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#1 poohbear1201

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    Posted 07 February 2011 - 09:48 PM

    Hello  Brides and Brides to be...

     

     I am in need of some guidance from some of you who have some knowledge of this particular issue I am having...

     

    Possible (hopeful) wedding location Sandals Grande St. Lucian

     

    Having guests come to Sandals St. Lucia for my wedding in (hopefully November 2011)...I have learned they only have king beds. Some of my friends and  his friends are single and I suppose would have to shack up with someone they may or may not know. I haven't told anyone yet as we are deciding between St Lucia and Cuba...but I was wondering what everyone else has done in this situation.

     

    Many thanks for your opinions and advice ^_^

    Cari



    #2 Brandy

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      Posted 08 February 2011 - 05:38 AM

      This is the exact reason why I didnt choose a sandals, also they say that if you have someone stay alone in the room they are still paying the rate as if two people were in the room.  So I would def try to put two people to a room, how many singles do you have?



      #3 poohbear1201

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        Posted 08 February 2011 - 06:32 AM

        Thanks for your response...it is much appreciated :) I think I will have about 4-5 singles...I see your getting married really soon in Turks and Caicos...Congrats!!  There's another dream spot!! I looked into Beaches Turks & Caicos...it is double the price than Sandals Grande St. Lucian...which is sad to say why I am leaning to Sandals over Beaches...but maybe I should re-evaluate my idea...lol!!



        #4 Brandy

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          Posted 08 February 2011 - 06:40 AM

          Yeah turks and caicos is pretty up there, did you check the pricing of the beaches in Jamaica?  Im sure its still higher, but at least people can room single and the price will be better for your guests if they want to room alone.



          #5 Brandy

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            Posted 08 February 2011 - 06:41 AM

            Also, the time of year you go really matters too, like april costs way more than may, I almost wish I had booked it for may to save my guests alot of money.



            #6 poohbear1201

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              Posted 08 February 2011 - 05:49 PM

              I will definately check into other locations :) Jamaica is out of the question for someone in the fiance' family :( so we can't choose there!!

              Thanks for your advice



              #7 Brandy

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                Posted 09 February 2011 - 05:54 AM

                Take your time, you dont want to rush into this decision and then regret it, pick your location then set your date.  This part took me the longest!!!



                #8 wilsonj2

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                  Posted 09 February 2011 - 06:39 AM

                  Hi and welcome!  I am getting married at Sandals Grande St. Lucian in July.  We have several guests sharing rooms, and it has not really been a problem.  I wouldn't worry about that aspect...

                   

                  If price is a factor though, you may want to look elsewhere.  Many of my guests thought they would be able to go, but when the actual cost was figured, they couldn't afford it.  I like Sandals in St. Lucia, because you can choose between the three resorts, but most wanted to stay where the wedding would take place, and that is the most expensive resort.  The flights are also very expensive compared to other islands.  I don't know though... if you're looking at November, the prices might be cheaper because of hurricane season.

                   

                  All that said, I am really looking forward to my wedding, and I know St. Lucia is one of the most beautiful and adventurous islands...it will be perfect. I just wish I could have more guests come with me!  My awesome TA did offer me a piece of advice when I was planning....she said often she has brides plan for huge destination weddings, and then they are disappointed when not many guests can come.  She said to plan the wedding as if the bride and groom might be the only ones there....so that's what we did!  Good luck!
                   

                  Originally Posted by poohbear1201 

                  Hello  Brides and Brides to be...

                   

                   I am in need of some guidance from some of you who have some knowledge of this particular issue I am having...

                   

                  Possible (hopeful) wedding location Sandals Grande St. Lucian

                   

                  Having guests come to Sandals St. Lucia for my wedding in (hopefully November 2011)...I have learned they only have king beds. Some of my friends and  his friends are single and I suppose would have to shack up with someone they may or may not know. I haven't told anyone yet as we are deciding between St Lucia and Cuba...but I was wondering what everyone else has done in this situation.

                   

                  Many thanks for your opinions and advice ^_^

                  Cari




                  July 2011 ~ Sandals Grande St. Lucian

                  #9 smileysteph

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                    Posted 01 May 2011 - 11:18 AM

                    Hey Everyone!

                    I'm new to the forums and am in the process of planning a Sandals / Beaches wedding. We have started working with a travel agent and the more locations I look at the more confused I get. Originally we were planning to get married at Sandals but now that there are a few children on our invite list it looks likes it's going to be Beaches. We have been looking at Beaches Negril and Beaches Turks & Caicos. They both look beautiful, and although I love traveling, I haven't been to Jamaica or Turks & Caicos!  

                    We are looking at April 2012 and having 40 - 50 guests.  Ideally we would like to have a cocktail reception and private dinner. I really love the look of the Island Paradise theme but haven't dug too much into the details. In terms of the ceremony, I would love to have it right on the beach (somewhat secluded if possible). Do these resorts have private beaches? or do they border on other resorts? Do the water parks take away from the overall atmosphere? Romantic atmosphere that is :)

                    If you have recently had a wedding at either of these resorts I would love (and appreciate) your advice! We are also open to other Beaches properties at this point.

                    Thanks so much in advance!!!

                    Steph



                    #10 beachesSB1412

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                      Posted 05 July 2011 - 05:52 PM

                      My TA has been to all of these.  Turks & Caicos is of course beautiful (& pricier).  Not sure what your budget is - the add-ons certainly add-UP.  I have booked Beaches Sandy Bay in Negril because it is smaller and less catering to "children" (no water park).  It is of course not as fancily decorated as Beaches Negril but it is a little cheaper, smaller and more intimate.  I have pics from my TA of both - PM me your email address if your interested in seeing these.

                      Families can stay at either of these Beaches resorts and can take the free Beaches shuttle every 1/2 hour between the two resorts (=more restaurant, bar & entertainment options).

                      Don't forget to have your TA set up a registration for your "weddingmoon" so that people can buy you add-ons if you dont need the typical wedding registration/items.






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