3 Truly Unique Wedding Experiences in Jamaica

Happy Friday and welcome to the last of our series on Jamaica! We hope you've been enjoying following with our destination wedding and honeymoon highlights in the Montego Bay area thus far {see Part 1 and Part 2 here}. We've got a few more to share with you today, and then some fun eye candy to share with you next week on facebook {follow us here so you don't miss it}, courtesy of some of Jamaica's best wedding vendors.

In our last post we explored some of the really wonderful all-inclusive resorts that would be perfect for your extra-relaxing honeymoon, or your easy-going destination wedding. But, if you are looking for a truly unique experience in Jamaica - something a little more personalized and with as many options as you can dream up - we've got some great choices for you!

If you like the convenience of a resort but without the all-inclusive package, and access to more amenities, the Half Moon is the place for you. The property is so vast that you'll need to check out a bicycle or hop on a golf cart to get around! But, at the Half Moon there is everything you could need - stunning ceremony locations, 4 and 5 star restaurants available for your private reception, a golf course, an equestrian center, and an award-winning spa available to pamper newlyweds and bridal parties alike. The rooms and suites are set up cottage-style so you don't have to worry about having too many neighbors bothering you, and for larger groups, the Half Moon also has 2 cottages and several villas available. Perhaps one of the crowning glories of the Half Moon are their over-water cabins which can be requested for spa services. It doesn't get more blissful than having a relaxing massage to the sound of the waves, and should you choose, a glass of wine or even a candle-lit dinner to follow. If you are truly looking to pamper yourself, or splurge a little on the Caribbean wedding of your dreams, the Half Moon is truly a special place!
Have you dreamed of having your wedding ceremony on a secluded property, with just you and your guests? Have you ever wanted to take a trip that included a personal chef? Well, I'm sure one of the Villas by Linda Smith will be the perfect choice for you! With over 25 properties in the inventory, ranging from 1 to 9 bedrooms, there's something that will fit everyone's taste and budget. Each property has, at minimum, either a pool or a beachfront location (many have both!), as well as a chef and/or housekeeper. Some include admission to larger resort properties, giving guests access to golf courses, restaurants and beach clubs. These villas are cozy, comfortably and tastefully decorated, and very well-appointed with things like wi-fi and flatscreen TVs. And, the staff chef will prepare whatever you like! However, I'd recommend requesting some local specialties like pumpkin soup and this spectacular lobster dish. The villas can be rented for week-long stays or more, either for group or family vacations or wedding parties - some properties can accommodate weddings of up to 150 guests. With reasonable rates, you can host your guests and celebrate your wedding festivities with them all week long in your own private piece of heaven at the Villas by Linda Smith.
And finally, for a wedding you can truly make your own, consider hosting your ceremony and reception at one of the area's great houses. These large estates {many of which were former sugar plantations} are available to host private events. Many of these properties have sweeping and spectacular views of Montego Bay like the Greenwood Great House we visited, and beautiful gardens and lush grounds to provide a stunning backdrop for your wedding. You have many options to choose your caterers, entertainment, lighting, ceremony set-up and reception style to have a truly personalized experience! The great houses in Jamaica offer the intimate feel of hosting your wedding at villa but at a beautiful, historic venue that can become a canvas for your creativity.
Whether you're looking for an intimate destination wedding venue, a luxurious honeymoon or even trying to plan your next family vacation . . . Jamaica has something for everyone. We hope you have fallen in love with Jamaica as much as we have and that you've booked your tickets already! Now that you've checked that off your list, we've got one last treat for you. Stay tuned for some great Jamaica-infused destination wedding inspiration and eye candy that will be happening over on our facebook page next week. Be sure to * like us on facebook * if you haven't already so you will not miss great decor, flowers, gowns, and more . . . basically everything you'll need to make your day one to remember in Jamaica.

