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#2361 BennettMcneil13

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    Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:59 PM

    Hi ladies new EDR bride from Dallas tx here ! our date is 6/21/13 we have a small budget of $6,000. Im soo excited we are having our ceremony at area 55 and the reception at tucanes. Do any of yall have any helpful information as we are just starting to plan. We just sent out the save the dates :) have any of yall worked with claudia ?? I will be contacting her this week. I also wanted to see how everyone was doing there rooms and honeymoons. Is everyone staying at EDR or leaving
     



    #2362 AllieH

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    Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:11 AM

    Hi there!! welcome to the group. I'm in Fort Worth :)

     

    Our wedding will be about the same size as yours, and in the same locations. Natalia is my coordinator with Lomas. I hope you enjoy working with Claudia!!

     

    We are planning to stay at EDR for our "honeymoon". We will be there a total of 10 nights. We figured we'll be in the casitas, and most of our guests are leaving the day after our wedding anyway. We are planning another trip for our first anniversary in 2013, so that will probably be more of a honeymoon.

     

    Good luck and have fun with the planning!

     

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    Originally Posted by BennettMcneil13 

    Hi ladies ! Im a new EDR bride from Dallas TX!! Our wedding isnt until 6/21/13 so we have a ways.  I am so eager to start everything. We have chosen area 55 for the ceremony and reception to follow at Tucanes. I am so excited I cannot wait! We also have a small budget  $6,000 soooo I am really hoping to find some helpful information here. We are having around 40 people total. We have Claudia as our coordinator have any of yall worked with her? looking forward to seeing what everyone talks about on here :) :) :) also was wondering how everyone is going to do there honey moon or if they will stay at the same place??
     


     

    Official El Dorado Royale/El Dorado Casitas Royale Thread <---check here for all info about EDR/EDCR

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    #2363 ElDorado2012

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      Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:47 AM

      Hi there! We are having our ceremony and reception in the same locations as you on June 30. I'll make sure to send over lots of pics when I get them so you can get a feel for the space at Tucanes :)

      Originally Posted by BennettMcneil13 

      Hi ladies ! Im a new EDR bride from Dallas TX!! Our wedding isnt until 6/21/13 so we have a ways.  I am so eager to start everything. We have chosen area 55 for the ceremony and reception to follow at Tucanes. I am so excited I cannot wait! We also have a small budget  $6,000 soooo I am really hoping to find some helpful information here. We are having around 40 people total. We have Claudia as our coordinator have any of yall worked with her? looking forward to seeing what everyone talks about on here :) :) :) also was wondering how everyone is going to do there honey moon or if they will stay at the same place??
       



      #2364 msbritbrit57

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        Posted 15 June 2012 - 11:14 AM

        Originally Posted by TheWolferts 

        MsBritbrit,

         

        How big was your wedding? Were there a lot of other weddings on the same day as yours?

         

         

        Our wedding had 33 people - there was another there that day that had 30 and another that had 150. Those were the only ceremonies I heard about that day, but there may have been other smaller ones. 

         

        We were pretty unhappy with how the rain alternative situations were handled. We were originally booked to have our reception at the Mexican Gazebo but were told we may need to move or risk losing our food service if it started raining. At our prior meeting with the WC, she had told us the Health Bar was the alternate location for the reception, which we were totally okay with. Then less than half an hour before the wedding (seriously!), the WC calls my room and tells us that the 150-person wedding is right across the sidewalk from the Health Bar and does not plan to move to its alternate (indoor) location, so we have to move indoors to accommodate them. I told them that was unacceptable, and we would stay where we were unless they came up with a suitable alternate since we didn't have indoor-appropriate decorations to move the wedding to an indoor location (not to mention we didn't want to have our reception indoors).

