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#181 danalauren22

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    Posted 15 May 2009 - 04:47 PM

    Has anyone used the hotel photographer? I'm trying to book another but am having difficulty given the tight timeline and the lack of budget (a wonderful photographer was originally included in our wedding package in Mexico).

    So my real question is, does anyone actually know if the hotel photographer is as bad as i hear? Does anyone has shots from them that they can share??

    #182 turk

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      Posted 16 May 2009 - 07:25 AM

      Dana

      Blue Lagoon is $300 and always has been since the resort opened

      Poisedon is free, but you can not have entertainment there unless they agree to close it off to the rest of the GP guests. I think they did for one couple but only because the blue lagoon was already booked.

      I saw photos from the very first wedding at the GP and was not impressed at all, but I read that someone had used them and stated they weren't bad. Even though the photographer is included in the package, we opted to not use them at all to decrease the chance of choas.

      #183 danalauren22

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        Posted 16 May 2009 - 10:08 AM

        Quote:
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        Dana

        Blue Lagoon is $300 and always has been since the resort opened

        Poisedon is free, but you can not have entertainment there unless they agree to close it off to the rest of the GP guests. I think they did for one couple but only because the blue lagoon was already booked.
        Thanks Turk.
        Can you bring your ipod/docking station to the poisedon for first dances?
        Also right now we have the Carribbean package down and are penciled in for the Blue Lagoon, if we change to the one lower, Tropical(?) does that include the dinner at Poisedon? Or would we have to pay extra? Can all/any of this stuff be changed when we sit down with Jascynthia?

        This is all so confusing , it would be nice to get answers from the source! But this forum has been so helpful.

        #184 turk

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          Posted 16 May 2009 - 08:25 PM

          Dana

          For the tropical package, you can choose any of the Ala carte restaurants. They will reserve an area for your wedding group for 2 hours. It will not be private unless you rent the blue lagoon or your group is so large that it takes up nearly the entire Ala carte restaurant. The tropical wedding package price includes the meal. I think that package was $30pp after 8 people. It was my understanding you can not have any form of entertainment unless you rent the Blue Lagoon so I wouldn't bank on being able to bring your ipod to the poisedon. You can still rent out the BL with the tropical package and save yourself $20pp over the Caribbean package which would help pay the $300 rental fee!
          It seemed that anything can be changed once you get there. They did want to know our meal choices 1 month prior to arrival but I don't think she really ever looked at it; hence why the filet mignon we were promised was a ribeye! Make sure you contact Jascynthia when you get there to arrange a meeting time! BE PROACTIVE!

          Once again, don't stress too much, Jascythia really did take care of everything once we were on site!

          #185 jk1101

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            Posted 16 May 2009 - 09:16 PM

            Traci - your pictures are so beautiful - you looked awesome and both so happy! My wedding is still 10+ months away but it makes me so excited!

            #186 danalauren22

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              Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:24 AM

              Quote:
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              Dana

              For the tropical package, you can choose any of the Ala carte restaurants. They will reserve an area for your wedding group for 2 hours. It will not be private unless you rent the blue lagoon or your group is so large that it takes up nearly the entire Ala carte restaurant. The tropical wedding package price includes the meal. I think that package was $30pp after 8 people. It was my understanding you can not have any form of entertainment unless you rent the Blue Lagoon so I wouldn't bank on being able to bring your ipod to the poisedon. You can still rent out the BL with the tropical package and save yourself $20pp over the Caribbean package which would help pay the $300 rental fee!
              It seemed that anything can be changed once you get there. They did want to know our meal choices 1 month prior to arrival but I don't think she really ever looked at it; hence why the filet mignon we were promised was a ribeye! Make sure you contact Jascynthia when you get there to arrange a meeting time! BE PROACTIVE!

              Once again, don't stress too much, Jascythia really did take care of everything once we were on site!
              THANK YOU! this just made my life a little bit easier.We are going to do the Tropical package and the Blue Lagoon. That seems to be the best and most cost effective way to do private, and since you can't bank on any of the menus from the carribbean package being available, why bother.

              I can't believe that with the $300 fee they can't throw in the speaker! Since they charge and additional $300 to rent theirs we are going to find some small wireless speakers for around $300 and bring them with us, then at least we get to keep them!

              #187 SnowAngels

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                Posted 17 May 2009 - 11:19 AM

                So, I got married on April 13th (didn't like the date, but tried to co-ordinate it with some guests that might only have had the Easter Long Weekend to come ... as it turns out, none of them came anyway, and I was stuck with the 13th)! Closer to the Arrival date is probably better, so that you can "get it over with" sooner than later and have the rest of the week to enjoy and PIG out!

