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  1. Alison thanks for the post & tips- love your pics and I requested you on fb so I could see more if that's ok. Trying to see more pics of your reception and resort photos. We are doing the symbolic ceremony and doing justice of the peace / courthouse thing a couple weeks before our real Mexico wedding. I'll reach out to la luna for a quote - good to know they are one in the same as del sol. Does anyone knw if the resort photographers even have a website or how to see more of their work? I'm Katie Fischer ( network I think says Ohio state ) if any other DPA brides want to find me on fb. And congrats to the May DPA brides this week Sharon and sunsetselene! Hope you both have a wonderful wedding & can't wait to hear about your reviews! Katie ce_fischer@yahoo.com
  2. Hi 2012 DPA brides! I'm about 6 months out from our november DPA wedding! Can't wait! Got a lot of the big things done: Dress - chiffon Maggie sottero Location - gazebo at 4pm & the reception at el patio after cocktail hour STD - sent in feb- made onshutterfly with pic of us in snow in our swimsuits in chairs with coronas cheersing! Website - www.weddingwire.com/BennettFischer Travel agent - hired and have about 10 groups booked already! Expect 60-70 ppl total! Got agent recommendations thru this site and she's been great so far! BM dresses - persimmon bill levkoff chiffon style 565 (sweetheart w corset back); goldish or tan shoes maybe? http://www.billlevkoff.com/style/bridesmaid-dress/565 GM - tan perry Ellis crimini vested suits w persimmon ties (likely just wear vests if too hot for jackets) - bought at macys for just about same price as you rent a tux and wanted a bit more formal then khakis & polos. http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/perry-ellis-suit-slim-fit-textured-three-piece-suit?ID=657069 yet to do: Photographer - hire out? Del sol ? la luna? Or just go with resort photographers? Decor - bring anything on my own or is resort setup enough? Invitations- Any tips on does/donts for dest wedding? What info to include (vs What they'll just get from website)? Thinking of asking for song requests in the RSVP card too! Anyone include entree selections? Favors - planning for bags and personalized sunglasses and plastic insulated cups w lids/straws (I always bring mine to all-inclusive bc cups so small there!) I like the idea of wedding guest guide in the bag too since large group from all over world and different points in our lives! Week itinerary - so planning for welcome night bonfire on beach with cocktail - appetizers after quick walk thru w wedding party; then frid thinking of hiring fat cat sailing catamaran trip for our entire group - booze cruise, dancing, swimming, snorkeling. Need to book all this but thats what I'm thinking about for anything structured besides wedding ceremony-reception. What else do I need to plan ?! I welcome advice - tips!!! Happy wedding planning!!!
  3. Hi 2012 DPA brides! I'm about 6 months out from our november DPA wedding! Can't wait! Got a lot of the big things done: Dress - chiffon Maggie sottero Location - gazebo at 4pm the reception at el patio STD - sent in feb- made onshutterfly with pic of us in snow in our swimsuits in chairs with coronas cheersing! Website - www.weddingwire.com/BennettFischer Travel agent - hired and have about 10 groups booked already! Expect 60-70 ppl total! Got agent recommendations thru this site and she's been great so far! BM dresses - persimmon bill levkoff chiffon style 565 (sweetheart w corset back) http://www.billlevkoff.com/style/bridesmaid-dress/565 GM - tan perry Ellis crimini vested suits w persimmon ties (likely just wear vests if too hot for jackets) http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/perry-ellis-suit-slim-fit-textured-three-piece-suit?ID=657069 yet to do: Photographer - hire out? Del sol ? Lulu? Or just go with resort photographers? Decor - bring anything on my own or is resort setup enough? Invites - Any tips on does/donts for dest wedding? What info to include (vs What they'll just get from website)? Thinking of asking for song requests in the RSVP card too! Anyone include entree selections? Favors - planning for bags and personalized sunglasses and plastic insulated cups w lids/straws (I always bring mine to all-inclusive bc cups so small there!) I like the idea of wedding guest guide in the bag too since large group from all over world and different points in our lives! Week itinerary - so planning for welcome night bonfire on beach with cocktail - appetizers after quick walk thru w wedding party; then frid thinking of hiring fat cat sailing catamaran trip for our entire group - booze cruise, dancing, swimming, snorkeling. Need to book all this but thats what I'm thinking about for anything structured besides wedding ceremony-reception. What else do I need to plan ?! I welcome advice - tips!!! Happy wedding planning!!! Katie
  4. Hi 2012 DPA brides! I'm about 6 months out from our november DPA wedding! Can't wait! Got a lot of the big things done: Dress - chiffon Maggie sottero Location - gazebo at 4pm the reception at el patio STD - sent in feb- made onshutterfly with pic of us in snow in our swimsuits in chairs with coronas cheersing! Website - www.weddingwire.com/BennettFischer Travel agent - hired and have about 10 groups booked already! Expect 60-70 ppl total! Got agent recommendations thru this site and she's been great so far! BM dresses - persimmon bill levkoff chiffon style 565 (sweetheart w corset back) http://www.billlevkoff.com/style/bridesmaid-dress/565 GM - tan perry Ellis crimini vested suits w persimmon ties (likely just wear vests if too hot for jackets) http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/perry-ellis-suit-slim-fit-textured-three-piece-suit?ID=657069 yet to do: Photographer - hire out? Del sol ? Lulu? Or just go with resort photographers? Decor - bring anything on my own or is resort setup enough? Invites - Any tips on does/donts for dest wedding? What info to include (vs What they'll just get from website)? Thinking of asking for song requests in the RSVP card too! Anyone include entree selections? Favors - planning for bags and personalized sunglasses and plastic insulated cups w lids/straws (I always bring mine to all-inclusive bc cups so small there!) I like the idea of wedding guest guide in the bag too since large group from all over world and different points in our lives! Week itinerary - so planning for welcome night bonfire on beach with cocktail - appetizers after quick walk thru w wedding party; then frid thinking of hiring fat cat sailing catamaran trip for our entire group - booze cruise, dancing, swimming, snorkeling. Need to book all this but thats what I'm thinking about for anything structured besides wedding ceremony-reception. What else do I need to plan ?! I welcome advice - tips!!! Happy wedding planning!!! Katie
  5. Hi 2012 DPA brides! I'm about 6 months out from our november DPA wedding! Can't wait! Got a lot of the big things done: Dress - chiffon Maggie sottero Location - gazebo at 4pm the reception at el patio STD - sent in feb- made onshutterfly with pic of us in snow in our swimsuits in chairs with coronas cheersing! Website - www.weddingwire.com/BennettFischer Travel agent - hired and have about 10 groups booked already! Expect 60-70 ppl total! Got agent recommendations thru this site and she's been great so far! BM dresses - persimmon bill levkoff chiffon style 565 (sweetheart w corset back) http://www.billlevkoff.com/style/bridesmaid-dress/565 GM - tan perry Ellis crimini vested suits w persimmon ties (likely just wear vests if too hot for jackets) http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/perry-ellis-suit-slim-fit-textured-three-piece-suit?ID=657069 yet to do: Photographer - hire out? Del sol ? Lulu? Or just go with resort photographers? Decor - bring anything on my own or is resort setup enough? Invites - Any tips on does/donts for dest wedding? What info to include (vs What they'll just get from website)? Thinking of asking for song requests in the RSVP card too! Anyone include entree selections? Favors - planning for bags and personalized sunglasses and plastic insulated cups w lids/straws (I always bring mine to all-inclusive bc cups so small there!) I like the idea of wedding guest guide in the bag too since large group from all over world and different points in our lives! Week itinerary - so planning for welcome night bonfire on beach with cocktail - appetizers after quick walk thru w wedding party; then frid thinking of hiring fat cat sailing catamaran trip for our entire group - booze cruise, dancing, swimming, snorkeling. Need to book all this but thats what I'm thinking about for anything structured besides wedding ceremony-reception. What else do I need to plan ?! I welcome advice - tips!!! Happy wedding planning!!! Katie
  6. Hi 2012 DPA brides! I'm about 6 months out from our november DPA wedding! Can't wait! Got a lot of the big things done: Dress - chiffon Maggie sottero Location - gazebo at 4pm the reception at el patio STD - sent in feb- made onshutterfly with pic of us in snow in our swimsuits in chairs with coronas cheersing! Website - www.weddingwire.com/BennettFischer Travel agent - hired and have about 10 groups booked already! Expect 60-70 ppl total! Got agent recommendations thru this site and she's been great so far! BM dresses - persimmon bill levkoff chiffon style 565 (sweetheart w corset back) http://www.billlevkoff.com/style/bridesmaid-dress/565 GM - tan perry Ellis crimini vested suits w persimmon ties (likely just wear vests if too hot for jackets) http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/perry-ellis-suit-slim-fit-textured-three-piece-suit?ID=657069 yet to do: Photographer - hire out? Del sol ? Lulu? Or just go with resort photographers? Decor - bring anything on my own or is resort setup enough? Invites - Any tips on does/donts for dest wedding? What info to include (vs What they'll just get from website)? Thinking of asking for song requests in the RSVP card too! Anyone include entree selections? Favors - planning for bags and personalized sunglasses and plastic insulated cups w lids/straws (I always bring mine to all-inclusive bc cups so small there!) I like the idea of wedding guest guide in the bag too since large group from all over world and different points in our lives! Week itinerary - so planning for welcome night bonfire on beach with cocktail - appetizers after quick walk thru w wedding party; then frid thinking of hiring fat cat sailing catamaran trip for our entire group - booze cruise, dancing, swimming, snorkeling. Need to book all this but thats what I'm thinking about for anything structured besides wedding ceremony-reception. What else do I need to plan ?! I welcome advice - tips!!! Happy wedding planning!!! Katie
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    DREAMS Puerto Aventuras 2012

