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Welcome Message

Contents Carla Stewart

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

Planning Your Beautiful Day

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elcome to another exciting issue of the your ultimate wedding guide - no engaged couple should be without it. We aim to help you with your wedding planning and present you with some of the top professional and budget-friendly suppliers in the Jamaica wedding market. What makes this guide perfect for wedding couples to-be is the extremely useful information and local resources. Couples can turn to us to discover the professional providers and get creative ideas for their perfect wedding in Jamaica. Your budget determines the look and feel of your wedding. So take the time to use the information and the resources provided in these pages to guide you on how to be different, beautiful and stay within your budget. Do contact us if you are having any challenges with any area of your planning. We will help you with your distinctive and memorable occasion. Visit the website www.jamaicaweddingguide.com for specials, and other value-added tips. Happy Planning!

3 Advertisers Index 4 Beauty & Makeup 6-9 Bridal Attire 10 Wedding Planning Steps 12 DIY (Do-It-Yourself) 13 Cakes 14-17 Ceremony & Reception Venues 19 Checklist & Budget 20-21 Flowers & Decor Rentals 22-25 Invitations & Programs 26 Music & Entertainment 27-29 Photography & Videography 30 Minister, Counseling & Legal Requirements 31 Wedding Planners & Coordinators

Publisher: Ultimate Events Editor-in-Chief: Carla Stewart Design Graphics: Miguel A. Rowe (MD Studio) E-mail: admin@jamaicaweddingguide.com Website: www.jamaicaweddingguide.com 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. ŠCopyright 2014 by Ultimate Events. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

On the cover: Mrs. Tina Brooks Photography by: Trudy Morrison

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Advertisers Index Wedding Engraving 03 Emkay Sports Beauty & Makeup 04 Wow Factor Beauty & Makeup 05 Face Forward Bridal Attire 06 Lori-Ann’s Brides Bridal Attire 09 Beautiful Brides & Mr. Tux Bridal Attire 11 Petals & Promises Wedding Supplies/Products 12 Chang’s Trading Ceremony & Reception Venues 15 Caymanas Golf & Country Club Ceremony & Reception Venues 18 Be-U-tiful D’Zines Ceremony & Reception Venues 16-17 Hope Gardens Flowers & Decor 20 MC Decor Flowers & Decor 21 Flowers Village & Gifts Wedding Favors(Souvenirs) 22 Banyan Creations Invitations 23-25 Island Novelties Music & Entertainment 26 Pro Audio Music & Entertainment 26 Dj Kevin MC 26 Markland (Action) Edwards Photography & Videography 27 Trudy Morrison Photography & Videography 27 KW Personalized Photography & Videography 28 Nas Wedding Photography Photography & Videography 28 DagPro Images Photography & Videography 29 Digital Video Concepts Photography & Videography 29 Masters Minister & Counselling 30 Rev. Dr. Eral Lewis, Rev. Donovan D. Cole Rev. Shane O’Connor Wedding Planners & Coordinators 31&32 Ultimate Events, Petals & Promises, Beautiful Brides & Mr Tux

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Beauty & Makeup

*Makeup/Hair Stylist *Dining/Social/Business Etiquette & Deportment Trainer *Image Consultant

before

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Tel: 876-861-1967 (digicel)

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876-312-1510(lime)

Email: cathy@wowfactorja.com

WOWfactor cathy stephenson

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our makeup should last all day, through all the crying, hugging, kissing, eating and dancing. Your mascara should be waterproof, and lipstick kiss proof ! Remember that some foundations and/or powders look different in pictures, since they reflect light differently. If possible, get your makeup checked and photographed with a flash before the big day. Also, blend your foundation

down the neck to make sure your face does not look different from the rest of your body. If you’re getting any facial treatments, make sure to get them several days before the wedding day. Sometimes skin can look irritated for the next couple of days after treatments, and you don’t need that kind of surprise! Your bridal makeup should enhance your features so you look like yourself — at your most radiant and beautiful.

“Biggest TIP for wedding day beauty”:

stay away from anything trendy, because trends come and go!!!