How-To Create a Heart Wedding Theme : from Details to Decor

A Heart Wedding Theme is a popular, traditional theme for weddings, one that offers a romantic feel for you and your guests. The Wedding Outlet offers so many beautiful heart inspired accessories and favors that finding details and decor for your wedding is easy and fun. Here are some favorites . . .
These Heart Favor Containers are perfect to fill with your favorite treat and give it to those you love. Containers are made from sturdy plastic and may be personalized for any special occasion.
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These Double Hearts Personalized Napkins blend classic and contemporary style together to help personalize your wedding reception or special event. You can choose from 24 napkin colors and 9 imprint foil colors and these 3-ply napkins are available in beverage or luncheon size.
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This Heart and Arrow Photo Backdrop features a Cupid's heart design with a modern and clean look. Can be used as a photo booth backdrop for photo ops for your guests or simply as a decor piece. May be personalized with two custom lines. Features a water-resistant and scratch-resistant coating and has a smooth satin finish.
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Giveaway : Enter to Win $75 in Stylish Bridal Accessories from Silver Bridals

Happy Tuesday. For the next two weeks, I'm excited to have Shira of Silver Bridals on etsy joining me and offering one lucky reader of Brenda's Wedding Blog the chance to win $75 in stylish bridal accessories from Shira's etsy shop. In her shop, you will find sashes, head pieces, bracelets and garters for the brides and bridesmaids.

Are you ready to enter to win? Simply complete one or all of the possible entries below for your chance to win gorgeous bridal accessories. Good Luck. The giveaway runs thru Monday November 3rd at 11:59 pm EST.

Achieve the Bridal Look That's You : Simple & Classic or Modern & Trendy

Which Bridal Style are You? Today, With this Bling joins us to help you acheive the bridal look that's right for you. Will you be a Simple and Classic Bride or a Modern and Trendy one? After you see the choices - simply cast your vote in the quick survey at the end of this post and we'll see which look is becoming the favorite.

Look 1: Simple and Classic


This Crystal Accented Double Layer, Elbow Length Bridal Veil features a cut edge accented with sparkling crystals in varying sizes. Some of the crystals are grouped together while others are spaced out, adding the perfect touch of sparkle. This veil is available in your choice of white or ivory.

These Enchanting Silver Cubic Zirconia Dangle Bridal Earrings feature a superb art-deco inspired design encrusted with sparkling clear cubic zirconia crystals set in stunning silver plating. They will make an alluring and artistic addition to your classic, modern or vintage inspired wedding.

Look 2: Modern and Trendy


This Bridal Floral Hair Clip with Feathers and Crystals is a lovely flower hair clip with a gorgeous combination of silk petals, shimmering rhinestones and soft white feathers. It's the perfect accessory to adorn your hair for your wedding day and it can even be worn by bridesmaids.

These Crystal Drop Bridal Earrings feature beautiful round crystals that shine from every angle. These beautiful earrings are perfect for brides, bridesmaids, proms, religious celebrations and more.

Best Selling Wedding Favor: Life Saver Favors

Now you can show your guests that you are "mint to be together" with these personalized Life Saver® Favors from The Wedding Outlet. These mints can be personalized with up to two lines of text to create your own unique and meaningful message. Candies come individually wrapped and will look great sprinkled on your guests' table, placed in a bowl as a centerpiece or placed in a small box or bag and given to your guests as a favor. With over 65+ design styles to choose from, finding a theme that best matches your wedding or special event theme or season is easy.
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Timeless Southern Beauty : Outdoor Wedding Themes for Fall Weddings

Today I have the last of the 5 great outdoor wedding themes for fall weddings {which are ideal for summer weddings too}. Here's the other four wedding themes in case you missed any . . .
1. Farm to Table Chic Wedding
2. Residential Ballroom
3. Rugged Mountains and Flip Flops
4. Residential Ballroom

Williams Ski and Patio has collaborated with wedding planners and photographers who have designed the most amazing outdoor wedding themes. Today's theme is a Timeless Southern Beauty wedding design from Sarah Darcy, Editor at Classic Bride.

When asked about this wedding design, here is what Sarah said . . .

What are the planning/design elements characteristic of the theme?
The most important part of planning was choosing our outdoor venue. I wanted somewhere that had history and was already beautiful all on its own - I didn't want to have to "create" a space. We chose Mary Mahoney's French House on the Mississippi Gulf Coast - one of the oldest French settlements in the area. It just oozed Southern Charm and looked like it was transplanted from the New Orleans French Quarter. The courtyard was lush and inviting and I immediately knew that's where I wanted to get married. Once we had decided on the venue, the design elements were so easy to choose. We went with the colors already in place at the venue (creamy white with natural greens) and it worked to create a seamlessly beautiful palette for our wedding.

How can people planning their own wedding incorporate some element of the theme into their own outdoor wedding?
My biggest advice has and always will be to find a venue that speaks to your heart. Don't settle on a country club unless it's a family legacy and means a tremendous deal to you. Find a place brimming with character and beauty that reflects your personalities. It will be soooo much easier to work with. And, if you're wanting a timeless look for an outdoor venue, go with a natural and neutral color palette like we did for our wedding. I love limiting the palette to two colors - it keeps things simple and cohesive. A few of my favorites are navy and white; natural greens and white; black and white (hello, blacktie!); and marigold and navy (which can be trickier but is beautiful when done well).

