Posted 17 January 2009 - 12:17 PM
I am planning to get married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in July 2009. My travel agent had helped me narrow down the resort to: Sandals Dunn's River, Beaches Boscobel, and Riu Ocho Rios. I am a teacher (as are many of my friends), so I am looking for affordability, but also a place that has a lot to do and will allow me to have a private reception after my ceremony without breaking my budget.
I really love Sandal's Dunn's River and I could definitely see myself getting married there, but the problem is, I don't quite understand what this would mean for my single friends (my maid of honor and sister in particular since they are obviously VIPs!). Do they have to pay double for a room since they are singles? Is there a special room rate for two people? My travel agent told me there are no "double" rooms with two beds, but there has to be a way around this. Kids are not an issue, because if my FI's sister brings her kids, they are going to stay at Beaches if we get married at Sandal's. I just don't want my single friends/family to feel awkward!
P.S. I cannot tell you how much this forum has already helped me! You ladies are all AMAZING!
Posted 17 January 2009 - 04:24 PM
Posted 17 January 2009 - 09:14 PM
Good luck and happy planning!
Posted 18 January 2009 - 07:46 PM
We went to Sandals Dunn River for our honeymoon. While we enjoyed it as well, it was crowded and the energy is different than Beaches. It is very low key, relaxed, and couple oriented. We did see a wedding every day we were there, so they do quite a few.
Whatever choice you make... it will be a good one. We prefered Beaches because of the "high energy" atmosphere... but that is just us.
Posted 19 January 2009 - 03:40 PM
Sandals does not require two people to a room- however they will charge a single person the same rate as two people in the room!
There are only king size beds at the Sandals resorts.
Your TA will have to get permission from the general manager for the singles to stay at the resort as it is a couples resort-generally this is not a problem, especially for women. I would obtain that permission prior to deciding on what property to book your wedding at -an alternative is for the singles to stay at Beaches Boscabel but with them being members of the wedding party it's probably not quite what you had in mind.
Kathleen andDan- I couldn't have said it better myself! -
"Sandals/Beaches are more expensive, but I believe in you get what you pay for. I hope I helped some what. Wnjoy the forum and best of luck to you.
Posted 19 January 2009 - 08:00 PM
Posted 21 January 2009 - 11:26 PM
Posted 26 January 2009 - 02:47 PM
It's probably safer to bank on having the one bed though since that's how the majority of the rooms are.
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