"One word to sum it up...AMAZING"
Sandals Negril Wedding Review For VIP Vacations Inc
I’m so sorry its taken me a ridiculously long time to write to you about how everything went with our wedding. I can think of one word to sum it up…AMAZING!!! But a couple hundred more to ramble on.
It’s been almost 3 months and I still have people telling me it was the best wedding they’ve been to (and I have to agree!). I couldn’t have done this without Jennifer and VIP.
I got engaged in July 2009 and all I knew was that I wanted a destination wedding. Additionally, I wanted it before the hurricane season started the next year. I was completely clueless and hadn’t done a THING! Then we went to a destination wedding expo on halloween that year and stopped at VIP’s booth. I talked to Jennifer at VIP Vacations. That was it, I had found my “wedding whisperer” as I called her! Jennifer was exactly what I needed to figure out what I wanted and how to plan it. She helped us decide on Sandals Negril since we had friends and family coming from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. She made everything very easy, affordable, and fun for everyone not to mention gorgeous.
We knew we were going to have a fairly large group going with us (ended up 40) which required a little more effort. We ran into an issue with Sandals dropping some of the rooms that we had held for people to book, but Jennifer came through for us. Not only got rooms back but in a better room category for the same price. I felt like I was constantly emailing and calling her and she was always quick to respond and very informative. I liked being able to talk to someone who #1 had actually been to the resort I was considering (not to mention everywhere else in the world!) and #2 was a destination bride herself, she had so many creative ideas to share because of this.
Now off to Negril, Jamaica! We had a non-stop flight which was wonderful and arrived at the resort to a beautiful day and the most friendly, laid-back yet hard-working staff you could imagine. I loved them! We met our wedding coordinator the next day (and I waterskied right after ha so crazy!) and were blown away by the organization since all plans were made “sight unseen” and how entertaining Giselle was! She made me feel so relaxed about everything and I knew the wedding would go well as long as the daily 4:00 rain storm would hold off and miraculously it did although not without some rumbles of thunder in the background!
The ceremony on the beach was better than I could have dreamed and we got the arch we didn’t think we could get! Our cocktail hour was accompanied by the coolest steel drum band that got everyone in the Jamaican mood. Our photographer Romaine was THE BEST, we absolutely loved his energy and phenomenal pictures. Then the 2 hour reception on the beach that began at sunset (a perfect time suggested by Jennifer) was both delicious and the time of our lives! The time and location were perfect for everyone to finish the night off at the Piano bar next door. Jennifer suggested a trash the dress photo session the next day and after seeing her own pictures I couldn’t refuse. Best thing I could have done! When in your life can you jump in the Caribbean with your wedding dress on and roll around in the sand?!?! We went snorkeling with a group of our friends and family after and it was such a fun experience. A few days later we said our goodbyes to everyone and had an adventure packed honeymoon in Sandals Dunns’ River.
I’ll finally wrap this up by saying THANK YOU Jennifer and VIP Vacations for helping Anthony and I plan the wedding that reflected who we are. It got some people on a trip who would never do something like this. It couldn’t have gone better, and we couldn’t have done any of this without you! I hope to keep in touch with you!
All our Best