Vendor Credits {per Sarah's wedding post on her Classic Bride Blog}:
Venue + Catering: Mary Mahoney’s Old French House, Biloxi, Miss. / Portrait Photos: Historic downtown Biloxi / Photography: Look Photography/Itinerant Studio / Florist: Cardinal Flowers, Gulfport, Miss. / Cake: Sweet Stuff, Biloxi, Miss. / Music: String Duo – Delsi and Jeb – of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra / Chairs: Classic Party Rental, Gulfport, Miss. / Bridal Attire: Dress: Galina / Bolero: Custom-made and hand-beaded by my Mother / Make-up: Miranda from MAC, Biloxi, Miss. / Hair: Splendor Salon, Gulfport, Miss. / Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers

Top 3 Locations in Jamaica for Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

Welcome to Part 2 of our series on Jamaica! So you've decided you want to book a destination wedding or honeymoon in the Caribbean, and you're excited about all that Jamaica has to offer. What's next? Well, today's post will give all of you engaged couples plenty of resources and inspiration for planning a destination wedding or honeymoon in Jamaica! If you are looking for a truly memorable wedding and/or honeymoon experience, Montego Bay has lots of options for you!

We visited several resorts that would make a great venue for a destination wedding or honeymoon. The resorts featured in today's post are all-inclusive, which makes it super easy and affordable for you and your guests! Once you arrive, all you have to think about is whether to spend the day at the pool or on the beach. You don't need to worry about carrying around cash or credit cards - you can relax, sip and snack all day!

All-inclusives are a great choice for those planning to invite families with kids to their destination wedding, as most have on-site activities for kids and some even have their own kids clubs where you can drop the little ones off early in the day and get them in time for dinner. Are you looking for a more relaxing, kid-free environment for your wedding or honeymoon? Montego Bay has adults-only properties as well as several large properties that offer adults-only accommodations in addition to more family-friendly ones. Do you know what else makes all-inclusive resorts an excellent choice for a destination wedding?
— Affordable wedding packages
— Perks based on the size of your group
— Can start your honeymoon right after your wedding without having to pack your bags

Here are just a few of the options we recommend in the Montego Bay area:

[1.] The RIU Montego Bay is a large property that is family-friendly and offers something for everyone. For those wanting a more intimate experience, the neighboring RIU Palace offers an adults-only experience with access to the RIU property. Wedding packages at the RIU start at just $600 for the couple and up to 10 guests with a minimum booking of 5 rooms for 3 nights! Yes, that's a whole wedding - ceremony (yes, on the beach), semi-private reception, cake, and the bubbly . . . Truly an affordable and elegant experience!
[2.] For a unique, adults-only wedding experience or a relaxed but fun honeymoon, the Sandals Royal Caribbean has it all! Ever wanted to get married on your own private island? Well, Sandals can offer you the next best thing! Couples can rent out the Sandals' offshore island for their wedding ceremony and reception! Even though it's just a five minute boat ride from the main property, it will feel like your own! For your honeymoon you can even book a spa treatment (or two) on the offshore island to get a truly romantic experience. With affordable packages and the option to customize your whole wedding beyond the pre-set package options, the Sandals is an excellent choice. Basic wedding packages start at $500 for up to 8 people - free if the minimum stay is met!
[3.] For those looking for more variety and a more upscale experience in Montego Bay, the Grand Palladium properties have so much to offer! The Lady Hamilton side of the resort offers a more adults-only atmosphere while the Grand Palladium Jamaica side is more family-friendly. The resort boasts 10 dining options - both a la carte restaurants and buffets, and the individual restaurants can be reserved exclusively for your wedding reception. There are multiple ceremony locations throughout the property as well, whether you desire sand under feet or a lush tropical garden. You and your guests will have endless opportunities to discover all of the fun things to do at the Grand Palladium during your stay! The Palladium offers several packages for the couple who wants to splurge a bit more, starting at $1050 for an intimate wedding experience for two.

All-inclusive resorts in Jamaica are a great option for simple yet elegant weddings. But, if you are a couple that is more into having a truly one-of-a-kind experience, stay tuned for the third post in our Jamaica series where we'll highlight a few unique venues that can be rented our for your wedding or your honeymoon! ~ Jackie