We had our first call with our WC Roxi yesterday. She was actually in Jamiaca so I think she was just brought in to help Monica with her workload. The call was ok, I certainly felt that it was a sales pitch and they did try to sell us on everything in their booklet. We have already booked our session with Brilliant so I said no to the Beaches photographer but got the simple edits video. We have booked our wedding for 1pm on May 9th, 2012 and will have a 1hr cocktail after the wedding with the steel pan player before we make our way over to the neighbouring resort to meet with Ileana for some family/guest and wedding shots. Then we have booked our 2 hour reception dinner at 6 pm later that day - no entertainment though, we thought we would just play our iPod in the background for music during dinner. We are also doing the trash the dress session the next day, both me and my FI are really excited for the session and we are totally amazed by all of the beautiful pictures on the Brilliant blog - thank you all for your wonderful recommendations!
I was surprised that they asked us to pay for all our confirmed upgrades up front, but in the end, I guess we were ok with it. Also, I was blown away on the very high price of flowers for boutennieres for the dads and best man, and mom corsages. The maid of honor bouquet was $250 - yikes! I'm going to have to think of an alternative!
She tried really hard to sell us on the star lighting package - is this really necessary? Ileana told us that sunset was around 7pm, and I'm assuming that there would be some lighting around the available reception areas? From the pictures that were sent to us, I am liking the jacuzzi deck and the French pavilion as reception areas.
Anyone not get married on the Beach? Did you purchase any flower petals or lawn aisle? I guess these are things that I won't know if I want until I actually see the area.