I DO JAMAICA (Official Magazine of the Jamaica Bridal Expo)

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he Jamaica Tourist Board is pleased to once again be partnering with Jamaica Bridal Expo. Through the Jamaica Bridal Expo, prospective brides are given the opportunity to benefit from service providers in the bridal and honeymoon industry that assist in making their wedding day and honeymoon an unforgettable experience. Kudos to the organizers of the Expo, as each time they have staged this event, they have implemented ways to improve on the preceding year. This year we are delighted that Brides Magazine, the world's largest magazine in the bridal industry has come on board. Such a partnership with the world’s leading bridal consultants adds credibility to the event as well as provides guidance on all things related to ensuring a memorable wedding experience.

We at the Jamaica Tourist Board are happy with the attention that this event is bringing to the wedding and honeymoon market in Jamaica. This segment of the Jamaica tourism product is very vibrant as many brides and grooms are choosing Jamaica as their place of choice for their destination wedding and honeymoon. The diversity of our product provides a range of themes that will match any bridal theme and taste. I hope that the services available at the Jamaica Bridal Expo will satisfy all your wedding needs.

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to the 4th staging of the Jamaica Bridal Expo. The Jamaica Bridal Expo is a unique networking event developed to showcase Jamaica as a premier destination for weddings, honeymoons and romance. For the second year in a row, we have also added the Wedding Conference, which is open to wedding professionals at all levels. The creation of the Jamaica Bridal Expo arose from a solid collaboration between three visible and successful individuals in the wedding and event planning industry. With expertise in the areas of destination wedding planning, event design, event management and production the team came together to create the Jamaica Bridal Expo. The management team is truly appreciative of and sincerely thanks the sponsors and exhibitors for participating in this years’ expo; without you, it would not have been possible.


To our patrons- we appreciate your support and trust that the expo has exceeded your expectations. The Jamaica Bridal Expo cannot thank the following headline sponsors enough: (1) Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ). It has been a pleasure to work with their amazing Brand and Marketing Managers. We have to specially thank Karesha Allen for her hard work with the live wedding, Capturing Precious Journeys (CPJ) and her commitment to the Jamaica Bridal Expo. (2) The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), thank you! This event has become an international calendar event and without your and the Ministry of Tourism’s support, we could not have become the number one bridal show in Jamaica. We thank you, Deputy Director Sandra Scott and Director, Mr. Paul Pennicook.

A special thank you to the Montego Bay for many years to come. Convention Centre, which is not only the most prestigious centre in the Caribbean, but also boasts Sincerely, some amazing locations that are fit for a celebrity Ja Bridal Expo Executive wedding. Thank you to Ms. Dittie Guise and her Kathy Everhart, Jo-Anne Paxton, amazing team for always supporting the Jamaica Peter Shoucair J.P. Bridal Expo. And finally, to every individual or entity which has contributed in any way to the success of this year’s staging, thank you for contributing to and sharing this experience with us. We look forward to producing the Jamaica Bridal Expo


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PUBLISHER Pelican Publishers Limited EDITORIAL & CREATIVE DIRECTOR Meleisa Witter EDITOR Alicea James MARKETING / SALES Pelican Publishers GRAPHICS ART, LAYOUT & ILLUSTRATION Tamiko Blake Yakub Grant COVER CREDITS A Destination Wedding at Royalton White Sands; Trewlany. (Royalton is an all-modern, luxurious, all-inclusive 352-room five-star resort). PHOTOGRAPHY Varun Baker Michlan Photo Victor Zerga Damien Baddy (Lookyah)

The Jamaica Bridal Expo magazine is published annually at the behest of the Jamaica Bridal Expo Team. Š 2015 Pelican Publishers Limited No part of this publication may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronically or mechanically, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage retrieval system without written permission from the publishers.


