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#1 jmhein

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    Posted 09 September 2007 - 02:31 PM

    Hi ladies!

    I know many of you have booked the Royal Wedding Package at the RIUOR and many of us (myself included) are going with the Free/Basic package and adding on from there.

    I copied the below from the weddingsbyriu website:


    RIU FREE WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES ($150 USD for Religious Wedding and $200 USD for Civil Wedding) :
    • On-site wedding coordinator to help plan the special day
    • Bouquet of flowers for the bride and a matching boutonniere for the groom
    • Decoration for and set up of the ceremony location
    • Two bottles of sparkling wine
    • Wedding cake for up to ten people
    • Wedding group dinner at one of our specialty restaurants
    • CD or recorded music during the ceremony
    • Ten percent discount on all spa services (restrictions apply)
    • Surprise gift and fruit basket
    RIU CLASSIC WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES: ($475 USD for Civil and Religious Wedding)
    • On-site wedding coordinator to help plan the special day
    • Decoration for and set up of the ceremony location
    • Reception dinner at one of our specialty restaurants
    • CD or recorded music during the wedding ceremony
    • Local judge to officiate the wedding ceremony
    • Certified copies of the wedding certificate
    • Legal or religious documentation and fees
    • Witnesses if required
    RIU ROYAL WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES ($775 USD for Religious and Civil Ceremonies):
    • Complimentary room upgrade to the next category (subject to availability upon arrival)
    • On-site wedding coordinator to help plan the special day
    • Bouquet of flowers for the bride and a matching boutonniere for the groom
    • Decoration for and set up of the ceremony location
    • Two bottles of sparkling wine
    • Wedding cake for up to ten people
    • Candlelight dinner at one of our specialty restaurants
    • CD or recorded music during the ceremony
    • Natural body exfoliation for the bride and groom (sauna/Jacuzzi)
    • Ten percent discount on all spa services (restrictions apply)
    • Eight 6x8” color photographs and their negatives along with a special photo album (with the purchase of 24 photos)
    • Breakfast in bed the morning after the wedding
    • Surprise gift and fruit basket
    • Local judge to officiate the wedding ceremony
    • Certified copies of the wedding certificate
    • Legal or religious documentation and fees
    • Witnesses if required

    My questions are - the Free/Basic package does not mention it includes the services of a local judge... umm we NEED the judge! Does anyone know if this is actually included and just not listed, or is this an additional cost to get the judge?
    Also - we will have 40 guests and I assumed that with the Basic/Free package the ceremony would be set up with chairs for all those guests, but does anyone know if that is the case or is that an extra charge as well?

    Thanks for your help ladies! :)

    ------------------------------------------------MARRIED at the Riu Ocho Rios - Feb 12, 2008 - Best day of our lives!Honeymooned at Sandals Whitehouse European Village - Feb 16-23


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    #2 Heidi

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      Posted 10 September 2007 - 08:26 AM

      I think it's $225/$250 for the Judge/minister's fees. I posted it in another thread; I just don't remember where! It's in the wedding brochures on their weddingsbyriu website.
      Married April 4, 2008 at the Riu Ocho Rios!

      #3 pouchie

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        Posted 10 September 2007 - 10:37 AM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by jmhein
        Hi ladies!

        I know many of you have booked the Royal Wedding Package at the RIUOR and many of us (myself included) are going with the Free/Basic package and adding on from there.

        I copied the below from the weddingsbyriu website:


        RIU FREE WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES ($150 USD for Religious Wedding and $200 USD for Civil Wedding) :
        • On-site wedding coordinator to help plan the special day
        • Bouquet of flowers for the bride and a matching boutonniere for the groom
        • Decoration for and set up of the ceremony location
        • Two bottles of sparkling wine
        • Wedding cake for up to ten people
        • Wedding group dinner at one of our specialty restaurants
        • CD or recorded music during the ceremony
        • Ten percent discount on all spa services (restrictions apply)
        • Surprise gift and fruit basket
        RIU CLASSIC WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES: ($475 USD for Civil and Religious Wedding)
        • On-site wedding coordinator to help plan the special day
        • Decoration for and set up of the ceremony location
        • Reception dinner at one of our specialty restaurants
        • CD or recorded music during the wedding ceremony
        • Local judge to officiate the wedding ceremony
        • Certified copies of the wedding certificate
        • Legal or religious documentation and fees
        • Witnesses if required
        RIU ROYAL WEDDING PACKAGE INCLUDES ($775 USD for Religious and Civil Ceremonies):
        • Complimentary room upgrade to the next category (subject to availability upon arrival)
        • On-site wedding coordinator to help plan the special day
        • Bouquet of flowers for the bride and a matching boutonniere for the groom
        • Decoration for and set up of the ceremony location
        • Two bottles of sparkling wine
        • Wedding cake for up to ten people
        • Candlelight dinner at one of our specialty restaurants
        • CD or recorded music during the ceremony
        • Natural body exfoliation for the bride and groom (sauna/Jacuzzi)
        • Ten percent discount on all spa services (restrictions apply)
        • Eight 6x8” color photographs and their negatives along with a special photo album (with the purchase of 24 photos)
        • Breakfast in bed the morning after the wedding
        • Surprise gift and fruit basket
        • Local judge to officiate the wedding ceremony
        • Certified copies of the wedding certificate
        • Legal or religious documentation and fees
        • Witnesses if required

