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#4511 callamonster

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    Posted 04 May 2010 - 09:59 PM

    In case anyone wants to look at a bunch of Royal PDC pictures, I have four sets from our visit in January here - callamonster's photosets on Flickr . There are of course a bunch of just me and my fiance but there are some of the hotel :)

    #4512 jesmcan

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      Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:03 PM

      Lynnie and Callamonster - again we are all getting different answers. I have in writing that we get the hot or cold for $10 and that includes an open bar ahahaha uggghhhh (wanting to pull my hair out right now)
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      #4513 LynnieS

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        Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:07 PM

        This is frustrating!! Must be with all the changes going on. Im gonna try to talk my way through a lot when I get down there, FI is also really good at getting what he wants-haha!
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        #4514 smckinney22

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          Posted 04 May 2010 - 11:47 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by jenconrad
          oh i posted pics to my review that I posted in the review forum
          Your pictures are so beautiful! Looks like everything worked out in the end which is what all of us soon to be brides are wishing for as well.

          Question about your pics, I saw the view of the gazebo from above and noticed that you had the chairs inside the gazebo. I really would like to do this because I think it gives more of an intimate and private setting, rather than having us at the edge of the gazebo and all the guests below us. Also I was hoping it'd bring the whole group closer to the ocean view. Also people will be in the shade

          What are your opinions about it? Was there any pros or cons to doing this? How many MAX would you think would fit? From your pic looks like you had about 30, was that to crowded or pretty comfortable?

          Thanks!

          #4515 kerrimark2010

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            Posted 05 May 2010 - 01:33 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by smckinney22
            Your pictures are so beautiful! Looks like everything worked out in the end which is what all of us soon to be brides are wishing for as well.

            Question about your pics, I saw the view of the gazebo from above and noticed that you had the chairs inside the gazebo. I really would like to do this because I think it gives more of an intimate and private setting, rather than having us at the edge of the gazebo and all the guests below us. Also I was hoping it'd bring the whole group closer to the ocean view. Also people will be in the shade

            What are your opinions about it? Was there any pros or cons to doing this? How many MAX would you think would fit? From your pic looks like you had about 30, was that to crowded or pretty comfortable?

            Thanks!
            I don't remember who it was, but a photographer posted on this thread a while back and said that the light conditions under those circumstances were not optimal. He suggested having the guests outside the gazebo, the attendants on the stairs to either side, and the bride and groom closer to the gazebo entrance. I may be able to find the post if I look hard enough...

            #4516 msglave

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              Posted 05 May 2010 - 07:40 AM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by jesmcan
              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
              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!
              Thanks for the reassurance but not feeling very positive :_-( I'm getting ready to email my WC to see if the gazebo beach is available.

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by jenconrad
              No its not different ends of the beach. The gazebo beach and pelicanos beach are at opposite ends with central beach right in the middle. Fiance says approx 100 yds from central beach to pelicanos. I suck at distances. :) If the gazebo beach is free I would grab that for sure!
              This is too close!

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by callamonster
              Julie told me that it was $10 pp for the champagne only, $15 for open bar with cold appetizers, and $20 for open bar with hot appetizers. We went with the open bar and cold :)
              I think I got different prices. This is so frustrating!

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by kerrimark2010
              I don't remember who it was, but a photographer posted on this thread a while back and said that the light conditions under those circumstances were not optimal. He suggested having the guests outside the gazebo, the attendants on the stairs to either side, and the bride and groom closer to the gazebo entrance. I may be able to find the post if I look hard enough...
              It was a few posts back. If you go to Jesmcan's website, she posted their photos. Personally, lighting or not, I don't like the way it looks.
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              #4517 msglave

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                Posted 05 May 2010 - 07:47 AM

                O.K.-I did a quick email search and am copying and pasting what my WC sent about cocktail hr.

                "Ok the cocktail hour is $10 per person for champagne and cold canap©s or $15 for champagne with cold and hot canap©s or $20 for open bar with cold and hot canap©s. You do get all the canap©s listed, you don’t have to choose."

                Also, the cocktail hr. is confirmed for the central garden. Why the hell are we paying extra for open bar and everyone is already paying money to stay and money for the reception? if I had to do it all over again, I would not plan to have my wedding here. Sorry ladies, but I'm not feeling very positive right now. I emailed Julie about moving to the gazebo beach. Keep your fingers crossed!
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                #4518 jesmcan

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                  Posted 05 May 2010 - 08:51 AM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by kerrimark2010
                  I don't remember who it was, but a photographer posted on this thread a while back and said that the light conditions under those circumstances were not optimal. He suggested having the guests outside the gazebo, the attendants on the stairs to either side, and the bride and groom closer to the gazebo entrance. I may be able to find the post if I look hard enough...
                  Hi yes it was me. It was Matt Adock from Del Sol who recommended this when he just did a wedding at The Royal.
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                  #4519 jenconrad

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                    Posted 05 May 2010 - 09:17 AM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by smckinney22
                    Your pictures are so beautiful! Looks like everything worked out in the end which is what all of us soon to be brides are wishing for as well.

                    Question about your pics, I saw the view of the gazebo from above and noticed that you had the chairs inside the gazebo. I really would like to do this because I think it gives more of an intimate and private setting, rather than having us at the edge of the gazebo and all the guests below us. Also I was hoping it'd bring the whole group closer to the ocean view. Also people will be in the shade

                    What are your opinions about it? Was there any pros or cons to doing this? How many MAX would you think would fit? From your pic looks like you had about 30, was that to crowded or pretty comfortable?

                    Thanks!
                    I did have 30 chairs in the gazebo and i loved it because as you say it was very intimate. Also, the guests didnt have to sit out in the sun. Lighting was definitely an issue as alot of my nonprofessional pics are shadowed (it was a bit cloudytoo) but I wouldnt have changed it looking back as it was amazing walking down the terrace and having all of my family and friends in the gazebo. Looking out at the beach and water during our vows was awesome too. If I had of had a larger wedding I would put everyone outside though instead of some in some out.

                    here is an example of lighting:

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                    #4520 jenconrad

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                      Posted 05 May 2010 - 09:26 AM

                      I forgot to add that I am pretty sure we maxed it out with 30 :). People were comfortable though.
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