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#3701 Amber 5678

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    Posted 30 June 2011 - 07:50 PM

    I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure that the bonfire is only for an hour. Just keep in mind that with everyone paying the expense to travel out of the country for your wedding, that you may want to at least have some sort of a reception for your guests



    #3702 chrishorney

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      Posted 01 July 2011 - 10:21 AM

      It's true, it would be nice of us to do that.  But it's just not feasible within our budget.  We've talked with most that are coming and as soon as they found out that you would have to pay for the food and drinks at the reception they seemed to think it would be better if everyone just ate early and found a place after the reception to meet up.  Sure, it's going to be a little unconventional after the ceremony not to have a sit down with everyone, but everyone so far seems to understand and are just happy that were able to come.  I guess this will be one of those things that will happen on the fly once we talk to our wedding coordinator. 



      #3703 DRwedgal2011

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        Posted 02 July 2011 - 02:50 PM


        Yeah, we asked our WC Jennifer Castro and she said that we could do a "semi private" welcome dinner with us and our 60 guests at the Buffet Restaurant with no extra charge. It would only be a cornered off section of the buffet, so other people will be there, but we didn't mind since we didnt want to have to pay twice for a dinner for our guests.
         

        Originally Posted by chrishorney 

        It's true, it would be nice of us to do that.  But it's just not feasible within our budget.  We've talked with most that are coming and as soon as they found out that you would have to pay for the food and drinks at the reception they seemed to think it would be better if everyone just ate early and found a place after the reception to meet up.  Sure, it's going to be a little unconventional after the ceremony not to have a sit down with everyone, but everyone so far seems to understand and are just happy that were able to come.  I guess this will be one of those things that will happen on the fly once we talk to our wedding coordinator. 



         



        #3704 jump1012

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          Posted 02 July 2011 - 03:19 PM

          I am getting married Aug 4th too!!!!

           



          #3705 alykay

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            Posted 03 July 2011 - 12:12 PM

            Hello Ladies,

            I feel sooo bad, Its been a long time since i ve been on here.

            So here is some info in case u wanted to know more about weddings down there.

             

            I got married in Dreams on June 25, 2011 and what a wonderful time we had.

            Jennifer was my WC and she was great....had one mishap but other than that it was amazing..

             

            It rained the whole day there but to my luck and my mom and God watching down on us, it stopped raining 10 mins before our ceremony started. 

            So we were able to have our wedding outside for the ceremony. 

            We had the 40 mins catholic ceremony with Priest LaCaille, he was great btw, said a few jokes in between....

            we were able to do our readings, our personal vows and our sand ceremony.... he even helped us set up the sand in the vase lol...

            We choose not to go with the ceremony decor coz it was like $700.00 more and since the gazebo was already sooo beautiful i didnt bother to add more

            but i did bring rose petals, yellow and turquoise. 

            it started to rain just after our witnesses came up to sign so all our guests came into the gazebo and stood around us which was actually really nice and fitting as they 

            stood around while we were signing our papers and blowing bubbles etc...we had 50 guests.

             

            for our photos by the way tropical pictures the resort photographer did an amazing job... they are expensive but they were really worth it.

            I had Franklin and Michael take my photos out, i got the gold package for the photos and ended up getting 250 proofs and a cd/dvd.

            I took the ultimate package which also included a 30 min dvd of the ceremony, that guy did a good job as well, my one big regret is not getting a video of our reception.

            If i could go back i totally would get this because when ur wedding ends all your left with are the photos and the videos....i mean the memories too but its always nice to look back and check them out...however price is a factor, i paid 2000.00 dollars for my 250 photos and we did not want to spend anymore for the video for the reception.... a helpful tip ladies, try to bring your own video camera and designate someone to take the video of the important events for your reception, like speaches, first dances, cake cutting, etc...

             

            The one mistake the wc made im sure u all are wondering is that i gave her a seating plan and they messed it up.... they put the most important table to me my family and my grooms family at the back and friends table in the front where my family was supposed to be.....when i saw that i was a bit upset and sad about it but i couldnt do anything at the time so i had to just ignore it and move on, i explained it to my family and they knew it was some kinda mistake.... a good time was had by all.

             

            We had a seated menu three course meal, the food was good  we had gold menu, crab cakes were really good, then we decided to take a risk and get something authentic, so we got the dominican soup, it was amazing...., then we got the chicken supreme with crayfish stuffed inside, it was good but because it was chicken breast it was a bit dry, for dessert my hubby is a big tirimisu fan so we went with that, i dont normally like tirimisu but i loved this one.

             

            the wedding cake was awesome.....i mean out of this world good, the vanilla, dont bother getting chocolate coz if u eat the vanilla u feel like ur tasting a piece of heaven.....i brought all the decor down for the cake down to the square baking pans coz i really wanted a square cake.....it was all worth it....we got an almond flavour and a vanilla flavour and chocolate, three tier cake

            one tip dont forget to tell the wc to save u the cake after the wedding is done, coz we had two tiers left and they threw the cake out, the next day all our guest were asking if we saved the cake coz they wanted it.....as alot didnt get to taste it in the wedding reception as lots were going on..I spent $800.00 on the cake......so it was sad when i asked her about it the next day and they threw the whole thing out.

