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  1. Dreams supplied the scarves on the bamboo poles. They didn't charge extra because we were already suppose to get some gazebo decorations with the Ultimate package (we couldn't fit in the gazebo). I am happy to say there were no surprises when the final bill came- that was a relief. Our wedding was at 5:15 and we had about 30 minutes to take pictures while the sun was setting- the photographer (who was fantastic at a great cost- Eva Sica) got the most amazing shots of the sunset. I can't think of much that I would have changed; it really was better than I had hoped for. I hope Jaimie's experience was just as good. I can't wait to hear. Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta (our honeymoon location) was a nice resort but the food was not nearly as good as Dreams PV and the beach was not very good at all. Here is a YouTube video that one of our guests posted showing the end or our reception (before the pool plunge). YouTube - Braun Wedding - God Bless the USA
  2. Greetings all! Just a quick update to let you know that our week and wedding at Dreams was absolutely awesome. Ninety guests all said it was the most fun they ever had at a wedding. Don't worry about anything- your wedding there will be wonderful. That's not to say that everything happened according to plans- it didn't, but my best lesson was that it can be great regardless if it doesn't all go as planned! The worst thing that happened was that one of our guests fell through a hole in gazebo floor during the reception. She was taken to the hospital and treated nicely, but was laid up for the remainder of her trip. Our beach cocktail Welcome event was moved to the ballroom because it looked as if it might rain (it didn't). We had appetizers, cocktails and the Mexican trio in the ballroom where there was AC and comfy chairs- it may have been even better than the beach. I had a manicure and pedicure at Toya's in town for $28. Although they did a great job, the polish barely lasted one day- it began peeling because it had been thinned. I wouldn't recommend them unless you ask for new polish. We did our legal ceremony and it was fine- they help you through all the details and provide a translator. Our wedding was at 5:15 and the clouds began to roll in, but thankfully it never rained. The waiters were wonderful; although they made a few mistakes on the dinners- no one really cared. Everyone was ready to dance and the dance floor they arranged at Las Palmas was very adequate even though we were at capacity with tables for ninety. We were not crowed at all- so no worries about the size there. Our request for the last song was Lee Greenwood's Proud to be an American (it's a tradition among our friends to end with this). The DJ began playing a LeAnn Rimes rendition! That was not going to work; luckily one of our groomsmen had the correct song on his iPod and the DJ played it. Ninety of us stood in a large circle singing "Proud to be an American" while they displayed fireworks on the beach- it was a perfect finish to a great wedding. Although I had stated that I wouldn't do it, more than half of us ended up in the pool afterward - it was just too tempting after all that dancing. It was so much fun! I will let you know later how the video and photography turn out- our photographers seemed very good- I'm waiting for the proofs. We used the photographer from the hotel as well as contracted photographers. The flowers were good. The bridesmaid bouquets were made large enough to use at the tables during the reception- it looked very pretty. Rebeca provided clear vases filled with Navy colored water and those gel ball things. Rebeca is wonderful- she stayed nearby throughout the entire reception. I am leaving table decorations with her for 10 tables- full organza covers and satin runners in navy and aqua. Also 24 aqua tea lights. If those are your colors, perhaps she will have them at the resort for you to use. We are now on our honeymoon - three days alone at the Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta- they are giving us a good deal. I will let you know more later! Here are some (amateur) photo links provided by one of our guests: Snapfish: Share Snapshow:Registration http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/x...22282_3076.jpg http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/x...22282_3076.jpg http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/x...22282_3076.jpg http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/x...22282_3076.jpg http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/x...7/DSC04558.jpg http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/x...7/DSC04555.jpg http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/x...7/DSC04587.jpg
  3. Hi! We leave Saturday- the time is nearly here- that is unbelievable! Rebeca has been super accommodating. I email her nearly every day now with a question or a change. She is quick to respond and always so nice. The $1000 is the extra contract fee for having outside vendors; the DJ charge was another $400. It was not cost effective with the resort charge to hire the outside DJ, so we're going with theirs. The preparations for the legal ceremony were not too bad. We went to pick up our birth certificates and took them to get the apostille documents at our State building. The company that facilitates the legal ceremony will take care of everything else once we get to MX for the $350 charge. That pays the company and the Judge. They come to pick us up at the resort to get our blood work and watch the required video on marriage. The representative from the company also comes to the wedding and translates in case our Judge doesn't speak English. They also help get the papers processed. It would have been easier to have a legal day before the day, but for many reasons, we couldn't get that arranged. I'll let you know how it all works out.We are going home to Nebraska to visit families over the holidays and will have a private (parents and immediate families only) church wedding. We just discovered that we need to come up with a way to let the wait staff know which meal the guests have ordered. Has anyone got a good plan to do this? I am thinking that we may have to color or number code the place cards in some way... not sure... any suggestions?
  4. Hi! We leave Saturday- the time is nearly here- that is unbelievable! Rebeca has been super accommodating. I email her nearly every day now with a question or a change. She is quick to respond and always so nice. The $1000 is the extra contract fee for having outside vendors; the DJ charge was another $400. It was not cost effective with the resort charge to hire the outside DJ, so we're going with theirs. The preparations for the legal ceremony were not too bad. We went to pick up our birth certificates and took them to get the apostille documents at our State building. The company that facilitates the legal ceremony will take care of everything else once we get to MX for the $350 charge. That pays the company and the Judge. They come to pick us up at the resort to get our blood work and watch the required video on marriage. The representative from the company also comes to the wedding and translates in case our Judge doesn't speak English. They also help get the papers processed. It would have been easier to have a legal day before the day, but for many reasons, we couldn't get that arranged. I'll let you know how it all works out.We are going home to Nebraska to visit families over the holidays and will have a private (parents and immediate families only) church wedding. We just discovered that we need to come up with a way to let the wait staff know which meal the guests have ordered. Has anyone got a good plan to do this? I am thinking that we may have to color or number code the place cards in some way... not sure... any suggestions?
  5. two lighted candies symbolize your separate lives, your separate families and your separate sets of friends. I ask that you each take one candle and that together you light the center candle. The individual candles represent your individual lives before today. Lighting the center candle represents that your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining together of your two families and sets of friends to one." MANDEE AND NICK HAVE CHOSEN TO INCLUDE STONES INSIDE THE VESSEL IN WHICH THEY WILL BLEND THE SANDS. THE STONES SYMBOLIZE GOD STRENGTHENING THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP. ( i.e. “a cord of three strands is not easily broken.â€) NICK and MANDEE, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other. Your relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand; one, representing you, MANDEE and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, NICK, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. Blending of the Sands Each one holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without the need of anything else. When the two are blended together they represent an entirely new and extraordinary love relationship. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination.
  6. Hi! I leave next Saturday; I can't believe the time is nearly here!
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