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RIU Montego Bay 2014...Help!!!

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Help! We have booked the RIU Monetgo Bay for April 2014! So excited!! And praying we made the right choice! Any brides out there that got married or getting married that can offer some advice? Thanks! Amy

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Congrats Amy !!! both on your upcoming destination wedding and choosing your venue - how exciting!!! that's a big decision completed.......good job :)

 

Haven't been to the RUI in Jamaica, however if they're like the ones in our gorgeous Mayan Riviera, it's sure to be Awesome!

 

This is what "our" RUI s look like........to give you an idea of what your wedding backdrop will be similar to......

 

RUI Playacar + Mayan Riviera.......

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Wishing you all the best with your plans and that you have the Perfect Wedding of your Dreams......Enjoy!!!

 

team MTM asst, Lynda :)

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Hello Ladies!  I got married at the RIU MoBay in August 2013.  It all turned out beautifully and my guest 49 + us loved it.  We had the private reception ($1000) and even thought I complained about having to pay the extra money for it everyone loved it and it was fabulous!

 

We hired a local photographer who was amazing!!  Jermaine (aka Flex), took awesome pictures and all my guests loved him bc he was so personable, friendly and got everyone going.  He edited some of my pictures and then put them and all the others on a USB key (which I gave him).  When we returned home there was not much work to be done to them except to pick and choose which we liked the best (and that was difficult bc so many great shots) and get them printed :).

 

We also hired a local dj, Kevin aka Big Red (not the hotel one) who we paid $500 (+$150 I believe for the vendor fee which I think is BS).  He played during dinner (and we danced a little) and then for 2 hours after dinner and everyone danced and had an amazing time!  The hotel wanted $600-$650 for the dj to play from 8:30-10:30 which we were willing to pay but then they wanted us to pay $400 to rent the equipment fo rthe 2 hours during dinner so that we could play our own music.  Thought this was shady and in the end we would rather give money to local people than put in the RIU pockets especially since they were charging so much for everything else!!  Besides package...$1000 for reception, $10.50 per guest over 20 (bc had the Royal package), etc.

 

Oh I also ended up going with a local florist that someone recommended and I was very happy with the flowers!  We avoided the "vendor" fee by going ourselves (well my nephews and groom) to the front gate (about 100 feet from lobby) to get the flowers from her.

 

The RIU did upgrade us to the AMAZING suite which was beautiful and we fully enjoyed!!  The wedding co-ordinator (Christina) was very reserved and seemed to not care, but in the end she got everything done for us.  A little more enthusism would go a long way on the RIU's and WC parts.  I did bring a lot of stuff from home (programs, bubbles, fans, decorations for reception, shells, place cards, lanterns, guest book, etc.) and gave these to WC and with supervision from one of my cousin's everything was beautifully set up.  I would strongly recommend that you assign one of your guests the job to ensure things are set up the way you want.

 

Amazing how many of the workers would stop us the next day to congratulate us and tell us how beautiful the wedding was, etc.  All our guests had a great trip and loved it.

 

Please message me if you need any more details or information or names for the DJ, photographer or florist.

 

Cheers,

Lisa

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Help! my fiancé and I are thinking of either RIU Montego Bay or Grand Palladium. We just don't know which one is better to go to. I do not see any pictures of the Gazebo by the Ocean and I am pretty leery that it would be so open to public as one bar is right beside it. As well, I also want a private reception by the beach and have a bon fire. Grand Palladium offers the above but I don't know if RIU would.

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