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  1. Go with Sarani. Of all the things I spent money on I would trade them all to have double my photos with her. My husband and I are even debating whether when we go back for our 2nd anniversary this spring to have her do a second shoot. We loved them so much. Mine were awesome. I still look at them everyday, even a year and a half later. She is so friendly and kind. Her photos are amazing. They look like some amazing photo spread in a bridal magazine. Bright and vivid colors. Everyone who has seen them has been blown away. She knows EDR back to front and knows all the perfect places
  2. Is anyone interested in these? They were postcards that I had printed through vistaprint. I have... 200+ of these. I put them in my OOT bags. Since they are labeled as being from EDR I don't really see anyone else around home using them. Thought that maybe one of you ladies might want them. I'm not asking any money for them, just that you pay the shipping costs which I'm guessing won't be more than a couple of bucks. Let me know if anyone wants them. I have a few other things on my wedding hoard liquidation site... since I did a quality job of hoarding all things wedding over the past
  3. Hey Leslie, I brought my own linens, so that didn't really affect the cost. Basically I told them what I wanted, and could have done as many or little tables as I wanted. Then based on what I was bringing and what they were providing they quoted me a cost for setup. But, the cost was more based on per person than the type of table. Of course, this was last May and it seems like they've updated quite a bit lately. I would check with your WC just to be sure. I think table layouts are largely dependent on the size of your party. I only had 13 guests and wanted to fill the Tucanes sp
  4. Hey, I'm finally getting rid of some of my wedding items... a year and a half later. Definitely time to reclaim my guestroom. Included in the things I'm selling are some postcards that I had made from my OOT bags, the back has them labeled as being from EDR. I'm selling them off of a weebly site I made. http://peacock-wedding.weebly.com/ Let me know if anyone is interested.
  5. It's been a year, but it's finally time to reclaim my guestroom. I'm selling a number of items from my destination wedding and at home reception. Many things are still new. Includes decor and personal items. Check it out: http://peacock-wedding.weebly.com/ Let me know if you're interested in anything.
  6. It's been ages since I've been on here...everything looks so new and different. But I wanted to share a deal I found. Tanga has the Jambox by Jawbone on sale for only $53. My husband bought it for $200. It's a portable blutooth speak, small light and loud. really loud, when my husband puts it on to listen to his audiobook while in the bathroom you can hear it from outside the house. It'd be good if someone is doing a small event and didn't want to pay for the sound system that Lomas offers. We used it a few times while at EDR, can't believe it was almost a year ago now. Still it's a
  7. For anyone in wedding shopping mode, DHgate.com is having a sale with a $10 off coupon and $30 off coupon right now. I used DHGate to get a bunch of stuff for my OOT bags and favors. Thought I'd pass it on since I got an email about it today.
  8. Kelsey, First I have to say that I loved my hair and make up done at the Castias Spa. My stylist was Vicky, and she was the best. I absolutely loved her. I did a trial with her the day before and I'm really glad we did. We tried out a couple hair and makeup looks, it gave us time to play. I had an idea of what I wanted, but in the ended we did something a bit more unique. Her first attempt on eyeshadow was a bit more color than I wanted, so we did a totally new look until we found what looked good. Vicky was very responsive and easy to work with. On the day of everything went so smoo
  9. Quote: Originally Posted by LKocelko My mom and MIL used the EDR Royale spa, but just for makeup. What I would recommend is doing a trial. I was at the casita spa and honestly hated my makeup at the trial, so I"m so glad I paid the extra $49 to get this before the actual wedding. I second doing the trial... I think it was definitely worth it. I loved my hair and makeup, but I got it done on the Casitas side.
  10. Quote: Originally Posted by krobb317 Thanks!!! Okay, wonderful…I had read some had messed up the entire thing….yours worked well and woo how windy! I hope it's more like that than still…keeps ya cool! Beautiful ceremony! Thank you so much. The wind did keep it cool... and it wisked my tears out of my eyes so I couldn't cry, which helped for sure. I should note that right before the ceremony the officiant asked my husband if we didn't mind having her add in a passage that she thought we would really like. My husband told her to go ahead and add it. She added in, ironica
  11. Quote: Originally Posted by krobb317 Thanks amanda50388! How well did the officiant speak English? Than seems to be a question I receive most often from family and friends about the ceremony. If you'd like you can watch the streaming video of our ceremony.... her english was pretty good, accented but still good. She had no problem reading our script that we gave her. This might give you a better idea of what things look like and work like. Our ceremony spot is Gazebo 55.
  12. Quote: Originally Posted by krobb317 Thanks jnitschke! We'll just have to plan me standing on whatever side doesn't blow my hair and dress the wrong way Gorgeous dress! Thanks!... I did the same thing, as soon as I got down the aisle I told my husband to switch sides with me, I couldn't stand the veil blowing in my face.
