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#11 *JillD*

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    Posted 31 March 2008 - 09:03 AM

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    My personal wedding review - hope this helps out some of you with some questions you have.

    My husband and I are very picky and did have our fair share of problems with Lomas (from Faith to Monica to Valeria) but in the end the wedding was perfect. The resort is much nicer than pictures show – it really is heavenly and the grounds are immaculate. We stayed in the Casita Section and we were in 2811 – our bartender was Julio and he was THE BEST!! Our personal concierge was Alex and he was horrible he said no to all our requests and set out to make you miserable. If you get Alex I would ask to be switched immediately – everyone else on the resort are the kindest people in the world - and the planners on the resort (which are different that the ones you deal with on a daily basis) are very attentive and made sure each and every item was correct when we got to the resort. Gloria was my head planner (but there were also 2 other ladies that were there helping out the whole time – I feel horrible that I cannot remember their names) and she is amazing!! I would recommend her to everyone – she showed up at my door twice before the wedding to tell me of little things that changed and these are details I probably never would have noticed had she not come to my door! Even though there were several weddings the day of –Gloria was there every time I turned around to check and see if I needed anything.
    The off site planners you deal with everyday are much different but if you stay on top of them, especially Valeria, and work by sending the pricelist back and forth with every conversation it keeps you both up to date and on the same page. The last 3 weeks before the wedding we had bi weekly conference calls to discuss details. Valeria is great – but you do need to be very specific and don’t feel bad about going over each detail every time you speak.
    3 weeks before the wedding we also found out that the spots we had reserved a year ago with Monica and Valeria were never really reserved and therefore unavailable as there were 4 weddings that day. Let me say that this does NOT make a difference. I sat with another bride to be the day of our wedding getting ready and doing manicures and pedicures and it was kind of nice to talk to someone going through the same thing with you .
    We had our Wedding in the Chapel at 3:00 a cocktail hour from 4:00-6:00 at the Gaviotas and then from 6:30-10:30 our dinner and reception at the health bar. The day was perfect!! If you have any questions on locations or staff at the resort please let me know (I attached a pic from Gaviotas which showed the sand bags). Oh, as far as the photographer – I brought mine from home and just paid for her stay (2 nights) and told Valeria that we were having a guest take pictures. No questions were asked!
    We honeymooned at EDR and stayed in the casitas and we LOVED the bartender Julio!!! We hung out with him all the time!

    #12 Marcy M

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      Posted 31 March 2008 - 02:51 PM

      for our meals we did the following:
      Rehearsal Dinner - Salad: Mayan Salad with chicken, spinach, orange and grapefruit, chili piquin honey. Appetizer: Grilled lobster and vegetables enchilada with almond mole sauce. ,Main Courses: Pork Fillet marinated in Achiote and bitter Orange, served with Mashed Potatoes and Spinach in Coriander Sauce. Beef Filet Kabobs marinated in cilantro with hibiscus glaze Mango Mousse with creamy mamey ice cream and pistachios (beef kabobs were amazing!!)
      Cocktail Hour before dinner: Fried shredded Angus beef tacos (MDB001) Chicken quesadillas with salsa cruda (MDB003) Chicken brochettes with Mole sauce (MDB004) Mini crab cakes with Chipotle sauce (MDB005) Jalape±o poppers with Monterrey Jack (MDB006) Chicken and vegetables chimichangas (MDB007)
      Dinner : First Course: (SA002 -11USD) Ruccola salad with parmesan cheese cracking and lime & olive oil reduction, Second course: (AP003 - 18,00USD) Appetizer Duck terrine with roasted figs, lettuce and smoked apple vinaigrette Third Course:Angus beef tenderloin steak in a lobster sauce, grilled endives & roasted potato mash (MC006 - 26 usd) (16) Grilled Mahi-Mahi with herbed butter, spinach, saut©ed mushrooms and potato coins (MC009 -27USD)
      Food was all really great - there are a couple items that we heard from our guests that wasn't their favorite (rehearsal dinner - the Kabobs blew the tenderloin away) The cocktail hour the chicken quesadillas were a big soggy and for the dinner some guests didn't like the duck - I loved it!

