Did any of you have the rehearsal dinner on-site? If so, what did you do? How did you make it differant from the wedding reception? Thanks!
Moon Dance Cliffs
Posted 23 February 2011 - 01:28 PM
I am having a welcome dinner onsite. I wanted the "wow" factor and a true welcome to Jamaica vibe, so I'm having the steel band play for two hours that night. Kerri suggested that I not get the lighting package for that night (too over the top), so we won't be doing that. After the band and food, it's just the iPod and fun.
I plan to have some type of "get to know you" ice breakers. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Another possibility is having a splash party and you and your guests can hang out at the pool. They also have the sports bar with Wii and karaoke. Are you looking to do something more formal? Do you have any themes in mind?
For the actual wedding....I will have the guitarist for the ceremony and cocktails, light music (iPod) during dinner, and the fire dancer and DJ to end the night. (Let's not forget the basic lighting package.) I considered the band that night, but I really just want to DANCE!!!!!!
Just do whatever feels right for YOU!!! Your style, your day, your way (and your sexy soccer player can have a little say). I think the wedding will stand out on it's own no matter what you decide.
Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:42 PM
i just got back from jamaica the place is a beautyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Posted 23 February 2011 - 03:22 PM
Hi Jacki - I'm also changing things up by having different kinds of music. My guests will be at MDV for 3 nights. We're hosting a "welcome dinner and cocktails" on Thursday at one of the larger villas where we'll have a mento band play, Friday night for the rehearsal we're having a dinner on the beach with a live reggae band and Saturday night for the wedding we're laying down a dance floor on the sand, creating a lounge area on the beach and having a DJ. If your guests are staying in the MDC villas, maybe you could ask them if they'd allow you to host a dinner in the villa?
Just like Robin said, your wedding day will stand out and be fantastic no matter what!
Posted 24 February 2011 - 12:00 PM
Thanks for the advice! I was thinking about doing the mento band or reggae band for the rehearsal dinner.... glad to know others are doing that as well. I cannot wait!
Posted 07 March 2011 - 09:01 AM
I emailed moondance and they said 10% off when booking the resort... is the best they offer?
Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:45 PM
OH MY GOODNESS. For those of you having any second thoughts or worries, do NOT fret. We just returned from our site visit. Everything was absolutely perfect. Kerry had appointments set up with every vendor we requested, and they were all very accommodating. All of the staff knew we were doing a resort takeover wedding in December, and they offered us tons of suggestions on what they had seen work best at weddings.... We left so very happy.... And by the way, the FOOD IS UNREAL! So so so so delicious. So as they said to our every request "no problem, whatever you want" is exactly what you will get--- a stress free wedding of your dreams!
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Posted 08 March 2011 - 10:15 AM
For booking the whole resort, we get the Pinciana Villa for free for 5 nights, and then the of course the free 5 course wedding reception, free paperwork/coordinator services, $100 credit for flowers. We used a travel agent, but to do so again I would work directly with the resort. The owner of the resort called me when I independently booked my site visit and gave me a really good rate for the weekend, so I think working with them directly you may get better deals. But 5 nights free all-inclusive in a resort that has some of the best food I have ever eaten was sweet enough of a deal for me. I am MORE than satisfied with my choice. SO EXCITED!
Also, for those that were wondering about flowers... I know Floral Fantasies website leaves a lot to be desired, but meeting them in person was amazing. I had a picture in my mind of what I wanted, but could never really find the exact picture and was not able to really articulate the specifics, but through my stumbling around the florist was able to recreate EXACTLY what I wanted. She was super nice. So no fret there.
Again, I cannot stop gushing about how on top of it Kerry was and how amazing the staff was. From my site visit alone, I know our wedding is going to be perfect and I have absolutely no worries whatsoever!
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