    Hi everyone! I'm getting married at dreams puerto aventuras on nov 10, 2012. Just getting into the detailed planning. Picked persimmon for our color - bill levkoff chiffon BM dresses and tan vested suits with persimmon ties look sharp! Planning on 4pm ceremony in gazebo and reception in El patio. Working on invites right now and trying to figure out what to include. Any dos/donts for destination wedding formal invites? STD went out in feb and a few have booked already thru our travel agent. Might have 60-70 attend! Getting nervous more than we planned and have space for but sure we will squeeze everyone in!!! Now have to figure out how much decor items we should bring vs what pkg comes with! We think we are going with the pkg resort photographers. Trying to see more examples of their work- so post if you have some links! Thinking personalized sunglasses, plastic cups with lids/straws (great for all inclusives) and other fun beach favors in a favor bag. Like the idea of a guest list in the bag too with info/city/names of everyone since a lot traveling from overseas and different places in US from everywhere we have lived. Lots of details to sort out on favors and decor but glad to have the big things picked out. Almost at the 6 month mark and can't wait!!! Hope to meet other 2012 DPA brides and share useful tips and ideas!!! Katie
  8. Dreams Brides, What is everyone doing for booking travel and get best air/resort deals for themselves and guests? Trying to see who has done what and what deals you've seen thru travel agents and/or resort. I'm torn bc Expedia has great deals out there right now. And not sure unless you go thru dreams if you can get their deals and pepromotions on their website. http://www.dreamsresorts.com/drepa/promotions.html Thanks for the tips and sharing ideas! Katie
  9. Dreams Brides , Ive had a very stressful time dealing with local travel agent trying to find the best deals for group discounts (air+hotel). I've heard booking with a travel agent is way to get best pkg prices, resort discounts, good group organization, etc. What are other brides doing? Does anyone have a travel agency referral for me ? What kind of discounts are you getting ($ off bookings, upgrade room, resort credit, free golf. Free nights, etc)? Im about just say go to Expedia and my guests do it on their own, but don't see how we will get resort group discounts. Hope to learn from others successes !! Katie
  10. DPA Brides, My name is Katie and my fiancé, James, and I just booked Dreams Puerto Aventuras for our Nov 10th, 2012 wedding. I'm so excited and getting even more excited after reading all the posts in this forum. Thanks to everyone for the posts so far and I look forward to learning and sharing with you all next year thr my planning! Im debating right now about using the photographers with the resort pkg or 3rd party ones... Any advice, what are others doing? Anyone done any research on the golf or scuba diving near the resort? Also thinking of renting a boat/catamaran for a private excursion with guests so if you have any leads on marina rentals let me know. Im just now booing with a travel agent and working on save the dates. Any unique save the date ideas for destinations? Excited DPA bride from Michigan, Katie ce_fischer@yahoo.com
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    Dreams Puerto AVenturas

