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#2381 chell44

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    Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:10 AM



    Originally Posted by kitty25967 

    Also, I can't find the page(s) on this thread where the suggested menu options were discussed.  I remember seeing it, but the thread is so long now, I can't find it.  ....I think someone mentioned beef medallions as being a favorite???  I would like to go ahead and plan this with Carolina so I can get my menu cards printed & get those out of the way.



    I had copied this when it was posted on this thread....

     

    Appetizers:

     

    - Onion Soup - all good reviews (one bride said it was the best she ever had)

    - Minestrone - unknown

    - pasta (with shrimp, etc) - unknown

    - lobster bisque - unknown

    - Ceasar salad - all good reviews

    - Caprese salad - all good reviews

    - mastocholli - unknown

    - caneloni - unknown

     

    Main course:

     

    - T-bone - mixed reviews

    - beef medallions - all good reviews (by far this is the most popular choice too based on previous posts)

    - stuffed chicken breast - unknown

    - chicken tettrazini - mixed reviews

    - beef milanese parmesan - mixed reviews

    - loin of pork - unknown (I really want to try this though. Pork for some reason doesn't seem to be a popular choice but this is what I'm leaning towards. I like that it comes with roasted veggies!)

    - salmon fillet - unknown

    - grilled bass - unknown

     

    Dessert:

     

    - Tiramisu - mixed reviews

    - chocolate lazagna - mixed reviews (one girls thought it was "odd")

    - chocolate bomb - unknown

    - chocolate brownie - all good reviews (seems to be most popular)

    - apple puffed pasty - unknown



    #2382 richarsd

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      Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:28 PM


      The first pic looks like the buffet and the second looks like La Uva but the background isn't clear. It is your choice whether or not you want a head table and it's not dependent on the restaurant from what I was told.
       

      Originally Posted by kitty25967 

      Can you ladies help me out?  As you know, Carolina sends pics in a PDF packet showing the "upgrades" without ANY additional information.  I am trying to figure out which restaurants these pictures were taken in.  They seem to be in two different locations.  I would like to have the decor from the pink with the nice floral arrangements, but i think I like the set up for the "blue" picture where you have a head table. 

       

      reception set up 1.JPGreception set up 2.JPG





      #2383 kitty25967

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        Posted 02 February 2011 - 01:55 PM

        @chell44

         

        Thank you so much!  I saved it this time in a Word Document for reference!  I thought I remembered the beef medallions being the favorite.  Although I love Salmon, I think beef would be the more popular choice for a group.  I wonder what is service with it...rice? veggies?  I would love to do the onion soup & a ceasar salad (I'm sure that they would probably do this for an extra charge).  I want people full so they are able to hang a the beach party as I'm sure several of them will already be good to go on "refreshments" from the day...lol

         

        @richarsd

         

        I believe you are probably right.  I think the first one looked like a buffet.  I would like to have a head table.  I am really leaning towards La Uva based on reviews I've read & with 40+ guests, I think I should be ok on size b/c I know some brides have stated that Carolina is picky about letting you book certain areas if your party isn't large enough.  I just hope she can give me a definite b/c it will be on my printed iteneraries, etc.



        #2384 natalie1987

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          Posted 02 February 2011 - 04:03 PM

          I had a few questions:

           

          I was wondering if anyone knew from the pictures above...how much are the decorations like the vases and flowers or candels ? I was also wondering if anyone is making a music list or burning cds for the dj for the first dance and other songs? Does the DJ have all the songs like DJs in Canada/USA? I would like some specific dance songs and slow songs played so just wondering if I should burn some CDs?

           



          #2385 jerzshortstuff

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            Posted 02 February 2011 - 04:33 PM

            Did Carolina send you the upgrades or did you inquire? I know were 85 days (whose counting lol) away, but I hope she doesn't forget about me! hehe I think thats my biggest fear is we get down there and shes like, "wedding? what wedding?"

             

            So I think there will only be a few of us at my wedding, maybe 10 max. Can they put us all at one long table? Also, how does your dinner time get assigned? And do you get only like, an hour or so? I am trying to figure out what the day will be like. I am lucky that the beach party is the night of my wedding so we will get free dancing on the beach :)  I am just trying to plan what to do after the ceremony, depending on when dinner is, and what to do before the beach party, depending on what time dinner is lol.

             

            Also, do our "upgrades" get booked there or before we leave?

             

             

             

            Thanks in advance! As it gets closer, I am becoming stressed lol. Grad school, work, and weddings have overwhelmed me! On a happier note, our invites came in for our AHR today!



