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  1. I still haven't gotten an estimate or confirmation from Nicole. The only thing they said was no to the lanterns. Still waiting... I plan on having a welcome cocktail party on Thursday at the Lobby Terrace (guests will just get their drinks from the bar and walk them over to the terrace) and I will be renting the sound system for 2 hours to play my iPod (I downloaded 2 hours worth of American songs as reggae covers...yay!), followed by dinner at the buffet or beach bbq if there is one. On Friday we are having our rehearsal dinner at Aunt Ruby's Steakhouse unless it's already booked. I really hope Nicole gets back to me with something concrete soon. It's so frustrating feeling like we're not quite important enough to deal with yet.
  2. Just wanted to add that they are typical round paper lanterns. Very pretty.
  3. I bought them from Just Artifacts. I bought them in 3 different sizes (12', 16' and 24') in turquoise, lime green and brown. The brown ones are the smallest and the green (I believe) are the biggest. I also bought 50 of battery operated LED lights for them. I would be more than happy to sell them to you if you are interested. sukie1220@yahoo.com
  4. Yeah I'm pretty bummed. And FI is insisting on having the reception indoors. Looks like I'm losing $143. Where are you having your reception?
  5. So I just got a small bit of bad news from Nicole at the Suites. We can't put up the paper lanterns we bought in Calabash. The lanterns are the most noticeble decorations we have and are really, really important to me. So now we are back to square one....where to have the reception? We originally wanted to do Aunt Ruby's but were really concerned about the heat in July. Can any past brides comment on the reality of the heat in Aunt Ruby's at night? Is it unbearable? Can anyone recommend another restaurant on the property? Please help. Thanks!
  6. How come there haven't been any new reviews? It seems like it's been at 17 reviews forever. Do brides not have good things to say?
  7. I'm getting married at the Suites in 2 months and this is the first I'm hearing of this as well. We are "confirmed" for Calabash and have 52 guests as of now. It seems like they just don't like having to shut down any of their restaurants for private affairs. :/
  8. Also, I have a question re: the paperwork. if they didn't find it until you got there, how were they able to get your license? Nicole made it seem like they needed 30 days in order to get your license but it seems that they were able to get it for you in a lot less time. ???
  9. I mentioned to Nicole that there were some brides who had issues with their paperwork being lost and she claimed that they have never, ever lost paperwork. What a crock! But I'm glad your wedding went off without too many hitches.
  10. I am really happy to hear that your wedding and experience at the Beach was amazing. It's been said a lot on here that while leading up to the wedding communication is bad, the WCs are really on their p's and q's once you are actually there. I sincerely hope this is the case for me as well. Looking forward to your review!
  11. Yes. You are more important than my wedding 77 days away. Good luck! Hope all goes well!
  12. WORD!!!!! My BIGGEST regret is dealing with Iberostar AT ALL! I sincerely hope that once I get there (and they can't avoid me) the service/response is better. But yeah, honestly, this experience has been anything but cute. Waiting weeks, sometimes months, to respond to your client is unacceptable. And this "island time" excuse is just that...AN EXCUSE! I wish I could've cancelled my wedding there but unfortunately most of my guests are booked and excited to be coming. But I would not recommend this resort to a bride. It has been stressful not getting timely responses and then getting 'tude when I send multiple emails following up on the emails that have gone unanswered for weeks. Oh, AND they NEVER admit when they are wrong or a mistake has been made. I expressed my concerns about 2 couples' paperwork being lost recently and they responded that they have NEVER lost anyone's paperwork. Huh??? So are they calling the brides on this forum liars? SMDH!
  13. Thanks for the tip. I will definitely do that going forward. In the meantime, the day I posted on here I also emailed the WC a follow-up email to every single email that has gone unanswered for weeks (4 in total) and guess what...she finally responded! Persistance is key.
  14. Not yet. The last time I did an 11 minute phone call cost me $48 bucks so I'm trying to avoid that. Plus, I prefer to have everything in writing so they can't deny later.
  15. I am so sorry you are going through all of this at the zero hour, Ceecie. Your story about your paperwork being lost is EXACTLY why FI and I changed our minds and have decided to (secretly) wed stateside before we go to Jamaica for the "real ceremony". We are scared to DEATH of identity theft. How do you even begin to follow-up/resolve this? And why is it suddenly so easy to just bring another copy of your paperwork and still get married? Don't they specifically say they need a month to submit your paperwork? If I were you, I would go to the courthouse in your hometown and get married there before you go because the next thing you know, Iberostar will say they lost your paperwork again and are not officially married. Good luck!