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Bridal Attire

What Are You Wearing? A bride whose wedding gown fits her body perfectly will look comfortable, confident and radiant. This is your day - you want to look your absolute best in a gown that seemed to be designed just for you! Whether purchasing or renting a wedding gown, there are numerous retail outlets that offer these services. Questions to ask yourself before you go gown shopping; • What is my budget • What is my preferred style • What will I do with my gown after my wedding (if purchased) • What are the costs to alter and clean a purchased gown versus the total costs to rent • Who will accompany me and do I trust their opinion Available at Lori-Ann’s Bride

WORDS OF WISDOM If you have any doubts about your ability to select the perfect gown, get the help of a Wedding Planner or a trusted friend. BRIDESMAIDS When choosing your bridesmaids remember the following: are they reliable, can they afford to pay for their bridal attire, what is your relationship like. Being a bridesmaid can lead to unanticipated expenses; dress, shoes, accessories, makeup, hair, travel accommodation. So when you invite someone to be a member of your bridal party, outline the responsibilities to them. You should give them a graceful opportunity to decline if they cannot afford to participate or has another reason for declining. Bridesmaids should be flexible and willing to compromise. MaidZilla no - Friendship First ! Your bridesmaids should be your friends who knows you and have been there for you through the years. Even though they may be paying for their attire, the style of the dress should be decided upon by the bride. No bridesmaid should upstage the bride !

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Wedding Planning

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:

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

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 1-2 DAYS PRIOR: and manicurist, and make wedding day Pickup Wedding dresses and suits appointments Make final payments or hand over Order invitations, favors, engraved cake final payments to wedding planner or knife set, personalized champagne best man glasses and other accessories Get a massage Consult a travel agent and make honeyDo your nails moon reservations Reserve MC for reception NIGHT BEFORE:

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:

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!

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

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Men’s Formal Wear

Event Decor Maggie Sottero

Wedding Stationery

Bridal Dresses

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DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Step-by-step guide to create your own elegant souvenirs: BRANDED FINGER TOWELS • Printed or plain towels • Ribbon printed with your first names and wedding dates • Satin bow (in wedding color/s) • 1/2 inch Ribbon • Needle • Thread 1. Purchase towels (plain or printed) 2. Order ribbons according to wedding colors with your first names and wedding date. 3. Sew printed ribbon across the towel ( middle or lower half) 4. Sew pre-ordered bow to the top or bottom edge of towel OR make bow using the 1/2 inch ribbon and sew on to the top or bottom edge of the towel. 5. Package in pairs or single for your guests.

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Cakes

Damask

Swiss Dot

Ombre

Cakes 2014 Trends Over the years, wedding cakes have evolved and have become a much more expressive medium for the bride and groom. The wedding cake is the main focus at the wedding reception and is viewed as a statement piece reflecting the

bride and groom’s personal style and wedding theme. You want something uniquely designed around you as a couple that will taste amazing and keep your guests talking long after the cake has been eaten.

ELEGANT AND TASTY WEDDING CAKES YOU CAN AFFORD.

TR ADITI O NAL FRU IT CAK ES, R ED VELVET, PL AI N, SPO N GE WITH FRU IT FI LLI N GS

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eremony & reception venues are two of the most important elements of your wedding planning. These are the backdrop for memories that will last a lifetime. Couples, especially brides, are often led by their eyes rather than their wallet when it comes to selecting a venue. Below are some helpful hints for ensuring that all of the right questions are answered upfront before you contract a venue. Know Before You Go: It is good to have an estimated idea of what your guest list and budget are when seeking a venue. Overtime Fees: Always ask venues about their overtime policy and if there are overtime fees. Roomy Fit: An empty room you are viewing can fill up quickly once you get all of the wedding day components in. The only way to truly see a reception venue’ size is to visit during another wedding of the same size. Make sure to ask the venue if you can. Offering: Each venue is different with what they include in the price. Some include food & beverage, tables and chairs, while others offer only the space. Be sure to have this discussion with the venue before you visit. Falling in love with a place only to find out you can’t afford the extras is a waste of time. Parking Problems: Make sure that they have plenty parking spaces for your guests. If parking is an issue, an organized shuttle service is an option, if it’s within your budget. Decor Details: Is your dream wedding illuminated by soft candlelight or does it have elaborate décor hanging from the ceilings? Make sure you discuss your prospective vision with the venue, as well as ask for any restrictions they have, so you’re not dealing with any décor crisis. Electricity Outlets: While viewing the space, look for outlets, especially in the area you want the DJ, instrumental or band to play. Extension cords going 14

through the area is not only an eyesore but they are hazardous. Bar: Ask the venue about their liquor policy and any corkage fees if you bring in your own. Handicapped Accessibility: Find out if entryway and the bathrooms are handicapfriendly. You may not have a family member in a wheelchair, but older relatives may have difficulty on stairs or a guest could find themselves unexpectedly on crutches. Hidden Costs: Ask the venue about their minimums for food and beverage, special pricing for vendor meals, cancellation policies, taxes, staff (waiter, bartender, security) service fees, parking, set-up and take-down fees. Rehearsal Time: Ceremony rehearsal is to be done in the exact spot you’ll be doing the event. Ensure that the space is available and if there are any additional charges. Rehearsals typically last an hour. Back-Up Plan: If the ceremony and or the reception is outdoors, the venue should offer a back-up plan in case of inclement weather. Renovations: Ask about any redecorating or renovation plans for the near future. If there will be, get the guarantee that it won’t interfere with your wedding. Day-of-Wedding Coordinator: If you are not using a Wedding Planner or Coordinator, it is crucial that you recruit an extremely organized friend or have someone knowledgeable to ensure your dream is executed into a reality.

