Hi ladies, we're back from an amazing time at Gran Bahia. We got married November 29th and everything was abosolutely amazing. We had a group of 56 people from Canada, and every single person loved the time there and the resort.
The resort is really big. Which was good for our amount of people. Everyone always had something to do and there was always someone at every part of the resort. Food was amazing, no complaints at all. We all booked the Royal Golden package, which came with all of our dinner reservations premade for us. Our whole group had reservations at each restaurant every single night together, but just shortly after one another. Even though our reservations were all slightly different, we always showed up in groups and they always seated us together. We had access to free internet at the golden club lounge. Every restaurant had really good food- our favs were the Grille and Pablo (the fancy one - although it took really long to get our food and dessert). We all had really nice views from our room. The weather was perfect. It would rain here and there, mostly at night but it would go away so fast that no one really cared. Every day at the PIscis they had jerk chicken which was amazing. We never got sick of eating it. The buffets had good food too, so for the stragglers that missed their reservations they had no complaints eating there. The rooms are really nice, big and clean. I didnt find any bugs or had any complaints. All the cleaning ladies were extremely nice, and they treated us so nice and did everything we asked them, especially for the wedding party.
For the wedding, I ordered chivari chairs, bouquets, aisle runnner, lanterns, tablecloths, centerpieces, mostly all my decor from Tai Flora. My ceremony was for 11am, and Tai Flora did'nt get there till almost 11 to setup. Apparently they got pulled over by the police, but it wasn't a big deal. I had all my ceremony music burned on a cd. I was really worried that it wasn't loud enough but Chandlyn helped me test everything the day before and it was awesome. We just waited for them to get there and started about 20 mins late. Chandlyn and Donnalee had everything decorated perfectly and it was beautfiul. I made the ribbon wands and the flowers that were hung on the chairs (they were hung wrong, they were suppose to be tied to the corner of the chair, but the wedding decorators tied it differently, but i didnt really care at that time).
Our ceremony was about 20 mins, then we took another 40 mins or so to take photos. We were then able to go back into the pool for a few hours before the reception started. We had our reception at the Piscis which was outdoor. Chandlyn and Donnalee set everything up the way I wanted to, they moved all the decor from the ceremony over. We rented a projector to play a video, and the DJ came with our restaurant because we closed it out to have a private dinner. I had flip flop luggage tags as the table seaters, adn then beach theme wine stoppers for everyone at the table. THe reception ended at 11am, which then they drove us over to the disco with the golf cart. We all stayed there until about 230 (even though they tell you the disco closes at 1, it never closes till about 230). The sports bar/entertainment area was awesome, it was a good place for a large group to hang out every night and make a lot of noise =).
As a thank you for our guests, we took everyone out for lunch at the Ruins Restaurant in Ochio Rios, then went to Dunns Falls, then to this plaza for some shopping, organized by Lee Tours. Norma from Lee Tours is amazing, The Dunns Falls seemed a bit dangerous at first, but after the first section which was the hardest, it was beautfiul.
We stayed for a week, but nobody wanted to leave at the end of the 7th day. I would recommend this resort to any bride and for the brides that are coming up to get married, good luck with everything and dont worry about a thing - it will all be great in the end. I've attached some of our pics for you to see the setup.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to send them. Enjoy !