  13. Wow... 90 people.. it was like pulling teeth to get the dozen that came to mine to confirm. I ordered the badge holders and bracelets from amazon. But since you'd be buying a larger amount you might find better luck with ordering from somewhere else in bulk, perhaps dhgate.com. It takes a little while for things to arrive from there, since they're coming from China in most cases... but you can save a good deal if you can order in bulk. I ordered scarves for my girls from there as well as some underwater disposable cameras. Here's the keychains we ordered http://www.amazon.com/gp/p
  14. I don't think you will have to worry about sand in the food... and I think your guests will be fine, just don't plan on candles that aren't LED as part of your centerpieces or anything light that might blow away. While leaving our ceremony we saw a reception on the beach across from the chapel, and it looked lovely. I was even a little envious of how nice it looked. So I wouldn't worry. Also, we gave our guests ID badge holders that zip on those rubber spiral bracelet key chains. They worked perfectly! People could throw a couple bucks for tips in them and their room key. And since
  15. Quote: Originally Posted by krobb317 Thanks for the information on how hot is was end of may!! I'm getting married may 23rd our ceremony will be at the White Gazebo and reception at Tucanes...I was a bit worried about zero cross breeze as well, was even thinking of changing to the white gazebo area for reception. Does anyone know how windy is it there? To give you an idea of how windy it is on the beach here is a picture I posted earlier... take a look at the table cloth behind us or the layers on my dress. It is quite windy on the beach. That being said, it is very nice being on
  16. Quote: Originally Posted by kelseyrenee I've seen many posts that Toucanes is hot for a reception. Should I see if I can move my reception from Toucanes to another spot? I am expecting about 30-35 guests and am getting a DJ because I want to dance... but I don't want to sweat! Wedding date is April 24, 2014. I was at EDR is March this year and it would not have been too hot at that time but I'm afraid of the end of April. I originally picked Toucanes because it's not terribly far from my ceremony and cocktail party at Gazebo 55 and figured it would protect against wind or rain. Any inpu
  17. Quote: Originally Posted by nbateman Received my photos from Magic Vision yesterday and uploaded them to my shutterfly share site if anyone is interested! Also had some guests upload their pics. The share site is awesome, no need to have a shutterfly account to view them and anyone can upload by sending an email to a particular address to get automatically added to the album or by uploading on the site: https://holmanweddingmexico.shutterfly.com/pictures/1831 You looked beautiful!!! what great photos! I love your flowers too!
  18. Kelsey, I've heard really good things about the BBQ. It's a huge buffet with lots of choices... something like a half dozen different meets, several sides, and a dessert table. If we had enough people we would have done that for sure. If you have 40 people it might be worth it to go the buffet route. Quote: Originally Posted by kelseyrenee I am thinking of using the included group dinner at Cocotal as a welcome party dinner the evening before the wedding. Does anyone know what food is available to pick from for this event? I believe I read somewhere that everyone has to eat the
  19. Tiff, I'm pretty sure that the way that it works is that you get to have one dinner reservation where they put your entire group at one of the restaurants, ours was at La Isla and was delicious. Then if you would like you can also pay for a private event, we did a reception at Tucanes. The cost for the event is the cost of the meals, there are no other fees to use the space. It might be the case that you get credit toward a private event based on the number of guests attending, for us when we signed in 2011 we got a 20% discount on the event meals that we purchased. If you read the contra
  20. Quote: Originally Posted by nbateman Hey Everyone! So just made it back from the beautiful EDR for our wedding 10/4/2013, last Friday. It was amazing and perfect! I wouldn't change a thing! So glad to hear everything went well!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
  21. I would say to plan on whatever is easiest. As far as the sound system goes, we had a small group (13) and thought that having a DJ was a COMPLETE waste of money. We even sent them home early and just opted to go to Guacamayas to dance with the band that was playing. So I would say that having a sound system and a playlist would be better. A suggestion though, instead of renting the system for the same amount you can get a bluetooth speaker. We have the JAMBOX it costs about $200 but it is very loud, has great sound quality, has a battery that lasts about 8hrs, and is about the size of a
  22. I just had my guests go over to JoJos beach bar. It's a really nice bar and near where Tucanes is. Everyone hanging out was fine, and we didn't really feel like we missed the cocktail hour being there. Quote: Originally Posted by JenniferM Maybeachbride-I'm so excited about the paddle boats and kayaks and we are definitely snorkeling. The food looks amazing I'll have to check out the Petit Gourmet too. For anyone that had the ceremony at Gazebo 55 and the reception at Tucanes, where did you have you serve cocktails? I wasn't sure if they just hang out on the beach handy for p
  23. So Exciting!!!! Sounds like you're all set and ready to go! Are you doing any excursions? Make sure you print all your travel documents. Also, when traveling abroad it's good to make 2 copies of your passport, insurance cards, and driver's license. Give one copy to someone staying behind and take the other copies with you. This way if something get's lost while you're down there it will speed up the process of getting new ones. Have fun, can't wait to hear all about it!! Quote: Originally Posted by nbateman Ok, leaving for EDR on Wednesday, anyone have any last minute po
  24. I took my guests out on the day after the wedding. We picked after the wedding because I didn't want to risk sunburns... the first time I ever went snorkeling I got the worst burn of my life doing it... but we did the Lupita Tri-maran.. they had a lunch buffet which was decent. I'd say the trip was 3 out of 5. Nothing amazing, but not too bad either. They load the boats up, so if you don't want to be sitting next to people this might not be the trip for you. They ran a bunch of boats. I think Albatros was the same thing basically. We sailed with 2 Albatros boats and another Tri-maran.
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