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  1. Hair could take up to two hours depending on how long it is and what you want done with it. I have shoulder length hair and had an updo and that's how long it took. Granted, I had them wash it beforehand, so that put more time into it (and supposedly they don't like to do that b/c it won't "stick" was well). So, if you're not going to wash your hair, I'd allow an hour and a half so you're not rushing in case they're running late or something else comes up. For make-up, to be on the safe side, I'd schedule an hour for that, too. Again, this will probably be more time than necessary, but believe me, you don't want to be rushing around and stressed. Better to have to wait inbetween if you have too much time than not to have enough time.
  2. Aawwwh - that's so sweet and I was happy to help Mandy and anyone else who needed help / advice. I don't get on here too often, so if anyone needs any more information from me, please feel free to send me an email so I can get back to you right away!
  3. We chose Option # 2. DH did not like it - he said it was too fru fru. If we had known that we could have ordered the omelettes or basics, we would have done that instead.
  4. I recently learned that Claudia Rodriguez is an approved EDR photographer (meaning you do not have to pay the $500 for her) That's who we used for our EDR wedding and we were very happy with her work.
  5. That's a tough one b/c I think that EDR is an absolutely perfect spot for a honeymoon. However, we are also planning our honeymoon and are considering Excellence. Our TA says that the resort is neck and neck w/ EDR. I suppose it's what you want more. EDR's grounds are supposedly better than Excellence. But, I've heard that Excellence has a better beach and better food. But EDR has great pools and the casitas are wonderful (if you get a newer one). I've been checking out TripAdvisor to see if one of them sways me. Best of luck to you in your search, too! The only other consoltation I can offer is that once you get to EDR, you probably won't have to interact w/ the people you're booking it through. All of the staff at EDR are absolutely wonderful - they're another reason why we're considering going back there for our HM.
  6. Thanks, Melanie! I miss everyone since I haven't been on very often. I hope you and everyone else is doing well! I see that you're the Forum Mom - I love that!
  7. Wow!!! Claudia is now one of EDR's approved photographers?! That's great! I used Claudia and Mike Cantarell for our photography and videography, but we had to pay the $500. The only one that we could use was Caribe. In the beginning of my planning process, Caribe just seemed to be getting started and the samples that I saw on-line were just ok. However, after I had booked Claudia, I saw that Caribe had really started to step it up. So, Caribe might not be bad at all. However, I'm totally biased since I used Claudia. Here's a link to our slideshow if you're interested (I actually just posted this as an add-on link to my review in another thread - sorry for the extra post). Jennifer & Kevin | April 23th, 2008 | Riviera Maya, Mexico Logon: Jennifer Password: 042308
  8. Wow - I haven't logged on here in months, but I finally got my LONG wedding slideshow - Claudia was having problems with the wedding site, but if you girls need to see MORE EDR wedding pictures, the link is: Jennifer & Kevin | April 23th, 2008 | Riviera Maya, Mexico Log-on: Jennifer Password: 042308 I miss EDR and we are planning a trip back for our honeymoon at the end of this year!
  9. Awesome, awesome photos! You looked so beautiful and happy - I loved the one where you were teary-eyed. :-) And your review will be very helpful to future EDR brides!
  10. Quote: Originally Posted by nolaroy724 Okay, I am obviously in the worrying mood today, but how did everyone do their ceremony music at EDR? I asked this before and some people said ipod and some said cd. If you did cd did you have all of the processional songs on one disk (or playlist) and the recessional song on another? I was worried about my music, too, but it turned out beautifully. I put my music on a CD and had them in the order that I needed them to be played. I also labelled the CD w/ the song numbers that were to be played at each segment. I just put all of the songs on one CD and the EDR staff knew what to do.
  11. Since there are only ten of you, did you think about maybe splurging for an excursion for everyone?
  12. I highly recommend Elizabeth Windsor. She did my boudoir shoot and will be photographing my AHR reception next weekend! She's just starting out and is still in the process of building her portfolio, but I know for certain how amazing she will be and you will be so happy that you went with her. She's based in Anne Arundel County and does travel.
