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(Rated 4 stars with 19 reviews)
Rated #11 of 80 Jamaica on BDW
Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive > > The Point > Lucea > > 0>Location. This property is located in Montego Bay. Features. At this all inclusive property meals and beverages at on site restaurants and bars, taxes, and gratuities are included in room rates. Recreational activities and entertainment may also be included. There may be charges for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive has a private beach, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a steam room. The onsite spa at this 4.0 star property offers massage and treatment rooms, body treatments, and beauty services. Business amenities include a business center, wireless Internet access (surcharge), meeting rooms for small groups, and audio visual equipment. Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar. Event facilities consist of exhibit space, conference rooms, and banquet facilities. Guestrooms. Amenities featured in guestrooms include air conditioning, coffee/tea makers, and minibars. In addition, amenities available on request include irons/ironing boards and wake up calls. Guestrooms have flat panel televisions with pay movies. Business friendly amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), desks, and direct dial phones. Complimentary bottled water is provided. Balconies are featured in all guestrooms. All guestrooms provide complimentary bottled water. Bathrooms feature jetted tubs, separate bathtubs and showers, and bathrobes. Guestroom services include housekeeping. Guestrooms are accessible via exterior corridors. Sofa beds are provided. Notifications:Additional fees and deposits may be charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out. >Montego Bay, Jamaica Sangster International Airport (MBJ): Approximate distance to Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive is 30 km (18.5 mi).

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By CindyLouWho, · 1 Comment

Pros: Value for $
Cons: Check In, Distance between everything
Check In - Not all of my guests arrived at the same time so I can only speak of our own experience...extremely frustrating! We got to the resort around 2:00 and had to wait until almost 6:00 to get into our room. The one saving grace during all of it was one of the shuttle drivers that kept track of us during our 4 hour wait and let us know the status. Maybe it's just me - but when a bride and groom check in (especially when they've booked the Honeymoon Suite and brought 40 of their family and friends) they should get some priority.   Rooms - Ours was ok. We stayed on the Lady Hamilton side and were in one of the Honeymoon Suites (Building 30-8). The room itself wasn't any different than any of the other Lady Hamilton villas - but the views were phenomenal. The only downside is the location. Because you're out on the very end of the point, it's quite a hike to ANYWHERE on the resort. Calling for a shuttle is hit or miss; sometimes they're outside your door in just minutes, other times you wait so long you give up and up walking. The outside shower took a little getting used to - too bad it's your only option in these rooms. The A/C had to be on full blast the entire time we were there and never seemed to really cool down the room but it may just have been the heat and humidity of the location.   Main Pool - HUGE! The swim up bar was ok but we found that the bars on each side of the pool made better drinks. :) The one end of the pool (closest to the sand volleyball court) would get a gross surface scum in the corners by the afternoon. It's best to steer clear of that area and pick chairs somewhere else. Our guests with kids really enjoyed the splash pad area. We never made it to the adults-only pool since we wanted to spend time with our guests.   Beach – if you’re looking for a beach experience, head to Sunset Cove. The other beaches are rocky and are not good for swimming. The water at Sunset Cove is calm and the view is great! Added bonus – the jerk chicken hut is right there! Con – the bar is up about 3 flights of stairs to the restaurant up the hill.   Restaurants - Buffet was decent. The restaurants are a much better choice...if you want to eat dinner earlier rather than later. Because this resort does not use reservations, if you're not there early, you're going to wait (and wait some more) to get a table.   Wedding Office/Coordinator – 95% of communication prior to arriving at the resort was through email and usually involved a 3-4 day wait for a response. I did a lot of browsing/research on destination wedding sites, joined a GP Brides group on Facebook to get a lot of my questions answered instead of waiting for information from the wedding office. We only had one meeting with our coordinator, Meloney, the day before the actual wedding. Part of the agenda was a “tour” of the wedding locations (the ceremony venue we’d chosen, the back-up location, and the reception venue). We wish we had worn better shoes for the hike around the resort.   Beach Party - In lieu of a formal rehearsal, we decided to go with the Beach Party that the resort offers and include all of our guests. The bonfire was cool, the DJ used our Iphone playlist (which we'd created just for the occasion), the lighting/decorations/seating was pretty chic, and the food was pretty good. We also upgraded to extend the party an additional two hours. Good times!   Wedding venue/ceremony - We had our ceremony on the beach. Luckily, one of my bridesmaids was staying in Lady Hamilton Villa 30-2 which is literally right on the wedding beach. My girls and I were able to get ready in her room, hang out in her air-conditioned room, and walk directly down the aisle when it was time. We even got to keep an eye on everyone arriving - groom and groomsmen included - before the ceremony started. The ceremony was short and sweet. I was a little concerned about having an officiant that we'd never even met before but he did a really good job (George Bates).   Reception – Blue Lagoon – because we had more than 40 people, we had to do a private reception and we’re so glad we did. The space doesn’t require much decoration (we only rented up-lighting from our DJ and brought minimal centerpieces from home). The food was pretty good although we were disappointed when we were informed that the menu we’d chosen needed to be modified as Lobsters weren’t in season – we ended up with shrimp kebabs. We hired an outside DJ and rocked it out until midnight – the latest they’ll let you stay. Pay the extra $ and extend your reception – it’s worth every penny!! The only major issue we had was the temperature. The Blue Lagoon is an open-air venue (aka no A/C) and it was HOT, HUMID, and NO WIND that night. The raffia fans I had brought to put at each guest’s chair came in super handy. I even had to change out of my wedding dress after dinner and our first dance because the temps were just unbearable.   Overall – The Grand Palladium was a pretty good choice. We needed somewhere relatively reasonable and family-friendly. We didn’t have any problems with theft or drug dealers as I’d read in other reviews.    
Pros: Wedding coordinators, food, beautiful location and surroundings
Cons: Small things
Hi all,   I was married at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton on April 23, 2013.  Here is my review of the resort and wedding day:   Arrival: I arrived with all 70 of my wedding guests from Toronto on the Saturday morning.  The check in process is pretty bad, I have to admit.  They make everyone wait until 3pm to get a room.  For me this was not a big deal as I do not have children. However, after an early morning flight and a long day of travelling with little ones, most people with children were more than anxious to get themselves into an air conditioned room for a nap.   Rooms:  Once people did get their rooms, they were spread all throughout the resort, not as I had requested ahead of time through the wedding coordinator on my rooming list.  So be prepared for that.  A lot of people switched rooms throughout the stay.  Some complained of moldy rooms or locations issues.  I didn't have any issues with our room.  We stayed in the honeymoon villa's, which were very private overlooking the ocean.  I really enjoyed this room which had a king sized bed, walk in closet, jacuzzi tub and outdoor shower.  However, my husband would have rathered the one bedroom suite.  The one bedroom suites had beautiful views of the ocean on the top floor and more privacy, as well as 2 balcony's.  I must admit, I would get a one bedroom suite next time we visit.   General Resort Info: The resort itself is huge, with 3 different beach locations and a couple of different pool options. We had been to this resort 3 years ago, so knew what to expect.  The service is decent, the food is exceptional and the beautiful sunsets are unforgetable. There is something for everyone at this resort.  The majority of our guests had a fantastic time, and found that there was something for everyone.   Restaurants: The food at the resort is much better than any food from resorts that we have had in the Carribean and we travel a lot!  I would have to say that the best place to get a steak is at Bubba's steakhouse.  Be prepared for long lines.  I would make a reservation if your wrist band allows for that.  The Indian, Italian, Creole and Asian restaurants are all fantasic.  Skip the Mexican.  The buffets were best at breakfast (with mimosas!) and lunch.  Not a huge fan of buffets for dinner, so we only really went once for our Welcome Dinner the day after we arrived.   Welcome Dinner: I had arranged in advance through my wedding coordinator a "Welcome Dinner" for my guests.  Since I had so many people, the only place that would accomodate without an extra charge per person was the buffet.  It took me a while to confirm my reservations the day before, as no one seemed to know what I was talking about, but when we arrived at 6:00pm for the dinner, they had a special area to the side for us.  I just brought name tags for everyone, and it turned out to be a great way for everyone to introduce themselves to each other before the actual wedding day.  I would suggest doing something like this for your guests if you have a lot of people coming, but don't want to spend more money on a private function.   Day Before the Wedding: The day before my wedding, we met with Nekeisha Ried, my wedding coordinator.  It was great to meet her in person, as I had been emailing back and forth with her for months.  She took us on a walk through of my wedding location, which was at the cliff top gazebo, back up location which is at the spa and my private reception area at the Blue Lagoon.  We then went back to the wedding office to go through all of the charges and pay for the day.  We decided to go with one of the most expensive menu's, and originally wanted the lobster and steak dinner, but I was told a week or 2 before the wedding that it was no longer lobster season, so they would have to give us shrimp instead.  We did end up getting a discount on the price though, which was $60 per person.  This included: salad, crab cakes, and intermezzo of mango sorbet, steak and shrimp with vegetables and a potato pancake and dessert which was creme brule.  Because I ordered the most expensive menu, I was able to mix and match from the different set menu's.  While I was at the meeting, I also requested that I have the bouquet flowers changed.  I got the Island Pearl package, but decided to bring my own real touch flowers from home.  So for the bouquet just wanted some white roses instead of the included calalillies.  They were able to do this for me without and extra charge, which I was happy with, and I just used this bouquet for the toss bouquet.  All in all, the wedding was pretty expensive.  But with 70 people coming, it didn't turn out to be anything that I wasn't expecting.   Day of the Wedding: The morning of the wedding, I dropped off all of my centrepieces for the private reception, placecards, favours, menu's and caketopper at the wedding office with instructions on how I wanted it all set up at the reception.  After that, I got my bridesmaids together and we went to my villa to wait for hair and makeup.    Hair and Makeup - Chasity Artistry (Rashel Edwards):  I had hired Rashel Edwards to do my makeup and hair, however, she was already booked for my date and sent her assistant and promised me that I would be happy.  The hair lady Sophia came before scheduled time and started right away.  I have to say that she did a great job with all of our hair.  Rachel's assistant came shortly after and started on makeup.  Although I think she did a good job, it was definitely not up to Rashel's standard of work.  My makeup looked nice in the outdoor pictures, but looked really caked on in the evening pictures.  As well, towards the evening, the makeup started to come off and you could see the yellow circles of concealer under my eyes. As well, I was promised false eyelashes for all of my girls, but Rachel only sent ones for me with her.  I guess overall it worked out okay, as I dont know if I would trust the spa to do both hair and makeup.  Just make sure that you get Rashel herself to be 100% satisfied.   Flowers - Bloom Bridal (Toronto): Once I got quotes on how much flowers were going to cost at the resort, I decided to go the "real touch" route instead.  I ordered far in advance through Judy at Bloom Bridal and I was very happy with my bouquets.  I ordered 1 bridal bouquet, 5 bridemaids bouquets, 2 kissing balls for flower girls, 8 bouts for guys and 2 wrist coursages for moms and it all came to $600 or so.  It's great because you can design exactly what you want, and they look great in pictures.  I would highly recommend Bloom Bridal in Toronto.   Ceremony - Cliff Top Gazebo: Time sure did fly by when we were getting our hair and makeup done.  I think we must have been about 20 mins or so late for the ceremony.  A cart came to pick me and the bridesmaids and flower girls up and brought us over to the ceremony location.  Nekeisha was waiting there with my parents, and already had everything set up and waiting at the ceremony.  I hired the steel drum band, which was amazing and would highly suggest this.  I could hear them playing for my guests as we arrived.  I am now thankful that they were there playing as our guests had to wait longer for us in the sun.  The ceremony was beautiful and private.  It was more than anything I could have imagined for myself on my wedding day.  The sun was out, steel drum band was playing, ocean sparkling in the background.  It was stunning.  The actual ceremony was very quick, and before you knew it, we kissed, signed the marriage documentation and we were husband and wife.  After the ceremony, we were greeted right away with a champagne toast (punch and water for kids and anyone else who didnt want alcohol).   Photographers - True Colors Photography - Dwayne and Judine:  We hired True Colors photographer to photograph for 2 hours ($900 for 2 hours, plus $200 for an extra photographer paid in advance).  We just wanted the ceremony and formals. They whisked us right away to start posing for some garden photos of the group and family. They seemed to know what they were doing, although kept referring to a book of photos for poses and stuff.  I kept telling them that I wanted pictures on the beach, but by the time we made our way down to the beach it was almost 6pm, which was the time my reception was supposed to start.  I was pretty annoyed because they kept making us stop to do all of these cheesy poses that I knew I wouldn't like.  We ended up getting a few on the beach, but then I had to leave to go to the reception.  They told me that pictures would be ready within 3 weeks.  When I got back I contacted them and if they would respond, would give me a date, the date would come and go and then would ignore my emails.  This went on for another 3 weeks.  I had to get the wedding manager involved.  I just got my pictures back, almost 7 weeks after the wedding.  I really didn't appreciate the lack communication from them, and therefore can not recommend them.  Another photographer, Stacey Clarke (who I wish I had hired but was booked), was very responsive with my emails to her.  Her work is beautiful and all posted on her website and other brides sites.  I would sugest looking into booking her if you are looking for a photographer.  Her prices are competetive as well.  My pictures from True Colours were decent.  The group photos, some from the ceremony and the beach ones turned out beautiful, but I can't use about 100 of them.   Private Reception - Blue Lagoon: Our reception was held at the Blue Lagoon.  They had everything set up very nicely (although my centrepices didn't turn out, my fault).  The sunset was amazing, and people were talking about it all night.  We decided not to hire a DJ, but to just rent the sound system which included and Ipod doc, speakers and mic ($500).  They actually sent a sound guy to stay for the whole reception which was nice, as he was able to turn the sound down when the MC was talking and for speeches, etc.  The food was just ok.  It is better at the restaurants when you go with a small group of people.  I would stick to the smaller menu for this reason and save the money. I thought the 4 hours would be plently for the reception, but the time came and went so quickly, I wish we had looked into extending it.  After the ceremony, which was 10pm, we headed down to the beach to release wish lanterns that I had brought down with me.  The wish lanterns were dedicated to my husband's father who had passed, and also to others who had lost someone that we wanted to remember.  It was a beautiful way to end the wedding.  So many people came up to me at the end of the night telling me how much it meant to them and how beautiful it looked releasing them on the beach.  The wish lanters were $100 for 20 from back home. After the reception, we went upstairs to the infinity bar and partied and then went to the disco for a bit and headed back to our room, as we were exhausted.  Our room, as promised with the package was decorated with fake rose petals and the tub was filled with a bubble bath.  We were missing the bottle of champagne.  Even after I complained the next day to the wedding department, we still never received it.  So don't look forward to this.    All in all, the wedding ceremony and reception was beautiful and stress free.  I wouldnt have been able to say the same thing if we had a wedding here at home.  The issues we had were fairly small.  I never got that bottle of champagne, chocolate covered fruit, a keepsake copy of the vows and other little things that were included in the package like a runner for the bar and napkin holders.  All not too big of a deal, but when spending that much for a wedding at the resort, you kind of expect them to follow through with what is supposed to be in the set packages for the price. Please also be aware that this resort is probably the most popular resort in Jamaica to get married at.  When we were there, there were at LEAST 4 weddings going on per day and it seemed like everyone was with a wedding party. With respect to theft on the resort, I can't comment on, as no one I spoke with out of our wedding party had these issues. Just a tip as well, if you want anything from the reception to kept for you after the wedding, be sure to tell the wedding manager on duty at the end.  I spoke to a bride who had her expensive cake topper thrown in the garbage and she was really upset.   I would suggest this resort to anyone.  They know what they are doing as far as weddings go, and are pretty organized.  My wedding day was perfect and I wouldn't change a thing.   Just let me know if you have any questions!   Amanda :)

