Iberostar blew our expectations out of the water! This is my first time in Jamaica or at all inclusive, and I would get married there again in a moment! Ok, we went to Iberostar for our wedding with 34 friends and family (ages 13-85). On average everyone stayed for 4 or 5 nights. Everyone, and I mean everyone loved Iberostar!! Some of our guests are frequent travelers to all inclusive, and others have never left the states. And EVERYONE loved it- the beauty and class of the resort, the food and drinks, the pools, the Star friends, the entertainment, the proximity to the airport, the beach and ocean- they loved it all. And my husband and I are could not be more thankful or happy with Nicole (the wedding coordinator). She knows her stuff, and is on point. I am kind of type A personality so I wanted to know every detail of what I was paying for and what was going to happen, and Nicole rocked my world with her professionalism, knowledge, and service. Ok, I will break it down by category pertaining to the wedding:
Wedding package and service:
You only can choose one package to get married, and they have thought of everything to include! Once you choose Iberostar Nicole will email you a packet detailing what you want for the ceremony and reception. Trust me, she will make it happen it all come together. This is why I loved Iberostar, you get a wedding coordinator with the price, she did it all so me, my mom, all the guests were just relaxing and drinking. It made the wedding part of the trip completely free of stress. You can have a very ‘typical’ wedding if you want, or you can do whatever you desire (that is why it is awesome). We did a ‘typical’ wedding- walk down the aisle, ceremony, pictures, reception with food cake music and dancing- the whole nine yards! We got there 3 days before the wedding, we had a half an hour meeting with Nicole to make sure everything we requested was ready and to confirm prices. Then our wedding party did a 10 minute walk through and we went back to the pool bar. It was that easy!! And trust me, I would have meet with her all day if I needed to, but Nicole had everything perfect!
In the packet you choose venue, music, food, flowers, and any additional request. I was so worried about not having enough decorations, you look at all these wedding magazines or websites and you feel like you have to have elaborate table displays or thank you gifts, and that is not what a destination wedding is about! I brought with me wedding programs, sandalwood fans for the ceremony, guest book and pen, wedding rice in organza bags to throw, cocktail napkins with our names on them, and personalized mint tins as a thank you gift (one at each seat). Anything you bring, Nicole will set up for you, no worries! I liked to have a few items that made it personal (programs, mint tins, and napkins).
We selected the lazy river area due to the number of people we had. We opted to stay out of the sand since I wanted to wear heels and my husband close toed shoes. We got married at 5:00 and the site was in the shade (perfect!). I was worried that we were going to roast in the sun, but the shade was a life saver. Nicole said that we could have moved the ceremony inside if I thought it was too hot or if it rained, but we got lucky with the shade and a breeze.
The minister, Paul, was wonderful. He was perfect with words and made us feel very special even though we just meet him. The ceremony music was from a cd player, and it worked out great. I used typical wedding music, so the wedding party would know their cues. Nicole took care of it all, and no one ever saw the cd player or thought it was tacky. After the ceremony we did a champagne toast and a big group picture!
Photographer was not bad. He took over 700 pictures and was really nice to everyone. The price was right, and we got to come home with a disc of ALL the pictures! When you go to select the pictures the next day, try to negotiate and you can get them all for the right price. Don’t be shy, they want your money and you want the pics! He came to the ‘girls’ room and the ‘boys’ room to get pre-ceremony photos of us getting ready and with our parents. Once the reception started I did not see the photographer anymore, but all the guests took so many pictures at the reception I didn’t even mind that he was gone.
The florist did great! Do not waste your money on extra flowers, the scenery is so pretty that you don’t need them outside. For the reception I wanted centerpieces for each table, so we asked Nicole to put vases on each table, and when we were being announced she grabbed the bridesmaids bouquets and used those for the centerpieces! It was perfect and saved us a bunch of money. “Jamaica is so cool that your guests do not care about flowers”, that is the best advice I got from a friend who also got married in Jamaica. I did white roses with purples orchids for my bouquet and the bridesmaids all purple orchids. Then the groom white rose and groomsmen purple orchids for boutonnieres.
Take advantage of the group dinners they will schedule for you. We had our rehearsal dinner at Aunt Ruby’s steakhouse. The food was good and our guests loved that we could all eat together. Otherwise you have to make reservations separately when you arrive. Honestly, Jamaica in early June it gets very humid everyday around 5:00 or 6:00. Since Aunt Ruby’s is outside we had some uncomfortable guests. But the food is tasty, so you have to know what is best for you.
We had it at Mediterranean restaurant and it was AWESOME! We did not even know about it, but there was a HUGE buffet of seafood appetizers, salads, cheeses, and breads. Plus, we also did not specify but there was a full bar! Literally it was awesome! Steak and lobster, plus all the appetizers. Not a single complaint! It was nice to have it inside, after the hot rehearsal dinner. We had 4 tables of ten set up- the wedding party at one, and the let the guests pick their seats at the other 3 tables. We still had big size big floor and 2 separate tables for the cake, and for guest book and cards.