                TashaB - I've attached the Blue Lagoon as it was set up for us.
                As a reminder, we were only a group of 13.
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                Ceremony - on the Beach
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                Reception - Blue Lagoon (paid $300 extra, or worded as $100/hr, 3 hr minimum)
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                Music - we brought our iPod and battery operated / rechargeable Docking station w/ Speakers. Bring back-up batteries too ...
                There were NO issues with us doing this, we had our first dance, our Father Daughter dance, etc.
                Music also played throughout the dinner.


                Meals - Appetizer, Snapper, Lobster, Shrimp
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                ...... see next posting for Continuation

                #188 SnowAngels

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                  Posted 17 May 2009 - 11:20 AM

                  Flowers - asked for Orange & Green ... Jascynthia didn't think the original was pretty enough so sent them back, and got a free upgrade to Calla Lillies -Loved Them!
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                  Cake - 2-Tier Vanilla (really didn't need that big, but always wanted a tiered cake for my wedding). Decorations on cake was a little interesting, pink flowers on top (aghem, remember orange & green theme ....) but I didn't care at all. It looked good and was not the focal point of the wedding reception with the beautiful views anyway!
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                  Ceremony Decorations - went to Michaels, bought small 9" Hurricane Vases x 2, and a larger Hurricane Vase (maybe 12") for our decorations. Half filled the vases with sand from the beach, placed candle and shells inside the vase. Placed large vase in front of Bride & Groom, the 2 others were on each side of us. Also from Michaels little glass tealight candle holders with green candles in them (2/pk for $1.50 Canadian$), those were to surround the railing that overlooked the pool/beach ... probably didn't need them, kept blowing out as well, and even forgot them there!
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                  Brought - Green Candles, shells (from Dollar Store)

                  Bombouniere's - Message in a Bottle (idea) we filled with beach sand and put a note inside to say thank you and they can either collect shells, or other memorable items .... or dump it and put oil in it later!!!

                  Place Cards / Programs - just bought some printable stuff and used our colour theme! The program didn't have much 'detailed' info, but the generic stuff - I had no idea who the officiant would be, etc. And I never did get that info in time, but it looked cute and really, I don't think a program is really that necessary anyway! The ceremony is so short.

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                  Lounge - we went upstairs to the Lounge after, where we just took our Flowers (Jascynthia moves the flowers from the ceremony to the reception for you) and put them on the short tables and sat on the wicker chairs and hung out. Some danced with the live band - it was great!
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                  Room Upgrades - we did ask for an Upgrade, and were told that our entire group got upgraded to ocean view - I'm not 100% sure about that being an upgrade, or if that was what we were originally given and they just said it was an upgrade. Our whole group had 1-bedroom suites though, so I'm not too sure how much more they would've even upgraded us (bride & groom) ... all of our guests units were right above the ocean and perfect!!!! Beautiful views from both balconies, see below!
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                  This pic from the Lobby:
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                  Gazebo at Sunset - random stranger told us to pose and take a pic, worked out great!
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                  I hope this helped some people with their wedding planning, I know I was seriously stressed about a lot leading up to the wedding. Now when I look back, I think so much work and concern was really unnecessary! It all fell into place and was PERFECT! Even the little bit of rain doesn't upset me as much as I thought it would've!

                  As a Suggestion:
                  - book a private reception location.
                  By fluke, we were at the Buffet where another BDW bride's reception was taking place, and they don't have a dress code at the Buffet's. We were in jeans and shorts, baseball cap, etc. and we were placed beside the entire wedding party - weird! It was even more awkward when they were cutting their cake, because we really felt that we might've been in their shots. We tried to move or look the other way so that if we did end up in the background, their picture wouldn't be ruined.
                  As well, we were at the Mexican Restaurant and they had a reception there as well. The entire group was facing looking out the large windows at the front of the restaurant, with all of the tables for the restaurant around them... just my recommendation.

                  #189 ~*petals*~

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                    Posted 17 May 2009 - 12:33 PM

                    SnowAngel-- Thank you so much for your pics and review!!! And Congratulations-- everything was beautiful!!

                    This does help quite a bit.... I'm leaving for Jamaica in 4 days and starting to really feel lost since I'm not hearing back from the resort!

                    #190 Panda

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                      Posted 17 May 2009 - 12:42 PM

                      Hello Grand Palladium Brides,
                      My name is Allissen and I am getting married June 27th.
                      My wedding is at sunset and I was able to rent the Posiedon for a private reception and I have reserved the DJ with Jascynthia.

                      I saw a question about renting the Posiedon.
                      The menu does not look all that great and I heard that the food is not very good.

                      Thanks snowangels all of your information was very helpful.




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