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#511 *JillD*

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    Posted 30 October 2007 - 12:41 PM

    Hi Paula, my answers are in red, hope this helps

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    Originally Posted by PaulaV
    I have complied some new questions for those of you that just had your 'Dreams' wedding :)

    1- What did they charge you to set up items that you brought yourselves?
    they didn't charge us anything for setup, we brought centerpieces for the tables, starfish for the table, guest book stuff, extra shells and seaglass to decorate, cake boxes, pashminas, parasols, fans, I put sticky notes on everything so they knew what to do with it
    2- Did Claudia/Daniela stick around to help you follow your timeline?
    Claudia was there when I walked down the aisle and when I came back from pictures, thats the last time I saw her, I was kind of annoyed by that, she didn't even come to ask me how everything was going
    3- Those of you that had 4 hours for dinner and reception, did they charge for the extra hour? our reception started at 600 and was ending at 1000, she said dinner would be at 630 and we could stay until 1000 or 1030, I think we stayed until 1100, no one said anything, I had no idea what time it was! They didn't charge us anything for it.

    4- Did any of you have the long table setup on the terrace? How many people did it fit?
    we had the long table, we had it set for 25 people I believe, but it could have been longer, we also had a table for the cake & guest book. Claudia told me they would move those two tables to make more room for dancing, but the never did. Also, it was really windy and all the stuff on the guestbook table was blowing away, so keep that in mind, I'm not sure what type of things you have! It wasn't really windy at all at the dinner table, just at the end where the guestbook table and cake table were
    5- Was the dancing on the terrace hard due to the poles from the awning?
    It was a little tight but not too bad,if she had moved the cake table and guest book table as she was supposed to it would have made it a little easier.
    6- Cocktail time in the garden - did you have problems with heels sinking into the ground?
    I did cocktail hour in the garden, I loved it, so pretty, no one mentioned any problems with their heels, but I missed most of the cocktail hour. People could just take their shoes off if needed. Oh, I also told people it was okay to wear flip flops, so that could be why no one had a problem too.
    7- Anyone have the trio for the ceremony music? Could you hear them?
    we used our ipod for the ceremony, mariachi for the cocktail hour

    8- Did you buy candy and chips for OOTs bags? Where was the best place to buy these items?
    we brought granola bars from home, and I'm glad we did because I don't think we would have had anytime to run out and get stuff
    9- If you had round tables for dinner, how many people could sit at each?
    just one long table
    10- What were you charged for passes for those not staying at Dreams?
    everyone stayed at dreams
    11- Did you have dessert and cake? Was that too much? Did you opt for a smaller cake if you did both?
    we had both, the dessert was very good, they left plates by the cake, so I let people know it was there so that they could help themselves and some people did. I brought boxes for the extra cake, but they didn't work well, they were falling apart and making a mess! I had asked for a larger cake so that people could take it back to their rooms, and because I needed to make substitutions for other things I didn't want, but I could have just kept the small cake and not worried about it, not many people ate it, and I tried some desserts in the buffet restaurant and the cake in mexico is not that good, not like here. I would just get a small one and keep the dessert that comes with your meal because its better than the cake.
    12- Anyone do sparklers? What did they charge?
    nope

    13- Anyone use the extra room they offer in the Ultimate package for their FI the night before the wedding?
    nope
    Phew! Sorry for all of the questions...
    hope this helps, let me know if you need anything else!

    #512 CancunBride07

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      Posted 30 October 2007 - 12:59 PM

      I guess since I took the time to fill this out I should go ahead and do my review, huh?? hehe. here ya go!!

      1-What did they charge you to set up items that you brought yourselves?
      -Nothing!

      2- Did Claudia/Daniela stick around to help you follow your timeline?
      -Daniela was great with making sure everything went smoothly and in order, I didn’t give a timeline..I just let everything flow. But she was there to assist everyone to the ballroom from the terrace and then she was around at the reception to make sure we did the cake cutting, dances, toast ect..
      3- Those of you that had 4 hours for dinner and reception, did they charge for the extra hour? N/A

      4- Did any of you have the long table setup on the terrace? How many people did it fit? I did the cocktail hour at the terrace, so just the small round tables (the “cocktail” tables)

      5- Was the dancing on the terrace hard due to the poles from the awning?
      -the dance floor they set up even in the ballroom is very small, we had a hard time having everyone being able to dance on it. Of course we were dancing so hard by the end of the night we had literaly worn it apart!! LOL
      6- Cocktail time in the garden - did you have problems with heels sinking into the ground? N/A

      7- Anyone have the trio for the ceremony music? Could you hear them?
      I did the basic traditional music, with sound system. The wind was so strong it was hard to hear anything! I was concentrating just to hear the judge!

