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#3321 virgil1528

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    Posted 31 January 2011 - 07:02 PM

    Hey everyone,  first time posting here but have been reading the conversations for a while.  You all have been a great help.  Based off this site, we are going to be making our own centerpieces, going with HDC for the photo and video, and are looking into the paper lanterns!!!

     

    I have two questions that I am hoping someone can answer.

     

    1)  We are trying to do a rehearsal dinner, but aren't trying to do another dinner package.  When speaking with Yessica, she said the only thing we could do was a group at the Buffet where it's $15 per person, we are in our own little area, and they have people serve us drinks.  This seems like a bit much just to have someone serve us drinks.  Have any of you found a better solution for this?  I have a lot of guests staying in the preferred rooms and was wondering if we could do mulitple large reservations.  However, I don't know what the largest reservation is.  Thoughts?

     

    2)  We really want to do some of the off site excursions, but can't seem to find a schedule for them.  We have people we need to welcome or say goodbye to every day, so we need to make sure they are either back by 12pm or leave after 2pm.  We want to do the zip-line or the swimming with the dolphins.  Any recommendations or experience with these?

     

    Thank you again for your help



    #3322 firenzerose

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      Posted 01 February 2011 - 09:05 AM

      Hi Ladies, 

       

      Hope you're all doing well! I wasn't super active on the website in planning my wedding. I just kept reading and reading and reading! ; ) and it was quite wonderful for that. I wanted to share with you all the fabulous photos we received from our photographer, Eli Turner, of our 01/07/11 wedding! 

       

       http://elipho.to/sam_and_izzy

       

      I hope this is helpful as you all were in my planning process. Just as a recap, we had our wedding with the Beach Canopy and our reception at the Himitsu Terrace. We found that it was much easier to get married stateside and do a symbolic ceremony once we got there, so we didn't have to deal with all the paperwork. We went with Chair Bows, Linens, Centerpieces, Bouts and Single Flowers. 

       

      Hope this helps! If you ladies have ANY questions, please let me know. I'd be more than happy to help! 

       

      I would do a full-fledged review.. but definitely don't have the time! ; ) 

       

      Best,

      Samantha



      #3323 drbride83

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        Posted 01 February 2011 - 11:26 AM

        Great photos Samantha!

         

        I am down to less than a week till our wedding, so I will let you girls know how it goes when we get back! :)



        #3324 debbiestarr

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          Posted 01 February 2011 - 11:45 AM

          I would see if you can have a symbolic ceremony first and then have the judge come later to sign the paper work. Thats what we did and it worked out well. the other plus about not having the judge there for the ceremony is that its not in spanish and then translated into english. it gets dark around 6:30-7pm



          #3325 debbiestarr

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            Posted 01 February 2011 - 11:46 AM



            Originally Posted by ska2m 

            Hey All,

             

            I just saw a post on FB that the cost of the judge went up from $300 to $540!! I hope this doesn't affect those already booked!!



             Yes I just came back and I had to pay 540 even though I booked when it was 300!



            #3326 debbiestarr

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              Posted 01 February 2011 - 11:48 AM


              I would book ahead of time as well. I waited and got in but there was not alot of appointments left. as they have 2-3 weddings a day. luckly my bridemaids wanted to do there own hair
               

              Originally Posted by drbride83 

              Carey - I made hair appointments for me and my bridesmaids by email directly with the Spa about a month and a half before we get there, I also made manicure appointments directly with Carolina which she still has to confirm.

               

              I would make the appointments before you go, just to be on the safe side. Here is the Spa contact info if you want to email them:

               



              Good Evening Ladies,  I am just curious for the brides who were already married at Dreams.  Did you have to make your spa appointments ahead of time ? I am getting married in about 2 weeks and was just wondering if I should email to get the appointments made now or wait till I get there.

               

              Carey


               




              #3327 debbiestarr

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                Posted 01 February 2011 - 12:13 PM

                HI everyone!

                 

                We just returned from Dreams!!! It was amazing. Yessica was our co ordinator. She did an amazing job. The only thing I didnt like was I had to wait a few days to meet with her. I wanted to get there and meet with her asap but they are very busy.

