Short but quick review....
Was due to get married at noon on Dec 10, but when I had my meeting with Vinnette, she told me the Dolce Vita restaurant was double booked as well as the gazebo and because I arrived last, I was not able to argue why I should have the Dolce Vita and gazebo like I had reserved. I was going to be put in the Garden Grill and then sent out to the end of the beach by the nudist area for the reception party. For those who know this resort, it is a LONG walk to get to the end of the beach. Then I would have had to pay for a bartender at $23 per person which I didn't budget for. Personally, I think because I had the 'free package' someone else came along and offered more money then I was willing to pay to reserve these areas.
So after I shed a few tears Vinnette and Kalfani came up with a resolution that the wedding would be moved from Dec 10 to Dec 11. Then I could have my 4pm wedding, Dolce Vita and gazebo party. So then I had to race around the resort to ensure everyone knew it was changed. Unfortunately, 4 of my guests were staying at a resort in Montego Bay and never got the message about the change so they ended up at our resort on Dec. 10th to be turned away to come back on the 11th. They were not charged day pass fees due to the mix up.
Dec 11th was one of the only nice days the entire week we were there, so it ended up being a good thing that the date was moved. Vinnette upgraded my bouquet for free to a gorgeous orchid bouquet full of tangerine, hot pink, turquise and white orchids. The minister was absolutely adorable. Steel drum band was really great too. For the Dolce Vita meal we had caesar salad with chicken, tomato soup, the stuffed chicken and risotto and profiteroles for dessert. All very yummy. For the centerpieces I had ordered the $15 centerpiece which is a 10" vase with submersed orchids and a floating candle. I had asked for white orchids but some had fuschia orchids in them which I didn't like.
When we got to the gazebo, Vinnette had thrown in a bar and bartender which was really great. The bartender was fantastic, really funny and entertaining. We had asked for a table with some water and pop on it and didn't expect the bar at all.
There were a few disappointments to the day as well.
Photos: I had reserved Chris Lee and ended up getting Emilio for the photos. Emilio was very nice and his pictures were fine, but there were no 'fun' photos. My husband and I aren't 'romantic' people and most of the photos have us kissing or gazing at one another.
Hair: I had my hair done at the resort and the updo was very nice but then she put on one last layer of hairspray and the weight of it flattened my hair it to my head.
Misc.: My cousin couldn't come to the wedding and she sent me a gorgeous arrangement of tropical flowers. Honestly, it must have cost her $200. So I used them on the signing table, and then they moved them to the Dolce Vita and used them in front of the head table. And then I never saw them again. I went to the Dolce Vita the next evening and they didn't have them so they must have thrown them out. I was really upset. Also, my sister had left her camera on the table at the Dolce Vita and that was never turned in as well. When we left the restaurant, the waiters were already cleaning the tables so I figure one of them pocketed it, after we tipped them too. And I never got back any items that I brought to use on the tables like my David Tutera diamonds.
In the end, Vinnette was extremely helpful and knew what she was doing and the weather the day of the wedding was beautiful so changing the day ended up being a good thing. Would disappointments happened anywhere else? Yes. We had our beautiful Jamaican wedding and I got the sunset photos that I wanted.