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Welcome Message Carla Stewart


Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! You are, without a doubt, getting ready to plan probably the biggest, most involved event of your life and The Jamaica Wedding Resources Guide is here to help you every step of the way! This is the most comprehensive resource and wedding planning guide for couples planning a wedding in Jamaica. Our beautiful magazine reflects the style and needs of today’s well-educated and sophisticated couples. It is packed with in-depth editorial, advice and resources of our most reputable wedding professionals which will inform, excite and inspire you! Step-by-step wedding planning guide helps you keep track of all your details as you plan your dream day. Your wedding day is a time to celebrate, so don’t let the planning process interfere with the true meaning of what brought you here to begin with. Best wishes for an extraordinary wedding and most importantly, a lifetime of happiness!   Happy Planning!



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Email: Website: Address: Jamaica Wedding Resources Guide c/o Ultimate Events Suite 46 Princeville Commercial Centre 95-97 Constant Spring Road Kingston 10, Jamaica W.I, Phone: (876) 969-0218 (876) 568-6754 The Jamaica Wedding Resources Guide is published every 9 months by Ultimate Events. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. The information contained in this publication is believed to be accurate. However, Jamaica Wedding Resources Guide cannot and will not be held liable for the quality or performance of goods and services provided by the advertisers in this publication. ©Copyright 2011 by Ultimate Events. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Tel: (876) 754-VMBS (8627) Email: Website:

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WEDDING PLANNING STEPS Below is a basic list of wedding planning steps that will help you organize the perfect wedding (or close to it). Once the engagement is official: Set at least 3 tentative dates and time Book a professional wedding planner Draw up a guest list Reserve venue for the ceremony/reception and/ or a tent Consult your priest / minister Set budget for reception, clothes, honeymoon, flowers, music, photographer, limousine, wedding cake, etc.

4-6 months prior: • • • • • • • • •

Reserve caterer, photographer, videographer, discotheque or a band Choose wedding party Shop for bridal gown and headpiece Groom to make rental arrangements for himself and groomsmen Finalize invitation list Consult with hairdresser, makeup artist and manicurist, and make wedding day appointments Order invitations, favors, engraved cake knife set, personalized champagne glasses and other accessories Consult a travel agent and make honeymoon reservations Reserve MC for reception

3 months prior: • • • • • • • • • • •

Obtain marriage license Plan ceremony and select music Mail out/distribute invitations Register at bridal registry Shop for wedding rings Order wedding cake & make deposit Decide on menu and beverages Consult florist for floral arrangements Book limousine and other transportation Best man to begin organizing bachelor party Maid of honor to begin organizing bridal shower

1 to 2 months prior: • •

If honeymooning overseas, verify that passports are still valid Finalize arrangements with priest / minister and musicians


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Finalize arrangements with photographer, disc-jockey, videographer, and MC Finalize arrangements with florist Finalize limousine arrangements and other transportation Submit leave forms to your employer

1-2 weeks prior: • • • • •

Begin packing for your honeymoon Confirm final number of guests to reception venue and caterer Finalize wedding cake arrangements Final fitting for bride’s dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, groom’s and groomsmen’s suits Prepare envelopes with all final payments

1-2 days prior: • • • •

Pickup Wedding dresses and suits Make final payments or hand over final payments to wedding planner or best man Get a massage Do your nails

Night Before: • • • • •

Finish packing Attend ceremony rehearsal Proceed to place where you will be spending the night Take a warm bath Go to bed early.

Wedding Day: • • •

Hairdresser and makeup artist Picture taking prior to ceremony according to the arrangements made with your photographer. The bride should transfer her engagement ring to her right hand

Relax and enjoy your big day!

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BRIDAL ATTIRE TUXEDOS & FORMAL WEAR For most brides, their wedding day would be the greatest day of their lives. It is the day they have been planning since they were little girls with towels on their heads for veils. They fantasized and planned even before they really liked boys. For these girls who dream of their Cinderella day, the bridal gown has to be the perfect complement to their unique style and beauty.

There has never been a more glorious range of choice in wedding dresses available in Jamaica than you will find today. Famous designer brands and manufactures such as Mori Lee, David’s Bridal, Vera Wang, are available in bridal stores across the island, so you are certain to find a dress that makes you feel and look fabulous!

Here are some tips for a good experience when shopping for your dress: •

Decide if you want to purchase or rent a gown

Do research on a few basic things about cost, design and wedding fashion shop talk. This will help you to understand what wedding dress styles suit your body type and to successfully communicate with bridal retailers. Things to consider are wedding dress styles, dress style and body type, neckline styles, the fabric, and the designers.

