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  1. We had 17 come. It was perfect. Made is so much more intimate and special.
  2. Oh this thread title should SOOO be changed...all I can say jen1310...holy sh*t! I would have raised hell!!!! I am sooo sorry that had to happen on your day, of all days!! I would see if I could write some sort of letter to the main RIU wedding person. There has got be be someone held accountable for the inconsiderate, rude and unprofessional situation you experienced. I would demand my money back! That is just soooo wrong on so many levels! jen1310 I hope, regardless of that horrific experience, you and your new hubby are enjoying the married life.
  3. wow!! She was fired! Well that explains why she has been way behind on her email responses! Thank goodness my wedding certificate was mailed out before. I wonder what happened? Do you know who replaced her?
  4. It does tend to be a little windy at times out there but trust me you will be sooooo preoccupied with so many other things that day that a few rose petals flying away isn't even going to matter!
  5. The lagoon gazebo is in a garden area and the beach gazebo is on the beach...they are both very pretty but it just depends on what you prefer. Unfortunately, the only good pic I have is the lagoon one as my guests stayed in that building. We choose to have ours in the beach gazebo.
  6. You could also call Lee's tours and Taxi's. Norma was wonderful! I had a guest fly in seperately from the rest of the party and we hired them. It worked out perfectly.. Welcome to Lees Taxi and Tours Jamaica by Lees Elite Travel & Tours Ltd., Taxi and Tours in Jamaica, Jamaica Taxi and Tours - www.leestaxiandtoursjamaica.com - info@leestaxiandtoursjamaica.com
  7. Quote: Originally Posted by eel2011 Congrats and thanks for your review How many people did you guys invite? I hear to expect about half of your invited to not come...I'm not sure what to expect but know those that choose not to attend will be missing out! Cheers! I think we invited maybe close to 200. Of course, initially quite a few people said they were going but when the day actually came we had a lot of "Oh i wish I was there". And yes...they sure did miss out!
  8. Quote: Originally Posted by Ebbie475 Congrats Mrs. Cooper-Reyes! I am getting absolutely excited, anxious and scared. I know everyone will have a fantastic time...how could you not in Jamaica. Been there before and love it. The people and the island are just so beautiful. I would love to see more pics. And, was the music loud enough to dance too? I'm thinking of renting the dj equipment. Again Congrats and thanks for such a nice review. Ebbie Hey there! Those were the exact same feelings we had! Soo normal! We had 17 people so the music level was ok. If there was more I think that I would have liked to have had it louder. There was one wedding that had the DJ equipment but they had more guests then we did. And it sounded pretty loud. Good luck!
  9. Love the flowers! I tried to contact real touch for a quote but I didn't find that website until later into the planning so they were unable to provide their services! They look beautiful!
  10. Quote: Originally Posted by yumyum90 I loved your review, thanks for providing so much detail. I have been 2nd guessing my choice of ROR but you have helped calm some of my fears. I keep reading TripAdvisor and it scares me so I am glad to see that you had such a wonderful time! Did you bring the blue/sapphire tale covers, or did Chandlyn provide that? Also, how did your cake taste, it looks beautiful! Lastly, did you happen to see any receptions there w/a reggae band? I'm dying to know how if they are worth it. Hey there! Thanks! I was actually reading trip advisor last night too when I was writing this review and really I think people on there were wayyyyy to critical. But that of course is my opinion. I read reviews that said that they would never go back and how awful it was! LOL! Yes, there were times that there were no hand towels in the rm but really would it hurt to use a bath towel?? I understand that it is a resort and things like that should be available but personally things like that were soo minor to us. We were there to have the time of our lives and we weren't going to have things like that ruin it! I think it really just depends on the person. All the decor was provided by Jans. And as for the cake, to be honest i did not even have a peice! I think I picked chocolate and it came with the free wedding package. I bought the gum paste shells and brought it out there with us. The cake topper I ordered it online as well, and to be honest with you Im not even sure where it went after the wedding! ha! And no there were no weddings at that time with a reggae band.
  11. Quote: Originally Posted by penaalba1 Hi Misstrae, You review has me sooo exited! My wedding is in May 2011 in ROR. I loved your details and i would love to see more pictures! I have a question about the poolside reception. Were you able to have music there? Because I just cannot have a reception without dancing and I am really interested in having a poolsidide reception. Yes we did have music. We were contemplating on using the DJ equipment but we just brought some speakers with us and hooked it up to my brothers Ipod and it worked pretty good! I too could not have had a reception with no dancing! Were there any pics that your were interested in looking at? I have tons!
