My husband and I booked our wedding for the week of Nov 14-21, 2009. I will start out by saying this resort and the wedding planner Nina far exceeded my expectations and our wedding was exactly what I hoped for.
We had a small group of 27 attending our wedding. Everyone loved it and our guests are still taking about how great it was. I know when I was doing my research for a hotel some people were complaining about things like missing tiles in the pool. Some people will complain about anything. The resort was beautiful and luxurious with fresh tropical flowers everywhere. We stayed on the Grand Palladium side of the resort in Villa 11 which was close to everything, the best Villa to stay at. The resort is quite large so if you are planning a group wedding, you will want to ensure all the guests are in the same or at least close villas so you actually run in each other. There are stairs so elderly will want a room on the ground level, no elevators.
We were given an upgrade to an amazing suite on the first floor with two terraces facing the ocean. There was a giant beautiful soaker tub and washroom.
There were several great beaches and smaller pools if you didn’t like the massive central pool. My sister had a 13 month old there and her and her husband enjoyed the pools and beaches with him .The beaches on the Lady Hamilton side are great, you will want to take an hour and walk around the grounds so you don’t miss anything. Look at the map of the hotel to get an idea of it. Great live bands played every night at outside the Miss Lou bar. Over by the Poseidon restaurant they have a jerk chicken hut. Try it, its delicious. Some of our friends missed out on it and they don’t know what they missed.
I thought the food was great, some restaurants better than others but that opinion changed with each person. It is all in what you like personally and there are so many restaurants to choose from you will find several things you like. I thought the Indian restaurant was awesome. Great mulligatawny soup and curry shrimp. Wine is not good, even my friends who don’t drink it could tell it wasn’t good. Not a big deal b/c there is so much else that is great to drink.
We brought a large insulated mug to have our pool drinks in to prevent frequent trips back and it was well worth it to bring.
We arrived on Saturday, met the wedding planner on Monday, and got married Wednesday. We paid with credit card and did not get charged an extra fee to use a credit card. The whole planning process probably took about 2 hours and a few meeting with the wedding planner. So easy. We picked flowers from a book, but take a look around at the hotel flowers. I thought I didn’t want oranges and yellows etc in my décor but the tropical flowers are so beautiful I changed my mind when I saw a display in the lobby. We picked the menus and asked our guests what they wanted and gave the list to Nina with the seating plan. Let’s talk about Nina. Nina the wedding planner is phenomenal. She means business, gets done what needs to get done and you can trust she will do it right. She is an absolute pleasure to work with. We left her a huge tip b/c she did a great job and would recommend doing that to thank her if you are happy with the day. We generously tipped the waiters too, we spent around $200US on tips between them and they were so grateful. The wedding planner is awesome, do not worry about getting married away and having things go wrong.
Our minister was fantastic too. Beautiful ceremony. All arranged by the hotel. We wish we got the chance to thank him again after the wedding.
The photographer was great as well. I will post pictures. He was organized and arranged some great candid and posed pictures. Nice guy and very friendly and comfortable to work with.
We were married on the beach; it was a beautiful set up. We provided the CD of the different songs we wanted played. If there were onlookers I can’t remember. And what a nice surprise when we were all served champagne after the ceremony. I don’t know if this was arranged by the hotel for if friends planned it for us. It was a nice touch.
We picked the Poseidon restaurant which I would highly recommend if you have a smaller wedding. Very intimate, amazing food and spectacular views. Worth every penny to have the private wedding. We saw a wedding at the Blue Lagoon on the night we arrived and it looked great too, but it is not very private and one of the main eating areas so I don’t think it would have felt as special to me. But it was beautiful and if we have a large wedding we would have had our reception there. We did not feel the need to rent a DJ as they were crazy expensive. We brought our own CDs for dinner music and dancing music, rented sound equipment for $250 and put the CDs in and had the Maid of Honour change CDs. It worked out great. We didn’t rent any extra musician. We had the restaurant from 6-11pm. I would recommend getting in another hour or two. My husband and I went back to our room after the reception while some of the group went to the disco and to the sports bar.
I would tell anyone considering this resort to go for it. It was beautiful, luxurious and awesome for a group. The beach in Negril (Seven Mile beach) is well worth the trip. The Grand Palladium is more of a pool resort with smaller beaches while the RIU in Negril is a beach resort. I am definitely more of a beach person, but I wouldn’t change a thing about my wedding. We will return to Negril next year for an anniversary maybe.
Hope this helps! If anyone has more questions I will be happy to tell you more.
Finally, Jamaica is a place where you should not be stressed or worried. I was less stressed on my wedding day then I was on my sister’s. Enjoy every minute of it and let the others do the worrying for you!
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