(Closed) Destination Weddings – Sandals Anyone?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 31
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Newbee

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Isilme:  we are planning the same in November 2016! We are thinking Motego Bay but still trying to choose. We will probably have about 18 guests. Will you have a reception back home? That is the worst part for me right now, I just want to get married on the beach but am pressured by family to have a large reception when we return. 

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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DaniAnnie:  No official reception is planned, but we’ve also been together a loooooong time, so a full reception seems a little superflous to us.  

We’re from Texas, and our friends used to do cabin camping trips to the state park river every year to go tubing, so I am thinking of setting up a trip next June or July (around our famer friend’s harvest times) as a “reception” – sort of an “I Do BBQ” weekend – Fiance usually grills the whole time we’re at the river.  We can’t pay for everyone’s cabin, but we can reserve one and get people to split it, andif more need cabins, they can rent their own now that we are all working and not college students. 🙂  It’d be a good way to see everyone as many of us are pretty far flung and a river trip would make a good reunion.

I don’t have any close living family, and FI’s is small, and his parents are mostly house-bound, so for them we are mostly hoping to get a good DVD out of the photographer to share with them, and I am including his mom as much as I can in the dress prep (she couldn’t go shopping with me, so I asked her to come when the dress came in and I tried the actual dress on, and will bring her when we measure for alterations in the spring).  I know she wants to come and be there, but can’t really tell her that fear of her taking charge, or his sister doing so, is one reason we are leaving the country, to do it our way.  He hates being up in front of large groups, and we’ve never taken a ‘real’ trip anywhere, ever, so the destination wedding/honeymoon really appealed to us.  It will be lovely, and once we are there, hopefully low stress, and there are not a lot of decisions about the details I see so many struggle with on here, from flowers to seating charts.  

Post # 33
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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aalbronda:  I would recommend bringing in your own photographer or videographer. There are just different styles outside of the US that didn’t work for me. It was nice to have someone in the States to work with. Also, most destination packages didn’t include much coverage and it was super expensive. Just a piece of advice! We actually shopped around a lot, and we ended up paying our photographer that same cost of the resort package but for 10x the amount of coverage and unlimited photos. I recommend reaching out to local photographers who also might do destination. Hope this helps! This was my biggest challenge planning my day.

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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rileybell:  Which resort did you have your ceremory at? I feel like I will be stuck with limited photos as the packages are quite costly… I read somewhere that they do not allow 3rd party vendors/photographers in (likely to keep their people employed and profit margins high). Luckily a very good friend of mine is an amateur photographer and has offered to take supplementary photots for me. 

I am booked at Beaches, Turks and Caicos. Unless they’re not strict when it comes to enforcing this? Unless they have some kind of pass you can purchase for them similiar to guests not staying at the resort. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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chelsy33:  I’m not sure about Beaches, Turks or Caicos, but I know Couples will let you bring in your own photographer, you ARE asked to pay a fee to do so.  Are you working with a travel agent at all?  Sometimes they can help answer.  In my case, I found a message board on the Couples website where you can ask questions, and one regular visitor invited me to join a private Facebook group to be able to talk even more to guests who had already been to the resort we chose.  Maybe you can look for that for the resorts you listed?

Post # 36
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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Isilme:  Thanks for the great tip:) I have read that the Beaches photog’s are pretty good, but they come with a premium price tag. I feel like I could get “more” from a 3rd party for the price, however I am a bit ignorant when it comes to priving of photography services. Not to downplay the great and hard work that goes into it, but in my opinion pictures really aren’t worth 1000’s of dollars… I’d rather splurge on other things.

I spoke with 2 travel agents who said they couldn’t do anything more for me then I had already done for myself, which I thought was silly, so I gave up on that unfortunately.

I’m going to have to look into it, might be someone who blogged about having a wedding there willing to share details 🙂 Early December I also have a phone appointment with my wedding planner at the resort, I will have to see what she says. 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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chelsy33:  hmmm – looks like Beaches and Sandals are the same compnay, just one allows kiddos.  I’m not sure if this would help – can’t seem to find a message board, but there are blogs:  www.sandalsweddingblog.com

Post # 38
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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Isilme:  Yeah they are definitely the same company, learned the hard way that just one allows children… originally booked Sandals St. Lucia, and nowhere on the website did I see ADULTS ONLY. I’m not sure if they assume its common knowledge because I most definitely didn’t know. Found out after I booked my honeymoon when they called to discuss wedding details. At the very least I was able to switch to a Beaches location, although Beaches has much less selection. 

Thank you very much for the website 🙂

Post # 39
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rileybell: Did you get married at Sandals? I thought I read that at Sandals, you are not allowed to bring in anyone, you have to pick from their list of photographers, etc.

Post # 40
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Wannabee

Does anyone have any experience with sandals – royal bahamian in Nassau? Anything would be helpful! Havent found much on this resort / weddings there. 

Post # 41
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Wannabee

Hi all!

We are just about sold on booking with Sandals for our destination wedding, but it seems as though the only positive reviews of many of their locations is on this message board!  Trip Advisor and other review sites have many negative things to say about a Sandals wedding, is there anything you weren’t happy with?  Anything we should know before we pull the trigger? Thanks in advance!

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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futuremrsconroy2020 :  I think it all depends on the Sandals location you are choosing – they have many throughout the Caribbean.  I initially looked at Sandals for us, and chose Couples simply because the price was lower meaning we could stay longer in Jamaica.  I got lucky and found a Facebook group for our particular resort and people were able to answer all manner of questions before we booked and before we arrived.  maybe you need to find something like that for your location and people can answer your questions better?

Also, bear in mind people are far more likely to take the time to write when they feel they had a bad experience.  I feel bad because I fully intended (still do!) to write a GOOD review of our stay,  but have yet to do so.  So remember that for every bad review, there were probably a lot of happy people there at the same time.  

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