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#1 bride6262

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    Posted 12 July 2011 - 04:22 PM

    hello ladies!!

     

    So my fiance just popped the question and the planning has begun!! we know we want to do a wedding in Jamaica but i am torn between a few different hotels: Grand Palladium Jamaica, Riu Ocho Rios and Riu Tropical Bay. I need your help!!! I dont know which one to choose! Any suggestions, pointers and tip would be very much appreciated!!

     

    Krysta



    #2 JamaicaSukie

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      Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:25 AM


      Hi there!  Unfortunately I have no advice for you as I just started the planning process myself, however, I DID want to congratulate you on your engagement.  This site appears to have a lot of reviews peppered among regular threads so I might try a search of those hotels in forums as a start.  Also, check out the resort reviews page.  There may be some good insight there on the 3 properties.
       

      Originally Posted by Krysta lee ann 

      hello ladies!!

       

      So my fiance just popped the question and the planning has begun!! we know we want to do a wedding in Jamaica but i am torn between a few different hotels: Grand Palladium Jamaica, Riu Ocho Rios and Riu Tropical Bay. I need your help!!! I dont know which one to choose! Any suggestions, pointers and tip would be very much appreciated!!

       

      Krysta



       


      Marrying the love of my life in Jamaica on 7/7/12 and have 11 people booked so far!!


      #3 J and G 2012

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        Posted 14 July 2011 - 12:26 PM

        Congratulations Krysta!

        If you have never been to Jamaica, it is amazingly beautiful!

         

        I have a few things you may want to consider:

         

        I have been to the Palladium, it is beautiful, well kept and very high class. If you are looking for a quite relaxing and intimate wedding week, this is the place for you. We saw wedings at the Spa (Elegant) and Beach (Fun). The two receptions were very different, and I'm not sure of the costs. One was on the volley ball sand, they set up seet walls with lights on them to make it more private, and the other was on the beach with a band and a bon fire.

         

        We were considering this resort, but we wanted as many of friends and family to come at the price is a little higher than the other options. I may be kicking myself for this decision in January, 86 ppl coming....so far!

         

        Our travel agent advised against the RUI because of unsatisfied customers, and one of the major tour providers in Canada recently dumped them from their roster for this reason. I have never stayed at any RUIs, and a friend liked the one in Ocho Rios when she went there in 2009.

         

        Hope that helps a little.

        Good luck!

        Jamie

         



        #4 J and G 2012

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          Posted 14 July 2011 - 12:30 PM

          One other note, when you are deciding what resort, don't put too much weight on the reviews from Trip Advisor or sites like it. PPl are more apt to complain than compliment.

          Sukie is right check out the reviews here, They are honest, and you'll get tonnes of great ideas!



          #5 bride6262

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            Posted 14 July 2011 - 01:58 PM

            Thanks so much!! I am stressing out a little right now trying to figure out what to do......where did you end up picking for your wedding??

             

            on a side note how did you make your profile pic?? it looks so cute!

             

            Originally Posted by J and G 2012 

            Congratulations Krysta!

            If you have never been to Jamaica, it is amazingly beautiful!

             

            I have a few things you may want to consider:

             

            I have been to the Palladium, it is beautiful, well kept and very high class. If you are looking for a quite relaxing and intimate wedding week, this is the place for you. We saw wedings at the Spa (Elegant) and Beach (Fun). The two receptions were very different, and I'm not sure of the costs. One was on the volley ball sand, they set up seet walls with lights on them to make it more private, and the other was on the beach with a band and a bon fire.

             

            We were considering this resort, but we wanted as many of friends and family to come at the price is a little higher than the other options. I may be kicking myself for this decision in January, 86 ppl coming....so far!

             

            Our travel agent advised against the RUI because of unsatisfied customers, and one of the major tour providers in Canada recently dumped them from their roster for this reason. I have never stayed at any RUIs, and a friend liked the one in Ocho Rios when she went there in 2009.

             

            Hope that helps a little.

            Good luck!

            Jamie

             



             



            #6 hbond

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              Posted 14 July 2011 - 02:36 PM

              hi! i also have been to the palladium last year, thats where we are booked to have our hguests stay and our beach wedding. it was really nice, and reasonable priced. if you have any questions about the resort let me know, we stayed there a week last year



              #7 bride6262

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                Posted 14 July 2011 - 07:50 PM

                What do you have done so far by way of planning??
                 

                Originally Posted by hbond 

                hi! i also have been to the palladium last year, thats where we are booked to have our hguests stay and our beach wedding. it was really nice, and reasonable priced. if you have any questions about the resort let me know, we stayed there a week last year



                 



                #8 J and G 2012

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                  Posted 15 July 2011 - 07:36 AM

                  We chose the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, It's more of a party resort, or so my Travel Agent tells us. Hopefully it all works out. I haven't had much luck with the Wedding Coordinator down there.

                   

                  As for my Profile pic, It took me a while, there are lots of threads about how to create your own logo using PPT, Word, Etc. They should be under the DIY section.

                   

                  Originally Posted by Krysta lee ann 

                  Thanks so much!! I am stressing out a little right now trying to figure out what to do......where did you end up picking for your wedding??

                   

                  on a side note how did you make your profile pic?? it looks so cute!

                   



                   



                   



                  #9 bride6262

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                    Posted 15 July 2011 - 07:47 AM

                    thanks so much i will take a look around and see if i can figure it out!
                     

                    Originally Posted by J and G 2012 

                    We chose the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, It's more of a party resort, or so my Travel Agent tells us. Hopefully it all works out. I haven't had much luck with the Wedding Coordinator down there.

                     

                    As for my Profile pic, It took me a while, there are lots of threads about how to create your own logo using PPT, Word, Etc. They should be under the DIY section.

                     



                     



                     



                    #10 hbond

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                      Posted 15 July 2011 - 10:10 AM

                      Well, my travel agent is dealing w the hotel and airfare. Im brining a photographer with me, it was a way better deal to have her w us for 3 days than to hire someone down there. The hotels seem to he slow to respond, but i reserved my date, and im doing a ceremony on the beach with a cocktail reception after w a steel drum band. Im looking into off site dinner receptions. I havent figured out welcome bags or a dress yet. When are you getting married?




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