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#61 Sagesma

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:19 AM

Hi Gals,

 

My wedding date is set for May 19, 2013 at the Beach but now my FI wants to change locations and move it to the Suites. I've emailed the Suites last week to see if they have our wedding date available... but havent heard back. I have noticed that response times with the Suites are much slower than the email responses from the Beach.  Is anyone or know of anyone that have booked for May 19, 2013  or May 11, 2013 (our second choice) is availble? 

 



#62 kinsellak1

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    Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:44 AM



    Originally Posted by Sagesma 

    Hi Gals,

     

    My wedding date is set for May 19, 2013 at the Beach but now my FI wants to change locations and move it to the Suites. I've emailed the Suites last week to see if they have our wedding date available... but havent heard back. I have noticed that response times with the Suites are much slower than the email responses from the Beach.  Is anyone or know of anyone that have booked for May 19, 2013  or May 11, 2013 (our second choice) is availble? 

     


    I dont know about the 19th, but i am the 18th at the Suites!!!

     



    #63 ztag7

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      Posted 24 March 2012 - 06:38 AM

      Hey girls!

       

      My fiance and I hope to tie the knot at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in December 2013. Right now I'm just collecting as much information as possible about the resort and outside vendors before I make our official budget. I'm a pharmacy school student and my fiance is applying for optometry school so right now money is very tight (but that should get better when I graduate in May 2013!)

       

       

      Budget - Most of our wedding money will be tied up by the fact that we will have to pay for most of our immediate family members to go or they won't be able to attend. I kind of feel bad that my dream wedding will mean that people that we both care about will have to miss it, but in the end we decided to do what is right for us. We would really rather treat our closest family to an awesome vacation than feed 300 people dinner in our hometown anyways.  My fiance and I really want to stay at the Grand and book the remainder of our guests at the Suites. We believe that separating ourselves, at least from the majority of the group, will give us some couple time and a retreat from any drama that may erupt (I hate to even plan for this but if you knew his family you would understand). Plus this will mean that we won't have to pack up and move to another resort for our honeymoon.

       

       

      Colors - After a couple weeks of searching the internet and becoming addicted to all things wedding on Pinterest, I still have no idea what colors I want. I am naturally drawn towards pink, but have read many reviews about that being the worst color to choose as it will draw out the pink in your face (from either sunburn, the warm weather, or blushing). I prefer a more elegant appearing ceremony so the bright colors like orange, lime green and turquoise are out for me. I have always thought that white weddings are absolutely gorgeous, but it just doesn't seem right to not have any color in Jamaica. Right now I guess I am leaning in the direction of purple.

       

       

      Cake - I have really not been impressed with the cakes I have seen from weddings at Iberostar. That along with the fact that upgrading a cake starts at $250 has really left a sour taste in my mouth. Since my fiance and I absolutely love key lime pie we are trying to check on the possibility of serving a couple of pies instead of cake. I think this would make it a little more special to us and we will probable have a cake at our home reception anyways.

       

       

      A Vow Renewal Ceremony - Ever since I have been dating my fiance (6 years!) I have heard his mom daydream about renewing their vows at the beach. Unfortunately due to money circumstances they have never really had the opportunity and I thought it would be a really special gesture to try and arrange something small for her.  I know that I will not be able to spring for the $1900 vow renewal package but I have asked the wedding coordinator what the charge would be for a minister, bridal bouquet, and romantic beach dinner for the couple. Hopefully they can arrange something reasonable.

       

       

      Pampering - I plan on purchasing the bridal spa package for myself which I believe includes hair, make-up, a manicure and pedicure. The only concern I have is with the make-up as I read a review that said they only carry wet and wild products (AKA cheap stuff). I will definitely be bringing my make-up from home for them to use and may actually see if my future sister in law would mind doing that for me. I really would like to take my mom and future MIL to get facials together but that will be one of those things we wait and see if there is enough money for.  We will probably choose the 30 minute couples massage instead of photos as I really prefer to use an outside photographer.

       

       

      The Ceremony Location - The most important things to me in choosing a ceremony location are that it has a beautiful view and feels relatively private. My fiance has voted for using the lobby terrace and since it fits both of my criteria and seems to be the only thing he really has an opinion on I think we will go with it.  My only concern is whether or not the huppah can be set up on the terrace. If anyone has any detailed information on the lobby terrace or how the huppah is set up (anchored into ground/ secured with weights) I would love to hear it!

       

       

      Reception - Since our group will be very small and our budget limited we will not be having a private reception. To me, this is not a big deal at all, especially since I read that they only fill the specialty restaurants to half capacity anyways and it pains me to pay for something that should be all-inclusive anyways.  I think I'll wait til I see the restaurant venues before choosing exactly where we'll be. I plan on doing some light decorating with candles and flowers. One thing that I really want to do is a sky lantern release with wedding wishes. I still haven't heard back whether Iberostar allows this but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

       

       

      The Dress - I really love the look of lace but I'm not sure if that matches the beachy feel we're going for. I think I will probably just have to try on dresses to figure out what I really want.

