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#4171 MelB2012

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    Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:34 AM

    She charges $70 for hair, $70 for make up. She is a vendor, and does not work at the resort.

     

    Many brides have said they did not pay the vendor fee, as Rashel comes to your room to do your hair and make up... as long as you are in fact having your wedding at the resort (not off site.)... Correct me if I've missed something....?

     

    I have heard that the resort have charged/tried to charge $200 for Rashel's services on site....



    #4172 Stay cee1

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      Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:39 PM

      After all hours bent over the laptops, 2 trips to get cardstock,

       

       

      beads of sweat when the printing process was in motion...and a few tears when the color and sizes weren't right...I think it's safe to say....I'm finally ready to mail out my DIY invitations. Here it is!!



      #4173 Stay cee1

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        Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:47 PM

        Originally Posted by MrsViolo 

         

         

        Same issue here! My wedding isn't until next January but I expected everyone to be just as excited about booking my wedding as I am. We're expecting 80 and only 30 have booked so far. I don't mind if people don't come it would just kinda be nice to know ASAP. Also trying to stay calm!

        LOL. Staying calm...hunched over the invitations, glue stick in one hand, glass of red wine in the other...getting them ready to hit the mailbox  before the weekend is out!!  Will have to get the MOH and the rest of the troops involved at some point.  I'm only mailing 50, so with the extra hands it shouldn't be so bad.



        #4174 Melly21112

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          Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:51 PM

          Hey Everyone!

          We just got back late last night, and everything was wonderful!

           

          Before we left I started to get worried because of all the comments on here with very specific questions, and I didn't know the answers either, and I was leaving WAY sooner than everyone else.

           

          We found out quickly once we got there, it doesn't matter. All that matters is that everyone was together, and we got married.

          The wedding planners know what they are doing, and made everything seem like it was no big deal.

           

          We went down a week before to know the lay of the land, and get everything all planned. We met with Chandlynn the second day we were there. The meeting lasted about 20 minutes, and that was just fine. I spent a long time getting songs all picked out for the walk, and at the last second, decided against using them. Chandlynn made a couple suggestions, or just some reggae music. Robin kicked me under the table, so that's what we did. It was perfect. We seen quite a few weddings before ours that had the steel drum bands, and that was really nice too. In the end, I was happy with what we had. No problem.

           

          Chandlynn said she would pass out our OOT bags to the rooms, but because everyone came in at the same time, and we were already there, we just met everyone in the lobby and passed them out when they arrived. (I made beach bags. Inside I had the sky lanterns with a mini marker and instructions to write a wish for the bride and groom and an explanation on where and when we are setting them off, a welcome letter with our room number and info on our welcome dinners, a map with the meeting spot at the pool marked on it, a deck of cards, a thank you letter with the website of the organization that we made donations to instead of favours on the table. The bridesmaids made "Jamaican" tux t-shirts for the grooms men and Dads, those went in, as well as matching Ray Ban Wayfars for the bridal party with thank you letters inside.)

           

          We had a welcome dinner for our family the first night at Mikado, and the second with friends at the Grill. Because there were 21 of us in the friends dinner, we had a set menu, and everyone loved it. Lloyd at The Grill was awesome to work with, and very patient with  us. 

           

          We had the sunshine package, and that was perfect. 4:00 wedding, then 5:30 dinner. After dinner we all went and got our sky lanterns and set them off beside the gazebo. It was beautiful.

           

          So, there was my run down. The only advice I have to give to everyone is just don't worry. The point of a destination wedding is to relax and have a good time. You don't need to bring down a million things. Just go and have fun. You're not there to chase people down, and stress yourself out.

           

          Love Melissa 

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

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          #4175 MrsViolo

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            Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:24 AM

            Originally Posted by MelB2012 

            She charges $70 for hair, $70 for make up. She is a vendor, and does not work at the resort.

             

            Many brides have said they did not pay the vendor fee, as Rashel comes to your room to do your hair and make up... as long as you are in fact having your wedding at the resort (not off site.)... Correct me if I've missed something....?

             

            I have heard that the resort have charged/tried to charge $200 for Rashel's services on site....

             

            Rashel said there's no vendor fee for her to come to the resort. She said at most she would have to pay for a day pass. I emailed the wedding planners to get confirmation and they said they don't know what there vendor fees for 2014 would be so they couldn't tell me (grrrr). I just booked her anyway and hopefully there will be no fee!



            #4176 SarahJ

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              Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:43 AM

              Melissa, congratulations :-) thank u so much for your review, it's making me so much more relaxed being able to read all the brides reviews before my wedding day. It's 9 weeks til we fly out to the resort :-) & what you have said about not worrying & just relax has helped me realize that I can relax & just enjoy the build up to my wedding day, so thank u. You looked stunning & so happy. Who did your photography?

              #4177 Stay cee1

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                Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

                Congrats Melissa.  Glad to hear you had a good time....You look amazing..love your dress!!   Thanks for the review.
                 



                #4178 MrsViolo

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                  Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:12 PM

                  hi everyone,

                   

                  I've been following Arrecife Bahia Principe Jamaica on facebook https://www.facebook...rrecife.jamaica (the resort's photographers). They've been posting some not too shabby pictures of recent (i think) weddings.

                   

                  Just wanted to share...



                  #4179 leannesmith

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                    Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

                    hi everyone, I've been following Arrecife Bahia Principe Jamaica on facebook https://www.facebook...rrecife.jamaica (the resort's photographers). They've been posting some not too shabby pictures of recent (i think) weddings. Just wanted to share...

                    I agree.....I hadn't committed to an external vendor yet....I do not want to pay the $800 dollars vendor fee. But if the resort photographer is good, the all the better for me and many more brides! The quality has certainly improved and that makes me like 2 grand happier!

                    #4180 MrsViolo

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                      Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:33 PM

                      Originally Posted by leannesmith 

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                      Originally Posted by MrsViolo 

                      hi everyone,

                      I've been following Arrecife Bahia Principe Jamaica on facebook https://www.facebook...rrecife.jamaica (the resort's photographers). They've been posting some not too shabby pictures of recent (i think) weddings.

                      Just wanted to share...
                      I agree.....I hadn't committed to an external vendor yet....I do not want to pay the $800 dollars vendor fee. But if the resort photographer is good, the all the better for me and many more brides! The quality has certainly improved and that makes me like 2 grand happier!

                      lol 2 grand happier is very happy! I think i'm going to use them for the day of the wedding photos, which can be pretty generic. And then I'll get a photographer i really like to do a TTD/more artsy pictures the next day off the resort to avoid the vendor fee.






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