Note from the Publisher Pelican Publishers Limited is really pleased to once again bring you the official magazine of Jamaica’s premier wedding event, the Jamaica Bridal Expo. The magazine has been officially renamed ‘I Do Jamaica’ and represents a purposeful shift from featuring the particulars of a wedding event, to featuring Jamaica as a destination. This shift is timely and relevant and the Expo organizers are to be lauded for their forward thinking. Indeed the statistics speak convincingly: According to a prior study done by The U.S. Travel Association (formerly TIA), the summary indicated the following: ‘Jamaica has what the $13 Billion Newlywed Travel Market wants from a romance destination. The 4.2 million Americans who will wed in the coming year have what Jamaica wants, because they will fill millions of airline seats, fill millions of room nights, and create a vortex of positive social media output that promotes the destination. Jamaica has ample room for growth in both honeymoon and destination wedding business, and could easily see a boost of $ Hundreds of Millions $ in additional tourism revenues from this niche.’ And so it makes sense that the premier wedding magazine will provide relevant materials, which can be used by decision makers regarding whether Jamaica is the place for them to come- for their wedding, honeymoon or romance and everything in between. So as of 2015 and beyond ‘I Do Jamaica’ is the new face of the Jamaica Bridal Expo. While coordinating the publication, what became unassailable, was the fact of just the sheer diversity and number of people who really do come to Jamaica to get married (a few of these ‘real wedding’ stories have been included). On another note, no matter how many times we produce a magazine, each time we do one it is as though doing the first one…and in some kind of way it is. The process must of necessity start anew and that it is why I am so grateful to the people who have enabled us to do it again. To the organizers Jo-Anne, Kathy and Peter we say thank you; it has been a wonderful journey with you again! Of course, our kind, visionary sponsors – all of whom have been a pleasure to work with; our writers and highly talented photographers and of course the Pelican team. Fortunately for us, weddings are such amazing events and Jamaica is such a beautiful place that the fusion of things Jamaican and weddings in one publication was in itself a source of pleasure; so while being excited and energized about producing an amazing magazine, we found it quite a pleasant task. I Do Jamaica set about to capture and relate the diversity and beauty of Jamaica and fuse it with the wonder and winsomeness of one of life’s greatest occasions – the merging of two lives and I think we have done that. Wherever you are coming from to be with us, we welcome you, wish you an amazing stay and trust that in Jamaica it will be ‘no problem mon’ fi true. Until next year… One love,








Say “I Do” at R.G.D.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue: that adage sums up all the planning and preparation that goes into making your wedding one that you will always remember. However, getting married does not have to break the bank, and the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has been helping couples to say “I DO” in an affordable, and hassle- free way with its Registry Wedding Service. The RGD’s Registry Wedding is a private service that offers couples an intimate ceremony. With this service, couples receive: a choice of an outdoor or indoor venue, a Marriage Officer or Civil Registrar to perform the wedding, two certified copies of the marriage certificate within three (3) working days, and an opportunity to include up to 10 persons as guests.


Wedding ceremonies are done Mondays to Thursdays between the hours of 9:00am – 4:00pm, and Fridays 9:00am- 3:00pm. Saturday weddings are also available from 9:00am -3:00pm; though by appointment only. What to wear on your wedding day? The RGD Wedding service allows couples to get married comfortably clad; so you can get married in the traditional gown and tuxedo or you can opt for more casual attire. To access the Registry Wedding service, you must secure a Minister’s license from the Ministry of Justice, and submit this license, along with the birth certificates and valid identification for both the bride and groom to be, as well as to provide the occupation of bride and groom. If either the bride or groom was married before, certified copies of the final divorce papers and the marriage certificate for the previous marriage, as well as death certificate if the spouse is deceased, must be provided. After submitting the application and paying the relevant fees, you will be well on your way to enjoying the convenience of the Registry Wedding service. Getting Married, Why not use the RGD’s Registry Wedding service? It is a convenient and affordable way to say “I DO”. The RGD’s Registry Wedding service is offered at all ten (10) RGD Offices island wide.


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Welcome to Jamaica! La bienvenida a Jamaica! Accueillir à la Jamaïque!

A truly beautiful island, immensely blessed with eclectic cultural offerings and extremely talented people, Jamaica, though small has more than its share of wonderful things to explore and keep both natives and visitors alike enchanted for many years. The multiplicity of natural attractions of waterways, mountains, flora and fauna stand in enthralling contrast and compliment to the human created elements of plantations, gardens, shops, nightclubs, and variegated cultural sites. The Jamaica Bridal Expo magazine is delighted to introduce you to the copious offerings that our beautiful island have for you - in addition to hosting your wonderful island wedding and honeymoon. Come aboard... and



Jamaica = Diversity; take one; or take all! There is something for everyone. So let’s go on a Tour Tours can be all encompassing or limited to a specific type of scenery; but which ever you choose, you will be well on your way to getting more acquainted with Jamaica. Every mile of the 14,000 sq kilometres has something to interest you. ‘Diversity’ is the name of the game and the people… Each of the 14 parishes boasts its own unique appeal and you will find yourself challenged in trying to determine which is your absolute favourite.





