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  1. Look I'm here!! Sorry, I've been super busy with house selling and haven't been around. Glad that Kat could help. Make sure that you tell the Koozie guy that you're with the forum... he'll hopefully give you a deal. Feel free to email me if you have any more questions. I'll try to reply in a timely manner!! Hi Kat!! I miss you!
  2. Okay, my stupid computer is acting up so I can't quote anything right now but i'll try to answer everything. Lilpaisley is taking some of the stuff. JLwhite, I just PM'd you to see what you are interested in. Latinalocany, I will let you know what is available after I hear from JLwhite. Vtello, they are right now but i am waiting to hear from JLwhite. Minde, the lanterns are gone. Sorry. HaleGrifa, I don't know why I hate the dress so much. It's actually really pretty... just not 'me'. Y'know? Anyway, I bought it for $150 and would love to get that but I'd settle for less just to get rid of it... I don't have a clue how much shipping would be. It's not very heavy so it can't be THAT bad, right?!
  3. Quote: Originally Posted by Samantha S Okay, that helps-- thank you! I will take the advice of having the officiant stand closer, that is lame that people couldn't hear you as that is the whole point of paying so much for stereo equipment for 10 minutes. The version of Canon in D Dawn sent me is great so I can use my iPod, phew! Thank you for the song, I appreciate it!! So, did you ask them for centerpieces? I'm getting the idea that if you don't 'order' it from them, they put stuff up anyways because they did that with one other gal. I think they must try to sell it first but then do it anyways because they want it to look nice too because other people will see the weddings and want to have their wedding there in the future... ?? Was it the same that Kat had-- vase with sand and I think a shell or something? Trying to decide if I should just leave the centerpieces alone. No problem, glad that it came through okay. I didn't order centerpieces. They just did them. Same ones that Kat had. They were nice. Simple and pretty. And best of all... FREE!!
  4. Quote: Originally Posted by Lilpaisley I might be interested in this stuff for our AHR. (everything, but the dress). Let me know how much shipping would be and I can Paypal it to you. Sweet! I have to find a box that will fit it. I also have a pillow (for a ring bearer) that matches the guest book. Want me to throw that in? And I found some little white favor heart boxes that you could put candy in. They are Martha Stewart brand. Here is a link to them. I think that there are like 20 or so. Let me know if you want those too. Walmart.com: Martha Stewart Eyelet-Pattern Heart-Shaped Party Favor Tins, Set of 20: Wedding Are you sure you don't want the dress!!?? JK i really hate the thing!
  5. And last but not least, this never worn dress. I was going to do a TTD but was too tired! I'd like to sell it so if anyone likes it and wants to make me an offer, I'll get rid of it cheap!! I think that it's a size 8 (I'm a size 4 normally if that helps)
  6. Random Favor thingys: Yea, I don't know: Seals and 'thank you' tags: I simply forgot to use these! Bells: I was going to use these for the shower and just forgot. Seems to be a lot of that going on here. I have 2 packages, one has 3 the other has 2. Thank you cards - I never want to write another one as long as i live.
  7. Please take this stuff!! I need room to put all of our wedding gifts! I would love it if one person wanted everything but i'll separate if necessary. All of it is brand new... in orignal packaging except the flutes are just out. I never used them, but thought that I was going to so I tossed the box. Just pay shipping please!! Flutes: they have little dots on them... kinda weird but cute enough. More flutes: these are plastic (i think) and colored. There are 6 in the set. I guess they're for the guests. Cake topper: Lighted Lanterns: i think that you just put a little bulb in them and hang them. They're pretty cute. I have 2 available. Lighted Bridal Garland - I was going to use this at the AHR but couldn't motivate myself enough! There are two strands both 6 feet long. Candles: Guest Book: It's white and clothy with a bow: Favor Tags: These aren't place cards. I used them in my thank you cards to tell people the link to our pics.
