By kikijean, · 731 Views · 1 Comment
My husband and I got married at Las Caletas on May 25, 2013. It was the best experience of both of our lives. It was magical and perfect. We had such a blast and so did the rest of our 45 guests- everyone has admitted (even our wedding photographer) that it is the BEST wedding they've ever been to.
Dennise Betancourt was our wedding coordinator and she was perfect. We emailed back and forth for about 9 months before the wedding. She kept perfect track of everything I emailed her- even all of the changes I made along the way. When we went for the site inspection and we met her in person, it was like meeting a long time friend. She hugged us and made us feel so calm and welcome. She was perfectly on time for everything, and the line of events turned out to be exactly how she had said they would. There were absolutely NO surprises! Which I really appreciated on my wedding day. Everything was smooth and seamless. Dennise definitely went above and beyond with some small details like bringing coloring books and crayons, bubbles, and candy for the kids table. She also put all of the seating cards in a tray of sand which I loved. She also organized the welcome/cake/guestbook table so that it was so beautiful. I could have never done that by myself!!!
We used the DJ to run our entire event. He was so awesome! I could have never reproduced that with an iPod. And I would have hated for one of my guests to have to man the iPod at all times. The DJ used a lot of the songs I had suggested, but had remixes and a ton of other songs to add to the list as well. All of my guests were impressed with the music. The dance floor was full the entire night. We also did the extra hour which I absolutely suggest- the entire day goes by really fast!
We also had the fire Dancers. They were spectacular! I was expecting the show to be a little longer but they were still worth every penny. Everyone was so surprised. It felt like we were celebrities or royalty having such an amazing show performed for our wedding.
The service was exceptional as well. We were never without a drink. There was enough food to feed an army and so many more choices for dinner than we could have ever eaten! There was a whole dessert bar, so I definitely think doing a smaller/1 tiered cake would have been less wasteful because everyone was already stuffed from the dinner and the dessert bar and hardly ate the cake. (However, the 3-tiered cake we did was beautiful in the photos, again, another thing that Dennise organized). In the heat of the night, they had cold spa towels that the servers would pass around. They seriously think of everything at Las Caletas! Also, I was told later that as the catamaran pulled into Las Caletas at the beginning of the evening, all of the restaurant servers were waving in unison to welcome my guests! So cool!
My one complaint about Las Caletas was at the end of the night when we were ready to re-board the catamaran. Earlier in the day, just as the other reviews have said, my bridesmaids and I had gone early to Las Caletas and spent the day in the bridal casita. We had to bring quite a bit of baggage in order to get ready- we had brought all of our dresses, beach clothes, towels, shampoo, swim suits, wedding accessories like flower girl/ringbearer baskets and pillows, all the boys clothes and accessories to steam, etc. We had a lot of stuff! Dennise had asked us to pack up our bags before we left the casita for the wedding and that she would be sure we were re-acquainted with our bags at the end of the night.
I did not know that our bags would be brought down to the beach area where we partied instead of the boat area. Let me tell you folks, it is a really long, uneven path in a wedding dress, heels, and after several tequila shots to tug along a 50lb suitcase and several tote bags of wedding memorabilia. The entire night we had been waited on hand and foot and treated like celebrities but then the music stopped and I got a harsh shove back into reality as I struggled to carry all of our things back to the boat. This was the only time of the night that I felt like I was going to cry because of unhappiness.
I was able to get a little bit of help carrying things from my bridesmaids and groom of course, but I felt bad asking my guests to help carry our stuff. We had had about 5 strong men help carry up our bags that morning, but now we were expected to do it on our own. It just wasn't fitting with how we had been spoiled the rest of the night and caught us all a little off guard. It just would have been so much better if there had been a couple Las Caletas staff with sturdy shoes carry our bags to the dock and so they were there waiting for us at the boat instead of at the beach.
When all is said and done, a little workout wasn't that big of a deal because the day was so much better than we could have ever imagined. I feel like I am leaving out so many details! But trust me, if you do your wedding at Las Caletas it will be beyond what you ever dreamt. You can imagine all of the details of your day and all of the things that can go wrong, but you can not even begin to anticipate the joy and excitement that will be behind marrying your best friend in paradise surrounded by all of your closest family and friends. Las Caletas makes it as close to stress-free as weddings can g. It is an experience of a lifetime and you will have amazing pictures/videos to show your grandkids!
(Oh and if you do decide to do your wedding at Las Caletas, please invite me and my husband... we'd like to go back ASAP ;). Just kidding. Sort of.)