THinking of changing location and resorts?
Posted 08 July 2008 - 10:13 PM
Posted 09 July 2008 - 09:32 AM
Posted 09 July 2008 - 01:06 PM
Posted 09 July 2008 - 01:22 PM
The things I really want like pics...hired my own photographer to go take fun ones. I did want a certain bouquet...so I bought my own. Decorations...bring whatever you want I do believe you can have anything they just only set it up if you're using them.
Posted 09 July 2008 - 04:28 PM
5th and I'm hoping for the best. Good luck with your decision.
Posted 09 July 2008 - 04:45 PM
I decided to take my reception offsite in order to save $$ from a Sandals reception and that worked out perfectly. Also, I felt it was a draw since SGOR gave me a free welcome cocktail reception as well as rehearsal dinner and both of those events went perfectly--food, service, etc. I brought my own flowers and everything that I felt was outrageously expensive, I was able to find a way around it.
My advice would be to completely ignore your "wedding coordinator", she's really nothing but a sales person who wants to sell you every extra detail she can. I would wait to solidify some details once you get to the resort because it will be less expensive. Hold your ground girlie! Good luck finding the resort of your dreams.
Posted 09 July 2008 - 04:46 PM
Dunn's River is of course beautiful but for $3,710 it should be.
Grande Ocho could save me around $1,000 but I am unsure of the room. Does anyone have any suggestions about the rooms at Grande Ocho? Is it worth it to switch? I have read many reviews on trip advisor about both places and feel more confused than ever. I want everything to be beautiful, but I want a nice clean roo, as well, for all of my othr guests(8 guests, 4 rooms). Let me know what you guys think.
Again, thanks to all of you for your support.
Posted 13 July 2008 - 09:11 PM
1. Wedding Coordinator- The first one I had was Jodi-Ann she was awful to say the least. Talking with other brides on the resort, they had the same experience with her. She met with us, but if it had not been that I wanted to add the flower package and noticing my menus were all changed I would hav ebeen completely suprised! For our rehersal dinner, she gave us a menu to choose from that was out of season. When she realized her error, she took it upon herself to switch everything. Then, with our paid one hour cocktail recpetion she didn't even let us choose a menu. Once we caught all her errors Rochelle took care of everything for us. She was more than accomodating.
2. Flowers-My husband and I took pictures to Michael's and had one of the designers there do all of our flowers. We got my bouquet, 6 brides maid bouqets, and 7 boutinaires for $220. The ony thing we decided to upgrade on the resort was the flowers on the gazebo, which if I could do it all over again I wouldn't have wasted $300. Sandals must pick the flowers in the AM, because my flowers were wilted by the time I walked down the aisle at 4pm.
3. Photographers- I was very unhappy with the photographers at the resort. Very unhappy is an understatement. My husband and I had an awful time picking out our free picture. However; we took our photographers with us. I highly recommend that you check out their website Ambience Photography :: See Beauty in Everything.. I worked very closely with Tammy and Tamar and we very happy with everything so far. However; I have not seen my pictures from the wedding, I will post when I get them. Don't let sandals steer you away from taking your own photographer, they are still guests of the resort! As long as the photographer is a paying guest you should not have a problem.
After all the ins and outs I have learned from the sandals wedding planning, I have decided to go into business of destination wedding coordinating. There is so much sandals does not tell you. PM me if you have any more questions.
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