends for a few days. But just because your loved ones came all the way to JAMAICA, doesn't mean you have to spend every minute with them, particularly not after the wedding day. Declining invitations to socialize with your guests following the "I dos" is neither inappropriate or against tradition. Many of my couples take my recommendation and book a “split-stay” package to so that the day after the wedding, they are moving on to another resort (more romantic) and possibly even in another geographic part of JAMAICA.
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