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So exciting JayKay....Best wishes on your wedding day, I'm sure it will be just beautiful.  I cannot wait to read all about it!!

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Originally Posted by JayKay View Post

Well ladies, after what seemed like forever, I am off to get married:)

 

We are heading to Calgary today, as soon as FI is off work.

 

We fly early tomorrow morning at 7am, and get married on Friday.

 

I am so excited to come back with a review and pictures!!

 

See you all when I return as a MRS:)



 

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Hi everyone!  I have been following this blog for the last 6 months intensively...but I have never posted.  I have just returned from a 2 week vacation at the Runaway Bay Resort and got married last wednesday!  IT was more than AMAZING!... IF you have any questions, please fire away as I got to witness more than one wedding (due to a 2 week stay).  Our wedding was perfect and everything was more than fabulous. 

1.) Chandlyn is fabulous!  She is hard to reach at times via email but I assure you that once you meet her, you will realize that she is extremely organized and knows what she is doing!    There are a lot of wedding at this resort (there were 3 just on my day) so now I understand why it takes her awhile to answer + it is jamaica = where there are NO PROBLEMS MAN...just situations hahahha!

2.) We have our wedding in the gazebo (at 11am) and had our reception dinner at 6:30.  We rented out/reserved a restaurant for only our group and it was totally worth it! (we were 60 people)!  We had initially rented out the snack bar (Piscis) which felt perfect for the occasion, however the weather in the evening did not permit for an outdoor dinner and thus we took on the Dolce Vita restaurant, which was AMAZING for the reception (also right by the side of the water).  The piscis rental goes for 1700 US and the dolce vita or Grill restaurant for 2500US if you choose to reserve it for your group.  we only had to pay 1700 as the weather did not cooperate and Chandlyn only made us pay for our initial rental of the Piscis ( awesome!)

3.) Open BAR - do not pay the fee of $15/ person/hour at your wedding.  Your guest have access to red/white wine, beer, juice and sodas... and if you ask nicely you'll get free stuff.  I asked chandlyn for rum, vodka and scotch... and she threw it in for free :)

4.)  Photographer: i did not go with the resort photographers as I did not like their style nor qualifications.  I hired my own photographer from Kingston who was so great!!! He arrived at the resort at 7:30am and only left at 10:30 pm.  He charged $1600.00 and was worth every penny! 

Please check him out at :http://www.deanclarkeweddings.com/index2.php#//home

I will post a few pictures as soon as I get access to the proofs :)

5.) music: had a DJ for the reception from 6:30 to 11:00 (he didn't cost anything - as it was included in the package... i really think that part is not well mentioned in the package descriptions.  I took the sunshine package and I had a DJ for an hour and a half at the ceremony and 4 hours at the dinner - asked him to stay till 11 and he agreed at no cost - so we tipped him well :)

6.) SPA - got our hair done at the spa - myself, my 2 bridesmaids, 3 mothers and the grooms lady..,. everyone's hair looked amazing and the cost is of approx $80US

7.) enjoy your wedding... it goes by so fast... can't believe its all over already... but a lifetime of love and happiness has been sealed with a promise :)

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My daughter is getting married at the gran bahia princpe on april 23, 2012, you suggested to use photographer brain nejedly, do you have any pictures that he took and  was he part of a package also where do you get in touch with him

thanks

maddy

 

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So exciting!!!! Have a great time and I can't wait to hear all about it when you return!!!!

 

Originally Posted by JayKay View Post

Well ladies, after what seemed like forever, I am off to get married:)

 

We are heading to Calgary today, as soon as FI is off work.

 

We fly early tomorrow morning at 7am, and get married on Friday.

 

I am so excited to come back with a review and pictures!!

 

See you all when I return as a MRS:)



 

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hello

 

So glad to hear that you loved the resort and that everything turned out great.

 

Tried to open picture taken from chris and wasn't able to. You said that you hired your own photographer, who did you use and what the cost.  Do you know the cost of Chris, I know that you get 10 pictures included in the wedding package that my daughter selected. What did you do for your reception. 

 

thank madeline 

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hello

 

So glad to hear that you loved the resort and that everything turned out great.

 

Tried to open picture taken from chris and wasn't able to. You said that you hired your own photographer, who did you use and what the cost.  Do you know the cost of Chris, I know that you get 10 pictures included in the wedding package that my daughter selected. What did you do for your reception. 

 

thanks madeline 

 

Also another question, the catamaran excurtion you took was it a sunset cruise and what was included, was there alcohol and food on it.  My daughter was looking for an excursion for her guests and we were hoping on a sunset cruise.

 

thanks again

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Well ladies, after what seemed like forever, I am off to get married:) We are heading to Calgary today, as soon as FI is off work. We fly early tomorrow morning at 7am, and get married on Friday. I am so excited to come back with a review and pictures!! See you all when I return as a MRS:)
Hope you have fabulous time.......all the best on your special day!!!

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someone was asking about the contact info again for the taxi driver Michael Spencer of Spencer Tours & Taxi:

 

spencer_tour@yahoo.com

 

876.842.0527  or  876.326.5436

 

Michael is a true gem and will work with you for whatever you need. his taxi is a bus that will take up to about 25 people and his prices are terrific. if you do contact him tell him the referral came from Doug & Ann that he took to Cranbrook Park for our wedding photos on Oct 20th. he writes down every couple that he does tours for so that if they ever go back to Jamaica he remembers you!  we're going back for our anniversary later this year and we'll definitely use him again!

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I'm trying to decide how to do the playlist for the ceremony. Previous brides, please help me out with these questions. Does the songs have to be edited and is there a time estimate on the songs? For example, after the parents are seated, do they just switch the songs when the bridal party starts walking in? Also, who is in control of the music during the ceremony? I have my song list, just trying to organize it accordingly.

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