  12. Hellooo there ladies! Finally I have completed my wedding review! A month after the wedding! If you think wedding stuff if over after the big day...think again! I just today finished our thank you cards and finally finished this review! Hope you ladies enjoy and let me know of you have any questions! I had my original review started on the plane ride home so details were still fresh in my mind but the computer died before I saved it all!! You can check it our in the main wedding review thread but below is the link...hope it works! http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...-2010-a-59487/
  13. Oops and on my scale for the wedding planning I meant a 9 not a 3!
  14. First off, I would like to THANK ALL of you on this forum! It is amazing how we can plan complete destination weddings online! I used this forum from templates to DIY ideas to excursions to wedding tips! One word of advice though...if you are one of those uptight, freak-out-if-a-hair-is-out-of-place kind of a bride...destination weddings, especially in Jamaica, wouldn't be such a great idea! This country is so chilled out and laid back! Everything is "no problem Mon!' It was wonderful! I had initially written this review on the plane ride home so it would be fresh in my mind but it wasn't saved and the computer died! Arrghh...oh well, let me try to relive this wonderful occasion!! Resort-A This was our first experience at an all inclusive resort and we absolutely LOVED it!! We could not have picked a better resort to spend the next 12 days! The lobby was breathtaking! Not to mention the free wifi! We blogged while we were there since a lot of family and friends were not able to attend. They all loved reading about our vacation. Jealous but enjoyed it! Below is the beautiful lobby. Initially, we had a rm in the 2nd building on the 2nd floor and the view was pretty amazing! The room was pretty basic but we figure how much time would we really stay in there. My husband absolutely loved the mini bar and the liquor dispensers!! Oh was he in heaven!! They say that they refill the mini bar every second day but we had to call them a couple times to refill, which was not a big deal. Thanks to Chandlyn, on the day of our wedding we were upgraded to a suite. It was in the first building and we were on the second floor. It was great too. We had no complaints. I had originally wanted to reserve a suite when we first were booking but I hopeful that we would be upgraded. Which we were! The only unfortunate thing about the upgrade was it was the day of the wedding and when we should have been getting ready! What chaos that was! But it all worked out. This was the view from our initial room, which I liked a little better. And this one is the upgraded suite Most of our guests stayed in the 3rd building. It didnt' matter where you were staying ALL views wer wonderful The entertainment crew was outstanding! They had activites and events ALL the time! The evening shows at the main stage was always a great time! There were nights we laughed so hard our bellies were sore! I can't not compliment that crew enough! Overall, the resort was great! I highly recommend this for a honeymoon/ wedding/vacation! Restaurants B+ We loved the buffet breakfasts at St ann's. It was the meeting place for most of the family and guest before we did our daily ritual of hittin the beach! We also enjoyed St Ann's for dinner as well. Most nights it would have some sort of entertainment or music going on which we enjoyed and we loved sitting outside. There were a few days when Mammee bay was closed for lunch when we were there but when it was open the food was great too. My auntie was actually able to make reservations for all 17 of us for a rehearsal dinner. But then again they were always up at the crack of dawn to hit the beach! Apparently folks lined up pretty early to get seats to those restaurants that required reservations but we really didn't want to sweat that. We were able to make reservations to St Johns one day for the late seating but honestly the food was just ok. At times when reserved parties don't show up for dinner they will take walk ins. My sister and her boyfriend we actually able to this one night with no issues. The decor in the gourmet restaurants were great but we preferred St anns for dinner because of the atmosphere. The only complaint I have was the lady that was taking reservations one day we were there. They are located across from the main bar behind the events board. At first we had no idea who or what her job was as there was no sign. But once you got up close to the table the menus were all laid out. She was not always so friendly. But oh well... For lunch, the jerk hut, plantation and the lil italian place were good. Overall , no major complaints! It was all good! Chandlyn - A I would have to say that my wedding planning was wonderful. On a scale of 1-10 I would say it was a 3! Email correspondence with Chandlyn/Roxianna was great! Responses were always within a couple days and answered ALL of my questions. Up until the last month and a half prior to the wedding, we still didn't know what type of reception we wanted! Intially, we had booked a package that had the semi dinner included. I really wanted the poolside reception but knew that it would cost a bit more as it was $55 per person. A month and a half out we still had 5 people that were still 50/50 on coming! How frustrating was that!! Well, we ended up deciding on the poolside an it turned out amazing!! Chandlyn was able to set up a welcome dinner for my guests at St Anns as well. She was easy to work with and sooo laid back! I