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Never been to Jamaica--getting married there

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#1 claerin

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    Posted 08 April 2009 - 01:50 PM

    Hi all,

    I have been researching destinations for months now, and just found this forum. I would like some recommendations for a Jamaica wedding (Mar. 2010) which I hope to be:

    -garden wedding (preferably no gazebo, modern building structures in pics (historic building/ruins ok)
    -reasonable cost ($3000-4000 all inclusive for stay)
    -singles welcome (I have 4+ singles going)
    -excursions (ziplining through rainforest, historic sites, dolphin swims, etc.)
    -decent beach to relax
    -atmosphere for all ages (ages 20-80)

    I am familiar with most of the resorts via their websites, but have never been to Jamaica. Please make some recommendations based on the info above.

    Thanks so much!!

    #2 *Karla*

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      Posted 08 April 2009 - 02:46 PM

      Hi! Welcome to the forum,

      One place you may want to consider is the Grand Palladium in Lucea. I was there this Feb and it will fit all your requirements. It was affordable, and fun for all ages. I am 25, and my fiance, sister & husband (30's), Mom, Aunt & Uncle(60's) all had a great time. It is not to far from Montego Bay so there is plenty to do, but you dont hear airport noise. The zipline was awesome, and it is a 3hr drive to Ocho Rios for Dunn's River and Dolphin swimming.

      Plus, the rooms were really great! We were in bldg 14, 1st floor. We opened our patio door, and literally stepped down right in front of the ocean. All in all, this was fun for all ages. Hope this helps :)

      #3 ErinB


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        Posted 08 April 2009 - 03:20 PM


        Honestly, the best thing for you to do is browse the Jamaica Sub-forum and the wedding reviews.

        You will be able to read first hand accounts of trips and see pictures.

        It might be helpful for you to make a spreadsheet or keep some sort of list of pros and cons of each property as you do your research. There are so many resorts it can get overwhelming. This is the one I used:

        Also, be aware that the excursions you mentioned are not included in the price of your resort and may not be near. For example the dolphin excurision is closer to Ocho Rios than Negril. It was pretty expensive ($200 per person) and would have been a 4 hour round trip for us, so it really wasn't a feasible option.

        #4 YoursTruly

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          Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:18 PM

          you really do not seem to have a solid list of requirements..I would suggest prioritizing your absolutes and then nice to haves and then based on your resort listings, narrow down your choices based on amenities and services. There is a ton of info here for you. Best of luck planning.

          #5 Racine.Ryan

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            Posted 15 April 2009 - 11:57 PM

            Have you spoken with any of the TA's on the site?

            #6 claerin

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              Posted 16 April 2009 - 01:53 PM

              Erin B

              Thanks so much for the spreadsheet!

              I think that really helped putting it on paper to compare each resort!

              Thanks again!!

              #7 latricej919

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                Posted 16 April 2009 - 02:57 PM

                Yes, use this site definitely. I selected my resort (Riu Ocho Rios) before finding out about this forum, but I wish I had known about it before hand. There is so much information here. The thing I like best is reading reviews....
                Soon To Be: Mrs. Ham

                #8 boscobel

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                  Posted 16 April 2009 - 03:04 PM

                  What I was going to suggest has already been suggested, thanks girlies!

                  Please utilize the search function for loads and loads of information that brides have posted. But also, use your TA to assist you in your decision. They will be most knowledgable about comparing resorts, while in here, you will only here the brides opinion about the place that she chose with no comparison.

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