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Hi- I posted this on the main Jamaica board, but moving it here as well....really need some help here...especially re: the notarized birth certificates

 

Looking for other brides that had their wedding at SGR....

We are booked, and I have my call with the coordinator next week

Plan on just sticking with the basic package, and adding a structure for the beach, a band for the reception portion, a few décor touches (pink paper lanterns!!!) and photography.

 

Here are my questions

1) Notarized Birth Certificate- my pre-planner seems a bit flakey, and I am worried we are submitting the wrong thing. Believe we can notarize photo copies of our original BC, and just hand carry the originals when we travel?

2) How do the photography packages work? I am ok with just 48 pics (only will be use and parents so don't need a whole lot!). I am assuming they take a bunch, then you choose which you want to buy? Can you add extra prints after the fact and pay per picture?

3) Reception- I only want to take advantage of the 30 minute reception and hire a calypso band for that time. Then, the 5 of us will do dinner at one of the 15 restaurants on site. I think its silly to spend the extra $$$ when we are at an AI!!!! Thinking of having the reception at the Bayside Café (steaks and seafood). since this is a more casual restaurant, I know we wont need an RSVP so thinking it might be an easier option. Wondering how the food there is?

4) We are not having a butler room. Will anyone at the resort steam my dress/his suit?

5) Did anyone take advantage of the $500 jewelry credit? How are the bands? I think that would be great for FI since he just wants a super clean and simple band. Save some money :)

 

I really just want a simple simple simple wedding and really excited that we found this at Sandals!!!

 

If anyone has examples of photos they wouldn't mind sharing, I would love to see

 

OH! And what about the beach? I know the beach itself is smaller (but great for sunbathing!).... are the beach weddings more secluded? I don't want a thousand people milling around ;)

Thanks!!

 

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Congrats on being a Jamaica bride! I was married 3 years ago in Runaway Bay at a different resort but I found this link here for the resort you're looking at. It will give you something to read. Jamaica is a beautiful place to get married and all of the resorts have something a little different to offer. If you've already decided on Sandals that's half the battle. Hopefully you have a good travel agent that is helping you as well!

 

We were both married before so needed our divorce agreements notarized as well as birth certificates. We just went into the lawyer that handled my divorce and he notarized the necessary copies. The resort we got married at allowed us to pdf the notarized documents to them and bring the actual documents with us, but from my time spent on this site, that isn't true for everywhere so be sure to check with your resort to get their requirements. The notarized copies are what stay in Jamaica with the Registrar so you definitely will need to get it done. A lawyer will know exactly what to do.

 

I saw something mentioned in this link about the photography packages so have a read through and see what you get from it. I'm sure there are other Sandals brides here (either past or present) but take a look through the resort reviews and see what has been said.

 

http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/65925-april-2013-sandals-grande-riviera-ocho-rios-jamaica/

 

Good luck and happy planning!

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