      The music I put together some playlists - Dinner music, Reception music and then first dance / father daughter dance and longest married dance. I didn't hire the DJ, I asked to have someone just running my Ipod. You could not even tell the difference and I beleive it was only $150. Everyone raved about the music!
      For decorations I did 5 huge bouquets for the church and then had them moved to our tables for dinner. Dressed up the chairs and then made candles with our guests name on them for seating. Feel free to check out our website for pictures and ideas. Mr. & Mrs. Robert O'Connor the user name is marcyandrobert and password is wedding23.
      I wish you the best of luck - they will take care of you there!

      #13 pryzeless

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        Posted 31 March 2008 - 04:06 PM

        Wow everything looks great. I am glad to hear from another happy EDR bride. Any suggestions?

        #14 KirstenRN6

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          Posted 31 March 2008 - 06:50 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by Marcy M
          for our meals we did the following:
          Rehearsal Dinner - Salad: Mayan Salad with chicken, spinach, orange and grapefruit, chili piquin honey. Appetizer: Grilled lobster and vegetables enchilada with almond mole sauce. ,Main Courses: Pork Fillet marinated in Achiote and bitter Orange, served with Mashed Potatoes and Spinach in Coriander Sauce. Beef Filet Kabobs marinated in cilantro with hibiscus glaze Mango Mousse with creamy mamey ice cream and pistachios (beef kabobs were amazing!!)
          Cocktail Hour before dinner: Fried shredded Angus beef tacos (MDB001) Chicken quesadillas with salsa cruda (MDB003) Chicken brochettes with Mole sauce (MDB004) Mini crab cakes with Chipotle sauce (MDB005) Jalape±o poppers with Monterrey Jack (MDB006) Chicken and vegetables chimichangas (MDB007)
          Dinner : First Course: (SA002 -11USD) Ruccola salad with parmesan cheese cracking and lime & olive oil reduction, Second course: (AP003 - 18,00USD) Appetizer Duck terrine with roasted figs, lettuce and smoked apple vinaigrette Third Course:Angus beef tenderloin steak in a lobster sauce, grilled endives & roasted potato mash (MC006 - 26 usd) (16) Grilled Mahi-Mahi with herbed butter, spinach, saut©ed mushrooms and potato coins (MC009 -27USD)
          Food was all really great - there are a couple items that we heard from our guests that wasn't their favorite (rehearsal dinner - the Kabobs blew the tenderloin away) The cocktail hour the chicken quesadillas were a big soggy and for the dinner some guests didn't like the duck - I loved it!

          The music I put together some playlists - Dinner music, Reception music and then first dance / father daughter dance and longest married dance. I didn't hire the DJ, I asked to have someone just running my Ipod. You could not even tell the difference and I beleive it was only $150. Everyone raved about the music!
          For decorations I did 5 huge bouquets for the church and then had them moved to our tables for dinner. Dressed up the chairs and then made candles with our guests name on them for seating. Feel free to check out our website for pictures and ideas. Mr. & Mrs. Robert O'Connor the user name is marcyandrobert and password is wedding23.
          I wish you the best of luck - they will take care of you there!
          Thank you so much for all the great information and pictures. The pictures were awesome! Your colors are the same that mine will be! It's always good to hear from another bride about her experiences at EDR!

          #15 maggiemaylou

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            Posted 06 April 2008 - 03:53 PM

            Marcy, where was your reception? How did you request the white sitting furniture for the reception and about how much was it? I love that idea! Was it $150 to have someone operate the iPod, or rent the equipment?

            Thanks!
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            #16 jessicamo

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              Posted 06 April 2008 - 11:58 PM

              Thanks for the info on the meals. Did you have it prearranged for the staff to move your bouquets to the reception or did you just plan that the day of? I have not mentioned anything to Valeria yet, but will be emailing her tomorrow. Just wondering if I should be worried about it or just ask the staff that day. Thanks

              #17 Marcy M

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                Posted 13 April 2008 - 07:51 PM

                Sorry for the delay girls in getting back to you!!!

                The furniture was a request that I was not sure the resort could do. They ended up using an outside service to bring in and it was WELL worth it and pretty cheap too!!

                To rent the IPOD machine and have someone work it I beleive ended up being about $300. Much cheaper than having a DJ and it is really the same thing right!!

                For the bouquets.. I told Valeria that i really did not want to have to pay double for flowers for both the church and then reception and I asked if I could use the same flowers for the wedding and reception and she said ok. The guests will never know that they are the same flowers!! It really saves to do little things like this.

                The reception was outdoors and the Health Bar (beautiful location!)

                Good luck Ladies - I wish you the best of luck!




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