Once you know the basics about wedding dress styles and have given some thought to what dresses will look best on you, it’s time to think about finding dresses in your price range.

Locate bridal shops who either rent and or sell wedding gowns and ask what designers and price ranges they carry

Bring a trusted friend or relative with you to these locations and do not bring your competitive sister or friend.

Wear appropriate undergarments: underwear, strapless bra or bustier, pantyhose or a slip and shoes similar in height to what you plan to wear

at your wedding.

Shop around before you make deposits


Skin Care Tips Prior to your Wedding day

proven by real life brides

If you are plagued with facial pimples and uneven skin tone, then you may be worrying about looking radiant on your wedding day. Worry no more -Help is here!

Try the following tips and let us know how it worked for you: At least 3 months prior to your big day: • Start drinking 8 glasses of water per day (or as much fluid as possible) • Eat a fruit per day • Use a facial mask at least once per week • Do a facial peel once every two weeks • Wash your face with fresh foaming cleanser twice per day (morning and nights before going to bed) • Wash with warm water first then rinse with cold water to close your pores • Tone your face with a Pore Refining Toner (before going to bed)


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Use a night moisturizer (very lightly) Avoid wearing foundation make-up every day (facial powder is recommended) Wear a sun-block everyday under your daytime moisturizer and makeup/powder

DO NOT: • Pick your face • Squeeze pimples • Put your hand in your face throughout the day • Go to bed in make-up • Continue these tips even after your wedding and everyone will compliment you about your beautiful skin, including your husband!

BEAUTY HAIR & MAKEUP Every Bride Wants To Look Her Best!! Other than the appropriate wedding gown, a bride’s hairstyle and makeup can make or break her overall appearance. We recommend the following MUST Do if you want to look your best.

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Hairstyle consultation and test runs must be done prior to your wedding day. Decide if you are wearing a veil, tiara or other type of hairpiece and make sure you advise your hairstylist. If at all possible, take the veil, tiara or hairpiece with you to the consultation. Take note of the climatic conditions of where in Jamaica you are having your wedding. If not, this can have a devastating effect on your hairstyle and ultimately your pictures. If you are having a garden, beach or other type of outside wedding, windy or breezy conditions do not do well for a let-down hair style. Your hair will be all over the place and your pictures will tell the story. You do not want to look untidy on your wedding day!


Make-up consultation and trial must be done prior to your wedding day Expert makeup artists will ensure that your makeup blends with your complexion; Less is Best. If you have blemishes, ensure that a concealer is used and not layers of foundation. Ask for makeup that stays. e.g. Revlon‘s Cover Girl colorstay. Touching your face and then your dress may result in makeup on your rather pristine wedding gown. Most importantly of all, make sure your makeup enhances you and you are happy with the results.

To get married legally in Jamaica, no blood tests are required. A Wedding in Jamaica can be performed ANY DAY including weekends and holidays. Provided that you have applied for and have been granted a marriage license by the Ministry of National Security, a couple can be married just 24 hours after arriving in the island. Some ceremony officiant will apply for the marriage license on your behalf, however if they do not offer that service, below is a guide on how to secure it for yourselves.

Where to Apply: The Ministry of Justice 2 Oxford Rd., Kingston 5, Jamaica W.I. Office hours: 9:00am - 4pm, Mon-Thurs 9:00am - 3pm, Fri. Phone: (876)906-4923-31


Jamaica Wedding Requirements are as follows: 1.

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Proof of citizenship - certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name. Parental permission in the form of parent’s written consent, if under 18. Proof of divorce (if applicable) - certified copy or original Certificate of Divorce. Copy of Death Certificate for widow or widower (if applicable) Certified translation of documents to English where originals are in another language. Certified copies of name changes or legal adoption papers if applicable Photocopy of photo ID (Driver’s License or Passport) Job Titles of Bride and Groom

The Marriage Ceremony The ceremony must be performed by 6:00 PM or nightfall. Two witnesses must be present at the ceremony and for the signing of the marriage certificate. Witnesses must be at least 18years or older.


The cake normally has two to five tiers. When deciding, bear the following in mind: • • •

Costs of wedding cakes The quantity of guests A separate cake is done to feed your guests. Slices from this cake is either served as dessert at the reception or placed in engraved boxes and given to guests. The display cake is cut by the bride and groom and they feed each other with slices from it.