By canadiangurl, · 2 Comments

Pros: Amazing beaches, buffet was second to none, beautiful grounds, fun night life
Cons: Rude staff, always wanted a tip, offered drugs at every turn, theft from rooms is rampant, management has no control over staff, poor sanitation
My new wife and I went down to this resort on April 27 2013 to get married and were accompanied by approximately 70 guests.  Our first impressions were good, the resort looked to be quite beautiful and the rooms were nice.  The only bad taste left initially was the fact many in our group (50 ppl plus) had to wait until 3 or 4 pm for rooms.  However, that was not a big deal.    After getting settled in our trip started off in the right direction, the weather was beautiful, the buffet food was amazing (we've been all over and this was the best buffet food we've ever had) and the grounds were very nice.  Our only complaint the first day or so is the fact the resort is so large you end up walking for ever to get anywhere.  Also, if you have children i strollers the resort will become your worst enemy by the end of the trip.  There seems to be only 1 elevator at the resort in the main lobby.  This becomes quite tiresome as you have to use it when accessing the second level of the resort.  Also, the cove beach at the end of the resort has to large flights of stairs with no ramp for older people or strollers...impossible to get down if you are by your self.     Our wedding coordinator Sharlene was amazing.  She was probably the most polite person we met on our trip.  She was very courteous and went out of her way to make sure our special day went off without a hitch.  Our only complaint with the wedding process, which was no fault of hers is that the resort nickel and dimes you for EVERYTHING.  Our reception after the wedding was in the Blue Lagoon area.  We had it booked from 6-10pm.  After 10 pm you have your choice of where you and your group want to go and party, most people go upstairs to the Infinity bar.  If you want to have the blue lagoon area booked until 12 you can do so , however, the resort charges you $6.00 per person per hour!  They also charge you $150.00 an hour to rent the space.  This is a real piss off as that area is dead after 6 pm anyway...It would have cost us over a 1000.00 US to keep the area for 2 more hours...so much for all inclusive.   Our next bad experience was the fact many of the staff there were rude and always had their hands out expecting a tip...to the point where you felt uncomfortable.  They would even ask for it.  You can use ocean Kayaks at one of the beaches for free and paddle around the bay.  When I went to use one of them I had to fill out a waiver and wear a life jacket.  No problem I thought.  When I walked over to push the Kayak into the water a resort worker who watched the Kayaks and helps people if needed walked over to be extended is had palm facing up and said "you got something for Charlie man?" I told him to take a hike, and that wasn't the first time I had this encounter with staff.  They had one shuttle guy in particular who would drive you around telling you how amazing his service was and how he was going out of his way to get you to where you needed.  He to would out right ask for a tip and get upset when you didn't give him one.     The bar staff were also unbelievably slow to the point where you would order a drink and literally wait 15-20 minutes for it to arrive at your table.  Even going to the bar the service was brutally slow.  In my opinion having worked in bars going through school they had a lack or training and most likely motivation.  Seemed to be a common theme i Jamaica.  If you didn't tip them forget about ever getting a drink again.  They would simply avoid your table and use the excuse it was busy even when it wasn't.  This wasn't the case with every staff member some were great, however, most seemed to be disgruntled with their employment arrangements.     When we stayed at the Grand Bahai Principe in the Dominican a tip got you better service and in fact a healthy bar tip would give you drinks being sent to you without ordering them which was nice.  They were also extremely fast pumping out the drinks to you.     The real kicker with the bar service at this resort was when we actually took pictures of how the bartenders at the pool bar were cleaning the cups people were leaving on the bar.  The pool bar is in the center of the pool attached to the Blue Lagoon restaurant area.  The restaurant over looks the bar but during the day that particular part of the restaurant is not busy. Most people are at the beach, pool or buffet and due to the location of the pool bar to the restaurant people really have no reason to hang out there and watch the bartenders work. During our reception we arrived a bit early and decided to walk over to the edge of the reception area and watch people in the pool.  We stood above the pool bar and watched as the bartenders took dirty cups and submerged them in a sink full of dirty water, full of cigarette butts, straws and other garbage and then turned the cups upside down and placed them on a tray to be reserved.  It was gut wrenching to se what they did...we took pictures of them doing this and will be taking it up with the higher up resort management.  The GM Roberto was a total jack ass so we knew our complaints would fall on deaf ears if we told him.  It was also out second last day there so we bit our tongues.     Our next complaint was the theft that took place on the resort.  As I have mentioned before we have been all over the world going to all inclusive resorts and the theft that took place here was the absolute worst.  During the day you have at least 4 different people going into your room.  The maid (ours was Donnaly, she seemed nice), then the person who drops off hand towels (really???), then the guy who stocks the fridge (I'm sure he was the thief, I will elaborate) and finally the turn down service.     There is no reason your room needs to be entered 4 times a day...this is just ridiculous.  The maid should be able to clean, bring hand towels and even stock the fridge at one time and turndown service should be an option.  When we quested it we were told you can hang the red card on your door which indicates "Do not disturb".  After all the incidents of theft many of us decided to just allow the maid in and then put the Do Not Disturb sign up.     We wanted to see what would happen with the sign in place so I waited in the room when I knew people would be coming by.  We had children who had to nap so it worked out I would be there anyway.  Low and behold even with the sign in place I got a knock on the door.  3 knocks were followed by my door being opened and a man walking into my room to fill the fridge.  I confronted him and he was surprised to see me there.  He apologized and left giving the excuse he just wanted to fill the fridge....guess the sign wasn't clear enough for him even though its the resort policy.     My father, whom is elderly also had a run in with one of the staff who fills the fridges.  My dad took a bad fall while at the resort and was confined to his room for a few days.  On one of the days he was in the bathroom with the door partially closed, back to the door.  The bar fridge guy walked in past the bathroom to fill the fridge.  My dad saw him in the mirror walk right past the safe and literally grab the handle quickly to see if it was open.  My dad asked why he did that and the response was " I wanted to make sure you had it locked".  REALLY???    Out of the 70 plus people we had on the trip 15 of us had items ranging from money, jewellery, electronics to clothes taken.  I indicated my concern with the bar fridge guy earlier the the above story is why.     Before you say anything about making sure your items are locked in the safe know this...if you have difficulty with your safe it can be opened with what appears to be a master code...you may as well leave your valuables on the coffee table.     Next complaint is the offering of drugs on the resort.  It seems that every second guy working there will at one point ask, "Hey man you need anything special"...my idiot cousin took full advantage of this while he was there.  The point is it gets annoying especially for people who don't partake in those activities.  It also raises concerns for your safety while there.   Despite all the negative things i've metioned above we still had fun.  I would never return to this resort but that is probably becasue the management is ineffective.   If these issues could be addressed my wife and I would return without question.     I will now list the pros and cons:   Pros:   Great food Beautiful grounds Beautiful beaches Good rooms Children friendly (daycare on site) Fantastic wedding coordinators Plenty of activities Nice pool Fun nightlife and entertainment   Cons   Poor management - yes roberto you're a jack ass and need better control of your staff ( I would fire you if I owned the place) Rude staff ( not all but many) Always had hand out for a tip Huge resort Lots of walking poor accessibility for elderly or people with children in strollers  Showers are designed poorly if you can believe it.  Water gets all over the floors.  (caused my elderly father to fall and be bed ridden for the trip) Ground floor suites seem to have issues with cockroaches (its a tropical climate so we didn't make a big deal of it) we killed 3 over a 7 day period.  I'm sure they came in from the patio doors. Bar staff are unbelievably slow Sanitation of pool bar (drink cups cleaned in filthy water, which I have pictures of and can provide to people) Nickel and dimed for wedding related things (paid 0ver a 100 US to have clothes laundered).  The bill charged to the resort was 787.00 Jamaican so I should have paid 7.98 US.  I saw the bill when checking out and clearing up our outstanding balance.    In closing our group had a lot of fun but we also expected more for the money we paid.  This was one of the cheaper 5 stars in Jamaica and I would in the future pay more and go to a different resort. PLEASE read the reviews and be mindful of what people are telling you.  We are regular travellers and know what to expect at all inclusive resorts.  Many people will have glowing reviews, however, some negative comments should always come up.  You can be sure these people are resort newbees or Roberto writing as many reviews as he can.  Also, when people have the SAME negative comment as the theme seems to be that is what we call a red flag!!       Good luck.   