        My questions are - the Free/Basic package does not mention it includes the services of a local judge... umm we NEED the judge! Does anyone know if this is actually included and just not listed, or is this an additional cost to get the judge?
        Also - we will have 40 guests and I assumed that with the Basic/Free package the ceremony would be set up with chairs for all those guests, but does anyone know if that is the case or is that an extra charge as well?

        Thanks for your help ladies! :)
        I had asked Chandlyn about that in an email. I have about 65 guests and wanted to know whether they would accommodate all my guests with chairs or just the amount specified in the packages.

        This is Chandlyn's Reply below:

        Hi Natasha

        We will be more than happy to put more chairs at the wedding location to accommodate your guests at no additional cost.

        You can also make other changes once you get here in terms of adding to the package , choosing the location that best suits your group and the type of ceremony needed


        #4 jmhein

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          Posted 10 September 2007 - 11:38 AM

          Perfect, thanks Pouchie, that answers it for me!
          And thanks Heidi, I will have to have a look and see if I can find those Minister's fees. I just want to make sure my budget is showing most of the costs!
          ------------------------------------------------MARRIED at the Riu Ocho Rios - Feb 12, 2008 - Best day of our lives!Honeymooned at Sandals Whitehouse European Village - Feb 16-23


          My Riu Ocho Rios Wedding Review with Pics

          #5 Jerzzygirl

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            Posted 10 September 2007 - 09:04 PM

            Hi Heidi posted those fees under a thread I started I think its called fees...lol Its on this main page I think. I also booked the Royal package but we have decided if for some reason we dont get the upgrade to the full suite we wil just go with the basic/free package and add on from there. I will let you know what happens since I leave in 28 days. Oh my its coming fast!!!

            #6 JUSTUSTWO

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              Posted 10 September 2007 - 09:06 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Jerzzygirl
              Hi Heidi posted those fees under a thread I started I think its called fees...lol Its on this main page I think. I also booked the Royal package but we have decided if for some reason we dont get the upgrade to the full suite we wil just go with the basic/free package and add on from there. I will let you know what happens since I leave in 28 days. Oh my its coming fast!!!
              28 DAYS!!! Wow!! You must be excited!

              #7 jmhein

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                Posted 10 September 2007 - 10:43 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by Jerzzygirl
                Hi Heidi posted those fees under a thread I started I think its called fees...lol Its on this main page I think. I also booked the Royal package but we have decided if for some reason we dont get the upgrade to the full suite we wil just go with the basic/free package and add on from there. I will let you know what happens since I leave in 28 days. Oh my its coming fast!!!
                Oh 28 days, you must be SO excited!!! I'm excited FOR you!!!
                ------------------------------------------------MARRIED at the Riu Ocho Rios - Feb 12, 2008 - Best day of our lives!Honeymooned at Sandals Whitehouse European Village - Feb 16-23


                My Riu Ocho Rios Wedding Review with Pics

                #8 pouchie

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                  Posted 11 September 2007 - 10:58 AM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by jmhein
                  Perfect, thanks Pouchie, that answers it for me!
                  And thanks Heidi, I will have to have a look and see if I can find those Minister's fees. I just want to make sure my budget is showing most of the costs!
                  No Problem. It is much easier getting answers from here than waiting for Chandlyn to email back!!

                  #9 pouchie

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                    Posted 11 September 2007 - 11:02 AM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by Jerzzygirl
                    Hi Heidi posted those fees under a thread I started I think its called fees...lol Its on this main page I think. I also booked the Royal package but we have decided if for some reason we dont get the upgrade to the full suite we wil just go with the basic/free package and add on from there. I will let you know what happens since I leave in 28 days. Oh my its coming fast!!!
                    Thats what we decided to do. The only reason we went with the Royal package was for the room upgrade. If we don't get it we will just go with the Free wedding package and add on. Let me know whether you end up getting your room upgrade.... 28 days that is coming up fast. You must be so excited. I can't wait to hear all about it and see the pictures!!

                    #10 Jerzzygirl

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                      Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:27 PM

                      I cant believe time is going so fast and just a month from today we will be married!! I am very excited!! I picked up all our documents today from the travel agent and I picked up my dress!! So now I need to start writing my lists of what I need to pack and what I need to buy.

                      By the way Heidi CONGRATS!!! to you and reggi, Will you still have your wedding at the Riu?




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