Hi! We did the 4:00 ceremony and it was still really hot...it cooled down considerably by the sunset time, so that should be perfect and well worth the extra money if you have it. I would also suggest not flying in too many days before the wedding. We flew in on Tuesday and got married on Friday...too many days. My dress fit perfectly before I went and I gained a bit of weight before the wedding, even though I was eating pretty well. I wish we had flown in on Wednesday. Also, it is a bit stressful, and you will not really get to enjoy your vacation until after the wedding is over.
Just a resort tidbit--Pigeon Island National Park is right beside the resort. You just walk down the beach, past the guard, and into the park. Please go take pictures in the ruins there! They are literally a two minute walk. I wish we had known, but we only ventured out after the wedding.
Don't worry about his family. You'll find out that the people who really want to be there will come, and those are the people you would want anyway! My family was hesitant also at first, but they had the time of their lives. Just keep telling them you want them to have a nice vacation, which I'm sure you do!
Hi WilsonJ2 and ladies! Looks like you are arriving today!! Congratulations!! My FH and I are getting married at the Grande April 14, 2012 and simply can't wait!! Please update us on how everything went and any suggestions you have for us!! I did attend my best friend's wedding at Beaches/Sandals Negril last year and it was amazing. Stress free,fun and beautiful. The in house photographer did do an excellent job. We are getting married on a Saturday and arriving on Wednesday and are also paying the $150 fee.We are also doing the sunset ceremony,which was an extra $600, so I hope it is as beautiful as I think it will be. I have to say Sandals has been awesome to work with... very nice, helpful, lots of options,and not pushy. The only problem I have faced has been ridiculous negativity from his family about our decision to have a destination wedding. They seem to think that despite the fact that they aren't contributing anything and we are paying for this ourselves (and they are very successful) that we (mostly they are blaming me,though) are just selfish and they are refusing to come. The fact is, we tried to do the big."traditional" thing and we can't afford it! It has just been so upsetting to the point where I don't care if they decide not to come. We always all got along great until we stood up to their unreasonable demands. I just feel bad for him that he has to be tortured this way. Have any of you experienced this? I just feel so frustrated when all I want to feel is excited!! Good luck everybody!!