By EricaM, · 4 Comments

Pros: Fast, Easy, Stress Free
I just got home from what was a dream come true.  We arrived at the Grand Palladium on a Monday and then met with the wedding coordinator on Tuesday morning to talk about our Friday wedding.  Everything was pretty much decided 2 weeks or less before we left via email.  Once we got there we went on a tour to all of the wedding locations.  We choose to have the wedding on the beach at 4pm.  Then we went back to Nekeisha's office and she went over the final price and made sure we had everything we wanted.  She was very helpful.    I had the steel drum band for the ceremony which was awesome.  Luckily I got my room upgraded on Wednesday to room #3042 so I was able to walk out of my room right down the isle.  Plus I heard the band ahead of time.  They were absolutely amazing and I would definitely recommend them!   I had the island pearl package but changed the decorations at the wedding at no additional charge.  She let me do pretty much whatever I wanted.  I did upgrade my flowers to orchids and a tropical mix with Tia Floral.  This was pretty easy, I just found pictures that I wanted and then emailed them and my flowers turned out exactly like the picture!  The table center pieces were very pricey so I went to the dollar store and bought vaces for the bridesmaids to put their flowers in and candles.  Save a ton of money there!   After the ceremony we did picture with our photographer that we hired outside of the resort.  It was Sandy May who actually lives in Jamaica 6 months and then in the US the other 6 months so we really lucked out there.  She took very good pictures from what I have seen so far.  Much better then the hotel photographer.  True Colors was not very good at all.  It was hard for me to pick my 8 photos since none were really that good.   Our reception was at the Blue Lagoon at 6pm and we hired the DJ Irie Jamz (this is the one the hotel provided).  They played the BEST music and had all of our guests dancing all night long!!!  We did use my uncle as the MC to announce the bridal party.  There was no problem with privacy at this place.  We did have one guy who came in and tried to dance but they did have it blocked off very well.  We had 53 guests total so we chose to do the Jamaican Buffet Dinner.  This was definitely the best food we had all week.  Everyone was talking about it.  Since so many people have different tastes this worked great so we could have a little something for everyone.   After the reception all of our guests went down to the beach and lit off the sky lanterns.  The hotel said it was OK and we had a lot of people watching.   One thing that I would suggest is not to get such a HOT dress.  I bought my dress before I knew we were going to do a destination wedding, so it was a little sweaty but I suffered through it :)   We also did a lot of excursions.  Fishing, horseback riding, Mayfield Falls, Zip line, Ricks Cafe cliff jump, sunset cruise, 7 mile beach...so we were on the go most of the time and enjoyed every minute of it.
Pros: Great wedding coordinator, beautiful setting, florist and hairdresser excellent
Hi Everyone,   We just had our wedding at the Grand Palladium Jamaica on January 28, 2013, and I wanted to post a quick review! I've tried to put information about prices in as much as possible, because that was something I had a hard time finding ahead of time.   We had an absolutely great experience. During our one hour planning meeting with the coordinator (Loraine, 2 days before the wedding), she had a file on us which contained all of the information I had sent her ahead of time. She literally had had every detail written down. She showed us the ceremony location (gazebo- beautiful!), alternate rain location (atrium- also beautiful) and reception locations (Poseidon- we had originally wanted Blue Lagoon, but it was booked, but ultimately were very happy with Poseidon).   The morning of the ceremony all of my bridesmaids and I had our hair done at the spa. They did a great job- everyone was happy with how it turned out. They also did my mom's (short) hair, which was not good at all, so I would discourage anyone with very short hair from having it done there. For myself, 6 bridesmaids, my mom, and his mom the total cost was $742.00   Our flowers were delivered about 30 minutes late (Island time!), but were gorgeous and exactly what I ordered. I bought bouquets for all 6 bridesmaids and upgraded my own, so it was pretty pricey ($900 for 7 bouquets, 2 corsages, 8 boutonnieres). To offset this cost, we opted for the Sapphire Wedding package ($1800 + $20/guest over 8 guests). Essentially the only difference I could find between this package and the more pricey ones was the colour of the aisle runner. We still had chairs + chair covers, a white aisle runner, and two arrangements at the end of the aisle, a 2 tiered cake, champagne toast for all of the guests, sound system, and the officiant.    They sent a cart to pick up the bridal party and we went to the ceremony (2pm). The gazebo was gorgeous and very quiet and private. I also saw a number of weddings at the beach site through the week- they were also gorgeous but a bit less private and WAY more windy (and therefore somewhat hard to hear during the ceremony).   We did a cocktail reception hour at 5pm at the infinity bar because there was such a long break between the ceremony and reception. The food at this was not super great but there was TONS of it. It was nice to have a private area for our guests and a private bar.   Then we headed to Poseidon for dinner. I had wanted the Blue Lagoon because it looks fancier, but I actually was really happy with Poseidon. It is very private, with a beautiful ocean view. We had mushroom stuffed chicken breast and strip loin for dinner, which was only so-so. I've heard that the wedding food is never as good as the a-la-carte restaurants (which were delicious)!    We hired a DJ for the last 3 hours (the first hour just played our iPod). The DJ was excellent, and played fun, mostly Jamaican music like we'd asked for. The wait-staff at the restaurant joined in the dancing at the end, which was amazing.    That's it! Hope it's helpful! We brought our own photographer with us (I would DISCOURAGE using the resort's "True Colours" photography- they are pricey and the photos they were taking while we were there seemed really formal). Take a look at our photos on our photographer's blog here:http://wmacphotography.com/emma-andrews-jamaican-wedding-in-montego-bay/   Please feel free to message if you have any questions!   Emma

By CourtBestBride, · 4 Comments

I’m so happy and excited to be writing this review. From the moment we stepped into the airport everything was perfect and went very smoothly. Our trip was booked through Darlene Dundas of Stonetown Travel, St.Mary’s, Ontario. Best.Decision.Ever! She was incredible from day one and handled pretty much everything for us until closer to the wedding when we started dealing directly with the coordinator. HIGHLY recommend her. We booked out trips with Airtransat and I’m SO impressed with them. We got priority check in at the airport, extra baggage allowance and unlimited champagne on the plane. They treated us like royalty! Once I got assigned a wedding coordinator, Nekeisha everything was awesome. She was great at responding the same day to my emails and SO professional. If you have a choice, you should request Nekeisha, she will go above and beyond for you. RESORT: I honestly don’t understand some of the negative reviews, we all LOVED it! All 63 of us. Upon arrival we were greeted with rum punch right away while the staff dealt with our luggage. We were instantly upgraded to the BEST honeymoon suite ever! It opened up to the beach where the ceremony would be held. Literally, I had to walk 10 meters max to the ceremony spot on the day of the wedding. Could not have been any better!!! I actually cried when we got to our room. Huge with an outdoor shower, perfect area for getting ready day of the wedding! Any brides getting married at the beach location REQUEST THIS ROOM!!! Room 3022.  It made the wedding day so much more relaxed. As we were getting ready, sipping on champagne, I could watch the entire group making their way down to the beach and my groom walking out. What a cool moment seeing my future husband making his way down to the ceremony. Most of our guests had room upgrades if they asked for it, there were no complaints about the rooms at all except my Grandmother had to be moved to a ground floor room. No big deal. It is quite a big resort, so be prepared to do some walking. I could see how this would be a problem for some people but I enjoyed it. Walked off some of the 4000 calories we ate each day ;) My Grandma had to have a wheel chair to get around but she didn’t mind. Restaurants and Food: All of our guests LOVED the a la cartes and buffets. Of course after a week the buffet can get a little old and repetitive but overall I thought the food was AMAZING. The Jamaican, Poseidon and Indian seemed to be the group favourites. Oh the seafood, oooh the shrimp, we could not get enough. We had our rehearsal dinner for 30 people at the Poseidon. It was really nice. Usually with a large group there you have to have a set menu but they let us use the regular menu for the night and that was great. It happened to be my brother’s birthday so they were bringing tons of group shots and brought him a piece of cake and got the whole group to sing to him. Very cool. The Jerk hut on the beach is to die for. SO good. This was my favourite meal the entire week. Most of our group ate there every day for lunch. Beaches and Pools: Pools were amazing. We had a group of younger “partiers” and they did not leave the infinity main pool the entire week. They were always set up in the middle of the pool by the swim up bar. SO MUCH FUN! The adult pool and beach was my favourite. It was right across from our villa and we stopped here every day to fill up our tumblers. (we gave each guest a to go drink tumbler, $5 from superstore, highly recommend these. All of our guests LOVED them and that was one way our group could tell we were all in the same group) Beaches: I’ve read mixed reviews but personally our group loved them. Our room was right on las brias beach, it’s not a very popular beach so it’s perfect if you want to relax with not many people around. It’s great for pictures too. Sunset cove beach was a group favourite. Very kid friendly. My best friend is a marine biologist and she took groups out snorkeling on all the different beaches and she was impressed with what she saw. Bars: At night we always met up at the infinity bar for live music and fun. We had a blast here every night. It can be very lively or mellow, depending on your mood. Some nights they have Jamaican music or dancing. We would then head to the disco and then to the sports bar, every night lol Great party resort. Staff: What are some of these negative reviews talking about?? You’re in Jamaica Mon’!! These people move slow, it’s their lifestyle! Embrace it and relax! After being at the resort I’m BLOWN away by every staff member there. I wore some stuff that said I was the bride and every 2 seconds they were coming up to me and congratulating me and giving us blessings! They love the guests there. We were surrounded by amazing staff the entire week. The bartenders are incredible! So fun. Tip them a $20 the first time and they will be racing drinks out to you’re the rest of the week.     CEREMONY AND DAY OF WEDDING: Dream.Come.True! Wow, I’m still on cloud 9. I brought my own hair stylist, photographer and make up artist so we started getting ready around 11:30am for our 4pm ceremony on the beach. Some of my bridesmaids went to the spa to get ready and loved it. We ordered the Day of wedding tea party and it was perfect. Coffee, tea, champagne and cupcakes. Helped calm our nerves and the cupcakes were delicious. Nekeisha sent over all the flowers around 2pm. The steel drum band arrived and started playing around 3:15pm. They were awesome, I highly recommend them. We watched a wedding the next day at the beach with an ipod set up and it totally didn’t have the same feel. Our guests are still taking about how awesome it was. Everything was perfectly on time. Nekeisha was there through everything making sure it was all set up the way she wanted and she coordinated well with our minister, who we brought to perform the ceremony. The weather was overcast (exactly what I wanted because its better for pictures) and it started raining just as we were finishing up with our champagne toast. Luckily it only rained for probably 30 minutes but boy did it make for some AMAZING photos after. The guest really enjoyed the champagne toasts after the ceremony. I can’t begin to express how beautiful the beach location is! I loved loved it! I will add some photos.               We had the reception at the Blue Lagoon and again, it was incredible. Just a beautiful location. The meal was great, we chose option 4. I would have loved to pick a more Jamaican option but I thought this was more of a people pleaser. My family is big on meat and potatoes. My only complaint about the reception is how quickly it went by. We were having so much fun and all of a sudden the Dj told it was the last song. But because money talks in Jamaica, we tipped the staff for a few extra songs. We had an ipod set up but they had someone controlling it all for us! I’ve read reviews of it being noisy in the blue lagoon because of the reggae band in the infinity bar upstairs and luckily that wasn’t an issue for us BUT because of some of our tables being closer to the Italian restaurant side, it was a bit harder to hear the speeches for the people sitting near the back. When I read a negative review of this resort, some of the complaints and or comments are things that would really not bother me all that much. Like people running out of booze in their room, or someone not liking the buffet…really? No resort will every please everyone, but this one came pretty damn close for my group. I think you need to roll with the punches when you do a destination wedding. Ya it rained on my wedding day, sucks we didn’t have enough time for all the pictures we wanted but we made up for it the next day with trash the dress. The staff can be on “Jamaican time” but just take it all in. The resort is beautiful, staff are super friendly and if you go into the experience with an open mind and you will have an amazing time.           I will post more professional pictures soon or you can keep checking with stephaniecouture.ca for my photographer’s photos she will be adding for her website soon. For now you can check out the album I made on my profile.

