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#391 tris

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    Posted 25 October 2010 - 11:22 AM


     

    Originally Posted by missy&eric2011 

    Wow...that's a tough decision...both places really look gorgous!  Do you have to let Beverly know what your choice is before you get there then so they can reserve it?  I would really like to SEE both places in person as opposed to choosing from a picture...but then again, we chose the resort from just a picture, and that's a much bigger deal I suppose than the restraunt! 

     

    What are you ladies doing about a cake?  Are you bringing a desired design?  Do they even allow you to do that?

     

    We sent payment to Beverly...she has not charged us yet...which seems to be the norm, but she sent confirmation to our TA that she got the info...So we will keep our fingers crossed! 


    Ya that's completely normal. It took her a few weeks to put through our payment... not to mention us calling her and telling her to TAKE OUR MONEY! Haha.

    This is the first time someone has taken so long to take a deposit, it's strange...


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    #392 Espejo2be

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      Posted 25 October 2010 - 05:46 PM

      Yes, I actually asked the assistant wedding planner that and she confirmed that you can only have the garden grill or italian resturant for a semi private reception.



      #393 Espejo2be

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        Posted 25 October 2010 - 05:47 PM

        I also asked if they could make a wedding cake that we picked out and she said they would do their best to match the picture that I have. I'm pretty sure they want the picture before hand though.



        #394 Espejo2be

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          Posted 25 October 2010 - 05:50 PM

          Hey girl, I had a few questions to ask the assistant wedding planner to help me make a few decisions on things, just figured i'd post it in case some of you had the same questions, i know how hard it is to get ahold of Beverly...

          When do I have to make a decision on what package I would like to have? At least 3 months prior to wedding date
          How much of a deposit do you need and when?25% of wedding package
          Are the Garden Grill and the Italian resturants the only two that can have a semi private reception? Yes
          Do you have any pictures of the locations that you can have a semi private reception?Please see attached
          Are kids incld in the max amount of people for each package? or is the max just for adults? Yes
          Do you have any linens for ceremony or reception? white? colored? are they incld in package price? We offer white linen for both the ceremony and reception.
          Can we bring our own colored linens if you don't have any?Yes you may are the tables long rectangle? square? round? Square tables are joined to accommodate the number of guests and what are their measurements? We will get back to you on this
          What is incld in the ceremony decorations? White fabric draping the gazebo and flowers from the garden. If flowers are not available we will use tulle to match your color scheme
          Can we have a catholic priest for our ceremony? does it cost extra? Please note that the catholic priest does not perform weddings outside the church
          Can we bring a program that we would like the ceremony to go by, including reading done by family members? This is possible
          Do the steel drum band play their own music or can you ask them to play certain songs?  You may forward to us your selections.
          If we provided a picture of the wedding cake that we would like, is it possible to get something made close to it?We would do our best to match it Do we have to bring our own knife and server?No
          Can we rent the gazebo and sound system for the night of our wedding, August 6th, 2011?this is possible at a cost of US500 for 2 hours-8:45pm-10:45pm
          I heard you can have tiki torches lighting the beach around the gazebo for the dance, is this true? if so, how much does it cost?This can be made available at a cost of uS35 each
          Is there anywhere on or close by the resort to continue the party after our dance is over?The disco will be open until 3pm



          #395 Cassierose

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            Posted 25 October 2010 - 11:25 PM

            Hello Ladies :)

             

            I just stumbled across this site last night while i was stressing about my wedding. You guys have completely saved my sanity! I stayed up till 3:30 in the morning reading this thread and you've answered sooo many questions of mine- as well as made me think of so many other things i wouldn't have thought of. I'm getting married at GBP on April 22,2011. From the sounds of it there will be several of you there around the same time :)

            I'm so glad i now have a clear idea of how the day will go- because i had absolutely no idea how it would be set up before last night. We booked our trip back in the beginning of August, and our groups rsvp's all need to be in by Nov.1.  I'm so much more excited for our trip now that i've heard such awesome reviews and seen such beautiful pictures!!!! I haven't spoken to Beverly at all yet, all my emails seem to be replied by Chandlyn. So far she's been good at getting back to us in a decent time.

