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hello everyone,

 

first off, thanks for the warm welcoming in the "newbie" forum.

 

my beautiful fiance and i are getting married @ beaches boscobel on Jan 31, 2009. she is very worried about everything and i told her i would post to the forum since many of you have either experienced or are in the same shoes as us and can maybe help provide some answers. we will have a catholic wedding at a local church (our lady of fatima -- ochos rios), not the resort.

 

here are her initial concerns:

 

1. which wedding moon package do others recommend? standard or private (more $$$) ?

 

standard comes with a 30 minute reception for $300.

 

for $25 extra per person, you get a 'private' reception and open bar (thought that was already included at the resort?)

 

$50 extra per person, you get a private dinner reception.

 

$75 extra per person, you get a 'private wedding reception'

 

is it worth it to pay the extra fees? can you just make a reservation at one of the restaurants for your party (there will be about 20-25 of us in all).

 

2. which photography package do you recommend? would it make more sense to have the resort provide it or hire a local come and do it?

 

3. did you purchase flowers through the resort? how were they?

 

4. is there a place at the resort for dancing in the evenings?

 

5. since this is a catholic wedding, how were other people's experiences with the travel to/from the church? flowers and music at the church?

 

any information provided will be a tremendous help!

 

thanks,

 

troy

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I will try to answer as best I can, I was just married there on May 17th...

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hello everyone,

 

first off, thanks for the warm welcoming in the "newbie" forum.

 

my beautiful fiance and i are getting married @ beaches boscobel on Jan 31, 2009. she is very worried about everything and i told her i would post to the forum since many of you have either experienced or are in the same shoes as us and can maybe help provide some answers. we will have a catholic wedding at a local church (our lady of fatima -- ochos rios), not the resort.

 

here are her initial concerns:

 

1. which wedding moon package do others recommend? standard or private (more $$$) ? We had upgraded to the twilight package since we were getting married on the beach, so I would think since you are getting married at a church, an upgrade on the package isn't necessary. But be sure to read all the inclusions to be sure that you aren't missing something that you want. (Although, it might be better to pay for that 1 thing, rather then do a whole upgrade.)

 

standard comes with a 30 minute reception for $300.

 

for $25 extra per person, you get a 'private' reception and open bar (thought that was already included at the resort?)

 

$50 extra per person, you get a private dinner reception.

 

$75 extra per person, you get a 'private wedding reception'

This is the upgrade that we did and I am SO glad I did. You can't make reservations at any of the restaurants and one night we had about 15 people for dinner. We had to wait well over an hour for that space to become available. Although, this had a lot to do with how full the resort is while you are there and what night you are getting married.

 

We had about 25 people as well, and having the reception just made it feel more like a wedding reception to me. I am really glad that we paid the extra fees.

 

is it worth it to pay the extra fees? can you just make a reservation at one of the restaurants for your party (there will be about 20-25 of us in all).

 

2. which photography package do you recommend? would it make more sense to have the resort provide it or hire a local come and do it?

I am not a fan of the style of photography the resort uses - very posed shots. So we didn't do any photography upgrades. I wish I had brought my own photog, but I wouldn't advise upgrading thru the resort. I am sure there are some good photogs there, but the woman we had was actually the woman that walked up and down the beach during the day to take pictures of people in the ocean and then sell them to them.

 

3. did you purchase flowers through the resort? how were they?

A 9 rose bouquet was included in the twilight package, as well as the bout for my husband. I had my bridesmaids carrying parasols instead of flowers.

 

4. is there a place at the resort for dancing in the evenings?

Honestly, not really. There are a few bars: Appleton closes at 10 - we actually never went there, so I can't say about that, but it was realllllly small; Bayside Bar closes at 12 - we spent alot of time there, but it's the bar right by the pool, so not really condusive to dancing; The Disco closes at 2 - this is probably the best place to go to dance, but it is kinda nasty. It smells horrible in there and it was mostly the people closer to 18 in there. Then there is the Piano Bar which also closes at 2. I suppose you could dance in there if you wanted to, but it was more of a chill place to be. It was one of our favorite night places, cuz the bartenders do bar tricks and it isn't as packed at the Bayside, so you get more one on one interaction with them. You should go and check out Godfrey (if he's still there then) and also Marcelus. They were good at their tricks.

 

5. since this is a catholic wedding, how were other people's experiences with the travel to/from the church? flowers and music at the church?

Sorry, can't offer any help here

 

any information provided will be a tremendous help!

 

thanks,

 

troy

Troy - if you do a search for Beaches Boscobel you should find other random information on here. I beleive I am the only one that has gotten married there on this forum, but there is one other bride that I know of that is getting married there in a few months. If you want any other documents that Beaches had provided me, PM me your email and I can send some stuff over. I tried to post everything though, so your best bet is to do a search for Boscobel. Good luck!

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Welcome tRoy !

 

Carly has it summed up pretty well- there are only a few things I would like to add ! If you do hire your own photographer it will have to be for pictures outside of the resort. Sandals/Beaches will not allow other photographers on property.

 

Also, you can do a private reception on the beach and hire musicians or a DJ for dancing! That way you don't need to go into the disco.

 

The great thing about the private bar (specially if you are on the becah at Boscabel) is that it is for your guests only - that way they don't need to be hiking to the pool nor do they have to wait in line with the other guests from the resort! The extra charge is for set up, break down and a bartender.

 

TA Jennifer

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They told me they didn't do receptions/parties on the beach due to safety reasons. I wouldn't be surprised if that information was wrong though, cuz I found a lot of misinformation with the contact that I had...

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