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MY JAMAICA WATER WORKS: Take one or take all

Beaches, Waterfalls, Lakes, Streams, Rivers, Baths, Fountains, Natural pools It was named the land of wood and water for good reason. With over 200 natural water sources to choose from; all beautiful or beneficial for your health, you will definitely get the water activity of your choice. Swim, surf, snorkel, sit under a fall, dive in at a deep end, mend at a mineral bath or go rafting. If you are a water lover, welcome to Jamaica!

HISTORY, ART & CULTURE: Take one or take all

Galleries, Museums, Historical Sites, Great Houses, Movie Theatres, Cultural Events, Libraries You don’t have to be an artist to be able to truly appreciate art; the same goes for history and culture. But there is no way you can come to Jamaica and not get a sense of the history, the culture and the art. Paintings, sculptures, dances, music, movies, plays ‌ the list goes on. When you are able to see the beauty in everything; Jamaica is the place for you to be.



PARTY ANIMAL: Take one or take all

Live Events, Bands, Night Clubs, Carnival, Pubs, Reggae, Street Jazz, Concerts You’ve never been to a party until you’ve been to a Jamaican party. If the party scene is your thing then you have a plethora of options to choose from. The city of Kingston will especially welcome you with open arms. In Jamaica, there are many clubs, beach parties, glitzy events and local street parties to keep you entertained all night long (literally). Oh! And if you happen to be here during carnival time that’s when you’ll really have some fun.


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Botanical Gardens, Zoos, Plantations, Mountains, Bird Sanctuaries There are some aspects of nature that are just absolutely breathtaking and whimsical such as beautiful gardens, colourful birds and misty mountain peaks. Jamaica has a wide range of flora and fauna and in fact boasts approximately 80% of the worlds known plants that contain medicinal properties. Think about it… the next plant you see could be a cure for a major illness. If enjoying the calmer, more colourful side of nature makes you feel good, then make your pick and get with it.



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Food Market/Farmer's Markets; Malls/Plazas/ Duty Free Shopping/ Craft Market

Zip lining, bungee jumping Extreme sports; extreme adventure. We have your zip line hooked up as well as your swing, which hangs 75 feet high! Not for the faint of heart; but come give it a try.

Take one; take all

A visit to Jamaican markets is exciting. Expect vibrancy, some raucousness (especially if in Kingston at Coronation Market) and colours galore! There is no missing the rainbow coloured stalls of fruits, vegetables and ground provisions. Malls, plazas and duty free shopping are also readily available and a stop at the craft market for an authentic Jamaican keepsake is a must.


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Casino/Gaming Machines; Sports; Horse Racing, Golf

The fitness buff or gym enthusiast who cannot imagine breaking routine even one day has no reason to worry. We do have your gym hook-up. Too many to mention, there is no reason why your programme will be interrupted. After that fun and excitement, you will want to wind down. That too is readily available. Almost all all-inclusive hotels offer spa sevices where you can get that lovely massage; get a hair do and then go have fine dining.


For those who walk with lady luck or have a competitive streak, the games await. Whether playing some slots, golfing or betting on the tracks you will be fully entertained and enthralled. Of course, we just cannot mention ‘sports’ without dropping in the reminder that our little nation is home to the fastest man and woman in the world. So, take your pick at the roll of a dice and let the games begin! Good luck




Cecille’s Garden & Wedding Centre Family Owned and Operated Cecille's Garden & Wedding Centre Limited represents a prospective married couple's unimaginable dream come true in a One Stop Shopping Experience. They offer “ ALL YOUR WEDDING NEEDS AT PRICES YOU CAN AFFORD." They recognize that your wedding is one of the most important occasions of your lifetime and are deeply anticipating serving you and ensuring the job is done right while you to relax and enjoy the time leading up to your wedding day. Go visit them for a free consultation and experience customer service at its best.

Two Absolutely Breathtaking Locations! They operate from the island’s two wedding mecca’s – St. Ann and Kingston. In St. Ann Cecille's Garden in Cardiff Hall boasts panoramic views of the tranquil blue waters of the Caribbean Sea as they brush against the shores of Runaway Bay and the green foliage of fruit trees cascading down the mountain side. Here, you are sure to acknowledge the incomparable artistry of the Creator. Not to be outdone is their urban oasis in Eastwood Park Gardens, centrally located a few minutes away from Half-Way-Tree. Here, city dwellers have their practical alternative. These two love spots constitute two of the most sought after nuptial gardens in Jamaica. Everything for your Special Occasion.

