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Are you planning on using the resort photographer? If so they usually email you. But You can also email them. They have already emailed me about my wedding and its Jan 2014. However I will be using a off site photographer.

 

As for the spa you would just email the Renova spa and they will make a apointment I believe.

 

Reception is done thru Keisha. Basically you tell her if you want the private  or semi private(free if you are getting the package)

 

Sometimes it takes her a while to respond

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Hi Danielle03, I was not worried about using the photographer with the resort until I read a blog on trip advisory about a couple who never got there photos and were told to pay in advance. I was hoping to see if anyone else has used others or been suggested of others. The reception is where I am confused. I did pay for the wedding package but it sounds like the ceremony and dinner that is included is different from the reception that others have been talking about. I am having a 1:00pm ceremony and have no idea a time frame of anything. I just don't want to miss the timelines of when to book things. I am nervous because I was told by my travel agent that I would here from Keisha 60 days out and I have just heard from here 35 days out. I've heard of people not getting there marriage licenses for 10 weeks after the wedding and in the only email she has sent was for the documents for our license and that I needed to Fed Ex them to her immediately when she is at fault for waiting so long to get to me. Also all the pictures I've seen of weddings at the resort are so out dated. I would love to see more photos of what to expect! Ha, sorry about the long response! I guess I have just been waiting a long time and now everything is so soon and it does not feel organized at all.

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Originally Posted by AshleyD View Post

 

Hi Danielle03,

 

I was not worried about using the photographer with the resort until I read a blog on trip advisory about a couple who never got there photos and were told to pay in advance. I was hoping to see if anyone else has used others or been suggested of others.

The reception is where I am confused. I did pay for the wedding package but it sounds like the ceremony and dinner that is included is different from the reception that others have been talking about. I am having a 1:00pm ceremony and have no idea a time frame of anything.

I just don't want to miss the timelines of when to book things. I am nervous because I was told by my travel agent that I would here from Keisha 60 days out and I have just heard from here 35 days out. I've heard of people not getting there marriage licenses for 10 weeks after the wedding and in the only email she has sent was for the documents for our license and that I needed to Fed Ex them to her immediately when she is at fault for waiting so long to get to me.

Also all the pictures I've seen of weddings at the resort are so out dated. I would love to see more photos of what to expect! Ha, sorry about the long response! I guess I have just been waiting a long time and now everything is so soon and it does not feel organized at all.

No problem!

 

I was the same as you on the photographer. I looked a lot into it. My TA gave me pics from a couple that just got back from there and had the resort photographer, and it wasnt anything that wowed me. Not to say they arent a good photographer, just wasnt my taste. And for the price they are charging, I have decided to book with a offsite photographer.

 

There are a lot of good photographers in Jamaica that will pay the vendor fee and give you amazing pictures!

 

Which wedding package did you choose? I went with the free wedding so only the Semi private dinner was included with mine, But now we are thinking of doing a private reception at the plantation resturant. Which is costing 1000.00 set up, plus 10.50 per person (over the 10 ppl included in oru package) Im pretty sure we are going to have to pay for the DJ also. And ther eis no open bar with that. (havent decided if we will pay extra for that or ppl will just have to deal with only the wine lol until we go to the disco)

 

My ceremony is at 1 as well(not by choice) I believe dinner starts at 530/6 pm ( im still waiting back on confirmation with that as well)

 

I have been emailing Keisha since we booked our wedding and ours is in July . If you email her now she should respond, and if she doesnt within 3 days I would email her again. Or even phone her.

 

I didnt even know about documents that need to be sent to her. I will probably email her for that around september so I can get them sent out in time( I am like you, i dont like to wait until last minute)

 

I have found that google is my best friend. I google EVERYTHING for the resort. There is also a lot of pictures and information on this webiste. If you search the resturant pics or anything that you are wanting to know can generally find it on here.

 

Back to the photographer. Depending on your budget and what you want out of your pictures its definately good to look off resort. I think I read that the photgorapher on the resort is only scheudled for your time that your wedding is. so ceremony at 1 I think you only have him for a hr or 2 depending on if they have another wedding after etc. So also something to consider.

