Destination Weddings – Sandals Anyone?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@ForeverAmy:  Anyone? I’d love to hear what others think about this topic also! 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Had a Girlfriend who got married at Sandals Montego Bay… by all accounts from her they had a wonderful time… and the whole getting married thing was easy-peasy.  Her Hubby basically planned it, organized it, she just had to confirm a few details with the On-Site Wedding Coordinator (flower choices, photography package, cake etc).  And her pics are goregous.  Definitely part of the reason that Hubby-2-B and I have chosen to do an Elopement to a Destination Wedding location ourselves (although as we are not big on All-Inclusive Resorts so we are doing a DIY thing in Myrtle Beach)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are doing a Sandals Jamaica. It will be a vow renewal instead of our original plan of Destination Wedding. It takes 8-10 weeks after wedding to receive marriage certificate. We are paying for my private health insurance so the cost with the wait for the marriage certificate would have been $6000. Hopped onto the boards and learned that many couples have a civil ceremony in addition to Destination Wedding. So to the courthouse we went last week. We call it our “paper wedding”. In November, Jamaica will be our “real wedding”. It is just the two of us for both ceremonies. We are 56 and 60! I am saving my ivory dress, jewelry and tropical bouquet for Jamaica. We are having a twilight ceremony and then a candlelight dinner on the beach. Our courthouse wedding was really special and we still have the Jamaica vow renewal to look forward to. It wasn’t our original plan but it’s turning out to be wonderful. One other note- I am taking a silk bouquet from Etsy to save on the flower cost. Our Jamaica location is Ochos Rio.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

 Our wedding is booked for the Montego Bay resort next year. Sandals is awesome with a small down payment and then you can pay as you want as long as total is paid off 46 days prior. Sandals weddings are included with a stay of 6 days or more and you even get a wedding planner and a bunch of stuff included. I had a friend that went to this resort for her honeymoon and said it’s really nice. We orginally picked Turks and Caicos and then changed it to Montego Bay because you get more for your money and there is more to do in Jamaica. Turks is also amazing but it is more money to fly into and a family resort.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

A friend did Sandals Jamaica for her wedding last year. She said it was fantastic, she barely had to do a thing except make a few minor decisions and show up. She did mention, though, that their marriage license was not valid in the US and they had to wait a few weeks before they were officially married in the US. And I guess their marriage date on their certificate was not the actual day they got married. So be sure to check out those little details.  🙂

Post # 9
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Newbee

I’ve gone to Sandals Royal Bahamian with my boyfriend. While it wasn’t a wedding, it was the best vacation of our lives. We went in 2006. It was truly the most delightful experience in the world. you will definitely have a blast!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The marriage document you receive on your wedding day is NOT a marriage certificate and you cannot use it to change names, insurance, drivers license, etc. It takes 8-10 weeks to receive the actual marriage certificate. This resulted in us having a courthouse wedding two weeks ago for insurance reasons. Our Jamaica will now be vow renewal in November, though to us our “real” wedding.

Another option is to do a courthouse ceremony when you get back. I still am very excited for Sandals Ochos Rios!!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

If you are looking to keep your wedding inexpensive, Mexico is the way to go. My husband and I got married in Riviera Maya, at The Azul Fives. It was an unbelievable experience. Azul Fives is a boutique hotel that will pamper you and your guests for your stay. We booked our wedding by using Destinationweddings and they were able to get us the best rates possible. If you are looking for luxury without the cost, look at Mexico and Destinationweddings.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Me and my Fiance booked Sandals Royal Bahamian and we can’t wait… After visiting Beaches @ Turks n Caicos (family resort to sandals) we were certain that sandals could offer us just what we were looking for….

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I think if your planning on having guests come, and if your not footing there whole trip, you should be looking into all inclusives. So much cheaper.

FutureMrs.Maughn: Omg turks and chaicos beaches, thats where i wanted to hold our destination wedding, when i went for a quote on friday they quated me $2700 each after a group discount in the lowest level rooms. I guess that ideas out haha.

 

 

 

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@tpag8rgirl:  I am having my wedding at Sandals in Montego Bay. We are actually renting out a private island at the resort and having our wedding there. I am extremely excited and can’t wait to see what 9 months of hard work will look like.

Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@FutureMrs.Maughn:  I love what sandals offers and by the looks of it online it’s awesome. But, l It’s an adults only resort. I have a daughter from a previous relationship and she has to be a part of my wedding.  I noticed that beaches will now have destination wedding packages available. Since you’ve been there do you think it’s a good alternative?

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