  16. Is anyone else having trouble reaching the WCs at the Suites? I must have sent them like 3 emails in the last 3 weeks and none have been responded to. I get "island time" and all that but my wedding is almost 3 months away and I need assistance with band bookings and stuff. What can I do to get their attention? And when do they start giving you TOP priority? When you're 1-2 months away? So frustrating....I really hope this is worth it.
  17. I hope you are right about the vendor fee. It would suck to have to pay for each band member when they will only be there for 2 hours or so.
  18. Hi everyone. I have a question about the vendor fee. I am booking the band Irie Connection for our beach bonfire the night before the wedding and want to know if the vendor fee is just one fee for the whole band or if that's the fee PER band member? I emailed the WC but they take forever so I thought I'd ask here. Thanks!
  19. Take Two! Here are my wedding shoes! I just love them!!! I also purchased some of my wedding jewelry.... I also found the perfect add on piece for my dress (I hate the flower the came on my dress). I also started working on my welcome package in terms of welcome letter, itineraries, things to know, etc. Please note that I totally borrowed from other brides on this site. I am not very creative and didn't even know that I should HAVE a welcome letter. I am trying to go back through all the posts to find the sources of my inspiration so as not to "plagarize". If any of these look familiar, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due. I created "Do Not Disturb" signs; brochures listing the hotel's main amenities, the itinerary for the whole weekend, and a thank you to our bridal party and guests; a "things to know" sheet with little tips about the weekend (i.e. - please use the cups provided in the OOT bag to identify yourself as part of our group, details they need to know about the rehearsal dinner and party, etc.); a "wedding day" itinerary; and a welcome letter. I also found a great tote bag from discountmugs.com for the OOT bags. I anticipate needing about 30 (I per room, not one per person) so I will probably be paying $4.99 per bag but that's still the cheapest I could find for the quality. I am still strying to find a similar bag in brown (for the men) but if I can't find it this is what I will be going with. That's all I've got so far. Hope to update again soon. Any questions, let me know. :-)
  20. Hey everybody! I just wanted to post an update. I've gotten a lot done the last few weeks. First, I completely rearranged all of my wedding weekend events. I decided that it would not be fair to my guests to have them get all dressed up only to sweat to death in Aunt Ruby's in July. So instead my weekend will go as follows: welcome cocktail party on Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Lobby Bar if possible; rehearsal dinner at Aunt Ruby's from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. followed by a beach bonfire with reggae band from 8:00 - 10:30 on Friday; ceremony on the beach from 4:30 - 5:00 followed by cocktail hour in the Music Bar from 5:30 - 6:30 and the private reception in Calabash from 6:30 - 10:30 (hopefully a little longer lol) with a DJ and open bar. We decided to have the reggae band the night before the wedding so that people would (hopefully) really get into the spirit of things and get down on the beach in much more comfortable clothes than they'll be wearing the wedding day. We are still getting married on the beach though so and giving everyone fair warning so that they can make shoe arrangements (lol). However, now the ladies can showcase their best heels if they choose without worrying about taking them off the entire time. Now....speaking of shoes...yesterday I found (and purchased) my wedding shoes....I will have to post a pic in the next post because for some reason it's not letting me now. As a matter of fact, I will continue this post in a new one. To be continued.....
  21. Beautiful!!! I've been following your posts and "borrowing" some ideas. My wedding colors are turquoise, lime green and brown and I am totally ordered samples from efavormart and they were perfect! I am also borrowing your money holder idea (I hope you don't mind). Can't wait to read your review!
  22. I must agree that communication with the WC at the Suites is horrible. Sometimes it doesn't even seem like she's answering the questions I ask.
  23. Oh wow! What a beautiful video. You made a gorgeous bride. My fiance is Jewish as well, and it was important to [ME] that he break the glass. Glad to see it's possible on the beach! Love the fire dancer so I'm now convinced that we have to get one.
  24. Thank you! I actually received my chair tie and table runner samples from efavormart.com and they are not bad at all! The colors are perfect (sage and turquoise) and the price is right!! The green runner is a slightly more narrow than the turquoise but I'm not sure if it's supposed to be. I plan on alternating the tables with turquoise and sage runners and alternating chair tie colors around the table. I will try to post a pic soon.
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