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#151 Kristy!

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    Posted 30 January 2009 - 12:30 PM

    Our dinner at Jacques is on a waterfront deck just for us. I believe it can hold up to 50 people. We're having 30 guests. Not sure if something could work out with them.

    Just so you know, choosing the resort is the toughest part of planning a destination wedding. Once you get that squared away, you will feel so much better.

    I have no experiences with Bay Gardens, but I've heard wonderful things. Out of everything you've mentioned, that's probably where I would lean towards. I totally get what you were saying about not wanting Coconut Bay. I thought you were more concerned with keeping children occupied, but if you're looking to go out, that's definitely not the place to be.

    #152 jweldon

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      Posted 30 January 2009 - 12:35 PM

      Hi ladies!

      I introduced myself on the newbie thread and now I wanted to introduce myself to all of you St. Lucia brides! We have just decided on St. Lucia and are so excited! We were planning on a traditional church wedding and reception but realized that we would rather spend the money on US and go somewhere fun! We are planning on going this August but do not have a date nailed down yet.

      I have read through some of the posts and it doesn't seem like any of you are going the Sandals route (at least for the wedding). I can't find a lot of information about it so I just wondered why? I don't want anything to fancy or that cost a lot so I figured we would take the free wedding from Sandals and just do a few ad ons. Any thoughts? Please tell me I am not making a mistake here. Also, do you ladies know where I can find pictures of brides on here that have been married in St. Lucia? I have search through some threads but have had not luck finding any.

      I have never been to St. Lucia or to a Sandals resort. I am excited but a little scared too. I have heard a lot of great things but some bad about Sandals. Can anyone calm my nerves?

      Thanks in advance for all of the help!!! I need it!!!

      JLW

      #153 vluv61109

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        Posted 01 February 2009 - 09:31 PM

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        Hey i did look at Coconut Bay, but we wanted something on the Northern end so that we can have a wedding at Pigeon Island. We got alot of singles coming so we want to be somewhere livey so that they can have a good time too. Once were married then we will want somewhere relaxing for the both of us. We to are now thinking of going to another carribean island after the wedding rather than staying in St Lucia. It works out to be quite cheap. were thinking Barbados, as thats a place that me and FI want to visit.

        The Villa sounds like a good idea, but i dont think i want to put all my family together, as we tried this in Florida a few years back and it was hell on earth. They are close, but all have strong personailities, so would work better having own room in a resort.

        One of the other girls suggested Bay Gardens resort, which looks lovely. I am starting to think maybe we should do room only rather than AI so that our guest have the flexibility to eat outside of the resort, although im a little worried if food is expensive outside the resort. Also we want to be in Rodney Bay close to nightlife for our guest and to have fun before wedding. Has anyone been to the bars/clubs? What is the nightlife like? Bay Garden Beach resorts also has meal plans so guest can have meals included if this is what they want.

        Kirsty how many guest have you got going? The party at the Villa sounds great.

        we are still undecided about our reception. We both want a private party. we looked into the Beach party, which is still an option, but it is so expensive. it would also mean that we would have to restrict our number of guest to 30 in order to make it affordable. We are also thinking to find out what facilities they offer for a private function at the hotel. We have checked the Almond smugglers Cove, who give you full use of a resturant, but you still have to pay for meals and drinks even if you are staying there and there prices are steep for what they offer. I am trying to find out what the Bay Garden Beach resort offer for a private function, i have seen pictures online and it looks nice. I tried to email them but no response as yet. Does anyone have a contact for them? Also is anyone else considering a party at the hotel?

        Please make suggestions for reception ideas. Thanks.
        Dennita,

        It sounds like you have a lot of options ,so take your time you will make the right choice. It can get expensive, but it all depends on what you do. I choose Bay Gardens Beach Resort because of the location close to Pigeon Island and also to the night life and other restarant available. I wanted to give my guest the option to go out the resort if they decide to stay loner for a vacation. The BGBR does have a wedding Cooridinator who can help you will all your wedding plans if need be. I am planning a rehersal dinner at the BGBR and also sunday brunch. They have two three restaurant availble at the resort. You can contact Caron who is th wedding cooridinator at caron@baygardensbeachresort.com. She should be availabe to help you with all your planning if you decide to book there. If you can't get in touch with them or anyone at the other resort you have in mind, Awesome Caribbean can always make arrangement for you.

