Caribbean PerfectionWords by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Forest Johnson
Does it offer the type of experience you have dreamed about? Every island is different and offers something unique – beyond just sun, sea and sand – find out all your ceremony options in advance.
What can local service providers offer you? Do you want to bring everything in or can the island providers help you achieve your dream wedding?How does it rank in cost, flexibility and travel time for your guests? Choose destinations that offer direct air service (or at least good connections), a variety of accommodations near your chosen wedding setting to suit all styles and budgets of guests who will be joining you.
Avoid Surprises – Destination-bound brides often go to their destination sight-unseen. Ask to see RECENT wedding photographs of real couples (not just glossy marketing shots) in the settings.
Think Unique – Are there historic locations with meaningful significance, architecture that makes for a dramatic wedding backdrop, hidden gardens that offer magical settings, or villas private and spacious enough to handle your intimate group, etc? Do the same for entertainers, cuisine, favors and traditions!
Relax, but still get it in writing – Many destinations work on ‘island-time’ which is charming but can be frustrating to a busy bride-to-be with many plans on her plate. Be sure to get everything in writing and double confirm things before you get there so there are no unnecessary surprises..
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