To make their big day not only a wedding but also an unforgettable vacation for guests, Jamia and Kevin chose to marry under the sun in scenic Costa Rica. The Boston couple enlisted Deb Ryan of DestinationWeddings.com, a Web-based company that specializes in coordinating weddings away, to help them select the perfect site for their November 2006 event—the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort.

By the end of the night, guests had truly drifted into vacation mode: Lead by Jamia's fully clothed maid of honor, they jumped into a nearby pool, ending the party with a big splash. —Michaela Garibaldi

Learn from Jamia and Kevin

Consider the Climate: Jamia and Kevin knew that a November wedding in Costa Rica might be scorching hot, so they offered their guests raffia fans to help keep cool during the ceremony.

Gift Guests Ahead: Instead of shipping bulky welcome baskets to Costa Rica, Jamia and Kevin sent everyone their goodies—a Spanish phrase book, disposable camera and CD of Latin music—one month before the wedding.

Incorporate Reminders of Home: The couple named the reception tables after their favorite restaurants in Boston, and requested “Dirty Water” (the song that traditionally ends ball games at Fenway Park) for the last dance.

A jungle setting in Central America makes for a wildly memorable wedding

To make their big day not only a wedding but also an unforgettable vacation for guests, Jamia and Kevin chose to marry under the sun in scenic Costa Rica. The Boston couple enlisted Deb Ryan of DestinationWeddings.com, a Web-based company that specializes in coordinating weddings away, to help them select the perfect site for their November 2006 event—the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort.

By the end of the night, guests had truly drifted into vacation mode: Lead by Jamia's fully clothed maid of honor, they jumped into a nearby pool, ending the party with a big splash. —Michaela Garibaldi

Learn from Jamia and Kevin

Consider the Climate: Jamia and Kevin knew that a November wedding in Costa Rica might be scorching hot, so they offered their guests raffia fans to help keep cool during the ceremony.

Gift Guests Ahead: Instead of shipping bulky welcome baskets to Costa Rica, Jamia and Kevin sent everyone their goodies—a Spanish phrase book, disposable camera and CD of Latin music—one month before the wedding.

Incorporate Reminders of Home: The couple named the reception tables after their favorite restaurants in Boston, and requested “Dirty Water” (the song that traditionally ends ball games at Fenway Park) for the last dance.

"The people are wonderful, the food is great and the land is beautiful," says Jamia of her wedding locale, which boasts lush rain forests and black-sand beaches.

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