Ok I am back from my wedding July 24 at the RIU Clubhotel in Negril.
Travel Agent - A+
I used Destination Weddings and my TA was the greatest. I had 16 people traveling from 4 different states, and None of my guest had any issues booking their trips.
Hotel - A+
We were greeted with Rum Punch and was able to check into our rooms right away. The Staff was very friendly to all of my guest. We were upgraded to an Oceanview with a king size bed. The rooms was very clean, and cleaned everyday we were there. When I first got there, I gave the hotel my guest list and asked that they all be placed in building 1, and they had no problem doing this. I would suggest building 1 or 2 ,cause 3&4 are kinda further away from everything.
The food at the hotel was good too. The best Restaurant was Sir Andrews. The evening entertainment was great. Me and my guest made sure we didn't miss the 9:30pm shows while we were there.
Wedding Coordinator - A+
I started email her back in Aug. 2009, and she always replied within 2 days of getting my emails. My meeting with her was at 11am, and she was promptly waiting for me and FI in her office. Basically we just confirmed everything I had been emailing her about. I brought some of my own decorations and she was glad to set everything up with me. I asked if we can get some tables reserved at the Buffet on Friday night for a welcome dinner and so I can give out our welcome bags, and there was no problem. She arranged this and it was all good on Friday.
Wedding Day - A+
I choose the Royal Package with my ceremony at 4pm on the Beach at the Arch. Believe it or not, it was sunny all day until 4pm. It started raining at 4pm, so my wedding was moved to the Terrace. They say it is good luck when it rains on your wedding day . Dionne made sure all my decorations were set up there and ready to go inspite of the rain. The Terrace is partially open and nice for those who are concerned about what happens if it rains. The rain stopped during the ceremony, so we were able to get all of our pictures on the beach afterward. Actually I was kinda glad it wasn't on the beach after it was all said and done, cause the area where the Arch is has no shade, and it was hot as all get out right before the wedding.
My reception was at Shadows, on the second floor. Even though it is semi private, there was no one else up there and the restaurant was empty as well, so we were the only ones in there. I got the white cake with flowers in my colors. It was a 2 tier and I brought my own cake topper. They do not provide decorations for the reception so if you want anything you have to bring your own. Needless say I brought my own, and she had it decorated very nicely.
Photographer - A+
I used Marcia Roberts, and I must say she is absolutely fabulous to work with. She did photos and video. Click the link below to see a slides show she did for our wedding. The pictures she took were not like any others and the attention to detail was great. She doesn't book based on time, so she was there all day and night until after the reception and we were ready for her to go.
We have stayed in other RIU's before and this was just as nice as the others we have stayed in. If you have any questions for me, feel free to ask.