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Then the bride and groom take it home and share with family members and friends. The top tier is normally saved for freezing and to be had on the first anniversary. Order your cake at least 3 months in advance. Cake designers normally require 50% deposit up front and the final payment 7 days before the wedding.

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WEDDING CHECKLIST & BUDGET RINGS Bride’s Groom’s CEREMONY Venue rental Officiants Fee Marriage License ATTIRE Gown Headpiece &Veil Shoes Stockings Lingerie Garter Jewelry Tuxedo or Suit Bridesmaids dresses Groomsmen suits RECEPTION Venue Rental Food Beverage PHOTOGRAPHY Photos Wedding Portrait Album MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Band DJ VIDEOGRAPHY Additional copy WEDDING STATIONERY Invitations Programs Thank you Notes REHEARSAL DINNER Food Room rental JWRG I 14

Budget $

Actual $

WEDDING CHECKLIST & BUDGET WEDDING CAKE Cake Cake Topper Cake Knife Engravings

Budget $

Actual $

FLOWERS Bride’s bouquet B/maids bouquets Boutonnieres Flower girl Ring bearer DÉCOR Rentals Floral designs TRANSPORTATION Limousine Rental Cars BEAUTY Hair Makeup Manicure/Pedicure Facial Massage HONEYMOON Wedding night Hotel/Resort Transportation Spending Money GIFTS To Each other Bridesmaids Groomsmen Favors OTHERS Guestbook Toasting Flutes Bubbles/Rice Sand Ceremony set Candle lighting Ceremony set TOTAL JWRG I 15

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CEREMONY RECEPTION The number of wedding ceremony and reception locations that couples have at their disposal across Jamaica is practically limitless. Choosing the right location, especially for your reception, really depends on how formal you want your wedding to be and the size of your wedding budget! The most important part of your wedding is the ceremony. The wedding ceremony is why close family is there, but many of the guests look forward to the reception, and that is why you need to put as much planning into your wedding reception as the actual ceremony.

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There are two basic types of wedding ceremonies. One is where the vows take place at one location, and then everyone travels to another location for the reception (e.g. Church or Garden) and the other is where the ceremony and the reception are held at the same location (e.g. at a hotel or country club setting). Most couples (brides in particular) don’t usually like hearing this, but a large percentage of guests perceive the reception as a much bigger event than the wedding ceremony.

Important Points to Consider: 1. What type and style wedding you want—traditional church or garden for the ceremony and hotel, restaurant, home setting or other for your reception 2. What is your budget 3. Can the location(s) accommodate your number of guests 4. What other event(s) are taking place at the venue on your date 5. Is there ample parking for your guests and if not what are the parking arrangements 6. Does the venue have a minimum spend as their policy 7. What is included in the rental fee or the package being offered

8. What are the deposit, refund and cancellation policies 9. How long will you have the venue for 10. What kind of coordination assistance does the venue provide 11. What exactly is included in the food & beverage package 12. Can you take in your own caterer, beverage, etc and are there any vendor fees 13. Are there any other charges such as; energy surcharges, corkage fees, taxes and service charges



BUDGET Why create a budget for your wedding? Love is a wonderful thing, but it makes most of us react to situations more emotionally than normal. When caught up in the romance of planning a wedding, it’s all too easy to throw caution to the wind and spend, spend, spend.

TOP COST CUTTING APPROACH FOR YOUR WEDDING without sacrificing quality-Prepare, Prioritize, Compromise 1.


HIRE A WEDDING CONSULTANT OR A PLANNER. This is the #1 must-do savings tip. In theory, the consultant/planner will do all the legwork for you, shop around for the best bargains, and use their network of vendors to get insider deals. INVITE LESS PERSONS. Most catering halls and restaurants charge by person, so every person is an expense to you. Before inviting someone you’ve never even seen before to your wedding, consider if you want to take that wedding cost upon yourself. More persons will certainly lessen your spending power to have the nicer elements in your wedding such as more pictures, videography, better decorations, etc.


RENT YOUR GOWN AND SUIT. as opposed to purchasing. Consider the additional costs such as alterations, steaming, storing, etc.


AVOID THE HOLIDAY SEASONS. Holiday weddings are more expensive because you are competing for catering services, wedding and reception sites, D.J.’s, limousines, photographers and more. During holidays, these type of services tend to raise their prices, especially at Christmas and flowers cost more especially Valentines Day.


