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  1. Quote: Originally Posted by jenconrad OK....so the resort is totally sold out for most of the week of my wedding. We have a few stragglers that want to come. Does anyone know how much it costs to stay at the Gran Porto but pay for passes everyday to be able to use all the facilities at the Royal. So basically they sleep at the Gran, but party with us all week! Any info would be greatly appreciated, I tried searching but got overwhelmed. Jen Quote: Originally Posted by callamonster Jen, I don't know if it would be cheaper than day passes, but if your guests stay in the 'Gran Master One Bedroom Suite Ocean Front' at the Gran Porto, they have full privileges at the Royal. This was what I was going to suggest as well, although this is the highest category room at the gran, so the price will probably still be up there, but if they were originally planning to book at the royal anyway, it shouldn't be too bad.
  2. Quote: Originally Posted by carolina24 hey ladies!!! so i've heard that DJ Mania is offering BDWF brides 30% if they book by the end of feb, I've also heard that it's cheaper to book them directly than through the resort but Cecilia says they can only be booked through the resort. so my question is...shouldnt we be entitled to promotions/discounts as well?? any suggestions as to what you're doing/have done about situations like this? Last time he did this dreams gave a bit of a discount as well, if the brides mentioned to the WC the promotion that was being offered. But I think it's only if you don't already have him booked, just new bookings.
  3. Quote: Originally Posted by JuneWeddingDreams shae - I just asked her - it wasn't difficult at all to work with Cecilia on it. I would be happy to share emails with you ladies if needed - just PM me your email addresses. They may be becoming more strict with Cecilia because she has been allowed trades that they feel are not acceptable. Claudia is actually the head coordinator, so if people have noticed that Cecilia is not allowing as many trades as she was in the past, it is probably because they've discussed with her what is, and what is not an option.
  4. Welcome and good luck with your planning!
  5. Congratulations on your engagement! Yes, as Carolina mentioned there is lots of information on the forum about Dreams Cancun. You can either go to the Cancun/Riviera Maya section of the forum to find them or you can search up at the top for dreams cancun and you'll find lots of information to help you in your planning. Good Luck!
  6. Quote: Originally Posted by lexibride LadyDi - really?? Hmmm, I'm wondering when that changed, when we went in May 2008, we hopped a taxi from the airport. Our agent didn't include transfers in the price and then when I asked her she said that it was $40 each way per person, which just seems like a lot of money to me. As TA Jennifer mentioned, suppliers almost always include transfers and if not I let my clients know right away. In most cases, everyone takes the transfers so I just include them and deduct them out if the couple tells me they want to do a private transfer. You may want to check into some transfer companies for prices, such as cancun transfers or lomas travel. I got prices from Lomas this morning to the royal pdc and I want to say it was around $45 per person, round trip. They also have options that accomodate more people, and the cost isn't per person, it's just one set fee for the vehicle.
  7. Quote: Originally Posted by nbills511 Hi Ladies! I am new the forum as well....and want to thank you all in advance for all of the great information, reviews, and advice I have already found on this forum. I have not booked a date yes with Dreams Cancun, but am inquiring about early Nov '10 or late Feb '11. In looking through a lot of photos, I noticed that the gazebo appears to be very windy. Is that the typical experience for the brides who've already gotten married? I have long hair and would ideally like to wear it down....but from the pictures I've seen, it appears that wouldn't be possible given the amount of wind. Secondly, Lindsey (JuneWddingDreams) would you mind sharing your travel agent information with me? We have a rather large group we are inviting to the wedding (initial estimate about # to actually attend is 80 - 100) so I think we'll definitely need a good TA to help out. Thanks again and looking forward to getting to know everyone over the next year!! Yes, it's VERY windy! I didn't decide on my hair until I got there and I did have a veil. I ended up wearing my hair partially down and didn't wear my veil. Looking back, I kind of wish I would have wore my hair up all the way with my veil because pieces of my hair were falling out of place and blowing across my face during the ceremony.
  8. Quote: Originally Posted by LynnieS Oh, one more thing. I haven't been able to find anything on this forum so far but does anyone know anything about Mike Cantarell, he's a videographer/photographer. I can't seem to find any threads on him. His work seems good on his webpage. Mike Cantarell does an excellent job with the videos!! He is the videographer at dreams cancun, I didn't hire him seperately, he was included in my package. I honestly didn't even want a video, but it was included so I figured why not. It came out SO good, we were very happy with it.
