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#3121 Kim Deslippe

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    Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:52 PM

    @pask454 - I haven't tried emailing them recently but these are the addresses that I have if you wanted to double check yours.  I know everyone says to deal with Chandlyn but I really haven't had any issue with Donnalee yet.  I usually send to Chandlyn and cc Donnalee.

     

    Chandlyn - weddingplannerbpjam@bahia-principe.com
    Donnalee - assistantweddingplannerbpjam@bahia-principe.com



    #3122 RockSea

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      Posted 09 January 2012 - 04:38 PM

      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 :)



       



      #3123 RockSea

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        Posted 09 January 2012 - 04:43 PM

        All you need to do is identify which songs you want played when.  For example on my ceremony CD (which you need to drop off to Chandlyn in the days before the wedding) we had 18 songs.  we wrote song 1-15 ambiance music; song 16= bridesmaids entrance walk; song 17 = brides entrance song; song 18 = we`re married (exit song).  There is a dj on the spot and he will take care of everything as long as the info is on the CD :)  Hope this helps!



        #3124 RockSea

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          Posted 09 January 2012 - 04:45 PM

          this message was directed to : BELLEDAME... not sure it worked properly as I am new at this !

           



          #3125 RockSea

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            Posted 09 January 2012 - 04:45 PM

            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 :)



             



            #3126 RockSea

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              Posted 09 January 2012 - 04:48 PM

              Don`t worry!  The emails were bouncing when I was there too... the internet at the resort is always really busy and thus do not hesitate to send an email more than once :)  Chandlyn understands and even mentioned that she likes it when you request a notice of delivery and of reading :)



              #3127 pask454

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                Posted 09 January 2012 - 05:21 PM

                Thanks all! Also, thanks for the music information! We finally have all of our songs chosen, except when I walk down the aisle! I wouldnt want to steal anyone's special moment, but any ideas!!! Ahhh!! Im looking for something tropical, like the ukelele!



                #3128 belledame

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                  Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:03 PM

                  All you need to do is identify which songs you want played when.  For example on my ceremony CD (which you need to drop off to Chandlyn in the days before the wedding) we had 18 songs.  we wrote song 1-15 ambiance music; song 16= bridesmaids entrance walk; song 17 = brides entrance song; song 18 = we`re married (exit song).  There is a dj on the spot and he will take care of everything as long as the info is on the CD :)  Hope this helps!

                  this message was directed to : BELLEDAME... not sure it worked properly as I am new at this !

                  Thanks a bunch RockSea, I will do it the way you did. It's pretty straightforward ;-)

                  #3129 acw271011

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                  Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:36 AM

                  be very careful if they email you. they use an address that is different from the one that is supposed to be used. I made that mistake twice and both times the email failed. I panicked!! lol  but it was just the error in the address. 

                  Hey. Has anyone tried emailing the WC lately? I have been trying for over a week, and it's not going through.

                  Thanks



                   


                  I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015

                   

                   

                  http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/78874-acw271011-so-this-is-not-a-planning-thread-but/

                   

                   

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                  #3130 acw271011

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                  Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:40 AM

                  there is a website where you can get steel drum wedding music (all songs) that I can give you if you want. it beats paying the $400 for the steel band. it's what we did and they turned the volume up and it was perfect!!  or I have the music. just not sure if it would work on email to attach songs.

                   

                  Originally Posted by pask454 

                  Thanks all! Also, thanks for the music information! We finally have all of our songs chosen, except when I walk down the aisle! I wouldnt want to steal anyone's special moment, but any ideas!!! Ahhh!! Im looking for something tropical, like the ukelele!



                   


                  I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015

                   

                   

                  http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/78874-acw271011-so-this-is-not-a-planning-thread-but/

                   

                   

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