  8. Quote: Originally Posted by dc22173 Has anyone here had their reception in the ballroom? All the pictures I have seen of the ballroom make me believe that it it pretty dark in there. I also can not tell how big of a space it is. Also, would you spend your money on the ballroom decorations? Yea, the only sucky thing about the ballroom is that it's not very 'destination weddinglike'. We could have done something similar at home. However, with the weather situation we definitely were happy with it. The air conditioning was awesome...especially because my dress was hot! The set up was very nice. I didn't do any decorations (except I had chair bows) and they had centerpieces on the tables with candles and it was really pretty. About the lighting... i didn't really notice it being dark. We hired a DJ and he brought a lot of crazy lights and strobes and stuff so once the music started, it was like a dance club. It wasn't what I expected but it was cool. Quote: Originally Posted by Samantha S Okay, I have a question about the sound equipment for the ceremony. Does some one have a photo with where the person running the music is at (or a description will do)? Could you hook up any type of media player, i.e. iPod, CD, laptop? I am most curious about the laptop one because I have been trying to find a guitar version of canon in d and the only one I can find that I love is a guy on youtube (YouTube - Pachelbel Canon in D (fingerstyle guitar)). I figured out how to save it into my itunes but it still plays as a video and therefor not on my iPod. Just curious where the music person is at for the ceremony so I can determine if it would be a crappy place for a family member to spend the very first part of the wedding baby sitting. I think that I have a guitar version of this that I 'got' from the internet somewhere. Do I have your email address already? I will look and try to email it to you. It may be too big but I'm pretty sure that I sent a bunch of music to Kat so hopefully it will work.
  9. WAIT!! I think that I got it!!! Flickr: dawnandchriswedding's Photostream
  10. Quote: Originally Posted by ltl_leah Thank you your review. Did you have to use certain photographers or do you have the freedom to choose whoever you want without getting charged a $500 fee? Also, how were the rooms and the bathrooms? Are they outdated or a little on the small side? Did you pay extra for the reception dinner or were you allowed to have a semi-private dinner in one of the restaurants without getting charged extra? I have so many questions because I am still trying to decide on a resort. I was originally going to have it at Dreams Puerto Aventuras, but now I'm hearing that you can't use a mexican photographer at all, which I think is outrageous. I used an awesome photographer named Claudia Rodriguez. She wasn't part of the resort but she does have a good relationship with them so she is able to go and shoot weddings without a fee. I think that the fee is only $50 though if it is not an approved vendor. It may be free... not positive. Our room was awesome and huge! The bathroom was enormous too... double sink, bathtub/shower, toliet and a bidet! All of our guests were happy with their rooms too as far as I know. Feel free to PM me with any other questions you have and if you send me your email and I will send you all of our photos. Good luck!! Quote: Originally Posted by jlwhite5 these posts are my favorite here on BDW! your wedding (and you!) looked beautiful! sorry about the rain - i know thats going to happen to me, i can just feel it. i'm glad you posted the picture of the OOT bags. i like that you included a lock. i would've never thought of that, but it's a great idea! hope you're enjoying married life! I've heard rain is good luck. I think thats just what people say so their not so disappointed. It did give us an amazing rainbow though so i can't complain too much!! Quote: Originally Posted by cancunbride hahaha, your such a tease!!! Its says dawnandchriswedding doesn't have anything available to you!! hahaha Im dying to see the pics.surrender them! This site is driving me nuts!! Even when I send through the website, it sometimes isn't working. One more shot: Flickr: Photos & Video from dawnandchriswedding
  11. Quote: Originally Posted by Tony&Jessica Hi everyone!!! Kat, your photos are beautiful!!! I have a few questions, I've read MOST of the forum and I don't know if these have come up...sorry if they are repeats!! -Did anyone need a handicapped room? One of my guests has a really difficult time getting around, and we were thinking of booking a handicapped room...I've been waiting FOREVER for Dreams to get me a picture of what they look like. (On that same note, how difficult would it be for a person with difficulty walking to get around Dreams?) -We're trying to do a live webcam feed for people who aren't able to make it. Dreams says that they'll have it up and running by April of '09...but has anyone else been able to pull it off? How did you do it? -A few travel websites that I've read about have said that Dreams sometimes overbooks and people get kicked out and moved to other hotels. Did that happen to anyone? -With guest passes...I know Kat said that she didn't need them, but did anyone else manage to get them for free or at a lower rate? My travel agent said that they've done it before, but I didn't know how cheap they would be willing to go! Sorry so many questions!!! It's still a whole year away and I'm already bouncing off the walls waiting for it to come! My gramps came and he did okay. the place is pretty big and the floors do get pretty slick. For the wedding, he actually was able to borrow a wheel chair from Dreams. I'm not sure if they have them available all the time, but it wouldn't hurt to ask. As for the overbooking, we had no problems. All of our guest stayed at Dreams so we didn't have anyone with day passes. And NO idea about the webcam!! Quote: Originally Posted by Tony&Jessica Haha, as long as my FI doesn't fall down BEFORE the wedding. There will be no casts in my pictures!!! Yea, Chris (hubby) totally ate it the day before the wedding. He was running and he did a Charlie Brown right on his back. Ouch!! He still managed to carry me through the threshold on our wedding night but he was in a lot of pain!! Be careful!!!