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LOOKING FOR AN IDEAL OUTDOOR LOCATION… … FOR YOUR SPECIAL EVENT? For Weddings, Parties for all ages and occasions, Fun days, Video shoot etc. Think natural setting… think Garden… think…

The Beauty of nature in the city

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… FOR YOUR SPECIAL EVENT? For Weddings, Parties for all ages and occasions, Fun days, Video shoot etc. Think natural setting… think Garden… think…

The Beauty of nature in the city

Hope Gardens – the perfect location for making your special event an unforgettable, magical experience. The Marketing and Events Department Nature Preservation Foundation, Hope Gardens, Kingston 6. Phone: 876- 970-3505; 876-927-1257 876-788-0042; Fax: 876-970-3504 E-mail: hopegardensevents@gmail.com hoperoyalbotanicgardens@gmail.com Let’s discuss the options, services and rates with you or your Event Planner! Facebook: Hope Gardens & Zoo, Kingston Jamaica The Marketing and Events Department Nature Preservation Foundation, Hope Gardens, Kingston 6. Phone: 876- 970-3505; 876-927-1257; 876-788-0042; Fax: 876-970-3504 Email: hopegardensevents@gmail.com hoperoyalbotanicgardens@gmail.com Facebook: Hope Gardens & Zoo, Kingston Jamaica

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TIE-THE-KNOT PACKAGE - UNDER

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All-in-One Price includes: · Bride’s Gown · Groom’s Tuxedo · Bouquets for Bride and Maid/Matron of Honour · Boutonnieres for Groom and Bestman · Decorated Ceremony area with: Bridal Arch, dressed chairs, aisle runner · Marriage Officer · Seating for 25 guests · Background Music · Photography · Makeup for Bride

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Checklist & Budget ITEM

BUDGET ACTUAL

ITEM

RINGS

STATIONERY

CEREMONY:

Invitations

Minister Fees

Envelopes

Venue Fees

Programmes

Marriage License

Menu Cards

BUDGET ACTUAL

Place Cards WEDDING ATTIRE

Cake Boxes

Bridal Gown

Thank You Notes

Tuxedo

Postage & Mailing

Headpiece/Veil/Tiara Undergarments

PHOTOGRAPHY

Accessories

Extra Prints

Alterations VIDEOGRAPHY RECEPTION

Extra DVD

Venue Rental Food

MC

Liquor

MUSIC

Cake

System Disc Jockey

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

Entertainers

Bridal Bouquet Bridesmaids Bouquets

ACCOMMODATION

Boutonnieres

Night before wedding

Corsages

Wedding Night

Ceremony Flowers Centerpieces

TRANSPORTATION

Linen

Limousine

Rentals

Luxury Car Bus

HAIR MAKEUP

PARTIES

MANI/PEDICURE

Rehearsal Dinner

FACIAL

Bridesmaids Luncheon

WEDDING PLANNER

HONEYMOON

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Flowers & Decor

Chiavari chairs in Gold, Silver or Mahogany

Spandex or Cotton chair covers

Chair ties in your wedding colors

Tablecloths & Overlays in your wedding colors

Table Chargers in Gold or Silver FOR ALL YOUR RENTAL NEEDS; LAWN CHAIRS, SOFAS AND OTTOMANS, NAPKINS, PLATES, GLASSES & CUTLERY, PLUS LOTS MORE.

Tel: (876) / Email: mcdecor5@msn.com /Web: www.mcdecorandrentals.com Wedding Guide I www.jamaicaweddingguide.com 20 969-7511


CENTERPIECES : 568-6754

BOUQUETS : 568-6754

Flowers & Decor Tip Choosing

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flowers and decor is your opportunity to add colours, textures, and style to the setting of your wedding ceremony and reception. They are also the defining touches captured in the photos you’ll always keep to remember your wedding day.

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Music & MC

We Provide: • Music Systems • Disc Jockey • Powered Monitors • Speakers • Projectors • Screens • Plasmas • Microphones • Tents

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disc jockey. Nothing can be more irritating, than a sound system that is screeching and a disc jockey that is late, who plays distasteful songs and who is totally unprepared for your special day!