By breathenagain22, · 2 Comments

Pros: Wedding Coordinator, Accommodations, Variety of things to keep guests occupied, Scenary
Cons: On-site photographer, service in restaurants,
Please bear with me as I try and re-cap my experience at GPLH.  If you get nothing else from this review, just know that I am VERY happy with my choice of resorts and my wedding day was AWESOME!  Please forgive me for not having pictures yet, I am not a picture taker and will have to wait until I meet with my photographer this week.   To begin: Check in went smoothly for all guests.  We were greeted with Rum Punch and non-alcoholic drinks for guests once we got off the bus.  There was some confusion on our part about the two sides of the hotel, so some guests requested to be on the Lady Hamilton (LH) side with me and my hubby.  The resort was very accommodating in changing rooms.  We were initially given a third floor room, but since there are no elevators we requested to have 1st floor rooms.  Once again we were accommodated..  There were shuttles that took us to our rooms b/c the resort is HUGE!  We did not get an upgrade to our room b/c the resort was full.  This did not bother me or my hubby b/c we were very pleased with the junior suite we received.  We had a fantastic view, the room was clean and looks just like the pictures.  As a matter of fact the whole resort looks just like what you see in the pictures.  I visited most of my guests rooms and they all had similar accommodations.  Two rooms were experiencing a/c problems but maintenance took care of it (you may have to remind them a few times...) but this didn't ruin anyone's time, we made do until the air was fixed.  After we settled in we had lunch in the Sports Bar.   Con: The food is just OKAY, nothing spectacular and not horrible.  The best place to eat is the Jamaican Hut located by the Poseidon, but it is only open between 12-4 pm. Service in some of the restaurants in on Jamaican time, kinda slow.    But it just depends on who is waiting on you, most were very efficient and were  very nice.  I didn't run into any rude or non caring staff and I can't think of any that did not do all they could to help.   The Grounds were beautiful and well kept.  Plenty of entertainment and we loved how there were many options available for booking tours and excursions.  Our guests went to the Las Vegas Bar and won $150, went to the shows (and loved them so much returned the next night to watch another), beach, infinity bar club, pool, etc.   Our wedding coordinator, Loraine was very accommodating and even re-arranged our appointment with her to accommodate our last minute plans.  During one of our excursions we met a Jamaican named Jombo Hall that was a musician who was playing outside of some of the souvenir shops.  He sounded so great I told my hubby, we should have him play at our wedding. When we saw him a second time, we thought it was meant to be and asked him to come sing.  For $50 we booked him!  He was AWESOME!  Loraine helped us get him a visitors pass even though she was uneasy about it.  Jombo showed and made it even more special, much better than the IPOD we were going to use!  Loraine helped us finish all the paperwork.  Because we did the legal part here in the states, we changed from wedding package to a renewal package, this is something I think more brides should be aware of.  My ceremony was still a religious wedding ceremony and none of the guests would have known that we had already done the legal part back home.  This saved a lot of $$$.  We still received a beautiful wedding decor (tropical flowers, champagne toast, breakfast in bed, fruit tray and rum  in the room when we checked in, champagne in the room after the wedding, wedding night decor, etc.).     Wedding Day: My sister and friend did my hair and make-up so I can't give any suggestions here.  We were given the option to have our dress and suit steamed, but we didn't need it.  Loraine delivered my bouquet (she actually gave me an upgrade)!!!  The bouquet was better than what I would have imagined with my less expensive wedding package).  She also delivered my hubby his boutonniere.  Loraine picked up all the extra nick knacks (sand ceremony stuff, bride/groom champagne glasses, rose petals, wedding favors, menu place cards, etc.) and made sure everything was were it should be.  The ceremony was on time and ran smoothly.  Our sand ceremony was a hit. I added some to the script Loraine had provided b/c I wanted to include God and our son in the sand ceremony.  They allowed Jombo to sing and play his guitar throughout the ceremony and during pictures.  Our main photographer was a friend and we had no problems with the resort allowing  her to take all the photos she wanted.  We did a bridal shoot before the wedding ceremony and group/individual shots after the ceremony.   There was a small timing issue with the shuttle that would take my guests to the cocktail reception so Loraine told us she would  not be strict on the end time of our cocktail reception.     I have read mixed opinions about cocktail receptions.... My opinion.. This was the HIGHLIGHT of our day!  The food was EXCELLENT!!  The location, the Infiniti Bar, was PHENOMENAL!  We were able to use our IPAD to play music so this is were we did our first dance and our father/daughter & mother/son dance.  There was plenty of food, plenty of space, and private enough for us to enjoy.  We loved it so much we considered canceling our dinner reception and just stay at the Infiniti Bar...  If you want some private time, but do not want to pay for the private reception, I suggest the cocktail reception.  $15 per person for 1 hour, better food than any of the restaurants or what you will get at the dinner reception.  And we still got dinner at Bubba's for the dinner reception.     Cake:  Not the best tasting, but it didn't matter, most ppl were so stuffed it didn't matter.  Dessert comes with dinner so really the cake is just a traditional decoration!  I would not recommend spending a lot of time or money on additional cake tiers.     Dinner Reception: One word...SLOW!!!  The service is really slow, so luckily we had already eaten at the cocktail reception, otherwise this may have been an issue.  We used the time to mingle and enjoy each other's company.  We ate at Bubba's and FYI if you order the steak, we were told they all had to be medium well b/c of the size of the group.  Everyone seemed happy with their dinner, we were able to have both chicken and steak on each plate for each guest.  A waste of food, but it helped b/c we didn't have to worry about who wanted what.   After Dinner:  After dinner the wedding party split from the other guests (guests wanter some time to do their own thing for their last night on the resort) and ended the night with a splash... Literally!!!  Still fully dressed in our wedding gear, we went to the adult pool and "trashed the dress" by jumping into the pool!  It was one of the best things I have ever done in a gown!!   When we returned to our room, it was decorated like a honeymoon suite and looked very romantic.  Our son left the morning after our wedding and we had a excursion early the morning after our wedding, so we actually missed our breakfast in bed b/c we were not there.  But once again the hotel did not disappoint us!  We got married on Friday June 22, we missed breakfast in bed on Sat. June 23 b/c we left so early, so on Sunday June 24, we called and asked if we could have breakfast in bed and the hotel accommodated this request (even though they had prepared it and had it ready to deliver on Saturday!).    On Monday we needed to do some shopping at Harley Davidson and needed a taxi, initially we were quoted $120 for a private taxi for a 3-4 hour shopping trip in Montego Bay, but once again we contacted someone else a the hotel and ended up paying $50 for a private taxi shopping trip roundtrip for two people for 4 hours in Montego Bay.   Well I think this is all I can remember, my new hubby is snoring away, but I had to let all Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Brides know, that my wedding day was all I could have dreamed of and I am sure GPLH will not disappoint.  Oh and we ran into a TON of other GPLH brides during our stay and they all said they loved it!  There were some unhappy guests, but I think if we remember that this is a large resort in a laid back slow paced country will help us keep things in perspective.   Pictures to come shortly!!!
Pros: Wedding was beautiful
Cons: Service... not so hot.
We were married at Grand Palladium Jamaica 06/09/2012.  The wedding was perfect and the reception was beautiful.  My wedding coordinator Loraine did a wonderful job.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more.  Everything was timed perfectly and the surroundings were beautiful.  I chose the spa location so  my guests wouldn’t be about to pass out from the heat.  I’m glad  I did because there was a delay due to a wardrobe malfunction – one of my bridesmaids’ zipper broke and she had to be sewn into her dress.    The reception was also beautiful and Loraine was there to ensure that everything went off without a hitch and it did .  However, we called the bellman desk to get a cart to take us from our room to the reception.  The cart never came.   We stood outside for about 10 minutes and started to walk in our 5 inch heels.  Needless to say we were hot, tired and out of breath by the time we reached Blue Lagoon.  But I was ok because the space is so beautiful I couldn’t stay upset about it.   With that said, my wedding was beyond my expectations.  However our stay at the resort was not great.  We had about 51 people with us and EVERYONE in my group had an issue with the hotel at one time or another.  I am not one of these people that constantly complains.  We just visited the resort a little over a year ago and our experience was great.  This time there seemed to be some management issues.  The problems had very little to do with the staff – they were very friendly.   However my mother in law didn’t get the room type she requested and she was very upset.  They did not clean our room for at least two full days.  They did not restock our beverages regularly.  Several guests could not get their rooms to cool and CATS were wandering around Sunset Cove/Poseidon restaurant – close enough to graze your leg and eat any table scraps you drop.  The seafood (Poseidon) was HORRIBLE.  The crab cakes were ALL CAKE – no crab.  And none of the restaurants (except the buffets) could accommodate a group of more than 6.  Several of us tried to do dinner together on different nights and each time it was a problem and we couldn’t make reservations as they said it was “first come, first serve”.    They seemed to be running out of everything.  We could not get clean face towels to save our lives (WHO RUNS OUT OF FACE TOWELS????).   I really think the hotel was not prepared for busy season.  Which is not fair to guests and not fair to the staff because they have to deal with the fallout.   Finally,  I scheduled and appointment with the spa to get my hair done.  The brochure and website state the range for “special hair styles” is $90-130 -- Which was fine.  When I got to my appointment they told me it would be $150.  They didn’t not mention  wedding parties should get 10% off.  So actually my hair shouldn’t have cost more than $117.  Well, since they were charging me $150 I asked if I could upgrade to the $180 package that includes hair and makeup.  They told me that package didn’t apply to me because my hair is too long and that I would have to pay an extra $50 in addition to the $180 to get makeup done.  Now keep in mind my hair isn’t THAT long.  It’s just below my shoulders.  But at this point I didn’t have a choice.  So, get it done… I show the lady a picture of what I’m looking for.  It’s very simple – a high, pin curled bun.  Who can mess up a bun???  My hair was horrible and frizzy BEFORE I stepped out of the salon into the humidity.  By the time I got back to the room the pins were falling out!!!  At this point I was about to have a complete FIT! Luckily one of my bridesmaids brought a curler and we were able to fix it.  But for $150 it should have been perfect.  I was LIVID!   Photography:  I haven’t gotten my pictures back yet, but Andrew from True Colors was awesome.  I saw some of the shots as he took them and they were lovely.  He was very patient with my cackling bridesmaids and the adventure of the broken zipperJ  There was also another Andrew taking  pictures around the resort.  He took several pictures of me and my girlfriends in the pool.  We got some GREAT SHOTS!   DJ:  We used Irie Jamz.  Damane was awesome.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more.  He played songs to our taste and everyone from oldest to youngest got on the dance floor and cut a rug – even the “aristocracy” lmao.  He did an awesome job of putting together a playlist to our tastes.  If you’re looking for a DJ here is your guy:  www.iriejamzjamaica.com   Flowers:  I traded out the flowers in my package for 2 pomander balls and bought an additional 2.  Tai Flora was very accommodating.  I bought our bouquets and bouts from an online “realtouch” company.  I am not going to mention them as I had to redo and rewrap all of the flowers because they put these tacky silk and shiny plastic flower fillers after they up-charged me to change the arrangement to all “real touch”.  The  other flower in the bouquet were fine and we still had pretty, full bouquets.  I added a brooch from www.fabulousbrooch.com to mine and  MOH's bouquet and we were good to go.  I got the other table supplies from www.saveoncrafts.com.  I got so many compliments on my tables!   Pictures to come…  

By sarahdemali, · 4 Comments

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 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, each one more beautiful than the last.   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 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.   A few of the cons of the trip included the attitude of the staff. One of the nights we went to the beach for a bonfire and went up to one of the beds by the beach where you climb up the ladder. Well I climbed up and there was a loose nail that I hit my toe nail on. I asked the front desk for a bandaid as it was bleeding and you'd have thought I asked for their first born.   A couple days later I was in the pool and because of the small (one) bandaid they gave me my toe nail wasn't properly protected and I ended up ripping it off completly. Luckily the lifeguard was super helpful and took care of me while I screamed at the top of my lungs lol. However, front desk had no desire to provide even at that point basic first aid supplies... wtf?   We also had 2 $700 cell phones stolen from our guests on the trip by staff, their phones were used as cameras for wedding pictures and speeches. So not only have they lost their phones, but we've lost some of the important speeches. Security had no interest in assisting with this, and the hotel hasn't even so much as responded to our inquiry. So leave all valuables locked up or at home. I was also warned that the room staff looked for wedding bands if they knew you were getting married, so ensure you're wearing it or locking it up.   But on a positive note, I left a number of semi-valuable things out on the day of my wedding as I didn't have time to tidy it up or lock things up. The maid for my room actually went in and got it all cleaned up for me. Not once did she take a single thing from our room and she went above and beyond on the day of our wedding. Sometimes you luck out.   Our airconditioning in our room also wasn't working and I had called at the beginning of the week regarding it and the front desk said "we'll send someone up." However they never came. On the night before our wedding my friend and I went back to my room early to get things ready for the next day. I started calling for someone to come check the air conditioning as all of the girls were coming to my room the next day to get ready. After waiting an hour I must have called around 4-7 times an hour until midnight about the a/c. I finally called in tears and threatened that I would be down to bring someone back to my room to fix the a/c and about 30 minutes later a maintenance man came up with a manager... The a/c still didn't work.   Needless to say I woke up the next morning exhausted, hot and with a migraine. It was a rough start to the morning. But as noted above, it got better.   Personally, I think they have a beautiful resort, and as it is a newer resort its unfortunate but the staff themselves are not experienced enough to either a) work for such a large, high demand resort b) work in customer service. Hopefully in another few years they will have their kinks worked out and happier, more responsive staff.     Angel Atrium:     Blue Lagoon:     Lanterns at the beach:    

