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#1211 acw271011

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 11:27 AM

wow. I'm blown away at the number that are booked for 2012 already!!!  we just finally booked a couple of weeks ago for november and I thought that was way ahead!!  we didn't get the day and date we wanted because GBPJ is booked up but I'm ok with it.

 

JayKay - you got your dress already? talk about organized!!  we're doing them tomorrow but everyone is on a diet so I'm not ordering until probably may.

 

unfortunately booking so far in advance yes you run the risk of the company changing their departure date. there is a formula too it that involves gate time at the airports when they leave and return, generally first come first served. so if another airline beats you out, you have to pick other times and days. we may be in the same boat. we plan (at the moment) to leave on sunday, but it's very possible we will get a saturday departure. our wedding is on thursday. could mean we do our wedding thursday, get one day to recover then have to turn around and fly home on the saturday, which would totally suck. compensation is we'll probably go away again a month later for a week at Xmas. somewhere there is always a bright side girls. take that from an old lady that is doing this for the second time and loving every minute of it.  I know it's your wedding but try to just roll with it. we always want everything perfect but sometimes the best moments in life are the ones not planned.

 

now I received a quote from Transat out of Toronto that is terrible - over $1500 so we'll definitely be waiting a while to book. it's really tough to realize they are charging these amounts now but it you go online by July to book it yourself, you would probably get it for no more than $1,000.  we actually saw GBPJ in January of this year for $700 taxes all in. that's less than half of what they are askng for now. I know everyone is getting upset about the resort prices, but doesn't it make you wonder where the airlines get off charging someone $1800 for a vacation that 6 to 8 months later someone else will pay half that amount for???  maybe that's where there should be a protest??


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#1212 JayKay

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 12:06 PM



Originally Posted by acw271011 

wow. I'm blown away at the number that are booked for 2012 already!!!  we just finally booked a couple of weeks ago for november and I thought that was way ahead!!  we didn't get the day and date we wanted because GBPJ is booked up but I'm ok with it.

 

JayKay - you got your dress already? talk about organized!!  we're doing them tomorrow but everyone is on a diet so I'm not ordering until probably may.

 

unfortunately booking so far in advance yes you run the risk of the company changing their departure date. there is a formula too it that involves gate time at the airports when they leave and return, generally first come first served. so if another airline beats you out, you have to pick other times and days. we may be in the same boat. we plan (at the moment) to leave on sunday, but it's very possible we will get a saturday departure. our wedding is on thursday. could mean we do our wedding thursday, get one day to recover then have to turn around and fly home on the saturday, which would totally suck. compensation is we'll probably go away again a month later for a week at Xmas. somewhere there is always a bright side girls. take that from an old lady that is doing this for the second time and loving every minute of it.  I know it's your wedding but try to just roll with it. we always want everything perfect but sometimes the best moments in life are the ones not planned.

 

now I received a quote from Transat out of Toronto that is terrible - over $1500 so we'll definitely be waiting a while to book. it's really tough to realize they are charging these amounts now but it you go online by July to book it yourself, you would probably get it for no more than $1,000.  we actually saw GBPJ in January of this year for $700 taxes all in. that's less than half of what they are askng for now. I know everyone is getting upset about the resort prices, but doesn't it make you wonder where the airlines get off charging someone $1800 for a vacation that 6 to 8 months later someone else will pay half that amount for???  maybe that's where there should be a protest??


Yes I did buy my dress already!  I found one I loved so I bought it! 

 

We knew there was a chance that the departure dates would change, and they did.  So hopefully they won't change again or ill be angry haha.  We received our group quotes not to long ago and I think they are pretty decent.  Our TA who is a close family friend, said she wouldn't be surprised if the prices go up quite a bit in the next few months.  She has heard that mostly all companies and airlines are going to be adding additional taxes and environment taxes.  She also said that the fuel taxes will be substantially increased with all that has gone on in the middle east and now Japan.  We decided we would book now and use the group prices she gave us just incase they start adding additonal taxes.  And she also said that the GBPJ is becoming a super hot resort, she said probably the most popular in the caribbean right now, and because of that the prices could go up.  I guess its what ever you feel comfortable with!
 

