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  1. Sandals, where I was married, does the same thing. It really irritated me!! I actually just bought very little. Honestly, I bought 1 photo, just to hang on my wall. Then I just used my snap shots to create my wedding album. We did get a really good camera before we left and asked friends to take lots and lots of pictures. Most turned out really well! I edited a lot of them. I wish Sandals would have had better quality and then I would have purchased more but really tried not to stress about. In the long run. I have pictures and wonderful memories and I was married, which was all that really matter to me anyways.
  2. I prepaid for mine yet when I got there I was did not have a scheduled time yet so I questioned why I was pushed to prepay. I really never got a direct answer but with the time worked out ok. The plus side is, I was married on a Sunday so the spa was not that busy. If you are getting married on a Saturday or whatever I would make sure they have you scheduled before you go just to make sure you have the time that works best for you.
  3. I was married in May and saw only other 2 weddings the whole 8 days I was there and I saw one being set up but I knew it was another BDW bride so I wanted to sneak a peak..lol The resort is large enough that unless you are looking for a wedding, you prolly will not even know one is going on. My wedding was a whirlwind and went very fast but I did not feel rushed.
  4. I just kind a panicked for a sec. We tipped $0. It never even crossed my mind. I would love to hear what other Sandals brides did so please chime in!!
  5. I like the 3rd but then again I like a lot of color for a destination wedding. If you are going for more of a formal feel then I would go with number 1.
  6. OMG I Love your post Jean-Marcus. They always have me laughing! I love the episode where Kelly is breaking up with Zach at the dance and they dance all by themselves at the picnic table. Very cheesy moment but I love it. Anyone remember what the song that was playing was? I am racking my brain but have no clue. Another favorite was the dance off where Lisa broke her ankle! Also I only liked the high school episodes. I hated the college years. It just was not the same.
  7. We used an awesome private driver named Homa and he was great! Very very laid back and fun. My husband met him while golfing. I don't think he has an email though. Sorry! I'll give you his info just in case His home number is 917-3022! We contacted him from our resort though. Just thought I would pass that on.
  8. Hehe...earplug in the OOT bags! Love it! Kinda a fun idea too.. Not sure it would be understood by everyone but still a fun joke!
  9. I was married last May at SGOR and I was like you. I wanted to keep the cost very low so I went with the basics. I literally ordered nothing extra. I bought a couple of 8x10 pictures and had my hair done. That was the extent of it. It was just my husband and I and another couple. I wanted to save the money for fun stuff like excursions and shopping. I do not regret a thing! We took a TON of pictures with our own cameras and I still look at them all the time!
  10. Quote: Originally Posted by itsfinallyhere :LOL, I have to tell you thought that the walls between the rooms are pretty thick. They are made this way to withstand hurricane force winds. So unless you plan on being louder than a hurricane i wouldn;t worry about it. But thank-you this post made me smile like no other. I could just image the looks I would get if they could hear me!!!! They would probably request the room change! Louder than a hurricane...lol Too funny. My husband just asked me what I was laughing at cause I was really laughing out loud!!! :-)
  11. We went with another couple and stayed in the Rivera building (3rd floor). They were right next door. To be honest you could not hear a thing (or so they said..lol). We could not hear them and vice versa. The walls seem pretty thick. The only thing I ever herd was doors shutting from time to time. It almost felt like we were the only ones on the floor! It was great!
  12. I was married at 4pm and a small shower came through at 3:00. I shrugged it off and said it just meant Good Luck on my wedding day. The down fall was that my pictures were not as blue. After the shower it was a little overcast. The sun makes a huge difference as far as how blue the water is. I never really thought of the afternoon rain before and had I did I probably would have changed it to an earlier time just for the color effects. Either way, my wedding was beautiful and I married my best friend so it all worked out. 11am or 4pm mission was accomplished! Ok so I did not realize there was more than one page to this thread so I am basically saying what everyone else is. The beach is prettier in the morning..lol. Good luck ladies with your weddings! I am jealous of you all. I want to do it all over again! It is amazing!
  13. I am not sure because we did not spring for the butler but some advise as far as tipping goes.... Take cash and some smaller bills. We had sooo much trouble getting money and denomination less than $20!
  14. I did not worry about anything "extra". I went with the completely basic package and ordered a few pics Ala Carte. Every things turned out beautiful and was COMPLETELY care-free. The biggest stress of the day was that we forgot to eat between laying in the pool, then getting our hair done and then getting dressed. By the time we actually sat down for dinner we were famished...lol Considering that is the only thing I have to complain about, I think we were in pretty good shape. Let your wedding be as it should- stress free and beautiful. What else do you need besides you, your groom and beautiful Jamaica Everything else will fall in place!