By Shellyann23, · 1 Comment

Pros: Beautiful Grounds
Cons: Food, staff, cleanliness
I will start my review by saying two things:   1. I never go out of my way to write negative reviews or really listen to them. I figure that people are sort of whiners and I think, "Hey! You are on vacation. Relax! Things are never going to be perfect, but you have to look for the good and be grateful you are even there."   2. I will never ignore negative reviews again   We were at the Grand Palladium from May 2-9th 2012 for our wedding. Due to travel issues, we were unable to arrive on the 2nd and ended up arriving on the 3rd. The 2 positive things I can say about the resort are that they upgraded us to a beautiful honeymoon suite, and the grounds are truly as beautiful as the photos. It is breathtaking.   Other than that, it was pretty awful. It was bad enough that when we arrived on the 3rd, we asked to stay an extra day to make up for our lost time at the resort, and by the end of it, we left a day early because we couldn't get out of there fast enough.   Here's why:    - Most of the staff is very rude. There is a front desk gal with short hair (man, I wish I could remember her name! I think it had a V or a Z in it) and she was just awful. Any question was met with a curt, rude response and usually went unsolved. There are a few exceptions - Olivia in one of the buffets and Kamar in another buffet - they were great.    - Everyone expects to be tipped - ALL THE TIME. They will stand there and wait until you give them money. Seriously? This is an all-inclusive resort. Sandals has a no tipping policy and I think that's great. Not having to worry about bringing money with you everywhere is what vacation is all about. If you don't tip one person (remember - most of them are rude and don't deserve a tip) then word travels fast and you don't get helped. Nice, huh? Trust me - we tipped the people who deserved to be tipped well, but for people to EXPECT it is b.s.   - The FOOD IS AWFUL. We weren't expecting the most amazing food in the world, but every meal, we would get something and ask each other, "How does the (fill in the blank) taste?" and the response was never, "Good." It was either, "Edible or inedible." The cheese is some odd processed, WET, gross blob. Sick. The 3 buffets that they boast have the EXACT same food in them. If you don't care for one, you are out of luck. It was so bad, that we would go back to our hotel room in the evenings starving and would resort to eating Beef Jerky and crackers that I happened to have brought with me. I am 4 months pregnant, and literally did not gain ONE OUNCE that week. I should have at least gained a pound from the baby PLUS eaten my fair share of food on vacation, but I didn't. We were disgusted and hungry for an entire week.   - The rooms had so many things wrong with them. The screens on the doors were ripped and almost impossible to slide open. There was no clock to be found (although apparently other guests had them and some didn't). The mini-bar was only stocked occasionally (BTW - it only has Red Stripe, soda, and water. It does not have hard liquor or juice like Sandals All-Inclusive Resorts) and the sliders don't have handles on the outside so if you make the mistake of going on the balcony and shutting the door all the way, you are pretty much going to be locked out.   - THE ROOMS WERE DIRTY. Filthy. The counters in the bathroom were not wiped down ONCE (I looked). The bed was made, but the sheets never changed. I would find crumbs or beef jerky bits from the evening before made into the bed. Gross. The water glasses were nasty. I don't know if they just left them in there from the people before, or what. I even left the maid some cash (as an incentive - didn't work) and a nice note asking her to please leave some clean glasses for us. We drank coffee every morning and would anticipate clean cups to be left. Reasonable expectation, right? Nope. She rinsed them (not well) and left them out. Gross. I had to wash water glasses and coffee cups with shampoo in a so-called luxury resort. There was a beautiful jacuzzi tub in the bathroom (who wouldn't want to take advantage of that on their honeymoon??) that we didn't use because we were concerned that it hadn't been cleaned between guests based on how dirty everything else was.   The second to the last day I had enough. We came back to the room to find sand on the dresser, the ice bucket full of water and left out, a half used sewing kit on the dresser, the door hanger on the towel hook (you couldn't put it on the door?) and the towels half folded and tossed up on the rack. I called and complained to the front desk and they didn't even say they were sorry - just that they would change maids.   We were so upset with our stay at the Grand Palladium. We wouldn't even go back for free. Please save your hard earned money for another resort. This one is awful and you will regret it.
Pros: Everything went PERFECT!!!
Cons: it rained on my wedding day :(
1st off people don;t listen to the bad reviews this resort is breath taking. I had 30 guest staying at the hotel and everyone loved it. We were all sooo sad to come home. The service from all the staff was great everyone was helpful. I didn't have any issues with communication or getting attitude from staff.  I met with omeshia on Sunday and we went over everything. On my wedding day we were pushed back an hour because of the rain, and i wasn't able to get the gazebo but we had the ceremony at the back up location which was the spa. It was still beautiful. On the day of the wedding Omeshia made me feel so clam and at ease she took care of everything. You really don't have to worry about anything. I gave her a list and things i would like her to set up for me and she did it to the T. i.e place cards, menu.   *By the way we arrived on Saturday around 6pm, so it was too dark for her to show us around the wedding locations. So she came in on her day off just to meet with me. Who does that in Canada?  I just love her.      the steel band was so worth the 500 they were amazing, everyone was talking about them.    Ceremony was at the spa, our back up location. Reception was private at the blue lagoon. We also paid for 2 extra hours, so we could party till 1am. I think 10pm goes by sooo fast. You don't really get to enjoy it.   My DJ was Kevan from Ja Wedding's he was amazing to work with, i meet with him on Sunday and went over our music list. Boy did everyone loved the music he was playing...No one was sitting down the either time.   I can definitely say everyone had a good time.    My ceremony and reception decor was done by Jan's Flower's Everything that we had talked about was done. I was really surprised she got my vision down packed. :)   Make up and hair was done my reashel edwards she's soo sweet...i was very happy with my hair and makeup. I couldn't believe how good i looked. lol   photographer was marica roberts, she was great to work with and i seen some of the preview pics and they look amazing. i can't wait to see the rest. Her team was also great to work with.  My maid of Honor's loved them.    Overall my wedding was a dream in paradise. I won't change a thing, i loved every min of it.      Yah Mon!!!!  Shelly xo    

By Shaecollins, · 0 Comments

I just got back from my wedding and everything was perfect! I just typed up a long post, and for whatever reason there was an error so I have to start over. This one will be much shorter. We originally planned to get married on the beach, but after watching several weddings on the beach in the days leading up to ours - I decided that the Gazebo was a better location for us. It is absolutely beautiful. There's a long, curved, paved walkway leading up to the Gazebo. There was shade for our guests. And there were not any sunbathers watching the ceremony!  Rashel Edwards did an incredible job with my make-up and she brought Sophia for my hair.  I highly recommend both of these ladies!         We did get a torrential downpour between our ceremony and reception, but the rain held out for our 4pm ceremony and was gone by our 6pm reception.   Our Reception was held at the Poseidan Restaurant. I cannot even put into words how happy I am that we decided to have our ceremony here. I wanted the Poseidan all along just due to the fact that it's more intimate. My fiance wanted the Blue Lagoon becuase it's so picturesque and very elegant looking. When everything was said and done, even my fiance agreed that the Poseidan was the perfect location for us! The views of the sunset were truly breathtaking. The intimacy was perfect for a wedding reception. Our guests raved and I would not change anything about it! The decorations were brought with us from home. For entertainment, we hired Kevan Stewart as a DJ and paid for the Zurielamaka show (you will not be sorry). Everytime I went over budget, my now husband kept trying to cut the show. I'm sooo glad I stood my ground and kept it. I even changed my wedding package from the Bliss in Bloom to the Waves of Love to keep the show in! As for the DJ - I have no regrets with hiring one.  Our group is more prone to dancing than toasting.  We had a few toasts, but most of the night was spent on the dance floor once the show was done and Kevan knew the songs that would get people going.  We chose the Italian menu (the steak and chicken dishes for our entree choices).  People kept asking where the food was from because they wanted to go to that restaurant for more!    The only negative is that some of the staff was not pleasant. This was primarily at the front desk. Also, some of the rooms were not ready at check-in and my guests had to wait 3 hours for their rooms after traveling all day to get there. Once settled in, they were happy as the resort upgraded these guests to ocean front rooms.   Overall, I had a wonderful experience. I would do it all again and would not change a thing. :)        
Hey everyone... just got back from the GPLH!!! We were married on May 10.. ceremony at the gazebo and reception in the blue lagoon! Very impressed with the resort and big shout out to wedding coordinator Nekeisha!! The resort is beautiful and perfect for our group of 48!   My reccommendations:   1. STEEL DRUM BAND! Didnt hear any weddings do this for the ceremony but ours.. and it was soooo worth it! Our guests thought it was included and didnt realize we paid $500 for the hour.. but oh well.. it MADE the wedding ceremony. After all... we were in Jamaica!!! Was not a fan of the wedding using ipods and recorded music for the ceremony.. it felt too stiff and uptight.   2. ZURIELEMAKA (spelling?). This show was INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We decided to do this show after our main course and before dessert. It was nothing short of AMAZING!!!! They included guests and the bride and groom for a few things and it was definitely the highlight of our entire wedding!!!!!! People will be talking about it forever... and every one of our guests said it was the best show they had ever seen!!!!!! I can't say enough about the talent of these people and the culture they brought to our wedding. Fun, fun and FUN!!!! People from all over the resort were coming to try and watch it. Since we were in the blue lagoon we had people hanging over the railing from the Infinity bar above to watch it. Kind of annoying since we paid $900 for it and other people were photo bombing and video taping it... but oh well. we DEFINITELY made it a wedding to remember! We even heard random people talking about it the next day in the pool and the beach.   3. GAZEBO. This is the BEST location for the ceremony. Our room was right above the beach location.... which was really small and the entrance for the bride is really awkward and short. We watched a few weddings here from our balcony and soo many people were photo bombing it. We actually did too without realizing it. We went out to the reef behind the beach location to take post-wedding pictures and there was a wedding going on...so im pretty sure we photo bombed their ceremony.. but oh well we were on a schedule too!!! The gazebo is VERY private and secluded in a garden.. right on a cliff between the adult beach and sunset cove beach. The aisle was very long and the walk was just beautiful. Gave everyone enough time to take pictures and me enough time to control the tears and take it alllllllll in!!!!! The guest area is partially shaded by trees. Our ceremony was at 2pm so it was blistering hot and part of the guests were in the sun. A 4pm wedding would be mostly shaded here.. which is a huge factor to consider for your guests.   4. Blue Lagoon. The ONLY 2 restaurants i would reccomend for dinner would be the blue lagoon as #1 and poisedon #2. Poisedon is great and VERY private...it would be best if you can rent out the entire restaurant...cause it gets realllllly cozy if you dont. the sun sets directly infront of the restaurant and you will get amazing photos!!!!! I really liked how private and secluded this place is... but be aware you WILL need to shuttle out here... its a far walk for guests... esp. if staying on the jamaica side. The blue lagoon was fabulous!!!!! We did a sweetheart table (head table of just bride and grrom) and then we had 7 other tables infront of us. The wedding party and guests sat directly infront of us with parent tables on each side. we had direct access to everyone. It was perfect. We used the other wing for dancing and the zurielemaka show. Be aware... however... that the Infinity bar has a reggae band EVERY night... and they start up around 9pm... so you WILL NOT be able to hear ANYTHING other than this band. We didnt know this.... and our first dance and ipod music during dinner was realllllly affected. Our speeches were also slimmed down and if we would have known how loud the reggae band was... we TOTALLY would have changed our schedule. My dad had a huge speech written and could only say part of it. Also.. our first dance was pretty bad.. no one could hear the song which made it hard for guests to pay attention. We knew though.. so i didnt care! :) Note that you ONLY have until 10pm... and they WILL start ripping everything apart at 10pm SHARP. TIMING IS HUGE!!!!! We started dinner at 7pm. I would DEFIINITELY recommend dinner at 6:30pm at the LATEST. Due to the show our dinner ran later than expected and we had to move our first dance over to the side because they had started ripping our reception down. So that was distracting too but everything worked out. I also would NOT recommend wasting ANY MONEY on a DJ. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not worth it!!! There really is ZERO time for one... and trust me you will be very disappointed for wasting a boat load of money when all you need is a playlist and ipod during and after dinner. We also didnt use a microphone or rent a MC ... we just yelled and spoke really loud for speeches and it was PERFECT. Our bartender helped out huge and acted as an MC too .... so im very glad we didnt waste mmoney on that becaues they did it anyway!!!!!!!!! They announced our bridal party for entrances and announced the show and the cutting of the cake. It was awesome!!!!   5. FLOWERS. Okay... so I actually had fake f,lowers made before we left. I paid $200 for my bouquet, 1 bridesmaid and 3 bouts .... NOT WORTH IT!!!!!!!! I ended up using the resorts FREE one.. it was STUNNING.. and my bridesmaid bouquet.... ha! we ended up picking flowers from the resort and shoving them into her bouquet to cover up the fake ones. The tropical flowers around the resort matched her dress PERFECTLY! we were laughing because it was one of the FEW things we tried to pre-plan.. and it wasnt worth it!!! DONT WASTE MONEY on fake ones unless you absolutely want a specific type. I didnt use my bouquet at all... haha what a waste!   I also made fans out of cardstock for each guest. my wedding coordinator had no problem putting the fans on each chair with a thing of bubbles. The guests loved them!!!   6. REMEMBER: NO WORRIES MON!!!! NO PROBLEM IN JAMAICA!!!!!!!!!!!! Everything WILL work out and EVERYYYYTHING is done on JAMAICAN TIME!!!!!!!! Its amazing how much i learned in jamaica. If you have never been...like us.... it is a country of peace and no stress. The people are beautiful and the island is beautiful. Jamaicans are VERY polite and respectful. They are hilarious and veryyyy relaxed. I was NEVER stressed out about anything before during or after my wedding... and once we got to Jamaica my guests started to understand why. No worries. Everything is IRIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

