Originally Posted by AnnieOR
I am getting married on 1st December which is sooooo long away!
I have couple of questions maybe some of you girls might know.
I am doing semi private dinner and then thinking beach reception but because its a Saturday night I read somewhere that they have beach party/bonfire night every Sat anyway so would this make a difference?I am guessing there be a DJ at that already who might play a song or two for us.
Also how long is the ceremony and how much was the registrar/minister fee?
I just got married at ROR on July 14
To your question about the beach party conflicting w/ your reception: it really won't at all. First of all, this resort is ENORMOUS. They could have 5 separate events taking place along their beach without the guests noticing any other event taking place. Also, the beach party is not until 9pm, and your reception will probably be much earlier than that. Usually all the receptions are at 6:30, but I cannot speak for certain about a private beach reception. Either way though, you will be fine because it is SUCH a long beach.
I had a semi-private dinner reception, and it was the best food we had the whole 12 days we stayed there. The beef tenderloin was so tender, I cut it with my butter knife.The free cake was amazing, and much bigger than it needed to be...a 3 tier cake for only 15 ppl. They also served beer, wine, and champagne during dinner without an extra charge. There were two other semi-private receptions going on at the same time as mine, and we really didn't notice them as one was on the other side of the restaurant, and the other was on the floor above us. There were no other non-wedding people eating at the restaurant during this time. And the way the restaurant is shaped, we were kind of on our own little terrace with three sides enclosed, so it really felt more private than I expected. I thought it would be more like a long table set up off to the side in a crowded restaurant, but that was not the case at all. We had two waitresses to ourselves and they were very attentive. I didn't rent the nightclub or anything because we only had 15 guests and I thought that would be very awkward to have a whole club to ourselves. We are just going to do our dances at our at-home reception. Basically after the dinner reception we all went and changed into our "cocktail attire" and met up at one of the bars and had drinks. Worked out very well.
Just FYI even though you didn't ask about this, I really cannot imagine how they charge anyone extra money for having an "open bar" at any of their events, except that they know that before the bride gets there she doesn't realize that there is really not anywhere on the resort where you are not 5 feet away from an open bar. So people are paying a lot of money for them to set a up a folding table and carry alcohol from the bar five feet away and set it up for them. I am glad I did not pay extra for that because I would have felt like I had really wasted money.
The ceremony is 30 minutes, minister fee is $360 USD.
Another quick piece of advice for you, check to see what time the sun sets in Ocho Rios during your wedding so you know when you're trying to plan things, especially pictures, beach dinners, etc., because it sets EARLY there, like 6pm in July. It will be dark during your reception for sure.