was a little stressed out as the seat covers we brought did not fit the ugly brown chairs and I thought that I had forgotten my sand! But it all worked out! The only complaint that i did have was that during the wedding rehearsal Chandlyn was present but for the actual wedding Roxianna was there. So things did not go according to how we had rehearsed it! That threw us off a little bit! But we made it work! Photography B+ We had Micheal from the resort do our photos. I can honestly say I really didn't know what to expect but he actually impressed me. The little photoshop is off in the corner of the resort in this tiny tiny little office. Karen was the one handling the specifics in the office. She asks what you want, must have shots, and basically plans out how the day is going to be like with Micheal. We decided to do about 3 hrs before the ceremony, during and after. As well as 60 mins during the reception. Karen was wonderful! On the day of the wedding Micheal was due in our rm at 315 and we were so not ready! I was freaking out a bit as my bridal party ensured that i would be the first one ready by at least 330! By the time he came, none of my bridal party was ready! Micheal made me feel better by saying that this pre wedding chaos was pretty common and as long as the Groom was not the one late, things would be ok! He said he had yet to be at a wedding that started without the bride! That instantly made me feel much better! After the ceremony was the real work! Posing for pics is a job in itself!! Whew what a job that was! He took so many pictures of my husband and I! Luckily, we are such posers! Micheal took 1200+ shots! He took a lot of great shots that we are having the most difficult time slimming it down to 100!! One thing that we loved was that they were able to put ALL the low res photos on our flash stick! We were thrilled!! Jans Bridals- A Prior to this whole wedding, I was completely flower challenged! I had NO idea what I wanted or what would look good! If it wasn't for my MOH directing me and telling me what colors I should use I would have been lost! I had always wanted a bouquet of red roses. How original for a fab destination beach wedding huh! Well, my MOH convinced me to add color and it turned out beautiful! I got on the computer and found a beautiful bouquet, let them know what my color scheme was and there ya go! I got exactly what I wanted! I was actually a little nervous prior to the wedding as my wedding party wasn't ready by 4 that I had completly forgot about my bouquet! Roxianna came to the room literally 5 mins before we were to go down! It wasn't until then that I realized that I had no flowers!! Jans also set up the poolside reception. They did a great job! We had two round guest tables, cake table, guestbook signing table and a head table. My guests loved the flower arrangements that they took them back to their rooms! Below are various pics from the poolside reception and my beautiful bouquet! Normas taxis and tours A+++ I have nothing but good things to say about this wonderful woman! Norma was absolutely amazing!! I had contacted her about a month prior to our arrival via email and she contacted me by phone the same day! The day we met her I felt as if I had known her for yrs! She was so welcoming and so wonderful! We had booked a van with all our guests to do a day excursion, Dunns falls, margaritaville, Fern gully, Shaws Botanical Garden and a lil stop at a shopping complex for gifts. We had booked our day outing on a Sunday and it worked out great! Dunns falls wasn't jam packed as it normally was but the places opened to shop was limited also as it was a Sunday. Our driver Richard was great! Knowledgeable about Ocho Rios and was a great tour/bus driver! At the end of the day we had my brother hook up is IPod and it was a party van on the ride back to the resort! Even Richard The day of our excursion was also the day that our best man was arriving. He was landing at 10 but we also scheduled our day trip at 10. We didn't really want him to be at the resort , alone, on his first day so Norma arranged for him to be picked up by one of her drivers and dropped off where ever we were at the time. It was great! It worked out so well! A few of our guests also used Normas for the nine mile tour and they loved it! Once all the guests had left, my husband and I also had one of the drivers take us into town for a few gifts and souvenirs. Norma was fabulous and so accommodating! I recommend her to all. Her prices I found extremely reasonable. Our best man had called around for taxi services from the airport and he didn't get a quote under $100 one way!. Norma charged him $75 AND we got to meet up with him. She really did feel like someone we had known for a long time! Just a wonderful wonderful person! Overall, our trip was fabulous! We would not have changed a thing about it! Initially, we were pretty discouraged as only about 10% of our invited guests came. We knew to expect that that from the beginning as it was a destination wedding but we still couldn't help but feel that way. It turned out that having the 17 guests was PERFECT!! Once we got back to the States everyone asked how everything was but honestly words and pictures don't even do it justice! It really was something that you had to experience first hand! Let me know if any of you have any questions and hopefully I can answer them! Hopefully I didn't leave anything out! This new thread only allowed me to attach 10 pics so let me know if you want to see more! I have over 1500! Ha! If you like you can also email us at cooptrae@gmail.com! Hope you enjoyed reading!