By lindsayraz, · 8 Comments

Pros: Relaxed, Beautiful, Irie Mon!
Cons: only minor issues
I officially booked my March 26/12 wedding on July 31/11. So I had about 8 months of planning and communicating with my WC. I was nervous of course because you have no idea what to expect and you feel so not in control! But I went into it with a “no problem” attitude and made sure not to have high hopes or expectations. I think that was the best plan. If I had my heart set on anything, or had high expectations, then I might have been slightly disappointed. Overall, I have to say that my wedding was absolutely amazing and our week at the GPJ was something we will all cherish forever.  36 of us travelled to the GPJ (32 from Edmonton and 4 from Calgary). When we got off the bus at the resort, everyone was taken aback by how beautiful it was. Such a stunning, grand resort. Check-in was a bit chaotic, which was slightly frustrating. They made you fill in a silly form that had your address, passport #’s, and some other information before you could go to the counter to check in.  They had our names all mixed up too, maybe because quite a few of us had the same last name. They didn’t have rum punch waiting for us this time (they did the last time we were there). But they offered us cold towels, which was nice. The frenzy was quickly forgotten when we all entered our suites and were in awe of how beautiful they were. The 36 of us were spread out in 3 different villas, all very close to each other, which we appreciated. A month before our arrival, I sent our WC a spreadsheet that listed each guest and their roommate, their room preference (ground floor, 2nd/3rd floor, villa preference), and their bed preference (2 double beds vs 1 king bed).  I also emailed this spreadsheet to the guest relations person and the front desk a week before we arrived. 6 people in my group have mobility issues and difficulty with stairs, so I requested ground floors for them. Only 2 of those 6 were given a ground floor. That kind of pissed me off, because some people in our group who had no floor preference were given ground floors. When we were checking in, I asked if we could switch the rooms so my grandparents could have a ground floor. They said no, but we should check back with them the next morning and they will see what they can do. We never bothered, and it ended up being ok.  A few guests were not given their bed preference either.  2 sets of brothers and sisters had to share a king bed, while a few sets of married couples had to sleep in separate double beds. Not a biggie, just annoying because we were told that the resort was only at half capacity that week … so why couldn’t they accommodate our request? I should also add that my grandpa asked if he could use a wheelchair while at the GPF and they offered him one for $20/day. So they took it and when they went to check out, they were not charged for it. So that was a pleasant surprise. Also when we checked in, I mentioned to the girl that we are getting married. She didn’t offer us anything (I was hoping for the VIP wristband). Then long after we checked in, I was helping my grandparents check in with another girl at the front desk, and that girl found out we were getting married. So she told the girl who checked us in to switch our wristbands to the VIP ones (red instead of purple). So just make sure you ask for a VIP wristband and it shouldn’t be a problem, you’ll most likely get one! All it really gets you is the option to make reservations at the a-la-carte restaurants, which we never ended up doing. We were there from March 23-30 and apparently the resort was only at half capacity, so the restaurants weren’t open much. You should definitely check the restaurant schedule that is posted in the lobby. Each one seemed to be only open 2-3 times during the week we were there. So anyway, when my fiancé and I entered our room, there was a bottle of rum and a fruit plate waiting for us. A nice touch! The next day, at noon, we went to meet our WC. She went over the few questions I had and I gave her the fans that I wanted her to place on the chairs at our ceremony. I also gave her our table centerpieces (which were really just place settings) so she could place them on our reception tables. I had the Waves of Love package and it only comes with a head table centerpiece. The other tables had nothing but a white tablecloth and white napkins. But it was enough for us! We thought it was beautiful! She confirmed all the details, like when to have our guests outside their villas waiting for the carts to take them to the ceremony, when my bouquet will be delivered, etc. Then she took us to the ceremony site and showed us the back-up location too. The site we chose is the Las Brisas beach. It is part of the main beach (the beach by the big infinity pool) but it is far to the left side, at the very end. The site was GORGEOUS! I am SO glad we chose it! The back-up location was also beautiful (open air entrance at the spa). We had a beautiful sunny day, so we didn’t need the back-up location. I had a hair appointment booked for myself and my sister (MOH) at 1:00pm. (Our wedding was at 4:00pm).  I booked it months in advance, and paid the 50% deposit. I brought a photo of what I wanted to get done. My sister has short hair, so all she really wanted was a good wash, blow-dry and style. (She was worried about her hair in the humidity). Well when we arrived for our appointment, they took my sister in right away and didn’t start on me until about 20-30 min later. My sister was VERY disappointed in her hair. She had to go back to her room and re-do it herself. It was a TOTAL waste of $100. (Hers was $100 and mine was $150). I didn’t hate my hair, but I didn’t love it either. It didn’t really look like the photo I brought them. No offense intended, but it seemed like they didn’t know how to do non-jamaican hair. They blow-dried my sister’s hair without any product! And they didn’t use aerosol hairspray, just a spritz bottle. But my updo held up very well in the wind and lasted all night. Back to our room, the WC showed up about 3:15 or so to bring me my bouquet and ask if I needed anything. At that point, it was me, my sister and my dad. My fiancé was getting ready in his best man’s room. All the carts picked our guests up outside their villas between 3:40 and 3:55. I was supposed to be outside my villa at 3:55 and I stood out there for about 15 min, maybe even 20 before the cart finally came. But I didn’t care! I knew they couldn’t start without me! When we arrived, my fiancé and best man had already walked down the aisle. I could hear the steel drum band playing. It was awesome! (I think the guys had been down the aisle and standing at the pergola for 5 or so minutes at that point). My sister immediately walked down the aisle, then me and my dad. It was so relaxed, so beautiful, so intimate, so easy, so amazing. The officiant was kind and put us at ease. He kept the vows quick, which our guests appreciated. The fans were put on the chairs, like I had asked. The steel drum band played my song choices, sometimes kind of out of order, but whatever, they all got played. Every guest said that the steel drum band made the wedding and I agree completely. Worth the $500. We hired a company (Island Media Solutions) to live-broadcast our wedding on the internet, so that those who couldn’t be with us in Jamaica were able to watch the wedding live online. We had to pay a $300 vendor fee to the GPJ for that. It was worth it! So cool that our family at home could watch while we were so far away, and it felt like they were there with us! They even wrote comments on the site and we were able to see them after the ceremony was over. Also, I have to say that the photographer (his name was Hakim) that came with our Waves of Love package was better than I expected. He pulled us away for about 20-30 minutes after the ceremony, and he took some really good shots! You can view them all in the gift shop the day after your wedding. I think he took 120 photos total, of the ceremony and formals afterwards. The Waves of Love package only comes with 8 free photos. After that, you have to pay $15/photo. Also, we didn’t realize you could ask for the 8 photos to be on a CD instead of printed. I wish I knew you could get them on a CD instead! We found out too late. But oh well… we had our own photographer there anyway (my cousin). We chose breakfast in bed the day after our wedding (part of our package), so it was delivered at our requested time 9am and it was decent. Nice to not have to go out for breakfast once. Also, the night of our wedding, we returned to our room and the maid had turned down our sheets, chocolates on our pillow, bath drawn with rose petals, and beautiful swan designs on the bed. Very sweet. There was also champagne in our mini fridge and two champagne glasses. For the reception, we chose the Blue Lagoon. It was great! We had it all to ourselves, the food was AMAZING! We chose to go with mostly Jamaican food. We chose crab cakes to start, then pumpkin soup, then jerk chicken or bbq mango pork chops, then passion fruit strudel. I had previously sent the WC a list of each person and their dinner selection, but the servers just came around and asked each person what they chose. And we had one 2-year-old with us, so I had requested chicken fingers and fries for him. He loved them! I also noted on our menu form that one girl had a peanut allergy. They were conscious of that and asked me to point her out. The cake that came with our package was soooo beautiful! We chose chocolate cake and it was delicious!!! The servers wrapped up the top tier for us, but we forgot it there. Not like we’d really have been able to do anything with it anyway, but nice of them to do that. The servers were excellent, we had a private bar, and they served wine with dinner. We hooked up our BOSE ipod dock and it did the trick for our dinner music and dance. It was arranged with our WC that a table would be set up for the ipod. We didn’t even rent a microphone or anything. There was only 36 of us so everyone could hear during speeches, no problem. I highly recommend the Blue Lagoon for the sunset! Our reception started at 6pm and the sun was just setting then. (It sets verrrry fast down in Jamaica!). Made for beautiful photos and a gorgeous background behind the head table. We only had the Blue Lagoon until 10pm, so after that we took the party upstairs to the Infinity Lounge. And then some carried on to the disco after the Infinity Lounge closed at midnight. Our wedding favours were tumbler glasses (like the clear starbucks ones with the lid and straw) that we had made to say our names and “I Do, Mon!” and “Jamaica 2012”. They were a TOTAL hit! Everyone used them religiously, and the bartenders were happy to fill them up for us. They kept slushy drinks cold and slushy for over an hour in the hot sun. And my OOT bags were appreciated too. Everyone used the aloe , snacks, bandaids and advil, as well as the bags themselves! (they were cute floral print re-useable grocery bags that made for great beach bags). With the help of 2 people, I brought the bags to the front desk the day after we arrived and they wrote each guest’s room # on the tags and delivered them to their rooms. Only 1 out of 36 didn’t get delivered. And it was at the front desk when I went to investigate. They had the wrong room # written on it. It was supposed to be $2 per delivery, but when we checked out, they didn’t end up charging us. So that was nice. We were just so relaxed the morning of the wedding. I drank in the pool til noon that day!  (Fiance til 2pm). We also arranged with Jamaica Tours (in the lobby) a special trip for our guests to go to Negril to hang out at Margaritaville and Rick’s Café. It was basically the shopping/Margaritaville/Ricks tour that they offer, but it was private for us. Our own private bus, and we opted out of the shopping, and we got to pick the pick up and drop off times. They just created a sign-up sheet at their desk and our guests could drop by anytime to pay for themselves. They also did the same thing for 13 of the men in our group who went on a golf trip to White Witch Golf Course. They said their driver was awesome and took them to a cool jerk place (Scotchies) for lunch on the way home (not planned, just cause they asked him to) and he stopped for them to pee a couple times (lol) and at the liquor store too. Man, we all had such a blast, ahhhhh such a good trip!!! It was just so nice to be able to spend a week in paradise with my family and friends. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents and friends. I get chills when I think back to that amazing week. All I can say is that I was so glad I chose the Waves of Love, it was a stunning package. I was glad I went into the whole thing with low expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised. Nothing went wrong really. A couple minor things (more so just issues with the resort, not with the wedding itself), but all in all, my wedding was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!! All the guests said so too. We were all so relaxed and enjoying the beautiful resort. How can you have a bad time?!  My hubby and I both said to each other that we’d do it all over again in a heartbeat and we are so happy with our decision to have a destination wedding and to have it at the GPJ.  We, along with our guests, look back at our wedding week with such happiness and fond memories. We joke that we will go back next year to renew our vows and everyone’s invited!  Anything that went “wrong” was SO MINOR and didn’t affect our experience one bit. You just have to remember that it is a completely different country, culture, and way of life in Jamaica. They don’t work like we do in Canada/USA. We are always rushing to get from point A to point B. Jamaicans take their time, enjoy themselves, and sing! (You will find that every worker there just sings to themselves, not caring who’s listening, it’s infectious!). It’s hard to be stressed in Jamaica! And it’s hard to worry about the wedding, because how can you go wrong with such a beautiful setting. I apologize for this review being all over the place! I don’t have enough time to sit down and write an organized, detailed review. But I am happy to answer any specific questions you might have!!!  This was our second trip to the GPJ and if we are lucky, it won’t be our last.
Pros: beaches, food, wedding coordinators, wedding
Cons: none, it was fabulous!
Resort Review - Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton, Jamaica   This resort is gorgeous and we would recommend it to anyone looking to book a wedding in Jamaica! There were no pan-handlers on the beach - i really liked that!   The resort is big but we didn't find the walking to be an issue.  We stayed in one of the honeymoon villas and it was gorgeous. We had a king sized bed, jacuzzi hot tub, an outdoor shower, lots of large mirrors and two sinks (which was AWESOME for getting ready on the wedding day!)  All our guests loved their rooms as well!  The one-bedroom suites are huge and the views are GREAT! The junior suites are very nice as well.               There are three BEAUTIFUL beaches.  One is the main beach, one is an adult beach, and one is the sunset cove beach.  The adult beach was near all the entertainment and volleyball.  The adult beach and Sunset Cove beach were awesome if it was windy - they are very protective of the wind.  The sunset cove beach also housed the jerk chicken hut and the sports equipment (kiyaks, sailing, ect).  All the beaches had blue water and were great for swimming.  Sunset cove was great for snorkleing!               The food was awesome!  There were a TON of al-a-cartes as well.  Italian, Mexican, Steak House, Asian, etc. And the buffets were great! Lots of selection.   The day of the wedding was fabulous!  We had no issues and everything was on time.  Our wedding coordinator (Omneshia) was so helpful and was there to make sure everything ran smoothly.  She always answered our emails.  We met with her a couple days before the wedding and she took us through the resort to give us a general layout of the wedding day.      Wedding day - 4 PM ceremony / 6 PM Private reception "Waves of Love wedding Package"   Our wedding day was amazing.  We got married on the beach (the main beach).  It was off to the end of the beach so no one was walking through our wedding.    We got married at 4 PM.  Everyone was asked to be at the beach by 3:30 PM and then the bride and bridal party were picked up in the room we got ready in and taken down to the beach where everyone was waiting.  We had our own Ipod and picked our own music (processional, the bridal walk, and the signing of the documents, ect.)  I got one of our guests to make sure the wedding planner knew which songs were to be played when.    We did a "civil" ceremony but you can choose to have a religious ceremony if you wish.  It was about 10 minutes long and then we were married!   We did pictures (had our own photographer but the resort has fabulous photographers as well!) and then went for our PRIVATE Reception (i highly recommend a private reception) at the Blue Lagoon restaurant with overlooked the ocean.  It started at 6 PM.  The head table, cake (it was delicious and moist!) and podium for our MC were set up in a private area overlooking the ocean.  We rented a microphone and sound system from the resort.  Our MC had access to the microphone and just had to press play on the ipod when we were ready to have our dance begin!            ALL in all it was a GREAT day/evening.  I couldn't have asked for a better resort, or wedding planner!  Everything went perfectly, the resort was beatiful and very clean.          
Pros: Gazebo, Food, Service, Rooms
Cons: Pools are cold, Beaches
We had some reservations considering some of the reviews. Please note that my background is that I have been to the Dominican, Mexico and Jamaica before and benchmarked my stay vs. the other places and have been to my brothers wedding in Jamaica.   Food: The Al-a-cartes (Bhogali for Non-veg was great, veg was weak for dinner, Creole and the steakhouse were great) and it was a very good buffet when compared to other resorts. ( I dont have feedback on the other restaurants as I didnt eat there). Room: The Rooms were incredible. Each room had either a garden or an oceanview. Our oceanview was spectacular and they all had a jacuzzi.   Wedding Coordinator: We would like to give a special shout out to Lorraine Yap who delivered the following for us: Extended check out for the priest who had a 2 day stay, providing us with a gazebo on top of a cliff facing the ocean (sad that no pics on their website articulated this :S) and ensuring that our lunch (Indian appetizers were pretty good), and reception was great as well. We were able to party till 2 AM (I had requested this in advance and most resorts didnt offer this). She was able to accomodate some last minute reqeusts - Mango leaves and banana leaves for the priest. Additionally, the carts picked our party up on time to the wedding.   Resort in general: Blown away by service as long as you tip a buck here or there. Additionally, our shower had broken. It was fixed later in the evening. We didnt even ask for help. Only one downside was that one of our guests left their cell phone on the dresser and it was stolen. However, the resort was understsanding and gave them 2 complimentary massages (worth $100 in value) so this was mitigated with a fair compromise.   Beaches: Probably the weakest feedback here. 2 are rocky the the sunset cove is good and has a great view of the cliff and a mountain. The water was warm for most days.   Pools: Blue Lagoon Pool is awesome but its cold. All the pools are cold. I would recommend that they make it warmer   Room Tip: Ask for ocean view. Villa 34 - next to beach, and gazebo Villa 11-14 - Next to Blue Lagoon (where our reception was :)). No elevators and a higher floor reduces the # of bugs. For wedding pics, go to Jamie Dimitry's facebook site (look for Jas and Gautam wedding pics - its a public facebook site)

