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#161 Spazz

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    Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:03 PM

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    I was told that a rehearsal dinner could be reserved at St. Ann's for groups of 30 or less. That is why we were unable to reserve it.
    Oh, that is what I was afraid of...how annoying. Thanks for the info Brittney!

    #162 LaROR

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      Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:38 PM

      Hi girls,

      I'm stuck with a 12 noon ceremony. Any ideas on what I can do after the ceremony? Does anyone know if the Riu has some sort of lunch option?

      Just a thought...I have a friend who got married at an AI. She said that she was very upset that she paid $10/person for an open bar and their was a resort bar a few steps away. All her guests stayed at the resort so they could have drank for free anyway!

      #163 Spazz

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        Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:42 PM

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        Hi girls,

        I'm stuck with a 12 noon ceremony. Any ideas on what I can do after the ceremony? Does anyone know if the Riu has some sort of lunch option?

        Just a thought...I have a friend who got married at an AI. She said that she was very upset that she paid $10/person for an open bar and their was a resort bar a few steps away. All her guests stayed at the resort so they could have drank for free anyway!

        I have the same problem and I'm so upset about it. It was the only time left on the day I wanted and I thought you could do an afternoon reception, but found out later you cannot. Chandlyn said the only reception availability is at 6:30. I'm just going to tell my guests to go back to enjoying their vacations or to come hang out at a bar with us. If you think of anything else, please let me know!
        I'm not paying for open bar after the ceremony, Chandlyn said they will bring rum punch out to the beach. But I am paying for open bar for dinner because there is no bar near the Plantation open at dinnertime.

        #164 BrittneyD

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          Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:45 PM

          We opted not to do the open bar at all. We figure our guests will be okay for 2 hours without beer or liquor. There will be time right after the ceremony for them to go to the bar, and then we have the disco after would that includes the bar. I just think that is a lot of money to pay at an AI.
          Brittney & Peter
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          Riu Ocho Rios

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          #165 LaROR

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            Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:52 PM

            Will do. I'm so disappointed!!!

            #166 BrittneyD

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              Posted 22 August 2007 - 08:07 PM

              I feel for you girls. I changed my date so that I could get a 4:00 ceremony. 11:00 was the only time available for our original date.
              Brittney & Peter
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              Riu Ocho Rios

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              #167 jmhein

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                Posted 22 August 2007 - 10:47 PM

                Hi ladies!
                Whew I just got through reading ALLLLL the posts in this thread and found a LOT of helpful information, so thank you all very much!!

                Mo - you are EXTREMELY organized and have thought of every detail! And you're getting married on my birthday! What a great day!

                Well I have been planning my Riu Ocho Rios wedding since March when I finalized the quotes for the trip! I recently "re-found" this forum thanks to Lizz on the brides.com forum!

                We currently have 40 people joining us in Jamaica for our wedding! We are in Canada and my FI is from the East coast whereas I live in Alberta and have family all over Western Canada. So his family is leaving from an Eastern departure city (probably Halifax, maybe Fredericton), we're leaving from Calgary, some of my family members are leaving from Vancouver, and I have one relative flying in from the US and one from Europe! Craziness! The coordination of the flights has been my major headache, as the Riu Ocho Rios is exclusive to only one Canadian tour provider, Sunquest, and they canceled the flight for our Eastern guests for the original week that I wanted!! GRRR! So I moved everything to the following week. That was not fun.

                But anyway, we are settled and happy with our Feb 12th wedding date. Most guests are pleased they will be there over the Valentine's Day week so they can have a romantic vacation away. It worked out well and I am getting very excited!! :)

                We went with just the basic package and are adding on extras. My ceremony is at 4PM at the beach gazebo, and I love the blue upgraded decorations Chandlyn sent me, so I am upgrading:

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                The steel band will play for our ceremony.
                We are going with the free semi-private dinner at Mammee Bay, and have booked the disco from 9 to 11.

                And that's pretty much all I have figured! :)

                I am going to do travel mugs as favours and fill them with an aloe vera gel, SPF lip balm, and something else which I havent decided yet, but it will probably have to be small. I am not sure how to give these out but I will have to give them out THERE since so many people are traveling on different flights and we are all meeting up there.

                I have my bridesmaids dresses already, the groomsmen outfits are almost done, my honey has his outfit already, and I just bought my dress! So YAY!

                What else am I forgetting? I feel like there's still so much more to be done!
                ------------------------------------------------MARRIED at the Riu Ocho Rios - Feb 12, 2008 - Best day of our lives!Honeymooned at Sandals Whitehouse European Village - Feb 16-23


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                #168 chicago88

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                  Posted 23 August 2007 - 12:16 PM

                  JMHEIN - I am getting married just a few days after you, 2.15.08. We are also getting married at the beach gazebo. I reserved the Plantation because I think we'll have over 50 & I'm doing the disco from 9-11. I really didn't pick a package yet - I thought I was going to get the Caprice just cuz it accomodates the ceremony set up up to 80 people. Do I have to confirm the package w/ Chandlyn before I get there?? I was hoping I could decide when we actually sit down so I could figure out what would be the cheapest. Also, I'm still confused on how many people at a table for the Plantation. Chandlyn told me 6 and other people on the post have said 8. One other thing, my rehearsal is at 6 on Thursday, (the night before). I was thinking we could all go to one of the buffets afterwards. I was going to have everybody come - sort of like a welcome dinner but I guess that won't work if I have too many people. Hhmmm... I'll have to figure that out. Otherwise, we could all just go to one of the bars to hang out. I'd hate to pay for a private thing when it is all inclusive and I'll have to pay per person for open bar during dinner the following night. Sorry so long - any suggestions??



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                  #169 jmhein

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                    Posted 23 August 2007 - 01:21 PM

                    Hey Chicago!

                    Cool, maybe we'll see you there! We will be there from Feb 9th - 16th I believe!

                    You can definitely wait until you sit down with Chandlyn to choose everything, I think that's the way she likes to do things actually!

                    I can't answer you about the Plantation as I have no idea either!

                    I think after your rehearsal just go to one of the bars and hang out!
                    ------------------------------------------------MARRIED at the Riu Ocho Rios - Feb 12, 2008 - Best day of our lives!Honeymooned at Sandals Whitehouse European Village - Feb 16-23


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                    #170 Spazz

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                      Posted 23 August 2007 - 01:47 PM

                      I answered you (in red)...


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                      Originally Posted by chicago88
                      Also, I'm still confused on how many people at a table for the Plantation. Chandlyn told me 6 and other people on the post have said 8. Chandlyn told me it was 8. We should both check with her again to make sure.
                      One other thing, my rehearsal is at 6 on Thursday, (the night before). I was thinking we could all go to one of the buffets afterwards. I was going to have everybody come - sort of like a welcome dinner but I guess that won't work if I have too many people. I have the same problem because I have so many people. I think I'll just tell everyone to eat before the rehearsal and then we can go to the bar afterwards.





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