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Cecille’s Garden & Wedding Centre They offer a plethora of services starting from free consultation to your honeymoon with everything in between and beyond. Their services can be had separately or combined in a package according to your needs. Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions | Anniversaries & Birthdays | Bridal & Baby Showers Honeymoon and Vacation Packages | Family Reunion & Repast | Private & Special Occasion Dinners | Pre/Post Marital Counseling * Designer Wedding Gowns * Men’s Suits & Tuxedos * Vests * Ties & Pocket Pieces * Handkerchiefs * Bridesmaids * Mini Brides & Flower Girl Dresses * Headpieces, Tiaras & Veils * Gloves *Garters * Necklace Sets * Ring Pillows & Flower Girl Baskets * Bouquets * Corsages & Boutonnieres

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Your wedding cake should reflect both your style and taste - literally! Packages are quite competitive and include the accessories for the cake table such as champagne flutes, cake servers, cake plate, fork, and cake veil. You may choose from our designs or bring your own. Relax, Unwind, Be Pampered Luxurious accommodations with personalized service, swimming pool, & access to private white sand beach await you. Their rooms are nicely appointed with beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea and include a variety of amenities for you comfort. Call or Visit them today...Their experienced staff is waiting to serve you. SPECIAL DISCOUNT PACKAGES ARE ON OFFER: NURSES | TEACHERS | POLICE & SOLDIERS


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The Wedding

Our wedding ceremony was a small, joyous and intimate affair that can also be summed up as a “Whirlwind Wedding Done Right.� From the planning to the execution everything was done in the space of a week. It was a wonderful affair with family, good friends and colleagues supporting us as we took our first step as a married couple.



The Execution

The day was made possible in no small part by our family and friends who worked hard with us to pull it off, even working late into the night at the venue to ensure that everything was perfect for the big day. Our wedding proved that even the seemingly impossible is possible with the help of good family, friends and God. In closing the memories made on that day will stay in our hearts for decades to come.


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A ll– Inclusive W eddings & H oneymoons asU nique as Y ou Are Happily ever after begins at Jewel Resorts. Whether you choose to say “I do” with just the two of you or your closest friends and family are along for the adventure, Jewel Resorts’ professional wedding planners are ready to deliver your own dream wedding. Jewel Resorts luxury wedding and honeymoon collections even offer FREE packages! Plus, our Jewel Resorts HoneymoonWishes Registry makes it easy for family and friends to give the perfect gift! All three amazing oceanfront resorts are perfect for weddings, renewal of vows, receptions, honeymoons and more.

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From the moment you arrive at our tropical oasis, your wedding is an affair to remember. Exchange vows on the beach as a brilliant Caribbean sunset melts into the horizon. Allow our professional wedding planners to handle all the paperwork and arrangements, including an officiant. A dynamic alternative to typical wedding locations, this all-inclusive, oceanfront resort provides a host of exciting activities. Fill your days with snorkeling, parasailing, golf, relaxing spa treatments or lounging on the beach. Committed to flawless service and gracious hospitality, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa offers a full range of services for creating lifelong memories during your Jamaica wedding.

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Paradise Awaits... Garden wedding gazebos, oceanfront

weddings on the sand, golf course weddings, and elegant ballroom weddings are only a few of the unique options at Jewel Resorts. Some of its most coveted ceremony locations are the tropical garden setting and the Dunn's River oceanfront pier, or an idyllic oceanfront gazebo or tropical garden gazebo at Jewel Paradise Cove, along with a trellis setting on the pier or vintage cut stone terrace also at Paradise Cove, and the infinitely picturesque wedding chapel at Jewel Runaway Bay.

The unforgettable Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa offers a treasure of wedding backdrops, including ancient aqueducts on the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, a tropical gazebo or vows on the beach. These lovely locations are truly one-of-a-kind settings, making the perfect backdrop that will be remembered for years to come. Whether you're looking for an intimate ceremony or a large gathering with family and friends, Jewel Resorts and Hilton Rose Hall offer a great variety of wedding packages from the compli-


mentary ‘Precious Gem’ package to the premium ‘Crown Jewel’ option ensuring the perfect selection for every size and budget. Most of these wedding packages include marriage certificates, flowers, hors d'oeuvres, photographer, spa treatments and our exclusive beachfront sunset hour location. Custom weddings are also the specialty of the team at the resorts in Jamaica. Jewel Resorts/Hilton Rose Hall has a team of wedding specialists who can help you select the ideal Jewel/Hilton package for your special occasion.


Personalization of each wedding experience in the beautiful backdrop of Jewel and Hilton Rose Hall Resorts, is an important ingredient for your perfect day. Our uniquely designed honeymoon packages let you truly enjoy this special time with your soul mate. Jamaica's Jewel Resorts and Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa are the ideal locations for your upcoming wedding, honeymoon or vow renewal…paradise awaits!