      8- Did you buy candy and chips for OOTs bags? Where was the best place to buy these items? My Mom was also able to get these AWESOME Dreams Cancun bags/coolers from our travel agent. They have an insulated bottom and are perfect beach bags! We gave ours out at the meet & greet Friday and saw everyone using his or her bags!
      We did: Bath & Body works tropical hand sanitizer, first aid kit, anti-diarrhea, Rolaids, tissue, q-tips, chap stick (w/ spf!), travel Tylenol, suckers, gum, lemonheads/red hots, and note pad and pens!

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      9- If you had round tables for dinner, how many people could sit at each?
      -Eight People
      10- What were you charged for passes for those not staying at Dreams?
      -Well, my guest kind of snuck in..Hehe…I only had two people not staying there and they ended up not having to pay.Sshh!

      11- Did you have dessert and cake? Was that too much? Did you opt for a smaller cake if you did both? We did just the cake.

      12- Anyone do sparklers? What did they charge? No, but I wanted to!!!

      13- Anyone use the extra room they offer in the Ultimate package for their FI the night before the wedding? No, But I did ask for a room to get ready in the day of. So they gave me a room on the first floor of the tower and it was ready by 3pm day of wedding and we cleaned out my stuff after the reception.
      I had my honey stay with his Best man, hehe.

      Phew! Sorry for all of the questions...

      #513 CancunBride07

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        Posted 30 October 2007 - 01:19 PM

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        CancunBride07. Your wedding looked beautiful and you looked gorgeous! Do you have to pay to eat in all the restaurants if you want to eat as a group? couldn't you all just show up at the same time and avoid the fee? Or do they do anything special for your rehersal dinner?

        I'm having so much trouble with the questionaire. What's the best package to get and where is the best place to hold the reception?
        Thank you!
        No, and for breakfast most mornings a lot of us would sit together. So you won't get charged, but we wanted the extra service. We decided to go ahead and pay to do the rehearsal dinner and they were great about having three different seating sections (to accommodate the group) and then we picked a set menu. We did a champagne toast (which ended up not costing us since I didn't do some other things in the package) and then they came around and did those "tequila" shots with most of the group. Which was so funny, my mom doesn't drink and they talked her into doing one (it was mostly fruit punch and sprite) and so we all got a kick out of it.

        #514 PaulaV

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          Posted 30 October 2007 - 02:31 PM

          Thank you both for taking the time to answer my questions, they were VERY helpful!
          I have to talk to Claudia about a few things... like the 3 hr reception with the extra pricing for any additional hour!

          Those bags are great Katherine!

          I don'thave anything for centerpieces yet, but I am glad to hear she didn't charge you to set up. My ideas involve glass vases and candles though... not easy to transport.

          #515 jlink78

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            Posted 30 October 2007 - 03:01 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by PaulaV
            I don'thave anything for centerpieces yet, but I am glad to hear she didn't charge you to set up. My ideas involve glass vases and candles though... not easy to transport.
            That is my plan too Paula. There is a nice candle centerpiece with flowers around the base listed in the Centerpiece Powerpoint that Claudia sent us all. I think the price was $60 each. I had emailed her to see how much it would be without the flowers and just the candle and she told me the same price!! I'm not too happy about that but at the same time don't want to be lugging big glass vases around with me!

            Thanks for answering Paula's questions ladies. Many of them were questions I had myself. Katherine, how many people did you have attend your wedding? I know Jill had 25 but I was unsure of your number. How did you like the band that you guys hired? Would you recommend the ballroom for a large group? I was leaning towards the beach reception but after the wind issues you guys reported I'm really second guessing that! Thanks again!

            #516 CancunBride07

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              Posted 30 October 2007 - 03:55 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by PaulaV
              Thank you both for taking the time to answer my questions, they were VERY helpful!
              I have to talk to Claudia about a few things... like the 3 hr reception with the extra pricing for any additional hour!

              Those bags are great Katherine!

              I don'thave anything for centerpieces yet, but I am glad to hear she didn't charge you to set up. My ideas involve glass vases and candles though... not easy to transport.
              We did not make them, they came with the Dreams logo..which we thought was neat!
              My centerpieces (I know sorry, no pics) were glass bowls with blue sand, and a variety of shells. We transported them in small cardboard boxes just big enough to fit and they took up their own suitcase. And I also did five votives for each table, they came boxed so also were easy to transport. The starfish we put in bubble lined envelopes and packed them in with the rest of the centerpieces. On the way home we actually were able to put a suitcase inside a suitcase due to not bringing back the centerpieces. We checked this bag with Seth's parents luggage, due to having five check in bags (two carry on's and my dress)..hehe.


              Quote:
              Originally Posted by jlink78
              That is my plan too Paula. There is a nice candle centerpiece with flowers around the base listed in the Centerpiece Powerpoint that Claudia sent us all. I think the price was $60 each. I had emailed her to see how much it would be without the flowers and just the candle and she told me the same price!! I'm not too happy about that but at the same time don't want to be lugging big glass vases around with me!

