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Ok ladies it’s almost been two months since I’ve tied the knot so I guess its time I write my review. All I can really say is AMAZING!!! They surpassed my expectations big time!
We had our wedding on Sunday April 21st 2013 and this is the schedule we were given:
****NOTE: We paid to start an hour early which apparently can only be done on Sundays****
9:45 am – Early girls to check in Maritime Terminal Gate 9 (blanca will be waiting for you)
10:00 am – speed boat will depart to las caletas (7 pax)
* I brought my two photographers (http://www.photoshootsvallarta.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/photoshoots.vallarta?fref=ts which were amazing and I def recommend) with me at this time since I was only bringing 4 girls and could bring another two ppl for free.
10:40 am – Arrival to Caletas, you will be escorted to the bridal suite to store your belongings and the day begins..
1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm - Arrival of the hair & makeup stylist
*they actually came before lunch
*I used the hair & Makeup guys from Las Caletas. There were two of them and one spoke very little English and the other spoke zero English. I used my photographer to translate! Myself and my bridal party had pictures of what we wanted but none of them turned out that way (but isn’t that always the way!)..however they were all beautiful. Although, I initially didn’t like my hair at all but just went with it anyways because I didn’t care and was excited for the day. But after everyone else said they loved it, it grew on me.
Makeup was awesome! I rarely wear any makeup and have never worn concealer or fake eye lashes so I was a little nervous about them but it was great and I def recommend!
01:30 p.m.-- boys arrives to Boca de Tomatlan (speed boat will be waiting for you) from your hotel is around 20m min ok
* We stayed at Dreams Puerto Vallarta which I def recommend.
1:45 pm-- speed boat will depar to las caletas
2:15 pm-- arrive to las caletas
2:45 pm- Guests to be ready in the hotel Lobby. The cruise director will be meeting them to take them to the bus.
3:00 pm Bus leave the hotel
3:45 pm – Boat to depart Maritime Terminal in Puerto Vallarta
4:45 pm – Group arrival at Las Caletas
*We had so much time between getting our hair done and the guests arriving. So there was lots of time to relax and take pics with the girls.
5:10 pm – Wedding Ceremony
5:30 p.m. Cocktail & picture time
* Groom and I did photos of just us two in the shade during cocktail hour. We couldn’t do beach photos at this time because the sun was too harsh.
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:20 p.m. Toast and speeches
* We did wedding party photos on the beach after this because the sun was so bright right after the ceremony and apparently pics wouldn’t turn out as nice. I think the sun only set around 8:30 pm.
7:35 p.m. Cake cutting
7:40 p.m. First Dance
7:55 p.m. Party start
9:30 (approx) fire dancers
* My favorite part of the entire night (expect for getting married!)
* After the fire dancers we danced a little more then launched the sky lanterns, which I brought with me.
10:15-- first call to walk to the boat
10:30 p.m. Depart from Caletas
- we did our bouquet and garter toss on the boat.
- There is music on the boat. and everyone was having a great time on the way home.
11:30 a.m. Arrival to Puerto Vallarta
We chose to use an Ipod and not the DJ. I had a friend stream together the music for the dance part so we just had to press play once and the music was good to go all night long. Even though we didn’t go with the DJ Las Caletas still had someone (I think the boat director) announce everything for us (like cake cutting, dance, fire dancers, sky lanterns….). He also was nice enough to man the ipod and play the songs during the ceremony and cocktail hour. I initially had my brother in charge of this but he wasn’t required. I made sure to print off a list of the music playlists to indicate when to play what (guests seating, walk down aisle, exit ceremony, cocktail hour...).
Also, I requested to have evening snacks in fear the guests would be hungry after dinner. I didn’t get the chance to see them (because I was shacking my booty on the dance floor) but I think they were taquitos, nachos and guacamole. You can also get soup. And this was FREE!!!!!
The entire day was absolutely AMAZING and I don’t think anything went wrong. A lot of my guests said that it was the best wedding they have ever been to ..including their own! I have a few friends who are getting married later this year and they all said that they couldn’t beat ours and they now wanted to do a destination wedding at Las Caletas. Everyone was blown away and so was I!
If you have any questions feel free to send me a message! Below are a few pics.
bouquet which I loved!
Set up. I paid for the two tiki torches with flowers (15$ each) that are at the front with the chuppa but the other tiki torches without flowers along the beach were included. Also he table is usually under the chuppa but I didn't want it in pictures so we put it to the side.
Our cake. We got the smallest one just for the "cutting of the cake".
Dance floor set up. In this pic ypu can also see the two guest tables that we had to include outside from the covered area for the dinner. This is because we had 78 guests. It still worked out well and the guests at that table actually preferred it out there...specially the smokers.
Fire dancers which are a must!
Sky lanterns. We brought these down ourselves. If you're from Ontario Canada you can get some with no wires from London, Ontario by contacting Todd at http://www.skylanterns.com/.