Originally Posted by Christen Jean
I haven't done my review yet because I'd like to include photos from my photographer for you, but haven't gotten them yet. I will soon!
Yes, we were all there at 6pm and Sunset Grill sat us perfectly! They have large round tables (almost like a wedding reception!) so our group took up about 5 tables. It really worked out perfect and was free. But you all need to be there ready to be sat, so it worked out really well that I had asked everyone to meet at the lobby bar in our welcome brochure. The Sunset Grill is right next to it so we were all in line to sit for dinner while we were ordering our drinks at the bar!
I would definitely recommend spending extra $ on the DJ (Doremixx is AWESOME and a vendor of the hotel). We only went with the classic wedding package but still had the beautiful white linens decorating everything, candle lit table centerpieces, floral centerpiece for the head table, nice white chairs, etc.
I brought my own photographer from home and it was totally worth it. She was a family friend that stayed at the resort for 2 nights, but I still had to pay the outside vendor fee for her. I promise, she was worth every penny. I've known her for a long time and she's always done my family portraits, and I am so glad I asked her to come. We covered the cost of her trip and she did the pics for us. It was the best money we ever spent because we love all 900 pictures she took! I highly recommend using someone you already know.
We used a Travel Agent to book everyone's travel and it was great. I worried about nothing and she got everyone set up. People could make payments for their trip up to 30 days before travel which was a huge benefit to using a TA. We paid $1200/adult with rount trip airfare and this hotel was worth every cent. My parents had never left the country or done an all-inclusive and I was worried that my mom wouldn't find the benefit in the up-front cost, but she can't stop raving about this resort now that we're home. It really is a wonderful place to do this. All of you considering it or stressing out now that your booked- be at ease. Your onsite WC will handle everything for you and make your big day the day of your dreams. I know mine certainly was.
The only con I have about getting married here is the lack of negotiation/perks for having your wedding here. Everything is pretty cut and dry, which could be a pro too. You know what you're getting and you get what you pay for. They do an amazing job and know their stuff. They do this every day and they do it perfectly.
To the girls planning their reception in the ballrooms at GCR: I can't speak for the other resorts in the chain, but at GCR we toured the ballrooms as a back up if it rained because both our ceremony and reception are planned to be outdoors and found that it was quite obvious you were in a tropical climate while in the ballroom. Although GORGEOUS, there is a smell that goes with carpet and this type of constant humidity...I HIGHLY recommend the Sunset Views Lounge. It is an outdoor terrace but is on the 6th floor with both views of the Caribbean Sea and the sunset over the lagoon. It was breath taking. We were married in January which is a cooler month than those of you planning a summer wedding, so I understand your concern about heat. However, I strongly urge you to consider that there is a lot of wind that comes off the sea and that evenings are cooler - I actually felt a bit cold during dinner and my bridesmaids put on scarves until we started dancing and warmed up a bit. I have a feeling on a summer night this terrace would be a nice temperature. And although the ballrooms are gorgeous, nothing could top how beautiful the terrace was. Nothing.
Hi!! Why did they still charge you the vendor fee for your photographer if she stayed at the resort? She could have easily been a guest taking pictures!