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#6451 beachwed2013

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    Posted 13 August 2012 - 08:02 AM

    Originally Posted by jwhite789 

    Hi ladies!
    I have just about 3 months to go until the big day and I am feeling more lost than ever! I really have no clue what all I should be doing ahead of time (what I should and shouldnt be coordinating with the wedding coordinators) and what all will be done once we arrive at the resort. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    As far as selecting menus, cake, flowers and decorations etc. is most of that done at the resort with the wedding coordintors or ahead of time? For those of you who brought your own decorations, did you let the wedding coordinators know ahead of time or just let them know when you got there?
    For those of you who brought or are bringing your own music for the ceremonies, how exactly did you do that (like Ipod, cd) and how many songs did you plan to play for the ceremony? Also, did you all bring your own music for the reception for the DJ to play? Also, did you all get to select the DJ or did they just give you one?
    For those who did the symbolic ceremony, did they let you choose your own wording/length for the ceremony? Does anyone know if they allow you to bring in your own minister for the symbolic ceremony and if so, is there an extra fee?
    I have also seen pictures of different chairs used for the ceremony (like silver or chivalri chairs). Does anyone know how much extra these are?
    Thank you so much for all of your help!
    Jessica

     

    Originally Posted by leigh2011 

     

    I think I can help with a few of these questions:

    - You could wait to choose the food, flowers, and cake until you get there.  I had those things picked out before hand and sent it via email, but we still went over them again in the meeting.  My suggestion would be to go ahead and have an idea of what you want (and print a picture to take with you) so you won't be overwhelmed at the meeting with the coordinator.  But I don't think it helps too much to send them details of what you want early - as I said, we went over it all again anyway.  I believe I went to the meeting with pictures of the following: 1)  the bouquet I wanted, 2) the cake I wanted, 3) a drawing of how I wanted the table set up (menus, favors, etc).  I also had a sheet with the food I wanted for the cocktail hour and the dinner. The day before the wedding, I delivered bags (I took those reusable grocery bags so if I didn't get them back it wouldn't matter - and they pack flat) with my programs, bubbles, sand ceremony, CD of music for ceremony, menus, favors, starfish for tables, cake cutting set, chair sashes, and napkins (whew!).  One thing I would recommend sending ahead via email is your symbolic ceremony script!  But I would also recommend taking a printed copy, just in case.

    - music:  you bring your ceremony music on a CD (I even labeled the tracks on the top with the part of the ceremony: bridal party entrance, bride's entrance, etc.)  You will be assigned a DJ and you will have email contact with him before the wedding.  You will send him a play list and he will take care of the rest.  For the ceremony, I had 5 songs for guest seating, 1 for the entrance of everyone else (mothers, flower girls, MOH), 1 song for my entrance, and 1 song for the recessional.

    - You are definitely allowed to write your own ceremony - I did.  There is a good chance you can use your own symbolic officiant - so if you want to do this check with your wedding coordinator over email.  If you are allowed to not use their officiant, then you could probably get a trade within the wedding package.

    - I don't know about the chairs.

     

    Courtney


    Hi ladies!
    I have just about 3 months to go until the big day and I am feeling more lost than ever! I really have no clue what all I should be doing ahead of time (what I should and shouldnt be coordinating with the wedding coordinators) and what all will be done once we arrive at the resort. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Hi - I have 5 months to go, but have done a site visit, and as I am OCD about details, have asked numberous questions/calls to my WC so I can provide the information I have been given. HOpe it helps a little.


    As far as selecting menus, cake, flowers and decorations etc. is most of that done at the resort with the wedding coordintors or ahead of time? I agree with Courtney, I do not think it matters as they will go over this when you arrive. I did however ask my WC for the packets ahead of time so I can work out details with the FI and families (especially on food). I also have very specific details/requests on food and decorations, thus I have already emailed the WC and she has either Confirmed, or requested more info on whether they can handle those requests. She also sent prices on the items so I would know.

     

    For those of you who brought your own decorations, did you let the wedding coordinators know ahead of time or just let them know when you got there? I have spoken with my WC< and she asked to let her know what I was planning on bringing v. what i needed, so she could get the necessary items (Again very specific). She said she would not charge me for set up if i brought my own which is nice. I am still in process of finalizing what i want for these.


