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If you have a private reception with over 30 people at the Grand, you do not need to pay guest passes.  It is included. My guest were able to come over the night before for a bonfire and we did not need guest passes for that or the reception.  We were very worried that we would have to pay for them.

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Past/Future Brides: I have heard that the resort "nickel and dimes" you as far as the whole wedding goes. I was wondering if it was worth it to get the "Free" wedding package. Or if I was better off paying for the 3,000 package!! HELP! thanks!!! 

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kfarkas,

 

From my experience, the price list is upheld to a 't', for I did not experience any "hidden costs". Everything costs money and they are NOT flexible, so it can seem as if they are nickel and diming you but you should be able to clearly add up your services and get know how much it will cost. I chose the free package b/c there were a few things in the Grand package that I didn't care for or wouldn't need. For example, one of my friends did my hair and makeup, we didnt want a wine and cheese tray or strawberries and champagne, we were'nt interested in a couple massage and we didnt want a private dinner on the beach, we wanted to enjoy our guests, we can eat privately at home for free ;)  (I cant recall what else was included in the package). My total for everything was less than 3k, keeping in mind I had just under 30 peeps and I went for the semi-private dinner which was free.

 

My bill included... $20 for each person over the limited 10 for the 'free wedding package', the mento band, cocktail hour, my bouquet and arch arrangement (tai flora bills separately)

 

I saved money...by bringing my own table decorations, using my ipod to play the music for the cocktail party/ dance, using the arch arrangement flowers for the the dinner table flower decor, having an informal meet and greet in the lobby bar the night after dinner the night before the wedding

 

Things I considered....a bonfire, but you have to have at least 30 guests and a fire-eater until I learned the $350 was for 20 minutes (WHAT!) I told Janelle I would set someone on fire before I pay fire -eater at that rate, a joke, but she looked at me like I was crazy, lollllllll

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Originally Posted by kendra6303 View Post

 

kfarkas,

 

From my experience, the price list is upheld to a 't', for I did not experience any "hidden costs". Everything costs money and they are NOT flexible, so it can seem as if they are nickel and diming you but you should be able to clearly add up your services and get know how much it will cost. I chose the free package b/c there were a few things in the Grand package that I didn't care for or wouldn't need. For example, one of my friends did my hair and makeup, we didnt want a wine and cheese tray or strawberries and champagne, we were'nt interested in a couple massage and we didnt want a private dinner on the beach, we wanted to enjoy our guests, we can eat privately at home for free ;)  (I cant recall what else was included in the package). My total for everything was less than 3k, keeping in mind I had just under 30 peeps and I went for the semi-private dinner which was free.

 

My bill included... $20 for each person over the limited 10 for the 'free wedding package', the mento band, cocktail hour, my bouquet and arch arrangement (tai flora bills separately)

 

I saved money...by bringing my own table decorations, using my ipod to play the music for the cocktail party/ dance, using the arch arrangement flowers for the the dinner table flower decor, having an informal meet and greet in the lobby bar the night after dinner the night before the wedding

 

Things I considered....a bonfire, but you have to have at least 30 guests and a fire-eater until I learned the $350 was for 20 minutes (WHAT!) I told Janelle I would set someone on fire before I pay fire -eater at that rate, a joke, but she looked at me like I was crazy, lollllllll

thanks so much kendra!!! that is super helpful!!!

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kfarkas, From my experience, the price list is upheld to a 't', for I did not experience any "hidden costs". Everything costs money and they are NOT flexible, so it can seem as if they are nickel and diming you but you should be able to clearly add up your services and get know how much it will cost. I chose the free package b/c there were a few things in the Grand package that I didn't care for or wouldn't need. For example, one of my friends did my hair and makeup, we didnt want a wine and cheese tray or strawberries and champagne, we were'nt interested in a couple massage and we didnt want a private dinner on the beach, we wanted to enjoy our guests, we can eat privately at home for free ;)  (I cant recall what else was included in the package). My total for everything was less than 3k, keeping in mind I had just under 30 peeps and I went for the semi-private dinner which was free. My bill included... $20 for each person over the limited 10 for the 'free wedding package', the mento band, cocktail hour, my bouquet and arch arrangement (tai flora bills separately) I saved money...by bringing my own table decorations, using my ipod to play the music for the cocktail party/ dance, using the arch arrangement flowers for the the dinner table flower decor, having an informal meet and greet in the lobby bar the night after dinner the night before the wedding Things I considered....a bonfire, but you have to have at least 30 guests and a fire-eater until I learned the $350 was for 20 minutes (WHAT!) I told Janelle I would set someone on fire before I pay fire -eater at that rate, a joke, but she looked at me like I was crazy, lollllllll
Hi Kendra! I am trying to figure out extra costs that would associated with the free package. Did you have to pay to use the sound system for your ceremony music? Did you have to pay for the service of the coordinators?

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The costs associated with the free wedding was $20 per head if you had more than 10 people and yes, the sound system as well, which I believe was $100. There was no wedding coordinator fee, of course you might want to tip them.

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Hello everyone.

 

It's been a while since I came back to this site. Things have been quite busy since we got back from our destination wedding in Jamaica. 

 

My fiance and I were married at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall (http://thegrandcollection.com/gall) in May 2012. It was out-of-this-world!! We could not have asked for more!

 

Not knowing what to accept and putting our wedding plans in the hands of a stranger at the resort was so scary! I'm hoping the follwing two links will help anyone that is wondering about the Iberostar resort. The first link will also help if you're looking for a wedding photographer...Merrick Cousley was fantastic!!

 

http://www.iemmaphotographer.blogspot.ca/2012/06/our-wedding-tribute-to-merrick-june.html

 

http://www.iemmaphotographer.blogspot.ca/2012/06/jamaica-travel-june-2012.html

 

Enjoy.

 

Emma

Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall Bride | May 2012

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Emma, your pics look great! We used Merrick as well and LOVED him. Everytime I look at the pictures it makes me want to get married again, LOL. I have never felt so beautiful and Merrick captured it all!

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Thank you. I was so nervous....I used to being behind the camera :)

 

I'd love to see some of your photos. Do you have a link? Facebook?

 

I totally agree....Merrick was amazing and made us feel so amazing!

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Hey Ladies... tonight I spent hours and finally completed my planning thread on BDW! Sorry it has been forever and I will get a review up soon, but hopefully this will help in the planning process! Thanks for all your help, you ladies are FABULOUS!!! http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/t/82602/sunshines-a-little-late-jamaican-wedding-planning-journal-long-and-pic-heavy

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