Getting married in Jamaica isn’t that complicated, so why should you consider paying for the hotel wedding co-coordinator to do what you can just as easily yourself? Well there are a few reasons for this, and the first one is to do with stress. Getting married at home is stressful enough, even once the arrangements are made, and you know the system. Getting married in a country where you don’t know the rules, and only have a few guidebooks to help, can put undue pressure on what could otherwise be a relaxing wonderful day.
Your hotel wedding co-coordinator should be familiar with all of the protocol surrounding getting married in Jamaica. You should have contact with them prior to your arrival in Jamaica, and all of the necessary paperwork should have been discussed and assembled. If you don’t have prior contact, there could be problems later that could have been avoided if you had spoken to them on the telephone or via email before you left the US.
Talk through what arrangements you’d like to have. When you’d like to have the wedding, what venue options there are, whether you’d like to have a bridal bouquet of local flowers, do you need to hire a dress, how many guests will you have and will you require a meal to be provided for them? A wedding co-coordinator should be able to handle all of this so that all you need to do is turn up on the day, and upon production of the relevant paperwork be able to show you where to obtain your license to get married. If anything goes wrong with the arrangements, even on the wedding day itself, your wedding co-coordinator should be the person that deals with the stress of sorting it out so that your day is stress-free.
Even if all you want to do is get married barefoot on the beach, it’s still worth hiring the wedding co-coordinator simply because they know their local system, and they know how to get around it if they need to! When you’re hiring the wedding co-coordinator however, make sure first that they are experienced in their job, and that they have handled many other weddings in that location – everyone has to learn somewhere, but you don’t want them learning with your wedding plans!