  12. Quote: Originally Posted by Samantha S Does anyone know if they have different menu options from 2008 to 2009? I though I saw a peek of a menu somewhere for DC that was different than the version I have and some of the options looked way better! I've found the gold and plated but I'm looking for the silver buffet. Dawn, what did you choose for your menu? I had my first and hopefully last wedding nightmare and I woke up panicked-- time to get serious! Stacey and others who are just around the corner, how are you holding up? The menus for 2009 are different. Here is the full 08 one for you. It says that buffet is 40 people minimum but it's really only 30. Also, now that I'm looking at it, I'm not sure if this is the menu that we actually chose from. We mixed between the silver and gold buffet... but I know that we had lobster bisque soup and thats on the platinum menu and we definitely didn't pay extra. The soup was awesome but if you're eating outside, it's kinda heavy for hot weather if that makes any sense! We had the Caribbean mixed greens and the caesar salads... both were good but it's salad so I don't have a very strong opinion. Entree we did the surf and turf which was okay but kinda dry and didn't have a lot of flavor and then a chicken dish which i don't see on the menu but it was awesome!! It had like spinach and cheese or something but everyone loved it. I didn't try any of the deserts but heard good things. We went with the tres leche cake and while it is very moist and kinda looks like it's going to just moosh up, it was quite good. Hope that helps!! I had wedding nightmares too... don't worry, everything will be great!! ACTUAL WEDDINGS MENUS RECEPTION FOR 2007-2008.doc
  13. Stupid Flickr... PM me with your email address and I will send you a link. Sorry girls!
  14. Quote: Originally Posted by cancunbride Im trying to PM you but for some reason its telling me I have no access...I would love to see your pix..how many hours did you use her for? I only used her for 3 hours... I don't even think that she was there that long. I am truly amazed at the work that she did in such a short time. I sent the link to my mom and she was shocked. She was like, 'it didn't even look like she took that many pics'. Even my brother was impressed, said that it looked like we were sitting in front of a backdrop... Ohh I want you to see them now that I've talked them up so much!! Does this work: Flickr: Photos & Video from dawnandchriswedding
  15. Quote: Originally Posted by vtello what dJ did u use? I booked DJ Mannia..I'm getting kinda of nervous now since i paid the 50% deposit down already for the DJ services ..... uhhh... yea... I used Mannia... I'm hoping that it was just a bad night for him or something... or that he didn't really understand what I wanted. I gave him a list of 'must have' songs and a list of 'don't you dare play' songs... well, he ONLY played the must have songs... multiple times!! I think that he was a bit confused. Hope that you have a better experience. i would just let him play whatever instead of attempting to give him specific directions!! Good luck!
  16. I just wanted everyone to know that I got my pics from Claudia and she is AMAZING!! I never thought that they would turn out as good as they did. Really... I thought that they would be pretty.... but they are so much better than that! She is awesome!!! I have the pics on my flickr site so if anyone would like access, let me know and I'll attempt to send you a link... I think I'll need your email address so if you want to PM me.
