Choice of the location

The hotel offered us the possibility to have the reception on the beach, in an indoor air-conditioned room or in a section of the hotel by the pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Despite the heat and humidity, we wanted to have our reception outside. We did not come to Jamaica to be locked in a reception hall that looks like the ones back home!

We did not want to have our reception on the beach for several reasons. Among others the wind and the sand which could end up on our food & the heels that are not welcomed…

So we chose the outdoor section by the pool overlooking the sea πŸ€—!

Front of our reception area ❀
Front of our reception area ❀

It was possible to rent an outdoor air conditioner, but after reading other brides reviews, it wasn’t worth it.

I won’t lie, it was hot 🌑! But we were so distracted by the celebration that it wasn’t a problem! Plus, guests could go back to their rooms to change or cool off since it wasn’t that far from the reception location!

View of the Caribbean Sea from our reception πŸŒ…
View of the Caribbean Sea from our reception πŸŒ…

The decoration

There was no decoration included in our package for the reception. The hotel offered the basic essentials: tables, chairs and white tablecloths that’s about it…

You will have the choice to use the services of hotel vendors or external vendors for : decoration 🎈, music 🎡, wedding cake 🍰, lightingπŸ’‘β€¦

No matter which you choose, make sure you’ve done your research & read reviews on the vendors.

In my opinion when you choose the hotel’s vendors you have a “guarantee” of service, because the hotel has endorsed them.

Save money πŸ’Έ

You can save money: with a simple & chic decor, by making πŸ‘©πŸ½πŸŽ¨ some items yourself or by buying items in your country and carrying them πŸ’Ό with you!

The simple & chic decor of our wedding reception πŸ’–

Table centerpiece

Hotel florist: Real coconut πŸ₯₯ with White Dendrobium Orchid 🌼
Hotel florist: Real coconut πŸ₯₯ with White Dendrobium Orchid 🌼

Wedding Cake

Hotel’s pastry chef
Cake topper transported to destination

Table numbers & golden candles

Table numbers, white candles & gold candle holders transported to destination
Table numbers, white candles & gold candle holders : transported to destination

The table numbers were made of wood, we painted them gold before transporting them at destination.

Welcome & signature table

Signature book, green foliage, place cards & gold board with removable letters: transported to destination
Signature book, green foliage, place cards & gold board with removable letters: transported to destination
Our signature book concept allowed guests to take an instant photo and place it in the book with their wishes!
Our signature book concept allowed guests to take an instant photo and place it in the book next to their wishes!

Sweetheart table

Sign & , candles and green foliage : transported to destination
Sign & , candles and green foliage : transported to destination

Plan of the reception roomπŸ“

In our case, there were several options for the tables configuration for the reception. So we decided to make a plan of how we would like the table layout for the guests, the bride & groom, the cake, the welcome & signature table and the DJ location.

Our destination wedding reception plan
Our plan

We shared the plan with our coordinator who made sure to place everything as desired. You don’t have to do this, but if you have an idea in mind it’s best to share it!


Choice of Menu 🍽: buffet or table service?

You will have the choice between a buffet or table service. We have chosen the table service because :

  • the buffet option took away the classic wedding feel
  • we didn’t want our guests waiting in line to eat
  • there were buffets available in the hotel during our stay

We had to choose the appetizer, the two main course choices and the dessert. We also had to provide a list of our guests’s allergies and dietary restrictions.

Our wedding menu πŸ˜‹
Our wedding menu πŸ˜‹

You can create paper menus to place on the tables. We preferred not to waste paper and we placed the menu on our wedding website.


The course of our reception

❀ Arrival of the guests (various music)

❀ Entry of the procession (music 1)

❀ Entrance of the bride & groom (music 2)

❀ Speech from the bride & groom πŸ“œ

❀ First dance (music 3)

❀ Game of the bride & groom

❀ Beginning of the party! πŸŽ‰ (various music)

❀ Wedding cake 🍰 (music 4)

❀ Tossing of the bouquet πŸ’ (music 5)

❀ Removing (music 6) & throwing the garter (music 7)

❀ End of the reception

Lantern ceremony 🀩

We decided to have a lantern ceremony at the end of the reception. Everyone was invited to go to a reserved spot on the beach to make a wish and send their lantern into the sky!

The lanterns! 😊
The lanterns! 😊

You can buy your lanterns at destination. We preferred to order them online (to choose a good product) & carry them with us. Make sure you have lighters or matches πŸ”₯! We didn’t have enough for the group we were and it took a little while πŸ˜… Despite that we had a lot of fun and it was a great way to end the night ❀!

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