  9. Quote: Originally Posted by kymkymkym Wooohooo, Just booked October 19, 2010 at 3:00PM for our wedding at Dreams Riviera Cancun! Plus I purchased my wedding dress today as well - check one and check two. Now to really get going on everything else... That's a lucky date Quote: Originally Posted by t1219 I cannot get the attachments posted on this site to open. It says I do not have permission.....any idea why this is happening? you have to have at least 150 posts to open attachments or you can pay for them, there's a notice about it in the forum updates and also in this thread a few pages back
  10. Quote: Originally Posted by Trinas79 Shirley - The Royal is an adults only resort, meaning guests have to be 18+. Those under 18 and families can stay at the Gran Porto and attend the wedding ceremony and reception. It's actually 16+
  11. Quote: Originally Posted by taapple Ladies!!! Help is needed please!!! I have been reading this forum for days and I have several questions. We are considering a Dreams Cancun wedding: 1) when i go to there website i wanted to see what a room rate would cost just as a hypothetical for my brother, his wife and their 3 kids all under the age of 10. it will not let me even select a room b/c it says I have exceeded the max. occupancy of 4 people per room. so then I went to expedia to try to book a hypothetical package deal and the same thing happened. Even if I were to leave off the 4 year old from the count for the room, they would still need to purchase an airline ticket for her so that doesnt work either. this makes no sense to me. obviously a married couple with 3 kids are going to stay together in one room. Has anyone had experience with this. 2) i saw alot of questions about cost for extra people beyond the 20 that the packages include but cant seem to find the answer. We are inviting 50 people, I am sure 10-15 will not come but my question is if we do the ultimate package with ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception dinner do you know what the cost is for someone not staying at the hotel beyond the 20person limit to attend these events? Also does the 20 that are included have to be staying at the dreams? 3) when I did a search for cost of the room, the cheapest I found was $400/night. That seems really high, I realize food etc. is included but is that what your guests are paying for an Oct./nov. time frame I guess I dont understand how I am supposed to assume where my guests will want to stay and when I am researching a resort, it seems like you are apying for a package deal but if 3/4 of your guests decide not to stay there well then the package deal isnt so hot anymore. How do you go about this? I am an idiot at all this clearly and could really use some guidance. thank you in advance, Toby Yes, as you have found online, the max occupancy for a room is 3 adults & 1 child or 2 adults & 2 children. They do have the connecting rooms as someone mentioned but there is limited availability. In answer to question #2, I think you're talking about the day pass fee. There seems to be some discrepancy with this fee, some people have been told $100 (which is what I had heard) but others were told if the guests arrived no more than an hour before the ceremony and left right after the reception there wouldn't be a fee. Although, I think for the most part, most guests for destination weddings stay at the same resort, at least that's been my experience with the weddings I've done. And then you would have the cost per person for cocktail hour & dinner which vary depending on the menu you choose.
  12. Welcome to the forum and good luck with your planning!
  13. Quote: Originally Posted by Boo Oh no now we need 150 posts to see links *digging for wallet for the USD 25* how else am I supposed to stay up all night? ha ha It's always been 150 posts, because so many people complain we added the option to just pay. But really it's not very hard to rack up 150 posts just by being active. Quote: Originally Posted by t1219 Can you please email me the price list as well? I am looking for that and the menu selections. Thanks! read this please http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...chments-48545/
  14. Quote: Originally Posted by Megan24 I personally would have liked to do a sit down dinner and I think I still will. But I am not to excited about the food that was on the menu. I am pretty picky when it comes to food though. So maybe my guest like that kind of food. Thanks girls for the response about the buffet and the cake. Good to know I could find a picture and she could try to match it. I wonder if that is just for the ultimate package though. SD Beach girl but could you email me that attachment I guess I still do not have enough points. please be sure to read this update http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...chments-48545/
  15. Quote: Originally Posted by PhillyBride09 You are suppose to get him for 90 min...However...We had him for little bit longer because he wanted to get all different shots. We weren't charged any extra..Probably because it was his fault Oh my gosh Jen, how adorable is your dog!!! aww, he just made my heart melt, such a sweet face!
