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Everything posted by michelle6114

  1. I just got married at Beaches/Sandals. DO NOT let anyone pressure you into pre-paying for a photography package. The Photographer still needs to take a required amount of shots regardless. The packages are still available for purchase. They did not "change" any rules, the WC for the company is very pushy and I am positive she gets a bonus if she gets a photo package pre-paid.
  2. Just want to throw a hint out there... I made centerpieces for my AHR with hurricane vases, shells, candles, and sand. I bought a big bag of sand from toys r us (clean, pre-filtered sandbox sand) and bought a big container of clear irridescent glitter from Michaels. I mixed the glitter in the sand and it looked beautiful with the candle light. You can buy tiny little bags of decorative sand at craft shops but if you need a lot, it gets expensive.
  3. Hi, I was married last month in Beaches Boscobel and snuck in my own local photographer. I had to pay for a day pass for her and the pp reception ($25) fee. I am glad I did it even though it caused a ton of stress beforehand. We let the resort photog to do their thing, and did buy a few of their pics. They were not great and have orange overtones, but they were from different angles from where my photog was shooting. The whole staff knew what was going on but they were not going to upset a bride in her wedding dress. As long as you claim the photog is a friend and are respectful to the resort staff, it should be ok. Also, I gave the resort WC a $50.00 tip the next day. She was reluctant to take it but I told her I appreciated all her help and if she didn't take it, I would drop it in the hall on the way out, lol. Future unwritten rule...Ladies, if your WC allows outside vendors despite the resort rules, TIP THEM!!! We can start a ball rolling here!
  4. I was just there, I wish we had done the same thing (look for private cabs). I don't know of any, but I do know they have resort-affiliated buses/vans just waiting for folks like us, who charge $30.00 round trip when you are only literally going down the road a couple miles. Avoid them at all costs.
  5. Just wondering, if his relationship is so great with his mom, then why does she feel she cantrash his fiance's parents? She sounds evil, I would just try to avoid her at all costs.
  6. We loved Beaches in Boscobel so much, we want to try Beaches T&C in about 2 years. The photos are absolutely stunning! I'm sure all you brides will get gorgeous photos with all that scenery! Does anyone know which airport you have to fly into for Beaches T&C? Or how far it is from the resort? I can't find any of that info on the Beaches sites. Thanks, and hope everyone has a blast!!
  7. 2nd that on Diana Campbell, you get 2 photogs for a very reasonable price and she is AMAZING!!! Great photography is a very important part of your wedding. Please don't rely on family or friends to do it...get a professional!!!
  8. Oh No no no, you have to put your foot down about this. This is totally unacceptable, your AHR is to celebrate your wedding with relatives who couldn't be there. It should be a happy day. If there is a room full of memoribilia from your grandfather, it will create a somber affect. This has to be a HAPPY time for you. Just tell her it will make people uncomfortable and should be done the next day. Best wishes to you and your family!
  9. Ahh, well been there, done that, and all I can say is, do what benefits YOU. We picked a hotel based on accommodating our guest list (lots of little kids) and school schedules. After all that, the kids never did come since the parents decided they couldn't afford it. We still had a blast, but I wonder if we could have picked a cheaper or more romantic place had we not worried about who was supposed to come.
  10. Great article! I also don't understand the big deal about cruises, I don't care how cheap they are.
  11. Oh, I see. Is switching destinations out of the question? Or maybe dates?
  12. I was debating on doing a TTD. After my wedding, I decided that I spent too much money and time picking the perfect dress, then the fittings, alterations, ect....starving myself for a few days before to make sure nothing would bust open, lol. I have a lot of respect for my dress, it has held up through all that traveling and sweat. So I just couldn't bear to jump into an ocean or roll around in the sand while wearing it. Just another view on things, maybe that would make you feel better if FI doesn't budge.
  13. Any offers? I hate to get rid of it but it's just taking up space in my closet!
  14. Wow look at that WHITE sand!!! I hope I can get there in the next couple years!
  15. Diamond necklace? Please! If anyone gets it, should be the bride. I got my mother and sister each a frame from Personalzation mall.com. Just a 5x7 frame engraved with Ocho Rios, Jamaica. They are wood and really unique looking. And I made the nice oot bags for everyone so I felt they were enough. My mom did not really contribute to the wedding but she is on a fixed income and it was a huge financial burden for her to travel. This Christmas I will also get her something extra nice.
  16. Aww I am so excited for you!! Try to go to the Taj Mahal shopping center for gifts/souvineirs, much better prices than the resort and you can barter with them! Can't wait to see your pics, have fun!
  17. If I can just butt in here, I used Diana and Richard Campbell, from digitalmemeories.com. They work together so one will shoot, and one will prep the dress, area, ect. This really worked out well. She took over 500 photos and gave them to us on 2 discs. We did not have her print any up, we didnt want to hurry and choose, or have the photos get damaged on the way home. I just took the discs to a local wedding photographer who printed up some of them on portrait paper with the chemicals (old fashioned way, no auto-printers). We even got a 20x24 and they all came out gorgeous! We are glad we did it this way and didn't feel rushed to choose anything specific.
  18. Quote: Originally Posted by TA Jennifer Really no need to sneak the photog in- they've loosened the policy and allow photogs to come onboard as long as they stay at the resort! I have permission from the wedding department manager for my brides! Hi Jennifer, I did ask Barbie (the WC from Florida) about this policy and she claimed to know nothing about it. I even called the front desk in Boscobel before I left, same there. Regardless of any 3 day stay. This is better than nothing, of course but really only benefits brides who are flying their own photographers in with them. Locals do not want to stay on site for 3 days, I even asked about an overnight stay which was almost $300.00 per person. So still, the only ones Sandals/Beaches are letting benefit from this policy are themselves.
  19. I did sneak someone in, and glad I did. There are no rules stating that guests cannot take pictures with a certain kind of camera, tripods, flashers, ect. I did buy some of the Beaches photos but they are lacking in color and quality compared to my photographers cd. Beaches really should change this policy because I think it will chase potential guests away.
  20. Hi, I got my beach bags from Visaprint, for about $7.50 each. I gave one per couple and doubled up on some of the oot items I stuck in each one. They always have different sales but mine were 25% off. I personalized it with Jamaica 2009, no names. They loved them!
  21. Hi. I am selling my slip from Davids Bridal. Style 550, size 12. Adds fullness to bottom of an A-line Bridal gown. Would prefer to sell local, but will ship if needed. Garment is cleaned and in perfect condition. Paid $50.00, will sell for $25.00.
  22. Have you thought about travel coffee mugs? The plastic kind? That is one thing I think would have came in handy. Then I could have filled it with coffee every morning. And used it for all my frozen drinks by the pool. Mine attracted bees, so I felt like I had to gulp them down and give the cups back right away. They are probably more expensive than stadium cups, but probably wont be a huge minimum order. Just a thought.
  23. Just FYI, stay away from discountmugs.com. They royally screwed up my order and refused to fix it or refund me anything. They are over 100 complaints on the BBB website about them.
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