Sounds like an exceptional place.
Has anyone heard of Hummingbird Hall in Montego Bay?
Posted 12 July 2013 - 04:24 AM
I just signed the contract for HH for 5/24/14! I am a little weary, though, that they only take the deposit by wire transfer and do not accept credit cards. Did anyone else feel the same way and how was the experience? Other than this, the venue is spectacular and all of my interaction with the employees has been excellent.
Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:57 AM
Full disclosure, my name is Michelle and I work at Hummingbird Hall
We actually just found this thread by way of a trusty Google Alert. It's great to know there's a place where our brides and grooms can hang out!
I just thought I would answer the last post, to prevent incorrect information spreading.
If clients book with travel agents they can pay their travel agent using a credit card, and then the travel agents go ahead and pay us via wire. Clients who go down this route can expect to pay an additional 15% on the base cost of their wedding, due to the commission travel agent's charge and credit card processing fees. I would say 3-5% of our clients go down this route.
Alternatively, if clients want to enjoy the lower fees of booking direct we do not accept credit cards from due to the high processing fees that credit cards charge (5-10%).
We make the choice (credit card vs wire) known to clients when they book with us, as well as in our T+Cs and FAQs.
Ultimately, even though we love hosting weddings (and thank everyone for their support); we appreciate how stressful planning a destination wedding is and really want our clients to feel comfortable and secure. For those weary of paying by wire, we definitely recommend the travel agent route â€“ it's more expensive, but peace of mind is priceless as they say!
Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions. Happy planning wherever you are getting married.
Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:45 AM
Yes, I can totally relate. I was petrified, especially after watching programs about Jamaica and scamming. To make matters worse, when I went into my bank to do the wire I was asked about a zillion times whether I knew the people personally and why I was sending such a large amount, and was I sure because once the money was gone it was gone! It definitely terrified us but we took it upon ourselves to do our own research. I called up their bank myself and asked general questions. Over there I think their privacy laws are not as strict as here, because I was able to get a lot of info about the company. I also sent the money in two goes â€“ first to see how quickly they acknowledged it and then once i'd got confirmation it was received, i sent the next amount. It cost me an extra wire fee. In the end we got a notification from them that the money was there the next business day. So far so good with the venue, I'm happy we took the riskbecause honestly, i couldn't envision marrying anywhere else, but I definitely feel your stress. It's nice to meet another HH 2014 bride btw congratulations!!
Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:48 AM
btw which resort will you be staying in?? have you chosen your other vendors yet? i like the new hummingbird videographer epic weddings but i can't find that many examples of his work!
Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:33 AM
Thanks so much for sharing your experience! We are staying at the Iberostar Rose Hall Grand and I think most of our guests will either stay there or at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites. We had a travel agent book us a block of rooms at both.
As far as vendors, I'm just gathering quotes from videographers/photographers. We LOVE Elite Media Concepts work, but the price is steep so we also checked out Epic Weddings but only saw one example. Their price is very reasonable, though. Still working through all those details. Haven't even starting thinking about hair/makeup vendors yet....one step at a time
Congrats to you too!
Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:37 AM
Elite Media Concepts ARE amazing, but unfortunately not in our budget...though I guess I've got a year + to persuade Mr Man!!
We're debating between Hilton and Iberostar Suites. Tons will depend on the composition of the guests who RSVP (Hilton's apparently better for kids). I'm DYING to send out official invitations, but i guess 517 days is a bit far out... not that i'm counting
Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:43 AM
Hello everyone, we just booked and can't contain our excitement! It'll be our first trip to Jamaica.
Posted 28 September 2013 - 08:03 AM
Hey ladies, We just got back from Jamaica and doing a site visit/ menu/cake tasting at Hummingbird Hall. It's a lovely place and we decided to go ahead and book based on what we experienced. If anyone has any questions about the venue I'd be happy to answer them as best i can. Otherwise I look forward to being part of this community! Are there any brides from London here?
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