    Hi , We just booked dreams puerto aventuras for nov 10, 2012. Looking for more info from previous brides! Katie
  12. Hi everyone, James & I just booked our wedding at dreams PA for nov 10, 2012. I'm new to this site but hope to get a lot of good info from previous brides! -Katie
  13. This is a review of:

    Moments That Matter Photography

    Lighting Genius - You will have amazing pictures with MTM!

    Pros: great use of lighting, well organized/prepared, captured amazing shots w/o realizing they were there, easy to work with
    Lincoln and the MTM team captured our wedding on Nov 10th, 2012 at the Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa. We read a lot of reviews on BDW, reviewed photographer fb pages and even though we never met or spoke, after exchanging a few emails with Lincoln we felt very comfortable he was a professional and would not disappoint us. The $ exchanges were very easy; Lincoln was prompt on communications and had good pre-work documents to ensure we capture the photographs we really wanted of our guests with the time we booked.   On the wedding day, they showed up promptly and we did a 5 hr session with about 1 hr of getting ready. We have never had professional photography done before, but were very happy Lincoln was very direct in placing us to help us capture the best shots. The 1-1s he did after the ceremony were amazing - he selected a lot of unique places in a small area of our resort that really turned out better then we could've expected. We are very pleased with the results. Lincoln was very easy to work with and his use of lighting really made for some great shots!   If I had to give any advice for things I would've changed, I would've scheduled the November ceremony 30-60 mins earlier as we ran out of good light with a 4pm ceremony time. I would've also opted for an outdoor background for the group shots (vs indoor at the reception). Few tips for the brides, take a few shots w/o your flowers in the group shoots so you can see your entire dress and also ask for a few front on pictures of just you and your groom. I booked 5 hrs and that was a good amount of time, I may have considered an extra hour as we didn't get any dancing reception shots.   If you want to see any of my pics you can find me on fb at Katie Bennett (Ohio State Network) or katieryanbennett@gmail.com is my email if you have any questions.   Best of luck to all the brides! Katie Bennett
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