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  1. I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in on this topic. I really miss the old review section. It was a really easy way to read a brides full wedding story without having to bounce around from vendor to vendor in the new review section. And now as a recent bride, I'm not really looking forward to putting together my review just for the fact that I have stuff that doesn't exactly fit under a vendor but I still want to share the experience. I don't want to get in trouble for posting a review somewhere I'm not supposed to! Is there any way of re-opening the old review section but s
  2. I will say, though, I did have some difficulty dealing with the coordinator assigned to me prior to traveling but everything was perfect once we arrived. The on-site coordinator was totally awesome. Honestly, I felt discouraged before we left and felt strongly that I would never recommend Sandals to anyone but they definitely redeemed themselves once we arrived. I think Sandals is a great place for a small (inexpensive) wedding.
  3. Just updating this in case anyone searches for this information in the future. I'm sure it's similar for all the Sandals resorts - at Royal Caribbean, there was a "dress up" party with a HUGE buffet. They have everything you could possibly imagine for food. There was live music throughout the evening and all sorts of entertainers mingling around. They put out NYE hats, noisemakers and other fun stuff at all the tables. It was really fun. There was even a couple who had gotten married earlier in the day so they had an awesome setting for their reception. So if anyone plans
  4. We've been home for 3 days and I've got my flowers displayed on the mantle. Who knows how long I'll leave them out but I don't think I'd want to turn around and sell them right away. It is, however, a personal preference. It really depends on how sentimental you are.
  5. Sandals has a free wedding option. The only thing you'd have to pay for is the marriage license which is $250 but they waive it if you book a certain level room for 6 or more nights. We just returned from Sandals Royal Caribbean where we did the Beautiful Beginnings wedding. We added a cocktail hour and photo package but didn't pay for anything else.
  6. Thanks tenny! We're still in Jamaica but sadly we leave in the tomorrow morning. Hopefully there isn't too much snow in Philadelphia and Burlington...if I can't get snowed into Jamaica, then I may as well be home!
  7. I paid $70 for hair and $55. My wedding was on sunday but I prepaid a few months before in case there were any price increases for the new year. (and you have to tip because they are not employed by sandals)
  8. Hi everyone! I'm reporting in live from Jamaica! Everything went great yesterday. We had a few rain sprinkles just before the ceremony but it was mostly sunny otherwise. The wind, however...this is the windiest weather they have ever had in Jamaica! Of course...it didn't ruin anything for us. We just made sure we had enough hairspray! Full review will be coming but I'm going to enjoy my honeymoon for now!
  9. Thanks ladies! I'm all packed...the bags are at the door, waiting for FI to get out of work in a half hour and then we're off to the hotel for a few hours sleep until we catch our flight in the morning! Jamaica, here we come!
  10. Wow. She seems to have a screw loose. Totally inappropriate behavior on her part. It's a good sign that your FI has started to distance himself from her, based on your feelings about the situation. And a very nice gesture on his part by not including her on his guest list. If it were me, I don't honestly know if I'd be able to extend that olive branch and give him the ok to invite her. It's your day and you don't need to be stressed about her presence at your wedding and how she might act inappropriately while there. Good luck...sounds like you've got a good guy!
  11. Goodies for the ladies I was going to do OOT bags but half of our guests are leaving the day after the wedding so it seemed like it might have ended up being a waste of money. But I couldn’t resist getting a few things. Pashminas – ivory for the moms and orange for everyone else. Jamaica Pandora-style beads for the ladies who have bracelets/necklaces. Starfish necklace for my BFF (thanks-for-coming-all-the-way-to-Jamaica-for-my-wedding gift) Wedding day shirts for my sister and I My shirt for travel day! (from CustomizedGirl.com) I thi
  12. Dress My dress is Mori Lee (#4511). I didn’t have the “OMG THIS IS THE DRESS†moment but I love it all the same. Shoes Aldo, ordered from Amazon My sister got her dress from JC Penney. This is the actual color of the dress But this picture shows the style a little better… FI is wearing khakis and a white dress shirt and his best man is wearing khakis and a light purple dress shirt…sorry no pics! Hair Trial I’m taking these pictures with me in hopes they can recreate the style. Wedding day jewelry Earings from
  13. Well it’s finally time for my planning thread! We leave on Friday morning and I am so excited! Thank you so much to Tammy and all the mods for creating and making this forum such a fantastic resource. I’ve learned so much and had so much fun watching other brides weddings take shape. We’re getting married on Sunday Jan 2 at Sandals Royal Caribbean. The following day we are transferring to Couples Negril for our honeymoon. Since there will only be 8 people traveling with us, we didn’t do invitation, STD’s or anything like that. We just called everyone and said “this
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