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#831 BandE2008

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    Posted 17 November 2008 - 12:24 PM

    Brig

    How did you get to watch a specific game at the Martini Bar during your wedding?
    Did you pre schedule it?
    Did they have satelight?

    Reason I am asking - Calgary (where I am from) just got into the gry cup which falls next weekend OF COURSE! And many people really really want to see it!!!!!

    #832 brigopens

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      Posted 18 November 2008 - 03:17 AM

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      Brig

      How did you get to watch a specific game at the Martini Bar during your wedding?
      Did you pre schedule it?
      Did they have satelight?

      Reason I am asking - Calgary (where I am from) just got into the gry cup which falls next weekend OF COURSE! And many people really really want to see it!!!!!
      We did talk to them ahead of time to make sure it could be on. They have satellite but not everything will be on there. Not sure about the Grey Cup. Ours was the Sunday night football game, so it just happened to be broadcast there!

      Sorry I can't be of more help... Just check with the bartenders when you get there. If it can be found, I am sure they will put it on for you!
      Our Bridal Party in Mexico

      #833 Dreamgirl08

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        Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:51 PM

        Hi everyone,

        Here are our food choices for EL COCOTAL.
        Feedback is very much appreciated. Please give us your HONEST thoughts. We haven't finalized anything yet so we can still make changes, depending on what you guys think.


        Starter: Vegetable tower

        The Classic Caesar Salad

        Course 1: Slow roasted pork prime rib

        Course 2: Caramalized Chicken Breast ??

        Dessert: Creme brulee ??




        What do you guys recommend??

        #834 BandE2008

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          Posted 04 December 2008 - 02:12 PM

          IM BAAAACK!

          First let me say, as all people who get married here have already, EDR IS AWESOME! INCREDIBLE! I am so happy I stuck with them!!!!!!! It was the BEST! From the resort to the wedding day, it all was better then I could have dreamed!

          Her are some pics
          http://boards.weddin....part=1#3330446


          If you have any questions, just ask - or pm me or something. (Sometimes I have trouble accessing this site) .... anyway
          Ill post a review when I have time.


          Another point I want to make, I am so happy I went with El Cocotal over Fuentes.
          It is a personal opinion and each to their own.
          IN MY OPINION El Cocotal is way classier and nice
          I LOVED the flute player!!!!!!
          and my guests LOVED THE FOOD.


          Even outside of the wedding day for th other 10 days - all my guests liked El Cocotal WAYYYY Better then Fuentes.

          :)



          Also - we used Claudia R for photography and LOVED her.
          She is the nicest, sweetest woman ever! I fell in love with her! So did some of my guests - they were like I love the photographer! hahahahaha

          Cant wait to see the pictures!

          #835 BandE2008

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            Posted 04 December 2008 - 02:18 PM

            Please see my comments below in bolded purple.
            These are just my thoughts,
            stick to whatever you think is best!

            I think you picked well with El Cocotol - our guests LOVED it!

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by Dreamgirl08
            Hi everyone,

            Here are our food choices for EL COCOTAL.
            Feedback is very much appreciated. Please give us your HONEST thoughts. We haven't finalized anything yet so we can still make changes, depending on what you guys think.


            Starter: Vegetable tower
            We didnt like the appies, so did a soup and a salad ...... sorry I cant comment. What I can say is the french onion soup was delicious and everyone raved about it!

            The Classic Caesar Salad
            We had another salad, and it was awesome, but many of my guests had this OTHER nights they were at El Cocotal and said it was awesome, so I would go with it!

            Course 1: Slow roasted pork prime rib
            We had this and everyone loved it!

            Course 2: Caramalized Chicken Breast ??
            Sounds good - all the chicken I ate at EDR was great! Just think though, do you have anyone who does not eat meat? We did, so I got a fish option as my second choice .... it was the salmon and I didnt like it - it was super dry.

            Dessert: Creme brulee ??
            Up to you, but I have to warn you, that the creme brulee everywhere at EDR was not what you expect from US or Canada, it was just kinda weird. Most poeple did not like it. For the wedding we got the french sytle apple pie and while it was different, it was really good ... it comes with amazing ice cream! yummm




            What do you guys recommend??


            #836 Dreamgirl08

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              Posted 04 December 2008 - 11:56 PM

              Thank you ms. Bande2008!!!

              #837 KirstenRN6

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                Posted 21 December 2008 - 08:31 PM

                I'm back from our wedding at EDR! The wedding day went perfectly! I'm sure all of you will love it. I will try to write a review soon, but I too have trouble accessing this site often. Unfortunately David and I got REALLY sick the last few days we were there and are still recovering. So when I have a little more energy and some more pictures to post I will try to get my review up for you. It's obvious they do weddings all the time, so don't worry, they will take care of you!

                Here's one pic of my husband and I at the "swing bar" (guacamyas bar) after our wedding.
                Click the image to open in full size.

                #838 Dreamgirl08

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                  Posted 22 December 2008 - 01:58 AM

                  Woo-hoo!!!
                  Glad to see your back.
                  You guys look so cute in that picture. Congratulations to the both of you...i can't wait to read your review!!!!