            Anyways, i just wanted to say thanks for giving me the questions i should be asking her and thanks for giving me some peace of mind so that maybe i can sleep tonight

            .....my big worry now is if anyone else has the same date as me. I want the gazebo that night! hahaha



            #396 katelynn

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              Posted 26 October 2010 - 10:13 AM

              SOOO helpful! I think from the pictures too that the rectabgular tables that there are 4 on each side..so really tables of 8.

               

              Now to just get a sample menu for both...do any of you lovely ladies have it?

              Originally Posted by Espejo2be 

              Hey girl, I had a few questions to ask the assistant wedding planner to help me make a few decisions on things, just figured i'd post it in case some of you had the same questions, i know how hard it is to get ahold of Beverly...

              When do I have to make a decision on what package I would like to have? At least 3 months prior to wedding date
              How much of a deposit do you need and when?25% of wedding package
              Are the Garden Grill and the Italian resturants the only two that can have a semi private reception? Yes
              Do you have any pictures of the locations that you can have a semi private reception?Please see attached
              Are kids incld in the max amount of people for each package? or is the max just for adults? Yes
              Do you have any linens for ceremony or reception? white? colored? are they incld in package price? We offer white linen for both the ceremony and reception.
              Can we bring our own colored linens if you don't have any?Yes you may are the tables long rectangle? square? round? Square tables are joined to accommodate the number of guests and what are their measurements? We will get back to you on this
              What is incld in the ceremony decorations? White fabric draping the gazebo and flowers from the garden. If flowers are not available we will use tulle to match your color scheme
              Can we have a catholic priest for our ceremony? does it cost extra? Please note that the catholic priest does not perform weddings outside the church
              Can we bring a program that we would like the ceremony to go by, including reading done by family members? This is possible
              Do the steel drum band play their own music or can you ask them to play certain songs?  You may forward to us your selections.
              If we provided a picture of the wedding cake that we would like, is it possible to get something made close to it?We would do our best to match it Do we have to bring our own knife and server?No
              Can we rent the gazebo and sound system for the night of our wedding, August 6th, 2011?this is possible at a cost of US500 for 2 hours-8:45pm-10:45pm
              I heard you can have tiki torches lighting the beach around the gazebo for the dance, is this true? if so, how much does it cost?This can be made available at a cost of uS35 each
              Is there anywhere on or close by the resort to continue the party after our dance is over?The disco will be open until 3pm




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              #397 schayer

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                Posted 26 October 2010 - 04:21 PM



                Originally Posted by lsmith211 

                Hi everyone,

                 

                I'm getting married at the GBP in April 2011, and this thread/forum has been a lifesaver!  Although I feel like a slacker compared to most of you - you're all shaming me into doing much more than I thought I would for a DW  But there are just so many great ideas!!  Anyone else going to be there from April 1-8?



                I am !! I just got confirmation that we are getting Married on April 7th. What is your date?



                #398 schayer

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                  Posted 26 October 2010 - 05:12 PM

                  Wow thank god this website exist!! This is so GREAT! Without having talk to Beverly about it, i already have an idea of what the flowers looks like, the cost, the restaurants etc. Now my only concern is does the "Free wedding package" exist? i have seen a few post saying that its discontinued.

                   

                  About two weeks ago (when i first inquired about the wedding), the WC sent me a document. It's called " Wedding_Package_with_incl_2010_-_2011". So hopefully it is still applicable.

                   

                  I think that StephAli, asked about that. Did you get an answer?

                   

                   

                  BTW- I'm getting married on April 7Th!!



                  #399 lsmith211

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                    Posted 27 October 2010 - 11:08 AM

                    Hi Schayer - we get married on April 5 so we'll be there at the same time!!!

                     

                    With regards to the free package, I was also told it doesn't exist.  I booked mine at the beginning of July, and we went with the Sunshine Package - I think this used to be the free one (it is the most basic) but now it costs $1100.  Too bad I didn't get engaged a few months earlier!

