We got back from our wedding and honeymoon a few days ago and it was wonderful! I donâ€™t regret for one second doing a destination wedding. For me it was a very stress free experience and I really owe it all to this forum. I am a Type A personality and without this forum I think I would have gone crazy. The forum allowed me to relax over the past year knowing from all the past brides that is was going to be great. Here is my review of our wedding, if you have any addâ€™l questions donâ€™t hesitate to ask.
We flew Continental direct from Newark, NJ. Continental still allows you one 50 pound checked baggage for free when flying international so that was great. My grandmother was our travel agent and gave us two vouchers to be upgraded to first class. We got to the gate very early and my charming husband got us upgraded to first class. I gave a small negative though b/c we didnâ€™t find out we were upgraded until half way through boarding so we were boarding with most of the people from coach. When the flight attendant saw my wedding dress right away she said that she didnâ€™t have anywhere to store it. As soon as I told her we were flying first class she offered me the closet and then decided that wasnâ€™t good enough and cleared out an entire overhead for my dress so it could lay flat. That was awesome, but had I not been flying first class I wouldnâ€™t have gotten that service.
The RPRM was awesome and I canâ€™t say enough about it. When we checked in we mentioned that we were getting married at the resort and the women smiled and said told us to hold on. After a few minutes she came back with a huge smile and said she was able to upgrade our room (we hadnâ€™t even asked). We had originally upgraded our room to the Superior Suite (just meant it was the normal room, but had a view of the courtyard). Well when we got to our room it was amazing, we had been upgraded to the Jacuzzi Suite and it was enormous. It was prefect for when my sisters and I were getting ready on my wedding day.
My husband and I arrived 2 days before our guests started to arrive and we made sure all the staff knew that we were getting married on Friday and that we had 50 guests coming. By the time all the guests arrived they were treated like royalty. The service is tremendous here; all the bartenders and wait staff knew us by name. The pool bartender Marvin who remembered my husband from last year when we were there even requested to be our bartender at our wedding. He was awesome.
I didnâ€™t hear one complaint about the food.
We ate at the buffet every night b/c we had so many guests coming in and we didnâ€™t want to exclude anyone. We had several guests eat at all the restaurants with no complaints. So often people make reservations and donâ€™t show up so if you go to the restaurant at the seating times and they have open seats they will allow you in. I had told all my guests this and it worked 90% of the time.
Welcome Dinner A+
We arranged with Nancy ahead of time a welcome dinner at the Buffet the night before the wedding. There is a private section behind the desserts and that is where they set it up. They had 4 servers that were only taking care of our section and bringing everyone drinks. It was a really good night at the buffet with beef wellington, shrimp, grilled salmon so everyone was raving about it. It was completely free and since we had 50 people it worked great for us.
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