                  #839 Rhonda

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                    Posted 22 December 2008 - 03:04 PM

                    Congrats, Kirsten! I'm so happy to hear that the day went perfectly for you!
                    Sorry that you guys got sick! I can't wait for your review!

                    #840 KirstenRN6

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                      Posted 24 December 2008 - 08:34 PM

                      As promised, here is my review for my December 2008 wedding at EDR. Overall, we had a great time, minus a few mishaps. I’ll do my best at breaking down the details for all of you. Of course, feel free to ask me any questions.

                      Wedding coordinators: Since March I have been dealing with Valeria via email planning our wedding. I have to say that she was awesome. Her response to my emails were quick and very detailed. I felt very comfortable working with her. Towards the end I felt we were a little rushed with getting all of our final payments in. I actually had to remind her at one point that we were already 30 days pre-wedding day and our final payments weren’t done yet. I felt a little nervous sending such a large sum of money via fax, but Valeria wrote to confirm that she had received my payment as soon as it arrived.
                      The onsite wedding coordinators were awesome as well. We had Marisol for our coordinator. We met with her the day after we arrived. We went over all the final details. Everything was just like Valeria and I had planned. Of course they will try to sell you a few extras while you are there. We were suckered into a few things…..ha! They also scheduled a time to have my dress and David’s suit pressed at this time. This was one bump in the road that was kind of irritating. They scheduled to pick up my dress the day of the wedding at 10 AM and return it by 1 PM. It was perfect timing because I would be at the spa during that time getting my hair and nails done. Well they didn’t pick up my dress until 10:45 and didn’t return it until 2:15. It completely messed up our time to be ready for pictures at 2PM with our photographer. So I highly recommend getting you dress and grooms suit pressed the day before the wedding to prevent this hassle.

                      Photography/Videography:David and I were so blessed to have won a contest here on BDW from an amazing photographer named Kristi Klemens of KLK photography from Newport Beach, CA. Her fianc© Paul Bennet, has his own Videography business (Blue Sky Videos). Both of them joined us at EDR for 3 days to capture our wedding day and then do a TTD session the next day. We had so much fun with them! Kristi and Paul are young and so fun……….we hit it off from the start! I know we will have a lasting friendship with them. Not to mention that their work is AMAZING! You would never know that the two of them have only been doing this for around 4 years! They are definitely blessed with the amazing skill of capturing a moment! Here’s a link to her blog with a few “teaser” pictures from our wedding and TTD: The Gift

                      Wedding:Our wedding was held at the Presidential gazebo. Our wedding was at 4 PM. I loved this gazebo location simply because we had such a small amount of guests with us (13, including David and I). It has a lot of lush greenery around it too, which was nice. Gazebo 55 is just to the right. I like that one too, but it is definitely more fitting for larger weddings. The sound system they used is really good, the music was so pretty!! Our minister was Aleena. She is one of EDR’s English speaking ministers. She is so articulate. She spoke everything from memorization, never once looking at a paper. My guests thought that was amazing. I truly felt she was speaking from her heart to David and I. We also did a sand ceremony, and used the sand ceremony picture frame. We even “borrowed” a little sand from where we both stood. The frame made it home in one piece! The ceremony was about 30 minutes total.
                      Our reception was a Tucanes. I loved this location! It’s not next to the water, but honestly, you probably don’t want to be. It can be SO windy by the ocean! They decorated the table so pretty…..just how I wanted it! The wait staff was great too. We did the family style dinner, which was perfect for our little group. It was fun to pass all the trays of food around to everyone. We also used the sound system with Ipod station for this event. Again, very good quality. For the cake, we just got the small heart shaped cake. We really only did this just to have one and to keep tradition. The cake tasted okay, nothing special.

                      Spa:

                      I did get my hair done the day of the wedding. I brought a picture for them to go by. They did a good job. My “doo” definitely wasn’t going anywhere. I also got my nails retouched. I got a really good manicure and pedicure before I left, so I decided to just have them do a French nail polish on nails. I also got a massage later in the week with my maid of honor. They do a good job, but of course everything is WAY overpriced.

                      EDR:
                      EDR is definitely a beautiful resort. The grounds are very well kept. Beautiful flowers everywhere. We stayed in a Casita (3031). The 30 block is further away from everything, but it’s newer, so that’s why we wanted that particular block. They definitely pamper you in the Casitas. The concierges are nice, but they seem to call you a little too much, always wanting to know if everything is okay. The food at EDR is pretty good. But I have to say that I am definitely not in to all the “foo foo” gourmet food. I am a country girl and definitely prefer good old meat and potatoes. Cocotal was the best for breakfast, they had the most “normal food”. Unfortunately, David and I got very, very sick a few days before we left. Full fledged montezuma’s revenge. It was awful. Not sure what we ate or drank. A few of our guests got sick as well. Just go prepared with plenty of tummy medicine. As for the beach, I’m sorry to say that I was really disappointed. I knew ahead of time that the huge sandbags were spread out across the whole resort, but once you see them, it’s really an eye-sore. For that reason only, this resort might not be the best choice if you are wanting the pretty, white, sandy beaches. Deep down that is what I wanted, but our wedding was still amazing and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

                      So hopefully that explains most details. Again, contact me if you have any questions. Having a destination wedding was an amazing experience! You will love every moment of it!




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