Congratulations and happy planning @katiewills
My fiancé and I were at the Riu Palace Negril last year during the July 4th weekend. While we were there we saw a wedding being held on the beach. The ceremony was not private at all. It was set-up on the beach in between lounge chairs. There were people were laying out all around them during their ceremony. I don't know if it was just an odd week weather wise to be in Negril, but it rained every day we were there. The rain started right after we checked-in and didn't stop for a few hours. The next morning on our way to breakfast we thought it was odd that so many people we already laying out at 8AM. It's vacation & we usually sleep in. However, we got plenty of rest the night before since it rained most of the evening. Sure enough, right around 1:00 the rain came again and didn't stop until dinner time. This happened all 4 days we were there. The employees told us it only rains for 15-20 minutes, but it rained for hours so maybe it was out of the ordinary the weekend we were there. Other than that, we loved Negril!! We just didn't get much time in the sun & on the beach unless we woke up super early and caught some rays before lunch time.
If you are looking for a private ceremony on a beach then I suggest looking into a couple venues in Punta Cana. My gf and her husband were married at the Jellyfish restaurant in Punta Cana in February 2013. It was gorgeous!! The ceremony was on the beach, and the reception was on the first floor of the 2 story open air restaurant. Guests stayed at the Majestic Elegance and were shuttled to the venue. It was a magical night! Here is the link to the Jellyfish http://www.jellyfish...om/gallery.html
My fiancé and I are getting married this December at the Kukua Resturant Beach Club in Punta Cana. It is also directly on the beach. (We didn't want to choose the same. venue as my gf & her hubby) We will be renting out the entire venue for the day so our ceremony and reception will be completely private and free from gawkers. Bego, the wedding coordinator, has been fabulous to work with!! We and our guests will be staying at Now Larimar. Patty and Kristen with Wright Travel Agency helped us narrow down our choice to Now Larimar. We couldn't have done it without them. They are awesome!!!! They were also the TA's for my gf Jenn's wedding. Here is the link for Kukua's website and their Facebook page: http://kukuarestaurantpuntacana.com
One other venue we looked into in Punta Cana is Huracan Cafe. It looks just as gorgeous as Jellyfish and Kukua based on the photos we have seen. Here is a link from Katya Nova's photography blog about a wedding they shot at Huracan cafe. http://www.katyanova...lexandra-tyler/
Good luck with narrowing down your location and planning the wedding of your dreams!!
Edited by colivia, 11 May 2014 - 06:20 AM.