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#3971 JulesLurvey

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    Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:44 PM

    Hey Ladies,

     

    Should've been on here sooner, so much to catch up on.  I got married at the Gran Bahia Principe, Runaway Bay on 8th May 2012.  It was amazing.  Couldn't have wished for it to go any better. 

     

    We got married at 11am, I was worried that it was so early but sooooo glad we did, it was around 34 degrees celcius and hardly a cloud in the sky.  We did get a few showers that afternoon but luckily our Wedding was already done, shame for the Bride that was getting married while it was raining but on the plus side it was still really warm.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I've attached some pics.  I had loads of questions before I went so feel free to ask me any you may have, i'll be happy to help out

     

    Jules



    #3972 JayKay

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    Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:17 PM

    We had chicken ceaser salad, beef vegetable soup, mix grill, and cheesecake for our meal.  I would definitely recommend any of those items, they were all delicious.  I have to say though the soup was the best soup I have ever eaten.  We even went back the next day just because of the soup!

    Originally Posted by jmarshall 

    Thanks for the info!

     

    What did you pick for you starter, second dish, main dish, and dessert for that menu?  Would you recommend those items or something else?

    The gazebo is big enough for 30 people I would think.  And there is also a large area just to the right of it thats pretty big.

    Originally Posted by jmarshall 

    Can anyone tell me how big the gazebo is? We are thinking about renting it after dinner for the dancing and will have around 30-ish people.  Is it big enough?



    #3973 jmarshall

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      Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

      Originally Posted by JayKay 

      We had chicken ceaser salad, beef vegetable soup, mix grill, and cheesecake for our meal.  I would definitely recommend any of those items, they were all delicious.  I have to say though the soup was the best soup I have ever eaten.  We even went back the next day just because of the soup!

      The gazebo is big enough for 30 people I would think.  And there is also a large area just to the right of it thats pretty big.

       

      Thanks for the info JayKay!

      Another question I have for you, I think I read somewhere in this forum that you said you didn't rent out the Gazebo afterwards and instead went to the poolside bar where they have a band... is that correct? Do they have a band there every night?

       

      Originally Posted by JulesLurvey 

      Hey Ladies,

       

      Should've been on here sooner, so much to catch up on.  I got married at the Gran Bahia Principe, Runaway Bay on 8th May 2012.  It was amazing.  Couldn't have wished for it to go any better. 

       

      We got married at 11am, I was worried that it was so early but sooooo glad we did, it was around 34 degrees celcius and hardly a cloud in the sky.  We did get a few showers that afternoon but luckily our Wedding was already done, shame for the Bride that was getting married while it was raining but on the plus side it was still really warm.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      I've attached some pics.  I had loads of questions before I went so feel free to ask me any you may have, i'll be happy to help out

       

      Jules

       

      Jules, did you use the resort photographer?



      #3974 jmarshall

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        Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:50 PM

        Another question, SORRY! So I was thinking that I would want petals/flowers covering the walkway up to the gazebo, however, I have heard that it is VERY windy at the gazebo.  Is this true? If so, then the flowers on the walkway might be pointless because they would blow away before I got there lol :(  LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!



        #3975 JayKay

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        Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:31 PM

        Yes, we didn't rent the Gazebo but went to the poolside bar.  There was no band but they had music playing and we were the only people there so we had our own little dance party complete with drinks and shots at our fingertips!

        Originally Posted by jmarshall 

         

        Thanks for the info JayKay!

        Another question I have for you, I think I read somewhere in this forum that you said you didn't rent out the Gazebo afterwards and instead went to the poolside bar where they have a band... is that correct? Do they have a band there every night?

         

        It is SUPER windy at the gazebo.  I wouldn't recommend petals as they probably would blow away pretty quickly.

        Originally Posted by jmarshall 

        Another question, SORRY! So I was thinking that I would want petals/flowers covering the walkway up to the gazebo, however, I have heard that it is VERY windy at the gazebo.  Is this true? If so, then the flowers on the walkway might be pointless because they would blow away before I got there lol :(  LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!



        #3976 cdnbridelinzy

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          Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

          Hey ladies, I was just wondering you input on something.  I am hiring Rashel Edwards, the freelance makeup artist, and her hairdresser.  And I was wondering how much I should tip her. They are doing hair and makeup for six of us.  I spoke with my friend who is a hairdresser, and she said because it is her own business and not out of a spa, that I shouldnt be tipping her. But I think that the hairdresser is working under Rashel, so I dont know how I would go about tipping them. The bill is just over $1000.

           

          Thanks ladies for your input



          #3977 Nikki83

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            Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:23 PM

            Originally Posted by DandM2013 

            Hello Ladies

             

            I can’t believe it’s 2013 already! Happy New Year and happy planning! My Wedding is booked for

            July 1, 2013.

            Here is some advise that I have for everyone. Going back and fourth via email can be really crazy and confusing. I was having trouble trying to understand the packages and deposit and extras and everything. 

            What I did was found out when was a good time to schedule a call to Chandlyn or Donna Lee.  I prepared a list of questions and although it took me a few tries to get them on the phone, I called in the morning as scheduled and they were busy with a wedding .So I called again in the afternoon…  Chandlyn took her time speaking to me and we sorted out a bunch of details.

            I have 70 people coming to the wedding! ( OMG!!!... I was expecting a lot less but I am so happy so many of my friends and family are making the trip! )  Because we are 70- I am doing the private reception at Dolce Vita.  Despite the big numbers I wanted to keep it intimate and felt this was the only way.  It is 2500$ and it includes a set dinner, wine, beer,soft drinks … We are arranging to bring our own hard liquor and will pay a small uncorking fee per bottle.

            What I would do is try to negotiate as much as you… if you take a more expensive package and you are bringing business to the hotel  more than likely they will be flexible flexible.

            I would say to you – having all the extra’s does add up , so look at your budget and pick something that works for you.

            It is important to iron out the details and then to do it in writing- I sent an email rehashing what we discussed and Chandlyn confirmed everything in writing.

            Hopefully that helps… I would call closer to the wedding date because things change all the time and you have to be prepared.

            Thanks

            Dana

            Thanks for the advise, i think i will give a call too. My wedding date is 26th June 2013. 



            #3978 Nikki83

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              Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:39 PM

              Hi

              Great info. Im getting married there in June 2013 and our ceremony is at 11am as well.

              Just a quick question with regards to how your day went as im worried its a bit early.

               

              Thanks



              #3979 JulesLurvey

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                Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:49 AM

                J[quote name="jmarshall" url="/t/51518/any-gran-bahia-principe-runaway-bay-brides-out-there/3900#post_1850807"]Another question, SORRY! So I was thinking that I would want petals/flowers covering the walkway up to the gazebo, however, I have heard that it is VERY windy at the gazebo.  Is this true? If so, then the flowers on the walkway might be pointless because they would blow away before I got there lol :(  LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! :D Yes it's quite windy even in a really sunny hot day, I wouldn't advise the flowers but that's up to you x

                #3980 leannesmith

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                  Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:16 PM

                  Is anyone getting married on September 30, 2013?

                   

                  Has anyone had experience with the piscus snack bar as the reception locaton?  Also, do you need an MC with the DJ service? 






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