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#4491 jesmcan

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    Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:55 PM

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    Originally Posted by Lisa DSO
    You guys, I have had weird wedding dreams for past two night lol

    Last night I dreamt that my wedding was in a church and I was spectating in the back pew until I realized "it's MY wedding!" So I go to the back and get ready and notice my skirt? is too big, so I ask my MOH to help. She gets those clamps that they use to fit your dress if it's too big at bridal salons to clamp it tighter lol. (oh and its a brown skirt lol) Then I look in the mirror and I have an 80's high ponytail to the side and i look jacked up haha. I turn around and they have already started walking down the aisle and stuff with music. I tell them to wait cuz i'm not ready and lookin busted, but they wont listen to me lol and MOH wont help me look better. They wouldnt even give me my veil or bouquet!

    Bah hahaha


    Anyone else have weird dreams?
    omg ahahah that is so funny - I have not had them yet but I suspect when it gets closer I will lol
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    #4492 jenconrad

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      Posted 04 May 2010 - 04:44 PM

      I posted my review...I feel like I left out so much stuff as there was tons to say!

      About the ceremony...wow the Royal gazedbo is beautiful i cant say enough about it!

      I would not recommend the beach, it seemed way too busy! Thoug i am sure they stop people from walking around it. The prettiest beach spot I thought was on the Porto side of the pier the way it looked with the giant palm trees was beautiful!

      Not sure how to link my review so here it is in full :

      Jen and Coreys Royal PDC wedding review

      Check-in/Arrival B+ (for having to explain we were the bride and groom)
      Everyone had a pretty smooth check-in. Most of us picked our suites online so that was great. The best man had picked a room for him and his friend with two doubles online, but when they got to the room it was a king! They ended up with a decent room but on the poolside bottom floor.
      They definitely weren’t expecting us so there was some confusion over which concierge would take us- the romance concierge or the oceanfront one. The romance concierges Veronique and Anna were fantastic and booked golf at Mayakoba (which was amazing) and quickly booked all of my luxury pkg appts which hadn’t been done as I never got a response prearrival from the onsite wedding coordinator.

      Room A+
      The room was amazing, we picked 539. Third floor Oceantfront and pool view in one, as it a corner window over the hottub. Awesome room other than the lack of a hammock. Not noisy past 1030pm. Our friends stayed oceanfront on the gazebo side and it was actually noisier because the palm trees there kept smacking their window with the wind.

      Restaurants A+
      All were good. Spice was hot and not airconditioned so breakfast was quick! Asiana was our favourite mmm springrolls and tempura icecream. El mediterraneo for lunch buffet was so good with grilled anything right infront of you. The coffee house was awesome to grab a coffee then put some baileys in it. All of our guests raved about the food all week.

      Room service B
      We didn’t really order it except breakfast on the wedding day and it came as part of our package the morning after. The waffles were tasty. The included breakfast was very rich and we didn’t really like it but the fruit kabobs and dips were awesome. Friends said dinner was hit or miss with temperature and the burger and clubhouse were good.

      Pool A
      Get up early to grab chairs! We had so much fun by the pool. The only downside is the swim up bar is not accessible from the big pool, you have to get out to get a drink. The resort was booked solid but it never felt crowded other than having to get chairs early. We had a group of 38 and you saw everyone all day no matter where their chairs were.

      Beach A
      Lots of places to swim with no rocks, but be careful on the end closest to the Porto. Its a bit rocky and it tripped when we were doing TTD photos. Loved the water spritzer guys! Probably would have been faster to walk to the bar to get a drink, but we ordered them anyway and it can take some time so order two haha. Lots of beach chairs so no problem getting these.

      Spa A
      The girls did an awesome job on our nails. Hair wasn’t exactly as natural looking as I wanted it. She used ALOT of hairspray! But I let her do her thing and it sure didn’t fall out haha. My MOH updo was awesome. They have lots and lots of pictures btw. Makeup isn’t really my thing so i thought she used too much but everyone else said it was nice. I will judge when i see the professional pictures haha. In room couple massage was incredible!

      Wedding Review>
      We had ALOT of trouble with the WC in the US. They never put our wedding in the master system and we ended up getting overbooked and our wedding put at the PORTO gazebo 7 months after we booked even though we had all of our guests staying at the royal. Too make a REALLY long story short. Denys our WC at the Royal did everything in her power to remedy this along with Zulma and we ended up with our original wedding time and place at the Royal Gazebo. So thank you, thank you, to them. All I can say is patience worked out in the end but wow it was hard to keep that way when our wedding time was changed the night before the wedding for the second time that week (due to another bride freaking out haha that our wedding was after hers).

