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  1. I have had requests for a few specific pics... Please let me know if there is anything else you'd like a pic of, and I will do my best to post one. Have a good weekend! this is the landmark fence for "our spot" on the beach- a very nice patch of beach about 20 minutes south of the resort cocktail hour at the lobby bar (they decorate the snack table, but the other tables aren't -I'm sure you could request more decorations) our cake (we sent a pic of what we wanted and it was no extra charge...not that this cake really looks like our inspiration pic)- the petals were extra (the cost of a bag of petals) dancing at our reception location- i will post a better pic of the reception later (there are so many pics I am waiting for a hard drive to arrive to hold them all!)
  2. Quote: Originally Posted by amesharpe Callie- You look absolutely georgous. I remember seeing you up at the lobby, I loved the pink bow!!! (I was waiting for guests to arrive). I wish we would have got intouch before we all went down there. We could have met up for a drink. Thanks! I wish we would have thought to plan meeting up for a drink as well. Now I'm wondering if I saw you too (you wedding was my last night at DT)- you must post pics!! Quote: Originally Posted by sdtooley Callie, your pictures are beautiful! did you just use the resort photographer or did u have another one as well? Thanks- I just used the resort photographer. I did "hire" two of my guests who have nicer cameras to take tons of pics and send them to me as a wedding gift Also, congrats on the MRS. Neen and have fun in Mexico!
  3. Quote: Originally Posted by ashjanbro Callie, You looked beautiful, and your pics turned out quite well. I was very hesitant about using the resort photographer but I think he did a decent job. I'm sure they have more than one photographer, so do you remember the name of the guy you had? Thanks! Unfortunately, I do not remember the photographer's name- he just showed up at my room about 5 minutes before I was about to walk to the ceremony (I'm not sure if you can request a specific person before hand). I was so nervous at that point I don't even remember if he introduced himself. I think the 50 pics we ended up choosing are pretty decent...but just beware that the other 250 pics he took were horrible. As long as you don't mind only having 50 pics, it is a great way to save thousands of dollars! Good luck!
  4. I was going to update my initial review to include pics, but I can't quite figure out how to do that. I already posted this in the main DT thread, but to keep everything consolidated in this thread here is the link to my "pro" resort photographer pics: Picasa Web Albums - Callie and Paul - Wedding Album More non-pro pics to come!
  5. I finally posted some of the pictures from the wedding. These are the "pro" pics taken by the resort photographer. Enjoy! Picasa Web Albums - Callie and Paul - Wedding Album
  6. Quote: Originally Posted by ERnurse Thank you and your husband sooo much for your great and thorough reviews!! Its a major help!!! It sounds like your wedding was beautiful, congrats on becoming a mrs. The areas where you had your cocktail hr and reception is exactly where i want mine! I was wondering how the lighting situation was during the reception... was there enough light to see dinner and where you were dancing or would you recommend looking into extra lighting? Did the speaker system come with a microphone? Is there any other area where you can have dancing except on the beach? ERnurse, Sorry it took so long to respond- have been busy visiting relatives for the holidays! I would definitely recommend getting some form of extra lighting for the reception. We had lights put under the tables which helped (it was about $10 per table). You can also rent lamps to put on the tables, but those are more expensive (more like $50 per table). The speaker system did come with a microphone- it was portable which was nice for speeches. There is a small amount of room surrounding the pool where you could dance, but with 35 people it just wasn't enough room for us.
  7. Mosquitoes LOVE me. Right about dusk the mosquitoes were pretty bad for me (although no one else seemed to get bitten). After the sun sets, the mosquitoes weren't bad at all. With our reception at 6:30, it wasn't really a problem. I just brought a little bug spray for the days right before the wedding to make sure I wasn't covered in bite marks for the pictures.
  8. jerzygirl- they bring the cake out right at the beginning of the reception. i'm sure they could keep it inside longer if you asked, but the standard protocol is bringing it out. That being said, it was pretty hot and windy on my wedding day, and the cake held up just fine. It really cools off quite a bit by evening, and b/c the sand isn't powdery fine it doesn't blow up at you much with the wind.
  9. Hola! Just got back from DT last night, and I'm already ready to go back again I posted a much longer than intended review (http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...899#post635977). Let me know if you have any questions! BTW, Eager Groom is my husband, so our reviews may be similar...I haven't read through his yet though.
