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Actually Amber is the Miami coordinator for Beaches Negril only!

 

However that still is a huge responsibility ad Beaches Negril tends to be the most popular Beaches destination wedding resort ( although Beaches Turks & Caicos is close!)

 

Because with Beaches you can book almost 2 years out- you figure if she averages just 3 weddings every day for those two years that's over 2,136 brides she is working with at any one time!

 

Sorry -you just could not pay me enough! That's an amazing workload!

 

QUOTE=sherric80;948056]When I talk with Amber I have a list of questions ready since she is so difficult to actually speak with. Last time we spoke I had over 50 questions & she answered each one. I have noticed that the closer to my wedding it gets the quicker she responds. She is the WC for all Jamaica brides so that is 4 or 5 resorts with an average of 4 weddings per day at each!

 

I get really frustrated sometimes, but then I try to step back & realize that there are hundred's of other brides trying to reach her as well. She is actually very nice & helpful when you reach her. Setting up a time is the easiest way to reach her. Also, if you just call the wedding department a lot of your questions can be answered by the other staff.

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I really do appreciate your advice but I'm still honestly not worried about it. I have confirmed with my TA, and more importantly the resort, that this won't be an issue. I'm following their rules, that my photographer must be a paying guest and I'm paying for a 3 night stay. The resort is still making their money and that's all they care about - whether it's by using their photographer or whether it's me paying for additional nights at the resort. I mean if the actual Beaches resort is telling me it's ok, what else can you ask for??

And here's how I'm looking at it --- unless it's a local photographer that they are familiar with, how would they know who's a professional photographer or not? They certainly aren't doing background checks on each guest. I mean some of our guests have some pretty nice camera and video equipment, that includes things such as tri-pods, extra flashes, additional lenses etc. but none of them are professional photographers. But you can bet that they are going to take pictures as well as video and there is no way the resort can tell them what kind of camera equipment they can or can't use.

Just my 0.02 :)
That is totally fine.. Maybe its different for beaches turks and caicos. I actually emailed the General manager from T&C about this and he flat out said it is prohibited. And they can stop the use of large flashes, tripods, etc yada yada. Im just trying to help. Obviously they are not going to be able to point out a professional photographer staying as a guest but I was told they do not allow large equipment etc. To each is own. We have hired an outside photographer to take us off property for the pics Im looking for. and we will use theirs for the ceremony.

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I really do appreciate your advice but I'm still honestly not worried about it. I have confirmed with my TA, and more importantly the resort, that this won't be an issue. I'm following their rules, that my photographer must be a paying guest and I'm paying for a 3 night stay. The resort is still making their money and that's all they care about - whether it's by using their photographer or whether it's me paying for additional nights at the resort. I mean if the actual Beaches resort is telling me it's ok, what else can you ask for??

And here's how I'm looking at it --- unless it's a local photographer that they are familiar with, how would they know who's a professional photographer or not? They certainly aren't doing background checks on each guest. I mean some of our guests have some pretty nice camera and video equipment, that includes things such as tri-pods, extra flashes, additional lenses etc. but none of them are professional photographers. But you can bet that they are going to take pictures as well as video and there is no way the resort can tell them what kind of camera equipment they can or can't use.

Just my 0.02 :)
That is totally fine that you feel that way.. Maybe its different for beaches turks and caicos. I actually emailed the General manager from T&C about this and he flat out said it is prohibited. And they can stop the use of large flashes, tripods, etc yada yada. Im just trying to help. Obviously they are not going to be able to point out a professional photographer staying as a guest but I was told they do not allow large equipment etc. To each is own. We have hired an outside photographer to take us off property for the pics Im looking for. and we will use theirs for the ceremony.

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Wow! I am offically a Mrs. now!! Our wedding was perfect and I am so happy. I just wanted to post some info for you all right away. I don't have the pictures on the computer yet so I will get those out soon! Any worries that you have about a DW or the resort can be put away. They know what they are doing & want to make sure you have the best experience of your life!

