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#2781 jenmheadrick

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    Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:46 AM

    Jenn963 and Jessica1005:

    Thank you. This is only some of the 1300 pictures I have.

    Yes, all of the decorations (chair covers, sashes, drapes and flowers) were included in the package. The $690 silver package for 50 ppl.

    The only extra expense we had was the DJ at $550 and the outside visitor day and night pass fee of $120 for our photographer from Ottawa. Her name is Eva Hadhazy and she is AMAZING!!!! Very good at what she does!

    Our ceremony was 15-20 mins. It was absolutley perfect!

    As I said by the pictures, I brought the confetti hearts, the floating candle, rocks (the resort provided the vase for floating candle and rocks at no charge) and the picture frame with saying, As well as the thank you cards for our guests on the tables with the clothes pin hanger. I brought my own cake topper as well that I made.

    I would recommend bringing something for the tables or renting from them otherwise it is only the candles you see in the pictures.

    My husband did not need a carry on so we used his allowance for a carry on to pack all of our wedding decorations and my shoes, umbrella, etc...



    #2782 jenmheadrick

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      Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:49 AM

      There were a few things I notice now that I didnt at the time but I asked for all the chairs to have blue sashes and I see that they do not. Also, I had asked for our reception chairs to be the black ones at the El Bohio but they used the white ones. Small things that didnt matter at the time but if you are particular make sure to let them know.



      #2783 Gene Martin

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        Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:02 PM

        Jessica1005; jenmheadrick; Gene Martin; CONGRATS!! Gene & Jen your pictures were beautiful! and very helpful! Did you guys bring any of your own decorations? if so how did you get them there? Did you use the resort photographer? or did you hire your own?

        Hi Meandhim! We hired the photographer from the hotel, "photoshop caribe". Christian Stern was our photograph and he was good. He gave us little hints so as to make the pictures look perfect. We went with the basic package, which covers the ceremony and a little session with our group and just the two of us. We gave him a list of pictures that we really wanted i.e my parents and I, my husband with his family... And then he used his imagination for the rest of the session. We also went with a videographer, again went with the basic package which covers the ceremony only however, since he showed up 30 minutes late, he stayed and covered the whole photo session with no extra charge. Then you get a dvd and he included all the songs that played during the ceremony. That was money well spent and we keep watching it! To answer your other question, we didn't bring any decorations besides our cake topper. I bought fresh flowers to put on our cake. I had personalized brought gift bags(ordered on Vistaprint) for our guests and i had contacted a local rum place called Mi Amor Pirates Rum to order personalized rum bottles for everyone. They are AWESOME! The owner came to deliver the bottles directly to our lobby. Great service, here's a picture Posted Image If have have other question, don't hesitate :)

        #2784 Jenn963

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          Posted 02 May 2013 - 05:20 AM

          Originally Posted by Gene Martin 


          Hi Meandhim! We hired the photographer from the hotel, "photoshop caribe". Christian Stern was our photograph and he was good. He gave us little hints so as to make the pictures look perfect. We went with the basic package, which covers the ceremony and a little session with our group and just the two of us. We gave him a list of pictures that we really wanted i.e my parents and I, my husband with his family... And then he used his imagination for the rest of the session. We also went with a videographer, again went with the basic package which covers the ceremony only however, since he showed up 30 minutes late, he stayed and covered the whole photo session with no extra charge. Then you get a dvd and he included all the songs that played during the ceremony. That was money well spent and we keep watching it!
          To answer your other question, we didn't bring any decorations besides our cake topper. I bought fresh flowers to put on our cake. I had personalized brought gift bags(ordered on Vistaprint) for our guests and i had contacted a local rum place called Mi Amor Pirates Rum to order personalized rum bottles for everyone. They are AWESOME! The owner came to deliver the bottles directly to our lobby. Great service, here's a picture
          If have have other question, don't hesitate :)

          hey Gene!!! those bottles are amazing!!! how much did they charge you if u dont mind me askin ??



          #2785 Jessica1005

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            Posted 02 May 2013 - 08:48 AM

            Sorry it took so long to get this review done....but here it is!

             

            We used Apple Vacations, they were great since our flight was cancelled one Wednesday (wedding on Saturday) and didn't get there until Thursday morning.....I emailed Carolina and let her know that we would not be able to keep our Thursday morning appointment and she said no problem.

             

            We got to the hotel Thursday morning and set our appointment for later that afternoon. Our meeting went great, it was very quick, we picked out colors, cake, flowers, ceremony time, dinner location, etc. She has it all together and you will feel much more at ease after talking with her. She made our appointment with the photographer, confirmed appointment with the salon, and arranged to pick up dress to be steamed and picked up our welcome bags for the front desk to be given to our 14 guests as they arrived (all arrived on Friday). She also sent a copy of our vows and itinerary to our room. If your thinking of giving your guests timelines like I did, don't, I ended up taking it our of the welcome packets because she put one in there, times and locations will probably change.

             

            In the welcome bags (which most were used conveniently as beachbags which I was happy about) I included:

             

            favor bags: personalized cozies, flip flop bottle openers, and some magnets that I had made, I put them in clear bags with pink tissue paper and shells. put a logo sticker on the front and tied it with a pink and orange ribbon

             

            post cards: we made our own using avery, I gave 2 each and included a little flipflop notepad and palm tree pen, tying each package style with a ribbon.

