Jamaica Wedding

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

There is a market next to the 7 mile beach where you can get local craft type things and souvenirs.

I think a catamaran cruise might be a good activity for your group. There are tons that go along the coast. Some are more family friendly than others.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We are getting married in Jamaica as well. Sandals to be exact. I am having the same issue as you with the wedding dinner. Sandals wants $50 a person for sit down dinner and you have to pick same thing for everyone. I was thinking if planned right, everyone can just meet up at same restaurant at resort or making arrangements in advance. I also looked into going to Margaritavile a little after, but shuttle bus price after 6pm was pricey! As far as activity for others to do, i was thinking about paying for everyone for the negril excursion; it takes you to the beach, shopping area, and riks for cliff diving and sunset.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Tracy I was wondering the same thing as well. If there is a different place to have a reception. If you find out anything, let me know! 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We had our Destination Wedding in Montego Bay last month and I too had wanted to do a group excursion or something for our guests but in the end I choose to not plan anything and I am glad that I didn’t as our guests did not have as much free time as originally planned. I wanted to be respectful of their vacation time, as it was as much of a vacation for them as it was a wedding for us.  (don’t want to sound like Debbie Downer but trying to be realistic also)

We had looked into a few resorts in Negril and Ocho Rios but ultimately we chose Montego Bay as it was closer to the airport, easier to travel with wedding gifts and the dress and just thought it was better choice for us and all of our guests that were traveling.  Our resort was beautiful and that was where we wanted to get married… There was no way we even considered having our wedding elsewhere.

My one piece of advice to you would be to do as much as you can before you get there. For example your welcome bags…. I had packed everything with me and I didn’t really include anything Jamaica … Once we landed in Jamaica my mind was on getting our bags, getting thru customs and getting to the resort to start our vacation, laying in the sun, having cocktails and meeting with the wedding team.  Shopping for trinkets would have been the last thing on my mind! 

Just some things to keep in mind.  Feel free to ask me anything else. Happy planning to you all!!! 

 

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@tracy0625 – I did one bag per couple. I did a nicer tote bag, but it’s lightweight and it was easy to pack. (we used ours as a beach bag).  I didn’t want the bag to be too personal, so I had it say “welcome to Jamaica May 2012” along with a fuchsia starfish.  That way our guests could use it after the fact and not have our names all over it. I bought them off Etsy for $8 a bag!  We then put a bottle of bubbly in each along with some other things – chapstick, aloe, advil, coffee packets, door hanger…there was other stuff too. The bubbly was the only thing we picked up at the resort.   I agree these bags and the stuff inside of them can add up pretty quickly!!! There were two things in particular I had wanted to include in everyone’s bags but I ran out of time and I couldn’t have had everything delivered in time. I wanted to include a sleeping mask (that would have been one per person and the sun rises pretty early in Jamaica) and I also found these hangover Survival kits online… I couldn’t take the chance that they would come in time so I made my own.  I was really unsure of what I wanted to put in my bags and therefore I waited til the last minute to do everything!! 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am getting married in MoBay next month.  I am bringing Out of Town bags but I am also having appleton’s delivered to the hotel for my guests at the wholesale rate. We don’t even have to go out hunting. I believe they will do the same for the blue mountain coffee.

I also asked the resort to reserve a space in the buffet area for a rehearsal dinner.  They are not charging for this.  This will be followed by cocktails at the nearest lounge. No charge either.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi all, just wondered if any of you had used hilton rose hall spa and resort in mobay? Thanks

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

Where did you ladies choose for your wedding resort?
I’m planning my Destination Wedding right now and I found it hard to find a place that seemed decent and would allow children.

I’ve chosen Grand Palladium for now (not booked), and will be going to visit in December.

I’d love to hear your recommendations

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