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#1 AmyFled

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    Posted 28 March 2008 - 01:23 PM

    We just got back on Monday from Riu Negril and our wedding was AWESOME!!!!!! I'll start from the beginning......
    The trip to Montego Bay was great, the airline (Ryan International Air) was very helpful with my dress. There wasn't a closet to put it in, but I was able to reserve an entire overhead bin for the dress. There was a minor headache once we got to the resort just because check-in isn't until 2pm but we got there around noon. We would have liked to get all our stuff situated right away, but we just grabbed our swimsuits out of our bags and headed for the beach for a while.

    The Riu is a beautuful resort, we loved everything about it!!! We ate at Green Island (loved it!)and Shadows (by far the best food!!) a lot, the reception was on the second level of Shadows. I highly recommend Shadows over Sir Andrew. Sir Andrew was a little too formal for a reception for us cause we did a lot of dancing!!!

    The wedding day started with a snorkeling trip which was sooooo much fun! We had about 15 of us and it really helped me stay busy and stress free on the big day! The wedding wasn't until 4pm so we had plenty of time after the trip. The only issue I had before the ceremony was that my flower bouquet was late from the florist, so the ceremony didn't actually start until about 4:15, no big deal though.
    THIS IS FUNNY..... I didn't get to see it happen, but apparently once my bridesmaids walked down the aisle right before my dad walked me, there was a guy in a speedo that walked right through the ceremony without realizing where he was!!! They said he kinda paused then figured out what was going on and covered himself up real quick and left. I'm glad I didn't see that at during the ceremony, but I hope somebody got a pic of him!!! HeHe. Everything about the ceremony was beautiful, the weather was perfect! I really love the DVD that the videographer made, I suggest doing that upgrade if you have the extra room in your budget.
    I used True Colors Digital for my photographer and I was very pleased. I suggest trying to find some additional places to have pictures taken because they really only do two spots (beach and garden) unless you ask them to go someplace specific. The only bad part about the photography is that they make you choose all your pictures while you are still at the resort before you go home. THIS SUCKS. Instead of getting to spend our last day with all our family and friends, we were stuck picking pictures and it takes a LONG time. I suggest trying as hard a possible to get them to let you choose pictures through email later or something. In my opinion it is ridiculous to require all of that to be done before the honeymoon is even over. I can't imagine other photographers require that. Just food for thought if you are thinking of hiring someone else......

    On a better note, the reception was even better that I imagined it would be!!! As I said, it was in Shadows and we the extra $1000 for a private reception- 4 hours. Well worth the money!!! I saw another reception that wasn't private and I realized how much of a difference it can make if you have a larger group. We were in the middle, with 30 guests. I had some extra candles, shells, and candies for the tables and I just gave everything to Dionne that morning and it was put out very nicely. The arrangements for the centerpieces were not exactly what I orderd but they were still beautiful. I told the florist to just do whatever they wanted with the top of the cake and it was great!

    We had a DJ at the reception for the full 4 hours and they were AWESOME!!!! I just used the service that Dionne suggests and Kevin was his name. I'm telling you he is AWESOME!! They were a lot of fun and I even pulled them out on the dance floor to dance with us! His job was actually fairly easy cause I had a playlist for him of a bunch of songs that I wanted played, and he did great with that too.

    We also paid the extra $10 per person to have a bartender. If you don't you will only have beer, wine, and soda and your guests will have to leave the resturant and go to the bar for other drinks. The bartender is WELL WORTH the money too. They were a lot of fun and everyone was very drunk and happy!!!

    Okay, so now the downside. Derek and I were not impressed with Dionne while we were there. She had poor communication with us and she didn't give us very good instructions when it came to the actual ceremony. We asked her about doing a rehearsal, but she said, "It's not neccessary, I will inform you of what to do on the day of." Well, she is sort-of correct..... the ceremony is pretty self explanitory (you walk down and meet in the middle!) but my BM, GM, FG, and RB were a little unsure of where to go and everything. Also, there was another ceremony that was supposed to start at 4:30 at another location on the resort, so Dionne was trying to rush us along to get down the aisle! This was quite aggrivating, it wasn't my fault the flowers were late so we took our time walking down the aisle!!!!! The other thing was that we didn't get our room upgrade that we were supposed to get. Easter weekend is a busy time because of so many people on spring break, oh well.

    Overall, we absolutely loved our wedding and the entire trip, and we can't wait to go back!!! I hope this update helped some of you and please if you have any questions about anything let me know, I'll be glad to help if I can!!!!

    I've been trying to upload some pictures on here but it keeps telling me the the upload has failed. Hummmm.... I'll keep trying.

    #2 AmyFled

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      Posted 28 March 2008 - 01:24 PM

      Wow I didn't realize how long that was till I posted it, sorry about the rambling.

      #3 ochoriobride

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        Posted 28 March 2008 - 01:28 PM

        Congrats!! I'm glad everything worked out perfectly

        Justin & NathalieApril 22nd 2008Riu Ocho Rios

        #4 tlomlad

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          Posted 28 March 2008 - 01:30 PM

          congratulations on becoming a "MRS"

          im glad all went well

          #5 hollisandsteph

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            Posted 28 March 2008 - 01:34 PM

            Love your review. It makes me even more excited about my trip!!

            #6 twinkletoes

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              Posted 28 March 2008 - 01:43 PM

              welcome back! Congrats Cant wait to see your pictures!
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              #7 Bride010101

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                Posted 28 March 2008 - 01:58 PM

                Congrats! Great review... can't wait to see some pics!

                #8 Spazz

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                  Posted 28 March 2008 - 02:00 PM

                  Welcome back and congrats!!! It sounds like you had a great time. I can't wait to see your pics (I hope someone got a pic of speedo guy...lol!).

                  #9 AmyFled

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                    Posted 28 March 2008 - 02:21 PM

                    this link might work..... i'll post more soon!

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                    #10 ochoriobride

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                      Posted 28 March 2008 - 02:34 PM

                      Wow! I like the back of your dress and the colors....Your pictures or beautiful

                      Justin & NathalieApril 22nd 2008Riu Ocho Rios

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