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  1. I had the same concern and asked around and was actually told the best thing to seal the sand was Elmer's school glue of all things. You just put about an inch or two (depending on how much room you have between the sand and the top) of glue on the top and gradually it seeps down and seals the sand. It may create bubbles at the top, so just pop those and put more glue. It does make the sand a little bit darker, but it seals it well. You may need to do it a few times, depending on how much sand you have. The first time sealed the top so I didn't have to worry that it would spill, but I did it once a day for 3 days and it was completely done. The security guy at the Cancun airport didn't know what it was so he turned it upside down and shook it and the sand didn't move at all. Worked well for me! Hope this helps!
  2. Hi Ariane! We actually booked the lowest level room (which is still beautiful, btw) and were lucky enough to be upgraded to a honeymoon suite for the week, which is a preferred room. We did not know this until we got there, though. The preferred rooms basically give you access to the preferred club, which is really nice. They have a breakfast in the morning, appetizers in the evening, and a bar with upgraded liquor. It was nice for a quick in and out meal when we wanted it. It also gives you internet access in your room. I think they have a better view as well , just comparing the rooms of my guests with preferred vs. not. Could we have done without it? Sure. But it was nice to have it. The preferred rooms are scattered throughout the resort, so they are not all in one area.
  3. Ha, thanks! I've been on here for over a year so I tried to answer the questions I saw a lot of. Yeah, we decided to do the welcome party instead of a rehearsal dinner - just personal preference - and free It made it easy to walk around and chat with everyone. I picked the Lobby Bar because from other reviews, it seemed like the best place to get a group together and having now been there, it was a good choice. The lobby is beautiful, really open and they usually have live music at night. I chose Thursday at 8:30 because all of the guests would be there by then, it would allow people to go to dinner first if they wanted to, and the lobby is open air, so it was much cooler by that time. I let them know about it before we went..I sent out an e-mail to everyone and included it in that. Some of the nights we had more luck with restaurants than others. The first few nights we had no trouble getting 10+ people in for dinner pretty quick, but the last few nights, it took over an hour and we were seated separately. If you go right when they open, you will probably have the best luck. The resort was at full capacity when we were there, so that may have been part of it. Hope this helps!
  4. Our wedding was July 23rd and I can honestly say we could not have asked for a more perfect wedding and a better resort to have it. I will try to touch on everything, so this will probably be pretty long. Feel free to skip over whatever you’d like and ask any questions you have! This forum was so incredibly helpful while planning, so I hope I can do the same for you future brides! The Resort DRC is absolutely gorgeous! It is just like it looks in the pictures. I have stayed at several all-inclusive resorts and this was by far the most beautiful resort I’ve experienced. Our guests raved about it as well. It is also not very big so we were able to run into our guests and find people easily. The service here is phenomenal. They really go above and beyond to make sure you are enjoying your stay. We were upgraded to a honeymoon suite (room 2501 – absolutely amazing), but all of the rooms I saw were beautiful. Wedding Coordinator Like many of the other brides, I had several changes in coordinators while planning, and about a month before the wedding, was given another new one - Yamina. I was a little worried about this late change at first, but she instantly put me at ease. I can’t speak to the other coordinators, but if you have Yamina, you are lucky! She was so wonderful to work with! She is so organized, personable and wants to do whatever she can to make you happy and make things easy for you. She was always prompt to return e-mails. We met with her Tuesday morning, went over the details (and she remembered all of it – and had all of my e-mails printed out!), I gave her all of our decorations, and were able to just relax with our guests for the rest of the week! They really know what they are doing there. We were incredibly impressed. Welcome Party We decided to just do a “Welcome Party†for our guests the Thursday before the wedding since everyone was there by then. We just had everyone meet at the Lobby bar at 8:30 and we gave them their welcome bags and gifts then. There was live music that night, which worked out perfect and our guests surprised Frank & I with a song request for a dance just for us J Decorations I brought a lot of my own decorations. Our colors were fuchsia and orange, so I brought fabric in those colors for the chuppah on the beach, orange and pink chair bows, orange and pink paper lanterns. I decided to reuse the bridesmaids bouquets as centerpieces and that worked out perfectly. Everything looked even better than I could have expected. You don’t need a lot with the beautiful natural scenery, but the few things I had complemented it well. Flowers I had a bouquet of hot pink and orange roses and my bridesmaids (who wore fuchsia dresses) had all orange roses. These were not in the catalog and something I had sent pictures of. They were absolutely beautiful and perfect! Weather Yamina brought the flowers to my room around 1:30 pm and wanted to be very honest with me and let me know that there was a risk of rain. There was a wedding the night before and the weather looked beautiful and started to pour at their reception on the deck. She said it was completely up to me, but gave me the option of decorating the ballroom. She needed to know within 30 minutes and having always dreamed of a beach wedding, this was a hard decision for me, but I decided to risk it! I am SO glad I did because the weather was perfect. I also have to add that when it did start to pour the night before, the staff is so on top of things! They had the bride and bridesmaids surrounded with umbrellas and