Just got back from our wedding. Everything went great. No stress at all. There is no planning required. Our WC was the group/wedding manager Pilar. She was great. Once we arrived and checked in you get a silver folder and it has a time to meet with your WC. This is when they go over every choice with you that you had, see if you want to add anything or take anything away and give you a written up contract. Our wedding was at 2PM and we picked the renewal package for $800 and just paid for the extra people. We had 40 people total on our trip including both the bride and groom. We originally had picked the Royalty Package but we were not going to use a lot of the exta's such as the 40 person a la carte meal (we were told we could only use it the day before, we were told only the La Hacienda which is the Mexican resteraunt and in my opinion it is the worst a la carte they have at the resort), other things that they include such as the cocktail hour were not important to me. (you are at an all inclusive resort.... Why would you pay for it?) Another nice extra was the couples massage but they have them going on for $80's for 2 people 50 minutes long. They are great so we both went twice! We changed our ceremony package while we were there and she was great about it no issues. We also had the private beach reception from 6PM-10PM booked but with the weather forcast saying we would be getting 10-20mm of rain each day while we were there we were hesitant on being on the beach so we decided to go with the chill out club (another last minute change). With the ceremony, extra's, dj, chill out club our total came out to just over $5600 USD for 40 people.
We did the symbolic ceremony as we got legally married in Canada first. Our wedding was the sunset gazebo which is along the property line, in my opinion it is nicer because it is behind the chill out club which isnt all inclusive so there wasnt so many people on the beach around that area. It was nice and felt more private. The other option for the ceremony is the Riviera Gazebo which is right off the main bridge which leads from the resort tothe beach. It is right beside the all inclusive bar and is surrounded by people laying in there beach chairs (not private).
The groom was to meet the minister at the gazebo at 1:30 to go over some instructions on how things are going to go. The bride got picked up from her room at 1:50, everyone walked in and the coordinator basically just gave you the signal to walk. (We had no rehersal as she said there isnt usually rehersals but if we want one we could get it but they charge for it). The minister then goes through the ceremony on a mic, whispers the vows to you and you speak them in the mic or you can read your own off if you have any. We did the sand ceremony, exchanged rings, kissed and walked out. Everything was perfect. Short and Sweet. After we shot a bunch of pictures with our guests and wedding party. We had some pictures done obviously with both of us after. When we finished pictures it was about 5:00PM we wandered over to the lobby bar and met the rest of our guests where everyone had been mingling.
Like I mentioned earlier, it was at the Chill Out for $100PP. It was absolutely amazing, food was great, drinks were never empty. All your needs were tended to! Cake was delicious. Everything was perfect, we had a friend who was our MC. She was married in Jamaica and kept the ball rolling for everyone. I suggest having someone in charge of the group saying when you are cutting the cake etc so people dont wander off and take pictures all night. The only complaint I have about the reception is when they say 6-10 they mean it. I wish we had some sort of warning that it was getting close to 10 so we could have played a "special" last song. Right at 10 the music stopped. We grabbed the Mic, made a few annoucements about the going to the Disco and thanking everyone again and that was it.
The resort encourages bringing any extra decorations or anything that you want, we had brought some chair wraps to match the bridesmaids dress's. They pressed them and tied them on every chair so perfectly. The resort staff was great. Honestly no complaints what so ever on the wedding/week. I havent heard a complaint from any of the guests at all. Nothing but praise the whole trip.