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#21 SSNM

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    Posted 27 June 2009 - 06:25 PM

    I would be in accord with most people who say to just stay at your resort of choice and let people figure their own accomodations out except that the OP wants to have her wedding at RIU. I, too, was looking at RIU and liked their resorts and wedding packages the best...however unless 80% of your guests stay at the resort, they will cancel the wedding. If your guests decide that they are just not coming, that is one thing...but they all decide to book at other cheaper resorts, you will not have a wedding for them to attend...

    That really sucks that you might be forced to give up your first choice for wedding venue...I don't know a way around this one with RIU's policies...

    Any thoughts/suggestions?

    #22 A2Bride

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      Posted 28 June 2009 - 12:28 PM

      I agree with the other posts...it is your wedding and you should have it wherever you and your FI want it. Our deciding factor was who were mandatory attendees..FI's kids, and both sets of parents. Luckily for us we are staying at BRB, which is a bit cheaper than other resorts and offers a ton of stuff for our family and friends. Almost everyone is in...good luck and follow your heart and desire...

      #23 Marie

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        Posted 29 June 2009 - 06:33 PM

        I did A LOT of research on resorts, most of the ones I liked were way more then RIU-Like up in around $2500 n tax....fianlly I found RIU Ocho RIos-it had everything I had, and I couldnt believe he quotes we got back, I had to book....we had a lot of complaints at first, ut you may be surprised,...we now have 27 guests booked, and all we wanted was our parents and my sisters.......chances are, people who will complain about the rate...would complain if it was 200 bucks....and even then they prob still wouldnt book--so dont settle for anything less....to please someone else.......do what makes you happy! Jamaica would be a fairytale wedding....I think you know what you REALLLLLY want to do!!! (by the way you're talking, if you dont do this wedding, you'll be miserable planning anything else) Good luck!

        #24 Marie

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          Posted 29 June 2009 - 06:43 PM

          I think we ALLL go thru this at some point. I know I did. Listen, speaking from experience.....do what you want to do!!

          I always knew I wanted a wedding in the carribbean,...always--when I got engaged, thats what I decided, then I started hearing the complaints of how expensive jamaica was when thats what I chose.......it upset me...and I convinced myself I think, that it was ok to get married at home too....so I booked the venue, the photographer, the decorator, and I was sooo unhappy doing it....I use to joke with fi about cancelling it all and doing the Jamaica wedding,...then finally my joking turned to being serious......what a waste of moeny-we lost all our deposits, cancelled it all...and started back at my research-told all our family.....a lot of different reactios........but god-I am so much happier wih this now--I dream almost every night about the resort...and we ended up with 27 people booked.....our immediate family and best friends are coming...ad we're thrilled, we;re facing a few bu mps in the road now with the tour operator--tbut I would never go back! This really is my dream come true wedding!

          You cant change your dreams, your plans-they're yours! Keep them and live them, the excitement is overwhelming...and alll my friends talk about hti trip---its so exciting.

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