May 2018

Book your Jamaican honeymoon

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime…

You and the love of your life finally did it! You’ve tied the knot, and you’ve earned your honeymoon in Jamaica. All you want now is to have an island drink in your hand, and your toes in the sand. Before you go, you might be wondering what to throw in your suitcase. If you want to avoid telling your new spouse “Jamaican me crazy with all this packing,” pay close attention because I’ve got the full rundown of many things you should include on your packing list!

Packing List For Your Honeymoon To Jamaica

Preparing to travel

First, the bare essentials…

It’s a Caribbean island, mon, so you know you’ll at least need the following:

  • Passport, driver’s license/photo ID, airline tickets, travel insurance information, and other travel docs (note, it’s a good idea to bring backup copies of all of this that you store in a separate place from the originals)
  • Bathing suits (but, how many? If you’ll be there between 4 and 7 nights, between 2 and 3 should be plenty and give you time to dry between use)
  • Cash and credit cards (bring plenty of $1 and $5 bills for tipping and shopping)

Bring your beach accessories

  • Sunscreen (depending on the size you might need to check it, but make sure you have enough for every day you will be there with multiple applications because sunscreen is pricey in tourist spots)
  • Flip flops/sandals (and water shoes for those waterfall hikes and excurious you might enjoy)
  • Tennis shoes
  • One pair of comfortable evening shoes that you can wear each night to dinner (leave your stilettos at home though)
  • Beach bag
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, lip balm, etc… Fun fact – some non-resort style hotels don’t have shampoo, so be sure to check your hotel’s list of amenities to determine if you need to bring anything else)
  • Camera and/or video camera
  • A hat and sunglasses for yourself and spouse

Plan your daytme wardrobe

  • Day clothes such as shorts and t-shirts, and night clothes such as pants and nice tops (how many outfits will depend on the number of days you are there. As a general rule you should at least pack enough underwear and socks for every day, but it’s best to pack outfits that interchange with other pieces to wear them multiple days in a row and save room in your luggage.)
  • Pajamas, unless well, um, honeymoon…

TRrael essentials

Don’t forget the following either   

  • All medicines you’re currently taking. Prescriptions out of the states could cost big bucks! And, keep them in their original packaging. You don’t want to have to throw out your birth control at customs because it wasn’t labeled (yes, this can happen!)
  • Cell phone and electronics chargers
  • A universal power converter (you may want to check in with your hotel to see if this is a need, but it’s better safe than sorry when your battery is down to 2% and you have 5 days left with no way to charge anything)
  • Razors and shaving cream

Don't forget your techology

Now, for the things often not thought of…

  • Headphones so you don’t disturb anyone while listening to your electronics (especially your new spouse late at night, in addition to tuning out those crying kids you might be near)
  • A pen (put it in your carry-on, trust me, you will need it)
  • An insulated cup or mug, and a water bottle (especially helpful if you’re staying at one of those cheaper all-inclusive resorts with those tiny, flimsy cups that never keep your drink cold long enough)
  • Luggage locks (security never hurt anyone)
  • A tablet with games and books downloaded to it (and don’t forget the backup battery!)
  • A sweater (nights can get chilly with that ocean breeze)
  • An umbrella (if you’re going in the rainy season)

This is not an exhaustive list. There may be additional items you need to add to your personal packing list for your honeymoon in Jamaica. However, I hope this has at least got the wheels in your head turning. Create your own list and stick to it so your honeymoon will be that much sweeter.

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Planning your dream wedding

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

Before the planning of your dream wedding begins, take some time to celebrate with your new fiancé. This may be the only time the two of you get to share this special, once in a lifetime, moment before the world knows. Be sure and commemorate this special moment with pictures. Just don’t upload them to social media until you read our advice below.