  13. Quote: Originally Posted by PaulaV I recommend Mike. He filmed our wedding at Dreams Cancun in Feb 08. The video was excellent! He worked very well with our photographer and was non-intrusive. Gracias Mike! I second Paula's recommendation!
  14. Congrats and Welcome Back!! So happy to hear that everything went so well! Can't wait to see pictures and hear all about it!!
  15. Quote: Originally Posted by Morgan it isn't just money though. I don't want us to feel awkward on our wedding day. did the camera make anyone feel nervous? or are you in such a blur you don't notice? And I honestly didn't feel awkward at all. I don't even remember seeing the videographer or photographer during anything but the posed pictures after the wedding ceremony!!
  16. Do it!! I am SO happy that I did one. I couldn't remember anything that happened during my wedding day and when I watched my video for the first time this past weekend, there was SO much that I remembered, but wouldn't have had I not had the video! It's definitely worth the money!
  17. She's so beautiful - look at all of that hair!! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so happy to hear that everything is ok and that your family is together! Congratulations on your beautiful, beautiful baby girl!
  18. Awesome review! It seems like you had similiar pros (and very few cons) as I had there. I'm so happy that you had such a great time there! Can't wait to see the pictures, too!
  19. My wedding highlights video is ready just in time to show at our at home reception (next weekend). Mike Cantarell was our videographer and I can't say enough how amazing of a job he did! I hope to have my wedding slideshow ready from Claudia Rodriguez soon. They are an incredible team and their videos and photos are a wonderful way to remember our very special day! Cancun Wedding Videos | Mayan Riviera Wedding Videographer | Miguel Cantarell - Wedding Videos
  20. Seriously, your skin looks gorgeous and I don't think you need anything except to remember to always wear SPF! But, if you're still interested, here's my skin care regime which has honestly helped my skin so much! I use a facial cleanser by Jan Marini - it's awesome for a bunch of different types of skins and helps to even out dryness or oilyness. It's also very gentle, yet contains glycolic acid (a wonder ingredient). After I got my first microdermabrasion, my beautician recommended putting on a glycolic acid lotion before washing my wash. I love it b/c it makes my face tingle, yet doesn't dry it out. After I wash my face, I use the Arbonne product line for anti-aging - NutrimenRE 6 Product system. It's on the expensive side, but I have been able to find the products for virtually 50% off on eBay!
  21. Welcome and Congrats! You're definitely joining the forum at a good time! There are a BUNCH of EDR brides that are in the midst of having their weddings now that you can get information from! I had my wedding there last month and it was a dream come true!
  22. Have a wonderful time! I know you will!!
  23. Happy Wedding Day to all of you! Hope each one of your days is just perfect and memorable!!
  24. Congratulations! Hope everything is as perfect as you envisioned it to be!
  25. Here's our EDR budget break-down for 24 guests: Welcome Reception (Donkey, 8 Canapes and Mariachi Band): $1518.00 Ceremony in Chapel (Included) Decorations for Chapel (Chair Covers, Flowers, and Rose Petals): $499.00 Dinner at El Cocotal (Included) Reception at Gaviotas (Sound System, Per Person Charge, Cake): $693.00 Spa Services: $385.00 Bouquet, Boutounniers, Corsages: $265.00 EDR Day Passes (for Photographers): $265.50 Photographer Fee: $500.00 Plane Tickets for DH and Me: $989.40 Casita for 7 Nights: $4206.00 OOT Bag Stuff (Included Cash for Guests' Excursions): $1815.52 Total: $11,136.42 Yes, this was more than we had budgeted for (we wanted to keep our total wedding expenditures budget under $15k) since it doesn't include my dress, photgraphy, shoes, accessories, FI's tux, save the dates, website, photography, etc. This is just the amount for the EDR stuff and our plane tickets and OOT bag stuff. However, it was worth the money in the end! :-)
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