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#31 JODEY

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    Posted 21 February 2008 - 09:13 AM

    Hi Anna,

    Thank you so much for all you info and pics, you've really helped with putting a fantastic picture together! I too like the idea of eating in the lobby and partying on the terrace, Does the Lobby area lead out onto the Terrace ? Are you partying on the outside Terrace after the meal and what are you doing about music?, are you hiring out Dreams sound system ? Do you know what time you can party till privatly on the terrace ? Would you mind listing your wedding day schedule down for me with whats happening at what time so that I can get an idea of what other people are doing ?? Sorry for all the questions, Thanks again x

    #32 hmueller19

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      Posted 21 February 2008 - 10:26 AM

      Thanks you guys for all those great pics !!! We have been debating the Terrace vs the Garden, so these will help...

      In reading all through this thread, I realized that you were getting married just 6 days after us. We may run into each other down there :)

      I too would be interested in your thoughts on the day schedule - when we asked Claudia about it, she said like 6/7 for the wedding in July - that seemed late, even though the sun doesn't set until 7:30 or so. But we wanted to make sure we took pics after the wedding on the beach in the daylight...

      Thanks again for making the trip - every little extra bit of info helps !!!

      #33 tlomlad

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        Posted 21 February 2008 - 11:51 AM

        First off… you are all very welcomed, I know you would do the same for me!

        JODEY-
        DOES THE LOBBY AREA LEAD OUT ONTO THE TERRACE?
         there are these large sliding doors in between each “canopy” of the terrace, they slide open onto the outdoor terrace

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        ARE YOU PARTYING ON THE OUTSIDE TERRACE AFTER THE MEAL AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT MUSIC?
         Yes, since they clear out all the furniture from the outdoor terrace for your cocktail hour, it’s “technically” still available. If it’s really nice out we might just open the doors during dinner, do an indoor/outdoor vibe. For music we are doing an IPOD, we have a section on our website that is for music suggestions from our guests and a friend DJ how is going to make a “wedding mix” for us, we plan on just hitting play.

        ARE YOU HIRING OUT DREAMS SOUND SYSTEM?
         For the actual ceremony, maybe [still debating]. For our ceremony we are only having about 30 guests and I was hoping that they would be able to sit within the gazebo [by the square blocks] so we might not need it, depends how winding it is in July. The reception, no; we are looking to invest in like a bose sound system [that’s semi-portable] so that we wont have to pay for the speakers and we can use it for our home.

        DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME YOU CAN PARTY TILL PRIVATLY ON THE TERRACE?
         Our contract states that the reception will be over at 11:30 pm. The hotel [tower] lobby bar closes at 11:00, if the bartender stays [which I am not sure if he is allowed] then we will keep partying, no one is really going to stop you, as long as the noise is minimal. I think we would probably play it by year.

        FRIDAY, JULY 19th
        11:00 am- Mayan Ruins with our guests- they can pay for themselves
        6:00 pm- welcome dinner at Seaside Grill [all guests are invited] … we are going to try and pull the whole, we have 30 guests in our party, can you accommodate us?
        8:00 pm- lobby bar for cocktails & live music!

        WEDDING DAY SCHEDULE [Sunday, July 20th]
        5:30 am- wake up and watch the sunrise with my FI.
        6:00 am- separate for the day 
        6:00-9:00- have some time to myself to gather my thoughts and what not.
        9:00-3:00- hang out with the girlies, eat/drink etc; I want to plan something with the girlies but haven’t decided on what yet… Dave will be taking the boys either deep sea fishing or golfing
        3:00- start getting ready … hair, makeup
        5:30- be ready to walk down the aisle
        6:00- ceremony [we are getting legally married here, and having a “symbolic” ceremony there, one of our closest friends has registered to be a minister online]
        6:30- ceremony is over … picture time.
         I want to do the rose ceremony… there is a thread about this somewhere
        6:30-7:30- cocktails & snacks
        7:30-11:30- reception [ultimate package]
         First dance after first course [clam chowder]
         MOH & BM speeches after salads [Chinese salad]
         Entrees [surf & turf]
         Sand ceremony before desert- we want all of our guest to be part of it. So the vase will go around the table [because I hate standing up] and each person/couple will have the opportunity to give us some marital advice and words of kindness as the place the sand that will be placed by them into the vase
        Desert
        Cutting of the cake
        Dance till our little feet hurt ***

