Originally Posted by Jerome Jack
we are looking to have our wedding may 2014
just a little confused about having a large group of guest and how charges apply?
i have about 40 guests travelling from the UK and will be staying at the resort and say 20guest from JA which will need a day pass. so 60 guests in total
i understand that if you have 40 guest + we are forced to a private dinner which is fine because thats what we wanted, we also chose the caprice package which accomadates 20 ppl, does that mean we pay $67 for 40 guests all the whole 60 guests?
Also i have been trying to look for pictures of the ballroom terrance, pool side deck for the dinner and reception. if any of you have any can you please email
From what I understand. Any amount of guests OVER your package amount is 10.50 per person and any guests that are locals that are not staying on the resort is 75 per person. I dont know if the 10.50 applies on TOP of the 75 per person for the resort fee. I would double check that with keisha the resort coordinator.
I think if you are having a private reception it would be in the same place but I am not 100 on that as I am just having the semi private reception. If you email the resort coordinatore she can send you the price list for 2013, they dont have it yet for 2014
HI There, I am having a private dinner & reception so can prob help clarify for you - but your likely not gonna like the answer lol
First of all if you are on Facebook I would encourage you to join the group Riu Ocho Rios Brides. It has some attachments you will find helpful. There are past and future brides on there -- most of which are on this site as well.
It is my understanding that the $10.50pp for each person over your package is for semi-private dinners only.
You need to have a specific amount of people staying at the resort which I believe is 80% of your total guests attending your wedding must be staying at the resort- it is a policy -- I believe you will see it in the package attachment on the FB group. (you should clarify this with Keisha though) .
Here is the excerpt from the Riu Ocho Rios Wedding Guide (you can download from Riu site)
The following are standarized policies that must be met, without exceptions, in order to perform a wedding at RIU Hotels & Resorts. Please be advised that unfullfillment of any of these policies might result in wedding cancelation. Therefore, we highly appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
ï· For all weddings booked at RIU Hotels & Resorts, the wedding couple and 80 percent of the total number of guests must stay at the RIU Hotel where the wedding will be performed, otherwise it will be canceled.
ï· DAY PASSES At the RIU Ocho Rios the cost of the day pass is $80.00 USD per adult and $40.00 USD per child. (Prices subject to change at any time without previous notice)
ï· Couples must respect the arrival date, they have to arrive at least 2 full business days before the wedding (not counting Sundays and the Arrival day). Keisha advised me that ALL weddings that have over 40 people are FORCED to have a private dinner - the semi-private is not an option. The cost is $67 pp - doesn't matter if the $10.50pp is in your package you will not get back a credit for those alot. and that cost is for the Poolside, ballroom or beach or Plantations Restaurant. There is a setup cost of $600 also - with the exception of the Plantation Restaurant. This includes dinner and open bar. Side Note: a lot of people that do have a Private dinner end up going with the "FREE Package" because it's not useful to have the other upgraded package anymore- you can upgrade your suite for less with your travel agency and the free tshirts just aren't worth it LOL Music -- you can either have a DJ at $300/hr or rent the equipment -micrphone and ipod hookup for $200/hr ...YES IT"S INSANE to rent equipment for that! and if you are having a private dinner & reception technically your renting them for 4 hours ---otherwise you won't have a microphone for speeches or a any music during dinner. Unless you bring a ipod docking station. I am currently outsourcing a offsite DJ right now...to see if it's any cheaper but I doubt it if they have to pay a vendor fee for coming into the resort of $200 All receptions end at 10:30pm ...doesn't matter if it's poolside, plantation, beach, ballroom, or disco. any other questions pls feel free to ask Congrats and welcome to the forum )