Your Authentic

Indian Wedding


The Practice In the past, Indian marriages were always arranged by the parents. East Indians were only allowed to marry within their caste. Indians thought that the practice of choosing partners from the same economic, educational, and social status would ensure compatibility between couples. This tradition is not as widely practised as before. Once a wedding date has been set, a neuta (oral invitation accompanied by uncooked rice grains covered in turmeric) is given out to relatives and friends. A few days before the wedding, the prospective bride and groom go through a purification ceremony which takes place at their respective houses. This tradition involves covering the bodies of the bride and groom with a mixture of haldi (turmeric) powder and oil. An exciting part of the pre-wedding activities for the bride is the mehndi painting. This occurs the night before the main event, when the bride and her female relatives and friends gather for a light evening of fun, and to get their hands and feet painted with henna. The designs are usually floral which is symbolic of fertility.


The Day The day of the wedding begins with a procession by the groom’s relatives and friends. The dancers dressed in their colourful ethnic costumes are accompanied by a band of musicians playing the dholak (two-sided drum,) sarangie (fiddle) and manjeera (mini cymbals). The procession, which is called the baraat (wedding party) proceeds from the dulha’s (groom’s) house to the dulhan’s (bride’s) home or ceremony site. The dulha is dressed in a formal kurta suit or a jura-jama gown (dependent on his choice of dress) and a mour (headwear). He follows behind on a white horse or other chosen mode of transportation. On reaching the bride’s home or ceremony site, the groom is greeted by the bride’s mother, who breaks a coconut and sprinkles the water, while the priest chants verses. The groom waits for the bride to make her entrance, along with her bridal party. He then places a garland around her neck and she returns the gesture. The baraat is welcomed with sweet drinks.

The wedding ceremony takes place under a canopy, mandap or bamboo shed with a centre post. Each of the posts is decorated with mango and banana leaves and fruits or coconuts are hung from the four corners. The vedi (altar) is decorated with a small kadai (fire bowl), container of water, an oil lamp, some grains and murties (images of deities). The priest, groom and his parents are seated around the vedi. To symbolise a bright and prosperous marriage life, the groom starts the ceremony by lighting the lamp during the chanting of mantras (verses). The bride is then escorted by her parents and sisters to join the others around the vedi. This is followed by the kanyadaan, which is performed by the father of the bride, who gives his daughter to the groom. The father of the bride places the right hand of his daughter over the right hand of the groom, and holy water is poured on the palms of the couple while the priest recites Vedic hymns. The most


Rites important of the marriage rites are the mangal phera, in which the bride’s sari is tied to the grooms shawl, and the saptapadi in which the couple takes seven steps around the fire and make a promise to each other during each cycle to ensure wedded bliss. The tying of the bride to the groom symbolises the tying of the hearts and souls of the couple and signifies wedlock. The bride will assume her position on the left side of her husband, having moved from the right side where she sat for the duration of the wedding.

and coin over her shoulders, towards her parental home. This is done to ensure wealth and prosperity remains in her home forever. On the arrival at the groom’s house, the newly wedded couple is welcomed by the groom’s mother, with a traditional aarti. The Hindu marriage act dated December 19, 1957 gave the rights of marriage officers to Hindu and Moslems priests.

A Hindu marriage is legally accepted after the completion of the mangal phera/saptapadi. At this stage, the husband applies the symbolic vermillion (sindoor) along the parted hair of his wife or her manglasutra tied around her neck, and which are to be worn until the death of her husband. The post wedding rituals comprise of vidaai and reception. In the vidaai ceremony, the family of the bride gives her a sobbing farewell. Before leaving, the bride throws back three handfuls of rice



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Décor Dreams come true with Yolen’s Events Colour scheme

At the mention of the word ‘wedding’ a cornucopia of images and ideas will immediately start floating through your mind. Truth is, no matter how simple or simplistic a couple choose to go about tying the knot; there are a number of ‘to do’ boxes to check in order to make it happen.

2. – There are some colour combinations, which you just cannot spoil. There are times to stand out and be unique; there are other times when going with something that has been successful over and over is the best route to go.

Outside of an elopement or having a Justice of the Peace wedding, the typical couple will have many things to plan. The ceremony- traditional or unconventional, themes or colour schemes, what to serve, how many guests, how to not invite some of the people who think they will definitely be invited... awww… the list is long!

3. - Uplights, candles, crystals, flowers, fabrics, charger plates, napkin rings... These decor enhancers make so much difference to your event that they have now become standard elements. When finishing touches and colour schemes merge to create a picture perfect wedding décor; you have a wedding that wows.

