Originally Posted by kezmode
so we are am planning to get married in Negril, in may 2012. hope its not to early to start planning . I live in Chicago. I have consulted with a bunch of hotels but the price just seem to be getting higher and higher. we are intending on staying at the Riu in Negril, but having a wedding there for about 50-60 is seeming more and more expensive. after getting details the party will have to end at about 10pm and not offer anything other than wine.
anyone marry outside a resort?? i would like any information.????
Hi Kezmode - I'm getting married at Moon Dance Villas in Negril this coming July. Definitely not too early to start planning - especially because it will give you enough time to put down the down payment and make a site visit to ensure that the place you choose is to your liking and is what it is portrayed to be on the hotel's website. A word to the wise, though. As you're planning, your "vision" for your wedding may change. For example, I always knew I wanted a villa setting (as opposed to a larger hotel), but I originally thought I wanted an arch made of palm leaves, but then, after looking at pictures of other weddings at my location, decided I want to get married under a tree on the beach. Another example: I thought I wanted centerpieces of orchid branches with hanging tea lights, but after seeing MDV in person and searching the internet, decided I wanted more tropical and lower centerpieces. So, in a nutshell, plan away, but don't be freaked if your ideas change. Or it could just be me - I'm very indecisive!! If you look at the post by Sungold Photography, you'll get a good idea of the different resorts and decor.
As for a resort to host 50-60 people, what about Moon Dance Cliffs? Their max capacity for a resort "take over" is 66. However, you can have additional guests stay off property if you have some overflow. They have premium liquor, wine, soft drinks, etc. As for the time cut off - I know there is a noise ordinance for the Negril beach, but I believe it is 11pm. Not sure if it changes at the cliffs where it is more isolated and the change of disturbing your neighbors is much lower. You might also want to check out Rock House Hotel, also in Negril. I was there with my now FI for a vacation a few years ago and we LOVED it. They host plenty of weddings too. Happy planning!