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#1021 JayKay

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 06:49 AM

We are also using Merrick Cousley.  Chandlyn told me there would be a 75 dollar charge unless he is a guest of the hotel for the night.  I emailed Merrick and he said that the travel costs do apply as he has to stay overnight because of the distance from his home.  Therefore, you wouldn't have to pay the 75 dollars for the resort to have an outside photographer as he will be a guest, but you will still have to pay his travel fees.

 

Originally Posted by acw271011 

Hey ashley - when I talked to Chandlyn I asked about an outside photographer from Jamaica and she told me "no problem" but never mentioned a charge for it. but now I'm going to ask.  we're using merrick cousley in jamaica. his cost is $1050 US for:

all day coverage - preparation to reception

dvd with all images (300 to unlimited) high res

photo retouch

 

his brochure says a travel fee is applicable but in one of his emails he said it was included with my package, so I want to double check. but for $350 more you get 150 4x6 prints, 3 8x10 matted prints, a wedding album that holds 200 4x6 prints and 3 months of a family online gallery to share all the pics

 

so I think both are comparable in terms of price

 

i'm curious about the OOT bags too??? I'm trying to figure out how to transport them along with all the other stuff... and what do you do for the older people? they won't care about flip flops lol I checked on ordering travel mugs and they ain't cheap!! not when you only need a small number of them. so hey - I'm open to ideas and suggestions!!

 



 



 



#1022 ehpage

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    Posted 02 March 2011 - 06:59 AM

    Just out of curiousity.. when they say they want "NOTORIZED" copies sent to the hotel 2 month in advance do you think they really mean that.. ?? I sent my BC & Passport copies via email (scanned) a few weeks ago and they were NOT notorized. I haven't heard a peep from Chandlyn about this.. I'm just kinda freaking now thinking they will need something else from me??

     

    ugh why can't they just reply to emails when they're labled URGENT... oh my nerves!!!

     

    Tris, I know you're getting married in April too, did you send notorized copies or just regular copies?



    #1023 tris

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      Posted 02 March 2011 - 07:14 AM

      I'm actually in the same boat! We ordered the long forms of our birth certificates and sent them in about a month back. Still haven't heard back about it. Other girls on my April forum are talking about notorized documents, but I can't find it written anywhere that these things need to be signed by a lawyer.

       

      HELP US!
       

      Originally Posted by ehpage 

      Just out of curiousity.. when they say they want "NOTORIZED" copies sent to the hotel 2 month in advance do you think they really mean that.. ?? I sent my BC & Passport copies via email (scanned) a few weeks ago and they were NOT notorized. I haven't heard a peep from Chandlyn about this.. I'm just kinda freaking now thinking they will need something else from me??

       

      ugh why can't they just reply to emails when they're labled URGENT... oh my nerves!!!

       

      Tris, I know you're getting married in April too, did you send notorized copies or just regular copies?



       


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      #1024 missy&eric2011

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        Posted 02 March 2011 - 07:24 AM

        A notary does not need to be a lawyer...anyone can literally take the class to be one - costs about $300 or something like that, and you learn about legalities and ethics attached to being a notary and the responsibilities of notarizing a document.  At the end of the class, you receive your stamp and certificate. 

         

        You can find notaries at most banks, post offices and travel agencies...  But the point of notarizing these documents is to verify that the copies that you are sending down are actual copies of "legal" certificates as they can not see the raised stamp on the faxed/emailed copy.  By having a notary stamp them, for lack of better words - they become official, unofficial documents.  Often notaries are used to verify that a signature is indeed the signature of the person that it is claiming to be: ie: on legal and court documents. 

         

        We made copies of all of our documents and had them notarized (you wouldn't want the notary signature on your original - hence the copy being made) and faxed them to GBPJ.  I did this right when the change over was happening with Beverly leaving and I kinda panicked; I emailed our TA and she called down there and talked to Chandlyn.  She looked over the documents, verified that it was everything that they needed and told our TA that it was good to go. 

         

        I would suggest perhaps you ladies doing the same...as it would give you piece of mind that what you sent down to her was correct/sufficient and prevent anything unexpected from popping up when you get there...the legal stuff is the last thing that I would think that we want to have issues about!  :)  Just a suggestion?!  Plus then you know that they for sure, for sure, received your stuff!  That's not something that you want floating out somewhere...



        #1025 lsmith211

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          Posted 02 March 2011 - 07:38 AM

          Hi girls - here are the requirements for getting married at GBPJ - I emailed Beverly to confirm that they needed to be notiarized, cause I was just gonna send un-notarized copies, but Chandlyn replied confirming that they did need to be notarized...  It's hard when everyone seems to get conflicting information, but I guess to be safe and make sure there are no issues with getting your marraige license it really doesn't hurt to get it done...  I wouldn't stress too much about the 2 month cut off time though - I was almost 3 weeks late sending mine and they told me it was fine! 

          Requirements for getting married in Jamaica

          The following original documents must be submitted in English when

          applying for the marriage license:

          ~ Proof of citizenship - original or certified copy of Birth Certificates for

          bride and groom

          ~ Passport Copies - original to be presented on arrival at Resort

          ~ If divorced, original or certified Decree Absolute papers must be

          produced.

          ~ If widowed, the original or certified copy of the former partner’s Death

          Certificate must be produced.

          ~ If either party is under 18 years of age, written consent must be given

          by his/her parents.

          ~ Legal proof must be presented if either party has changed their name

          by Deed Poll.

          Above documents MUST be faxed at least 2 months prior to

          arrival at resort at 876 670 8503. No originals will be kept.

          Notarized copies are required.

          ~ Bride & Groom MUST be in Jamaica at least 48 hours.