      Our wedding day time line:
      1200 hair + makeup at Spazul
      1340 back to the room to get ready and eat french-fries haha
      1500 Pictures in the room
      1600 Ceremony (we did symbolic)
      1630-1700 Pictures at gazebo
      1700-1820 we did pictures- our guests went to the lobby bar for cocktails
      1830-1930 Cocktail party on beach
      1930-1030 Reception in ballroom (should have been on the beach but there was a chance of rain and they would have made me sign a 2500.00 fee 3 hours before if it rained during the beach reception)
      1030-0200 Party at the Blue Parrot Beach Club

      Vendors

      JDflowers on Etsy- we got all the bouts and bridesmaid bouquets here. They were gorgeous and nobody knew they were fake. Also they travelled well.

      Jeff Babineau Photography- awesome to work with. From Truro, NS. Took so many pictures on three different days! I can’t wait to see them!

      Discountmugs.com – we ordered awesome drawstiring beach/pool bags form here and got them screenprinted with our logo. They were well used and loved by everybody!

      Everything else was DIY or part of the luxury package! Except our clothes of course haha.
      Pretty much all I can say about the wedding day was that it was perfect . We really didn’t bring any extras to the luxury package other than I gave my ipod to Denys with a song to walk down the aisle to and a song to walk back to and she handled it perfectly. We also had place cards and a maraca on each table that said “shake me for a kiss”. We had our own music on an ipod for the reception.
      The reception was short and sweet as our real party was at the blue parrot after. We had beef and salmon as our menu choices (delicious!) and marked the place cards for salmon with a little jewel. Our salad was pretty plain wrapped lettuce with stuffed tomato. Our soup was the asparagus cream and it was sooo good. We had the paris chocolate shell for dessert and would not recommend it. It looked pretty, but the chocolate was hard as a rock and the cream wasn’t very flavourful. Our wedding cake was vanilla and it was awesome. I was so full I hardly could eat it! The service was amazing bringing tonnes of drinks to everyone. They even brought coreys’ favourite drink (mango tango!) by the tray load and served it to everyone as we walked into the reception. They decorated the ball room beautifully and even gave us the light up dancefloor! All I can say is for the brides that are afraid of rain, the backup plan is wonderful too, and I was very stressed about having to move it inside as all I ever wanted was a beach reception! Our cocktail still was on the beach thankfully as I risked the 500.00 fee if it rained for that and it didn’t! And the after party at the blue parrot on the beach made up the night perfect!
      For those wondering about the resort photographer and videographer, I would suggest if you feel strongly about these things to really consider going with outside vendors or bringing one with you. We didn’t have the photos done by the resort, but the video by the resort is a bit short of professional. You can see dirt spots on the camera and the editing is choppy. Overall it does the trick, but if you are looking for top notch it isn’t that.

      Another thing I want to add is that for those on the fence about doing al la carte or luxury package we really didn’t think we would want the extra things either but the romantic dinner on the beach, the in suite massage and everything else really made our vacation unforgettable as our wedding week. We decided to do the romantic dinner at the last minute instead of giving it away and it was so worth it.

      Please feel free too ask everything and anyhitng I am sure I forgot stuff and this is way to long already!

      Also, we have alot of pictures that I will be adding as well as professional ones later when I get them!

      Jen and Corey 
      38 Guests booked!

      #4493 dianep

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        Posted 04 May 2010 - 04:53 PM

        yay, so good to hear all of those good points. glad everything seemed to work out so well. looking forward to your pictures!
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        #4494 LynnieS

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          Posted 04 May 2010 - 05:46 PM

          Jen thank you so much!! Congrats on your wedding, can't wait to see pics. This time next week I will be there yay!!
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          #4495 dianep

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            Posted 04 May 2010 - 05:57 PM

            ok, so i'm bringing a photographer friend down from home to shoot the wedding.

            IF he doesn't stay at the resort for the night of the wedding, will i be charged a vendor fee AND a day pass charge, or just the vendor fee?

            thanks ladies...
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            #4496 msglave

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              Posted 04 May 2010 - 06:38 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Lisa DSO


              What signifies a "private reception". For example, with the luxury packages we get a private reception.....soooo ok, i know kids come come, but what really makes it "private"? If i had a classic package and wanted a beach reception, wouldnt it be the same? Does anyone know?
              This is exactly what we did. The semi-private is at a restaurant. You basically get tables setup for the party. The beach reception is only for your party so that's what makes it private.

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by super19
              Last week when I was at the Royal I did see two receptions going on at the same time but one was on the beach and one in the garden area. I believe they do what they can to keep them as far apart as possible.