Ronald Wallace Tel: 876-375-8537 I proaudiosystems@rocketmail.com

MARKLAND “Action” EDWARDS MC services Tel: (876) 399-1100 (876) 784-1782 E-mail: markland4u@yahoo.com “Experience The Difference”

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Photography & Video

Details, Details, Details……. The two most important things that require the most times are always the preparation of the bride and the couple portraits. The more information that is shared between the photographer and the couple, the easier the photo shoot will be. Timing is important. Traditionally, couple portraits and bridal party pictures take place right after the ceremony/prior to the reception. You don’t want to keep your guests waiting for hours for the reception to start. Discuss the picture taking flow with your photographer and a time limit must be agreed upon. Decide on where you want your formal photo shoot to take place. Only the bridal party should go with the photographer to this location. Family members and friends provide distractions which can interrupt the creativity of the photographer.

Most photographers require a deposit of 50-75% of their fees for confirmation and the balance is due when the photos are delivered. Ensure that you get a delivery period (normally a maximum of 4 weeks) from your photographer. If you are booking a full wedding package through a Planner, then the full amount may be required prior to your wedding date.

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Photography & Videography

Affordable wedding photography & videography, Portraits, wedding photojournalism and documentary wedding photography in Jamaica (Islandwide).

Nas Wedding Photography (876) 382-2489 (516) 422-1424 Web: nasweddingphotography.com Email: noel@nasweddingphotography.com Facebook: NASWeddingPhotography

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he digital age is here! Facebook and YouTube amongst others are at everyone’s fingertips. There are various styles of videography available. High definition packages include movie style video quality and they cost much more than regular videotaping. Ensure that your contract defines the video package you are paying for. Also, have the discussion with the videographer what you would like to see in your video.

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Photography & Videography

· One or two HD camera · Video Production:

Dressing, Ceremony, Photo Shoot, Reception

· Wedding Highlights Trailer: A 2-3 minute summary video edited dynamically with music. Available as an embedded link that you can post to your Facebook page or wed-ding website for your friends and family to enjoy.

· Two DVD’s

TEL: 876-948-3939 876-484-5778 email: dvconcept10@gmail.com

It is courteous to include videographers and photographers in your head count at your reception. They will be with you from dressing right through the reception and will need to eat and drink. Discuss meals during your planning and costing so that there are no misunderstandings or embarrassments.

TIP:

Plan well and enjoy the process. The best photos are of brides and grooms who are truly relaxed and enjoying their day!

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Legal Requirements

Legal Requirements To get married legally in Jamaica, no blood tests are required. A Wedding in Jamaica can be per- Jamaica Wedding Requirements are formed ANY DAY including weekends as follows: and holidays. 1. Proof of citizenship - certified copy of Provided that you have applied for and have been granted a marriage license 2. by the Ministry of National Security, a couple can be married just 24 hours 3. after arriving in the island. 4.

Some ceremony officiant will apply for the marriage license on your behalf, 5. however if they do not offer that service, below is a guide on how to secure it for yourselves. 6. Where to Apply: 7. The Ministry of Justice 2 Oxford Rd., Kingston 5, Jamaica W.I. 8.

Office hours: 9:00am - 4pm, Mon-Thurs 9:00am - 3pm, Fri. Phone: (876)906-4923-31

Minister & Counselling

Rev. Dr. Eral Lewis Tel: (876) 441-1056 Email: lewis.eral@gmail.com

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 18 years or older.

Rev. Donovan D. Cole (876) 310-6830 Rev. Shane O’Connor (876) 472-7800 c/o Calvary Gospel Assembly 129 Sundown Crescent, Kingston 10 Tel: (876) 923-0056 | (876) 793-5551

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According to Mindy Weiss - US Celebrity Wedding Planner - your Wedding Planner should be “Part gal pal, part mother, part shopping buddy, a gifted organizer, diplomat, time management guru, psychologist, and style consultant.” You and your mom, aunt, cousin, and close friends deserve to not have to worry about anything on your wedding day! Avoid the regret story - about how you wish you had at least hired a coordinator. If you can’t afford a Wedding Planner, get a Wedding Coordinatora professional who makes sure everything goes according to plan and who knows how to make sure you have the best wedding day you can have!

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Wedding Planners & Coordinators

Beautiful Brides & Mr. Tux Shop 16 Southdale Plaza 1 South Avenue, Kingston 10 (876) 968-3761 / (876) 968-7274


Small Budget Big Dreams? Your One-Stop Wedding Planner & Decorator • • • • • • •

Ceremony & Reception Venue Brunch/Dinner Reception Gown (Rental) Tuxedo (Rental) Marriage Officer & Marriage License Photo & Video Cake (1, 2 or 3-tiered with token pieces in boxes for guests)

• Invitations • Programs

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Makeup Bouquets FREE Boutonnieres NG WEDDI ! Corsages ING PLANN Ceremony décor Reception décor MC & Saxophonist Music System & DJ Day-of-Wedding Coordination Wedding Planning

Contact us for further details:

Tel: 876-891-6652/969-0218

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