  17. Quote: Originally Posted by STACEY Hi Ladies!! My big day is comming up fast and I have a few questions for the past Dreams Brides 1. We hired a dj but we recently recieved the song list and i think its horrible. So I think we are going to cancell the DJ and go with an I-pod. Do you know if they have an MC we can hire? Or in your opinions would you just keep the DJ? I want to hear all your opinions!! Im stressing about this!! 2. The flowers. The pics look they came up with some of those ideas from the 80's. Were the reseptive to making a bouquet of what you wanted? I think thats it for now. TIA If I did it again, I would have skipped the DJ and done an IPOD. The pics are definitely from the 80s but the flowers are impressive. I was worried but ended up super happy with mine! Actually didn't expect them to be as gorgeous as they were. This is B-08.
  18. Quote: Originally Posted by PhillyBride09 I also have a Dreams Cancun question that i'm not sure has been asked before. What's up with the Red carpet they put down when your walking down the Isle near the gazebo? I HATE it...It looks off next to the pretty white chairs with the pretty colorful ribbons...and then this red carpet in the middle! Is there an alternative? can you not put anything down and maybe try rose petals?? They totally forgot my red carpet and that was fine! You can just tell them that you don't want it.... I don't know if they have any other alternatives. Rose petals would probably just blow away... it's windy!
  19. Quote: Originally Posted by Samantha S Hi Dawn, great review and great wedding!! Everything looked and seemed amazing. After reading your review and Kathi's, I have a bunch of questions given my wedding is two months away and I'm starting to freak out a bit. Here goes: How was Gaby? Any issues to have a heads up on to make sure they don’t happen? Did you meet with her before the wedding also? Was she better with your wedding about being on top of it and letting you guys know what to do and where to be? What flowers did you go with? Did you pick them out beforehand or when you got there? I don’t mind picking them out there but I do want some kind of idea of what they have available this time of year and Gaby gave me nothing. Can you post a pic because one that I think I am seeing in one of your photos is almost just what I want… pink/orange combo… ? Did you happen to ask when the construction would be done on the terrace? What is different about it from the pics? I know I will have more, thank you SO MUCH! Again, amazing wedding, you looked gorgeous. Hi Samantha! I'll do my best to answer your questions. Gaby is super super nice but is still new. She is clearly overwhelmed. There were a couple of things that could have been better. The red carpet was forgotten (by then I was just praying that the weather would hold out so I didn't wait for it). We had no idea where we were supposed to go... good thing everyone has been in weddings before otherwise the bm and gm would have been lost. We only met with Gaby a few days before. The day of the wedding she only called once (about an hour before) to let me know that everything was going to be moved due to the rain. I was worried about the flowers and ended up just picking from a the book (same pics that they send out). I choose B-08 and was a bit worried but figured Whatever! I really just wanted something really bright and colorful. They turned out to be gorgeous!! I loved them! Much better than I ever expected. Here are a few pics. I have more if you need them. The terrace... I wish I took pics but I didn't. I just know that the bar isn't actually a bar... it's like a temporary bar... umm... i can't really explain. Maybe I'm wrong here. I'm going to ask Kat.
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  21. So I was looking at another post here... one with only pics... and the terrace now does not look like the terrace in the pics... In fact, the terrace looks like crap now! I think that they are revamping it or something. Had it not been for the weather, we probably would have still had the reception there, but don't be surprised if the pics aren't what you get...
  22. Quote: Originally Posted by kburton PLEASE let me know about this...I'm dying to know! I hope your wedding went well! They definitely booted us after the 3 hours. We were in the ballroom though and I think that they had to set up for something. It was really no big deal. We just walked outside to the lobby bar and took the place over. I swear, it wasn't a big deal at all!!