                 

                We had our wedding at 4pm under the Gazebo. It was so beautiful. We had a symbolic ceremony and had the judge come later to sign the paperwork which worked out really well.

                 

                We went with the ultimate package. which included the videographer and photograher- I would highly suggest the videographer! The photographer was great as well but he only takes pictures of the ceremony. We brought our own photographer, she was AMAZING!!! I highly recommend her to anyone.Look for her on facebook Stacy Hayward or anyone wants to add me to facebook and check out the photos from her and the resort etc feel free. Debbie morden lafleur.

                 

                I would also suggest bringing your own ipod instead of playing $800 for 3 hours and only getting to dance for about an hour! just rent the sound system for $150.

                 

                We had our reception on the portafino- beautiful view only seats 40 people.

                 

                Here are some of the amazing photos taken by Stacy Hayward 163704_10150372686165635_782445634_16747448_8156080_n.jpeg167286_10150373298535635_782445634_16760044_1171790_n.jpeg167287_10150372700500635_782445634_16747715_1735572_n.jpeg167322_10150374202165635_782445634_16773997_6050575_n.jpeg167764_10150374258380635_782445634_16775095_8297402_n.jpeg168178_10150374171985635_782445634_16773424_934281_n.jpeg180109_10150374240350635_782445634_16774766_5216873_n.jpeg180732_10150372708990635_782445634_16747940_1562973_n.jpeg .

                 



                #3328 firenzerose

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                  Posted 01 February 2011 - 01:17 PM

                  Regarding the judges and paperwork, I do hear that it takes quite some time (MONTHS) to receive the marriage ceritficate, etc.. that important paperwork you need for insurance, change of name, etc. So I rec. that if you plan doing the paperwork there, ask the WC about the wait-time for the paperwork! 



                  #3329 debbiestarr

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                    Posted 01 February 2011 - 01:42 PM

                    HI everyone!

                     

                    We just returned from Dreams!!! It was amazing. Yessica was our co ordinator. She did an amazing job. The only thing I didnt like was I had to wait a few days to meet with her. I wanted to get there and meet with her asap but they are very busy.

                     

                    We had our wedding at 4pm under the Gazebo. It was so beautiful. We had a symbolic ceremony and had the judge come later to sign the paperwork which worked out really well.

                     

                    We went with the ultimate package. which included the videographer and photograher- I would highly suggest the videographer! The photographer was great as well but he only takes pictures of the ceremony. We brought our own photographer, she was AMAZING!!! I highly recommend her to anyone.Look for her on facebook Stacy Hayward or anyone wants to add me to facebook and check out the photos from her and the resort etc feel free. Debbie morden lafleur.

                     

                    I would also suggest bringing your own ipod instead of playing $800 for 3 hours and only getting to dance for about an hour! just rent the sound system for $150.

                     

                    We had our reception on the portafino- beautiful view only seats 40 people.

                     

                    Here are some of the amazing photos taken by Stacy Hayward www.stacyscreationsphotography.com

                     

                    If anyone has any questions feel free to ask away!

                     

                    Debbie

                     



                    #3330 debbiestarr

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                      Posted 01 February 2011 - 05:14 PM

                      We just returned from Dreams!!! It was amazing. Yessica was our co ordinator. She did an amazing job. The only thing I didnt like was I had to wait a few days to meet with her. I wanted to get there and meet with her asap but they are very busy.

                       We had our wedding at 4pm under the Gazebo. It was so beautiful. We had a symbolic ceremony and had the judge come later to sign the paperwork which worked out really well.

                       We went with the ultimate package. which included the videographer and photograher- I would highly suggest the videographer! The photographer was great as well but he only takes pictures of the ceremony. We brought our own photographer, she was AMAZING!!! I highly recommend her to anyone.  

                      I would also suggest bringing your own ipod with your own playlist instead of playing $800 for 3 hours and only getting to dance for about an hour! just rent the sound system for $150.

                       We had our reception on the portafino- beautiful view only seats 40 people.

                       feel free to add me to facebook and check out the photos - Debbie morden lafleur.

                      If anyone has any questions feel free to ask away!

                       

                      Debbie

                       






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