 



#1213 mellehel

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    Posted 18 March 2011 - 01:11 PM

    Hi everyone!  I am hoping to get married at GPBJ early 2012.  I found this forum (which will be so helpful) and saw the new 2012 prices.  I got really excited about the cheaper packages and then today I got the email from the assistant planner at the resort with all the info.  It looks like she sent me the 2010 prices.  I specified I was interested in the new pricing for 2012.  Should I just respond asking her again? 

     

    Thanks!

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    #1214 JayKay

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    Posted 18 March 2011 - 02:43 PM

     

    Originally Posted by mellehel 

    Hi everyone!  I am hoping to get married at GPBJ early 2012.  I found this forum (which will be so helpful) and saw the new 2012 prices.  I got really excited about the cheaper packages and then today I got the email from the assistant planner at the resort with all the info.  It looks like she sent me the 2010 prices.  I specified I was interested in the new pricing for 2012.  Should I just respond asking her again? 

     

    Thanks!



    Welcome to this thread!  Have you confirmed a date with them yet? Cause I imagine once you confirm a date of 2012 they may send you the new packages.  Or else just ask for the new 2012 ones. 

     



    #1215 mellehel

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      Posted 18 March 2011 - 07:46 PM



      Originally Posted by JayKay 

       



      Welcome to this thread!  Have you confirmed a date with them yet? Cause I imagine once you confirm a date of 2012 they may send you the new packages.  Or else just ask for the new 2012 ones. 

       

      Hi, no we haven't confirmed a date yet.  I will start with that and then see if the prices change.  I hope they do!  I can't wait to get started with everything.
       

       



      #1216 mekanabr

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        Posted 19 March 2011 - 08:49 AM

        welcome new brides!

         

        Congrats JayKay for getting your dress!  That is so exciting!  I have actually had mine for well over a year now...Oh well, found one I loved and had to get it.  I can't wait to wear it. 

         



        #1217 Dutchie600

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          Posted 19 March 2011 - 05:48 PM

          I got the Bliss Package for 850.00???

           

          Is that the 2012 prices?? or 2011..



          #1218 AshleyL

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            Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:49 PM

            Hello ladies,

             

            Well it's been a month since we returned from our wedding at the Gran Bahia Jamaica. I have wanted to update you ladies for so long but have had to deal with some personal stuff first. I will be writing a review of the wedding (but just to let you all know it was wonderful, the resort is amazing and Beverly is great!), but for now I need some help from you lovely ladies one more time. There was a lot of drama going on between my family and my husband's family (at the wedding) and as a result we have decided to cancel our AHR that was planned for May. I had already included information (date, time, location) in the original invitation and now I need to find a way to cancel. I'm thinking of sending out the cancellation notification along with our wedding announcement. Do you ladies know the proper way to say we have cancelled? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

             

            I'm going to start reading through this thread and getting caught up. In the meantime if any of you have specific questions about the resort, or wedding details just let me know.

             

             


            Getting married in Runaway Bay, Jamaica February 2011!!!

            #1219 AshleyL

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              Posted 19 March 2011 - 07:05 PM

              Hey ladies, feel free to check out our wedding pics at the resort:

               

              http://www.stephanie...2011/mar/05/jl/ 

               

              Also, we did a day after session around Ocho Rios and St. Ann's

               

              http://www.stephanie...g-photographer/ 

               

               


              Getting married in Runaway Bay, Jamaica February 2011!!!

              #1220 JayKay

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              Posted 19 March 2011 - 07:18 PM


              Your pictures are amazing!! Thanks so so much for sharing!
               

              Originally Posted by AshleyL 

              Hey ladies, feel free to check out our wedding pics at the resort:

               

              http://www.stephanie...2011/mar/05/jl/ 

               

              Also, we did a day after session around Ocho Rios and St. Ann's

               

              http://www.stephanie...g-photographer/ 

               

               



               






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