So make that list and divvy up the time, effort and resources, which will need to be expended in order for your day to be a success. Word of caution, make no mistake, all aspects are not equal. Not equal in impact, not equal in effort and not equal in time. In fact, experts have said that the most important facet of your wedding day is easily your décor. When you are successful in creating wonder via décor, the ambience alone is enough to create the right moods and feelings to ensure the success of your day. Expert decorator Yvonne Aquart from Yolen’s Events offers simple, proven tips for success in creating the perfect ambience for your special day.

Three Easy ‘Decor Dream’ Tips for Success

Finishing touches

Why Yolen’s Events? Yvonne has authenticity; she has been in the industry and creating dream décor for sixteen years! Her warmth, genuine concern for her clients and her extraordinary transformative talents have made a mark and she has a following of loyal customers who have stayed with her even through shifting economic times. They have also been happily referring others.

Conclusion Whether on a large or small scale, when hosting weddings, events, or even intimate family affairs, having excellent décor paves the way for a great event. Place it on the important list and choose a professional like Yvonne Aquart who will make your décor dreams come true.

Think location

1. - Once you have the opportunity to do this, make sure you choose your venue wisely. Get advise on how ideal the venue is in relation to the idea you have in mind about how you want your wedding to be. Consider also: size, attractiveness, functionality, and flexibility. Once these boxes can be checked, you are on your way.





Ethiopian Orthodox Wedding An Ethiopian Orthodox wedding ceremony is an ancient sacrament, full of profound symbolism and meaning. The ceremony is completely stunning for cultural details, to the majestic use of colours and intricate clothing design. Prepare to be blown away by the warm welcome from the bride and groom’s family as well as the non-stop clapping, laughing, eating, drinking and dancing throughout. The couple is led through the ceremony by their priest where most rites are performed three times to represent the Holy Trinity. The weddings begin with a betrothal ceremony in which the rings are blessed. The priest recites the blessings and Bible passages, then makes the sign of the cross while holding the rings and declaring the betrothal. Alternately, the priest may hold the rings in his hands while pressing the bride and groom's forehead three times each. After this, the priest or the deacon exchanges the rings between the couple's will be compensated by the other.


Lit Candle After the rings are exchanged, the priest gives the couple lit candles to hold in their left hands for the remainder of spiritual willingness to receive God's blessings. The priest also joins the couples right hands together while praying for their marriage. The bride and groom continue to hold hands during the ceremony as a symbol of their oneness.

Crowning The crowning is the centerpiece of the Orthodox marriage ceremony. Crowns can be made of orange blossom, myrtle leaves, semiprecious stones and metals, or threads of gold and crimson, which represent the royalty of marriage. As with all other things in the Orthodox church, there are layers of symbolism when it comes to the crowns. Namely, the crowns are a visible reminder of the crowns that await the couple in Heaven. But the crowns also serve a more immediate purpose: the bride and groom have just become the King and Queen of this newly created family.


The Common Cup

The bride and groom take three sips of wine from a shared cup. The process of the common cup is based on the wedding of Cana of Galilee, where Jesus turned water into wine. The cup represents life and symbolizes the couple's mutual sharing of joy and sorrow. As they drink wine from the common cup, they are reminded that from that moment they will share everything, doubling their joys and dividing their sorrows.

Circling The Table

Following the common cup ritual, the priest leads the couple three times around the altar on which a Bible and cross rest. This dance predates Christianity, representing the dance around the Ark of the Covenant. The choir sings three hymns as the couple circles the table. In this with the Church (through the priest) leading them.

Traditional Blessings

At the ceremony's end, the priest recites parting blessings upon the newlyweds. To the groom he may say: "Be thou Isaac and multiply as Jacob. Walk in peace and work in righteousness, as the commandments of God." To the bride he may say: "And thou O Bride, be though magniconditions of the law, for so it is well pleasing unto God.



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by Laura McDonald (Production Box)

Capturing your special day in a cinematic way has become one of videos hottest trends, and the folks in the wedding industry are leading the pack. The idea of playing back highlights leading up to the big day during the reception, or, having a unique, edited trailer in less than 24 hours to show-off with family and friends, is the new trend captivating modern day brides. Welcome to the digital revolution!

technical director, producer and editor. I started filming weddings for family and friends since I had the 'hook up on equipment and gear' about 7 years ago, and let's say...it's now our number one service at Production Box. But, the way weddings are now captured is quite different than just pointing and shooting. Cutting edge technology has made bulky equipment and enormous light stands obsolete. Light, efficient and almost invisible have become the order of the day as the operator and Hello everyone, my name is Laura McDonald. I've been in the the technology become one. television industry for just over 11 years in the capacities of


I still have brides asking, Why would I want my wedding filmed, and what's with all this fancy jargon about "cinematography? Shout-Outs to my budget savvy bride who still boasts, I have a photographer already, and I don't need my wedding filmed! May I add a little statistical fact here, 75% of those brides regret not having their wedding day properly covered; just saying... With the advent of social media, are you really going to put on this big day, and really not have anything to show all the friends and family overseas that couldn't make it? After all, it's the new millennium.