              Thanks for answering Paula's questions ladies. Many of them were questions I had myself. Katherine, how many people did you have attend your wedding? I know Jill had 25 but I was unsure of your number. How did you like the band that you guys hired? Would you recommend the ballroom for a large group? I was leaning towards the beach reception but after the wind issues you guys reported I'm really second guessing that! Thanks again!
              We were really happy with the band. They are a little pricey, but they can play anything and did a great job entertaining. I did not give them a list of songs to play so we just kept requesting them and they played!!

              We were also VERY happy to have the reception in the ballroom. After being in the rain, wind (Humid wind!), sand all weekend it was nice to get out of the humidty and in some AC!! The guest were thrilled to get into the cooled room. LOL.
              Including Seth and I we had a total of 43 people.

              #517 CancunBride07

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                Posted 30 October 2007 - 03:57 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by PaulaV
                Thank you both for taking the time to answer my questions, they were VERY helpful!
                I have to talk to Claudia about a few things... like the 3 hr reception with the extra pricing for any additional hour!

                Those bags are great Katherine!

                I don'thave anything for centerpieces yet, but I am glad to hear she didn't charge you to set up. My ideas involve glass vases and candles though... not easy to transport.
                We did not make them, they came with the Dreams logo..which we thought was neat!
                My centerpieces (I know sorry, no pics) were glass bowls with blue sand, and a variety of shells. We transported them in small cardboard boxes just big enough to fit and they took up their own suitcase. And I also did five votives for each table, they came boxed so also were easy to transport. The starfish we put in bubble lined envelopes and packed them in with the rest of the centerpieces. On the way home we actually were able to put a suitcase inside a suitcase due to not bringing back the centerpieces. We checked this bag with Seth's parents luggage, due to having five check in bags (two carry on's and my dress)..hehe.


                Quote:
                Originally Posted by jlink78
                That is my plan too Paula. There is a nice candle centerpiece with flowers around the base listed in the Centerpiece Powerpoint that Claudia sent us all. I think the price was $60 each. I had emailed her to see how much it would be without the flowers and just the candle and she told me the same price!! I'm not too happy about that but at the same time don't want to be lugging big glass vases around with me!

                Thanks for answering Paula's questions ladies. Many of them were questions I had myself. Katherine, how many people did you have attend your wedding? I know Jill had 25 but I was unsure of your number. How did you like the band that you guys hired? Would you recommend the ballroom for a large group? I was leaning towards the beach reception but after the wind issues you guys reported I'm really second guessing that! Thanks again!
                We were really happy with the band. They are a little pricey, but they can play anything and did a great job entertaining. I did not give them a list of songs to play so we just kept requesting them and they played!!

                We were also VERY happy to have the reception in the ballroom. After being in the rain, wind (Humid wind!), sand all weekend it was nice to get out of the humidty and in some AC!! The guest were thrilled to get into the cooled room. LOL.
                Including Seth and I we had a total of 43 people.

                #518 PaulaV

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                  Posted 30 October 2007 - 06:52 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by jlink78
                  That is my plan too Paula. There is a nice candle centerpiece with flowers around the base listed in the Centerpiece Powerpoint that Claudia sent us all. I think the price was $60 each. I had emailed her to see how much it would be without the flowers and just the candle and she told me the same price!! I'm not too happy about that but at the same time don't want to be lugging big glass vases around with me!
                  I will look for that in the ppt from Claudia. If that is the case, tell her you want the flowers for use some place else... like boutonneires or corsages... maybe she will lower the price then :)

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by CancunBride07
                  We were also VERY happy to have the reception in the ballroom. After being in the rain, wind (Humid wind!), sand all weekend it was nice to get out of the humidty and in some AC!! The guest were thrilled to get into the cooled room. LOL.
                  Including Seth and I we had a total of 43 people.
                  Right now we will have about the same amount of people as Katherine and then a few children.

                  #519 *JillD*

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                    Posted 31 October 2007 - 08:22 PM

                    I thought of something else on my way home tonight that I wanted to mention to you girls.

                    I know some of you were talking about centerpieces, if you are doing the long reception table, keep in mind that the table isn't that wide and the tables have soooo much other stuff on them, that it gets really crowded!!
                    They give each person a wine glass, champagne glass, and a water glass, and each person has about 8 pieces of silverware, it was crowded and my centerpieces weren't that big.

                    Also, if you are using candles, keep in mind that they may not stay lit. I had votive size candle holders with tealights in them and they wouldn't stay lit.

                    #520 aaguedaa

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                      Posted 01 November 2007 - 06:49 AM

                      where can i find this .doc?? I NEED to see the pics LOL thnx




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