       

       

      Photography - So far I have read nothing but excellent reviews on Sungold photography, Marcia Roberts and Brian Nejedly. Their work on their website is absolutely gorgeous so really it will just come down to price and availability for me in choosing between these 3. We looked into bringing someone from the states, but everyone is just way too expensive for us.

       

       

       

       

      Please excuse my type A personality and the extremely long post (I may be just a little too excited about all this wedding planning stuff!) I'm sure if you read all of this you're thinking, WOA THIS GIRL IS P-I-C-K-Y but since we will be treating our family to a trip that they would possibly never be able to go on themselves I just really want to make sure everything is perfect for both them and me. Best wishes to everyone with wedding planning and congratulations on your engagements!

       

       

      -Tashauna

       



      #64 CourtandMatt

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        Posted 24 March 2012 - 05:49 PM

        Welcome!!  This is great that you have done so much!!  And, congrats on the engagement!!
         

        Originally Posted by ztag7 

        Hey girls!

         

        My fiance and I hope to tie the knot at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in December 2013. Right now I'm just collecting as much information as possible about the resort and outside vendors before I make our official budget. I'm a pharmacy school student and my fiance is applying for optometry school so right now money is very tight (but that should get better when I graduate in May 2013!)

         

         

        Budget - Most of our wedding money will be tied up by the fact that we will have to pay for most of our immediate family members to go or they won't be able to attend. I kind of feel bad that my dream wedding will mean that people that we both care about will have to miss it, but in the end we decided to do what is right for us. We would really rather treat our closest family to an awesome vacation than feed 300 people dinner in our hometown anyways.  My fiance and I really want to stay at the Grand and book the remainder of our guests at the Suites. We believe that separating ourselves, at least from the majority of the group, will give us some couple time and a retreat from any drama that may erupt (I hate to even plan for this but if you knew his family you would understand). Plus this will mean that we won't have to pack up and move to another resort for our honeymoon.

         

         

        Colors - After a couple weeks of searching the internet and becoming addicted to all things wedding on Pinterest, I still have no idea what colors I want. I am naturally drawn towards pink, but have read many reviews about that being the worst color to choose as it will draw out the pink in your face (from either sunburn, the warm weather, or blushing). I prefer a more elegant appearing ceremony so the bright colors like orange, lime green and turquoise are out for me. I have always thought that white weddings are absolutely gorgeous, but it just doesn't seem right to not have any color in Jamaica. Right now I guess I am leaning in the direction of purple.

         

         

        Cake - I have really not been impressed with the cakes I have seen from weddings at Iberostar. That along with the fact that upgrading a cake starts at $250 has really left a sour taste in my mouth. Since my fiance and I absolutely love key lime pie we are trying to check on the possibility of serving a couple of pies instead of cake. I think this would make it a little more special to us and we will probable have a cake at our home reception anyways.

         

         

        A Vow Renewal Ceremony - Ever since I have been dating my fiance (6 years!) I have heard his mom daydream about renewing their vows at the beach. Unfortunately due to money circumstances they have never really had the opportunity and I thought it would be a really special gesture to try and arrange something small for her.  I know that I will not be able to spring for the $1900 vow renewal package but I have asked the wedding coordinator what the charge would be for a minister, bridal bouquet, and romantic beach dinner for the couple. Hopefully they can arrange something reasonable.

         

         

        Pampering - I plan on purchasing the bridal spa package for myself which I believe includes hair, make-up, a manicure and pedicure. The only concern I have is with the make-up as I read a review that said they only carry wet and wild products (AKA cheap stuff). I will definitely be bringing my make-up from home for them to use and may actually see if my future sister in law would mind doing that for me. I really would like to take my mom and future MIL to get facials together but that will be one of those things we wait and see if there is enough money for.  We will probably choose the 30 minute couples massage instead of photos as I really prefer to use an outside photographer.

         

         

        The Ceremony Location - The most important things to me in choosing a ceremony location are that it has a beautiful view and feels relatively private. My fiance has voted for using the lobby terrace and since it fits both of my criteria and seems to be the only thing he really has an opinion on I think we will go with it.  My only concern is whether or not the huppah can be set up on the terrace. If anyone has any detailed information on the lobby terrace or how the huppah is set up (anchored into ground/ secured with weights) I would love to hear it!

