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Josephine Katie

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  1. . Go to "Alicia Millane photography & retouching" facebook page and look at cancun wedding. Not sure how to post them here..
  2. Glad we didnt rent the lounge furniture in the end. I assure you, no one was sitting around! Money saved in our pocket!
  3. You need to make your own place cards & table #s The photographer from the hotel is good, but I think it is a lot to buy extra time from them. I booked Sascha Gluck for 1600 for 5 hours. So you can compare.. I did not do welcome bags, but if i did... so many of our guests asked around for stain remover & tums.. also nips of liquor might be cute, sun chapstick, aloe vera, snacks- like trailmix, candy, etc..
  4. DO it all there! Don't stress - they are professionals and crank these weddings out left & right!!
  5. Hello- I haven't posted much on here but I just got back from my Dreams cancun wedding (9/2/12) and I felt obligated to steer anyone else getting married here in the right direction. Our wedding was A M A Z I N G. There is not one thing I would change about it. I did almost no planning beforehand and was working with a tighter budget for our 50 guest wedding. Please see some of my photos by going to the facebook page "Alicia Millane Photography & Retouching" and look for Cancun Wedding file. Alicia was our friend who came to the resort and took photos as a gift for us, but to take the pressure off her ( since she is not a wedding photographer) we hired an outside photographer, Sascha Gluck for 5 hours $1600 ( and by error, he showed up an hour early, so we had him for 6) As for your questions..... The on-site photography is great! I ended up using them for my "trash the dress" session, I originally didn't use them because I looked at someone's slideshow who used them and I thought the quality was not good. I was wrong... it just looked that way because it was a low-res online gallery. Our TTD pictures were gorgeous!! I found Sascha to be awesome though too, he brought an assistant with him and his main goal is to document the day. He was reasonably price compared to other cancun photographers.Then like I said before our amazing friend Alicia came and did pictures over Sascha's shoulder. We are in love with her shots! The video that comes with your wedding is a bonus too.... they have definitely a ton of these under their belt so they are professionals. It is a great keepsake and fun to show family who didn't come. I am so glad we kept it and it came with our package (ultimate) I traded our photography that came with the package for all of our flowers. They used the flowers to decorate the gazebos and then moved them onto the tables. All I did was give our WC a swatch of our wedding colors and told her to pick out some beautiful arrangements to go with and she took care of the rest. They were awesome. Since I was using my own photographer- I paid for our TTD session outside of my wedding package .... on the online booklet , they say it costs $499. I opted for a cheaper version not advertised online...$225 for 1 hour of shooting and 15 final chosen photos, online gallery of all, AND a photobook of the 15 pictures. I thought 15 pictures was plenty. They came out way better than I expected. And I am sure my flowers which doubled as gazebo decor & centerpieces cost a whole lot more than $225. I was MOST nervous about my hair. Mareia did my hair and it came out awesome. I had my friend do my makeup but when I was in the spa one day I saw them do another brides makeup and it came out great. I did my legal marriage back home. The JOP that conducted our ceremony was great, spoke english very well, and our non-religious ceremony was very touching. Honestly I love the regular oceanfront rooms, but my mom stayed in the club tower and her room was really nice, and more up-to-date. The only downfall is being farther from the ocean. When you are in the pyramid building the ocean is breathing down your back. It is like being on a cruiseship with a huge room and no motion sickness! We ended up upgrading from our oceanfront to the presidential suite in the pyramid for and extra $90 a day. Way less than what it really was and only something you can really negotiate once you are there! This room was to die for. Huge living room, 2 bathrooms, an additional vanity area with sink, HUGE terrace with hot tub and amazing views. The only reason we switched to this room is because my mom wanted to surprise us with the suite and paid for the upgrade, otherwise I would have been perfectly happy with the deluxe oceanfront. BEST CEREMONY LOCATION??? Caribe Beach! Omg so amazing, private, and breath-taking. Terrace is only available if 70 percent of your guests or more are staying in the club tower. We did our cocktail hour in the garden with the mexican trio mariachi band. Our guests had a blast with them. Last tip: get the DJ - we did at the last minute and it was the BEST decision. enough said.. Also- you could do zero wedding detail planning besides invites, favors, and things like that and you can show up , sit down and pick out everything in less than 2 hours. I had no clue what to do for food, flowers, centerpieces, or anything and this was the best wedding I have been to, Leave it to the professionals- the wedding coordinators at DREAMS. if you have any quests please email me directly and I'd be happy to help - knightkaj@gmail.com I do not come on here often...
  6. I got a quote from planner 1 ( i think is the name ) for $200 for a set up of lounge decor & seating for 8
  7. Claudia told me chair sashes are $4 each to rent, and if you bring your own they charge $2 per chair to set up. Seems like it is worth it to just rent theirs.
  8. Have pictures of your lounge decor? love to see it! also if you have done it, do you feel like it was used by the guests?
  9. http://www.dreamsresorts.com/pdfs/dreams-spa-menu.pdf When i was there we paid $200 for couples 1- hr massages & champagne, i think it was a special though.
  10. Hi everyone! I have a question for someone who got married here that did the buffet style food because they had more than 40 guests. What do they mean for "choice of?" Is it chosen by us for a total of 1 appetizer, 1 soup, 1 salad, 1 entree, and 1 type of dessert? Or is it 3 appetizers, 1 soup, 3 types of salad, 3 entrees and 3 desserts that the guest can choose from? Has anyone ever made any vegetarian or vegan requests ? What were they?
  11. Thanks for the responses. Really enjoy hearing everyone's feedback. Since it has not been brought up to me and they assume they are paying for their travel, I am going to leave it the way it is for now. I can always credit them later if I feel the need. I did compromise on my bridesmaids dresses by doing something more casual that cost only $60. I could not bare to have them spend $300 on Bridesmaid dresses, never to be worn again. I might get them some jewelry to go with. I will also get them some nice gifts and pay for a whole day at the spa which will be about $150 a person and my FI is going to pay for some time type of excursion for the guys.
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