10 Fatal Mistakes When Preparing a Caribbean Island Wedding

1. Not understanding the local geography. When a website says the villa is located near or has access to a beach, that does not mean it is walkable.

2. Not having a local representative that knows the islands customs, nuances and laws. I.e. which beaches have fire ants, which villas allow large parties, is there enough parking at my event site or should I hire taxis for my guests, etc.

3. Thinking the same conveniences enjoyed stateside exist on a tiny island: i.e. 24 hour convenience stores, fast food, wholesale clubs and department stores, parking, door to door mail, garbage or food delivery and pick up etc. People like islands for their tranquility… this also means they are remote and do not have every accommodation available.

4. Bringing your own photographer not educated on our unusual lighting challenges. You’ll waste money on photos that are average when you’re in a top location for some of the best wedding photos you’ve seen.

5. Having your ceremony at sunset. While romantic, unfortunately this produces disappointing picture quality and eliminates all the beautiful Caribbean water shots. Depending on the beach, mosquitoes and no-see-ums can also become a problem.

6. Shipping your wedding dress. Don’t do it. Shipping can take WAY longer than you think. Do NOT believe the post office when they say only a few days or a week. And do not think the packaged box will be treated with care.

7. Believing the post office or other delivery service when they say it will be there the next day, week, month. This is something that is easily assured to get you, an unknowing visitor, satisfied enough to get off the phone. Talk to your planner and learn the best way to insure your items get here before your wedding.

8. Not taking into account that our climate may change the way your personal care products work. i.e. make up, hair spray, etc. Hair gets frizzy or goes flat; hair products get sticky or go hard; deodorant can be useless after 5 minutes… ask about this stuff or read up on the internet before you go and assume it will all be as effective in the hot climate.

9. Hiring a stateside wedding planner. They may know weddings. They will not know Caribbean weddings or island-specific details that will make your experience a smooth one.

10. Getting a facial the day before your wedding. Please do not even think of this. I’ve seen too many brides foolishly indulge in a facial during a luxurious spa day before a wedding, part of her relaxation and enjoyment with friends. Then, RED ALERT! Her face breaks out in a rash, red blotches or starts itching the next morning–the day of her wedding day–due to some ingredient she didn’t realize was included in the exclusive salon products.

Long Island Wedding Invitations in 4 Locations For 4 Seasons

You live on Long Island and you are about to send out wedding invitations to the whole family and everyone you have ever known in your life. You may be lacking in inspiration or ideas of what to do. Why not make your wedding invitations as unique as Long Island and its diverse landscapes? Long Island has a rich history that you can include in your photos for your wedding invitations to give them originality and added value. Here are four different place to go on Long Island depending on the season.

Summer time boardwalk photos for your wedding invitations at Long Beach. Wait until sunset in the summer and you will have great light hitting at the just the right angle and intensity to make your photos and the background look amazing.

In the fall, go to Cold Spring Harbor for beautiful wedding invitation photos. This pristine Long Island hamlet is great in the fall, especially near St. John’s Church. The colors of the trees and the water combine to give the place a very in-season look without all of the concrete. Great for all wedding invitations.

Take winter photos at the Greenport carousel to give mysticism to your wedding invitations. This village in Suffolk County with a population of 2,048 is a quaint place that lacks a police department, but has a locally famous carousel that is illuminated at night and that gives off vibrant colors sure to make your wedding invitations as unique as you are.

Take photos along the beaches of Montauk for intimate wedding invitations in the Spring. The famous beaches of this hamlet make it a great destination for wedding invitations on Long Island Personally I am reminded of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” when I think of that place – an image that evokes love. That is what your wedding invitations should be about.

Island Weddings On A Budget – Four Money Saving Tips

When the thought of island weddings come up, they are very often nixed because the bride and groom assume it will be too expensive to pull off. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to save money on the ceremony and accessories that can make having a dream event on the beach a reality. The following are some ideas to consider:

Let The Beach Be The Backdrop

Island weddings need little more decorating than the gorgeous surf as a backdrop. For those who want to save money on decorations, simply let the white sand and blue ocean be the primary decorations at the ceremony. If the ceremony is at sunset, a few inexpensive torches may be needed to add some extra ambiance. Some simple white chairs, a few inexpensive flower petals to line the aisle, and the bride and groom are all that is needed to make island weddings simply amazing.

Forego The Chairs

Since wedding ceremonies are very fast, another way to save money is to not rent chairs. If chairs are included with the wedding package, then they should be considered. However, some bridal coordinators charge extra for chair cover rentals to place on them in order for them to match. To avoid these fees, consider not having chairs at all, or perhaps just a few for close family members or elderly guests who will need to sit.

Make A Bouquet

Island weddings are in the best location when it comes to finding fresh flowers. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on bouquets, tap into the local flower market for some fresh flowers and make them. In some cases, the flowers will be picked the morning of the ceremony, which results in the freshest, most colorful bouquets. Make an event with the bridesmaids the day before the ceremony. Everyone can go pick out the flowers and make her own bouquet to hold at the wedding.

Do Not Choose A Formal Gown

Many beach ceremonies include walking for several yards in the sand. Why bother with a big, heavy bridal gown that will have to be dragged through rough terrain? Instead, shop around for more flowing dresses that are available in regular dress shops. Not only are they less expensive, but they are also more conducive to the beach location. Nothing will be more beautiful that soft organza or chiffon blowing in the breeze. Also, consider going shoeless. It will be easier to walk and the extra money can be spent elsewhere.

These are only a few ideas that will save some money on island weddings. Be sure to check for package deals that may be available in the off-season to save some additional money. Even though the weather will not be as warm, the event will be just as beautiful. Also, ask local hotels for any specials that may be available for larger parties for additional savings.