    For those of you who brought or are bringing your own music for the ceremonies, how exactly did you do that (like Ipod, cd) and how many songs did you plan to play for the ceremony? Also, did you all bring your own music for the reception for the DJ to play? Also, did you all get to select the DJ or did they just give you one? I am 5 months out, and was getting a little concerned as you are. I sent an email to my WC, and she reached out to the DJ, the photographer and the videographer. I received an email from each of them within the week, detailing my options, what i need and when I could meet with them before (I like to be ultra organized so this was a must).
    For those who did the symbolic ceremony, did they let you choose your own wording/length for the ceremony? After my site visit, my WC noted that I wanted a Male Officiant and also sent me the two scripts they have. I am writing my own and will, Like Courtney has suggested, Both email it to them,and bring a copy (and have my father carry a copy on the day of to confirm )

    Does anyone know if they allow you to bring in your own minister for the symbolic ceremony and if so, is there an extra fee?  am pretty sure that if they are staying at the resort there is no fee, if you are bringing them onto the resort the fee is the vendor fee or day pass fee (not sure which one they would charge)
    I have also seen pictures of different chairs used for the ceremony (like silver or chivalri chairs). Does anyone know how much extra these are? I have not asked her the difference.. There was three options during my site visit. I preferred teh standard you see in pictures. I am sure this can easily be answered via email. They are really responsive as your date get's closer. if your hesitant i believe its better to just ask! Calms the nerves :).

     

    Best of luck. If you need any of the items discussed, i can search my emails (I believe i still have the food options (Sit down and buffet) and the flowers) not sure if i still have the ceremony script. Just message me your email address.

     

    Best,

    CW
    Thank you so much for all of your help!
    Jessica



    #6452 Rosa76

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      Posted 13 August 2012 - 11:29 AM

      How did you guys go about picking sit down dinner or buffet?  Im having a hard time deciding - on one hand i know the sit down is Classier but on the other for having 60 guests i feel like buffet will leave more time for dancing.  the only give you 3 hours and im already extending an hour with DJ - any feedback on who did what would be great - Thanks.



      #6453 beachwed2013

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        Posted 14 August 2012 - 05:22 AM

        I was actually told that if my guest list exceeded 40 (which so far it does) that I had to have a buffet. Made my mind for me. I know one bride sitll requested the sit down dinner which she got but it took 2 hours. She didnt care (this happened when I was down there) because she moved her reception Dance portion to desires. They did the sit down dinner, the speeches and the cake, then all headed over to desires!.



        #6454 rykell

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          Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:16 PM

          If possible could you forward me the buffet list and the videogragher and the photogragher's email thanks.

          My email is rykellkan@telus.net



          #6455 Thebride

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            Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:10 PM

            Hello Ladies,

            Can anyone tell me if we are responsible for the place cards or do they do it?  Also, has anyone use the videographer and the photographer from the Hotel?  Were they any good?  Also I will be doing a welcome bag, any suggestion on what I should put in there.



            #6456 beachwed2013

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              Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:46 AM

              Originally Posted by rykell 

              If possible could you forward me the buffet list and the videogragher and the photogragher's email thanks.

              My email is rykellkan@telus.net


              Photographer - You can speak with the Photographers from the resort by emailing: drecanphoto@vallarta-adventures.com

              Videographer - direccion@videowedd.com This is the email address from the Videographer.

               

              Best!



              #6457 jana297

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                Posted 15 August 2012 - 05:08 AM

                Originally Posted by rykell 

                If possible could you forward me the buffet list and the videogragher and the photogragher's email thanks.

                My email is rykellkan@telus.net

                 The buffert list is on their website. Just download the pdf wedding planner brochure. It is all in there ...the food choices.


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                #6458 beachwed2013

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                  Posted 17 August 2012 - 11:28 AM

                  What video options have people chosen> What is the video like?

                  CW
                   



                  #6459 rykell

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                    Posted 18 August 2012 - 05:36 PM

                    Can any former brides tell me the names of their photograhper from Adventure and if they were good or not so good . Thanks

                    I like them to have a lot of creativity for poses not sure which one would  be better.

                    Thanks 



                    #6460 marilili

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                      Posted 19 August 2012 - 10:20 PM

                      I have the complimentary package because I am not having the reception at the resort and I will have about 50 guest.  If you get the price list, the pdf, it has the cost of everything.  It's for 10 people for the champagne but you can just purchase another bottle, etc.

                       

                      I will not be serving champagne as I don't want to buy 4 extra bottles when my guest can go the bar.

                       

                      This has saved me quite a bit of money and if you only have 15 guest, it might make sense for you.
                       






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