Is Getting Married At A Sandals Going To Be Cheesy?? :(

posted 4 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@mrs_pudding_pop:  We initially considered Sandals for our weddingmoon, but we found that Couples had a better value and we prefered the resorts overall. I think that the weddings are a bit “packaged” but that is to be expected given how many they do. I’m sure there are things you can do to customize though (FI and I have a lot of ways we are going to make our ceremony our own).

Post # 4
3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

A friend of mine just got back from getting married at Sandals in St. Lucia. All I saw were her photos but they were beautiful. The only thing I thought was a little cheesy was her bouquet with seashells in it, which you wouldn’t have to worry about if you being your own.

Post # 7
3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@mrs_pudding_pop:  Her ceremony was in a gazebo in the middle of what looked like very lush tropical gardens. Really breathtaking. They went on the beach for pictures later, and those were nice, too. I don’t know how much they spent on the photographer.

Post # 9
4576 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@mrs_pudding_pop:  The ONLY reason we arent doing a package with Sandals is I’m a gigantic control freak and they could only do so much to accomodate the decor I wanted, which I totally understand.

So no, not cheesy. I’m actually kind of jealous now lol

Post # 10
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mrs_pudding_pop:  I totally get where you’re coming from. This was a fear that hit me like  a month before our wedding. We got married at Couples Negril, and here’s what I have to say about it: If you don’t proactively make your wedding different, it won’t be different than the other 3 they have that day. But it will still be touching, beautiful and an incredible bonding experience between you two. And I bet you don’t know anyone else who got married at Sandals Royal Bahamian. 

That said, your wedding can still be incredibly unique. Like @MrsPanda99 said, there are things you can do to make it your own. We wrote our own vows (which are now framed and hanging beside a wedding photo), chose our own color scheme with flowers, had an acoustic guitarist who plays on the beach come play our song as we walked down the aisle, and had my mom and sister there, who we’re incredibly close to. We didn’t feel for one second that our wedding was cookie-cutter. And everyone else said how absolutely beautiful it was! People were coming up to us all during the rest of our trip to tell us that they saw us get married and it made them cry! Trust me, it will be perfect because you both want it to be perfect.

Post # 11
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

One of my GFs got married at Sandals… (they eloped just the 2 of them)

And by all accoumts they had a great time, and their Wedding Ceremony / Day was very romantic (she said Sandals was great to work with)

I know her pics are GORGEOUS… she gave us all one from the Ceremony, and I wouldn’t say it looked cheesy at all… just classy.

PHOTOS – NOT my GF’s Wedding (as I won’t publish respecting her privacy)… BUT these photos are very similar to what she had taken.  Married in one of their Gazebo overlooking the Ocean (all the Sandals Resorts seem to have them)… and close ups (like the 2nd) give great views to the turquoise of the ocean behind them.


Hope this helps,


Post # 12
1743 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had our honeymoon at one of the Sandals in St. Lucia. There were several weddings there that week and they were all very different.  Some were very simple and one was pretty elaborate with about 30 guests.  They were also at different times of the day.  Just make sure that yours isn’t on “landscaping day” when there are tons of power equipment being run all day long to interrupt your ceremony.

One of my friends did get married at an all-inclusive in Jamaica (no idea which one, this was several years ago).  Second wedding for both, so no other guests.  The ceremony was in front of a lovely waterfall.  She said what you don’t see in the pictures was the line up of all the other couples getting married, waiting their turn:)

Post # 14
5318 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mrs_pudding_pop:  I had my wedding at a large all inclusive resort in Cuba where they do at least 3 weddings a day. I wasnt worried that it would be like anyone elses because I brought my own stuff to personalize it to the way I wanted it and my vision came out exactly how I wanted it to 🙂

Post # 15
539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

i am getting married at Sandals Negril (Jamaica).  Our TA had gotten married there and it came highly recommended from friends that have actually visited the resort.  We opted for a butler level room (millionaire plantation honeymoon suite!) (super excited!).  Our room was $5,700 for 7 nights. We ended up with a free couples massage, the $500 wedding credit and also a $500 resort credit.

The one thing I see constantly “iffy” about sandals is their photographers.  They do not allow outside vendors.  The only thing I TRULY care about is photos, and I don’t trust sandals photographers, and frankly their packages are overpriced (and suck). I found a way around that though.  I have hired an offsite photographer to pick me and the future hubs up right after the ceremony and we will be taken to a beach/jungle location for wedding photos, then back to the beach for a sunset trash the dress photo session.  I will buy the cheapest package sandals has on the off chance there are a few nice ceremony pics, since we can’t get those with the pro Since they won’t be allowed.

i know that the actual wedding will be beautiful and our room is going to be amazing! Happy planning 🙂 

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