Wedding Date: August 20, 2023 ~ Resort: Royalton Negril ~ Photographer/Videographer: Tuson Photography ~ Beauty: Jeralyn Langford ~ Bridal Gown: Imperial Bride ~ Tux Salon: Men's Warehouse
Why did you choose Romance Travel Group?
In August of 2021, one of our family members had a destination wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They used Romance Travel Group and we remembered how wonderful and stress free the process was in working with RTG for their wedding. We knew they were the perfect people to help us with our destination wedding.
What led you to choose a destination wedding?
My husband and I both love to travel. We always take a big trip every year since we met. We knew in doing this we could not only celebrate our wedding, but also celebrate our honeymoon. Our family and friends could also make this a relaxing vacation for themselves, too.
How did you come to decide on your wedding date? Is there meaning behind it?
Cedric and I both share birthdays in the month of August. Our birthdays are a week apart. Mine is August 17th and his is August 24th. We chose the middle date to tie it all together.
Tell us about your wedding attire – How did you find it? Who went shopping with you? How do you feel wearing your wedding attire?
I found my wedding dress at the 3rd wedding dress shop I visited. I had my mom, my God-mom, and my best friend with me. We all knew we found the dress when we all got emotional. I ordered my shoes from Badgley Mischka. My reception dress came from Amazon and my performance dress came from Shein.
What were some of your biggest fears or things you worried about as your wedding date drew near? How did you get through this?
One of my biggest fears was leaving something at home and knowing I would not have any way of getting it before the big day! I handled this by having an amazing Bride Tribe that helped me to make sure I had a checklist and packed everything we needed!
Tell us about how you chose your bridal party and asked them to stand up with you.
I chose my bestfriend and my sister to stand by my side, because they have been my side through all the most important things in my life! I got them both bridal boxes with goodies inside as well as Bride Tribe bags with personalized gifts just for them. The reason I chose them is because they were not only supportive of me, but supportive of my relationship with my husband.
Were your guests wowed by the resort and the all-inclusive concept? What was their reaction upon arrival?
All of my guests were beyond happy with the resort being all-inclusive and having such a variety to choose from. Everyone loved the resort. They greeted by a breathtaking view right as you stepped into the lobby.
How easy/difficult was it to travel with your wedding attire? Did you carry-it on, where did you store it? Did you get a lot of comments at the airport?
I was a big DIY bride, so I took a lot of decor from home, including charger plates and napkins. We took a large 46 inch duffel that carried all of the decor that we took. My mom and I used our carry-on item for my dress, bouquet, and wedding shoes. I did not want to let those items out of my sight. Of course all of the American Airline attendants made jokes about the size of the duffle bag, but once they knew we were having a destination wedding they understood!
Tell us about your wedding – did you have a traditional wedding with a cocktail hour, dinner reception and dance? What was different about a destination wedding compared to a wedding at home?
Our wedding overall was traditional. We chose to do a first look and take photos prior to the ceremony. We did have a cocktail hour. And we had our first dance at the reception. To me the views and overall ambiance of the wedding due to having a destination made everything so beautiful. I knew doing a wedding at home would not give me the visuals of the Caribbean look that made our pictures look so gorgeous and exceptional.
What is your most favorite memory of your wedding experience?
My favorite memory was doing the first look with my husband. The feeling of butterflies as I walked up behind him and just seeing his face and locking eyes. That was the best feeling in the universe.
In what ways did Romance Travel Group make the planning less stressful for you?
RTG made the travel experience for us and our guest the easiest part of the trip. They were always available to answer any questions. They helped not just us personally, but were easily accessible to all of our guests in attendance. The website was easy to navigate and understand. The best part overall was how they are so personable, sweet, and always ON TOP OF IT!
What surprised you the most about having a destination wedding?
What surprised me most was how stress free everything was in comparison to a wedding in Alabama. The reception is what really surprised me, I was shocked at how it felt as if I was at a party at home. The DJ was superb! I thought I would want a wedding with 100+ people, but I truly enjoyed having the wedding group I had.
Congratulations to you, Alexandria and Cedric! Wishing you the very best always!
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