There's a separate Grand forum that you can join and look at past posts and ask questions. I'm getting married at the Grand on June 10, 2012. For the photographer, we're using Brian Nejedley. I looked at several photographers and I thought his work is great without the super high price tag. He's actually American but now lives in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. He frequently shoots at the Grand.
For decorations I'm not doing the white fabric (I have seen a few pictures and it looks great), but I am going to have paper lanterns. The florist that the Grand requires you to use (Tai Floral) actually recommended 50-80 (but she didn't specify a size that they provide). I'm bringing my own (she charges $275 for each set of 18...you can find them online for a few bucks each). I have around large 40 large lanterns, plus some large paper flower balls that i plan to hang. the goal is to fill the space, but no one will give me actual dimensions of the space. I did get a floor plan (but no dimensions). Port Maria is actually broken up by several columns and forms smaller area, which may be difficult with a large group. I'm arriving early, so I plan to walk through the space to lay out the table locations and lanterns on the floor plan a few days before the wedding.
I have a question for you, since you've actually seen the space. Janielle has told me that there is a private beach location for the ceremony. But all the photos I've seen show ceremonies taking place on the beach right in front of the pool. Did you see the private location? I really don't want to have random people at my ceremony (which is one reason I chose the Grand over the Suites).
Originally Posted by kpalomo
I am super excited for my upcoming December 8, 2012 wedding at Iberostar Grand Rose Hall in Jamaica! :-) If there are any other Brides getting married at Iberostar Grand Rose hall please feel free to join this thread. :-) Even any past Iberostar Grand Brides that can share their recommendations and advice since you guys have been through it already, will be highly appreciated :-) We can exchange ideas, concerns, recommendations on photographer/videographer, etc. Anything your heart desires! :-) Hope to hear from the Iberostar Grand Brides out there! Good luck and happy planning! :-)
Some questions I have so far for the brides out there?
1. I will be having a private reception at the Port Maria. I will have the lanterns with LED battery operated lights hanging to add some light for the room. When I went for my site visit I noticed there is not a lot of lighting in Port Maria. Any ideas on how many lanterns I should purchase?
2. I am also wanting to put sheer white curtains around the Port Maria except for the view of the beach. Is anyone thinking about doing that?
3. Pictures and the video are sooo important to me. Any recommendations for a photographer/videographer?