        As far as my reception I chose not to go the resort way and try something outside the resort. I was originally having my reception at Beach Club 1461, but there were making some renovations to the deck, so I decided to have a small private reception. I am also having my reception at Jacques Waterfront for dinner and dancing recommend by Awesome Caribeen and others. Both Jacques and Beach club 1461 are very well recommended...

        Good luck and hope we were able to help.

        #154 dennita

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          Posted 02 February 2009 - 09:12 AM

          Thanks for the email and details. I wasnt aware that the resturant options were private. i have received copies of the menus from awesome carribean weddings, but thought they we would have to eat with other diners, which i dont want. I also didnt realise you had the option to dance too, so can you arrange to have a DJ, play ipod or do the resturant have their own music. Also do you know id they decorate the resturant for you? I too am starting to think about a room only option, as much as i like the idea of not having to worry about meals, i dont want my guest to ber restricted. In addtion, i want to be in the centre near the nighlife, we have alot of young singles coming who will appreciate that. Im worried that if we do AI we wont get to fully explore the island and will be restricted to the resort.

          You seem like you have everything under control, cant wait to i get to your stage and know what im doing. Its hard trying to make the right decision and please all of our guest who are so varied, the young, the old, the families, the couples, the singles, the kids. I just want everyone to have a really good time if there paying all that money.

          Thanks again for your help.

          #155 dennita

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            Posted 02 February 2009 - 09:12 AM

            Thanks for the email and details. I wasnt aware that the resturant options were private. i have received copies of the menus from awesome carribean weddings, but thought they we would have to eat with other diners, which i dont want. I also didnt realise you had the option to dance too, so can you arrange to have a DJ, play ipod or do the resturant have their own music. Also do you know id they decorate the resturant for you? I too am starting to think about a room only option, as much as i like the idea of not having to worry about meals, i dont want my guest to ber restricted. In addtion, i want to be in the centre near the nighlife, we have alot of young singles coming who will appreciate that. Im worried that if we do AI we wont get to fully explore the island and will be restricted to the resort.

            You seem like you have everything under control, cant wait to i get to your stage and know what im doing. Its hard trying to make the right decision and please all of our guest who are so varied, the young, the old, the families, the couples, the singles, the kids. I just want everyone to have a really good time if there paying all that money.

            Thanks again for your help.

            #156 dennita

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              Posted 02 February 2009 - 09:29 AM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by jweldon
              Hi ladies!

              I introduced myself on the newbie thread and now I wanted to introduce myself to all of you St. Lucia brides! We have just decided on St. Lucia and are so excited! We were planning on a traditional church wedding and reception but realized that we would rather spend the money on US and go somewhere fun! We are planning on going this August but do not have a date nailed down yet.

              I have read through some of the posts and it doesn't seem like any of you are going the Sandals route (at least for the wedding). I can't find a lot of information about it so I just wondered why? I don't want anything to fancy or that cost a lot so I figured we would take the free wedding from Sandals and just do a few ad ons. Any thoughts? Please tell me I am not making a mistake here. Also, do you ladies know where I can find pictures of brides on here that have been married in St. Lucia? I have search through some threads but have had not luck finding any.

              I have never been to St. Lucia or to a Sandals resort. I am excited but a little scared too. I have heard a lot of great things but some bad about Sandals. Can anyone calm my nerves?

              Thanks in advance for all of the help!!! I need it!!!

              JLW
              Hiya,

              I cant really offer much help as i too am a newbie, but i just wanted you to know that i share your apprehension. I have never been to St Lucia, so im literally starting from the beginning with my planning. The girls on this site have been an amazing help and have either been or done alot of research. Awesome Carribean Weddings is also very helpful if your planning a wedding of the resort.

              I was thinking about going Sandels for our honeymoon, but were now thinking to go to another island, probably Barbados. We havent booked anything yet, as prices dont come out until April for next years holidays, so i am using this time to research so that we can book immediately then. I hope i have made some firm decisions by then lol.