            #2386 kitty25967

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              Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:44 AM



              I have many of the same questions you have, and I am hoping some past brides who have paid for "upgrades" could help us out.  I am neverous that Carolina won't haven't everything booked as well.  The only thing that she has really confirmed is the actual wedding ceremony which we have our signed agreement for.  Out beach party has to be private b/c there are so many of us and the space doesn't seem large, and I have already hired DJ Mannia to play and set up a light up dance floor on the beach.  I am only giving Carolina a CD for the ceremony music which I think it has been confirmed that they are able to play a CD for you during that time.  I am just curious about background music during dinner.  I would like to have some but not really sure how to go about this....

              Originally Posted by jerzshortstuff 

              Did Carolina send you the upgrades or did you inquire? I know were 85 days (whose counting lol) away, but I hope she doesn't forget about me! hehe I think thats my biggest fear is we get down there and shes like, "wedding? what wedding?"

               

              So I think there will only be a few of us at my wedding, maybe 10 max. Can they put us all at one long table? Also, how does your dinner time get assigned? And do you get only like, an hour or so? I am trying to figure out what the day will be like. I am lucky that the beach party is the night of my wedding so we will get free dancing on the beach :)  I am just trying to plan what to do after the ceremony, depending on when dinner is, and what to do before the beach party, depending on what time dinner is lol.

               

              Also, do our "upgrades" get booked there or before we leave?

               

               

               

              Thanks in advance! As it gets closer, I am becoming stressed lol. Grad school, work, and weddings have overwhelmed me! On a happier note, our invites came in for our AHR today!





              #2387 richarsd

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                Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:45 AM

                @ Kitty - Are you doing a private dinner or not? If it's private, they use either La Uva or Arrecife and from what I've heard/seen they both offer the same atmosphere.

                 

                 

                @ Natalie - Yes, I am bringing CDs and I would highly recommend this! The quality/selection of music at most resorts in the DR is pretty subpar. Now if the DJ has done lots of weddings and has CDs left over from past brides, it may not be problem...but you're still not guaranteed to like that music then. I will be bringing several CDs with me for our reception (3 hours worth). I hate paying for a DJ at all frankly but the sound system is just as expensive and I don't want any guests/myself being responsible for chaging out CDs, etc. You could also use an iPod if you prefer because the DJ jas a docking station, too...I'm bring both just incase , lol.

                 

                As for the prices of add-ons, I do have the price list at home (I'm currently at work...sshh! lol) so I can post that later unless someone else does before I get to it!

                 

                @ Jerzshortstuff - don't worry, I don't think she'll forget about any of us. Bring copies of any emails you sent to her though!!

                 

                They can definitely put 10 people in one table...I was told that we can basically pick any configuration (number of people per table) that we want, head table/no head table, etc. basically everything, including upgrades, can get planned once you're down there. However, if you're more particular about somethings (like time of dinner perhaps), you may wanna send her off an email confirming the time. I was also told that Carolina will print out place settings for the guests. For timing of the dinner and party, for my group, it was a bit easier because we privatized the restaurant and when you do this, you get the restaurant for the whole evening up until 11 pm so dinner just slides right into the reception. If you end up having a gap in between, maybe go to Hemmingways bar for some cocktails, first?

                 



                #2388 kitty25967

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                  Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:05 AM

                  Yes, I am going to do a private dinner.  I wanted it to feel intimate.  I am making my own menu and place cards.  I read that Carolina hasn't done this for all brides (I suppose you have to remember to ask her), however, I want all of my printed materials such as programs & menu cards to match so I am printing my own and VistaPrint makes it pretty easy to do so.  I am just wondering about the timing of everything since Carolina told me my wedding would be at 5pm.  I am hoping that this gives us enough time to take pics with everyone and several with just my FI and I before the sun sets, eat dinner, and still have plenty of time to party on the beach since I have read that they make you close the beach party by 11 or 12......



                  #2389 richarsd

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                    Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:14 AM

                    I think you'll have enough time...the ceremony is no more than 15 minutes. Vene if you hang around for a bit for champagne you don't need to linger too long if you don't want to. I'd say you'd need an hour to hour and  a half for photos, depending on how many you want...so you're looking at about 7 pm for dinner, which will probably take an hour...again can be longer if you're doing speeches here or whatnot. So by 8 or 8:30 you're ready to party and you're left with about 3 hours to do that. Anyone who wants to continue dancing the night away can head to the disco, which opens at 11 pm.



                    #2390 caribbeanLover

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                      Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:54 AM

                      Hi ladies,

                       

                      yess that picture is from La Uva... it's really pretty the way they set it up.. I had no idea this could be considered at an extra charge... altho I didn't do a private dinner.. I am glad I didn't spend the extra as they only put 3-5 tables up for other guest on the other side of the restaurant...I never saw them!! I am very curious to see how much it cost do have the tables set up like this?!?

                       

                      I'd suggest you make your own cd's for the first song, ect and beach party. I did this and i am glad i did.. the dj couldn't even speak english!! his was great otherwise but I had to get my sister in-law to do the MCing.

                       

                      hope this helps. ask away if you need to know anything else!


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