Lol, yes you have a little time to think about it! We changed our minds several times and I thought my planner would kill me. Lol. But she has been super helpful and now we're just ready to get there! When is your first call with your 'wedding planner'?
Photography has been one of my 'worries.' I've read reviews where other ladies were not happy with the quality of the Sandals photos. So we toyed with the idea of bringing our own photographer but then I found a gal on tripadvisor that had recently gotten married there and she said her photos turned out great. She just said to be specific and let them know what you are wanting as far as the style of the photos you are wanting. So I'm going to bring some examples and request the same Sandals photographer she used (his name is Micah). We booked the 'Traditional Photo Package'.
We will have about 14 people there (including us). We didn't do any formal invitations and just spoke to everyone we wanted to invite. Btw, Sandals gives you a free wedding website too, I filled it out but still have yet to do anything with it. Lol!
Not sure when my first call with wedding planner will be.. probably not for a little bit - we just officially booked our room yesterday.
I was thinking of booking the cheapest photo package and then go from there. It's not like they're not going to let you buy more pictures lol
It was funny.. we went there off a cruise in December '13 (you can buy day passes) and while in the water with my fiancé, a photographer came over and started snapping pictures of us. We're like "we're not guests here!!" haha the guy taking the pics was super friendly and funny so I would imagine if you just told them what you're looking for, you can end up with some nice photos. Of course, your guests will most likely have digital cameras with them too.
Just an option - you could always dress up in your dress at home after you return and snap some great photos with a local photographer in case you aren't thrilled or want a special pose done... certainly would be cheaper too!
I'm in the middle of creating a website on theknot.com. I started it before we got our booking number for Sandals. I'm putting all these pictures on there to try to entice people to go lol. 14 people is pretty good! I know our parents will go, but other than that, I think at least 2-5 other couples would go. I know most people do not have the time or money to go, and that's okay with us. We just had to do what we wanted to do!
Bring on Jamaica!