              When are you planning on getting married? There are pictures of Brides for other DW i saw some for Dominican Republic, but not for St Lucia, well at least i havent seen it. There are pictures of Brides on Awesome Carribean Weddings and Testimonies.

              Happy planning and welcome to the site.

              #157 dennita

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                Posted 11 February 2009 - 02:11 PM

                Hi all how are your wedding plans going? I am still as indecisive as ever and still trying to find a resort, once that is sorted i can get start planning other stuff. We have definately decided not to stay at the Almond Smugglers cove given that the reviews are not very good. We were considering Bay Garden Beach Resort, but since speaking to our guest they would all prefer AI, especially because of the children, which does make sense. I have looked into the Windjammer, but the AI prices are far to expensive for our guest to pay, approx £1800 ($3600), so thats not an option. I know its our wedding, but i really feel as though i have to make sure that we please everyone else, as i would like all my family and friends there with us. The only other cheap AI option is the coconut Bay Beach resort, which has excellent facilities for the children travelling and its close to the airport. only downside is that it is on the otherside of the island. Kristy maybe you could help here as i know you have stayed there. Would you recommend it and do you think our guest would be bored, the singles in particular?

                Please help if you can and post any ideas you may have regarding accomodation.

                Thank you in advance.

                #158 Kristy!

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                  Posted 12 February 2009 - 01:43 PM

                  I stayed at Coconut Bay for 8 nights and loved it. The resort was only at like a third capacity because it was hurricane season, so that was great.

                  When FI and I went there, we were just looking for a relaxing getaway and that's exactly what we got. We hung out by the swimbar and the pool mostly. =) Had we gone during peak season though, the place probably would've been overwhelmed with kids which we would not have liked.

                  Here are some positives: Affordable, near the airport, comfortable rooms, super friendly staff, great Kids Club, adults can use the water slides!, food was good, drinks were not watered down, breakfast buffet had everything you wanted, great pools, beautiful grounds, beach party buffets on Tuesdays and Saturdays were yummy (try the pumpkin bisque!).

                  Some negatives: Beach has a lot of seaweed but it's cleared daily, isolated location, only two "nicer restaurants" (Silk-Asian and Bellagio-Italian, but there is also a main buffet and a 24 hour grill...I loved the grill!), the showers annoyed me but I'm trying to remember why.

                  The resort has two sides: one for families, one for adults. There is an adult only pool so guests can get away from kids if they want to. We never had a problem getting chairs or anything like that, but like I said before, we went off-season.

                  We arrived a day after a wedding there, so the guests were still around. Everyone looked to be having a great time. We went on an excursion at the same time as them and it was a lot of fun (the all day island tour).

                  Something to note...while the northern end is the more lively part of the island, the southwestern end, Soufriere, is where all of the tourist attractions are - the drive-in volcano, botanical gardens, diamond waterfall, etc. You're actually closer to those things by staying at Coconut Bay.

                  I'm not trying to sway you one way or another, just trying to give you honest answers! I would show you my pictures, but my camera got stolen while going through customs in Puerto Rico. Don't be stupid like me and make sure it's in your carry on! If you have any more questions about the place, just let me know!

                  #159 Chickadee

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                    Posted 18 February 2009 - 01:02 PM

                    I am also a newbie and am getting married in St. Lucia in June, 2009! We decided on The Rendezvous and would love any info if anyone has any about it. Sandals looked wonderful but since money was a bit of a concern, we decided on The Rendezvous.

                    What is everyone doing about flowers for your wedding and reception? Our resort will provide some but I'd love to work with someone ahead of time.

                    Chickadee

                    #160 Kristy!

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                      Posted 23 February 2009 - 05:29 PM

                      Welcome Chickadee! I'm picking my flowers when I get down there. My WC will arrange an appointment for me to meet with a florist and I'll take care of it all then. There's so many beautiful local ones that I'm not worried about it at all.

                      As for the reception, most of us are having is at Jacques Waterfront. I'm splitting my reception between Jacques and Villa Capri (where we're staying). Good luck on the wedding plans! I've heard some great things about Rendezvous.




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