Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
PhillyGal

Jamaica Bound!

Recommended Posts

Hi all! I'm so excited to find this site.

 

My name is Toni. I'm from outside Philadelphia. My boyfriend (yes, boyfriend, no ring yet!!) are planning a DW in Jamaica. I know that this is a pretty unconventional way to plan a wedding (plan first, ring later), but I'm an event planner by heart so we both agreed that this is pretty typical for us to do it this way.

 

Anyway, we just got back a couple weeks ago from an information gathering/mini vacation to Jamaica and it absolutely 100% confirmed that it is definitely the location for our Dec 08 wedding. We loved the people, the music and the whole vibe of Jamaica. The only problem is, we didn't find the EXACT location that we definitely want to be married and/or have all of our guests stay. We looked at 4 resorts in Negril and 1 in Rose Hall. We fell in love with the beaches of Negril but weren't blown away by any of the resorts. We loved the hotel in Rose Hall but didn't like the beach!! Decisions decisions...

 

So we are stuck. We are thinking of 2 scenarios:

-Have the wedding at the Rose Hall Resort (if affordable) or somewhere similar and have everyone come into Rose Hall then my fiance and I will head up to Negril after the wedding and invite whoever wants to come to Negril for a couple days to party and relax (we think it'll be mostly just friends). Or even tell people they can come just for the Negril portion of the trip after the wedding.

OR

-Stay at the Riu Negril (our favorite out of the 4 we saw), go offsite for the rehearsal dinner (we loved Kuyaba!!), go offsite for the wedding (we want a beach reggae party and they won't do that at the Riu), and just have everyone just stay at the Riu and shuttle them over to our events...

 

We want an all inclusive that allows kids and is big enough so the divorced parents won't have to run into each other every five seconds.

 

Sorry this is so long, but I am in some major need of some advice...Thanks so much for reading my crazy introduction!!!

 

Toni (PhillyGal)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did you check out Beaches Negril ? It may be just what you are looking for and I am pretty sure that they would allow a reggae beach party!

 

The beach is huge and they have a large thatched roof gazebo at one end of the beach for receptions. The property is large enough that it would be easy enough for divorcee's not to bump into each other. Beaches Negril also has a waterpark to keep little ones occupied!

 

I spoke at length with the wedding coordinator last week when I was in Negril and she is very enthusiastic and you can tell she just loves what she does! She showed me photo's of the weddings that she's done recently and they were great- I was really impressed with the photographers work also- more so than with what I saw at Riu Tropical. I need to email her today as she was going to send me photo's of the locations all set up.

 

If you'd like my assistance feel free to pm me! Or if you have any questions just post them here!

 

TA Jennifer

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Toni! Welcome & Congrats from another Philly Girl :)

 

there are SO many Jamaica brides on here - browse through the Jamaica sub sections and use the Search button (3rd from the right on the top bar) and you will find so much info about a lot of those places.

 

Good Luck with your planning. And PS - there are a bunch of brides on here who started planning before they had the ring :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
welcome3.gif Toni! I am a Philly Jamaica bride too! I am getting married at the RIU Ocho Rios, so let me know if you have questions about that location. Good luck and happy planning!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

welcome3.gif to the forum Toni!

 

There are quite a few girls on the form that planned or is planning their wedding in the 'non-convential' way. So don't be down on yourself about that, bc there's nothing wrong with doing things a little different. Hey, even having a DW is considered 'non-convential' to most people. lol

 

I'm not sure what your budget is, but something you might consider, transferring your guests back and forth a few times may add up.

 

If you really like the Riu chain, I think there is a new one opening up in MoBay in the late summer of 2008. Anyhow, we have plenty of Jamaica brides (mostly Riu Ocho Rios) on the forum, I'm sure they will be willing to chime in.

 

FYI: You will be addicted to this forum! smile43.gif (dont say I didnt warn you,lol) You'll love it here!

 

Congrats & Happy Planning cheer2.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome to the forum Toni. We have lots of girls who come on here and plan their weddings before they get their rings, so no worries there. Actually we were planning our wedding before we were officially engaged, I think its common for a DW because as soon as you decide you want one us women have to look into it as much as possible and voila we find this forum.

 

Happy planning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  


  • Best Destination Wedding Sponsors



    Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter
  • Posts

    • Are you looking for a guide where you’ll find many tips and steps to follow to make your wedding a success? We design a special for you, where you will find: Photography Tips To-Do List Check list How to choose the best dress? Memories and invitations And much more! Download it now for free from: http://emweddings.com/WeddingGuide/index.html     Don’t stress. Enjoy every moment, tomorrow will be your best memories. See you soon!
    • Another option is to find an app that allows for group talk. This Wedding Party App looks pretty neat. https://apracticalwedding.com/wedding-party-app/ 
    • Hi Everyone, So, I was cleaning out my closet and realized that I never sold off my extra wedding OOT bag stuff from our wonderful DW.   46 Daily Spanish for Dummies 30 Pool colored OOT fabric bags - approximately 13in x 13in. They lay flat.  I used them for our wedding and they were perfect for everything we needed to fit in each bag. There’s a slight shade variation in the group; I’m guessing some were cut from a different bolt of fabric.  They are also a little wrinkled from storage and will probably be wrinkled from shipping. I have three additional ones, but they somehow got something on them (likely toddler related). If needed, I can try to wash it out and send those as well. 
    • I’m getting married in six months to my foreign girlfriend. I was advised by a friend that one of the things I need to do before saying I do is to get a prenuptial agreement. Basically it’s supposed to protect my assets and properties in case my relationship with my future wife goes down the drain. I don’t know though if this is an acceptable practice when marrying Kiev ladies. I don’t want to do it if it would be insulting on her end. I need advice on this. Please help me.
    • So we are currently looking for an all inclusive resort for the wedding. We have 60 guests and found all the Dreams resorts as options and all of them gave us a quote and discounted price since it’s off season etc. Resorts in Punta Canta gave us a reasonable price, Dominicus gave us a really good deal then La Romana Resort and Spa gave us their regular price and so hard to negotiate. Will someone tell us how special is this resort that they won’t give us a good discount when all my guests are staying in their resort for 5-8 days. We are bringing $$$ in their resort and not give us a discount?  What is so special with this resort?  Can somebody recommend a beautiful resort? 
  • Topics

×