         

        Luckily, my husband and MIL ended up speaking to the WC and informing them that we would be having the reception at the Mexican Gazebo. The rain held off except during the first dance (presenting lovely photo ops), and the weather was great. For some reason, the WCs at Lomas and EDR were extremely against doing a reception at the Mexican Gazebo from the beginning and continuously tried to give us excuses as to why it would be a bad venue.  (Of course, they weren't offering any alternatives that didn't involve shutting the reception down at 9pm or moving indoors).  Very odd.  My MIL decided the reason for all the pushback was that that location was farthest from the kitchen, so food service was inconvenient. We really couldn't recommend that location more though. With only a small, quick rain shower, the only area that even got wet was the dance area (we didn't need to rent a dance floor because the ground was flat). The palm trees served as a canopy over our tables, and the area looked amazing.



        #2365 msbritbrit57

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          Posted 15 June 2012 - 11:16 AM

          Originally Posted by chiquita8302 

          Argh... I don't see them in the list. I'll e-mail Valeria about it! It would give me more confidence in choosing someone knowing that you've seen pictures and were happy with her! :)

           

          I'm pretty sure Claudia is no longer on the list. I believe it was taken off there right before we booked our wedding because we had been interested in Claudia as well before that.



          #2366 amanda50388

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            Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:16 PM

            We went with Sarani and she is amazing to work with, I recommend her to everyone, she truly did capture our day and i love our wedding pictures. We are just waiting to get are wedding book back that we have created with her and she is on the ball to on keeping up with all the changes and updates we made to. You will be pleased with her, for sure worth every penny

             

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            Yes, Ditto what Jill said, asmithpoulin... We are doing the symbolic ceremony and not telling anyone either. We're actually probably going to get married pretty soon so that I can get on his health insurance :-( So romantic, I know. Ugh- life. But, again, not telling anyone. For photographers, I am super nervous. The only one that says they do any Photoshop editing that I saw were Sarani and Mexican Wedding... so we will definately be going with one of those if we don't work something out and decide to bring someone with us. I think such a big reason prof pictures look so nice is the color toning and all the other enhancements that are done in photoshop, so to me that is a big priority. My priorites tend to keep evolving as we go, though... so this is a more recent priority of mine! :)

             

            Jill... as for the luminary bags... I found some online cheap, too, and e-mailed Valeria to see if I could bring my own. I think you could get some cute punchers fromt he scrapbooking section to even add a little special touch. I saw on Etsy they sell customized ones, too. Did she say it's okay for you to bring yours? And for lanters... do you know how you're doing them for centerpieces? I'm torn between doing the rope lighting on the poles around tucanes versus the lanterns around the edges... i don't know how they'd light up, and the pre-lit lanterns are pretty expensive...

             

             



            #2367 Jillsepher

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              Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:06 PM

              Thanks ladies! We'll see what happens. I haven't had a chance to talk to her yet so I'll let ya know how it goes.

              Originally Posted by amanda50388 

               
              You have every right to tell her not to bring him, especially if he causes fights when he is drinking you do not need to be worrying about what he might do the day of your wedding. you  just be honset and explain to her how you feel to her, hopefully she will understand because I am sure she would not want that to happen to her either.

               

              Originally Posted by AllieH 

              Oh crap. That's quite a pickle. Do you have the right, yeah, absolutely. It's your wedding, your vacation. That said...

               

              If she already knows how you feel about him, and still wants him to go to Mexico with her, then you will be risking the friendship if you tell her she can't bring him. I don't know her, but her reaction might be to tell you she isn't going if he can't go too.

               

              Another option may be to tell her that while she is a cherished friend, and her being MOH means the world to you, you're concerned about his ability to behave himself given his past behavior, and thus he's not welcome at the wedding events. I still think that would go over pretty poorly, but if you really want to address it with her, that's how I would position it.

               

              The other alternative is to leave it alone to preserve the friendship. Have a close guy friend or two - preferrably big, husky fellows - act as security and keep an eye on him. If he can't behave himself, get the onsite WC to call hotel security and have him escorted away from your event. You could even discuss it with your onsite WC when you meet with her before the festivities begin.