 

Let me know if you have any more questions :)

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Hi Danielle and Ashley I think I'm going to book an outside photographer too cause the Riu one us soo expensive n pics don't look to good. Did u decide on a videographer? I really only want the ceremony videoed but it's soo expensive n can't see paying the vendor fee for a video guy for 2 hours.

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Originally Posted by Jessica Correa View Post

 

I am very excited about the wedding in Jamaica but I am having a dilemma because most of my guests (family) only speak Spanish... I wonder I'd there is any way to make the ceremony in Spanish or somehow make it so that they don't feel let out from the ceremony. Any suggestions on what to do?

 

Hey Jessica,

 

Do you have any family members attending that happen to be bilingual? Perhaps you can arrange to have them translate the ceremony as it's being done?  That is the only cost efficient option I can think of...;)

 

Yassy

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Hi Danielle and Ashley I think I'm going to book an outside photographer too cause the Riu one us soo expensive n pics don't look to good. Did u decide on a videographer? I really only want the ceremony videoed but it's soo expensive n can't see paying the vendor fee for a video guy for 2 hours.
Hey I agree. The pics of the resort photographer iSnt what I am looking for. We are in the talks right now with a photographer. We know who we are going with just need to make it official. I debated a videographer but decided to just have a family member record the ceremony and reception. It will save us some money. With that being said. Most off site photographers do the videographer as well have have packages for both photo/video. And it would be one vendor fee :)

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Originally Posted by DANIELLE03 View Post

 

No problem!

 

I was the same as you on the photographer. I looked a lot into it. My TA gave me pics from a couple that just got back from there and had the resort photographer, and it wasnt anything that wowed me. Not to say they arent a good photographer, just wasnt my taste. And for the price they are charging, I have decided to book with a offsite photographer.

 

There are a lot of good photographers in Jamaica that will pay the vendor fee and give you amazing pictures!

 

Which wedding package did you choose? I went with the free wedding so only the Semi private dinner was included with mine, But now we are thinking of doing a private reception at the plantation resturant. Which is costing 1000.00 set up, plus 10.50 per person (over the 10 ppl included in oru package) Im pretty sure we are going to have to pay for the DJ also. And ther eis no open bar with that. (havent decided if we will pay extra for that or ppl will just have to deal with only the wine lol until we go to the disco)

 

My ceremony is at 1 as well(not by choice) I believe dinner starts at 530/6 pm ( im still waiting back on confirmation with that as well)

 

I have been emailing Keisha since we booked our wedding and ours is in July . If you email her now she should respond, and if she doesnt within 3 days I would email her again. Or even phone her.

 

I didnt even know about documents that need to be sent to her. I will probably email her for that around september so I can get them sent out in time( I am like you, i dont like to wait until last minute)

 

I have found that google is my best friend. I google EVERYTHING for the resort. There is also a lot of pictures and information on this webiste. If you search the resturant pics or anything that you are wanting to know can generally find it on here.

 

Back to the photographer. Depending on your budget and what you want out of your pictures its definately good to look off resort. I think I read that the photgorapher on the resort is only scheudled for your time that your wedding is. so ceremony at 1 I think you only have him for a hr or 2 depending on if they have another wedding after etc. So also something to consider.

 

Let me know if you have any more questions :)

 

Originally Posted by AshleyD View Post

 

Hi Danielle03,

 

I was not worried about using the photographer with the resort until I read a blog on trip advisory about a couple who never got there photos and were told to pay in advance. I was hoping to see if anyone else has used others or been suggested of others.

The reception is where I am confused. I did pay for the wedding package but it sounds like the ceremony and dinner that is included is different from the reception that others have been talking about. I am having a 1:00pm ceremony and have no idea a time frame of anything.

I just don't want to miss the timelines of when to book things. I am nervous because I was told by my travel agent that I would here from Keisha 60 days out and I have just heard from here 35 days out. I've heard of people not getting there marriage licenses for 10 weeks after the wedding and in the only email she has sent was for the documents for our license and that I needed to Fed Ex them to her immediately when she is at fault for waiting so long to get to me.

Also all the pictures I've seen of weddings at the resort are so out dated. I would love to see more photos of what to expect! Ha, sorry about the long response! I guess I have just been waiting a long time and now everything is so soon and it does not feel organized at all.

