I'm back from Ochi and absolutely loved it. We were married 4!6 at 4pm.
First of all, the weather was perfect. Not too hot and it only rained one morning for about 15 minutes while we were waiting for a private excursion with our group which I had booked with Lee's tours prior to leaving (which was another great decision!)
The RIU was probably the best choice I could have made as far as where to have our wedding and guests stay. It was perfect and everyone loved it.
We met with Keisha the day after we arrived and went over our decisions/ceremony but I had all of that pre-determined so it was very quick. We kept with the free flowers and ceremony and did not upgrade a thing. White chairs can be used and cost nothing extra. We used our own music and script.
Please do not stress about making these decisions so early on in your planning!!! It really is not a big deal and will get taken care of within 1-2 months of your date. Part of the beauty of a DW is less stress so don't put it on yourself unnecessarily. Your guests will not know any different if things are exact as you dreamed. Honestly! I never met the minister until I walked down the isle. The ceremony was great and he used what we wrote plus a few of his own lines which didn't bother me at all.
There was only one other wedding the same day as ours and it was in the gardens an hour earlier than mine which was on the beach at 4pm. Perfect temperature at that time of day also! It starts cooling down around 4pm and is much hotter in the mornings so I'm glad we didn't do earlier.
We did the semi-private dinner at Mammee and were the only ones in there! I was told by Keisha that it depends on how many weddings there are each day as to whether you might get moved to the Plantation or not. Lucky us! The beach party was that night so after dinner, all our guests hung out for the party and in the bar area right up the stairs from it. I'm glad I didn't pay for anything private as it was plenty of fun without it and much cheaper! You don't need much for decoration for the gazebo or the dinner. It's pretty enough with what they use. Make it easy on yourself is all I can say.
You will not be disappointed if you go here for your wedding. Keisha and her helper are great to work with!