How is this the new digital trend? Photography captures a single image, which is 1 frame while cinematography captures 24 frames. In short, every 1-second of video equals to 24frames which offers movement and audio; bringing that still image to life. Your wedding day, is NOT just a video from start to end in order of the events that took place, it's now your "love story." Filming behind the scenes, bride and groom getting dressed, the anticipation, the edginess, the anxiety, all combined in one. Gone are the days of long speeches, with your drunk uncle slobbering congratulations, your day is condensed into a beautiful cinematic movie: establishing shots, time lapses, aerials, details of the dĂŠcor and more. Imagine, the clicking sound of champagne glasses as your guests begs for another kiss, and your husband whispering in your ear "You look absolutely gorgeous, I love you!" -

I used to tease my friends who refused to have their wedding day cinematographed saying, If a picture tells a thousand words, then let's write your novel. A photograph captures a single frame, that frame does not move, it has no audio... Simply put, it's just pretty to look at (not knocking down my photographer associates). I think of it this way; if you had your grand parents wedding album or their wedding All memories that will now be immortalvideo in your possession which one ized. would you more gravitate to?......... My point exactly! Go Book your wedding cinematographer today!


Honeymoon with a DIFFERENCE

Exhausted from the fanfare of your wedding day, all you may feel like doing afterwards is relaxing. If you can resist the temptation to spend most of your honeymoon lounging around, you won’t be sorry. Here are three types of alternatives to a ‘honeymoon in bed’ which will leave you feeling exhilarated and revved up.


• Adventure Honeymoon It’s pretty hard to get bored on an active honeymoon. Remember this is a chance to do something out of the box- way out; like ‘which box?’ Here are a few adventures worth exploring: Rising majestically from the eastern end of the island and dominating the parishes of St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary you will definitely be in adventure mode if you venture to take a hike or bike ride through the infamous Blue Mountains. It boasts one of the highest peaks in the Caribbean. At the end of your journey through this gorgeous landscape renowned for its aromatic coffee, flora and fauna, the Blue Mountain Inn offers a welcome sanctuary.

• Not for the faint hearted, rainforest zip lining and bobsledding are a part of the truly vibrant and multifaceted experiences you can have in Jamaica. Several locations in Ocho Rios, St. Ann offer this exciting escapade. If you can play rough and tumble, and are not afraid to get down and dirty, paint ball is also available. Without question, an adventurous honeymoon will be unforgettable. Opportunities abound to maintain or kick start a healthy lifestyle and enjoy nature.

• Humanitarian Honeymoon: On the heels of one of the happiest days of your life, why not share your joy with the cosmos by giving something back to society? Volunteer to tutor for a day or give motivational talks to students at schools and educational centres. Whatever your field of expertise may be, sharing your knowledge and achievements is always inspirational. • Donations of school supplies and medical equipment are always welcome. Asking your wedding guests to help in this regard rather than the usual spend on gifts is worth considering. The COJO Foundation or other organizations like Food for The Poor, the Mustard Seed Community and the Bustamante Hospital for Children are great places to add to your registry.


• Green Honeymoon An eco-friendly honeymoon can be your way of giving back to Mother Nature by leaving less of a carbon footprint.Choosing a mode of transportation to help reduce emissions from your travelling (if you have to) is a good start.

• Staying at a resort that engages in environmentally conscious practices including building without disturbing the natural environment, use of organic material in its construction and solar power. Be sure to check out some of Jamaica’s finest eco-resorts. • Kanopi House is the ultimate tree house nestled in a forest located metres from the Blue Lagoon in Portland. This serene hideaway boasts luxurious rooms with handcrafted furnishings and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. The Bay View Eco Resort, also in Portland is another beautiful oasis. Delectable cuisine, a chance to get acquainted with many of the island’s species of birds and a gorgeous view of the Blue Mountain are some of the treasures that await you there.

