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#6931 risa1818

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    Posted 21 October 2010 - 09:44 AM

    Hi Liz and welcome!!

     

    I would do the same thing...go on the knot DW board a lot too but then came across this one and it was great to have a board specific to our venue!

     

    Happy planning and ask away any questions!!

     

    Originally Posted by ELIZABELLA75 

    Hi Michelle!

     

    I was originally posting on the Knot message boards but got bored with that because everything was so generalized and was so thrilled to find this board since it is specific to our venue.  It's so great to hear from someone with the same date!!  What are the plans for your wedding?  Where are your ceremony and reception going to be held?  My ceremony will be at the gazebo at 4 and the reception will be in the ballroom (my fiance prefers indoors for the reception, but looking at everyone's pics have me craving a beach reception, lol!!)  I haven't made any of my other choices yet (I know I'm a slacker!).

     

    I, too, have people staying at Gran Porto.  My sister, brother-in-law and my mom will be over there with my nieces and nephews.  I figure I will spend a bit of time each day over there with them.  My one question about that is will I have any trouble with my nieces (ages 12 and 9) coming over to my room for getting ready photos.  I guess I will have to ask my WC about that.  They would really enjoy being a part of it, so if worse comes to worse, maybe I'll have to get ready in my mom's room. 

     

    So nice to "meet" you!!

    Liz

     


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    #6932 JHarris

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      Posted 21 October 2010 - 09:44 AM



       

      Originally Posted by ELIZABELLA75 

      Hi Michelle!

       

      I was originally posting on the Knot message boards but got bored with that because everything was so generalized and was so thrilled to find this board since it is specific to our venue.  It's so great to hear from someone with the same date!!  What are the plans for your wedding?  Where are your ceremony and reception going to be held?  My ceremony will be at the gazebo at 4 and the reception will be in the ballroom (my fiance prefers indoors for the reception, but looking at everyone's pics have me craving a beach reception, lol!!)  I haven't made any of my other choices yet (I know I'm a slacker!).

       

      I, too, have people staying at Gran Porto.  My sister, brother-in-law and my mom will be over there with my nieces and nephews.  I figure I will spend a bit of time each day over there with them.  My one question about that is will I have any trouble with my nieces (ages 12 and 9) coming over to my room for getting ready photos.  I guess I will have to ask my WC about that.  They would really enjoy being a part of it, so if worse comes to worse, maybe I'll have to get ready in my mom's room. 

       

      So nice to "meet" you!!

      Liz


      Hi Liz!

       

      Definitely ask your WC about it. If the girls are a part of the wedding - then it shouldn't be a problem. Per my WC guests are allowed to arrive 3 hours before the wedding time. Unless you plan on using a room on the Gran for getting ready.

       

      Janna
       


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      #6933 82turtles

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        Posted 21 October 2010 - 09:48 AM

        Cute card box!



        #6934 risa1818

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          Posted 21 October 2010 - 09:49 AM

          Just wondering how many of you ladies are having an AHR ( at home reception). As much as we would like to, I don't think we are. It's just not in the budget right now.

           

          I keep going back and forth about it because I do feel bad that I have such a large family and most of them will not be there to see us get married but half of the reason to do a DW was to avoid all those costs!!! haha

           

           



          Jess- How many days until you leave girl?! You must be jumping out of your skin!!


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          #6935 JHarris

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            Posted 21 October 2010 - 09:53 AM



            Originally Posted by Bride2B22 

            Hi Dolls!

             

            Does anyone have Fernando's contact info and pricing? I know it's in here somewhere but i am too lazy to look lol



             I do!! Here is is contact info and current pricing that he sent me:

             

            email: Fernando Fuentes: themakeuppros@hotmail.com

             

            BRIDE TRIAL
            HAIR AND MAKEUP $180
            DAY OF THE EVENT $350
             
            SERVICE FOR BRIDESMIADS AND FAMILY
            ONLY MAKEUP $90
            ONLY HAIR FROM $50 up to $80 

             

            To secure him for your date, you will need to put a deposit down. It can be just for your services or you can do a combo - it doesn't matter as long as you put something down. The deposit is 50% of services. It may seem weird but there are several ways to pay: either a certified check, or money order or directly into his bank account. if you send money by mail, it'll be addressed to his sister's address. Don't worry - this is normal and many brides can attest to it.

             

            Let us know if you have any questions!

             

            Janna
             


            Married My BestFriend at The Royal PDC ~ June 17, 2011~


            #6936 MichelleCrock

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              Posted 21 October 2010 - 09:56 AM

              Thanks ladies for the tips on the guests staying at the Gran Porto!  We'll see what happens... but trying not to stress too much about it.  I did read someone's (great) suggestion on here to get walkie-talkies so I plan to do that and give one to my family at the Gran Porto so they can at least always communicate with me without having to use our cell phones down there.