                     

                    Katelynn - I emailed Beverly to get the menu options a few weeks ago, but haven't received a reponse.  I'll post it if I ever hear back.....



                    #400 mekanabr

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                      Posted 28 October 2010 - 05:31 AM

                      Hi ladies!! FINALLY have a response from Beverly...(I emailed her in AUGUST!)  Oh well, at least all of you are keeping me calm when I have to wait months for a response! lol.  Here is what I found out and she sent a long a few pictures.  Hope this helps!

                       

                      Hi Beverly!
                       

                      How are you?  I Hope that you are having a nice summer.  I was just wondering since we reserved our date for July 23, 2011, what was the next step?  Do we need to put a deposit on our package?  Just want to make sure we stay on track of what we need to do to make sure our date doesn't get dropped.   Also, I have just a few other questions..  Please be advised that a deposit of 25% on the wedding package selected will be required at least 3 months into your wedding. I have attached a credit card form which should be filled out and returned to us during that time. The credit card payment - we will require a copy of id and credit card copy of the holder.      Sorry ladies, I don't have the form bc she forgot to attach it but when she does I'll put it on here!
                       

                      --How do I confirm that I will definitely have the gazebo for our wedding reception on July 23, 2011?  I just want to make sure that we are able to use the reception venue that we are expecting and hoping for.  The gazebo is already confirmed for you for your special day.  
                       
                      --At the gazebo for the reception are there lights down there?  Is there places to plug stuff in?  I was wondering if we could bring some sort of lanterns or anything to be strung up in the gazebo.  The wedding ceremony will take place at the gazebo and by reception I am taking it that you are confirming the gazebo for dance and party for the evening.  Dinner reception will be held at one of our a la carte dinning rooms in a semi private area.    I dont think she understood my question...so do any of you know if we can put up lights or strands of lanterns??


                      --If we choose to rent just the gazebo (no DJ) do we need to bring our own cd/ipod player or will there be a sound system set up down there?  You do have the choices of bringing your own cd and ipod as a backup or the dj normally plays for the evening from his own selections.  
                       
                      --Can we play music at dinner?  (If we bring our own player).  Music will not be allowed at the dinner area as it is a semi private dinner and not private to the group, unless you wish to have the area closed out to the group entirely.  Close out fee ONLY is USD2500.00 not inclusive of dinner or wedding packages.  
                       
                      --Can you please give me some references for a steel drum band?  We are interested in hiring one for the ceremony and a little bit after the ceremony. Do we reserve this or do you? The resort will be delighted in reserving our very reputable steel band .  Kindly reconfirm the steel band request closer to the wedding.  
                       
                      --After the ceremony, what happens?  We are having a 2:30 ceremony and I've been told by another GBP bride that immediately after the ceremony there is champagne and you cut your cake?  As well as first dances?  I was wondering if you could give me a schedule so that I can know for our programs and for our photographer in advance of arriving in Jamaica.ORDER OF CEREMONY

                      Musical Prelude
                      Procession
                      Greeting & Prayer
                      Exchange of Vows
                      Prayer
                      Exchange of Rings
                      Signing of Register (Duet “After All – will be sung by soloists)
                      Pronouncement
                      Recession
                      Champagne reception
                      Cutting of the wedding Cake
                      First dance of the bride and groom
                      Photos
                      Dinner.

                       
                      --How does it work for the gazebo reception if we just buy alcohol from the resort instead of paying the $15p/p/hr for a bar to be set up?  The alcohol can be purchased from the resort, however the cost of USD15.00 pp per hour, comes with the service of your own bar tender.  The cost will then be applied separately
                       
                      --Could you send me the pictures for bouquets that are available?  Please find sample bouquets inclusive in your wedding package.  Please find that you can upgrade your flowers and arrangements by visiting our florist website at TROPICAL_BOUQUET_AND_BOUT_SAMPLE.JPG

                       

                      Gazebo

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                      chair ties

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                      Garden Grill

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                      Dolce Vita (Italian)

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