Hi Francine. I also am from NJ but not a 2015 bride. I am getting married this upcoming October in IBRHS because we have children attending the wedding. Just to help you with some of your questions: our wedding budget is $14,000 and that's including ceremony and reception at the resort. I have included extras for our wedding like a welcome cocktail gathering the Wednesday before the wedding and we also have decorations of our own and we splurged on the favors (we are doing t-shirts).
This forum has helped a lot with location reviews and awesome ideas.
Thank you for your response!! @Tatimrivera That sounds great. Your wedding day is going to be awesome. My fiance and I decided to go with a villa in Ocho RIos with the ocean in the backdrop. It is beautiful. So far our budget is close to $9000 and includes almost everything (DJ, cocktail hour, food, wedding planner, decor, alcohol, photography/videography, etc) We have to decide on wedding favors and some other minor stuff. I know you must be excited to get married next month!! Wish you all the best and maybe you could share some pics when you get back. Congrats!!