 

Hey AshleyD,

 

Like Danielle03, I also opted for the "free wedding" pkg and decided to do the Semi-Private dinner @ 10.50pp and have booked the Disco for $650 (for 2 hours) based on a maximum of 50 people, as it also includes the dj and an open bar with a bartender.  Prior to making my decision, I actually took the liberty to price out all of the possible options to see what was most suitable and cost efficient for me...I'm providing my personal breakdown for anyone who is interested:

 

Dinner & Reception Options: Based on 50 people

 

**Free Ceremony on the Beach $500 (includes MOC + Marriage Certificate)**

 

Option #1:

 

Semi-Private Dinner $10.50pp

No Reception

 

Option #2:

 

Semi-Private Dinner $10.50pp ($525.00)

Private Reception (beach/poolside) $15.00pp ($750.00)

Extras: $600 Set up fee, $200/hour to rent the Soundsystem (Speakers,Mic, Ipod Docking Station, CD Player)

 

 

Option #3:

 

6:30pm – 10:30pm Private Dinner & Reception (Beach/Poolside) $67.00pp -

Extras: $200/hour to rent Soundsystem (Speakers,Mic, Ipod Docking Station, CD Player) – OR - $300/hour for a DJ, $600 set up fee.

 

Option #4:

 

6:30pm – 10:30pm Private dinner & Reception @ the Plantation Restaurant $1000.00 (for 4 hours) and $10.50pp ($525.00)

Extras: $200/hour to rent Soundsystem (Speakers,Mic, Ipod Docking Station, CD Player) – OR - $300/hour for a DJ, $10pp for open bar with bar tender.

**NO SET UP FEE CHARGED**

 

 

Option #5:

 

6:30pm – 8:30pm Semi-Private Dinner $10.50pp ($525.00)

8:30pm – 10:30pm – Private Rental of the Disco (includes open bar + bar tender + DJ) for up to 50 people $650.00

 

Yassy.

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Hey ladies, Thank you all for the advice and help. I agree, the photographer from the resort is not really my style. Does anyone have any good suggestions on outside photographers? So basically for any of the wedding packages what it does not include is a reception? If you want a private or semi private reception you chose which ever? Like I said I know I should have known all of this but haven't been contacted or sent anything until this week. I will only have 20 guests so I don't think I want anything over the top for the reception but wow I have a lot of time to fill. With a 1:00pm ( not by choice) ceremony then dinner at 6:30pm. Does anyone have suggestions about decor for the dinner table? Is anyone bringing there own center pieces or anything? You all have been so helpful! Wish I found this site sooner ha!

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We are still debating between the private and the semi private with the reception at the disco.  Fiances family would like private. And if we have over 40 ppl we will have to do it that way. . I am fine with the semi private and the disco reception as it includes everything. We are still in the deciding phase of this. Waiting on a email back from Keisha on more information.

 

:) So many decisions

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Originally Posted by AshleyD View Post

 

Hey ladies,

 

Thank you all for the advice and help. I agree, the photographer from the resort is not really my style. Does anyone have any good suggestions on outside photographers?

 

So basically for any of the wedding packages what it does not include is a reception? If you want a private or semi private reception you chose which ever? Like I said I know I should have known all of this but haven't been contacted or sent anything until this week.

 

I will only have 20 guests so I don't think I want anything over the top for the reception but wow I have a lot of time to fill. With a 1:00pm ( not by choice) ceremony then dinner at 6:30pm.

Does anyone have suggestions about decor for the dinner table? Is anyone bringing there own center pieces or anything?

 

You all have been so helpful! Wish I found this site sooner ha!

I hear that a lot of ppl use Marcia Roberts. Her packages are pretty good and fair in Price. I am using Brian Nejedly. I love his work.

 

The free package includes a semi private dinner, But no reception. You either have to do a private reception OR rent the disco for 2 hours before it opens or Have a bonfire on the beach.

 

My wedding is also at 1(not by choice either) and I dont know what we are going to do inbetween time, for us and the wedding party and parents there will be pictures etc. but the guests I am not sure. Probably just have time to get a few drinks at the bar, freshen up. take a nap. Etc.

 

I still havent finalized all the details on what is going to happen for dinner yet.

 

As for the dinner table. I am going to bring my own table runners as its pretty expensive to rent them for one night, when you can buy them for less, and then sell them after. I will probably decorate it with some petals and misc things that I find :)

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