             

            I didnt hear the mariachi band but i heard from the guests they were good, for our entertainment we decided to go with DJ MANNIA, they were really good and i would recommend them to anyone......they really livened up the crowd and got everyone on the dance floor, i gave them a whole list of songs and certain specifications and they did a really good job....they are expensive as well $800.00 but it was sooooo worth the money i thought....

             

            Neway dont know whatelse to write about, but if any of u have any questions or want to see some picks let me know and i will be happy to answer....

             

            hope this helps..I know i was on this site sooo much for 9 months and it really helped me out so i want to return the favour for any brides to be....

             

            I tried to upload photos but it kept saying errors

             

             

             

             

             



            #3706 alykay

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              Posted 03 July 2011 - 12:16 PM

              oh ya i forgot to mention we initially booked the portifino terrace but because it rained, we were lucky and they closed down the portifino restaurant for us, it worked out coz it was an amazing restaurant just gorgeous with material hanging from the pillars etc.....they normally dont close down that restaurant coz its popular but luck was on our side....they normally close down the mexican restaurant or the himitsu...

              it stopped raining around 8pm so we got the whole portifino restaurant and our guests got to use the terrace as well, as the full bar was on the terrace and if they wanted to smoke etc...

               



              #3707 alykay

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                Posted 03 July 2011 - 12:29 PM

                hahaha just remembered something else that most people will never think off

                although it rained there it was quite humid, so one thing i forgot, (btw in case i didnt mention we brought down 10 suitcases full of wedding stuff), yup im crazy lol

                neway I didnt think of a handkerchief for the guys, when they are standing at the ceremony and need to wipe the sweat off their faces it would really come in handy for them

                .....just a thought 

                it could be used as a good small gift for your groomsmen as well. 

                 

                we did have a rehearsal dinner at the Oceana, really good restaurant btw, neway i gave my girls tons of gifts and they loved them, beach bag from la vie en rose, rhine stone tank tops, personalized rhinestone flip flops, coach wristlets, victoria secret creams, silk make up pouch holder, mini size perfume, beach cover all in black and turquiose with palm trees from h&m, 

                all their wedding jewellry and im probably forgetting some other stuff......

                the boys we bought them ray ban sunglasses and they were elated,cuff links, ties to wear on our day, and vests for our day. .. our parents got gifts too...

                 

                I designed menu cards for the dinner with our logo, i designed a ceremony booklet for our mass, our wedding favours were a deck of poker cards with each card printed on our name and a palm tree with some starfish as that was our theme starfish and diamonds, the escort name cards were pencil starfish painted in silver sparkle with turquoise ribbon and the guests names, i put these sticking up on a huge tray with sand and rocks, for our table numbers i used words of a marriage instead, so we used words like love, forever, joy, passion, devotion, faith etc...

                 



                #3708 Amber 5678

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                  Posted 03 July 2011 - 03:44 PM

                  Congrats Alykay!! It sounds like you had a great time and not to mention a great wedding! I would love to see your pics!



                  #3709 DRwedgal2011

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                    Posted 03 July 2011 - 03:50 PM

                    Congrats Alykay! So glad to hear your wedding turned out so great! I'm so excited we're leaving in two days! But I'm still waiting to hear back from the Resort about our spa appointments! I emailed them three times over the last two weeks and havent heard anything back!

                    Does anyone know how many salon servers they have available on Sundays or Mondays because I have 8 girls who need mani/pedis and 4 who need their hair done for a Monday 5 pm wedding?



                    #3710 alykay

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                      Posted 03 July 2011 - 05:26 PM

                      Thanks and you must be so excited to leave in 2 days, probably nervous too.

                      I got married on a Wednesday and they had 3 ladies who did hair,

                      they told us we could only may 3 appointments on the hour so 

                      i had three at 1pm, 3 at 2 pm and 3 at 3pm, my wedding started at 4pm so the 3pm appt i gave to my mom in law, and two cousins who were not in the wedding but just guests. They do the hairstyles quite fast but a tip, take a photo or photos of styles u like or have an idea of what u want and that way it will make it easier.....my cousin got married on monday there and they had three ladies on monday.

                      I also suggest u go and and talk to the salon as soon as u arrive adn try to sort it out with them, they are very accommodating....

                      btw take lots of bug spray, we ran out and we took 2 bottles, there are lots and lots of bugs there and the resort store is very expensive to  buy from. .....also try to take a list of where u want people seated at ur reception a table layout plan to give ur wedding cordinator and a guest list for the numbers.....she asked me for that and im very organized but somehow i didnt find it in my paper work.....

                       

                      who ever wants to see pics give me your email address and i will send you some.....or give me your name on fb and i will add you, as im on private setting on fb so u wont find me....






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