  23. Quote: Originally Posted by kburton dmarie17, Thanks so much for the pics. I'm struggling on what resort to go to and which one is most affordable for our guests. Do you know if you can get married ON the beach at Dreams? Are there balconies to the rooms? (seems like all the pictures I see there are no balconies. How was the reception? Did the three hour limit go by fast? I can't wait to see your professional pics. I absolutely loved the resort and recommend it 100%! You can get married on the beach... I have seen pics and it is gorgeous but I don't know where I saw them... maybe someone on here has some. All of the rooms have balconies. Our jacuzzi was ON our balcony! And they are all pretty large. The first floor ones have hammocks which is pretty cool. Here is one from my uncle's room and then the one from mine: Quote: Originally Posted by PhillyBride09 I was so excited to see you post!! I am loving all your pics!! It sounds like everything was really great. I'm surprised to hear the DJ wasn't good...I've heard good things about him, But I like to go on first hand experiences. And also the construction info was a really good tip....especially for those who are leaving soon. I did want to ask you about the Jr. Jacuzzi Suite...Is the Jacuzzi on the Balcony? Yep, it's on the balcony!! But no one can see you... it's kinda in a corner... hard to explain but if you look to the pic above, it's all the way to the right. We were totally going to do a neked swim but just never got around to it!! Quote: Originally Posted by quackquack thanks for posting. I can't wait to get married there. Do you know if there are other options for DJ? I definitely do not want to hear the same music over and over There are other DJ options. I think that Kat is bringing her IPOD which is honestly what I wish we would have done. There was a 'MC' at the reception who basically ran the show and if we had just given him our IPOD, I think he would have done a better job. She should be back soon so she can give you her insight on that. I also think that Dreams has a DJ option but I think that it was pretty expensive. Quote: Originally Posted by JODEY Thank you so much for taking the time to post your reveiw, it looks awesome !! Just out of interest how long roughly do you think it took you guys from start to finishing your meal ? How long did you end up with after the meal for dancing seeing as though we only get 3 hours ? Gosh, the time went by SO fast. If I had to guess, I would say that the eating part took around an hour and then the dancing and stuff was the remainder. I really think that they kinda jipped us with the time though because ours started about an hour late and seemed to end about 1/2 hour late only. O-well! We had SO much fun afterwards in the lobby bar that no one really minded moving. Quote: Originally Posted by gen moriya yay! I was waiting for your review! I am also using mannia and claudia so I am looking forward to your pix (and how weird that he kept repeating songs -ew!). I was wondering if you did a rehearsal/welcome dinner, and if so- was is good? worth it? I think that if you just tell him NOT to repeat songs you'll be fine. After the third repeat i got a little bridezilla on his ass and it seemed to stop! We didn't have an 'official' welcome dinner or rehearsal. Actually, I would recommend a bit of a rehearsal though because no one really knew what to do!! It turned out fine because everyone basically knows how weddings work but after the ceremony, me and Chris walked back down the aisle and had no idea where were supposed to go!!! We just kinda wandered around!! We did have an unofficial welcome cocktails... aka all 40 of us met in the bar and drank them out of booze! It was awesome!! Quote: Originally Posted by Hartyt509 Sounds like you had a fab time. How did you manage to get the honeymoon package 2 lmao I went down to concierge with the attached form and highlighted the bottom part where it says that it's complimentary when booking a Honeymoon Suite category for a minimum of 7 nights or if 5 rooms are reserved for a minimum of 3 nights at any room category. We meet both of those requirements and in the Dreams Ultimate Wedding Package description, it lists Honeymoon Package. They really didn't give me a hard time about it. I was very insistent! Quote: Originally Posted by mummergirl yay i found your review! sorry i nagged you! we booked the jr. jacuzzi suite too ... i'll have to make it a point to use that jacuzzi! LOL i can't believe you guys never got in it! did you use the jacuzzi at the spa? so glad gustav gave you a break long enough for the ceremony ... yours are the first pictures i've seen with bubbles! i was starting to think bubbles at a wedding were just a local phenomenon! never really thought about doing dinner in the ballroom just to get some air conditioning! might have to consider that! love your beer coozies (or whatever they're called) and looks like everyone had a fab time! a million congrats! Yea, we used the jacuzzi in the spa for a bit. It was just so damn hot... She was actually supposed to wait and do the bubbles AFTER the ceremony but they were definitely bubbling during the whole thing! It was really pretty though! I have an AWESOME koozie guy if anyone is interested!! Dreams Wedding-Renewal pkgs 2008.doc
  24. Quote: Originally Posted by mummergirl we want pics! we want pics! LOL ... have any from family that you can share in the meantime? throw us a bone! one question: did you do the civil or symbolic ceremony? I did the symbolic ceremony.. didn't want to deal with a blood test... I actually did a review with pics yesterday so there are some on here! Consider your bone thrown... wait... nevermind!!
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