Chain resort versus private boutique hotels?
Posted 24 February 2010 - 11:22 PM
What are the benefits of picking a private smaller name hotel versus a huge place like Sandals or Beaches? I would love some feedback on this so I can dive deeper!
Posted 25 February 2010 - 02:33 PM
Posted 03 March 2010 - 12:18 PM
1. Photography--we didn't want to be forced to use a resort photographer, pay a ton for a package, and only get 40 sub-par photos. Pictures are all you have after the day is over so this wasn't ok with us.
2. Onlookers--at chain resorts, it's inevitable that you'll have other guests who gawk at your wedding. I've seen pictures on here from brides who had absolutely gorgeous setups on the beach...then you look in the background and see 10 half-naked fat men standing watching the ceremony...not exactly romantic! lol
3. At a boutique resort, you're pretty much the only people there so it's all about you!! There's nothing like having an entire resort for you and your guests!!
Good luck and let us know what you decide!!
Posted 03 March 2010 - 01:09 PM
Whereever you decide to get married will be wonderful because you will be with the people who love you and who you love! Much happiness to you and your fiance!
Posted 03 March 2010 - 02:56 PM
Posted 09 April 2010 - 12:43 AM
Posted 18 May 2010 - 11:15 AM
When I began my research I fell in LOVE with Rockhouse Hotel and Moon Dance and the small boutique resorts, as well as Negril in general! My FI and I had some arguements because he felt that if we wanted to invite people, we would need an AI so they would know the overall cost of the trip for planning purposes. My side was...I didn't want to feel like a #! As gbyrd mentioned. In the end, I think we found a good compromise.
In the end...we choose Secrets Wild Orchid/St. James in Montego Bay (we also decided to look only at Adults Only resorts as no kids were on the potential guest list). The resort wasn't even open at the time we booked the wedding!!!
We choose it for a few reasons:
1. They provide 2 queen beds in some rooms. Most Adults Only are "Couples Only" or atleast geared that way and only offer 1 king bed in ALL rooms. We have some single friends that would like to come and share a room...not a bed!
2. They will only do 3 weddings a day...max, and they are spread out about 3 hours apart. Most of the other AI resorts do up to 7 weddings a day! Thats like 1 and hour...Insane!!!!
3. Our guests will know the complete cost of the trip if they wish to attend or if they are trying to figure out if they can afford to! Money is tight for many people right now and I didn't want any surprises for people who decided to attend.
4. There are a TON of activites, ALL INCLUDED!!! There is something for everyone! I want the people who come to make it their own vaca too. There is nothing worse than spending money to go somewhere and not enjoy yourself. I don't want them to regret coming to my wedding or have a bad experience that my wedding will always be linked to!
If it were just my FI and I we would have definitely choose a small boutique resort, or something totally off the beaten track. However, there are a few people we really want to have with us on our wedding day, so we considered them as well when planning. It's a hard balance to find, your guests concerns (or your concerns for them) and your own desires.
In the end, it is your day...and it will be beautiful no matter what you choose! Decided what's important to you and your fiancee and go from there!
Posted 18 May 2010 - 11:21 AM
We also picked Secrets because it was relatively close to the airport. I decided that as a guest I wouldnt really enjoy an hour to 2 hour bus ride (to get to Negril or Ocho Rios) after getting off a plane. My aunt also just spoke to friends that just returned from a wedding in Negril and one of their complaints was the bus ride! It made me feel good I decided against Negril, even though it looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!
So if you decide on Jamaica or Mexico or somewhere else, try to remember your guests when choosing how much "additional" travel will be needed to get to the resort/hotel/villa once landing at the airport!
Posted 14 July 2010 - 07:36 PM
Posted 30 September 2010 - 08:20 AM
This is the same battle I am struggling with. I like the small intimate feel of my wedding being at a boutique hotel but I want my guest to have the advantages of having lots to do which is what an AI resort would offer. So I am leaning towards staying at an AI resort but having my wedding off site at a smaller setting like an estate or boutique style hotel just for the day. So this way I can have the best of both....so now its trying to find that...I think I need to get a wedding planner in Jamaica to help me with this. Any suggestions of Jamaican wedding planners would be much appreciated!
"I loved the fact that strangers were able watch our wedding from their balconies and were so happy for my husband and I. It was like we were celebrities for the week!" To Marne: I love your attitude!!:0)
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