By hdinsmor, · 6 Comments

Pros: Beatitful Resort, Good Champagne, Fun Pool Bar with Great Bartenders, Good Food, Sunset Cove Rest, Rhori at Sunset Cove Rest,
Cons: Service is lacking, Employees are not on the same page, Value, Managers are rude, can't accomodate any groups over 4 people
@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } I am so sorry to report that I am severely disappointed with the Grand Palladium/ Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton.  I had my wedding at the resort less than a week ago, on Sept 10, 2011.  We had 23 adults and 3 children all staying at the resort.  I feel guilty that I made them all spend the money to stay there.  I regret that I chose the resort for my wedding.    Don't get me wrong, the resort is beautiful!!  And I do not think it would be a bad place to stay if you are traveling with less than 4 or 6 people.  But, they made me and my group feel like a total and complete inconvenience at every turn.  My husband's family from Australia traveled all the way to Jamaica, and I feel terrible they were treated so poorly.    The trouble started the first night when we were going to one of the buffets for dinner.  We had my family and my husbands family, so 9 adults and 3 children.  When we got to the buffet and asked for a table for 9, it was as if they were mad that we were there.  They had an attitude with us and said it was going to be a while b/c they needed to set up the table.  Funny thing was, the place was nearly empty.  And to try and get a beer or a glass of wine, well you would think you were asking for a chunk of gold.  It was ridiculous.  After dinner, my husband and I stopped by the front desk to find out where we could get a bottled water.  Well, Aiysha at the front desk answered (with attitude I might add), "You have 2 bottles in your mini bar", when we told her we had already drank the 2 bottles, she proceeded with "We do not have any at the front desk."  We explained that was fine, but we just wanted to know where we could get some water.  This is where is just gets funny, as we get the old "LIKE I ALREADY TOLD YOU, WE DO NOT HAVE ANY, IS THAT GOING TO BE A PROBLEM??".  At this point, we just walk off, and my husband is complaining at how terrible the service had been that night.  Another employee overheard, and asked what the problem was.  We explained, and he delivered water to our room the moment we got there.  So, we were hopeful that it was a fluke experience and tomorrow would be better.   The next morning we met with our wedding coordinator and photographer.  The photographers (TrueColors) were AWESOME, and I would recommend them to anyone!  The wedding coordinator (Omeshia) was good.  The only trouble with her was that she kept pushing me to spend more money on things I didn't feel we needed.  And she told me that there wasn't a plug for an iPod player when there really was.  I think she just wanted me to rent the resort's sound system.  We spent the day at the pool bar, which was great...bartenders there were lots of fun, and provided great service.  That night at dinner was more of the same, trying to get seated at dinner, explaining that we weren't sitting together, we would sit in 2's, 4's, whatever was easiest.  But, they were still mad we were there.  I have no idea what the problem was.    The next day was Friday, the day before our wedding.  We spent the day at Sunset Cove, and the restaurant there is great!  Rhori, one of the servers, is an EXCEPTIONAL young man, and the best employee the resort has.  He is fun, respectful, and all around a great person!  He was one of the only employees that made me feel like having our wedding there was something special.    Friday night......what a nightmare!!  Our rehearsal/ welcome dinner for all of our guests.  My husband called for a cart to pick us up at 5:30; dinner was at 6.  At 6, still no cart.  So, he called again.  At 6:20, once we had walked half-way (I wore heels, and it is a good 15 to 20 minute walk in Jamaican heat...no fun when you are dressed up for a wedding event), the cart came.  We got a ride half-way there.  Haha.  We were told the only place we could eat with a group of 26 was Xaimaca, and it was supposedly air conditioned.  Now, at all of the a la cart restaurants, the gentlemen are supposed to wear long pants.  However, the night before, at the Italian restaurant, most of the men were in shorts.  So, we asked one of the employees, and he said that it didn't really matter as long as you were dressed appropriately, and not in swimwear.  My Dad and my brother both wore shorts the next night based on what we were told by the Grand Palladium employee.  Remember, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get back to the rooms where we are staying.  The restaurant would not let my Dad or my brother inside, despite my kind pleads for help.  I was told it is policy, and they wouldn't do anything.  They did not care at all that it was my rehearsal dinner, and said they couldn't make an exception.  The funny thing was that my Dad and my brother were both dressed very nice, is khaki shorts, and button up shirts with nice sandals.  There was a girl in there in denim cut off shorts that may as well have been underwear, a wet bathing suit top, and a white tank top, with the wet chest showing through.  There were guys in there with hats turned sideways and t-shirts with holes in them.  But, they wouldn't let 2 nice looking, clean gentlemen in for a rehearsal dinner.  So, my Dad and my brother missed most of my rehearsal dinner since they had to go back and change.  It was so upsetting and really ruined the whole night.  Not to mention that the AC wasn't working, and it was like a heat box in this place and everyone was miserable and couldn't wait to back outside.  It was really not at all what a bride wants the night before her wedding.  In all fairness, the filet was delicious, and the desert was really good too.  But, they made everyone have their steak cooked the exact same way, AND they make everyone eat steak.  Each person has to eat the exact same thing....how is that even possible with allergies and such?  Ridiculous.  I would think they should be able to give each guest 2 choices at minimum.    Our wedding was scheduled for Saturday morning at 10 AM.  I chose 10 AM b/c I wanted to beat the heat, and get everyone in the shade before the sun became too intense.  I had to pay $150, in advance, to get my hair dresser and makeup artist into the resort for 3 hours.  I called the day before the wedding coordinator and the front desk to ensure that there would be no problems when they arrived.  I was assured their day passes were ready and they would be allowed in at 7 AM.  Well, wouldn't you know that at 7 AM, Rashel, my makeup artist (who is an AMAZING artist, btw), is calling from the front gate and telling me they will not let her in.  An hour later, they are finally in the resort, and we are an hour behind on hair and makeup for me and the bridesmaids.  Not to mention that the florist doesn't show up with the flowers until 10:50, almost an hour after the ceremony was supposed to begin!  So, I finally arrive at the ceremony site at 11.  Come to find out, my fiance and all of our guests had been left standing outside since 10 AM.  No one had let them know what was going on, and they were all out there roasting wondering where we were.  Such a joke.   The ceremony went great other than starting late.  The officiant did get our names wrong at first...he thought we were the 12 o'clock wedding.  But, he was good other than that.  Funny and nice.  We had a cocktail hour following the ceremony, and it was nice as well.  The resort "allowed" us an extra 15 minutes since they had made us an hour behind.  But, we did still miss 15 minutes of the cocktail hour from starting late.    That night was another disaster.  Going to eat, couldn't get seated, our guests being treated like crap...I finally crack and end up in tears.  I just felt so bad that I am the one who brought all of these people to this place.  They all spent their hard earned money to come here, and it wasn't a good experience.    In closing, my point in writing this is to warn future brides not to have your wedding here.  I would not go back to the Grand Palladium if someone paid me.  Luckily, we had a great honeymoon at Tensing Pen in Negril. 