        MONDAY, JULY 21st
        9:00-11:00- breakfast @ the World Caf©
         Would like to go onto the strip with guests that evening, the hotel usually has “good” deals on Mondays… women in free, Men pay $40 USD, transportation is given by the hotel to the club, and you must find your own transportation back.

        ** for the guests that stay around for a week or so, a planned trip to Isla Mujeres paid by us. Isla Mujeres Tour

        --> we will be doing our honeymoon at Dreams, we already live together so we figured if people are making the trip we want to hang out with them as much as possible... and we are going to the Dominican Republic afterwards for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary, so that would count as our honeymoon.


        hmuller19- im excited, how long are you thinking about staying at dreams

        #34 JODEY

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          Posted 21 February 2008 - 12:11 PM

          WOW !! Thank you so much for all of that, I really appreciate it as I'm sure 100 other Dreams brides do too ! You've got it all planned out so well, I think you idea with taking your own sound system is great, I know quite a few other brides have done this, my consern was the volume but I could be persuaded if it saves us a fair bit of money, my brother is a DJ too so I'm sure he will be able to point us in the right direction... Have you got your dress ordered yet, I'd love to see it ! x

          #35 tlomlad

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            Posted 21 February 2008 - 04:43 PM

            jodey... i can let you know how the sound system works when we get there, gives you time to think about what youd like to do... i cant find a picture of my dress onlin and my FI uses this site as welll so i dont want to post a pic of it, but if i find it i will pm or email you it

            #36 Carolena7

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              Posted 21 February 2008 - 10:46 PM

              Thanks for all the great pics, gets me even more excited than I already am...only a few weeks and we are heading down there to get married...i'm soo exicited..I can't wait!!!!

              #37 Jenn3878

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                Posted 21 February 2008 - 11:25 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by Carolena7
                Thanks for all the great pics, gets me even more excited than I already am...only a few weeks and we are heading down there to get married...i'm soo exicited..I can't wait!!!!
                WOW 2 weeks and 2 days till you are a married woman! And I till I am OLD(er)

                #38 Kat81

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                  Posted 21 February 2008 - 11:42 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Jenn3878
                  WOW 2 weeks and 2 days till you are a married woman! And I till I am OLD(er)
                  YOU WONT BE OLD! And I can't wait to see the pictures from the wedding!! yay!

                  #39 JODEY

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                    Posted 22 February 2008 - 07:13 AM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by Carolena7
                    Thanks for all the great pics, gets me even more excited than I already am...only a few weeks and we are heading down there to get married...i'm soo exicited..I can't wait!!!!
                    I can't imagin how excited I will be when its 2 weeks to go, I bet you are buzzing !! Have you got everything planned now ? Have you got anything else still or organise ? WHOOP WHOOP !! XXX

                    #40 hmueller19

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                      Posted 22 February 2008 - 11:33 AM

                      tlomlad - we are doing the real ceremony in Mexico, so with the wedding on 7/14, we are going down on 7/8 and staying until 7/17. We have the same attitude about our guests - we live together already as well, and for a number of our guests this trip is a big deal for them (they don't travel as much as we do) so we want to spend as much time with them as possible. We will do another trip later this year, or early next, on our own... Heck, with all the research into picking the destination for our DW, we have a whole list of places we want to go.

                      We are also planning on the whole "bring our own sound system" idea. When we read about Jill doing it, we thought that was a good idea and then we would have something to use for outdoor parties back home. Our wedding is small (25) but we will still do the sound for the ceremony from the hotel just to be on the safe side.

                      We are also doing a catamaran trip on Saturday (two days before) for all our guests - we did the trip before ourselves and had a blast, and we figured it would be a fun group activity for everyone. Still working out the whole rehearsal bit...




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