So you’re thinking about a Jamaica destination wedding … but what does that entail?
Having a destination wedding doesn’t necessarily means that you will be bride #12 waiting to be the next couple in line for a resort’s wedding gazebo.
On the contrary, with careful planning, you can have a personal and memorable wedding designed to suit your dreams. Mais Oui Villa weddings, in particular, are customized based on the desires of our couples.
As you may have discovered, the traditional wedding planning advice listed in every bridal magazine seems inappropriate for destination weddings. Even if you want to your celebration to be just the two of you on a deserted beach with a minister or a sit-down dinner for your closest friends and family, you have to know what you want to be able to achieve it in the most stress-free manner possible. The key is in the planning.
One big mistake we see among couples planning Jamaica destination weddings is that, in their excitement to start planning their big day, they contact properties trying to plan their wedding with no idea of what they want and no idea of their budget.
As a result, both parties end up frustrated with couples feeling like they are not being taken seriously and vendors feeling like their time is being wasted.
Here is the big secret… If you have even a basic idea of what you want as well as a realistic budget, you will be steps ahead of most couples planning a Jamaica destination wedding, or even a regular wedding for that matter!
We get so many emails or phone calls from couples who ask the dreaded question,“How much does a wedding at the villa cost?” or “How much does a wedding in Jamaica cost?”
Those are the worst questions to try to answer. Why? Because the only possible answer to this general, non-specific question is, “It depends on what you want to have for your wedding.”
It’s sort of like asking, “How much does a car cost?” Well, do you want a Ford, BMW or a Rolls Royce? Do you want leather seats and headrest covers? Black interiors or tan?
The cost of items or services depends on what you ultimately select for your big day. So, in the initial stages, before you have contracted with a wedding planner or with specific vendors, the most you can hope for is ball-park pricing of the more common items that most couples would want. Even with that information in hand, you have to anticipate that the final price you pay might vary from the initial ball-park guesstimate you received.
There are two statements that wedding planners never want to hear because either statement means they are about to enter the Land of the Tire Kickers, populated by well-meaning couples who are still dreaming and not yet serious about nailing down plans for their wedding.
No wedding planner will know what services to offer you if you have no idea of your budget.
Face it. If you are like most people, you don’t have an unlimited budget. There is an upper limit that you do not wish to exceed. Knowing this figure ahead of time, whatever it is, will help your wedding planner to point you to the service providers who can deliver on your wedding vision within a price range that fits your budget.
There are vendors in various price ranges. You could get a photographer for $500 or one for $5000 or more depending on how many hours of photography you want, how many photos you want to be delivered to you, as well as the skill and reputation of the photographer. Your floral arrangements can cost $400 to $3000 or more depending on what type of flowers you choose, how many arrangements you have, and so forth.
A wedding planner cannot tell you how much to spend for your wedding. You need to know your budget to see what kind of wedding event you can create for the financial resources you have allotted. It goes without saying, that the budget must be realistic.
A good time frame to plan a Jamaica destination wedding is 6-12 months
There are exceptions but most properties, especially villas, won’t book so far in advance. In two years, prices will likely have changed, companies and or vendors could have come and gone, styles and trends will have changed, and even your own tastes and needs may change.
Eighteen month or less is typical for reserving a wedding venue in Jamaica. Most destination weddings are planned 6-12 months in advance. The smaller ones are sometimes planned with less notice.
If your wedding is in two years, or certainly more than a year away, your best bet is to keep an eye out for destination wedding ideas that you like by looking at wedding magazines or websites so that when you are 6-12 months from the wedding, you will be ready to start planning. You might even want to start a Pinterest page to collect these ideas to share with your wedding planner.
Til next time.
Think and dream Jamaica.
Sherry, Darrell & Darrian
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