Moon Dance Cliffs
Posted 29 April 2010 - 05:50 PM
Posted 01 May 2010 - 02:34 PM
We are back from Jamaica and thrilled about our entire wedding weekend. I will try to give as much info as I can, but feel free to ask any questions that you may have.
Arrival: We were greeted with rum punch, happy faces, and Kerry was there to meet us right away which was so nice. Check in was seamless - we didn't have to do a thing - the concierge Richard was wonderful and knew everyone by name and made sure we were happy during our entire stay.
The grounds: WOW! The minute we walked into Moon Dance Cliffs, we were blown away. The pictures surely do not do the place justice. The villas, the rooms, the pool, everything is so gorgeous! Brides - stay in the Poinciana villa - it is very nice, has the best views and the most privacy.
Welcome night: You definitely want to organize a welcome party to get your weekend started. We left everything in the resort's hands and they did such a wonderful job. EVERYONE had a blast. We just had rum punch all night and they had an MC (Rachelle) who organized drinking games, dancing, great music/sound system, and the resort went well out of their way to keep us entertained.
Rehearsal dinner: IF you are doing your rehearsal dinner outside of the resort, I have a few recommendations. We had ours at Ivans at the Catch a Falling Star resort and the food was wonderful and it was such a cute and intimate environment. The staff bent over backwards to make sure everything was the way we had described. They even hooked up a microphone for our toasts. It was just great.
I will also say that we were able to eat at the Rockhouse and Pushcart and I think either of these would be very nice for a rehearsal dinner.
Wedding: Kerry is absolutely wonderful. She is very organized, will plan meetings with you in the days before the wedding to make sure she knows how you envision your day. Even the things that I brought to do myself (fans, sand frame, tulle for the chairs, wish box) - she took it all from me on day one and prepared it for me and set it out for the wedding day. I didn't have to do a thing! They even distributed all of the OOT bags for us to our guests rooms. Kerry was present for our entire stay and always available so it became very clear to us why she may take a little while to respond to emails, it is because she is there for you for every minute of your wedding weekend!!
Spa: Make sure Ross does your hair/make up, he is so good! I have never been so happy with my hair before and all of my bridesmaids were as well. One thing to be careful of is the time. I probably would not have had him do all of my bridesmaids and myself and mother if I knew he was going to be doing all of them himself - he needs more assistants to get that many people done on the wedding day. But he does a GREAT job.
DJ: We used Kevan Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org, JA Wedding DJ - Jamaican Dj, Jamaica Wedding Music, Weddings, Parties, Jamaica Wedding Photographer, Music Equipment Rental). I would definitely recommend him. He has a really nice sound system, it sounded awesome for the music we chose for the ceremony. Also, we paid him to stay thru 10pm and then planned to plug in our ipod after that, and he stayed until midnight and kept playing!! His music choices were perfect, he really kept everyone on the dance floor all night and made fun announcements about us and was really interactive.
Cake: We used Miss Myries (email@example.com) and were so happy. Not only was our cake the cutest wedding cake I have ever seen, but everyone was raving about how good it was too. We got chocolate cake with chocolate filling and vanilla rum frosting. So good! I recommend giving her a picture if you have something in mind. We did that, I found a photo on the knot website and the one she made really looked EXACTLY like it!
Flowers: We used Rosemarie Williams with Floral Fantasy (Floral Fantasy; Flowers for All Occasions from Negril, Jamaica, firstname.lastname@example.org). We went pretty simple - red and pink roses for myself and the bridesmaids. We also got table centerpieces for the reception and wrist corsages for the female family members. Everything was very reasonably priced and beautiful.
Photography: We brought a photographer from home and I would not recommend this. We were really looking forward to the trash the dress day and it was a big mess just because she didn't know the area at all. We were driving around in the heat trying to find places and it was a long and exhausting day. I know it would have gone smoothly if we had used someone local. The people I talked to before we decided to bring someone were Brian Nejedly and Stacy Clarke (email@example.com).
Videography: We used Roxroy. Not sure I can comment yet, as I did not see him very much on the wedding day and I won't have the video for a month. Let me know in a month if you are considering using him and I can tell you how the video turned out.
Overall Moon Dance Cliffs was an absolute dream wedding venue. The people were wonderful, the grounds were beautiful and our guests are telling us it was the best wedding they have ever seen!
Let me know if I can help in any other way!
I don't know if this will let me post pictures, but if I figure it out I will do that soon.
Posted 01 May 2010 - 03:34 PM
Posted 01 May 2010 - 08:31 PM
Posted 01 May 2010 - 10:03 PM
Thank you so much for the review. I just booked Kevan who was hundreds less than DJ sound illusion. I also booked Roxroy, please let me know how the video was. I am glad your wedding weekend was a blast.
less than 4 months until our big day!
Posted 03 May 2010 - 08:37 AM
Ok I tried to attach some pics in a document - first one is of cake, one you can see gazebo, one dance floor, and the signature drink I chose to match the dresses . If this works, I will attach more. I don't have the professional ones yet, so these are just ones our friends have emailed.
Let me know if you guys have any other questions.
I will let you know about the video when I receive it.
Posted 03 May 2010 - 10:00 AM
-Did you bring your own tulle with you to decorate? (I see it on your knife, cake table, marriage cert table, sand ceremony table etc.) Did they set this all up for you? Same with the white fabric on the gazebo--did you bring it with you?
-The signature drink=awesome! I've seen this in other MDC bride's pics, so I'm assuming they do this for all weddings for a post-vow toast?
-Was the dance floor open and big enough for everyone? Did you bring the lanterns that are hanging?
You must be soo excited to get your pro pics back since the ones your guests took are so awesome! Sorry to bombard you with questions but I'm so glad I have this forum to help with my planning
Posted 03 May 2010 - 02:21 PM
We did bring a lot of stuff with us for the wedding day. I actually had a lot of the stuff that I ordered online sent to my bridesmaids to bring. Because with decorations and all of the OOT bag stuff, it ends up being too much to bring yourself.
So for the wedding/decorations - you provide all of the decorations yourself - we brought the tulle, fans with personalized ribbon, bubbles, a wish box with cards for people to write on, sand ceremony frame and the sand, personalized napkins, confetti, red lanterns, cake topper. Kerry just took all of this stuff from me right away when we arrived and had it set up on the wedding day, which was SO NICE! They even put the tulle on the chairs.
They decorated the gazebo with flowers and the white drapes - they charged $50 for this.
The signature drink is such a great touch. I picked a drink to match the our color (red). They are happy to make any drink that you want. I would recommend not having rum in your signature drink b/c you will be drinking tons of rum already on this trip!
Here is what we chose and it was SO good!
Pomegranate Margarita Recipe : Danny Boome : Food Network
* Lime wedge, plus more for garnish
* 4 ounces white tequila
* 2 ounces Triple Sec
* 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
* 1 lime, juiced (optional)
* Club soda
The dance floor was plenty big for us. We had 40 guests. The nice thing is that the bar is right on the dance floor so your guests don't have to leave to get a drink. You can pretty much keep dancing while they make your drink
Feel free to ask anything else!
Posted 03 May 2010 - 04:44 PM
You've made me even more excited about mine :-)
Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:05 AM
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