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  1. The Suites did not charge a vendor fee for Rashel. If the vendor is not staying for the wedding, there is no charge.
  2. Since we booked through an agent our room was taken care of before we got there. I had transferred to the Grand for a couple days and noticed we hadn't been billed for the wedding. I went back over to the front desk and they had it there. Im assuming it would be on your room bill.
  3. I spent some time with the wonderful folsk at the front desk of the Suites and he told me they do upgrade people from time to time to the Grand. I guess keep in mind that they will do this if its something that will benefit THEM and not necessarily. Hotels overbook all the time and hope people cancel. When they don't they dangle "upgrades" etc in our faces and we most of the time hop on them. Consider your wedding day and the costs, but the idea of possibly heading to a BM's room or your parents room is a good fallback.
  4. My guess is no. I couldn't even get out photographer to go take pics of my hubby before the wedding since he had already moved over.
  5. I had my license in about 5 weeks. It cause no issues for me as I still havent fully transitioned on the name change. :/
  6. I would say the Suites is a much more laid back feeling resort. We stayed @ the Suites for 4 days and move to the Grand the day of the wedding to stay for another 5 days. We spent most of our time back over at the Suites. The Grand is elegant and grand, but the atmosphere was stuffy. We went back and talked to our buddies at the front desk of the Suites and he told us most people who have stayed at the Suites prefer it. He even mentioned that people have refused upgrades from the Suites to the Grand. I never got over to the Beach property except for lunch at their beach front restaurant.
  7. I personally encountered NO sand flees or mosquitos. I did take repellant but never used it. Take a look on trip advisor to see if anyone else mentioned it. I would say go prepared, like maybe just brining a large quantity for the group to share but I honeslty don't remember seeing anything that alarmed me concerning sand fleas.
  8. The Suites provide the regular menu they use for dinner. If you would like something personlized, you would have to get the menu options from them and create your own. I am sure it would be no problem to put those out at the tables.
  9. I would assume the sky lanterns are allowed as long as the wind isn't up. Keep in mind that there is often quite a bit of wind coming off the ocean. I would say take them but don't be disappointed if they don't allow you to use them the day of.
  10. Im not sure why the idea of having to go into this gets under my skin, but each time I read a post I feel some kinda way! :/ If you send out invites or info on the wedding and include the HOST hotel, its a no brainer to me. WE, the bride/groom will HOST you at this resort....not the freakin island. Should YOU choose to stay elsewhere...its on YOU!! Granted, I had a few people that I thought would be traveling with children and I offered them to stay at the Beach and not the Suites. It didn't end up happening but I was clear to the TA who these "exceptions" were and that was that
  11. Im a past Suites bride and I dont regret one but my decision to go there. Our decision was based on 1 wedding per day, proximity to airport, value and of course the consistent ratings of the resort. We wanted it to be a real vacation for our guests. The weddings there are beautiful and I think you will love it!
  12. Cake cutting/serving supplies are provided. I do not even remember what they looked like. We did our toast on the beach immediatley following ceremony, so yes they provided those but I'm assuming you would either ask that they hold this toast until reception or do an additional one inside. Neither should be a problem. You can customize the head table any way you want but the standard decor includes flowers from Tai Flora. If you want different flowers or other items, it will be a up-charge I am sure.
  13. This is a tough one. Part of me wants to say plan to make at least 40 OOT bags. You can always sell or give the extra stuff away to family who couldn't make it. RSVP's can be frustrating. I'm starting to think the RSVP courtesy is a thing of the past but I also think its just tacky not to do so. As far as numbers you give the resort, you are only charged for those who actually show up. Nicole goes over your final things list when you meet with her a couple of days before the wedding. Pretty much anything can be changed on that list. My numbers changed slightly and it was no proble
  14. Are you referring to the Iberostar Beach resort or the Beaches chain? Either way....this is the reason I did NOT open other options up to stay elsewhere. If they chose to do so, it was on them and so was the day pass. The Suites were the "host hotel." I did inform my TA that she could offer the Beach hotel to several of our folks based on the fact that they had children and would likely need to save some $. I specified who these people were up front. My dad was the only person who ended up staying @ the Beach because he waited til the last minute to book. The TA told him about the
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