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#271 jh17

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    Posted 21 July 2009 - 10:12 AM

    Hello,
    I am new to the site-getting married at the GP in October. Will make sure I spend some time reading through past posts to try to not repeat too many questions that have been answered!

    I have never been to the resort and was wondering if anyone had suggestions for activities to occupy my finance, groomsmen,etc on the day of the wedding. Our ceremony is at 4pm and I am worried that if they don't have something to do during the day they may end up having a little too much to drink before the ceremony.... Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

    thanks-look forward to exchanging info and ideas with everyone!
    Jane

    #272 OchieBride

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      Posted 21 July 2009 - 04:00 PM

      Hi Ladies!

      Wow, thanks so much for all of your posts. I've read them front to back and gathered a lot of info! One thing I really ned help on is general planning. Are there any posts on here with the timeline for planning a DW, how to's and tips? I`m planning on getting married at the GP in 2010.

      #273 jk1101

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        Posted 21 July 2009 - 04:07 PM

        If you go to the General Information section there are threads on Planning timelines and things like that. Use the Search function to find them if you don't want to go through pages of threads.

        #274 OchieBride

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          Posted 21 July 2009 - 08:06 PM

          Thanks JerseyKitten! Can you ladies also tell me if this is a "fun" resort? I know you were all busy getting ready for your big day but did your guests mention if there were a lot of on site activities?

          #275 zuzelh

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            Posted 22 July 2009 - 06:51 PM

            Danalauren or Petals:

            Petals - I saw that you did the "U" shaped reception.... That was all one table, right? So did you have table numbers for each person? Or place cards?

            Danalauren: I think you had less people at your reception, right? How did you handle the place cards/table numbers?

            #276 danalauren22

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              Posted 23 July 2009 - 08:50 AM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by zuzelh
              Danalauren or Petals:

              Petals - I saw that you did the "U" shaped reception.... That was all one table, right? So did you have table numbers for each person? Or place cards?

              Danalauren: I think you had less people at your reception, right? How did you handle the place cards/table numbers?

              We also did a U shaped set up. We made our own place cards and I gave the WC a diagram of where I wanted everyone to sit. It was set up perfect when we arrived.

              #277 JennyLynnLong140

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                Posted 23 July 2009 - 02:11 PM

                Girls you have nothing to worry about with this resort. I was there for 2 weeks and loved every minute of it. Yes pool tiles were missing and yes I did cut my foot, BUT it did not ruin my week or my wedding!

                We got married at 3pm and it was HOT, so if you have a big dress like I did I suggest getting married a little later. We got married at the Gazebo and it was beautiful, the view and the set up. There are also shaded areas up there for your guests to cool off. The judge was amazing and so funny and kept the whole mood light. One complaint is that we asked for a Civil ceremony and we had some God references in the readings but we let it go. Make sure you tell Jascynthia which one you want and make sure she lets the judge/Minister know. The music was played through our ipod and was very good sound and they use a microphone so all the guests could here no problem.

                We did Champagne toast after and then a group shot and then family pics on site. We used Stacey Clarke and she was amazing!! I wouldn’t suggest using the hotel photographer as I saw him with a couple other weddings and he didn’t seem that great to me. Just add Stacey as a guest and pretend she is a friend from home and you’ll have no issues, then just tell the WC you don’t need the hotel photographer!

                We did the rest of our photos on the beach and in the lobby on the grand staircase all great locations. We then had our reception in the Blue Lagoon and it was set up so nice. We had a U shaped head table because I had 18 ppl in our wedding party and the other 6 tables were rectangle which I was unhappy about seeing I was told they would be round. BUT they were draped with white linens and the flowers used at the Gazebo were brought over for the head table and parents table and then we used the 9 bridesmaids bouquets for the rest and it all looked really nice. I made place cards and brought them down and gave the WC a seating chart and they managed to get it right! The cake table had flowers as well and the cake was gorgeous and actually delicious and was Vanilla.

                We did not get the DJ, we had 2 MC’s and our IPOD and they gave us a wireless mic and speaker, very easy to use and sound was great. The dance floor was in the hub to the left of us were we danced till 10pm and then went to party with the reggae band upstairs which were AMAZING!

                All in all the day was great, yes our wedding was delayed 45min, yes God was referenced and yes my tables were square but it didn’t matter. Just make sure when Jascynthia sets your meeting that its actually with her, b/c the first time I met I got her assistant who was useless and I had a total melt down and met with Jascynthia the next day. She managed to get most things right but she isn’t the nicest of people. We think they really need to hire someone with a little more passion for weddings!

                Anyways here is a link to our friends photos he took, I don’t have my professional ones in yet but this will give you a good idea of what it will look like!

                Picasa Web Albums - Paul - James and Jen...

                If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask! oh and the food was amazing!!!
                Jen 

                #278 OchieBride

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                  Posted 24 July 2009 - 10:04 AM

                  thnks JennyLynnLong140....very helpful, your pics are great, love the pool jump shots!

                  #279 jk1101

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                    Posted 24 July 2009 - 10:16 AM

                    Jen - thank you so much for the great review and details!

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by JennyLynnLong140
                    One complaint is that we asked for a Civil ceremony and we had some God references in the readings but we let it go. Make sure you tell Jascynthia which one you want and make sure she lets the judge/Minister know.

                    Did you specifically tell them that you didn't want any mention of God? Or do you think we'd just need to really hammer it in when we have the civil ceremony that we really don't want any mention of that at our wedding.


                    The music was played through our ipod and was very good sound and they use a microphone so all the guests could here no problem.

                    We did not get the DJ, we had 2 MC’s and our IPOD and they gave us a wireless mic and speaker, very easy to use and sound was great. The dance floor was in the hub to the left of us were we danced till 10pm and then went to party with the reggae band upstairs which were AMAZING!


                    How did it work to have the IPOD for the ceremony - did someone just hit play and just went from there?


                    All in all the day was great, yes our wedding was delayed 45min,

                    Did you have enough filler music for your delayed ceremony or did you not have music during the delay?

                    Just make sure when Jascynthia sets your meeting that its actually with her, b/c the first time I met I got her assistant who was useless and I had a total melt down and met with Jascynthia the next day. She managed to get most things right but she isn’t the nicest of people. We think they really need to hire someone with a little more passion for weddings!
                    Also, and I guess this is for everyone - is the resort very crowded? Are the buffets super crowded and hard to get to the food and the pools very full?

                    Thank you!

                    Michele

                    #280 OchieBride

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                      Posted 24 July 2009 - 10:24 AM

                      Most of my guest will be Jamaican's living abroad and may stay with family instead of at the resort. Jacynthia had mentioned an event permit and said it would be cheaper than paying the addition per person charge plus the off site visitor pass but she's hasn't gotten back to me on how much this event permit would be...has anyone else heard of this?




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