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#1 KJT1985

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    Posted 16 January 2009 - 03:48 PM

    We're considering Jamaica as our wedding location. I'd really like to know where you all are getting married, what the trip (length too please) is costing. What package did you choose and what additional things are you adding on (along with their cost). I'm so worried that I'll end up going way over budget with all the additional things I didn't think about. Thanks in advance!

    #2 sarah.cullen

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      Posted 16 January 2009 - 04:49 PM

      Hi KJT,

      We are getting married on the 3rd April this yr at the Riu Ocho Rios, we are coming from England for 2 weeks and the cost of the holiday for me, h2b & our son is £3600. I booked the wedding package directly with Riu, its the Royal package which includes several things, I'll post their link on at the bottom for you to look at.
      On top of the wedding package which is costing US$1115, we are also booking their onsite photographer who is the top man & he's costing $1000 for loads of pics + the dvd of the ceremony.
      I have also booked the bridal package at the spa in the resort, I have to pay $80 when I get there, but their total is something like $165. I already paid 50% in advance.
      Also I have a special bouquet in mind for myself, the florist they use quoted me $110 for that particular one.
      As for the ceremony extras, we are planning to be married on the beach gazebo but am not bothered about having floral arrangements or anything, we will prob use the free decoration.
      Hope this is enough info you're looking for, feel free to ask any more questions!!

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      #3 YoursTruly

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        Posted 16 January 2009 - 06:18 PM

        I am going with the Royal package at the RIU - Montego Bay. I am adding addiitonal photography and flowers, decorations, disco rental, band, etc to the tune of approx 7G. This is separate from my attire, airfare, OOT bags, etc, costs for guest not staying at the hotel, extra decorations, costs for guests we are paying for, wedding insurance, etc.

        I would narrow down where you want to get married at and do a cost comparison based on your MUST HAVES and the associated costs. There are tons of posts and threads on every subject imaginable so good luck to you--don't stress.

        #4 Sloan

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          Posted 16 January 2009 - 10:41 PM

          Were getting married at Riu Palace Tropical Bay. Our 2 week stay in one of the suites is $5200/person. Free package all the way!! We only have 9 people coming with, so were not doing anything special for the reception - just dinner at the Steakhouse. Music will be supplied by our Bose iPod dock. Really the only thing were doing extra is upgrading to a better photo/video package and I demand chair covers and sashes. I bought my flowers and my BM is carrying a paper parasol instead of flowers.

          #5 Bride010101

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            Posted 24 January 2009 - 08:13 PM

            We just got married at Riu Ocho Rios on January 5th. My husband and I went for 8 nights and upgraded to a Junior Suite. The package cost (including air, transfers and room) was a total of $4200. Our guests went for a week and stayed in the regular room resulting in a total cost of ~$1400/person.

            We went with the free wedding package at the Riu (which really costs $265). This package included the minister, basic decorations, champage/rum punch afterwards, semi-private dinner at Mammee Bay, the cake, and the wedding coordinators.

            In addition we added:
            *Bridal hairstyle $100
            *Steel drum band for ceremony ($350/hour)
            *DJ at reception ($150/hour)
            *Poolside reception - open bar and tables ($10-15/person)

            We also brought down our own (totally optional):
            *Flowers (my bouquet, 3 BM bouquests, and bout ~$300)
            *Ceremony decorations + sand ceremony set (~$50)
            *Petals and candles for reception tables (~$30)

            I would suggest setting your limit and then categorizing things in order of importance. Figure out what you MUST have and go for it. And don't worry so much about the details that aren't important to you.

            #6 KJT1985

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              Posted 25 January 2009 - 02:34 AM

              Thanks. It's really all the "hidden" costs that i'm worried about (things like hair or make up) or "oh, we didn't tell you we charge for this?" I don't want to go cheap on a package and then get nailed on all the additional things we want to add that aren't included and come out spending more than if we'd booked a better package. I really want to have a good idea of what the total cost for EVERYTHING is going to be before we book somewhere or put a deposit down. Thanks again!!

              #7 misstrae76

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                Posted 25 January 2009 - 06:24 AM

                hey Becky,

                thanks for the breakdown on prices. We are still waiting for packages for April 2010. I have NO idea what the new packages are going to consist of but it's just nice to see approximate costs.


                #8 Zinski

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                  Posted 28 January 2009 - 12:54 AM

                  misstrae, I have not booked it yet but we are thinking about getting married at the Riu MoBay in April 2010. I also am waiting for the 2010 packages to come out, hopefully they do not vary much from 09. But I think we are going to stick with the Free Package anyways and just upgrade a few little things.

                  Do you get the cost and options for all the upgrades and add-ons in the 2010 wedding packet as well?

                  #9 albertabride

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                    Posted 28 January 2009 - 02:21 AM

                    Here's our final breakdown of the wedding costs

                    Trips $2950 for 2 weeks, 1950 for 1 week (CDN)
                    Flowers (fake) $350
                    "Free" Wedding $350
                    Aisle Runner $45
                    DJ $450 (3 hours)
                    Dinner $500 (private, over 50 ppl)
                    Beach Reception $700 (70 ppl @ $10 from 9-12pm)
                    Sound System for Dinner $150 (2 hr x $75)
                    Photographer $900
                    Videographer $330
                    Centerpieces $300
                    Hair $100 (with 15% discount)
                    Favours $250 (we did Jerk Sauce @ 1.50 each and ppl loved them!)

                    For a grand total of $10,325
                    We didn't have to pay for the trips they ended up being free because we had so many people so we only paid $4425 for the wedding
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                    #10 Zinski

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                      Posted 28 January 2009 - 12:29 PM

                      Thanks...that helps. Did you choose to pay extra for centerpieces and flowers or can you get those included in the free package?

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