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Thanks for that! Wow, now I'm hungry! I definitely know what cake I want!!!! :)
You could always order it at an authentic Mexican restaurant where you live- do they even exist north of Texas ;-) ?

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Lisa DSO- yes I live in south Louisiana and they have several mexican restaurants here that serve it. I am a teacher and the first time I tasted it was during a "Mexican food day" in the geography class that I taught. We were learning about their culture and food and a young girl brought that. It is to die for!

 

We ordered a couture cake with chocolate and almond filling. I am a chocolate fanatic. (So much so, that I wanted to order one of the groomsman cakes which are all chocolate, but my fiance didn't let b/c he said they weren't really pretty for the pics and that I would regret it) Believe me, i wouldn't have! lol But I would trade all of the chocolate for this cake :) Hopefully they will refund me the 180$, though. If not, oh well.

 

Oh, and I got my dress back from the seamstress today and she did a wonderful job! It's starting to feel so close. I can't wait!

 

For the brides who just returned, any advice on hair and make up? I haven't read too many reviews on this subject. I'm having these services done at SpaZul. I have pictures of how I want my hair done, but my hair will frizz in an instant. (and yes it's horrendous living in south louisiana with hair like this) I just don't know if I should use my own hair products or bring my own make up to the salon.

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Hi chica,

Did you save the folders anywhere else other than desktop? What o/s are you using? Have you checked recycle bin? If you saved anything on say MS word, check for shadow copies . Last but not least, you might want to try a 3rd party application called Recuva (it's a file recovery system). Hope that helps!

EDIT.....just read that you have a mac so some of my suggestion probably not an option. (sorry I work at MS and just assumed lol)

I think apple has some online forums from which you can get free support; i would go that route and only do a geek squad time service as a last resort because they are seriously overpriced.
Oh you girls are the best! So helpful! It's just over a year old, but it's one of those with a huge monitor. Ugh I don't want to lug it to the Apple store but that's a great idea. I'm going to surf some online info and see what I find. FI recently transferred a bunch of music/pictures to his notebook so I thought that may have been it, but it happened after that. And it didn't make it to his computer either. sad.gif

I'm curious about this Chef's Plate too. Do we have to have a certain category of room? WTF!

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Hi Ladies! Welcome back! I'm glad that your weddings were perfect and that you all are back to share them with us. I'm starting to get so excited!

 

Di-Congrats!

 

Running bride-If you can't find it, take the CPU to the MAC geniuses. If it's an IMAC with the built in screen-carry that in. I know it's a pain, but I swear a few months ago my file vault locked me out of my mac and I couldn't get in. It wouldn't recognize my password. What makes it really horrible is that my updated dissertation was on there and not backed up (I know...I know...) Anyway, I took it to the mac geniuses who basically gave me the whole-governmental rate security speech... after a few tears, they restored my whole system. Don't worry, they'll be able to recover your files.

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Does anyone know if I order flowers from a local flowershop in PDC and have someone pic them up do I still have to pay the vendor fee??
I asked my WC this and she said we still have to pay. WTFhuh.gif?? Did you ladies see any florists on 5th?


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Thanks for all the posts, they are so useful, I’m getting all sort of great ideas and of course some do’s and don’ts. I still have some questions for any of you that may know the answer:

1)I’m booking the wedding reception at 4 pm in the Gran Porto Real in the beach location, is there more than one beach in the GPR? I just that I have reading that in the Royal PDC they are so if anyone know how the beach settings for the receptions are in the GPR I will really appreciate any comment or suggestion
2)Regardin the guest and non-guest, do they charge you for a day pass for the non-guest if you are already paying for the private reception in their packages? I’m kind of confused on this as my WC hasn’t told me anything about an additional charge and I don’t want surprises
3)Does anybody contract the DJ with the packages, I have been reading that very good reviews about DJ Ivan and Doremix and I was wondering if its better to book somebody outside even with the vendor charge
4)Same question about the photographers, does anybody contracted the ones that the Royal has or its better to go with an outsider?

Tx!

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I got a wedding date twin! Hi Lizzy, welcome to the forum! welcome4.gif

Ladies,
Did any of you have the musicians play? I want to book 1 hr., but I want them to play like 15 minutes for my wedding and 45 min. for the cocktail hour. My WC said it had to be continuous.

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SO another question, I heard today that you now have to be a high room catagory to eat at chefs plate... wtf?! This wasn't the case when I made my reservation! Are they going to honor that?!
for the chef's plate, you need to be in an either an ocean front or ocean view (i can't remember. we were in 735, so whatever that one is!). you need to make a reservation with the concierge as well. we went one night and it was a great experience. very personalized service, good house wine (not easily found there) and good food. if you're in a room that allows you to go, you should!

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For you ladies who had the luxury package? Did they really give you a room upgrade as stated (as part of the package)?
we had the classic package, which comes with an upgrade too. they didn't have anything for us at the GPR, so they upgraded us to a junior suite at the royal (we paid extra for our last night in the nicer room at the royal). it's based on availability, so if they're full, you're out of luck!

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You could always order it at an authentic Mexican restaurant where you live- do they even exist north of Texas ;-) ?
i had an amazing tres leches cake from a higher-end bakery recently and it was delicious as well. and if we can get stuff like that as far north as MN, i think it should be available anywhere!

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Oh and ladies who just got back, did you have the choice of the tiffany chairs or chair covers?
my WC never asked me for my preference on this, so i would be sure to add this to your list of questions for when you get there. i think they're available, but i also think there are a lot of things you need to specifically ask for. otherwise, they just do the cookie-cutter wedding.

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Stephanie - the chocolate with rasberries cake had actual chunks of fresh fruit and it was amazing!!

 

As for the chairs - I never got a choice, however, I didn't ask either.

 

Chef's Plate from what I understand can be booked by anyone at The Royal, it just needs a reservation. Two friends of mine went there last week and they just had a Jr. Suite. They said that the food was excellent, but there is only one entree per night, so you have to check ahead of time to see if you like what they're serving prior to booking!

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Oh! I forgot to mention that we had the luxury package and yes they did upgrade our room. I have to say though that because it was so very busy, there were a lot of our guests who had to get moved. For instance, or photographer's room wasn't available when he arrived, so they put him in the Master Presidential Suite at The Royal for 1 night! Can you imagine? That big huge suite for just him.....it was kind of funny!

 

Also for all the brides who are worried about getting family from The Gran to The Royal for the wedding - DONT worry at all. All of our guests came over with no issue and we had 4 kids with us too. In addition to that, I stayed at The Gran for the first part of our trip and when we walked over to The Royal, nobody even stopped us once. Apparently if you're a guest of The Gran, you can go eat at Royal restaurants, but you have to pay 50%. So, some of our guests w/out kids who stayed at The Gran wanted to check out The Royal and just walked around freely with no issue at all!

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