Hey 2014 brides!
i just returned home last week from my wedding at the grand riviera princess. I thought I would write a quick little review to help you out as I enjoyed reading about other peoples.
Our Wedding was on a Wednesday at 4pm. We arrived on the Sunday so we had a few days to relax, and work on our tans We brought a group of 42 people with us and it was AMAZING! Almost everyone had swimout rooms and I would definitey recommend them. They had all of our rooms close together and we could literally swim over to everyones rooms. The pool was definitley where the partying was at!
We met with our coordinator Monserrat on the Monday and went over all our choices and details. The meeting took about an hour and then we were all set to go! We chose the Sunset gazebo because I had read it was more private- and I liked the way it looked It is definitey way more private than the riviera gazebo. The sunset gazebo is at the end of the private section of the beach with a fence on the other side. The riviera gazebo on the other hand is right in the middle of the beach- just depends on what your in to. Monserrat was a little late at picking me and my girls up (she drives you to the site in a cart that has room for her +7) she came at like 4:10- no big deal since the wedding couldn't start without us. The ceremony was awesome. The cued the music I brought on a cd perfectly and they included in a sand ceremony for us (I brought my own sand and ceremony kit)
Immediatley after the ceremony we did pictures. Pictures started with everyone and eliminated people as we went until it was just us and the bridal party and then just us. It gave our famiy and freinds a nice chance to go grab a drink before dinner at 6. We used the resort photographer- his name was Andre and he was amazing. Your recieve a beautiful book with your photos, which is a nice keepsake to come home with, especially since everyone at work wants to see your photos and your excited to share them with everyone.
Dinner was at 6 at Mamma Mia, we had our own private section with 3 of our own waiters and the manager checked in a few times to make sure everything was to our liking. The food was great and everything went smooth. One note on the restaurant is that your on your own to get there- its about a 10 minute walk to the restaurant from the beach- it was a little warm out and we didnt have time to freshen up after pictures since we didnt finish pictures until and 6.
We had a beach party from 8-10 and it was soo much fun! they use the bar on the beach and its strictly for your wedding. (Monserrat stood by the bar the entire night and sent anyone who wandered on to the beach away letting them know that the bar was only open for wedding guests.- only a few people came by anyways) We didn't use a DJ we just used our BOSE system and it worked great and provided more than enough sound. I personally dont see a need for a dj at all- the time on the beach goes quick and this way you already have all the tunes you want to hear ready to go!
All in all everything was amazing and you hav nothing at all to stress about!
I had my make up done at the salon and she did an amazing job! i was very happy with it. One of my bridesmaids is a hairdresser so she did my hair for me.
I also brought my own fake boquets and bouttonnieres from home which I think turned out awesome. Because I didn't use the flowers provided in the infinity package I was able to pick a centerpience to use for the ceremony and head table. I go to keep it in my room afterwards which was nice because it was beautiful
Edited by julieapril2014, 23 April 2014 - 03:33 PM.