Originally Posted by kmonty4
Grand Palladium Wedding Review:
Hello! I just got married in June at GP Jamaica, and we had an awesome time! Despite a few mishaps, our overall experience was great, and we would definitely recommend the Grand Palladium for your wedding! Here is a complete review of our experience at the resort and our wedding.
The resort is beautiful. The pool is amazing! I was a bit concerned about the beachesâ€¦.They are definitely not as nice as Negril, but they are still really pretty. Negrilâ€™s sand is like powder, the beach stretches for miles, and the water is super aqua/blue. The beaches at GP are smaller, and pretty rocky in some spots (when in the water) However itâ€™s still blue waters with palm trees- still gorgeous! They have a sports beach where you can rent kayaks, paddle boats, etc. This beach is NOT rocky and is where most of my guests hung out. One positive thing about the GP beaches over Negril is you donâ€™t get the people hassling you on the beach every few minutes! I think I was offered weed 10 times while laying out in Negril for an hour, and people constantly try to sell you things. GP is private and you donâ€™t get any of that.
I read a lot of reviews about how HUGE the resort is, and people complaining about how far you have to walk to everything. Itâ€™s definitely a big resort, but honestly itâ€™s really not THAT bad. And if you donâ€™t feel like walking, you can simply call a golf cart to come pick you upâ€¦and they are usually there in like 5-10 minutes.
The staff for the most part was really friendly. I have read a lot of reviews about how the staff was rude but we did not really find this. I also read some reviews about people getting valuable stolen from their rooms. We had 60 guests, and not one had anything stolen.
FYI MAKE SURE YOUR MALE GUESTS BRING PANTS!!!! Most of the restaurants require pants, and they will not let you eat there in shorts! Itâ€™s pretty annoying, but rules are rules. Just make sure your guests are prepared, because I had some guests that did not bring pants. Girls can wear whatever they want.
The restaurants were decent. My favorite was probably the Italian restaurant..it was actually REALLY good! Bubbaâ€™s steak house was also pretty good. Poseidon was ok, and the portions were SUPER small. Definitely get some Jerk chicken at the shack near the sports beach. The Mexican restaurant was so-so. The Asian restaurant was surprisingly pretty good! FYI They donâ€™t let you make reservations, and there were nights we had to wait 1-2 hours to get seated!! This was probably my biggest complaint about the resort.
Another FYI, THE WIFI is terrible! It is only free in the Lady Hamilton lobby, and almost never worked.
I went to the spa twiceâ€¦ Once for manicure, and again for a couples massageâ€¦Both were excellent. And just so you know, there is a whole hot tub area behind the spa with a lazy riverâ€¦.This is available to everyone, even if you didnâ€™t use the spaâ€¦ but most ppl didnâ€™t know about it. There was one day it rained all day and we spent a lot of time relaxing in the hot tubs with a roof over our heads.
BEFORE THE WEDDING:
Communication before the wedding was definitely a pain. You get assigned your wedding coordinator 2 months before your wedding. Before then, it could take them weeks to respond to your emails! Once I hit the 2 month mark, the coordinator responded usually within a few days.
So we arrived several days before our wedding. We went straight to the wedding office to see when we would be meeting with the wedding coordinator (Nekeisha) They told us that she would contact us to set up a time. The next morning, we left our villa around 9:30 AM and found a letter at our doorstep, saying that we have a meeting scheduled at 10 AM with Nekiesha! Had we slept in later, we would have totally missed the meeting. Therefore, itâ€™s probably a good idea to try and schedule this with your wedding coordinator before you arrive. We met with Nekeisha, and she was very friendly and answered all our questions. She took us on a little tour of our reception location, ceremony location, and the rain location. We were supposed to get married on the beachâ€¦I had always envisioned walking down the isle in the sandâ€¦ However, last minute I decided to take a look at the gazebo, and it was GORGEOUS. Itâ€™s sitting on a cliff, with panoramic views of the blue/green water, with mountains in the distanceâ€¦.itâ€™s more secluded and private, and more shaded. The gazebo itself was so pretty, surrounded by marble floors. We switched to the gazebo and we our SOO glad we did. Everyone LOVED the location and agreed that it was way nicer than the beach.
THE BIG DAY- GETTING READY:
I started getting ready in my room around 11 AM (wedding was at 4 PM) I had my own hair dresser/makeup artist. One thing I did not like was that they do not provide the bride with any food in her room. I mean, itâ€™s an all inclusive resort, youâ€™re getting married and spending A LOT of $ there, and youâ€™re stuck in the room for hoursâ€¦.the least they could do is send you some sort of food to pick on! My parents went to the buffet and had to BEG to take food to bring to me. I made a phone call to see if I could get some extra waters delivered to my room (you only get 2 in your refrigerator/day) I figured since I had bridesmaids getting ready in my room, it would be nice to have water to offer them. But once again, they first told me I was already given my â€œentitled two watersâ€. After multiple phone calls, and my maid of honor FLIPPED out, they finally delivered me 6 waters. Just a little annoying that youâ€™re spending thousands of dollars and they canâ€™t even bring you some extra water!
