We just got married at the Riu, Ocho Rios. We got an even better deal through sunquest...for every 8th person, we got one free. For the 50 guest we had, we used one freebie to fly our photographer down and the rest was distributed among our guests totalling close to $200 back to everyone. PM me for more information if you like.
You can't go wrong with the Riu! Best thing I found is that they change their quotes so much that they can't remember how much $$ everything is. I ended up saving close to $1000 by telling them different prices than what i was quoted:)
Rooms: When you get there ask for an upgrade! We got room 1361 which is close to 800 square feet with a jacuzzi, massive deck, huge walk in shower and it even has a bidet!!! Right on the ocean on the quiet side of the resort:) It also overlooked the beach gazebo so we could watch other weddings and looked great in pre wedding photos. Another thing is that if you are booking a big group, they are pretty good at accomidating you and your guest. I was able to help close to a dozen of our couples upgrade their suites from garden to the 3rd and even the 5th floor with no issues. Pay the extra $100 or so for the week and stay in a Junior Suite if you can. Also ask about OCEAN FRONT instead of OCEAN VIEW....may like that alot better...we sure did!
$90hr to rent the dj equipment (quoted $150) now they are saying you need to hire a dj as well at $250hr.
$10pp for the poolside reception HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS (quoted $15pp) ask to do it at the quiet pool! They let us stay until 11:30pm too....only quote 8:30-10:30
$1200 for our photgrapher and ended up with 3000 pictures
$700 for flowers from Tia Florist
Overall our cost for the wedding using the free package and including the beachfront gazebo wedding, semi private dinner at the plantation and private poolside reception was just over $2000! Plus $1200 for our photographer! Can't beat that...and it was absolutely beautifull and perfect!!!
If you plan on doing a tour...book with PHIL LAFAYETTE....he is awesome and will accomidate any size group for whatever you want to do!!!
Feel free to PM me for more information