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#1 daphne

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    Posted 26 June 2010 - 04:25 PM

    hello all - im having my destination wedding in November at the Gran Bahia Principe in runaway bay, Jamaica. they only have two time slots available (11am and 4pm) and i really wanted the 4pm slot but its already taken, so i only have the 11am as an option. has anyone had this before? we wanted to do a nicer dinner later on (6/7pm) so we're just not sure what to do with the large gap of time in between. any suggestions?
    thanks for your help! :)

    #2 tris

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      Posted 26 June 2010 - 04:54 PM

      Hmm... maybe you can plan some kind of activity during the day for everyone? Perhaps have appetizers and toasts prior?

      At least you won't feel rushed
      Married my best friend 04/28/11 at the Gran Bahia Principe Runaway Bay

      #3 Mischaka

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        Posted 26 June 2010 - 05:40 PM

        you can have cocktail hour, take a pics or even lunch. It can also be an excuse to get a second dress. lol

        #4 nmurch

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          Posted 26 June 2010 - 05:43 PM

          yes, that is PRETTY early, but then your wedding day WILL BE LONGER!!! my wedding is @ 3 and i'm sad that i'll only be all dolled up for 1/2 the day
          jan 11 cant come soon enough...

          #5 hockeymom97

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            Posted 26 June 2010 - 05:55 PM

            Hi Daphne - don't feel bad, mine is also at 11am and it's frustrating because it was originally at 4pm, but then we switched resorts and had to move the time. 11am is definitely not the time we wanted but I don't want to switch the date so we're trying to figure out a way to make it work. I don't mind so much about the time gap, but I'm worried that as the day goes on my hair and makeup will get messed up and by the time dinner rolls around I'll be a mess! So we're thinking that the ceremony and reception will take us until at least 1...maybe 2. Then we can take an hour or so to relax and freshen up, and around 3:30 or 4, we'll go offsite to get our pictures done (we want sunset pics) and then by the time we get back it will be time for dinner. So even tho it may not be the ideal time, there are ways to make this work :)
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            #6 August2010Bride

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              Posted 27 June 2010 - 08:59 AM

              We are having an early wedding too. 10 am, we actually chose this time to around afternoon showers in FL, and more humidity. We are simply having a cake/punch reception though, then will have the rest of the afternoon to do group actvities/relax, before hitting the strip that night. It works out great for us!!

              #7 daphne

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                Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:13 PM

                thanks so much everyone!!! thats very true about having the day last longer - thats a bonus!

                heather - thats what im worried about too! we want to do pics for the ceremony as well as later for dinner and dancing, so i dont want to look "fresh" in the first pics and then "sweaty & messy" for the others!!! lol
                mischaka - totally have thought about two dresses!!! ;o)

                #8 HazelsMelody

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                  Posted 03 July 2010 - 09:46 PM

                  Our wedding is at 11:30. We actually wanted an earlier wedding. We went to a destination wedding last year, at the Gran Bahia in Runaway Bay actually. :o) And the wedding was at 3pm. And there was so much time during the morning and afternoon for the guests to play and party and half the guests (us included) were TOAST for the wedding... We were hanging out at the pool with the best man and his girlfriend, doing shots at the pool side bar and playing in the sun... and if we all made it through the ceremony it was a miracle, but dinner was at 6 and many people left early - too tired, too sun stroked, too much to drink, the groom's parents included. They also planned to go to the disco later in the evening and hardly anyone showed up!

                  At least if your wedding is earlier, you can party WITH your guests later in the day and if they're all hammered, you will be too, so who cares. LOL
                  Iberostar Varadero
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                  #9 tris

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                    Posted 04 July 2010 - 05:30 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by HazelsMelody
                    Our wedding is at 11:30. We actually wanted an earlier wedding. We went to a destination wedding last year, at the Gran Bahia in Runaway Bay actually. :o) And the wedding was at 3pm. And there was so much time during the morning and afternoon for the guests to play and party and half the guests (us included) were TOAST for the wedding... We were hanging out at the pool with the best man and his girlfriend, doing shots at the pool side bar and playing in the sun... and if we all made it through the ceremony it was a miracle, but dinner was at 6 and many people left early - too tired, too sun stroked, too much to drink, the groom's parents included. They also planned to go to the disco later in the evening and hardly anyone showed up!

                    At least if your wedding is earlier, you can party WITH your guests later in the day and if they're all hammered, you will be too, so who cares. LOL
                    Good point! Now I'm going to have to make sure everyone takes it easy during the day of. I don't want to loose anyone early in the night!

                    How was the wedding if you don't mind me asking. That's where I'm getting married next year and I'd love another review :)
                    Married my best friend 04/28/11 at the Gran Bahia Principe Runaway Bay

                    #10 HazelsMelody

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                      Posted 08 July 2010 - 07:36 PM

                      The wedding at Gran Bahia was beautiful. I LOVED that the gazebo was out on the peninsula over the water, so it was like a beach wedding, but without having to worry about other beach-goers getting in the way of pictures either for the ceremony or for pictures afterward. It was windier out there, but really beautiful. That's what convinced us that a destination wedding was the way to go. :o)
                      Iberostar Varadero
                      25 March 2011
                      Bride & Groom and kids + 20 booked.




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