10 Tips For Planning Your Dream Wedding

Here are ten things to do to make planning your dream wedding a reality:

Share your good news

1Share Your Good News

This is the time to let your family and close friends in on your secret and share the joy you feel with them. Even if you have not spoken to some in a while, reaching out in person or with a phone call will make everyone feel they are an important part of your lives. Now is not the time to send an email or do a social media post. People want to hear the news from you, personally. After you have told your family and close friends, then you can announce your engagement via social media.

2. Listen to Each Other

What type of wedding do you both envision? If you are polar opposites when it comes to your dream wedding, it’s important to talk it out and find some common ground. What are the things you both want and what can you both live without? Listening to and being very clear on what you both want and don’t want will make future planning much less challenging!

Collect wedding ideas

3. Start Collecting Ideas

Today, there are lots of resources for wedding and reception ideas and inspiration:  magazines, images, books, blogs, websites, Pinterest, Instagram, television, and online media wedding programs.

4.  Set Up Your Website

Having a wedding website will help you present information in an organized fashion to everyone who “needs to know” and give people the opportunity to check up on wedding news and information as it happens. Be sure to include links to your bridal registry and any pre-parties leading up to your wedding. You can set up your website using free services; Wedding Wire, TheKnot, and Zola.com are just a few sites you can use.

Send Save-the-Date cards

5.  Set a Date

If you haven’t yet set a date, set an approximate or tentative date.  Do you want to get married in the spring, in the summer? Is fall the time of year that makes your heart sing? Did you always envision a winter wedding? Whatever time of year you choose, start planning and reserve all those things you need as early on in the planning process as possible. Some venues require that you book their space a year or more in advance.  In-season flowers are often less expensive than out-of-season flowers… details, details, details. Having a set date will help you as you fine tune the details. Once the actual date has been set, send out “Save the Date” notes; people need time to plan, and this allows your guests time to plan to attend your wedding.

6.  Now That You Know WHEN, it’s Time to Choose WHERE

Do you want to get married in town or in a rural setting? In your hometown?  if not, then where you currently live? Have you always dreamt of a destination wedding? A wedding on the beach can be so romantic and memorable for everyone who attends. Whatever your choice, it’s a good idea to start thinking about where very early on in the planning process. Ask your planner to help with ideas for venues. The best venues are often booked a year or more in advance, and you don’t want to have to settle for your second or third choice.

Insure your engagement ring

7.  Insure Your Engagement Ring

It would be a shame if something happened to one of the most important pieces of jewelry you will own in your lifetime. Nothing can replace the original, but insurance can help lessen the blow if it is lost or damaged and will help you get a suitable replacement.

8.  Set Your Budget

You should have an idea of what you want to do for your wedding and what you can feasibly spend. You also need to know who’s paying for what. It’s easy to get carried away but it may not be practical. Whether or not you have not saved for your BIG DAY, or your parents don’t have an endless stream of money to help you pay for your wedding, a budget will keep you on track so your costs don’t get out of control. Ask your planner for a budget tool.

Registering for gifts

9.  Sign up on Registries

It is important to register early. While many people are last-minute gift shoppers, others like to know what you need as soon as they find out you’re engaged, so that they have access to the largest group of gifts to choose from. Choose registry gifts with your spouse-to-be; it’s fun to see what your partner wants and vice versa. Be sure to check the store return policies to help you better plan your registry. List the places you are registered on your newly created website. And, be sure to check out Honeyfund, a perfect one-stop wedding registry site where you will find thousands of five-star reviews, and sign-up is FREE.

10.  Enlist the Help of a Wedding Planner

There are so many details that a wedding planner can help with that will save you time, alleviate needless stress and even save you money, especially when it comes to destination weddings. A wedding planner, from the area where you are being married, is familiar the venues, vendors and local traditions and can save you hours of work and cut your destination education in half or more!

Wedding plans come through

As you go through the wedding planning process, never lose sight of why you are getting married in the first place. Be sure to find time to focus on each other. And remember to enjoy the planning. Your big day will go by more quickly than you expect, the memories you make leading up to your big day will last a lifetime. Make sure they are positive, fun and filled with love and anticipation.

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