By BeachBridein11, · 13 Comments

Pros: Beautiful Resort, Great Staff, Amazing Locations, New Resort
Cons: Long Walk from Pool to Beach
Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa is an absolutely amazing place to get married!!! I'm so happy we chose to marry at the GP! No regrets! The resort, the staff were fantastic!   So here we go...   Pre-Wedding When we decided to have a Destination Wedding, I instantly took on the motto "No Worries". I was going to have my dream wedding on a beach and with the laid back mentality of the island ways... I wasn't going to let myself stress. We booked our June 2011 wedding in early November 2010. At that time, Nina was the coordinator and though emails took anywhere from 2-7 days, she was always helpful and answered my questions. I believe it was around January when Natalie Green took over the wedding department and again was very happy with her communication (same response time). About 2 months prior to our wedding, I was given Nekeisha Reid as my wedding coordinator. Again, same response time, but she was amazing! If she had any questions, she would actually call me. She even called me just to see how things were going. :)   Arrival We arrived 3 days prior to our wedding.  The resort is just breathtaking!  You can definitely tell it’s a new resort, everything looks so new and fresh!  Below is a pic of the resort when you enter the lobby. Beautiful!  Our room was absolutely fantastic! We were upgraded to the 1-bedroom suite and we were right on the water!  Our view was stunning!  The room and bathroom were HUGE!  No complaints!  Very happy we chose the resort for our guests, the accommodations were just over the top!    I knew beforehand that we would have a letter waiting for us to let us know when we would meet with Nekeisha (she told us about the letter during a phone call), we didn’t have a letter at check-in or in the room.  I wasn’t going to let this bother me, so we just took the initiative and went to the Wedding Department.  She was off that day, but was told our meeting was set up for the next day.  When we met with her she gave us a tour of the resort, the backup ceremony location and our actual beach location, plus reception.  Everything was beautiful, even the backup location at the spa!  We went through the details one last time and we really didn’t have any questions, I left feeling good, no worries!  She informed us that our guests would need to be outside their Villas 15 minutes prior to the ceremony (groom and groomsmen included) for a shuttle and that my shuttle would arrive 5 minutes prior.   Welcome Dinner We decided to have a Welcome Dinner for our guests the night before the wedding.  Since we had a large group (42+) our only option was a buffet, since no other restaurant could accommodate a group our size.  We spoke with Maria, Customer Relations, beforehand and she made sure we would be fine.  We had a section off to the side at the buffet and had 2 waiters, no issues. J   Wedding Day! Our makeup artist and hair stylist arrived at 11am.  Since they weren’t from the spa, I won’t go into detail here, though very happy with the results!  While we were getting ready, I chose to have the Bridal “Tea-Party” for myself, bridesmaids, and mom.  Lots of chocolate and champagne!  Great to calm the nerves, that and the Red Stripes in the fridge!  About 2 hours prior to the ceremony, my bouquet was delivered to the room (I brought the rest of the flowers from home).  10 minutes prior to the ceremony we received a call letting us know the shuttle was on the way.  The rest went by so fast and was like a dream!  We arrived and the Steel Drum band was playing (guest said they were great!). The ceremony site was decorated exactly as I wanted and looked amazing (that's my cousin in the background, not a random resort guest)!  Only 1 mishap during the ceremony… the officiate went out of order.  I created programs, so I wasn’t so happy about it, but it was definitely nothing to ruin the wedding.  We provided our own vows and ring exchange wording.  We're both Catholic and since we weren't getting married at a church, we still wanted to incorporate our religion. Oh!  Strongly suggest the sand ceremony! Our ceremony would have been rather short if we didn't do it.  Besides, it was fun!  We provided our own script and vases. No resort guests interrupted our ceremony, they were far in the background, but all were respectful. Some watched, some took pictures. All kept a great distance, I only noticed after the ceremony. No complaints.   The reception was soooooooooooo much fun!  We had a DJ w/MC and the Zurielamaka show.  Highly recommend all 3!  I honestly don’t know how the reception would have gone if we didn’t have them.  The MC ran the show and was very entertaining (he's in the cake picture off to the side).  If you have a fun crowd, definitely do the Zurielamaka show!  You won't regret it!!  I'm not posting pictures because I loved not knowing what was coming next in the show!  Definitely worth the money!   Food was good, fish was a little spicy and the filets were rare for some people.  Cake was a little dry, but wasn't that bad since it came out with the dessert (grilled pineapple and ice cream); together it was fabulous!  Another mishap… I created menus and the salad they served was NOT the one I chose or listed on the menu.  Oh well, again such a small detail, no worries.  The set-up was exactly what I wanted and looked beautiful!   The next day, so many of our guests said it was the "best wedding they ever went to", "very hard to top!"  I couldn't ask for anything more! :)   Overall, I am very happy with the wedding!  Wedding coordinators, resort, food, communication… a stress-free wedding in paradise was want I wanted and it’s exactly what we got!  My advice… book Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa for your wedding!!!  Just remember, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!  You’re having a destination wedding in paradise, no need to worry!  Love GP!!

By SexyLittleCaboBride2010, · 1 Comment

Hi Everyone,   This is a quick review I'm completing on my lunch. I will try and find time to do a more detailed one, but with a 1 year old son, and just being back at work, my free time is limited.   First of all, Jamaica is absolutely beautiful, I fell in love with this country and will definitely be going back. I am so happy we got married in such an incredible place. It is even better than I imagined.   Grand Palldium is a gorgeous resort with many amenities and I felt that we got a lot of value for our money. The pool is huge and the entertainmennt staff are so great! They loved our group (wealways had out ipod docking station with us and danced all day and night. so I think we actually entertained them too).   The food is very good, especially for an all inclusive. I am a bit of a "foodie", so it wasn't the BEST food I've had, but it was definitely good. A lot of my guests raved about the Jerk chicken, I don't eat meat, but I know they all loved it. The Asain restaurant and Steak restaurant were great.   Sunset Cove is a beautiful little beach, and the main beach is also very nice, they are not huge, but still beautiful.   The rooms are very spacious and clean. The resort is HUGE, we did a lot of walking, but it was great because we walked off all of the extra calories we consumed.   The service is definitely not the best I've had. I am someone that expects good customer service wherever I go, and when I don't get it, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. This was my biggest disapointment with the resort and especially the wedding coordinators. Most of the staff at the resaturants and around the hotel were great, and very friendly, the front desk staff were not the friendliest or helpful.   When we first checked in, they told me that we would be in room 2916, I asked if this was ocen view and was told No. So, I asked to be upgraded and they said I would have to speak with a manager. I had actually paid extra to get an ocean view, but they informed me that an ocean view is never guarnteed, so I would have to speak to my travel agent for a refund. I then spoke to the manager and requested an upgrade to a honeymoon suite ( or what they call Bungalow). They informed me that this wasnt possible because they can only upgrade you to the next category, which in my case, would be a junior suite with an ocean view. I was told by my first wedding coordinator - Sherice, that they would put in the request for the honeymoon suite and if it was available they typically give it to the bride and groom, so I mentioned this to them and they said they would have to call the manager of the wedding dept. I was then passed the phone and spoke to Nina, who was completely rude and obnoxious to me and told me that I was never promised anything and I shouldn't have expected to get the bungalow. I was shocked at the tone she had in her voice. I went back and forth with various front desk staff and management for about 20 minutes because they couldn't find me an "ocean view" room on the Lady Hamilton side which is where all of our guests including the groom and I had booked, finally they decided they would put us in a bungalow because nothing else was available close to our guests. The resort only had about 800 people there this week(our bellman informed us), when they are usually at around 3000 during the busy months, so it really irratated me that they had numerous bungalows available, yet I had to fight with them for almost an hour to get an upgrade to this room after bringing 65 guests with me, and paying a substantial amount for a private reception.   I am very glad I didn't give up, because the bungalow was absolutely incredible. We actually go the last one, on the tip of the ocean, 2nd floor and the view was just breathtaking. It was a gorgeous room with an outdoor shower and massive jacuzzi.   The second thing that bothered me and my guests was that they kept running out of alcohol. And this was early in the evening. We spent most of our evenings at the Infinity Bar and most of my guests are vodka drinkers, so it was frustrating when after 30-40 min, they continued to inform us every night that they had no more vodka, and again the same thing with gin. This is totally not acceptable for an all-inclusive resort. It's not like we were requesting some random liqour, Vodka is a staple at any bar. We specifically told them to make sure they had a lot of vodka for our wedding reception and again they ran out after about 30 minutes. When we mentioned this to my wedding coordinator Kadi, she commented that we must all be alcoholics. Alcoholics? No. People that are on vacation, at a celebration, and want to party and enjoy a few drinks of their choice? YES.   And lastly the wedding coordinators. Their lack of communication is horrible and they are pretty unorganized. There were a number of issues, but just to name a few: I had asked for a price on the chivari chairs about 5 months before the wedding ( I needed 62 of them for the ceremony and reception), I was never given an answer after asking numerous times, they kept saying they were waiting on a price. Until the day before the wedding when it was time to sign the contract, and then she said she had gotten a price, $11 per chair. There was no way I was spending $700 on chairs, so I told her that I'd just go with the regular chairs and she got irratated that she'd have to cancel the chivari's and change the contract. They also overcharged me for the stereo system by $500, and had to remove that from the contract. I asked for some glasses to hold these fans we had made for the centrepieces and they seemed very reluctant to find some for me and said they'd have to call around. We just need 9 drinking glasses. They couldn't even manage to do that. We got tot the reception and our fans were just scattered on the table. I had asked if we could have our own people set up the reception to ensure it looked the way I envisioned but was told no one would be able to get in there until 4:30, which was in the middle of my ceremony??? They really were NOT helpful at all. They did the bare minimum required. I am a very forward person and I ask for what I want, and even still I didn't get it. They like to do things THEIR way, not YOUR way. So be prepared to be very very very persistant and thorough in telling them what you want.   My dress wasn't steamed until about an hour before I needed it and came to my room just in the nick of time, even though it had been in their office for 2 days prior. Another highlight was when my coordinator came to my room as I was getting my make-up done to inform me I would need to pay $150 an hour for both videographers that had just arrived. I lost my mind at this point, because I was never informed of this prior. She said they have to charge that because it's a guest on site providing services. I told her that Sherice never informed me of that, and the only thing I was told was that I'd have to get them a guest pass for $75. I refused to pay the $1200 to get them on-site and she said she would call Nina/Simone and see what they could do. After a quick conversation, she informed me that I'd only have to pay $75. It seems like they try and make more money off you, any way they can.     THAT BEING SAID... Regardless of all of those issues, we had the most incredible wedding and day. I don't look back with regret, as the most important parts were just the way I imagined them to be. We provided our own "Ceremony" format to the minister, and he followed it word for word. He actually loved it so much that he asked to keep it to use for future ceremony's. All of our guests said it was the most touching and beautiful ceremony they had ever been to, and I felt the same. We were surrounded by love, in paradise, and at the end of the day, that's what a wedding is all about.   I just wanted to make sure I included the negatives and the issues we had to ensure future brides can avoid the same hiccups.   Overall the GP was a great place to vacation, Jamaica is my favourite place in the world, I had an incredible and memorable wedding. They just are not organized and experienced enough to host weddings the way some resorts like Sandals and Dreams do. They have a long way to go, but hopefully with more experience, and feedback from previous brides they will get there someday.   If you want to check out more of my pics go to:   http://freshphoto.ca/viewing/?slideshowID=109801 password: Jamaica   All the best to the future brides and thank you to the past brides that provided tons of great info! xoxo