My fianc© and I took a trip to Jamaica in the beginning of this month to scout some places for our upcoming wedding and also to meet with the wedding planner. My heart was really set on MDC. Just by looking at their website and posts from other brides on this site, I told my fianc© that this is the place! Itâ€™s a beautiful place. With that said, we made sure that in this trip we have to stay at MDC to try it, see how it is. I made sure when I book our stay that there is a wedding going on so we can check it out. We booked our stay at MDC for 3 nights and 2 nights at another hotel on the cliffs. While staying at the other hotel I met up with the wedding planner and she showed us places (but at that time my heart was set on MDC) to have our wedding, she then took us to MDC to have a look. As soon as we stepped in to the lobby my jaw dropped instantly! My reaction OH MY GOD! MDC is absolutely GORGEOUS! Yes MDC has that WOW factor you and your guests would be amazed! Since my fianc© and I will be meeting with Kerri the next day, the wedding planner and I just took a quick tour of the place.
The next day my fianc© and I (along with two of our friends) went back to MDC for our meeting with Kerri. Iâ€™m not sure whether Kerri was notified with our meeting but she wasnâ€™t there when we got there. We were told she will be back soon. We then asked the concierge if we can meet with Kerri at Annieâ€™s restaurant so we can grab a drink or two. 20 minutes later Kerry showed up. My first impression of Kerry- she is very pleasant and friendly individual. Below is the quote of what Kerry gave us:
Tent $500- A MUST!! If youâ€™re having more than 20 people! Understandable, just in case it rains. Annieâ€™s Restaurant and the sports bar can only hold no more than 20 people including the bride &groom.
Tables and Chairs Rental- $3 each plus transportation costs. (J$700)
Table & Chairs Cover - $3 each plus transportation costs.
But you can bring your own vendor for these items except for the food. The food that they need to serve has to be from their restaurant. Kerry also quoted us $150pp day of the wedding, if we decided to do their EP plan. This include - for the people that are staying in the hotel- bâ€™fast, lunch and dinner and unlimited drinks until 11pm. For the people who are not staying in the hotel itâ€™s also $150pp includes lunch, dinner and unlimited drinks until 11pm.
Fast Forward to being the guests of MDC (our last 3 days in Jamaica) â€” upon check in Richard greeted us (with rum punch) and helped us check in. Unfortunately we missed the wedding ceremony. We still got to see how they set up the gazebo for the ceremony. It was a small wedding approximately 25 people. They had the cocktail hours by the cabana near the pool area which was set up nicely. I didnâ€™t get a chance to see how the reception was set up, I feel kind of funny going in there to take a peek. Also, MDC let our two other friends who are staying in another resort use their facilities, i.e. swimming pool and the pool at the sports bar.
ROOMâ€” We stayed in the Caribbean view room. Very clean, bed is comfortable. The room itself is very comfortable it is huge!! I love the fact that our room is over-looking the pool and the ocean.
FOOD- Iâ€™m not too crazy about their food. Our first meal my fianc© ordered filet mignon and I ordered the fettuccini alfredo with chicken. The food that I ordered was good however the steak was dry and stringy. For $24 for a steak we thought itâ€™s going to be decent size. The steak must have been a 3 oz. The fianc© wasnâ€™t too happy with his food. I would not pay the all-inclusive price, as the selection of their food was very few. All in all the food was alright, nothing to write home about.
The swim-up bar we didnâ€™t get a chance to enjoy it because the entire wedding party took the entire pool area. Maybe next visit.
Spa Service- Get LANCE! Heâ€™s the best and highly recommended by the wedding planner that we are working with. The fiance and I got the no worries massage, it was the most relaxing massage i've ever had.
Did I decide to have my wedding at MDC? The answer is No. The place is beautiful, but not the place that I would have my wedding. Itâ€™s too resorty for me and my fianc©. We both want somewhere that is really intimate. We're having our wedding in a private villa