  15. I know you already have this bridget but I thought I would share with everyone else. I have a ton and they start on page 7 I think! Pictures by hollisandsteph - Photobucket
  16. If you have not thought about music you might want to. Thier selection is VERY limited. Think about what you want to walk down the isle and your first dance. Plus if you are going to do a father daughter dance. Just something to think about. I really cannot think of anything else!
  17. You will have a great time! I loved it there and we stayed in the same room you are staying in! There are soo many little villa and such but I loved waking up to the wonderful view right outside your balcony! The first thing I would do in the morning is peek out to see how blue the water looked in the morning sun! (then close blinds and go back to sleep..lol) If you need pics, let me know. I have tons! We had trouble finding any of the actual room before we left so I took lots.
  18. My husband is so hot and cold. He will go weeks where he is a huge help and then like a light switch when he is off, his butt is glued to the lazy boy! You turn him off and there is no moving him. That is when I quit helping doing the things he does...ie he takes care of the floors and takes out the trash and mows the lawn. When he is in his off mode, I still let stuff go without saying a word. It kills me but if I do it, there is no reason for him to do it, he won't. He will just let me take care of it. I learned that years ago. Then his off period lasts even longer. The good things is, he has OCD and cannot stand to see a mess too long so when he see's the trash bag outside of the trash can cause it is too full, he generally takes it out. Last night I had to go out for a few hours I had a big surprise when I got home.. The dishwasher had been unloaded and reloaded. The kitchen was spotless and laundry had been put away with the washer loaded and ready to be started this morning. Also our 3 year old daughter was bathed and in her PJ's! I was impressed. I thought he wanted something but I was wrong..lol
  19. Quote: Originally Posted by geology_rocks Check your liquor stores at home. You should be able to buy the sangster's rum cream there. I've seen it in almost every liquor store I've been in since. (I discover this AFTER lugging homes everal bottles!) We did and cannot find it ANYWHERE here. We did find it once and it was so old, it was dried up! They said they would order some special for us but it would cost us. We were so disappointed. It is crazy that you would have it in Canada and we wouldn't here. BTW just as a side note. We tired making it with cheep dark rum and it was not nearly as good. We gotta stick to to good dark stuff. :-)
  20. Beautiful! It brought back wonderful memories. I loved the Reef Terrace! Very private and intimate. Where did you guys take the TTD pic at? He did a great job on those!
  21. Quote: Originally Posted by Racine.Ryan Thanks for the recipe. This might be a fun packing treat to entice my fiancee to help. Great idea..lol Tell him it is a preview of what is to come... I wish I had packing to do! I think at this point last year I had made and remade packing lists 20 times already..lol Are you getting super excited? Have you been to Jamaica before?
  22. We love it too. Somehow we managed to get six bottles home between us without breaking a one of them!!! LOL
  23. My husband and I are not huge drinkers although since being in Jamaica we enjoy it alittle more now. One of the things we fell in love with is Rum cream. We make Pina Coladas and or and mixture of Pina Coloda and Strawberry Daquari like we had at SGOR. Well we were searching for somewhere to buy more and found this recipe instead. It is really great and thought I would share! It taste so much like it that you cannot tell the difference! * 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk. * 1 cup Dark Rum. * 1 Cup Heavy Cream (or Half & Half) * 2 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup. * 4 Tsp instant coffee (or Fresh Brewed) * ½ tsp ground cinnamon. * ½ tsp vanilla extract. * ¼ tsp coconut extract. Directions Combine all ingredients in a blender and whirl at high speed for a few minutes until blended and smooth. Serve over ice immediately or store in tightly covered container in refrigerator for up to two weeks. Stir before serving...Yum!
  24. My husband lost his wedding band 3 months.. yes, I said 3 months after we were married. He promised me that with our income tax we will replace it. His idea of replacing it is with a golf member ship, golf balls and golf carts and says it is for "us". Yea right. Any time I bring the damn ring up, he is uninterested. It pisses me off and so as you can see I totally feel your pain! Oh yea, he also got a new TV!!!!
  25. I totally think you have the right attitude. I know there are several who have gone through all of this already but from my experience, you cannot make anyone do anything they do not want to do so just make yourself happy. Selfish? Maybe but what is the difference in you standing your ground (aka being selfish) and the way your brother is reacting. I think he is being just as selfish. Like everyone is saying it is your day and damn it, what gives your brother and other family the right to stand in your way? They will get over it eventually and the less you let them bother you the better off you will be. I found in my experience my small destination wedding was about my husband and myself. It was beautiful. My at home reception was about everyone else. If we would have had a big wedding it would have been about "them" and not us. I loved that it was about us so make your wedding about you and don't worry about them!
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