         

         

        Reception - Since our group will be very small and our budget limited we will not be having a private reception. To me, this is not a big deal at all, especially since I read that they only fill the specialty restaurants to half capacity anyways and it pains me to pay for something that should be all-inclusive anyways.  I think I'll wait til I see the restaurant venues before choosing exactly where we'll be. I plan on doing some light decorating with candles and flowers. One thing that I really want to do is a sky lantern release with wedding wishes. I still haven't heard back whether Iberostar allows this but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

         

         

        The Dress - I really love the look of lace but I'm not sure if that matches the beachy feel we're going for. I think I will probably just have to try on dresses to figure out what I really want.

         

         

        Photography - So far I have read nothing but excellent reviews on Sungold photography, Marcia Roberts and Brian Nejedly. Their work on their website is absolutely gorgeous so really it will just come down to price and availability for me in choosing between these 3. We looked into bringing someone from the states, but everyone is just way too expensive for us.

         

         

         

         

        Please excuse my type A personality and the extremely long post (I may be just a little too excited about all this wedding planning stuff!) I'm sure if you read all of this you're thinking, WOA THIS GIRL IS P-I-C-K-Y but since we will be treating our family to a trip that they would possibly never be able to go on themselves I just really want to make sure everything is perfect for both them and me. Best wishes to everyone with wedding planning and congratulations on your engagements!

         

         

        -Tashauna

         



         



        #65 ShayF

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          Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:38 AM

          Hey Ladies! I also plan to be a IRHS bride in Dec 2013...

           

          We sent our request 6 days ago with no response...other brides have told me Nicole works on "island time". I can't wait for our confirmation!!! Meanwhile, my FI is cool as a cucumber. lol

           

          I'm so happy this thread is here...hopefully u guys can save me from a few meltdowns!

           

          Happy Planning!!!!



          #66 ztag7

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            Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:38 PM

            Does anyone else feel that Iberostar has a monopoly on the wedding market in Jamaica? The more I look at their wedding packages and think about what all will have to be upgraded or added the more frustrated I get with them. I want to remain positive throughout this wedding planning experience, but that's the one thing that keeps bothering me.

             

            Did anyone else consider any of the other resorts such as Couples or Beaches? I've decided to spend a little more time researching other places before getting so locked down on Iberostar.  I didn't realize until today that the beach in Negril was so much nicer than the one in Montego Bay. It almost seems a shame to take our guests to Jamaica and not stay in Negril so they can enjoy the most beautiful beaches the island has to offer.  Lol my fiance is probably going to kill me if I keep bothering him with so much resort indecisiveness!!!



            #67 Aunje

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              Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:02 PM

              Hi Ladies,

               

              I too am an IRHS bride - booked and confirmed for July 26th 2013.  Our most important factor is that we get married on the beach, but our only reservation is the level of privacy we'll have during our ceremony!  Does anyone have any experiences, both positive and negative, that they can pass on regarding this?

               

              As there wasn't anything to pay in terms of deposit - I went ahead and reserved our date, as we had always intended to stay at IRHS regardless.  HOWEVER (cringe), I put a deposit down for the Great House and beach on the Rosehall Estate which is stunning!!   I am now torn between the two locations - I know I'm guaranteed privacy at Rose Hall, but they are struggling to accommodate my budget for both the beach wedding ceremony and a buffet dinner reception.  I can have the beach ceremony, including champagne toast and a cake, followed by hors d'oeuvres for an hour.  We had our hearts set on a buffet dinner too though and we're not sure whether the IRHS would be too accommodating if we wanted to have our reception there after foregoing the actual ceremony...It just seems a shame to have between 30-60 people come all that way from England for such a short celebration.

               

              As grateful as I am to be in the position of having both venues,  I am racking my brain to try and find a solution without too much disappointment!

               

              Any suggestions would be extremely appreciated! 

               

              Congrats to you all....I look forward to many more wedding conversations - my family are bored of it already lol!!!

               

               



              #68 allieplask

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                Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:35 PM

                I agree about the whole beach thing.... I've been to Negril but not Montego Bay, the beach was beautiful and I am nervous about MB not being as nice. In Negril, the water was so calm and I literally laid in the ocean on a raft the entire vacation! We are looking into IRHS and Half Moon in MB. I looked into other Negril all-inclusives but didn't find anything I was absolutely crazy about. We want to be on the beach, has to be AI and has to allow kids..... Anything you have found? I know Beaches is an option but I have been there before... And since there will be only a few kids at the wedding I think Beaches is too kiddie.

                wedding website: www.allienick.com


                #69 allieplask

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                  Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:37 PM

                  Does anyone have pictures of the ceremony locations at IRHS?? We don't want to get married on the beach - we want to wear shoes/heels for me - but would love an ocean view. I also want something private! Any help would be great!

                  wedding website: www.allienick.com


                  #70 ShayF

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                    Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:14 PM

                    How did you guys get Nicole to respond to your emails???

                    I know she's extremely busy......but she was really quick at first and now I can't get in contact with her.

                     

                    What's the longest you've waited for a response?






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