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#31 Lovein2013

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    Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:55 AM

    My wedding is June 21. I started buying and ordering things from Exclusively Weddings and from Ebay. I am taking my favors and all with me; just in case. I have packed it all in 1 box. I even purchased a personalized runner (most expensive). RIU charges extra to decorate the chairs for you. I think it is $12 per chair. I found a cake maker too because I don't want a cheap looking cake. I will only have about 20 people, but I still want it to look like I have 200 people (that's just me).

    Congratulations!!!!! I'd love to hear about it when you get back. Where did you find the cake maker? How was the price? Can't wait to hear!!!!!!!

    #32 Lovein2013

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      Posted 24 June 2013 - 11:04 AM

      Hi brides! I would love to see some pictures from your weddings so I can get a better sense of what mine will look like. I'm getting married November 26, 2013 at RPTB. My email is shandizz818@gmail.com ......is appreciate any pictures ;)

      #33 Forevelyn2

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        Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:25 PM

        Hey everyone, I got some pics and some info about the RIU Palace. My wedding was on the 21st. The coordinator named Anne no longer works there. The new wedding coordinator is Sophia. The resort is just like the pics you see online. So here's how my stay went: 1. Staff is very friendly 2. Shows are every night - I enjoyed the International Show 3. The water is pretty 4. Activities - jet skis, excursions, etc 5. At least 4 restaurants (french, italian, japanese, and a steak house When you arrive, you will meet with WC. She will go over the wedding day and costs. We had the free wedding (which is not totally free). I think we still had to pay $325. We chose the beach instead of the gazebo. Both are pretty (when decorated). Decorations are extra like $12 per chair. I brought my own runner. I paid for the saxophone player; but you can use your own music. The sax player was $450. Hurricane season is from June-November which means rain almost everyday. We arrived on Tuesday and it rained from Wednesday until the day we left on today. Showers are for about 20 minutes to an hour; then the sun comes back out-pretty. Lots of mosquitoes. When it rains, they move you to the restaurant terrace and set up chairs. It was still pretty. I chose to have my reception at the Steakhouse. So you might be wondering about the semi-private part. You can see the other wedding parties but it is sectioned off pretty good. Don't worry. All receptions start at 6:30pm (All restaurants start dinner at 6:30pm). We rented the Steakhouse for a private party from 9-11pm (it was expensive) and we rented the sound system for $200. We invited the other wedding party to our private reception and danced and had fun. We used Sheila's Bakery for the cake. It is located in Ocho Rios. Cost me $450. But I got what I wanted. RIU cake was not pretty enough for me. I also added my extra decorations from home to the ceremony and the reception. Tip: Get to the lobby around 8am to reserve any restaurant. If you don't use the restaurant during the rest of your stay then the Negril restaurant requires no reservations. The locals walk the beach, but do not come to close up on the property. They will try to offer you marijuana (some guests buy it and you WILL smell it around the resort). They will try to get you to buy other things like cigarettes, purses, jewelry, etc. There is a jewelry store on property - overpriced. Most things are overpriced. Hope you are not using Apple Vacations - I was not pleased with Apple's services and how they screwed up my guests transportation to the airport. I brought my own photographer with me and had to pay $75 for him. All inclusive (was ALL inclusive). We didn't have to pay for food or drinks. A minibar and fridge is in every room. Tip: Do not walk the beach after dark --- I didn't want anybody to attempt to rob or hurt me. Overall on a scale of 1-10 (10 being good) --- I give my total wedding week a 7.5. I give it a 7.5 because I think the free wedding could have been prettier without having to pay so much money for pretty. I will post pics soon.

        #34 Forevelyn2

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          Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:29 PM

          Also, I paid SHiela's Bakery extra money to bring me some flowers. You can talk to them about it. The RIU's flowers were pretty too. I will post pics soon

          #35 Soldeamor13

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            Posted 25 July 2013 - 07:35 AM

            Hiiiii!!!!! =) 

             

            Congratulations !!!!!!! I'm sure you are still going thru married Bliss, How exciting =) ...God Blesss....I have a few questions.... can you send me some pics...communication is like pulling teeth and they give me no visuals

             

            we are getting married on 10/26/13.....we got the white chairs but not the wood wooden white chairs because they charge per chair which is ridiculous =/ 

             

            some pics would be awesome 

             

            thank you in advance



            #36 Soldeamor13

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              Posted 26 July 2013 - 12:19 PM

              Hello =)

               

              CONGRATULATIONSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

               

              I'm getting married in 92 days =) but I am sooo stressed by the increase in prices since ann marie left. I am requesting to have  a party after the reception on the beach and they are making me get a tent for 650... ridiculous

               

              Do you have any pictures????? So that I can have a better idea as to how they make things look for the wedding =/

               

              my personal email is soldeamor@aol.com



              #37 Timnlaura101213

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                Posted 26 July 2013 - 04:37 PM

                Originally Posted by Soldeamor13 

                Hello =)

                 

                CONGRATULATIONSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                 

                I'm getting married in 92 days =) but I am sooo stressed by the increase in prices since ann marie left. I am requesting to have  a party after the reception on the beach and they are making me get a tent for 650... ridiculous

                 

                Do you have any pictures????? So that I can have a better idea as to how they make things look for the wedding =/

                 

                my personal email is soldeamor@aol.com

                http://www.youtube.c...6nV21YA&index=2

                 

                this is a video of the resort.  I'm not sure if you're getting married on the beach or in the gazebo but it shows both. 



                #38 Forevelyn2

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                  Posted 28 July 2013 - 05:26 PM

                  Here is my facebook link : https://www.facebook.../evelyn.mays.39 My profile name is Evelyn Young. I am standing in the gazebo. I have pics on facebook. I have a ton more that I have not gotten from the photographer yet.

                  #39 bghbasket

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                    Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:22 PM

                    My daughter just booked the Riu Palace Tropical Bay in Negril for her wedding next June 12th at the recommendation of a travel agent.  I am helping her research and am finding it a little tough to find much about this particular resort.  She has not yet been in contact with the wedding consultant at the resort since there are no guests booked yet, but is it true that they have a new person and prices have increased since she came?  My daughter may have as many as 60-70 people so she thought it best to book the Caprice package.  Even after booking the highest package, I am surprised at all the 'extras' and feel like there is a charge for every little thing.   I know there is a $12 chair cover charge and was surprised by that.  (My son got married in Cancun and the chairs were covered and decorated beautifully for no extra charge)  If you do not purchase to rent chair covers, do the chairs look ok just plain?  Are they plastic....wooden?  We also have questions on what type of receptions others have had and what was included and what you paid extra for.  ANY information and pictures would be appreciated so much!  Right not she is booked for a beach wedding but from what I have seen the arch they use is pretty plain.  Do they decorate at all or is that up to you.  Also, have any of you used a different photographer and did you have to pay the vendor fee if you did?  After looking at the online pics from the resort, they weren't real impressive.  I would be very interested to hear from anyone who used the resort photographer.  My daughter's future MIL works for a florist and she would love to arrange flowers herself and wondered about purchasing loose flowers, not arranged, from a local florist.  Has anyone else purchased the Caprice package?  We would love to hear from anyone who has gotten married at the RPTB or if you have been working with the resort wedding consultant on an upcoming wedding.  Thank you! 
                     



                    #40 Shaefree

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                      Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:18 AM

                      Yes I felt the same way when i seen the video on YT! Then i just seen a picture on Trip advisor and they had the beach chairs right by it




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