             

            candy bags: some Ghirardelli chocolates, coconut kisses, flip flop gummies, and lollipops that I personalized with our logo and another one with a picture of our kids. on the top of the sandwich bag I had a "Love is Sweet..." stapled to the top in cardstock in bright pink and orange letters.

             

            Mini-Mergency kit: In here I had tissues, hand sanitizer, shout wipes, advil packets, bandaids, crystal light packets, tic tacs, tropical flavored gum......and I think that was it, there may have been a couple more items in there. Most I got from the dollar store, great finds. On top of the sandwich bag I had "Wedding Weekend Mini-mergency Kit" using the same font and style as the candy bags.

             

            Welcome letter: I cheated and used the text I found on this site, just personalized it. In the packet I had the welcome letter, itinerary (that I ended up ripping out later before Carolina picked them up), crossword the hubby made, mix up puzzle, wordfind, and a paper with instructions on how to get to the shutterfly site we made so everyone could post their pictures. We rolled up the papers like a scroll and tied it with ribbons and hotglued a shell to the top of it. Very beachy, I thank my 10 year old son for that idea, he loved doing the bags and was such a huge help. I wish I had pictures, but unfortunately they were all on my phone that decided to stay in the Dominican. oh well.

             

            Family arrived on Friday....checkin was a bit hectic, but they did put up a sign that said our names and wedding group so they all would have the same person at the counter, it was helpful. I requested that they all be in our building (3000 is the best location) and they did put them all there.

             

            Saturday morning I hung out at the beach with my family and drank banana mamas until 1pm and I went with my flowergirl/future stepdaughter to get our hair done. They did a great job, but I don't think I have ever had that much makeup on, in my life, ever. But it stayed good! Took about an hour, went back to the room, my flowers and dress were there. Hung out with the girls for a little bit and watched them set up the wedding as it was right outside of my balcony...really convenient. Got my dress on, and the kids and I got a call for a pick up, got picked up and was drove around to the sidewalk entrance where Carolina met us. She called over to the music guy and gave us directions on when to start. I had the perfect songs and really don't even remember hearing much of them after that point. Carolina did our vows and we read some that she had provided to eachother. We had a toast and then some pictures, our first dance, then more pictures.

             

            Music: I walked to was IZ's Wonderful World, I highly recommend it, its a beautiful beachy song, we shortened it before we left. I was so worried about music, and had no clue who would be doing it! No worries, that's taken care of too. I highly recommend you put on paper what song to play for what, there will be someone managing it for you, when the groom goes out to the gazebo he will give the ipod and the list of music to the music guy, and he handles everything perfectly from there. We used a lot of zac brown and Kenny Chesney since they are so beachy. I can recommend more songs if anyone wants.

             

            After all the ceremony stuff we all went to the lobby bar for our scheduled cocktail hour, it was great, the group was then picked up for our semiformal dinner at the Brazilian restaurant. I highly recommend the Brazilian because you do not have to have a set menu for your guests, as it is served Brazilian style where they come around with meat on a stick and they have a great salad bar, I like that everyone can eat what they want. We did our cake cutting there. Its also nice to have yourself and the guests moved right to the front and the table was set up beautifully with rose petals, I cant imagine a private dinner being worth $1000, glad we didn't do it, it was great for our group of 16.

             

            Then we went and had another drink (or 3) then went and changed and enjoyed the festivities of the evening. My sister made me a "bride" tank top so I just wore that and a skirt. It was getting late at that point and my dress was hot, but I still felt like a bride with my hair done and my cute little shirt lol.

             

            Monday we finished our wedding pictures with the photographer and did a trash the dress session after that.....HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Your best pictures will come from this session. My dress is fine, I promise. Just rinsed off in the shower by the pool after and then took it off and rinsed it out in the shower. I hung it up on our balcony for a couple days and it was completely dry and it was perfect, like I never went into the ocean with it, my hubby's however, well his linen pants were ruined. We picked out our pictures later that day, then Tuesday picked up the pictures. They were beautiful, photoshop Caribe did a wonderful job.

             

            Overall................best wedding ever, it was everything I dreamed of, and im not sure I would change anything about it.

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

             



            #2786 amanda52513

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              Posted 02 May 2013 - 08:58 AM

              Wow, I really love that idea. I may copy it! lol

              How much did they charge you and how did they personalize it?



              #2787 Gene Martin

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                Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:59 PM

                hey Gene!!! those bottles are amazing!!! how much did they charge you if u dont mind me askin ??

                They charged us $12 USD per bottle, we ordered 15 of them, they're all hand painted and we asked for a theme of palm trees and beach. Each bottles were different but you can choose whatever that you want.

                #2788 Jenn963

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                  Posted 03 May 2013 - 05:20 AM

                  Congrats Jessica!!! your pics look LOVELY.  (i'm pretty impressed with PhotoShopCaribe now) did you hire them for videography as well??.....looks like you had a wonderful day....thank u for that review :) You are the 3rd or 4th bride that says paying $1000 for the private dinner just isn't worth it....FH and I really wanted to go for a more "private" affair but I mean, did you even notice the other guests in the restaurant?  were you able to do speeches?  I'm kind of leaning towards just a semi-private dinner now  :) Anyway....congrats...all the best and thank you again for providing that review with pics :) 



                  #2789 Jenn963

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                    Posted 03 May 2013 - 05:20 AM

                    thank you Gene :) that's awesome...something to keep in mind :)



                    #2790 cdiprose

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                      Posted 12 May 2013 - 06:18 AM

                      im still a little confused so if you have over 50ppl you get a private dinner and dance no charge ????






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