moved everything so quickly. For any brides that are getting married around this time of year, it is hot during the day, but comfortable on the beach at night with the breeze. I was very comfortable in my long dress and the guests all commented how nice the breeze was. Run-through We did a run-through of the ceremony the morning before the wedding, which was quick and I’m really glad we did. Everyone then knew what order, where to stand, etc. and it made things really easy for the ceremony. Hair & Make-up I decided to have Fernando Fuentes (from the Makeup Pros) and his hair guy come to do my hair and make-up, as well as my mom and mother-in-law. They were a bit pricy, and we had to pay for day passes, but they definitely worth it. They were so much fun and we loved our hair & make-up. The bridesmaids all went to the salon and almost all of them were really happy with their hair & make-up. They recommended bringing a picture of what you want. Ceremony We had our ceremony on the beach at 6 pm near the kayaks. It was everything I dreamed of. They did a great job with the few decorations I brought. Our minister was Linda, who was great! We did a sand ceremony and after I put glue over it to seal it. I’m so glad to have this as a memory from the ceremony. We did a symbolic ceremony and they do have you sign a “marriage certificateâ€. The ceremony lasts about 20 minutes. I had given the sound tech 3 CDs – Before ceremony, ceremony music (song for bridesmaids, song for me, and then the recessional), and after the ceremony and he played it perfectly. Reception We chose not to have the cocktail hour and found we really didn’t need it. After group pictures, the guests either ran up to their rooms or to the lobby bar for the 30 minutes or so Frank and I took pictures. The reception was at 7:30 pm on the deck, which was the perfect location. They had moved my chair bows from the ceremony while taking pictures and put up the decorations just as we had talked about. We had DJ Polo from AVI and he was great! He played the music we requested and was announced our entrance, toasts, cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss at all the right times. We chose the Mexican buffet and all of our guests said that was the best meal they had there (and the food at some of the restaurants is really good!). We chose the tres leches cake and had not upgraded and they actually gave us a two layer cake. I had brought fake flowers and a cake topper to put on and it turned out great. After the reception we all moved to Desires for more dancing. Photography I chose to use Juan Navarro for my photographer. He was approved by the resort, so I didn’t have to pay a day pass for him. He was great, but I can’t comment on the pictures yet since I have not seen them. I will get a link to those out when I get them. We had the “Love†package which included 36 pictures, so we used Adventure photos for our “getting ready†pictures, which worked out well, and then Juan showed up right at the ceremony. They gave us a CD, but I haven’t received a link yet. Spa The spa is amazing and I definitely recommend using it if it is included it your package or if you have the chance! I was so good about sunscreen Mon-Thurs and I had a good base tan, but somehow Friday I got a pretty bad sunburn. My mom and I went to the spa the morning of the wedding and got sun relief body wraps! Amazing! And they let you use all their different pools, saunas, etc. with any package. So relaxing. And luckily my burn turned to a tan before the wedding J I hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions. I will hopefully get my pictures up soon! I am so excited for all of you though! I was so happy with everything and it was truly our dream wedding!
  5. Colleen your pictures turned out beautiful! It was great meeting you and Clint! Congrats again!
  6. I want to say we paid around $370 each, including taxes. The time really does fly by, especially once you get to the year of your wedding. It will be here before you know it!
  7. Thanks Lindsey! You are going to LOVE it! The deck was absolutely perfect. All of my guests raved about it. I got really lucky as it rained that morning so it cooled down some and was less humid. It was really comfortable with the ocean breeze and I was wearing my long dress the whole time. The sand and deck were cool by 6pm - I was barefoot all night!
  8. Hey ladies!! I am just getting back from our wedding at DRC (July 23rd) and mini-honeymoon. I am going to work on a detailed review tonight or this weekend, but just have to tell you that you have definitely picked the right place! Our week at DRC and wedding was nothing short of amazing! An absolute dream. I just loved Yamina. She is wonderful!
  9. Well, I leave in 3 days for DRC!!! :) (and then a little mini-moon at The Royal..) I've gotten to read so many wonderful reviews from the brides on here and can't believe it's my turn! I'm so beyond excited and ready!! Can't wait to tell you ladies all about it!
  10. Evelyn, thank you for posting your slideshow! You looked absolutely stunning!! Everything looked so beautiful! Our wedding is in less than two weeks and we have a lot of things similar to yours..colors, chair bows, locations, even the same sand ceremony set I had been stressing lately with work and final planning details, but watching your slideshow made me so excited again! I hope for weather as beautiful as yours!!! We are getting married around the same time.. how was the temperature? Congrats again!!
  11. FutureMrsS. Amazing review and congrats to you!!! Sounds like everything went amazing for you!!! I am crossing my fingers for good weather because it sounds like it is raining a lot right now? Can't wait to see your pictures!!
  12. Sharon, Oh no...I hope everything is okay. Let me know if you want to talk or anything..You can e-mail me: Lmkadden@yahoo.com. I'm looking forward to meeting you still!
  13. Sharon and Colleen! We're just weeks away!! Are you girls ready?? Can't wait to meet the two of you!
  14. Hey Lindsey, The plan is to have it on the pool deck if the weather allows! We live in Texas so we are definitely used to the heat and humidity. I will definitely let you know how it goes
  15. Erin, love your picture journal! What did you think of Fernando Fuentes and his team? I am using him in a few weeks!
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