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#71 Panda

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    Posted 08 February 2009 - 02:01 AM

    Hello ladies. My wedding is booked for June 27th at Sunset. I have spoken to Jascynthia several times and she is pretty good at emailing me back. I have also had to talk to management about some of the price changes and their policies. I wanted a private reception at the blug lagoon, but it was already booked. Tried for another private area, and it was also booked. And at the moment, they could not offer me another private location. It seems like if you schedule 4 weddings only for the day...it seems like you would have 4 private reception areas available. But I guess not. Jascynthia is in the process of trying to finding me a private area...so we will see how that will go. She did offer me the disco...we can eat at the posideon and then head over to the disco area and she could make that private until the disco opens at 11. But to rent the disco area is $600.00.
    I was doing all kind of research trying to find a photographer and I found out just a few days ago that we cannot use another photographer besides the one the resort is in contract with. I checked out the photographer's website and I was not very impressed. So, that was a little upsetting.
    Has anyone spoke to the florist for additional flowers?
    I am having my wedding at sunset; so I wanted the aisle lined with candles...they want to charge me 55 per candle...crazy!
    I am scared to ask them prices for decorating the table.

    Can anyone tell me more about the reception? Do they decorate the area?

    #72 Panda

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      Posted 08 February 2009 - 02:04 AM

      SO how was your experience overall?
      Which photographer did you use?
      Did you have a private area for your reception? Where did the dj play?

      #73 jalong

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        Posted 08 February 2009 - 12:17 PM

        Hello Ladies:
        Turk: We actually did not have a play list for the DJ and he did amazing. He kept the dance floor full all night and played requests from any guests. We did not ask him to annouce us as we already had an MC who did all of that for us. It worked out wonderful. We did take down our first dance song, father daughter song, bouquet toss and garter songs but that was it.

        Panda: Maybe ask about any restaurants that will not be open that night to rent out. When we were there the resort was not full and they only had 5 al carte's open a night so if that is the case maybe you can rent one of those. Also I'm not sure you'll be happy with the disco. Every night we were there people were puking on the floor and regardless of how much they clean I know I would not have wanted to be in there. Can they set up a private area outside around the pool? That would be very pretty. As for the $55 candles, that is crazy. We had an extra bag (20 lb) that we needed to get down there with wedding stuff in it and our travel agent spoke with Signature (who we flew with) and they wrote us a letter allowing an extra bag at no extra charge so maybe that would work for you. They decorated the dinner/dancing area beautifully. We had real flowers on the head table and cake table and they placed fake flowers and a candle on each guest table. The guest tables were ok but if you want something really pretty I'm afraid you'll have to order it seperately. I was not willing to spend too much money on that - we were more concerned about the food. We did have Jascythia speak to the chef so we could mix and match the entree which turned out to be the best meal we had all week and the guests LOVED IT!!!

        We rented out the Blue Lagoon and had dinner on one side and the DJ was set up on the other side. It was fantastic but by the sounds of it we were lucky because I was the only bride there for the whole week. I've tried to upload pics but can't at the moment. I will very soon

        #74 turk

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          Posted 08 February 2009 - 03:06 PM

          Panda...I would take your own centerpieces and candles! In October, the price for 1 vase of flowers was $75 so I'm sure that price has went up as well. Speaking of prices, what did management say about the drastic price increases?

          #75 Panda

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            Posted 09 February 2009 - 12:46 PM

            Thank you for all your input.
            Jalong: You know I asked if we could be set up outside, and the answer was no a few weeks ago...so much is changing, maybe that part will as well. Ahh, it sounds like your wedding turned out really nice. I think I will be bringing my own candles. I really wanted the Blue Lagoon, but it is gone. Jascynthia stated that they may be able to give me a private location; I just have to wait until it gets closer to the date. So, I think we are leaning more towards the DJ.

            So, when you rented out the Blue Lagoon...they did decorate it for no extra charge?
            It is very hard to pull infro from Jascynthia...so, thank you. I am getting excited.

            I would love to see your pictures my email alleee55@yahoo.com

            #76 hilaryerin

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              Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:13 AM

              Okay, finally heard back from Jascynthia. She agreed that if my photog was from outside Jamaica and was a guest, she could take the photos. I guess we're moving forward with our planning for Feb 13, 2010. My HTB doesn't like the date b/c he said it's bad luck to get married on the 13th, but it works so well for our guests and it just feels right to me. Plus, it's not like it's Friday the 13th & I'm not one to base my marriage on superstition anyway! Geez.

              #77 turk

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                Posted 16 February 2009 - 03:11 PM

                Thanks for the update Hilaryerin, I was getting a bit concerned especially when since I still haven't gotten a reply from Jascynthia.

                #78 ~*petals*~

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                  Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:09 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by jalong
                  They decorated the dinner/dancing area beautifully. We had real flowers on the head table and cake table and they placed fake flowers and a candle on each guest table. The guest tables were ok but if you want something really pretty I'm afraid you'll have to order it seperately. I was not willing to spend too much money on that - we were more concerned about the food. We did have Jascythia speak to the chef so we could mix and match the entree which turned out to be the best meal we had all week and the guests LOVED IT!!!
                  Were the fake flowers/candle setup included in the package or did you pay extra for that?

                  What did you end up having for your meal?

                  Can't wait to see your pics!

                  #79 SnowAngels

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                    Posted 18 February 2009 - 06:48 PM

                    Hi Everyone!
                    I'm sooo happy I came across all of you ... I'm gettng married on April 13th at the Grand Palladium Lady, but I haven't even received my confirmation yet .... agh! So, really, I don't know if we have even been confirmed for that date or not.
                    Does anyone have any input as to whether it's worth while to rent out the Blue Lagoon (if available) for our entire party which will only consist of 14-16 guests? I don't mind spending the money if it's a better experience.
                    Is there a place to also set-up our own iPod & portable speaker system at the Blue Lagoon to have our first dance, father/daughter dance, etc.?

                    With such a short time frame, I'm starting to get stressed ...... I just hate not knowing!

                    #80 HilaryDale

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                      Posted 19 February 2009 - 08:53 AM

                      I requested info from the Wedding Coordinator and got a response back within hours......We are looking to book Jan 2010!!!! The resort look beautiful I can't wait. Anyone already been married there? What was it like?




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