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#1 Kishalee

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    Posted 30 January 2008 - 08:47 PM

    Alright, I know that this is wayyyy too early to be freaking out, but I need a little help.

    SO, I want to use the ROR for my wedding. 2 of my extended family members had their wedding there and it went off without a hitch. I can't say the same thing for the Sandals weddings in the family, but RIU (both in Ochy and Negril) have done wonderful jobs in dealing with our crazy clan.... Anywhoo, I digress...

    I went online and checked into a date, oct 4th and it said it was available. 2 days later, I get a confirmation of it's availablity. I called the travel agent who booked the last 2 weddings there and she insists on checking out the RItz as well. Ok. She says that she is checking it out at the RIU. It has now been a week and nobody has taken money from me for anything, so I am afraid that I am gonna lose my spot. Is that possible?
    Do I have to pay for the package that I choose now? How do I go about reserving a private reception (I have 62 guests, including 10 children, that are confirmed and ready to put down deposits or are staying offsite or live there and a huge amount of folks that haven't even been invited yet)?
    I know that it is too early to speak to Chandlyn, but what do I do? I want to lock things down so that I can start sending out Save the Dates and start making plans. What do I do??

    #2 amandalovesryan

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      Posted 30 January 2008 - 08:53 PM

      i would call the TA again and see what's up. She should be calling you back by now. I would call her and see what's up. My TA is with Liberty and they deal with the Riu a lot so maybe you want to try them. GOod luck, let us know!
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      #3 JUSTUSTWO

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        Posted 30 January 2008 - 09:03 PM

        Ok, I'm gonna try to answer your questions in the order that you posted. As long as you got a confirmation from the Wedding Dept, you should be good. You're not going to lose anything because money isn't taken from you until you get there & meet with Chandlyn. When you meet with Chandlyn that is when you pay for your package, reception, decorations, etc.

        For your reception, you can contact Chandlyn and let her know which restaurant you would like to reserve & the time that you would like. She will let you know if its available.

        For now you can contact the Wedding Department just to re-confirm your date & time and make sure that it is available. Here is her contact information:

        Carolina Miranda
        Sales Wedding Coordinator
        Ocho Rios & Negril, Jamaica
        Weddings By Riu
        America's Division
        Phone: + (52) 984 877 23 20
        Email: weddings05@riu.com
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        Once you do that & your date/time is confirmed, then send Chandlyn an email asking her about your reception.
        Here's her contact info:

        Chandlyn Edwards
        (876) 972 22 00
        weddings.ori@riu.com

        All the ROR brides hear how busy Chandlyn because of the amount of weddings that she handles in one day. Because of that she is a bit slow to respond to emails, especially when your wedding date is far out. Once your date is near, she is very good about responding quickly.

        I think you should be fine as long as you confirm your date. I hope this helps!

        #4 Kishalee

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          Posted 30 January 2008 - 09:11 PM

          Thanks all!! I am glad that SOMEONE knows something. The more people (again, my family making me nuts) tell me that they need to know information, the less I think that I know.

          Thanks again. I feel better now. I will call the wedding sales department and move from there.

          I am actually using Michelle at Liberty Travel. I think that she is swamped, but I just needed/wanted some kind of confirmation. A simple, "Ok. Your wedding is a go for oct 4th. Feel free to send out invitations now."

          #5 JUSTUSTWO

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            Posted 30 January 2008 - 09:16 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by Kishalee
            Thanks all!! I am glad that SOMEONE knows something. The more people (again, my family making me nuts) tell me that they need to know information, the less I think that I know.

            Thanks again. I feel better now. I will call the wedding sales department and move from there.

            I am actually using Michelle at Liberty Travel. I think that she is swamped, but I just needed/wanted some kind of confirmation. A simple, "Ok. Your wedding is a go for oct 4th. Feel free to send out invitations now."
            No problem. Your concerns are perfectly understandable. You'll see that all of the past & future Riu brides are great and have learned so much from each other & no one ever has a problem sharing that info.

            Oh, make sure to go to the Jamaica section & you will see tons of posts about ROR. There's alot of info in them. Happy reading.

            #6 juanslake

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              Posted 01 February 2008 - 03:52 PM

              Read as many of the threads as you can! This forum provides answers for almost everything. The girls are even helping me pick my dress! Check the pics and take notes. I have a notebook to record ideas that I get from the forum. Take a deep breath and start planning!!!

              #7 Ilandking

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                Posted 01 February 2008 - 04:35 PM

                Hey, I wouldnt worry too much, once you booked your date and get the confirmation you will be ok. I would also go so far as to put the deposit down for the trip once youre 100% sure, that way there's no doubt on their part. The only reason I say this is because I know from time to time slots become available because they tell you to keep contacting them to see if spaces open up and Im pretty sure people dont call in to cancel....could be just me I always try to err on the side of caution....Marlon




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