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#5391 tram13

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    Posted 05 December 2013 - 06:01 PM

    Hello I am getting married on aug 16 at and have a couple questions. If a Canadian bride who recently got married at GBP could answer this for me that would great. Is a short form copy of birth certificate acceptable? The 1700 fee for pisces, is that additional to wedding pkg fee? Does this include dancing, open bar after dinner? So much info on this thread... :) thank you!!

    I believe that the long form is preferred, as it has both of your parents names on there.  I do believe that some brides have gotten away with the short form - but, I would either go with the long, or double check with your WC to be on the safe side.
    The fee to have a PRIVATE reception (with the Pisces qualifies as) would be in addition to any wedding package fees.  It does include the DJ.  I do believe that some of the 2014 packages may cover the open bar - but for me getting married in 2013, an open bar would be extra (at $23 per person per 2 hours).
    I get married tomorrow!  Reception at the Pisces.  Eeek!



    #5392 Dizzypeacock

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    Posted 15 December 2013 - 11:33 AM

    Hi ladies, 

    I'm currently planning my August 2014 wedding from the UK but my cousin and girlfriend want to travel from Las Vegas - Does anyone know of any travel agents US based or if it is possible/ advisable to book a package from Las Vegas ? Thanks for your help, 

    Liz



    #5393 medwards

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    Posted 22 December 2013 - 08:25 PM

    Hi ladies, 
    I'm currently planning my August 2014 wedding from the UK but my cousin and girlfriend want to travel from Las Vegas - Does anyone know of any travel agents US based or if it is possible/ advisable to book a package from Las Vegas ? Thanks for your help, 
    Liz


    I know it is possible, my dad and his wife live in Vegas and just booked their package a few months ago. Not sure what agent they used but I can look into it.

    On another note does anyone know if they actually charge your deposit to your credit card or just hold on to it in case? I ended up scanning and emailing our deposit form to them and they confirmed through email they got it. That was a month ago now and still nothing on our credit card!!

    As long as they still have our times booked... That's all that matters. Just over two months to go!!

    #5394 CdnBrideJoanne

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      Posted 27 December 2013 - 07:12 AM

      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.



      #5395 LinzWarr

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      Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:53 AM

      Does anyone have the tai flora catalogue with prices for the bridesmaids?  What did others do for bridal flowers??  



      #5396 medwards

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      Posted 02 January 2014 - 09:08 PM

      Does anyone have the tai flora catalogue with prices for the bridesmaids?  What did others do for bridal flowers??


      I don't, but if you somehow get ahold of one let me know... They are impossible to get ahold of!

      #5397 MrsViolo

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        Posted 03 January 2014 - 01:20 AM

        Message me your email address and I can send it to you. I can't post this to this forum.

        The Tai flora brochure does not have prices. You need to email your selections to the wedding planner and hope she gets back to you!

        I also have the Jan's floral brochure (with prices). The seem to have nicer options. Just waiting to hear back from Vinette to confirm that it's cheaper going with Jan's.

        #5398 soontobeawalsh

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        Posted 05 January 2014 - 04:24 AM

        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.

        Thank you so much for your review!!!  

        Im glad that everything worked out for you in the end!!  congratulations on being a new MRS.  

        Im glad to hear that Vinnetter was great..I have been talking with her a lot ...only 3 months for me to go now :)

         

        As for your photographer....I believe that Chris Lee is no longer at the resort.  Im pretty sure that I heard he decided to go into business for his-self.  Its too bad because I had him booked as well :(  But its good to hear that the other photographers are good as well



        #5399 megthomson

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        Posted 05 January 2014 - 05:19 AM

        Glad it mostly all worked out in the end!

        #5400 newsiebride

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        Posted 06 January 2014 - 05:37 AM

        Hi everyone!

         

        I am getting married at the Gran Bahia on February 25th. Just wondering if anyone has received prices for hair and make up?






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