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#91 kimberyly

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    Posted 22 April 2011 - 07:12 AM

    Thanks BryanandChar! I took notes :) Is there anything you would suggest or wish you would have done differently for your wedding and reception? What did you and your guests do after the dinner?



    #92 bryanandchar

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      Posted 22 April 2011 - 10:20 AM

      We had our wedding on the beach at 3pm - we paid the steel drum band to play which was awesome, then we had dinner at the plantation at 6:30pm - 8:30pm, then we had rented the disco from 9-11pm. Oh! And my bridesmaids and I got our hair and makeup done at the Renova Spa - they are SO GOOD too!!

       

      Of course not everything went perfectly - it started pouring rain at 2:30 on the day of the wedding, the 1 of 2 times it rained over the two weeks I was there. So we pushed the wedding to 3:30 to see if the rain would clear up, which it did and we had a beautiful full rainbow behind us during the ceremony.

      The dinner started a little late - we had a pretty big group of 47 people, so not everyone was even served by 8:30 when we were supposed to be done, but we just took our time, and then had speeches and then everyone made their way to the disco.

      At the disco, everyone from our group didn't arrive until around 10pm so we only had an hour, but we still had a TON of fun. Since it was a Tuesday, the disco wasn't open late and we had to leave, any other day it's open to the public until 2am and everyone can go in there and party. We tried to pay off the DJ to stay later for us but he didn't go for it.

      Then at 11pm we all went out to the plaza bar and had more drinks and danced out there and people eventually started to head home to bed.
       

      BUT, the little things that didn't go to plan were things that I had no control over and despite it all I wouldn't have changed a thing - it was a beautiful day, there were 4 weddings that day and there was another group in the plaza with us at the end of the night, I didn't even see the other two.

       

      I remember feeling anxious before going, because it was all unknown, but honestly everything will be SO beautiful! They do so many weddings there and are so professional! I didn't give them enough credit before going there, they honestly exceeded my expectations!! You will not be dissapointed!!
       

      Originally Posted by kimberyly 

      Thanks BryanandChar! I took notes :) Is there anything you would suggest or wish you would have done differently for your wedding and reception? What did you and your guests do after the dinner?



       



      #93 HeavenlyBride

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        Posted 23 April 2011 - 10:02 AM

        I am using Marcia Roberts as a photographer and I have seen great reviews about her on the site. What she told me is that we can do one of two things. I can get day guess passes for her, the assistant photographer, and the videographer which will cost me $150 the down side to that she is can not come on the property until a hour before the ceremony therefore she wouldnt be able to take photo's of me getting ready. The other otion is I can pay for the three of them to stay overnight and she will take photos from the time im getting ready and while my fiance is getting ready because the assistant photag will be with him. She stays until after the reception is over at 10:30pm.

         

        My fear is the dinner starting lat in the plantation because I am having a reception in there from 6:30- 10:30 and I want to maximize my PARTY time because I have over 60 guest confirmed. Is their anyway around this dinner being extremely late.



        #94 mmcst38

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          Posted 24 April 2011 - 07:59 AM

          I just booked my photograhper and the assistant in as guests for one night, it just seemed an easier option, as far as the dinner time, I think all dinners start at 6;30


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          Ochos Rios Jamaica

          #95 Soon2BNJersey

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            Posted 24 April 2011 - 11:36 PM

            Pre-Travel Pails are a GREAT IDEA! I am so glad this thread was created :) I have 40 guests now and I was concerned about the weight of the items. I didn't want to make lightweight bags that look cheap or get killed with the charge for extra weight. Definitely something to consider



            #96 Soon2BNJersey

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              Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:23 AM

              @bryanandchar   

               

              thanks for the reminder.  it was very hard for me to take a chance at an unknown location, but i know everything is be awesome in the end. I love the way you everyone just had a blast regardless of rain or anything else :)



              #97 CSandCK2

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                Posted 26 April 2011 - 06:30 AM

                You will LOVE working with Marcia Roberts!  She photographed our wedding on April 7th at ROR and her and her assistant Christopher were fantastic to work with!  We booked both the wedding day and TTD shoot with Marcia, and the photos turned out amazing.  We paid for a one-night stay at the resort (which offset the vendor fees), so that they could shoot the TTD the next day, and it was well worth the cost.  They make you feel completely comfortable and you really do have a lot of fun with the shots...you end up feeling like a movie star. Great choice! 

                 

                Originally Posted by HeavenlyBride 

                I am using Marcia Roberts as a photographer and I have seen great reviews about her on the site. What she told me is that we can do one of two things. I can get day guess passes for her, the assistant photographer, and the videographer which will cost me $150 the down side to that she is can not come on the property until a hour before the ceremony therefore she wouldnt be able to take photo's of me getting ready. The other otion is I can pay for the three of them to stay overnight and she will take photos from the time im getting ready and while my fiance is getting ready because the assistant photag will be with him. She stays until after the reception is over at 10:30pm.

                 

                My fear is the dinner starting lat in the plantation because I am having a reception in there from 6:30- 10:30 and I want to maximize my PARTY time because I have over 60 guest confirmed. Is their anyway around this dinner being extremely late.



                 



                #98 KelandJay81

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                  Posted 29 April 2011 - 05:01 PM

                  Thank you soo much for sharing this thread.

                  I booked the Plantation restaurant and I didn't have an option in price, it was $1000.00. I will double check to make sure I am getting the extended time!

                  Once again, you ladies all put my mind at ease. Thank you.


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                  #99 mmcst38

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                    Posted 01 May 2011 - 06:25 PM

                    Does anyone have the ceremony script they use at the resort?


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                    Ochos Rios Jamaica

                    #100 CdnBeatPrincess

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                      Posted 02 May 2011 - 10:41 AM

                      I'm freaking out now. Sunwing is going to be the only tour operator from Canada that will carry all RIU resorts. They will have all of the RIU's by November 2011. That means, if we had balls, they'd be holding ours in a jar right now!!!!

                       

                      I got pricing for 1700 + 300 taxes for the month of April. Are u kidding me? They are going to loose out on business is this is the pricing they are going to be giving for a group rate.

                       

                      I have an excellent TA working on my quote but I think she wants to slap a few people out now too. Oh my!!! :(






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