  10. Hello! Yesterday morning I was walking barefoot along the beach…and last night I flew home to a -30º F wind chill. That was a shock to the system! Anyhow, I had a wonderful time at DT and will do my best to give a detailed review of my experience. I will try to post pics in the upcoming days! Introduction: My husband and I were engaged Dec 07, in Cancun, Mexico (he surprised me with a vacation). We loved the clear Caribbean waters, the warm weather, and the great service at the resort, and thought Mexico would be a great place for our destination wedding. We weren’t too thrilled about large/loud crowds and very compact building in Cancun, so we started looking for resorts that did weddings, but were further away from the city. After many hours of searching on the internet, we found Dreams Tulum, fell in love with the resort and booked it with Orbitz.com in Feb 08. We booked the resort for Dec 7-Dec 21st for $1600 per person (which included air, transport, and garden-view suite). The General Location: We loved the location! You could walk for an hour down the beach and only run into a handful of people (like I said we were sick of Cancun). We used the Gray Line shuttle service, and even with stops our trip was only 1.5 hours to the Cancun airport. Not to keep comparing to Cancun, but it took us nearly the same amount of time to get to our Cancun resort b/c of the large of amount of traffic and stops. As a side note, the Gray Line was great- 8 person vans, very punctual and professional in our experience. DT is near ruins, the jungle, snorkeling, and down town Tulum if you want trinkets. We felt like we were close enough to do everything we wanted, while we had more privacy and space by the resort. The Resort: The resort was beautiful- well maintained, lots of greenery, nice fountains, and warm and invited architecture. It was the perfect size for a wedding- big enough to escape relatives if need be, but small enough that you had no trouble finding people. The Beach: The beach around the resort is ok- pretty large area, and I never had trouble finding an open chair. The sand didn’t seem that bad to me, but there were rocks in the water and lots of seaweed. That being said, the beach 30 minutes south of the resort is AWESOME. We walked to “our spot†on the beach every day- the sand is soft and smooth and there is not a single rock or any seaweed even in the water. Most people aren’t motivated enough to walk along the beach that far to swim so we had the beach to ourselves most days. Definitely worth the walk- although you will have to struggle through a few rocky patches at the beginning of your walk (if you have sensitive feet bring shoes). The Room: We were upgraded from a garden view suite to the honeymoon suite upon arrival. The room was great- large canopy bed, seating for four, two balconies, huge Jacuzzi tub. We were in room 7311, which was on the third floor and looked out over the ping pong tables and fountains for the most part (you could only see the ocean from a distance). I’m usually not that fussy about rooms (why spend your vacation sitting in a hotel room), so I’m not sure if I would have paid for an upgrade, but for free it was definitely nice! My guests stayed in both hacienda and dreams rooms. Everyone loved the dreams suits, but there were a few complaints about the hacienda rooms. In some rooms there was only one small table lamp to light the whole room, the ipod was attached to the same outlet as the light (so the alarm shut off when they turned the light off to go to bed!), some of the rooms didn’t have a hammock on the balcony. For the most part though, people really liked the rooms. General Service: The service was very good for the most part- everyone was friendly and helpful. The only have three possibly negative remarks- there really is a large variance in when the maid service will clean the room (they really mean 8am-5pm), they don’t use the “privacy boxâ€- even with our do not disturb sign up and after requesting the delivery be left in the box they just kept knocking until we answered the door, the quality of service at the buffet goes down when the resort becomes busier- as more people started arriving for holiday season, we’d go entire meals without being offered water, etc. Restaurants/Bars: With our 2 week stay, we had plenty of time to try out all of the restaurants! We enjoyed the food a lot- fresh ingredients and great presentation. Our favorite was Himitsu- we really liked the shrimp and the spring rolls, as well as the fish and chicken entrees. The French and Italian restaurants were both very good, although one of our guests complained that the veal was tough at the French. I’m not a big steak eater, so Seaside Grill wasn’t my top choice…but the Salmon was tasty. The buffet had a lot of choices and everything was pretty good. Overall we liked all of the restaurants! We enjoyed all of the bars- although Veranda was closed for repair during most of our stay. The quality of the drinks seemed better at the lobby bar (maybe less busy?)…but the sugar reef had a fun atmosphere by the beach. My only advice is that some of the more high quality liquor is not on display and will only be used if requested (but still at no extra charge)…so if you are ordering a martini make sure they don’t use Skull or something of the sort. Also, try each drink twice …there is a large variance in how the drinks are made from one bartender to the next! Excursions: During our stay we ventured off the resort a few times. We took the 3 in 1 snorkeling tour- they took us to Akumal (where the sea meets fresh water), a fresh water lagoon where you jump in, and the cenotes where you swim in the caves. They also feed you a very tasty lunch. We loved it! We saw many very colorful looking fish and the cenote was a very cool experience. My favorite snorkeling yet! In case anyone is interested the snorkeling was $86 pp (10% off with 8 or more), and went from 9:45 am to 5ish (they told us we’d be done by 3, but that didn’t happen). We went to both down town Tulum and the Tulum ruins. Down town Tulum is not very impressive- maybe half a dozen blocks of souvenir shops and run down buildings and restaurants. I enjoyed the ruins- larger than I had imagined (but much smaller than Chichen Itza)- very pretty views and nice beach. They also have little informational plaques throughout, so you can learn about the ruins without a guide. FYI- they only take pesos for the entrance fee (I think it was 40 pesos…but not entirely sure). A small group of us went to Coqui-coqui, which is a spa/perfumery/small hotel just outside of Tulum. In the main perfumery about an hour away they make fragrances/oils/candels/etc. out of fresh ingredients from the Riviera Maya. They also have other goods made from the local community. We really liked the place, and if you are lucky the owner (also a famous male model) will be there to greet you! The Wedding: The wedding was beautiful- it turned out perfect! We had 35 guests, and there wasn’t a single complaint. Everyone was very impressed…and we even convinced one of our soon to be engaged guests to have a destination wedding. Our wedding was on Monday, Dec 15th at 3 pm. We were the only wedding of the day…although I saw at least 6 other weddings during our stay. We had our ceremony outside on the beach near the Seaside Grill, and the set-up was beautiful. I guess I will make wedding sub-categories to make this more organized… Hair and Makeup- I made appointments for myself and my sister for 11 am. I brought in a few pictures to give my stylist a general idea as to what I wanted. My hair didn’t really turn out at all like the pics, but I still really liked it. My sister really liked her hair as well. I am usually not a make-up wearer and asked for a natural look, so I was a bit surprised by the large amount of makeup they put on us both, but it actually looked really nice in the pictures (even if it seemed a bit too much when first applied). My advice would be to skip down dos or tendrils framing the face. I loved the tendrils in my do, but on the beach the wind just kept flinging my hair into my face. Photographer- I was not overly impressed with the photographer (I used the one provided with the resort). They come into your room a few minutes before the ceremony to take pictures of the bride, then they take pics during the ceremony and after for about an hour. In total they took about 300 pics, and as part of the package we got to pic 50 we liked (for $350 you can have them all on dvd). I had trouble finding 50 that I really liked. The photographer crouched on the ground and had us both twisting our necks at angles that gave two very thin people triple chins! If I could have afforded it, I would have hired an outside photographer. I’m just happy that the 50 aren’t too bad, and we have a lot of non-pro pics too. Flowers- I LOVED my flowers. A few months before the wedding, I sent Lizette my inspiration (an old pic taken with my cell phone of the flowers my husband bought for our first date). I was worried b/c the pic was low resolution and kind of faded looking, but the flowers turned out great. I had the wedding decorations match my bouquet- all looked very nice and was at no extra charge. Ceremony- The ceremony went smoothly, and they did a great job setting up. My husband’s aunt is a judge, so she acted as the officiate. I went barefoot all the way from my room to the alter, and didn’t run into any problems (maybe my feet were toughened up by this point). We brought tulle, and they decorated the chairs and arbors with it at no extra cost. About the tulle- go for a bright color, we used mint green and it was barely visible. Other than being very windy (one of our readers flashed our guests due to the wind!) it was great. Cocktail Hour: We had our cocktail hour at the outside portion of the lobby bar (on top of the dual stair case). It was a nice environment- outside but out of the sun, and near the lobby to cool off if need be. I wasn’t there for much of the cocktail hour, but everyone said the Carribean Trio was great and they liked the snacks (melon, stuffed mushrooms, and melba bread). Reception- Our dinner and dancing was at the end of the adult pool. It was a perfect location- private and near the beach, and no $750 dollar fee. We had some extra lights put under the tables- it looked very nice. The food was delicious. Our menu was the following: shrimp quesadilla, ceasar salad, tortilla soup, salmon, fruit tart. People were very impressed with the dinner- even people who didn’t like salmon enjoyed it. We had the tres leches cake with strawberries. It was sooo yummy. I was very full at this point, but I still managed to eat some cake. All the guests loved it. I sent in a pic and they decorated the cake similarly- with flower petals covering the cake table and small candles. We had the speaker system hooked up to the ipod and had dancing in the sand next to the pool (wasn’t much room other than in the sand). We also rented a projector and screen for a slideshow (was $150 to rent). Overall had a very nice time, but would have started dinner earlier than 6:30- it was after 9 by the time dinner was over, which didn’t leave much time for dancing. Lizette- Lizette was our main wedding coordinator. Like most of you have experienced, she did not respond to our emails or even give us a meeting time before we arrived. Upon checking in, we received a letter from her telling us when and where to meet her. She was nearly 30 minutes late meeting us, but when she did arrive she was very well organized and professional. She really works her butt off, and you could tell she was a bit stressed out and over worked. She did a very nice job on our wedding, and really made everything perfect…I just wish they’d give her some time off! Summary- I really liked the resort and the wedding turned out great. This review ended up being much longer than I had intended (sorry about that readers). Hope I covered everything, and I will post pics as soon as I can. Let me know if you have any questions!
  11. Thanks for the contact info Sunbride! Can't wait- we haven't heard anything either. We don't leave for a couple of weeks yet, but it is still getting annoying!
  12. I was wondering- when did you guys make appointments for the spa/salon to get your hair and make-up done? I didn't see any contact info for the spa- Is it too last minute to just wait until I get down there to make an appt?
  13. this is my bouquet inspiration- a picture taken many years ago on my cell phone of the flowers my FH got me on our first date!
  14. Quick question- how much did you/do you plan to tip the wedding coordinator, hair and makeup artists, and so on? I'm not quite sure what is "normal" to do. Can't Wait- we leave in 3 weeks and we haven't heard from anyone since we were told that the resort would be open. I'm just hoping all the details will come together last minute.