Food and drinks overall:
This is the #1 thing everybody loved. We have some picky people that expect great food, and once again- NO ONE HAD ANY COMPLAINTS. The gourmet restaurant had once of the best steaks I have ever had, the Mexican was good, Aunt Ruby’s was delicious, and Mediterranean has good lobster. Buffet is a win, win. Always good and big variety. Plus, they had a mini buffet set up anytime at Aunt Ruby’s steakhouse (all the late sleepers loved this!). Plus, the room service! 24/7 room service- I can’t even tell you how much we used this!! We had some partiers in our group that ordered food every night at 3 and 4 AM, sure it took a while but at 3 AM that is expected. I do not know much about the daiuly dinner serervations because someone always reserved a spot for me.
The day of the wedding all the girls got our hair done, and came back to my room to get ready. We ordered room service and they delivered a bottle of champagne- it was perfect! We felt very taken care of and special. Everyone ‘cared’ that is our wedding and went out of their way to make sure we were happy.
The drinks are to die for! We went to a different resort for our honeymoon and missed the Iberostar drinks. The lobby bar has awesome espresso martini’s (actually, everything a the lobby bar is good). The dirty banana drinks are like heaven. If you like to drink, Iberostar will take of you, and with good tasting liquor!
Rooms and atmosphere:
Rooms are big, clean, and all have good views. We got an ocean front room and were right on the beach. Other guests stayed in all the different categories of rooms, and everyone had decent views of the water. Beds, tvs, showers- really the whole room was nice. And the resort was spotless!!! I mean super clean! Once again, out honeymoon place, was not as clean and it really made me realize how clean Iberostar is. You feel like you are at a Ritz it is so clean. They clean non-stop.
Some of our guests ended staying at the Beach Iberostar to save some money, and they were able to come hang with us whenever, it really was not a big deal to go from one resort or the other. They are right next to each other. I toured around the Beach resort too and it looked just as nice.
The disco, the entertainment, and the 3 different bar were so fun to give us a variety every night. We loved the disco- it was open late and the music was bumpin’! the cigar bar we all went to after the reception- it is a chill atmosphere. And they have good drinks there as well.
We picked Iberostar because it is big and we needed a variety of aspects for all the different guests. Trust me, it is big! It take a few minutes to walk somewhere or get to another section of the resort. But with all the space comes variety. Everyone of our guests were different, and they all felt liked they found something they wanted to do. We had people use the spa and workout facilities, go snorkeling (not a good spot to snorkel, dead reef), zip lining, golfing, take the free shuttle to shopping area, hang by the pool, use the lazy river, go to the steel drum beach party (with great buffet of jerk chicken!), sit by the pool, and so on. There is an area right in the lobby where you can plan your activities. Lots to do!!
What would I do different?:
Come at least one full day before all the guests- if you are bringing a big group I suggest going a day before they are all get there. We got there the same time as everyone else, and we got caught up drinking and having fun and never unpacked or learned our way around the resort. It would be cool to have some time to get used to the resort before the party began.
Music at the reception- I am really into music! We had a DJ set up during our reception. He was set up before any of the guests got to the restaurant, and he stayed from 7:00- 11:30ish. I had an IPod that he hooked up to his system, and we had specific songs ready for our entrance, first dance, dinner, and then general dancing. The DJ was good, but once my playlist ran out and he got to pick the music it got really interesting. So my advice is, if you care about music, create a playlist that will last for hours!!! He followed my playlist till it ran out, and was a very cool guy.
Managing a big group- get a list of the room numbers for each guests- we always had a tough time getting in touch with everyone, since everybody was doing their own thing. Maybe request that each guest has a list of each room number everyone is staying in. Or bring walky-talkies?!?! We had one group dinner planned (the rehearsal) and I wish we would have done another big dinner. Just give your guests options of things to do and try to plan group events for the meals. My guests are self sufficient so they would not have liked ‘mandatory’ group activities, but they liked options. I sent each guests a letter before we left with the ‘stuff to do’ and details about wedding time and location. I did SO MUCH research before we went that I wanted to share my knowledge it with all the guests.
Closing remarks: We felt to stay at Iberostar it was affordable- the atmosphere, food, and drinks are worth it. We did feel that paying over $1000 for the wedding package and also $18 per guest was on the high end for the wedding price, but I seriously know that it was worth every penny. The only do one wedding per day, and that is how it needs to be. It was our wedding day and everyone at the resort treated us great! Oh yeah, the hairstylists and nail tech were great- we all loved our hair! We wanted a stress free, fun, classy wedding, and we got it! Do not hesitate to get married here, if you like the amenities and the price, Iberostar will not disappoint.
Feel free to contact me if you have questions. When you ask my husband how he liked it, he says "it surpassed all my expecatations"! Here is to happy planning : )
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Odigeo, Hotels.com, Traveltool, S.L.U., Southall Travel, Priceline, Agoda, TripOnline SA and Evoline ltd so you can book your Iberostar Rose Hall Suites reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Rose Hall Hotel Rose Hall
- Iberostar Montego Bay
- Iberostar Rose Hall Suites Jamaica - Montego Bay