HAVE A MORNING OR MIDDAY WEDDING. It’s less expensive since it costs less for food, plus


most weddings held at these times are more informal, so you won’t need elaborate decorations. 6.

HAVE YOUR CEREMONY & RECEPTION AT THE SAME VENUE. This is usually less expensive and many venues such as a hotel, members club or church hall offer this type of package.


ORDER A SIMPLE 2 OR 3 TIERED CAKE. The bottom layer can be real and the 2nd and 3rd layer can be dummies usually made from Styrofoam but decorated to look very real.


REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BRIDESMAIDS. Even though they will pay for their attire, the cost for their bouquets can put a dent in your budget.


LIMIT THE DRINKS. Most venues offer a fruit drink upon arrival of your guests to the reception and a fruit drink with the meal. Consider only having wines for toasting. Have fruit drinks, water, and wine for those who wish to stay after the formalities for dancing and mingling.

10. NEGOTIATE THE PHOTOGRAPHY DEAL. Digital technology gives couples a new option, letting you pay a photographer for time and a cd with the pictures. You do the printing. But it’s increasingly easy to negotiate a deal where you buy some and get some on a cd.

Flowers & Decor

Prices vary for flowers. Be sure to explore but manage your expectations according to your budget. A standard wedding would require flowers as per the following: • Bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids • Boutonnieres for the groom, ringbearer, giveaway father, groomsmen, ushers, father of the groom, grandfathers and mother’s escort (if mother is unmarried or in another relationship) • Corsages for the mothers and grandmothers. • Large arrangements for the altar • Centrepieces for the guest tables at the reception

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Decoration pieces for the arch and aisle pedestals Head table arrangement Signing table arrangement Reception table arrangement Cake (if not using a monogram) cake table décor

INVITATIONS & FAVORS (souvenirs) BEFORE YOU MAKE OR PURCHASE YOUR INVITATIONS, ensure that the time and date for your wedding is reserved and confirmed with THE CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUES. Depending on the design, changing any information on your invitation will cost almost the same as the original order. 6 Months prior to your wedding start looking for invitations. Begin compiling your guest lists and collecting addresses. Make an A List for people who must be at your wedding, a B List for those who you would like to have there but it is not a must, and a C List for those persons who can fill in if anyone from your A or B lists decline. 4 Months prior Order invitations. Make sure the spelling of names, venue names,

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addresses, date and times are correct. If using a calligrapher or other people to help address your invitations, order an additional 10 to 15% outer envelopes. 3 Months is the appropriate time to start addressing invitations, doing a few at a time. For guests living overseas, this is the ideal time to send them their invitations. 2 Months prior to the wedding date, recheck the guest list to make sure you have not forgotten anyone. 6 Weeks is the appropriate time to send out all/remaining invitations. 2 Weeks prior, all responses should be in. Please note that the Caterer will need a final count in order to adequately prepare for your number of guests.

DID YOU KNOW? WEDDING DAYS In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the best day to marry, although Monday is wealth and Tuesday is for health Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Funny—it is the most popular day of the week to marry RAIN Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck according to Hindu tradition

bond that sealed contracts, and marriage was seen as a contract. HONEYMOON The first honeymoons comprised of grooms taking their brides somewhere hidden, where relatives and villagers could not find them. There they stayed for one moon phase and drank mead, a wine made from honey, to make them more amorous. Thus the word “honeymoon” was born.

RINGS Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart OLD & BLUE Brides carry or wear something old on their wedding day to symbolize continuity with the past. The something blue in a bridal ensemble, symbolizes purity, fidelity and love. POSITIONING The bride stands to the left of the groom in a Christian ceremony, because in bygone days, the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors FLOWERGIRLS Flower girls traditionally threw petals in the bride’s path to lead her to a sweet plentiful future. THE KISS A marriage ceremony normally ends with a kiss, as in ancient Rome, a kiss was a legal .............................................................

DRESS STYLES - There are five basic wedding dress styles. A-Line or Princess: Fitted in the body, then flows out toward the ground. Ball Gown: Fitted in the body with a full skirt. Mermaid: Contours the body from the chest to knee, then flows to hem. Sheath or Column: Straight, form-fitted from the shoulders to the hem. Empire: Raised waist line sits below the bust. Dress flows down to hem

DRESS STYLES AND BODY TYPES - Different dress styles suit different body types. Please note that a sheath dress, which hugs every curve, would not flat-

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Standard Package includes:

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Application for marriage license 2 marriage counselling sessions Performance of marriage ceremony Filing of marriage certificate as a legal document Application for certified copies of marriage certificate

Marriage is a ‘unio mystica’ — a mystical union.