               

              Hi Liz!  I haven't done too much planning either so far.  We bought a house over the summer so after we picked The Royal, I pretty much put wedding stuff out of mind until we moved and got settled.  We are actually having the wedding at the Gran Porto (I think we originally thought more of our guests would be staying there plus I knew all of my family would be staying there due to my niece and nephew... of course now that almost all of the guests will be at The Royal it'd probably be better there but oh well...).  I'm hoping it should be pretty similar to having the wedding at The Royal since our reception will be on the beach and we should have the same WCs and vendors.  The ceremony will be at 3:30pm in the Gran Porto gazebo and then the cocktail hour (4:00-5:00pm) and reception will be in the North Beach area (I hope that location's decent?).  The only other detail I have lined up is that I hired a DJ - Ivan from Doremixx although they told me that they couldn't guarantee I'd actually get Ivan but that 'his people' are just as good as him... my fingers are definitely crossed we get Ivan after the great things I've read about him on here!!  I know we'll have a big dance party going on - I'm still trying to decide whether to get the light-up dance floor (was really hoping it was included with getting Doremixx and was sad to see that we have to pay extra for it).  Which days are you going for?  We'll have to get a celebratory drink together at some point!  We're arriving on Wednesday before the wedding and staying at The Royal until the Tuesday after.  Then FI and I are moving to La Tortuga Hotel in the downtown area until the following Saturday for a honeymoon stay (thanks for the great review/suggestion there Jesmcan!). 

               

              We officially have 30 guests booked and have at least 5 more booking in the next few weeks so I'm getting super excited!!  Now I just need to focus on getting some of the details together...  Let the countdown begin (128 days!)!!

               



              #6937 Natalie79

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                Posted 21 October 2010 - 10:01 AM


                 

                Originally Posted by risa1818 

                Just wondering how many of you ladies are having an AHR ( at home reception). As much as we would like to, I don't think we are. It's just not in the budget right now.

                 

                I keep going back and forth about it because I do feel bad that I have such a large family and most of them will not be there to see us get married but half of the reason to do a DW was to avoid all those costs!!! haha

                 

                 



                Jess- How many days until you leave girl?! You must be jumping out of your skin!!


                I'm not going to be doing an AHR either.  Part of the reason we did a destination wedding was because it would be cheaper than having a wedding at home.  We might have a small party at our house though...for our friends that weren't able to make it.



                #6938 MichelleCrock

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                  Posted 21 October 2010 - 10:08 AM

                  Thanks ladies for the tips on the guests staying at the Gran Porto!  We'll see what happens... but trying not to stress too much about it.  I did read someone's (great) suggestion on here to get walkie-talkies so I plan to do that and give one to my family at the Gran Porto so they can at least always communicate with me without having to use our cell phones down there.

                   

                  Hi Liz!  I haven't done too much planning either so far.  We bought a house over the summer so after we picked The Royal, I pretty much put wedding stuff out of mind until we moved and got settled.  We are actually having the wedding at the Gran Porto (I think we originally thought more of our guests would be staying there plus I knew all of my family would be staying there due to my niece and nephew - now that most of our guests will be at The Royal it'd probably be better there but oh well...).  I'm hoping it should be pretty similar to having the wedding at The Royal since our reception will be on the beach and the WCs and vendors are the same.  The ceremony will be at 3:30pm in the Gran Porto gazebo and then the cocktail hour (4:00-5:00pm) and reception will be in the North Beach area (I hope that location's decent?).  The only other detail I have lined up is that we hired a DJ - Ivan from Doremixx although they told me that they couldn't guarantee I'd actually get Ivan but that 'his people' are just as good as him... my fingers are definitely crossed we get Ivan after the great things I've read about him on here!!  I know we'll have a big dance party going on - I still can't decide whether to get the light-up dance floor - originally I thought it was included in getting Doremixx and was bummed to see that it's an extra charge (the way it goes with The Royal I guess).  Which days are you going for?  We'll have to meet up for a celebratory drink!  FI and I are arriving on Wednesday before the wedding and staying at The Royal until the Tuesday after.  Then we're moving to La Tortuga Hotel in the downtown area until the following Saturday for a honeymoon stay (thanks for the great review/suggestion there Jesmcan!).

                   

                  We officially have 30 guests booked and have at least 5 others planning to book in the next few weeks so I'm getting very excited!!  Now I just need to focus on some of the details...  Let the countdown begin (128 days!)!!  Hope you all are having great weeks!!

                   



                  #6939 MichelleCrock

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                    Posted 21 October 2010 - 10:10 AM

                    So sorry if I double posted!!  Was getting an error over here that it didn't post the first time.    Guess that comes with being a newbie!



                    #6940 ChicagoBride2011

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                      Posted 21 October 2010 - 10:12 AM



                      Originally Posted by risa1818 

                      Just wondering how many of you ladies are having an AHR ( at home reception). As much as we would like to, I don't think we are. It's just not in the budget right now.

                       

                      I keep going back and forth about it because I do feel bad that I have such a large family and most of them will not be there to see us get married but half of the reason to do a DW was to avoid all those costs!!! haha

                       

                       



                      Jess- How many days until you leave girl?! You must be jumping out of your skin!!


                      During our initial planning we went back and forth with this.  We were either going to invite ALL our guests to Mexico and not do a AHR or invite a group of 20-30 to Mexico and then do a casual get together at a bar/restaurant here.  We looked at a few places and said "f" this!  It would have cost just as much as doing our wedding here.  So we invited all 250 people to Mexico and decided not to do anything here.  We have 38 booked right now, and think we'll end up with 50-60. The fiances cousin did a DW in Mexico a little over a year ago and ended up with 120! 
                       


                      Had the most AMAZING wedding at The Royal PDC on May 1, 2011





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