              Jen
              I just found out that there is a wedding in the gazebo right after ours. What makes it really bad is that we were thinking about having a cocktail hour and they said we would have to have it in the garden because of the wedding. I'm wondering how close these two (garden & gazebo) are. Then, I found out that both receptions would be at the beach at the beach at the same time. Ours is at Pelicano's beach and my WC said theirs is at a different section of the beach. I don't know how far or close these are but I do not want to see/hear someone else's party! Booooooo!
              You guys, I have had weird wedding dreams for past two night lol

              Last night I dreamt that my wedding was in a church and I was spectating in the back pew until I realized "it's MY wedding!" So I go to the back and get ready and notice my skirt? is too big, so I ask my MOH to help. She gets those clamps that they use to fit your dress if it's too big at bridal salons to clamp it tighter lol. (oh and its a brown skirt lol) Then I look in the mirror and I have an 80's high ponytail to the side and i look jacked up haha. I turn around and they have already started walking down the aisle and stuff with music. I tell them to wait cuz i'm not ready and lookin busted, but they wont listen to me lol and MOH wont help me look better. They wouldnt even give me my veil or bouquet!

              Bah hahaha


              Anyone else have weird dreams?
              LOL!!! Too funny. I had been wearing my hair really short (like a boy) for the past few years. Once my FI proposed, I started to grow it out and now it's really thick and full with nice length. I had a dream just the other night that I cut all of my hair off.
              I posted my review...I feel like I left out so much stuff as there was tons to say!

              About the ceremony...wow the Royal gazedbo is beautiful i cant say enough about it!

              I would not recommend the beach, it seemed way too busy! Thoug i am sure they stop people from walking around it. The prettiest beach spot I thought was on the Porto side of the pier the way it looked with the giant palm trees was beautiful!

              Thanks for the review Jen! I'm glad everything worked out for you. I can't wait to see the pics :-) My WC told me our reception is on the beach by Pelicano's. What do you mean when you say the Porto side? Do you know what the beach by Pelicano's is like? Thanks!
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              #4497 jesmcan

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                Posted 04 May 2010 - 06:47 PM

                msglave - depending on which garden? there is a garden right in the middle of the resort which is not near the gazebo. However the garden right behind the gazebo which is where we are doing our cocktail hour is right there! I am getting nervous now about all of this

                Jen - thanks so much for the review! Did they ever explain what exactly ended up happening with the ceremony and how that mix up happened?
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                #4498 jenconrad

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                  Posted 04 May 2010 - 07:22 PM

                  msglave - the beach i was taking about is on the gran porto side of the pier that splits the two resorts beaches. I saw a ceremony set up there and it was beautiful! We never were able to get close to the receptions on the pelicanos beach (which is on the Royal side of the pier) although it sounded like they were having a blast! One night there were three receptions on the beach at the same time, one infront of the gazebo, one on central beach and on on pelicanos beach. They all had djs and they all were loud and having a great time! If I had to pick a beach I would pick the gazebo beach as it isnt as close to all the beach chairs. They all are far enough apart though that it should be a great time in all locations! They really do have lots of weddings at the same time but i cant see them putting a cocktail in the garden closest to the gazebo at the same time. Also if you are not happy with this they will do their very best to change things :)

                  jsmcan- the whole wc thing was so crazy and unprofessional with the us coordinators it broke my heart! Luckily the wcs at the royal really sympathized and switched me back to the royal gazebo for 6pm. Unfortunatly then the 5pm gazebo bride flipped that there was another wedding after hers (she didnt have a cocktail or anything) so i got moved to 4pm at the royal gazebo, which hilariously was the original time and place I had when I booked last year!
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                  #4499 jenconrad

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                    Posted 04 May 2010 - 07:23 PM

                    oh i posted pics to my review that I posted in the review forum
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                    #4500 duprk452

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                      Posted 04 May 2010 - 08:05 PM

                      So.. I talked to Aja today to ask her about confirming our guests so that they are not bumped and she said that when we turn in our checklists we also turn in the guest list. Our guests get first priority over other guests and will not be the ones to get bumped if there is overcrowding. This made me feel much better since we all used third party agents! Also, I asked her how many receptions were at the same time as ours on the beach. So far, there is only one and they are at Pelicanos.. I think we are at Central beach. She said that it's at completely different ends of the beach. Hopefully this is correct. Any past brides know for sure?

                      Also, I'm looking for an up to date playlist with typical wedding music. It's mostly a younger crowd with us so we want dancing music. I'm definitely having a mental block when it comes to a playlist. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
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