 

Wedding – Preston Bailey Sunset Collection - The wedding was absolutely perfect! It was everything I could have wanted. It was set up on the beach down away from the kid area. The arch had 3 huge clusters of flower arrangements with the flowing fushia organza just like the pictures. I took fushia chair sashes which they tied on each chair as well as freeze dried rose petals which they spread along the aisle. There were extra people to make sure that no one else was around or able to walk down the beach during the ceremony or to be loud around us. At one point a boat came nearby with music & they flagged to them to turn the music off. They had a stereo system for our music so it was plenty loud for everyone to hear. I had several songs & list of how I wanted each one played. They pulled it off perfectly. Andrea (WC) was on hand to help everyone to their seats, direct the wedding party, etc.. It actually rained about an hour before the ceremony & they hurried everything to cover, wiped it all off when done raining, called me to assure me everything would be fine, kept track of everyone & all the details….I really had nothing to think about that day.

Reception – We did the 2 hour dinner + 3 hours of DJ. It was set up under a tent right on the sand with 4 large round tables & then ours which had the PB flowers. The flower arrangement was unbelievable! It was probably 3 feet tall with the most flowers I have ever seen. It was beautiful & looked just like the pictures. The other tables had white tablecloths & they brought over the flower clusters from the arch for each table. There were 4 servers, 1 bartender, 1 DJ, & then some of the other staff from the resort came & went. We were having such a party that they all wanted to join us! I customized our menu which was not a problem for the chef & was at no additional cost. I gave Amber a list of things that I wanted for dinner & she asked the chef before we arrived. They were more than happy to adjust the menu away from what was listed in the wedding kit.

Wedding Pre-Meeting – You meet with the wedding coordinator the day after you arrive to finalize everything. They give you a book in your room (which has basically the same stuff as the kit) to look through & then Nikki or Andrea go over all the details with you. This is where you pick everything from the flavor of the cake, photography, order of ceremony, etc. They are very organized & helpful. Everything can definitely be done when you arrive or you can pre-plan everything like I did. The staff are well experienced to handle anything so feel secure that your wedding will be everything you could ask for. Just make sure that you ask!

Hair – I had my hair done at the salon & it turned out beautiful! I took a magazine & the stylist made my hair look exactly like the picture! I had it all pinned up with flowers. It cost $15 for 2 stems of orchids which they arranged throughout my hair. One thing to keep in mind though is that they did not wash my hair prior to styling so don’t go straight from the pool or ocean. The salon is nice & everyone is very professional. They know what they are doing. You can make a trial appointment as well. My appointment took about an hour. I did my own make-up.

Photographer/videographer – No worries here! They know exactly what they are doing! Nicola (photographer) & Vevan (videographer) were fantastic! They are such wonderful people & they are dedicated to capturing every moment. They will do whatever you want as well as make suggestions along the way. I could not have asked for a better photographer & videographer! Request them & you are sure to get beautiful memories. We choose the Tropical Passion Package $1800 & then bought all our photos (over 300) for $2000. The photo album is very nice & comes in a box as well as the video. They actually stayed over our time limit to finish capturing our reception. Our whole group felt at ease with both Nicola & Vevan and throughout the rest of our stay they both remembered us by name as well as our family. They made our experience very personal. I was worried about the photo’s before we left, but there was nothing to worry about with these two.

Flowers – My bouquet was unbelievable! It was so beautiful & very large! Each bridesmaid had a stem of hot pink orchids, which were a bit pricey $40 each. I refused to pay $50 and had asked for them to be around $30, but somehow I ended up paying more. We picked flowers from the resort for each bridesmaid to wear in their hair. There wasn’t a whole lot of big type flowers around the resort, but the smaller ones worked fine.

Resort – The resort itself is great. We had 25 people with us and everyone had a blast! The waterslide & lazy river are great spots for the kids (as well as adults). The beach is very large, water is warm and calm. The staff is extremely friendly & kind. It is a great resort for a wide range of ages. We would all go back in a heartbeat! On Monday nights the resort kinda shuts down so there are limited eating places which we found difficult since they don’t announce it. Only 2 places were open for dinner so it was pretty crowded.

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Thank you for that info Sheri! I am getting married in 4 weeks, and that helped to ease my mind!

I am super excited to see the pictures!! Congratulations!!!!!

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So I'm getting back into this... I joined the BDW boards what seems like a million years ago... now my wedding is next month! AAAHHH!!! Getting excited... and stressed.

 

Anyway... I'm getting married at Beaches Negril on November 13.

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