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#431 drhubby

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    Posted 01 March 2008 - 11:04 AM

    The minister was really really nice but you only meet him when you get to the altar which is kind of funny. We also hired the steel drum band for the ceremony (250/hr) and it really gave it incredible ambiance.

    #432 drhubby

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      Posted 01 March 2008 - 11:05 AM

      oh the salon again - I paid 40$ for a hair trial which basically got me 15 minutes of styling and not really clear on what she was doing. I dont recommend that waste of money.

      #433 jmhein

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        Posted 01 March 2008 - 03:51 PM

        Hi drhubby, we can't wait to see your pics!!!
        Sorry to go a bit off-topic, but what did you think of Sandals Negril? Worth the extra cost over the Riu? We went to Sandals Whitehouse for our honeymoon, and it was really nice, but I am not sure it was really worth the extra money...
        ------------------------------------------------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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        #434 BrittneyD

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          Posted 01 March 2008 - 05:38 PM

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          we also took all our guests on the Lees tours Dunns River/Catamaran and snorkelling trip which people are still saying was the best part of their trip. (we had little kids with us as young as 3 so we wanted to do something that they could enjoy). Be forwarned though if you do do this, make sure the kids are seated inside on the boat ride back cuz thats when the captain really cuts across waves on purpose to make the boat bounce and the kids totally freaked.
          How much did the cost/person? My travel agent was going to set this up w/out the snorkeling, but I wonder if I can get a better rate with Lees.
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          #435 GeminiLibra

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            Posted 01 March 2008 - 07:36 PM

            Great review Dr.Hubby, I love the idea of throwing palm leaves instead of flowers.

            #436 JUSTUSTWO

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              Posted 01 March 2008 - 09:11 PM

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              At the beach bar we had our reception the night of our wedding.

              The busride with Leroy was AWESOME the bus was nice and the red stripe/rum punch abounded and our family WAS sooooo excited when they found out (we only told them when everyone was searching for the sunquest bus...). It was really easy to find too (Norma sends some complicated sounding directions but really that whole part of the airport consists of just a room).
              Quote:
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              we also took all our guests on the Lees tours Dunns River/Catamaran and snorkelling trip which people are still saying was the best part of their trip. (we had little kids with us as young as 3 so we wanted to do something that they could enjoy). Be forwarned though if you do do this, make sure the kids are seated inside on the boat ride back cuz thats when the captain really cuts across waves on purpose to make the boat bounce and the kids totally freaked.
              So with your reception at the beach bar, how were your guests served their dinner? Also, was there an extra cost per person for this?
              Also, very nice to hear you enjoyed Lee's service.
              I'm so glad that you mentioned the tour as well. I just asked Norma today about possible tours for our family & friends. She mentioned the catamaran tour as an option. I just may go with it but I wanted to make sure that everyone would enjoy it. We have some older people who definitely won't be able to climb Dunn River Falls. I've done it before so I know thats not an option for them. But its nice to hear that your group enjoyed it.
              Thanks again for answering all these questions!

              #437 drhubby

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                Posted 02 March 2008 - 11:49 AM

                For the reception we had dinner at Mammee's Bay from 630-8ish (where the groom and i got full service but our guests had buffet salad/soup bar but got served their entree). That was fine and you get set up on a long table seperate from the restaurant.
                For the tour (which did include snorkelling) we had some older people that didnt want to hike the falls either, there is a walkway next to the falls and its quite scenic and they really enjoyed it. I think we paid about 72$ a person and the kids were either 40$ or 44$ but it was awesome cuz Leroy took us into town for shopping after for as long as we wanted (local market and sony's plaza) so it was a really nice event that didnt start too early in the day (1230 til about 6ish).
                I really enjoyed the Sandals Negril. In comparison to the Riu it depends what you're looking for. The food was much better at Sandals (except the Jerk Chicken that was AMAZING at Riu). The liquor at sandals was all top shelf and the wine was a hundred times better. But I didnt like where the beach gazebo was at sandals so im glad we did it at riu. Also, Riu was great for the family - the entertainment and night life were spectacular (heck, even the day activities were grandiose!). This was seriously lacking at Sandals which was fine cuz it was just the two of us but I wouldve been saddened by this if the family was there. Alternately Sandals has ALL watersports included and Riu only has some (catamaran, snorkel...) and we made good good use of the scuba diving at sandals So it really depends on what you want.

                #438 drhubby

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                  Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:05 PM

                  For the reception we had dinner at Mammee's Bay from 630-8ish (where the groom and i got full service but our guests had buffet salad/soup bar but got served their entree). That was fine and you get set up on a long table seperate from the restaurant.
                  For the tour (which did include snorkelling) we had some older people that didnt want to hike the falls either, there is a walkway next to the falls and its quite scenic and they really enjoyed it. I think we paid about 72$ a person and the kids were either 40$ or 44$ but it was awesome cuz Leroy took us into town for shopping after for as long as we wanted (local market and sony's plaza) so it was a really nice event that didnt start too early in the day (1230 til about 6ish).
                  I really enjoyed the Sandals Negril. In comparison to the Riu it depends what you're looking for. The food was much better at Sandals (except the Jerk Chicken that was AMAZING at Riu). The liquor at sandals was all top shelf and the wine was a hundred times better. But I didnt like where the beach gazebo was at sandals so im glad we did it at riu. Also, Riu was great for the family - the entertainment and night life were spectacular (heck, even the day activities were grandiose!). This was seriously lacking at Sandals which was fine cuz it was just the two of us but I wouldve been saddened by this if the family was there. Alternately Sandals has ALL watersports included and Riu only has some (catamaran, snorkel...) and we made good good use of the scuba diving at sandals So it really depends on what you want.

                  #439 Agape Gems

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                    Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:13 PM

                    DrHubby- The reception that you had at the beach bar, was that a per person charge for drinks, set-up, etc?

                    Thanks for the great reveiw!!!!
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                    #440 amagee

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                      Posted 01 May 2008 - 08:42 AM

                      Hello,

                      My name is Amanda, I have been with the forum for a little while now, but just found this thread! I am really excited and see that there are tons of ideas and planning help. I am getting married on January 16, 2009 at the pond gazebo. My Fiance (Lucas) definately wants dinner at the Mammee Bay restaurant, as for after dinner I have no clue. We are getting married at 1:00pm, so I am thinking I need to do some sort of cocktail time before dinner, or let people just do there own thing? I really though the Seagrape reception would be fun, but we are getting married on a Friday so I think there is a beach party, maybe we could just join that?
                      Still lots to think about! I have an uncle who will be doing my photography, and we are definately having a "trash the dress" event.

                      My biggest concern is getting my dress to Jamaica and getting my OOT bags there too?




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