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#3041 TammyWright

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:14 PM

Hello Everyone,

 

I am happy to report that we have added a new member to the BDW Team (and hope to add more in the near future!).

 

Congratulations to Miriam (Murmel).  Miriam has done an amazing job helping Azul Sensatori Brides and will now work on being the Brand Specialist for all of the Karisma Hotels (Azul Sensatori, Azul Beach, Azul Fives, El Droado Maroma, El Dorado Seaside, El Dorado Royal & El Dorado Casitas).

 

She will pretty much continue doing what she has been doing, which is helping BDW brides!

 

Welcome to the BDW Team, Miriam!


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#3042 LKocelko

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    Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:07 AM

    So I have a random question....did you all tip at EDR? I know some resorts (I've been to Sandals) strictly prohibit tipping. So I'm not sure where EDR stands. Also, did you tip your WC?



    #3043 TheWolferts

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      Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:39 AM

      We tipped at every meal and would tip the bartender every day. We also left some money for the housekeeper and min bar stocker every day. They dont make you feel like you have to, but they generally provide such good service that they deserve it. We had a lot of  issues with our WC so we did not tip. Be wary at the airport because the workers will take your bag from your hands and walk it 10 feet, then stand there saying the word "tip" over and over again until you pay them to leave you alone!

       

       

       

      Originally Posted by LKocelko 

      So I have a random question....did you all tip at EDR? I know some resorts (I've been to Sandals) strictly prohibit tipping. So I'm not sure where EDR stands. Also, did you tip your WC?



      #3044 murmel

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      Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:40 AM

      Originally Posted by LKocelko 

      So I have a random question....did you all tip at EDR? I know some resorts (I've been to Sandals) strictly prohibit tipping. So I'm not sure where EDR stands. Also, did you tip your WC?

      It's a personal choice. But usually people will tip a little, as they see appropriate. If you get great service, it's nice to show your appreciation.


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      #3045 nbateman

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        Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:05 AM

        Originally Posted by TheWolferts 

        We tipped at every meal and would tip the bartender every day. We also left some money for the housekeeper and min bar stocker every day. They dont make you feel like you have to, but they generally provide such good service that they deserve it. We had a lot of  issues with our WC so we did not tip. Be wary at the airport because the workers will take your bag from your hands and walk it 10 feet, then stand there saying the word "tip" over and over again until you pay them to leave you alone!

         

         

         

        Good to know, I will keep this in mind!



        #3046 AllieH

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        Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:41 AM

        I agree with Nikki & Miriam - we tipped bartenders (usually every other round), room service, some of our waitstaff, the concierge we worked with most of the time and our housekeeper because everyone was so wonderful to us.

         

        I admit I was a horrible bride and didn't tip the DJ or the wedding coordinators - I completely didn't think about this ahead of time. It didn't occur to me until we got back that we should have (I know, I know!!!!! shame on me). I've tried to make up for it by giving them both lots of positive feedback on FB and their websites.

        Originally Posted by LKocelko 

        So I have a random question....did you all tip at EDR? I know some resorts (I've been to Sandals) strictly prohibit tipping. So I'm not sure where EDR stands. Also, did you tip your WC?

         

        Originally Posted by TheWolferts 

        We tipped at every meal and would tip the bartender every day. We also left some money for the housekeeper and min bar stocker every day. They dont make you feel like you have to, but they generally provide such good service that they deserve it. We had a lot of  issues with our WC so we did not tip. Be wary at the airport because the workers will take your bag from your hands and walk it 10 feet, then stand there saying the word "tip" over and over again until you pay them to leave you alone!

         

         

         

         

        Originally Posted by murmel 

        It's a personal choice. But usually people will tip a little, as they see appropriate. If you get great service, it's nice to show your appreciation.


         

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        #3047 TammyWright

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        Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:37 PM

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        #3048 LKocelko

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          Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:40 PM

          Thanks everyone! My fiance kept insisting (and telling his family, despite my protests) that this wasn't necessary. So are we just talking like a buck here, a buck there, or were you all doing more than that? I wasn't sure about the WC, because I have Claudia (who I've been emailing) and then we'll have someone else on-site. I wasn't sure what is typical to tip them, if you chose to. Thanks ladies!!



          #3049 Shannon Burgess

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            Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:59 PM

            Question girls...Did any of you pay the $250 to use the sound system @ Tucanes? Just wondering if it would be a huge difference to just bring my own ihome speaker to play my ipod with to save some money or if the sound system would make it feel more like a party. 



            #3050 Shannon Burgess

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              Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:18 PM

              Originally Posted by AllieH 

              I will have to count how many lanterns we had - I honestly don't remember lol I would guess somewhere around 40ish. I bought them all from Luna Bazaar. http://www.lunabazaar.com

               

              They did a FANTASTIC job with the set up. I had a list, and she went through the bags and then would ask me what I wanted them to do with other things that I forgot on my list, but had packed away. 

               

              We brought everything in suitcases. We picked up some cheap luggage sets from sales at Macy's, mostly for the big bag, but it also had a couple of smaller suitcases. All I can say is that now we have more luggage than we'll ever need! lol 

               

              All of the lanterns, parasols, the basket, chair sashes and table runners went in a 29" suitcase that my mom brought. I had all of the OOT bags, paper items and favors with us in 3 smaller suitcases. Coming back, I packed my dress in one bag, tucked that suitcase inside the 29" bag, and then we packed the rest up. 

               

              In total, we had 6 suitcases - 2 for our clothes, 4 for wedding "stuff", plus my dress. So coming back we had 5 suitcases, and the dress was in one of those bags. 

               

              I will be working to sell the lanterns, chair sashes, table runners, shells, starfish and the misc. leftovers I have. I'm hoping I'll get them all posted next week 

               

              I wish we were using the same colors as you, if so I would totally buy your stuff!! Love the way you decorated!! Did you say they only charged you $150 for everything in the set up? Thanks for the website & all the information. 






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