You may have thought about your ideal honeymoon for a very long time but don’t be afraid to try something new. This trip outside of your comfort zone may turn out to be a great story you tell your grandchildren. References http://www.huffingtonpost.com http://things-to-do-in-jamaica.com http://www.unique-honeymoon-ideas.com villaswithclass.com | http://www.wikihow.com




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The Wedding So they said their vows humbly and quietly in the presence of friends and family. A Bahai wedding ceremony on a small, secluded beach at Great Huts in Boston, Portland. "We will all verily abide by the will of God..." It was a steaming hot day Portland style for a morning wedding that started in the afternoon. But the bride wasn't late... The late comers were the folk who were attending the ceremony from other parts of the island. There was also the blessing of a morning shower! And It was a blessing. The bride walked onto the beach to the sound and polyrhythms of Afro-Caribbean sacred drums played and recorded especially for the day by a master drummer in Colombia. The beautiful Jamaican bride Subrina ‘Brina’ Ward descended barefooted onto the beach, as she would on stage when performing, to meet her Scottish Highlander Kieran Murray. He was clad in traditional kilt in a Clan Murray tartan, all decked out with sporran and belt, brought all the way from Scotland by his parents - inna tropical style, the groom chose sandals.

The bride’s dress was from a California designer and embellished by the bride herself with peacock feathers and irregular tucks at the base to allow walking with ease. On her head was her signature designed "Birds Net Veil" – a one of a kind piece. The wedding rings were presented in a conch shell. After the ceremony, scrumptious, delicate, all you can eat Jamaican cuisine awaited the happy witnesses. They had to wait a while however, as the happy couple traveled the winding Fairy Hill road towards an isolated San San Beach to capture some of the most memorable photographs on a joyful day full of love, sun, fun, family, and friends to support the transitioning lives of two individuals from two different backgrounds, two different seas and cultures to make one wave, to warble in one tree together. Photos by Lookyah (Damien Baddy)


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Where did that come from?

4 Best Man Back in the day finding a wife was not about love or attraction and compatibility. A female would often be kidnapped from a neighbouring community when local females were unavailable. The man who would become the groom would set out with his ‘brides-knight’ on this conquest. The best man was most likely the man who best helped the groom to obtain his bride; he would also be relied upon to stand guard at the wedding just in case the incensed family of the kidnapped bride showed up to try and reclaim her.

There are some traditions that have become staples in Jamaican weddings. And we have just embraced them. But where did these traditions originate and why? Here are some interesting snippets about the origins of five routine ones. 1 The White Dress ‘Here comes the bride, all dressed in white.’ Even a song has been done about it. The occasional bride may show up attired in a red, teal or pink dress, but the wedding tradition of a white (or slightly off-white/pearl) dress has been a mainstay in our culture. This tradition comes to us straight from…(drum-roll please) the Victorian era—in fact, from Queen Victoria herself, who was married to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. At the time, red was actually the white of today or the bride would just wear the nicest dress she had. It is said that the young queen was neither the first, nor only royalty to have worn white; but she is credited with the entrenching of the now popular custom

5 The Honeymoon" No matter how great …or lousy the wedding, a ‘honey moon’ is sure to follow. Where did this come from? There are a few prevailing stories. a. The honeymoon is said to have come about and gotten its name in Babylonia from the practice of drinking honeyed mead for the first month of marriage. The mead, which was said to have aphrodisiac properties and enhance fertility, was provided by the fathers-in-law.

2 The Bouquet The wedding bouquet – the most unwavering of all traditions, had very smelly beginnings. In the early years, brides would carry garlic and dill. (There are many differing reasons given for that tradition). Nevertheless, over time, the fragrance changed and herbs and spices gave way to flowers and ferns; ergo our modern bridal bouquet.

b. In another myth, the Norse word "hjunottsmanathr" is considered by some to be the origin of the word honeymoon. Hjunottsmanathr actually means "in hiding". The best man origin story (#4) seems to support this myth. Apparently, grooms who abducted their brides from local villages, kept them in hiding until they were pregnant, or until the bride's family ceased searching, and then presented themselves to the bride's family as a fait accompli.`

3 The Give Away Father Walking down the aisle with dad was not always a symbol of pride and joy of the proud father; in antiquated tradition, it was rather a sign that the father had indeed accepted the dowry price and was now officially handing over the payment, hence keeping his end of the bargain.

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An Ode to My Love; My Jamaicaby: Patrick Micheal Haynes For the days your waves

Came crashing on my shore For the times

Life with you

Promised so much more Your rays of sunshine

Took my darkness away And I could envision A brighter day

A picture of beauty Frozen in time

The passion unleashed You say you are mine

From this day forward I’m compelled to say In your arms forever

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