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#4151 swtng

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    Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

    Thanks so much for posting !!

     

    We'll be getting married there in June.  The ceremony is at 1 pm.  We are expecting about 30 guests. 

     

    I have read some horrible wedding stories on  Tripadvisor.

     

    I have many questions.  Please help.

     

    1- I received the wedding package from Chandlyn but no info about cakes and bouquets.  Can anyone enlighten me as to the kind of cake and bouquets that come with the packages? 

    1b- When is the pre-wedding consult?  Is that something we book before leaving for Jamaica or do we just show up at the office when we arrive at the resort? 

    1c- What happens at that consult?  I've read about people feeling very rushed and not getting much information.
     

    2- Our reception is planned for 6pm-ish.  I have no clue how to go about this.  We want a private area for dinner and speeches.  We may just hit the disco after dinner for dancing.  I was thinking of bringing and ipod and docking station for some back ground music during dinner. 

    Does anyone have info about an indoor room for a reception? 

     

    3-  What is the reception menu like? 

     

    I'll leave it at that for now. 

     

    I booked this wedding so it would be stress-free (well compared to having in at home) but now I'm starting to get nervous.

     

    Any help will be much appreciated

     

    Thanks

     

    Tricia



    #4152 FutureKeese22

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      Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:43 PM

      I am getting married here 6.22! What day in June are you getting married?!

      #4153 Stay cee1

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        Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:26 PM

        There are some great reviews back a few pages that I know will help answer just about all of your questions.  Check page 409 for the most recent review!! 
         



        #4154 Stay cee1

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          Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:28 PM

          Originally Posted by staceydale 

          Chandlyn sent me the following:

           

          Wedding Passes:

          Please note that the cost for off-property guests to attend the wedding is US75 per person. A list of persons attending should be given to the co-ordinator during the wedding interview. Guests are allowed access to the property one hour before the wedding and can stay up to 10:30pm.


          That's helpful to know. I have a few off-property guests and was going to include this in my next email.  Thanks for sharing!!  Did Chandlyn happen to confirm if we have to pay this cost up front or the guests can pay upon entry? 



          #4155 JayKay

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          Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:55 PM

          Don't trust all the reviews on Tripadvisor.  Some people always find the smallest things to complain about. 

           

          1.  They have a variety of different cake flavors to choose from (chocolate, vanilla, coconut, raspberry ect).  The cake comes in a standard two tier design, its pretty basic.  There are a few options for the bouquet that you can choose from or you can pay extra to have it upgraded to a different bouquet.  You pick these at your pre wedding meeting with the planners.  The pre wedding consult is usually 1-2 days after you arrive at the resort.  We had a letter in our room telling us when to meet with the planners.  At that consult they had a file with all our papers that we filled out and options we had prechose.  We picked the meal menu, confirmed the number of guests, and went through other details such as what photographer we were using ect.  We also payed for everything at this meeting.  We didn't feel rushed at all.

           

          2.  If you want a private area for dinner and speeches you have to pay the fee to have it private.  Also, I would pre arrange that with the planners before you get to the resort.  

           

          3.  They give you 4-5 options for each course of the meal that you can choose from. 



          #4156 staceydale

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            Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:21 PM

            Originally Posted by Stay cee1 


            That's helpful to know. I have a few off-property guests and was going to include this in my next email.  Thanks for sharing!!  Did Chandlyn happen to confirm if we have to pay this cost up front or the guests can pay upon entry? 

             

            Sorry, but I have no idea! I would say so. Either that or you pay when you pay for the wedding maybe?



            #4157 LinzWarr

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            Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:04 AM

            Originally Posted by staceydale 

            Chandlyn sent me the following:

             

            Wedding Passes:

            Please note that the cost for off-property guests to attend the wedding is US75 per person. A list of persons attending should be given to the co-ordinator during the wedding interview. Guests are allowed access to the property one hour before the wedding and can stay up to 10:30pm.

            Thanks .. thats what I thought.



            #4158 swtng

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              Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:03 PM

              I have looked at the previous posts and got a lot of helpful info.  Thanks to everyone for posting photos.  It helps to see the venues.

               

              For those of you who did and indoor, private dinner reception, where did you have your first dance?  With 30 guests do you think it would be possible to have the first dance in the reception room? 

               

              I have a question about the ceremony.  I read that the gazebo can get very windy and can interfere with the microphone.  Can anyone comment on this?  Did you have guests who couldn't hear what was being said during the ceremony?

               

              Does the ceremony have to take place under the gazebo or can it take place in front.  I was thinking of using the gazebo only for signing the papers and stuff and having the ceremony under the hot, tropical sun.  Let me know your experiences.



              #4159 MrsViolo

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                Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:05 PM

                Hi all, wondering how many people got the "free room upgrade for the bride and groom" that's included in the wedding packages?

                #4160 cdnbridelinzy

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                  Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:45 PM

                  Originally Posted by kailz23 

                  Hi ladies wondering if any one had any trouble bringing down glass vases down with them in their carry ons, and if the airline weighed your carry on? thanks.

                  I bourght down glass vase in my carry on wrapped in newspaper, and they didnt weight them and they were fine






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