- 2 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands
Hello ladies! It’s been a while since the last time I was here, but I was itching to come do a recap.
My DH and I were legally married at the courthouse on May 31, followed by lunch with our families and a couple friends.
My courthouse dress was the Mori Lee Affairs 31002. My sister did my hair and makeup.
The next morning, we flew to Jamaica. We flew AirTran, which certainly wasn’t fancy, but it was fine for the 2 1/2 hour flight. My poor DH had never flown before and kept asking me if the turbulence was normal. We didn’t check bags, so getting through the airport was pretty easy, aside from the customs paperwork and extreme lack of available pens.
I booked through CheapCaribbean, and paid for private airport transfers to and from the resort. Both of the drivers we had were wonderful, and answered all of our crazy questions.
We stayed at the Royalton White Sands, which had only been open since November 2013. It’s much further from the airport than a lot of the other resorts, but it was gorgeous and totally worth it. We stayed in one of the swim out suites, something DH thought would be a waste of money, but it turned out to be awesome. We spent a lot of time in our little pool, especially at nighttime after all the regular pools were closed.
We were definitely unprepared to meet locals on the beach. I guess the beaches are public property, because they were always wandering around but never came into the resort. They will ask if you would like to buy things from them, but you just have to say no thanks and they’ll wish you a good day and move on. We never met a mean local.
Because we were getting married there, we were automatically upgraded to Diamond Club (I think our room category would’ve qualified us for it too), so we had wristbands and access to a few extra things, like a section of the beach and a lounge with food and drinks.
We met with the wedding coordinator the next day, who went over final details and made sure everything was in order. Both the wedding planner, Laura, and the wedding coordinator, Chandlyn, were awesome and took good care of us. The whole process was really easy and stress-free.
On Tuesday, it was wedding day! Our wedding was in the evening, so we spent the day doing what we had been doing.
I had brought the supplies to do my hair and makeup myself, but decided last minute that I wanted to get my hair done at the spa. Totally worth it! My stylist went above and beyond, and I loved the way it turned out.
That braid lasted for over a week, and I probably could’ve kept it in longer.
Finally, it was wedding time!
I got ready in the room by myself, since I had no bridesmaids or even guests. It was nice to have a moment to myself.
I had to walk through the resort in my wedding dress, which was not something I was looking forward to (I don’t particularly like attention, which is why we had a private wedding to begin with), but it turned out to be kind of fun. Everyone was clapping and telling me how great I looked. We ended up being the only couple that got married at the resort that week, so people were constantly stopping us to congratulate us days later.
The resort had a contract with True Colors photography, so I didn’t have a photographer choice. Still, they were awesome and really great to work with. They took us all over the resort and got a variety of really fantastic pictures. And their packages were cheaper than most.
Our actual ceremony was about 5 minutes long, which is what I wanted. I had wanted proper wedding pictures, the dress, the flowers, the cake, the fun stuff… but not the stress. And that’s exactly what I got.
After the wedding, we got a 5 course meal back at the gazebo. Our server, Don, was amazing, and we actually had him again at his regular restaurant (the Italian place) on our last night. We got a bottle of champagne and the cake delivered to our room, and there were roses all over our bed. They were fake, which I liked better than real ones because I stole a few to take them home, and they were purple to match everything else.
Long story short, the experience was absolutely amazing, and I would 100% recommend it. I’m so glad we chose “eloping” over having a big wedding, and I’d do exactly the same thing if I had to do it over.