Sandals grande riviera- DW brides!

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We are getting married at Sandals Negril.  What made you choose the Ocho Rios location?  We had a tough time choosing since there are so many!

We won’t have many guests, so we are planning on doing the free 30 minute reception and then going to one of the nicer restaurants for dinner as a group.  

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Not a Sandals bride but stayed at the Grande and saw several weddings there 2 years ago – you’ll love it! Great food, staff is fab and free golf (if that’s your thing) Congratulations

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Hi there! I am also getting married at Sandals Grande Riviera!  Mine is not until February of 2016.  It looks like your big day must be coming up really soon!  Congratulations!  I would be SO appreciative to hear anything you have to say about your experience, either up until this point, or after all is said and done (no rush of course!).

How many guests will you have?  Did you decide to do the dinner?  We are doing a 2 hour dinner and will have a 1 hour reception included in our time.  Right now we have hired a photographer through the resort but I am now questioning only having 3 hours of photography time.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’m getting married there in July of 2016!!! 

 

kmsutton:  You’ll have to update me and let me know how it goes! I am so excited! 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2016

acglandorf:  I absolutely will!  Keep me posted on your planning!  Have you done much for now or kind of waiting on it since you are aways out yet?  Are you planning on a lot of guests?  We are in the process of getting people booked now.  I think we will end up with just about 30 people total.  We have had two calls with our wedding planner at the resort so far.  Some days I feel like I know exactly what to expect when we are there and others I panic and feel like I have no idea!  From most of what I have read though, once you are down there, everything is perfect, so I am remaining calm 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

kmsutton:  We have done all of our research and found that Grand Riviera was the best. We have an appointment with or travel agent on the 4th of April to finalize the dates and book our rooms. We’ve been asking around to friends and family and about 60 (Holy crap!!!) have said they want to go. So we’ll see on that. Then we’re planning an at home reception after we get back and I just saw that venue this past weekend, and I’ll probably book that as soon as I can. We’ve already built our wedding on their site, so that’s completed. I swear we’re going to have this whole wedding planned before we’re even a year out lol 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2016

That is great!!!!  I felt the same way!  We sent out our save the dates a year before our date!  We asked for people to contact our travel agent by April 1 – most haven’t had a problem with it and appreciate the extra time for them to plan, but I know some have said it’s way too early for them to commit.  Understand both points of view!  We have our at home reception venue booked as well 🙂 I really love not having to stress about the details of that too!  My mantra is “it’s not my wedding” so I remember not to go overboard!  We will do a dinner, cake, DJ, lots of the traditional wedding stuff but cutting corners on floral arrangements, photography etc.  We plan on encorporating a “Jamaica” theme into the evening – red/green/yellow cupcakes, centerpieces being frames of the island and our photos etc.  Looking forward to that as well!!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

kmsutton:  Yes! I told my mom we’re not going to have any flowers at the at home reception. There’s no need. I’ll remember that mantra too when I start to go a little overboard. We did splurge on the photographer, but she’s going to do the wedding in Jamaica, a honeymoon portrait session and the reception at home so we’re getting all the pictures of everything. We’re still going to do the cake cutting, the first dances and the speeches at the reception too. And I think we’re getting a videographer in Jamaica so we’re going to play the video at the reception (It’s only going to be about 10 to 15 minutes long) and we’re going to have a make your own popcorn for the show bar! 

Wow, I guess I have a lot more planned then I thought haha

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

kmsutton:  When are you sending your invitations? 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2016

acglandorf:  That sounds like an excellent plan for the photographer!  That is great that you will get the same look for all your photos!  If you don’t mind my asking – are you also paying for their travels?  I am assuming she is local to you?  I am struggling with this right now!  We currently have a Sandals photographer booked but I feel like I am getting so little for what I am paying!

I LOVE the make your own popcorn!  That is adorable!  Sounds like we will have similar activities at our receptions.  Do you plan to wear your dress?  I do not have mine yet, but I am on the fence if I will wear again or not.  I have a long time to decide of course!

The invites got a little weird for us, honestly.  We got engaged in October, and at that time, we let everyone know we were planning to do destination and we’d get details out as soon as we could.  People kept asking us more and more info and lots were wondering about pricing – don’t blame them!  So as soon as we knew that info, we wanted to get it out.  So we sent out save the date’s on February 14, 2015, for our February, 27, 2016 wedding.  We called them “Save the dates” but honestly they were kind of invites in a way.  They had our date and then a link to our website.  Which on our website was all the information about booking their hotel etc. which we asked them to at least inquire about their room by April 1, 2015.  We didn’t want to call our “save the dates” an invite, since we didn’t have ALL the information yet, such as flights, the itinerary for the trip etc.  At this point I am not sure what I am thinking for an “invite” – do I send an invite to everyone we sent save the date’s to even though we know some are not able to make it?  The rules are a little different for a destination wedding!  I’m not sure I would do it the same way again, but I’m not sure what I would do differently either!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

kmsutton:  I got really lucky with our photographer. I actually went to school with her. She’s a local wedding photographer and has never done a beach wedding so we made an agreement that I would pay for all her travels and she would do the wedding for free. She will have to pay for her husband to go with her to Jamaica though. 

I do plan to wear my dress to the reception as well, I haven’t gotten mine yet either. I was going to get it during the fall or winter. 

The rules are different for a destination wedding, and it’s kind of a pain lol! I would send invites to everyone. Some people may still want to go to the reception and need to know when that is. Also, would you mind if I saw your wedding website? I’m always so intersted in everyone else’s. I just want to see what it looks like

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I didn’t get married there,  but we honeymooned there,  and it was AMAZING.   

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