[rock house, negril]
This was my first destination wedding, and I was initially reluctant to go. But if I didn't go for the wedding, I'd probably never choose to go to Jamaica, so that was my compelling reason -- aside from the fact that my BFFs were going, too, and we haven't all travelled together in such a long time. I'm so glad I went!
I got to stay at a boutique hotel that I probably never would have chosen for myself, and, on top of that, met a ton of new folks over the course of a few days as the wedding guests practically took over the hotel. Lots of lounging by the pool, within easy access of the ocean as well as blended drinks! By the wedding day there was a lot of camaraderie -- one love, as the locals say.
Though destination weddings are meant to be smaller and therefore easier, this one was nearly 100 people! The bride and groom arranged transportation for all guests from the airport to their respective lodgings (families stayed at another location) and anywhere they wanted to go during their stay. They also arranged for a one-day tour (we opted to stay by the pool), and the mother of the bride prepared goodie bags for all guests, which included fans, umbrellas, canvas tote bags, and a reggae CD.
Where I was a bit skeptical before, I'm now totally diggin' the destination wedding! Most of all, I'm happy for my friends (I actually got the tingles all weekend, which is really quite rare; and OMG the bride looked STUNNING in her dress and MyKo gave the BEST speech EVER), happy to have spent time with my gals, happy to have made new friends, and happy to have had some time to relax and even get a little tan.
Back to the grind. But it's more manageable with reggae in the background. :)