Hi fellow GP Brides!!
I just returned from Jamaica:) I'm not getting married until May of next year, but my fiance and I were attending a friend's wedding in Negril at a different resort, so we made an appointment to do a site visit of GP.
The tour did not start off so great - I've been dealing with Kimberley, and as it turns out, the day of our tour was her final day at the resort At first, they asked if we could re-schedule, but we had just taken a cab from Negril ($40 each way), so rescheduling would have really put a crimp in our plans AND it's expensive! Nina (the manager) came out to meet us. She apologized for the mix-up and spent the next 2 hours with us showing us all of the ceremony sites and possible venues for the reception and answering all of my many questions. She is absolutely lovely. By the time I left, I was so excited, I hugged her
I have my heart set on the gazebo for the ceremony, but one thing I have to share with you is that all of the ceremony sites are quite beautiful. We saw the beach site first, and as it is near the end of the resort (on the Lady Hamilton side), it is fairly private, given the fact that it's on a beach. I think there will be less issues with people walking through the pictures than I have seen at other resorts. Nina told me they are looking into getting a nicer archway for the beach site. Not sure when that would happen.
The gazebo site is just as beautiful as imagined it would be. It's quite a large gazebo compared to others I have seen and it is in a very private location, which I love. The only issue with the gazebo site is that it cannot seat a lot of people if it rains, as the site would get a bit muddy in that situation.
I have to say the "back-up" location (the spa) is also very beautiful. Nina said they use that location for very large weddings. I can honestly say that if it rains on my wedding day, I won't be that upset, because the backup location is fabulous as well.
When I arrived at the resort, I was pretty convinced that I wanted the Blue Lagoon for my reception. And I really loved the Blue Lagoon. Until I saw the Poseidon. Because we are estimating about 40 to 50 people at our wedding, I think the Poseidon is actually the perfect size for our reception. And the restaurant is white and turquoise (my wedding colours are turquoise, white and green). I still have to discuss it in more detail with my fiance, but I think we're going to go with the Poseidon instead! I also like that it is quite separate from the rest of the resort. That may be a drawback for some people, but for me it is a bonus!
I was so excited at the end of my tour. Honestly, when you choose to do a DW, you are giving up some control. Normally, people see the wedding/reception location where they are getting married before they book. We didn't have that option. I am thrilled with this resort. It is HUGE and absolutely beautiful
Let me know if you have any questions!