THE PHOTOGRAPHERS- TRUE COLORS
So itâ€™s around 3:15, and I realize that the photographer â€œTrue Colorsâ€ is supposed to be there taking â€œgetting readyâ€ pics. I called the photographer and they tell me they never got all my paperwork, so they assumed I changed my mind. A few days before I arrived in Jamaica, I sent them a form with the package info filled out, the wedding date, signature, etc. They responded saying that I needed to send two more forms, one being the payment, which I emailed immediately. I assumed they received them, however they claimed they never got them. Now you would think that if they received the first form but not the other 2, they would have called or emailed to tell me they never received it, just to make sure. But no. They just assumed I changed my mind, and I almost didnâ€™t have a photographer!
Thankfully, they responded RIGHT away, and were there within minutes. They were very professional, and I felt like they did a great job. They would show me pics on the camera as they were taking them, and from what I could see they were turning out great. They brought me all around the resort and took a lot of great shots. They told me it will take about 2 weeks for them to edit the images and send them to me on a CD. I read pretty bad reviews about True Colors, but besides the email mishap, I was overall happy with them. I will have to write another review once I get my pictures! We got the cheapest package, â€œIsland Deluxeâ€ I think, which was photography for 3 hours. I was a bit upset that I wasnâ€™t going to have a photographer at my reception, but SO many people took pics, that I have a lot of great photos from all my family and friends.
Our wedding was at 4 PM at the gazebo, with the waves of Love package. Just an FYI, the wedding coordinater sends a list of all your guests room #â€™s to the bell boy, so he goes around and picks people up in the golf cart 20 min before the ceremony. This would have been nice to know, I would have included this in my welcome letter with the wedding info. Once all the guests are at the location, the coordinator sends the golf cart to pick up the bride. I had the Steel Drum Band play at my ceremony, and they were awesome. DEFINITELY worth the 500 bucks for 1 hour! And DEFINITELY better than playing an IPOD! I walked down the isle to â€œsomewhere over the rainbowâ€ with my dad. The ceremony itself was literally 10 minutes (maybe less!) which for us was perfect. They were supposed to have a microphone, which I refused because I have severe stage fright! The ceremony was just fine without the microphone. After you exchange vows, you sit at a table and sign some paperwork, which takes another 5 minutes. They serve champagne to all your guests (in my case, blue champagne with the waves of love package) The waves of love package was gorgeous, the blue flowers with the starfish was so pretty! I did not upgrade my bouquet, and I was completely happy with the bouquet the package came with. I got my maid of honor the bridesmaid hydrangea bouquet which was also perfect. They had tried to sell me a â€œsmaller versionâ€ of my bouquet, and I am happy I did not go with that. We provided wooden fans (bought at Michaels) for all our guests, and almost everyone used themâ€¦.Even the guys and children! They were a big hit, especially since it was SOO hot and humid! And people continued to use them at the reception.
We did not do a cocktail hourâ€¦.It was not worth it. Everyone mingled at the ceremony and took picsâ€¦By the time they left the ceremony it was probably around 5:00 PM, and our reception started at 6 PM.
After our ceremony we continued to take pics with the photographers, just the two of us. We were running late with pictures, since they got a late start. After pics, the photographer called the wedding coordinator to arrange the golf cart to pick us up. I saw the photographers call TWICE, and our gold cart never arrived. So we had to walk ACROSS the entire resort, in 90 degrees, in my wedding gown and his suit, to our reception. I arrived at my reception SO hot and sweaty, and PISSED OFF! They should have a gold cart waiting there for you to finish pics, so you donâ€™t even have to call! RIDICULOUS!
We had our reception in the Blue Lagoon and it was PERFECT! We had a total of 60 people. Our other option was the Poseidon, which is nice, but definitely more casual looking. The Blue Lagoon is classier, larger, with GORGOUES views. The Sunset was amazing. The Poseidon would have been WAY too small for 60 people. We brought our own centerpiecesâ€¦.we basically copied the vase with seashells and floating candles. I actually bought plastic cannisters from walmart, when you take the lid off it looks just like a glass vase! We filled each one with sea shells, and lit a floating candleâ€¦.they matched the floating candle centerpiece at the head table perfectly. They were super light to carry on, shatterproof, and only like 6 bucks each! If you want the 3 glass vase/floating candle centerpiece that you see in the pictures, they charge you $45 each table! Nekiesha arranged all our centerpieces for us. For our entr©e, we got the chicken stuffed with mushrooms/steak option for $45/each. They did accommodate our vegetarians and lactose intolerant guests. EVERYONE raved about the food, it was actually WAY better than I expected!!
We used the DJ for the last 3 hours of our reception. We went with the resortâ€™s DJ Irie Jamz, they did an excellent job! We had plans on using our IPOD for the first hour for some dinner music. I unfortunately forgot to give my dad the password for my IPHONE, so he was unable to play my wedding list!! Luckily, the DJ was AWESOME and played some music for the first hour, at no extra charge! He played great music, and had everyone up and dancing. We did not get the MC, and I am glad we didnâ€™t. Just the DJ was enough.
The reception ended at 10 PM, and we all went to the infinity Bar afterwards to continue the party. Our plan was to go to the disco at 11â€¦.However we went there and it was scariness! Itâ€™s completely pitch black, SOOO loud, not even fun dance music! We were there for about 15 minutes, and called it a night.
I could go on and on, there's so much to write about! If anyone has any questions for me, i would be happy to help! This website helped me tremendously in my wedding planning!
Wow, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to share so many details! We are getting married in February and I am trying to just cross one thing off at a time and you covered so much from the food, to the DJ, to the reception. Congrats! Sounds like it was amazing!