  15. The photoshop accepts cash and travellers checks ( i think) and Chandlyn takes cash and credit card
  16. I had no phone call prior to our wedding. Evertyhing was communicated via email. Roxianna was actually was the one that emailed me to set up an appointment about 3 wks prior to our arrival. In the email we did set up a time but we ended up heading upstairs to her office. It would have been difficult to just meet in the lobby, considering all the people that go through there on a daily basis. Once you get up in the lobby the whole wedding is pretty much planned right there and then! They are great at what they do and soooo laid back. It so much easier to say but im sure things will work out just fine!
  17. Quote: Originally Posted by A_J_Mitchell Anyone know where to get the chaser pills as individual packs? I got them at Minimus.biz - for all your travel size needs. You can also get them at walmart but I think those ones are in bubble packs.
  18. Quote: Originally Posted by booschmit I thought I had seen somewhere on this website that if you have more than 50 guests at the ROR that you HAVE to have a private dinner which costs $50-$55 a person. Is this true? Is there any leway on this? We were planning on 50-60 people but wanted the semi private dinner at the steakhouse because it is free. So if I have 50 I'm ok? but anything over that will be an extra $2500-$3000?? Do I have that right? Any other cheaper options? Also does anyone have any pics of a poolside reception at the ROR. THat is what we are leaning towards but would love to see the setup. Also curious to those that have used the paper lanters poolside, what size lantern did you get? Thanks. I just started this process in the past month and like most others, have found this website so very, very, helpful. Thanks to all of you!!! Still trying to figure out how to best search though. This can be very time consuming! I am unsure about the 50+ guests and costs but I just recently had my reception poolside. Chandlyn will ask you what kind of set up you would like. I had 17 guests and we just had a head table with our bridal party and two round tables that had 5-6 guests. I loved the set up! There were paper laterns already there and the pilars have the lights already set up too. There was one wedding that had the gas torch thingys around too but I think that wedding had a few more guests then we did. I used Jans bridal for my decor and they did a fab job! I loved it! I told them my color and they matched it to a tee! I will get you pics as soon as I get more of the ones from my guests!
  19. We had them for our recent wedding and to be honest I can barely even remember what they played after the 2 songs I specifically asked for! My mind was in such a cloud!! I just wanted to make it to the gazebo without bawling! When we had spoke to Chandlyn about what to play I asked for the Canon in D while I walked down the aisle. But they played it as the whole wedding party came down! I guess I should have clarified that a little better. They also started playing the last procession song way early! After that, things were a blur!! I had intentions of tipping but after the ceremony I was swept away to take pics! We are thrilled we had them as it certainly put the jamaican flavor in the wedding and our guests totally enjoyed them!
  20. @miznunu2010- I had my sister take the parasols. I thought the parasols would be a good alternative to the flowers and it saved us some money too! My mom bought them in the philippines so they were really cheap! @sweetluna- the photoshop uploaded all the low res proofs onto our memory stick 3 days after the wedding! It was great! We didn't have to sit in the little office and go through all of them over and over as there was 1200+ shots! We chose the package of 100 pics but have yet to let micheal know which ones we want in high res. We have slimmed them down to 250 so we are getting there!
  21. My cousin actually made the bridesmaids dresses! my MOH searched for two toned BM dresses and the one they liked were from Saison Blanche and that style showed up. My sister liked the dress just as formal wear so she bought one. We tried to order the colors were wanted but it wasn't available so we just got my ever so talented cousin to make them in our colors! She did such a fabulous job!!
  22. Thank you ladies! Unfortunately, my friend (a hair dresser, at that) was unable to make it since her lil girl was 5 days prior! So she gave me step by step instructions and hair supplies and my MOH actually did my hair! The hairpeice I borrowed from another friend that didnt' use it for her wedding. It matched perfectly! As for make up, we all did our own! I just couldn't see myself spending that much money on the spa while we were there. Everything turned out just how we wanted! I was actually ready before everyone else that we were late for the 4pm wedding!
  23. Hello all!! I just wanted to come by and share a few pics from our recent wedding at the ROR! It was absolutely amazing!! More then what I had ever imagined it to be! I have yet to write my official review so stay tuned! Hope you like the pics
  24. oops... here is the website Welcome to Jans Flowers Jamaica
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