Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica
Posted 05 November 2009 - 01:10 PM
Oh i have so much information on GBP!
Yes you have to pay for meals, but i think that is everywhere? i went with the "free package" which gets me 16 ppl free and $25/person after. so for our wedding of 50 it's only $1200 including the minister fees which isn't included in the free package.
we almost went with the blissful love pkg which is $1350/30 ppl and includes the $400 minister fees and $40/person after that. i think most places you have to pay per head afterwards.
Dinner is in a restaurant but it's semi private and still decorated for us. I was hoping to find someone who's been married here to see what it's actually like. silly, but whatever, i don't mind really. you can however, get a private place for $2500...no thanks! and you can't have your dinner on the patio or beach due to heath regs
the dance floor...you can rent the gazebo for 2 hrs, from 9-11pm which includes the beach area beside and includes a DJ for $500...totally worth it in my books! we'll do our dances and all the fun stuff there. but you also have to pay for a bar to be down there since there isn't one there, and you don't really want your people running to the bar all the time and then get distracted and not come back! hahah it's $20/person. which really isn't bad.
i totally agree it's so lameo that we take 50 people and bring in so much money to their resort and we still have to pay for food and beverages at an all inclusive! but everywhere else i looked is the same way, so i just sucked it up. so stupid eh!
I'm pretty bummed that our group has each paid $2000/person flight hotel taxes and i just looked 2 days ago and the price dropped to less than $1800 inclusive! ugh! i think i will contact the hotel and see if they can help us out and discount some rooms.
$100/night is awesome, we were quoted a month ago for $1175 for one week per person.
and Chrissi, no we don't have to pay $2000 down for the wedding. We don't have to pay for anything until we get there. I email Beverly often and she's great! she's the WC there and i asked if i needed to pay a deposit and she said, no nothing until we get there.
4 months today until we leave!!!! Yay!!!
Chrissi could you tell me Karelia's contact info please
Posted 05 November 2009 - 01:25 PM
it is just annoying when travel agents try to keep up their relations with resorts in order to get the most advantages for themselves... I dont know what they think is more helpful and profitable for them: the customers who actually book and pay the travel and who spread the word about good experiences with this travel agent or the resort which uses the travel agents as a marketing strategy... oh well... I will keep you posted as soon as I get more information
Posted 05 November 2009 - 01:41 PM
Beverly has gotten back to me with the following quote...
Restaurant close out fee - USD2500.00 to include dj, microphone
Wedding package - USD1350.00 - 30 persons (Blissfull Package)
Supplement fee - USD40.00 per additional guests
Bar - dinner bar - house champagne, house wines, sodas, beers, water.
Government taxes - 8.25%
We have over the 30 guests so we will have to pay the $40 per person but only for about 5 people max so it's worth it to me. $5000 for the whole deal is way better than the $30,000 I'd spend here in Toronto. So I'm all for it.
Although Beverly just e-mailed me today and said I had to give a 25% deposit down, I guess to reserve for the private function maybe...that's okay with me too. Whatever makes the day as stress free as possible. I also don't want to have to spend too much time with her when we are there, want to enjoy the vacation with my friends and family.
All that is left to do now it buy the dress and grooms clothes and rings!! Woohoo...it's coming fast.
So, how will the flowers etc...work? Do I pick off a web-site or will she send me ideas? Not sure how it all works, or when I start with that stuff...
Posted 05 November 2009 - 01:42 PM
here is the email address of karelia: firstname.lastname@example.org
she is the manager of USA reservations. but I am sure she can help you with the roomrates... so sorry that you had to deal with those horrible travel agents... I know exactly how it is... everybody just tries to make the most profit... and wedding people are just too easy to rip off because of course everybody wants a special day...
thanks for all the communication, girls... it is really helpful
Posted 05 November 2009 - 02:14 PM
about the flowers.. I am not sure, but I think with the different packages you can probably choose the color theme, the flower combinations and all the decoration stuff, they provide on this funny website taiflora.com
I looked through their pictures, I dont know if I am so crazy picky but their decoration didnt sweep me off my feet. but I think you can still combine different possibilities and make it your own style... if they charge you a lot for that is the other question...
Posted 05 November 2009 - 04:44 PM
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 11:55 AM
So do you have to put a deposit down to book your date? If not, I may just go ahead and do it just incase...
Posted 09 November 2009 - 02:59 PM
about the packages: they provide them in order to get an idea about what people want but actually you could change everything you want... so what I did was to choose the cheapest package (renewal of vows for $700 because we will get married in the US before we go there to avoid all the paper work)... I did that because of several reasons:
1. getting a marriage license and getting married before in your own country is way cheaper and so much more uncomplicated
2. you can really enjoy the wedding without thinking about all the legal paper work, you dont need to go back and forth to sign papers, etc., you can stay the whole day with your guests and just relax :-)
3. the renewal package is cheap and the deposit of 25% is only $200 which secures you the date, the time and the venue
Karelia explained to me that as soon as you put down a deposit you get a confirmation sheet which tells you your date, time and package choice so that you have something in black and white in case something goes wrong.... she also said that it actually doesnt matter which package you choose, you can still upgrade or change it.
@kerrij: I am surprised you didnt need to pay that deposit... somehow I think its cool :-) but somehow I just want to have some kind of proof that I booked something..
Posted 09 November 2009 - 05:55 PM
Fingers crossed it all goes well...
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