               

              My future FIL is the expected troublemaker for our wedding; I didn't want to invite him, but my FI insisted even though they are not close, and my FI always tells me how much he can't stand the man. So fine, he'll be there, but if he starts acting like an ass, we will have him thrown out! (this is the man who asked my FI last month if we wanted to wait another 3 years to get married...uhm, no. No we do not want to wait until 2015 to get married).  

               

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              Originally Posted by jnitschke 

              Jill, you have every right to deny him the privilege of attending your wedding.  I imagine that you chose her to be your maid of honor because you are close and trust her.  If you are honest with her about how you feel, she'll probably be mad either way... but hopefully she will understand.  I would think that she equally trusts you.  If you tell her and then give it a few days to boil over, she may understand and even be sympathetic to your request.  All in all it's your wedding, and she has to realize that it's not about her.   Plus, maybe being honest with her now will help her to realize how strongly you don't approve of him as a match for her.

               

              Originally Posted by chiquita8302 

              OMG What a winner!!! I would definately say he is not welcome. I don't know how you'll do it without pissing her off, though. :( Does she know how much trouble he is? Maybe she will understand? Is it too late to say that you're trying to keep numbers down and only serious significant others are welcome? Tell her they raised the costs or something?? Ugh. Keep us posted, and good luck!



              #2368 Jillsepher

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                Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:16 PM

                I told her we were bringing our own and the WC asked why and I flat out told her because of the price. She hasn't said anything since. The lanterns I'm putting in the middle of the tables and within them just putting a simple tea light candle, some sand and mini shells.


                 

                Jill... as for the luminary bags... I found some online cheap, too, and e-mailed Valeria to see if I could bring my own. I think you could get some cute punchers fromt he scrapbooking section to even add a little special touch. I saw on Etsy they sell customized ones, too. Did she say it's okay for you to bring yours? And for lanters... do you know how you're doing them for centerpieces? I'm torn between doing the rope lighting on the poles around tucanes versus the lanterns around the edges... i don't know how they'd light up, and the pre-lit lanterns are pretty expensive...

                 

                 



                #2369 AllieH

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                Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:09 AM

                I still LOVE these lanterns Jill!!!! I had popped into our pier 1 to see if they had any, but ours didn't. It's ok - we'd need 8 (as of now) and that's a lot to haul down there lol Good luck talking to your MOH. Noone deserves that kind of drama. 

                Originally Posted by Jillsepher 

                I told her we were bringing our own and the WC asked why and I flat out told her because of the price. She hasn't said anything since. The lanterns I'm putting in the middle of the tables and within them just putting a simple tea light candle, some sand and mini shells.

                 


                 

                Official El Dorado Royale/El Dorado Casitas Royale Thread <---check here for all info about EDR/EDCR

                Wright Travel Agency <--for all your Destination Wedding needs! Contact the experts and reduce your stress. 

                El Dorado Royale Brides Thread <---come chat with other EDR brides

                AllieH's EDR 11-5-2012 Planning Thread <--because it was so awesome


                #2370 Jillsepher

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                  Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:51 AM

                  Thanks Allie! Im trying to figure out how I'll pack the four I have. Hello bubble wrap! If you really wanted them I wonder if you could order them online. I was going to tell you I found an interpreter and (SURPRISINGLY!) I won't get charged by the hotel for this as long as the interpreter leaves right after photos. Yay! One more thing off the list. I just got an email from Natalia warning me that my reception site (chapel terrace) is right by the swing bar and that the music might overpower my music for the last 30 min of the reception. Do you guys think this will be a big deal? She offered to move up my wedding to 3:30 but that seems so early!

                  I still LOVE these lanterns Jill!!!! I had popped into our pier 1 to see if they had any, but ours didn't. It's ok - we'd need 8 (as of now) and that's a lot to haul down there lol Good luck talking to your MOH. Noone deserves that kind of drama. 






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