I got married at Tensing Pen on Nov. 11, 2011. We had 40 guests in attendance, and every single person raved about their stay. The resort is the most perfect place for a destination wedding with the beautiful location on and the cliffs and even more spectacular sunsets. Every event and experience of our 5-day, 4-night wedding weekend was wonderful. Each and every member of the staff was so helpful, friendly, and made sure everyone’s needs were met. I cannot say enough good things about Tensing Pen.
The property was even more beautiful than I remembered. Each cottage is so unique and special. It was an ideal place because there were many little secluded spots that guests can get away from the action, or be right in the middle of it all. We stayed in Rock Cottage 2, and it was so wonderful. We also had the Red Birch house that we used as a hang out location, so not intrude on anyone’s actual cottage.
The wedding coordinator, Shanique, made sure every single detailed was covered. She is amazing. We started our correspondence as soon as I had expressed interested in having my wedding at the property. I booked the property more than a year in advance because I knew how popular the 11/11/11 wedding date would be. Shanique contacted me regularly to check on my progress and reminded me of important deadlines needed for the wedding. Planning a wedding via email and phone was actually much less stressful that I could have imagined.
I organized my guests’ transportation through I guy I met last time in Jamaica, Gary Ritchie of Best Jamaica Taxi. He was on time for everyone’s arrival waiting with a sign for our wedding guests. Knowing he was there to safely transport our guests was a huge relief. Plus he is extremely personable and made our guests feel comfortable right away.
When our guests arrived, we hosted a welcome party with a Mento Band and cocktails. They helped organize the welcome party, and all we had to do was enjoy the time with our guests. The day before the wedding, we had a short rehearsal before heading next door to Ivan’s Bar at Catcha Falling Star. Dinner was excellent, but I must say that the food at Tensing Pen is even better. Most of our guest ate all their meals at the restaurant on property.
The day of our wedding was a whirlwind, but everything was above and beyond our expectation. The officiant of ceremony was great. We did the traditional vows and it was really lovely. During the ceremony, we walked to one of the other patios to sign the marriage certificate. That was a little weird but, hey it’s Jamaica. Just a warning to brides that have very high heel (I wore 4 inch heels), be careful with your shoe choice. The stones can be difficult to walk on.
We had a steel drum band play for the ceremony and cocktail hour. He was great. We used Sun Golf Photography for pictures. They too were great and we got some amazing photos as the sun was setting.
While we had pictures taken, our guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the pool. They set up a bar and a table for hors d’oeuvres down by the pool. The staff at TP had decorated the pool area with luminaries. It was really beautiful. The lodge was also decorated so nicely with the flowers and paper lanterns. We used Floral Fantasies. They did a great job. They were able to translate my vision via email and make it happen.
The wedding dinner was so good. We chose lobster and beef tenderloin. I tasted both and I cannot decide which I like better. Everyone raved about the food. After dinner, we cut a serious rug on the dance floor. We chose Sound Illusion for the DJ. They are sooooooo good. We meet with them the day before and talked about the music for the wedding. They played all of our requests and even some that I had forgotten about. The music was one of the most important things for me for the wedding, and I was not disappointed. The fact that every single person danced was awesome. Even my father, who doesn’t dance, was out there. I don’t think I sat down once. The DJs even knew when a song wasn’t well received, and they immediately changed it. I had people come up to me afterwards and say that it was the best music at any wedding they have been to. We were having so much fun that we got the DJ to stay a little longer.
It was a truly magical night. Everything was beyond my expectations from the decorations, to the food, to the music. If you are even possibly considering a destination wedding, Tensing Pen is the only place to do it. The fact that the only guests on property were our wedding guests, made it much more special. The staff bent over backwards to make sure we were taken care of. Tensing Pen is one of a kind.
The only negative thing I have to say was that I wish we had an extra day with all our guests. Four nights was not enough, as it went by too fast. Otherwise, Tensing Pen really did make our wedding dreams come true. Thank you so much to everyone at TP, as well as all of our vendors.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the West End of Negril, Jamaica in its own private cove, Tensing Pen is the ultimate destination for the discerning traveler offering a unique collection of beautiful hand-carved wood, thatch and cut stone cottages of varying sizes for the ultimate secluded and relaxing vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tensing Pen Hotel Negril
- Tensing Pen Negril
- Tensing Pen Jamaica