  16. Quote: Originally Posted by Shirley_Ken Hi, I can't open this. Could you email it to me? gwevyanskywalker@hotmail.com Thanks! Quote: Originally Posted by astreit Hello, I am also not able to open it (I believe because I am new). Could you please send it to me as well? Thanks, Ashley astreit@hayneedle.com Quote: Originally Posted by giraffexx Hey- I'm unable to open the document. Would you mind emailing it to me karbasetti@hotmail.com Thanks! Quote: Originally Posted by jcooper79 Can you also please e-mail me the document?? My e-mail is Jaime.Cooper@Securian.com. Thank you so much!! Quote: Originally Posted by Lady_Di I emailed the document to you guys. As you know that you need to post at least 150 posts in order to open any documents on the forum. boolo, that's right. Kimberly left. She was my WC as well. I have no idea who will be my WC. Hi Ladies, Please be sure to read this post regarding the emailing of attachments. Thanks! http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...chments-48545/
  17. Cassie, did you specify a particular TA? If you did, you could just try reaching out to them through the forum as well. Most of us have our email addresses in our siggies, or if you click on the TA's name you should get an option to email or PM them. The requests don't come directly to us, but if you submitted on January 3rd and haven't heard anything I would assume it may not have gone through. Good Luck!
  18. Congratulations on your engagement and welcome to the forum! You'll find lots of information here to help you decide between those 3 resorts, good luck!
  19. El Dorado Royale & Casitas Royale are also beautiful for honeymoon options. And as someone mentioned above, Maroma beach is fabulous, so any of the resorts there will be great choices as well.
  20. Quote: Originally Posted by Mardigras Does anyone know if DJ Mannia is still the DJ Dreams is using? last I heard they had two options mannia or dorremixx
  21. He's gotten very good reviews from brides on this forum, if you search his name some review should pop up. some resorts you need to book the DJ direct, you should probably find out if your resort allows outside vendors first or if you have to book through them. Or you could try contacting Mannia direct and he will be able to tell you if you need to contact the resort to book him.
  22. Quote: Originally Posted by carolina24 so question for past brides...and future brides once you get back we are having around 50 guests and I wanted to do our reception on the terrace/lobby area...do you think this area is big enough? how many guests did you have? as always, thanks ladies! The terrace holds 50 people, but you can also use the lobby area (connected to the terrace) which can hold another 50 people. so you could sort of spill over into the lobby if needed.
  23. Quote: Originally Posted by mcbride I was told that they will not hold a block of rooms for you unless you pay for all of them.....and that's definitely not going to work! I have a few friends who got married in Mexico and used a travel agent - each said the TA didn't do much. I'm booking through Orbitz this week and telling friends/family to do the same in order to get a good deal.....the sooner they book, the better. Dreams will give you a discount code of 20% if you book ten or more rooms. You WILL have to pay for those ten in order to get the code. However, your other guests will then get a discount code to use when they make their reservation - but they have to go through the resort for reservations. Even with the 20%, going directly through the resort is still more expensive than booking through Orbitz or Expedia. So I still haven't heard from Claudia.....we put our deposit down three weeks ago, but the website states that you need the deposit AND the contract in order to hold a date. This is the item I have been waiting for. Everything else can wait until we arrive or shortly before. Is everyone here just going off of the deposit, or are you waiting until you have the contract before solidifying travel plans? Just curious because Orbitz is non-refundable. Just a suggestion, but you might want to check out this thread regarding orbitz http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...a-beware-1041/ Just my opinion, but I would never put my wedding group in the hands of orbitz or any other online booking site. Think about it, you're planning the wedding of your dreams, you're planning to spend the week with family and friends and then you arrive at the resort and find out that several couples are being bumped to another resort, because it's overbooked!! I wouldn't want to take a chance like that. Also, keep in mind that you may see good rates right now on orbitz, but they may only have a few rooms available at that price. TA's can get group rates, you only pay a deposit for the rooms you want held, not the entire cost. Sometimes the resort will offer perks with group bookings. But TA's can also book individual travel for all of your guests and keep track of all of their travel information, so that you as a bride are not getting the calls. I'm not trying to tell you to use a TA or not, that's completely up to you, you seem to have made your decision. I'm posting this more as a public service announcement for the other brides that read this thread and aren't sure what to do, I want to make sure that they are educated and really know what they're getting into.
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