          #1026 lmarie

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            Posted 02 March 2011 - 07:43 AM


            A couple of ideas I have for the OOT bags are: personalized lip balm, they are small and you can buy them in bulk online. A map of the hotel the grounds; a welcome letter outlining all events planned meeting times and places and the times and details of the wedding, and anything else about the resort or general info that you want all of your guest to know or be aware of. You can get personalized bottles of water, and travel mugs, but then you are getting into bigger items.  The face cloths are a great idea!! A list of everyones names and who they are rooming with, then once you get there fill out the hotel room numbers, so everyone knows where to find everyone else. I am ordering some biodegradable cards, that are personalized, then when the guest get back home, they plant them in a flower pot and flowers grow from them! The small fans are a cute idea too. A first aid kit, things like bandaids, sunscreen, pain killers.

            I dont have it all figured out yet, but they are just some ideas.

            Originally Posted by ames9782 

            hey there.  we are also going with merrick cousley and yes we were told that there was a $200 travel fee, have also paid the 50% and that was included in the invoice, we are also going with the $1050 package ( i like the fact that you get a min. of 300 but if he takes 1000 on your day that's how many you get!!)

             

            when i talked to chandlyn about getting him in she did tell me that we had to pay the $75 for him to get in.

             

            we too are doing OOT bags and am sooo uncertain as to what we are putting in them.  i deffinitely want to do a mug or larger cup, and we are also doing bamboo hand fans i found them at this site (blissweddingsmarket.com) they come in different sizes and colours and i think are quite cute and appropriate for a beach wedding!  i've also read on different sites that i've looked at about getting personalized tumblers (that are pretty big) from somewhere on ebay... i haven't looked yet, but from the pics i've seen online they're pretty good lookin too!  i too would be very interested in others ideas!!



             



            #1027 ames9782

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              Posted 02 March 2011 - 07:53 AM

              hey again, yes i agree that the face clothes are a great idea as many people don't think to bring these and then they are not available once there, i've thought of the smaller stuff (lip balm etc) as well.  i'm still quite a ways out (getting married in October) so i've got some time to figure it out!  now what are peoples ideas of getting the stuff there?? i've heard of some mailing it there and leaving it up to them to put together, and others have just taken and paid for the extra luggage to get it all there when you go???



              #1028 katelynn

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                Posted 02 March 2011 - 09:58 AM

                We did OOT bags and I have to say they were a lot of fun but also expensive and time consuming. Ill post some pics the next time I go over to my mom's house as they are all there and ready...they actually take over my old room! lol

                 

                We included: (may have forgot some stuff)

                 

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                Towel

                Mug with key card holder

                Luggage tags

                First Aid kit*

                Asprin

                Gaterade packet

                bookmark *

                welcome letter

                jamaican drinks guide *

                bath salts (for spa tubs!!!)

                magnet from vistaprint

                pen

                aloe

                sunscreen

                lipbalm *

                hand sanitizer *

                lint roller for men

                loofa

                body wash

                hand lotion

                matches *

                kids brochure 

                decks of cards with label *

                 

                 

                 

                CHAPSTICK.doc838k .doc file

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                DRINK GUIDE.ppt312k .ppt file

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                FIRST AID KIT.doc827k .doc file

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                HAND SANITIZER.ppt235k .ppt file

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                keycardholder.ppt80k .ppt file

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                TOWEL TAGS.doc28k .doc file

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                SURVIVAL_KIT[1].doc103k .doc file

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 



                 

                Originally Posted by ames9782 

                hey there.  we are also going with merrick cousley and yes we were told that there was a $200 travel fee, have also paid the 50% and that was included in the invoice, we are also going with the $1050 package ( i like the fact that you get a min. of 300 but if he takes 1000 on your day that's how many you get!!)

                 

                when i talked to chandlyn about getting him in she did tell me that we had to pay the $75 for him to get in.

                 

                we too are doing OOT bags and am sooo uncertain as to what we are putting in them.  i deffinitely want to do a mug or larger cup, and we are also doing bamboo hand fans i found them at this site (blissweddingsmarket.com) they come in different sizes and colours and i think are quite cute and appropriate for a beach wedding!  i've also read on different sites that i've looked at about getting personalized tumblers (that are pretty big) from somewhere on ebay... i haven't looked yet, but from the pics i've seen online they're pretty good lookin too!  i too would be very interested in others ideas!!



                 

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                #1029 katelynn

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                  Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:02 AM


                  My TA / Wedding Planner sent Beverly a copy of our long form birth certificates last month and called her to make sure she recieved them and if that was all she needed and it was fine. These were not notarized but were okay, we still plan on bringing down the originals to Jamaica though just in case!!
                   

                  Originally Posted by ehpage 

                  Just out of curiousity.. when they say they want "NOTORIZED" copies sent to the hotel 2 month in advance do you think they really mean that.. ?? I sent my BC & Passport copies via email (scanned) a few weeks ago and they were NOT notorized. I haven't heard a peep from Chandlyn about this.. I'm just kinda freaking now thinking they will need something else from me??

                   

                  ugh why can't they just reply to emails when they're labled URGENT... oh my nerves!!!

                   

                  Tris, I know you're getting married in April too, did you send notorized copies or just regular copies?



                   


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                  #1030 tris

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                    Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:54 AM

                    Hey!

                    So you're not getting them notarized then? I'm hearing the completely opposite from so many people. Half say it's fine to not, the other half say that you NEED them notarized. I wish Chandlyn would get her story straight... I don't really want to pay a lawyers 100s of $$ for something that's unnecessary

                    Originally Posted by katelynn 


                    My TA / Wedding Planner sent Beverly a copy of our long form birth certificates last month and called her to make sure she recieved them and if that was all she needed and it was fine. These were not notarized but were okay, we still plan on bringing down the originals to Jamaica though just in case!!
                     



                     



                     


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