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Sandals Royal Caribbean and Private Island

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#1 MontegoBay

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    Posted 04 December 2009 - 11:16 PM

    Hi there,

    We are getting married at the Royal Caribbean Resort on May 22, 2010. Any other brides or grooms out there that have had a Martha Stewart, Beautiful Beginnings wedding? I wanted to hear from anyone who has had the "free" wedding and hear what you thought about it, what you would "add" on or about any of the extras you did add on...

    Also, what did you do for a "reception" afterwards? Did you pay extra to have a private cocktail or dinner reception? I am not sure if I should pay for a private reception as I feel like we have already paid for our food and drinks. Can you make reservations at a restaurant for a few people (10 people)?

    Any thoughts, experiences, ect... would be SO appreciated!


    #2 *Meagan*

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      Posted 05 December 2009 - 12:16 AM

      There are tons of threads on this topic. DO a search. Its not specifically under Royal Caribbean resort... but martha stewart, and beaches, and sandals..etc

      Here are a few:

      here are quite a few:
      Sandals, Beaches, and Royal Plantation Resorts - Best Destination Wedding Forum ~ The Ultimate Destination Wedding Resource

      Also check out the "islands" section and search your specific area.
      ALso your TA or WC can help with a lot of this. I am a BEaches bride and ask my WC a ton of questions!

      #3 sweetiecat

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        Posted 05 December 2009 - 02:24 PM

        I went to a wedding at Sandals Negril in early 2009, so the Martha Stewart weddings were not available then, but they had a similar package called the "Carefree Wedding," which was free. The bride and groom decided not to add on any extras, but since they had 10 rooms booked by their guests, they were able to have a private rehearsal dinner and a half hour appetizer/champagne/cake reception following the ceremony. I believe the price for the half hour reception is $15/person if you don't have 10 rooms booked. Later that evening (they were married in the early afternoon), we all met up at one of the restaurants for dinner. There were around 30 of us, and they had no problem setting aside a corner of one of the restaurants, so it was semi-private and we had our own menu to choose from. I believe this was at no extra charge. Everything turned out great, and we were able to party together at the piano bar afterward. I agree that it doesn't really make sense to pay $75/person at an all inclusive resort to have the private reception unless that is what you really want and have the money to do it. I believe it would be quite easy to secure reservations for 10 people in one of the restaurants. The staff at the resort (and the wedding coordinator) will really try to make you happy.

        After staying in Negril over the weekend for their wedding, my boyfriend (now fiance) and I went to Sandals Royal Caribbean for an additional three nights before leaving the island. If you have any questions about the resort or the difference between these two resorts, I would be happy to answer them. I'm not sure if they give you the option of getting married on the private island, but if they do, I think it would be a wonderful location. It feels very tropical (even more so than the main resort) and would be more private.

        #4 *Meagan*

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          Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:40 AM

          Sweetiecat- Thanks for the info~ That is really comforting to hear. I know a couple of brides who did the same thing and loved it and it wouldnt have done it any other way!

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