Marriage was the foundation of the first human institution, the family. Marriage is an exclusive relationship. The total unity of persons- physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually is comprehended by the concept “one Flesh”. Hence the mystery of the union.   Once the decision to marry has been mutually settled, the two parties then surrender their individual desire for the good of each other, and proceed with the understanding that they can achieve their potential as was intended in the creation order.  


This helps the couple to enter the union with a keen understanding and


appreciation of the commitment they are undertaking. The marriage counsellor is a facilitator who should demonstrate his care for the couple by his warmth, understanding acceptance and neutral objective non-judgemental attitude.   One goal of the pre-marital preparation and enrichment process is to correct faulty information and myths about marriage relationships. Further, it is to help the couple to understand themselves, and what each one brings to the marriage. It is to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and to be realistic about the adjustments they must make to have a successful relationship.

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT A wedding is a sacred service. Therefore be careful how you select music for your special day. Some churches will say no to the use of secular songs being sung or played in the church. Music can be provided by an organ, a small musical ensemble or cd’s via a music system. Make sure you advise your officiant of the type music and system you are using for your ceremony. Secular selections can be retained for your reception. Make sure the type of music selected can be appreciated by all and it adds the right ambience.

Below is a list of the areas on your program that will require special selections. CEREMONY • Bridal Party procession • Bride entrance • Recessional RECEPTION • Bridal Party entrance • Bride & Groom entrance • Couple’s First Dance


PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Finalize your list with your Photographer/Wedding Planner or Wedding Coordinator. Please get this exercise out of the way at least 1 week prior to your wedding date. DO NOT wait until the day before your wedding to do this! Make a list of all the pictures you want to capture on your special day. Appoint a dependable member of your family or close family friend who knows both sides of the family and your close friends, to organize the people you specifically want photos with. Your list should be divided into four (4) sections: Pre-Ceremony, Formal Portraits, Reception and Close-Ups. FORMAL PORTRAITS • • • • • • • • • •

Bride and groom each alone Bride and groom posed together Bride and groom with wedding party Bride with her family Groom with his family Both families together Bride with her mother Groom with his father Flower girl and ring bearer with bride and groom


PRE-CEREMONY • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Bride’s gown before she slips it on, Bride - hair styled and makeup applied, bride and her ‘maids getting ready Bride heading to the ceremony site Bride and her father just before walking down the aisle Groom with his father Candid shots of the groom and groomsmen getting ready, Groom heading to the ceremony site Exterior and interior of the ceremony site before guests arrive Guests arriving Bridal party arriving Musicians performing Family members being seated Processional and recessional Bride and her father (or escort) walking down the aisle Groom reacting to bride walking down the aisle Father giving the bride away the altar/chuppah Bride and groom reciting their vows Bride and groom exchanging rings The couple’s first kiss Bride and groom being introduced to their guests as a married couple Bride and groom exiting ceremony Bride and groom in their getaway car

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Exterior and interior of the reception site before guests arrive Table settings Menu and table cards Guests signing the book/portrait Food stations and bar setup during cocktail hour Bridal-party table Wedding-party entrances Guests seated at their tables Bride and groom cutting the cake Toasts Bride and groom’s first dance Father-daughter dance Mother-son dance Band or DJ and Guests dancing Bouquet and garter toss

CLOSE-UPS • • • • • • • • • • • •

Bridal bouquet Bridesmaids bouquets Boutonniere Shoes Details on the bride’s gown Details on the groom’s attire such as cuff links, Jewelry Ceremony programs Centerpieces Hors d’oeuvres Specialty drinks Wedding cake Favors



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WEDDING PLANNERS & COORDINATORS Wedding Planners and Coordinators are seasoned professionals who guide you through the entire wedding planning process. From assisting you with venue selection, bridal attire fittings, vendor referrals, sourcing and budgeting to the design and wedding day delivery, they help you plot the course down the aisle and are there to answer questions, give advice and ensure that your special day goes smoothly. When you are ill you go to a medical professional for assistance. The same applies to when you are getting married. Let these professionals show you how to save money and plan effectively. You will have a stress-free wedding Some Planners may charge you planning fees, as well as, they may only charge you for wedding day coordination. Do not let that deter you. You have only one opportunity to do it right, so plan it with the help of professionals who do this everyday! Save yourself the embarrassment on one of the most important days of your life.



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