Paradisus Riviera Brides - POST HERE!
Posted 01 June 2010 - 09:32 AM
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Posted 01 June 2010 - 12:21 PM
Your pictures are stunning by the way. Congratulations on your wedding!
Posted 01 June 2010 - 12:31 PM
Posted 01 June 2010 - 04:43 PM
She had about 150 guests - invited 350 on Sunday night.
I will break down my experience by catagory so you can get an idea of my opinion:
We had transfers arranged thru the group TA with Olympus tours (i am also using them for our wedding). Since Paradisus is closest to the airport, we were 1st to be dropped off. We were greeted by a bellman who said "welcome home" with a cold towel and motioned toward check-in. Someone brought by 2 glasses of champagne for us and we were there for 5 min tops and brought to our room in a golf cart.
- We had a tropical view room king bed (room 1429) - the rooms are nothing special and are in definite need of an upgrade. The are no frills and the beds were extremely hard. There is a mini-fridge stocked with soft drinks, water and beer each day.
- there was a lot of seaweed on the beach which they tried to rake away but it seemed as though they can't keep up with it. It was still nice and much more peaceful to lay there during the day than at the main pool where it was very loud and noisy all day.
- a welcome bag was delivered to our room on Friday evening around 6pm. After that, they hosted a happy hour in the lobby bar and they split the group in 2 for dinner in Capri and L'Hermitage - both restaurants were closed for the group and they had set menus and seating with place cards.
Saturday Night - Rehearsal dinner on the pool terrace overlooking the beach.
- this was more of a cocktail party with appetizers and then a buffet dinner. They had music going from a DJ - not sure who he was. After, everyone went to the lobby bar and the "Fun Pub" (the resorts version of a club).
Sunday - Wedding Day
I know the bride flew in her hair dresser and did her own make-up so I am unsure if anyone in the bridal party used the Spa for their services. A friend of mine got a mani-pedi and she said it wasn't a great experience - she actually cut her nails using a cuticle cutter and not a nail clipper - odd.
As for the wedding - she had already requested the Chill out chic package before the change over so they accommodated her with all of the furniture on the beach which was set up next to the ceremony. It was very hot as a guest at 6:30pm - my fiance and many of the other guests were sweating through their shirts and needed to change afterwards. I would have provided the guests with fans maybe - she chose flip flops which was a nice touch - you couldn't put your heels back on anyway afterwards b/c the terrace where the reception was wood panels and everyone's heels were either getting stuck or falling. After the ceremony, we were motioned to the area on the beach with the furniture and tables for cocktail hour while the bride and groom took some pics (they used Elizabeth Medina).
There was sushi rolls, shrimp cocktail and other hand passed apps - plus to trays of hot apps - one was a chicken and mixed veggie dish and the other i think was a beef.
The shrimp cocktail seemed to be a signature app since it was served at each of the events we attended.
As for drinks, there was a bar on the terrace and waiters on the beach with champagne, beer, and frozen margaritas.
Dinner - we had mozzarella caprese salads for appetizers and surf and turf for the entree - lobster tails and steaks. It was delicious - probably the best meal we had the whole time we were there this weekend.
Music- They flew in a DJ from NYC - where were are from - and it was amazing. They didn't do a lot of the traditional wedding things but it was still a great time.
Overall, we had a great weekend with our friends. The resort seems to be a little outdated and the change over to the Now is going to do this property a lot of good. They could definitely do a revamp to the menus and food and the staff was all very friendly to us.
I hope I covered everything - if you have any questions, let me know - I also took a lot of pics that I can send if you would like - just msg me your email and i'll be happy to send them from snapfish
Posted 01 June 2010 - 04:45 PM
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Posted 01 June 2010 - 07:30 PM
Jaccat, so glad to hear you had a good time. That was a big wedding!
If you have any pics, we'd love to see them!
Posted 03 June 2010 - 11:36 AM
I'll keep you posted
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