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  1. We got married May 8th at the Grand Palladium.We had a mix of experiences here, at the time we arrived we were advised the resort had been over booked which meant that purchased rooms were not received for our guests as well as my husband and I. This wasn't a problem until we were faced with short tempered front desk staff who were down right rude for no reason. Once we had moved past the experience with them it got better. Our wedding coordinator was sooooooooooo nice and warm and made us feel so welcome, Omeshia. We chose to have our wedding ceremony at the angel atrium as I needed protection from the sun to avoid getting a migraine, which I ended up with anyway so I am thankful we had over head coverage. This is also the "back up" site for rainy days. It was beautiful! And the breeze that comes through the atrium is remarkable so I wasn't even hot in my north american wedding dress. And our guests appreciated the break from the heat. The atrium is a far walk from the grand palladium side which means a long walk in the direct sun at 2pm however the wedding coordinator is wonderful and she arranged for all of our guests to get picked up at their villa at 1:30 so that they would have transportation to the ceremony site. They also provided transportation for those requiring it back to the main resort after the ceremony. The DJ for the ceremony is included and the acoustics in the atrium made for a magical experience when our music was played to accompany us down the isle. The second he started to play my heart fluttered. I will never forget that experience. There are endless opportunities for photo opp's at this hotel, everyone more beautiful than the next. Our reception was at the blue lagoon and as you can see in the picture below, you don't need decoration when you have a view like that. However, the hotel moves all of the flowers from the ceremony site to the reception so this made decorations easy and beautiful. We also purchased centre pieces for each table which were glass vases with floating candles. They were simple and pretty, I had no idea that you don't rent them but you purchase them so they tell you you can take it all away with you. If I had more time I would have found another bride on the resort to donate them to however the reception staff were on a strict schedule so there was no time for that. For our sound equipment we brought our own including speakers and microphone, in theory at home this worked amazing. However, in the chaos of the day making sure everything ended up at the right location at the same time was a task and a half. And don't forget technical issues... oh those technical issues... if I were to go back and do it again I probably would have gone with the PA that I was told "wasn't worth it and didn't work great" because then atleast they would handle any technical glitches so that I didn't have to. However, we made it through those issues and everyone had a great time. As the reception staff are on such a tight schedule and our speeches went longer than expected we didn't get to much dancing other than the traditional dances. The other reason for this is that we decided to release sky lanters on the beach after dinner/speeches. We released sky lanterns for my parents as they've both passed away and I welcomed the other guests to release one with a wish to any of their loved ones. This was an incredible experience and capped off the evening in a magical and important way. It allowed me to take a moment specifically for my family as my brother was the only person on my side that attended. It was talked about by all of our guests as well as other guests around the resort and I overheard some people talking about it the next day in the pool. We also did pictures with sparklers which was fun and pretty. All in all the wedding was everything I dreamed of. The scene is set by the beauty of Jamaica and the vibe is fun and easy going aside from a few less than desirable moments. However you will find this everywhere you go.
  2. Thank you for sharing! I have been mulling over whether to use an ipod docking station (renting or bringing my own) as the WC made it seem that this is a bad way to go. And as you used your own I believe I will do the same and save myself the $300 rental fee! I'm unable to view the pictures you've added, do you have another location that the pictures can be viewed at? Thanks so much!
  3. We ordered the tropical gray linen and wow!!!! The suit came in yesterday and I was more excited seeing that than my own wedding dress!!! It is so flattering and the fabric is beautiful. Jason was happy and comfortable. 100% satisfied with studio suits!! Our groomsmen will be getting theirs there also.
  4. Does anyone have a picture they can share of a suit in Tropical Gray Linen? Thanks!
  5. Hello, I was wondering how you transported them. I emailed the airline to see if there were any regulations against these due to the fuel cell however no one has responded to me in over a month. And if I can avoid paying shipping fee's to Jamaica that would be helpful. Did you run into any issues at the airport if you took them in your luggage? Thanks!
  6. Wedding/Resort Review

    Pros: Beautiful resort, good food
    Cons: Staff
    Number of guests: 35   We got married May 8th at the Grand Palladium.We had a mix of experiences here, at the time we arrived we were advised the resort had been over booked which meant that purchased rooms were not received for our guests as well as my husband and I. This wasn't a problem until we were faced with short tempered front desk staff who were down right rude for no reason. Once we had moved past the experience with them it got better. Our wedding coordinator was sooooooooooo ni
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