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#271 harv0136

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    Posted 24 June 2009 - 11:04 PM

    It is true that you now have to pay $300 for an outside photographer, unless they are a guest at the resort. It might be cheaper to pay for a room for them at the Caribe/Beach instead of paying the fee.

    I have not heard of any rule about amount of guest that need to stay at the resort. However, if your guest don't stay there they need a guest pass for the day which is around $80 for the palace I think. Plus, I think you can only stay so late with a guest pass. So they might as well stay at the Barcelo.

    I am also still waiting for the 2010 prices! I have e-mailed several times but heard nothing.

    Hope that helps!

    #272 SDbeachgirl

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      Posted 25 June 2009 - 12:40 AM

      If 2010 packages are not available yet, would someone be able to share the 2009 packages? I would like to get an idea of what is included. I tried opening a document that I found on this thread but it said I do not have access to opening it.

      #273 Sandra&Mario

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        Posted 25 June 2009 - 02:00 AM

        Erica! Wow! It really is a small world! We bought our house right off Wright Debow which is off 537, about 5 minutes away from the Outlets. We saw a few houses right on Cooks Bridge actually! What are the odds?!

        Thanks for all the info…it’s great. Lucky you being a graphic designer gets to add her personal touch to all her wedding details! I love the OOT bags you chose for your guests! Christmas Tree Shops have the best prices on all the small stuff…so that’s exactly where I was planning on going! And can I say…how generous and kind are you being to your bridal party! Designer shades? I want to be one of your bridesmaids too  We decided early on that we didn’t want a bridal party besides my nieces as flowergirl and his nephew as ring barrier. We’ve both been in several weddings and honestly, I can’t say I enjoyed it, lol. One thing is for sure, if we did I would want my girls to choose their own dress because I’ve literally hated every bridesmaid dress I’ve worn! Besides, everyone we’d want to include in our bridal party is so busy with their lives right now, we couldn’t add anymore stress. Yea, and my best friend who would be my maid of honor, is having a baby a couple months before our wedding and she’s all about baby now!!! Sorta took the spotlight off of me ya know…ok, why am I telling you this? LOL. Moving right along…it’s awesome that you found everything on sale and prepared it all ahead of time…it’ll make for a great presentation at a really great cost (which your guests won’t even know about!)…did you purchase your fans at Michaels too? I don’t think I’ve seen them there. I wanted to put one on each seat at the ceremony and have our guests throw flower petals…I’ve always loved the traditional petal throwing and it makes for beautiful pics. Do you know if Barcelo allows them? That is too funny that you got your girls dresses at Castle Couture…that’s where my gown came from! They really are super nice there. My engagement ring actually came from next door and we have sushi often at Zen (I think they changed name now)…jeez, we’ve probably bumped into each other at some point! Elizabeth Medina was one of our options but we ended up going with Juan Carlos. I’ve loved him for the minute I saw one of photographs. So we’re splurging and flying him in from Cabo and keeping him for 3 days! I can’t wait for our TTD session!!!!! That’s cool that you’re having a live band…we never thought of that. We were going to have a DJ because we’d want a mix of music that would include Portuguese music being that’s both our backgrounds and our parents would enjoy it. Not sure how a live band would handle that…

        Hmm…what other questions do I have? What are you having as centerpieces? Where are you having your reception? I really wanted to have it outdoors either by a pool or an open-air grill area. Are you having several tables? I’ve seen table arrangements where it’s one long rectangular table and I kinda like that, with us at the head portion looking towards all our guests. What about food? I take it you’ve eaten there…how is it? Choosing our menu won’t be easy! Everyone likes different things  Oh, are you having a welcome/rehearsal dinner? I haven’t decided on a place, but I wanted to do something outside of the resort. I was thinking of La Cueva del Chango. Have you been or heard of them? And lastly…I know I asked before, but did you use a travel agent? So for the best deals we’ve found have been online…but we feel kind of strange telling our guests to book online. I rather them have someone to call who can answer any questions. Okidokie, I guess that’s it for now! You’re probably busy finalizing every last detail and I’m driving you nuts. Sorry! Ya know, when you guys return from your wedding, we should get together and have a drink down the shore…being that we’re going to live next door!

        #274 CaraW

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          Posted 25 June 2009 - 09:35 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by harv0136
          It is true that you now have to pay $300 for an outside photographer, unless they are a guest at the resort. It might be cheaper to pay for a room for them at the Caribe/Beach instead of paying the fee.

          I have not heard of any rule about amount of guest that need to stay at the resort. However, if your guest don't stay there they need a guest pass for the day which is around $80 for the palace I think. Plus, I think you can only stay so late with a guest pass. So they might as well stay at the Barcelo.
          I believe so, here's the email I had from Gabriela:

          Hi Cara,
          We have a photographer in the Resort. If bride and groom want to use an external photographer, it's necessary to pay a fee ($300US)

          Thanks

          Gabriela Barbabosa
          Coordinadora de Bodas / Wedding Coordinator
          Tel / Phone: + 52 (984) 875.15.00 ext. 6767
          Fax: + 52 (984) 875.15.24

          -----Mensaje original-----
          Enviado el: Mi©rcoles, 27 de Mayo de 2009 01:44 p.m.
          Para: Gabriela
          Asunto: RE: Wedding Locations


          Hi there Gabriela,

          What is your policy for photographers? Are they allowed on site?

          Thank you,
          Cara


          And with guests staying at a different resort - it's true that they do have to buy a day pass if they're not staying at a Barcelo, BUT, if they stay at any of the other 4 Barcelo's (Beach/Caribe, Colonial/Tropical) they do not have to purchase a day pass for your wedding day. Any other day during their stay, they would have to. But on the day of your wedding, they don't. I thought that was great when I found out about that!
          Here's where I found out about the day pass:
          Wedding guests
          (Oops, that face was automatically put there because there are 3 question marks in the title of that thread.)

          #275 SDbeachgirl

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            Posted 25 June 2009 - 10:32 AM

            Sandra,

            I use the TA from this website. Her name is Jill. She says they have the best deals, but in the event that you find something better online, they can match any internet price. So everyone can go through one TA but ensure that they still get a good price. I hope that helps.

            #276 amynjoe

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            Posted 25 June 2009 - 08:26 PM

            Does anyone have information or pictures on the centerpieces? Are you bringing your own? using the free ones at the resort? I've read that the centerpieces are fruit and flowers. Thanks ladies

            #277 Sandra&Mario

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              Posted 26 June 2009 - 12:13 AM

              Amy,

              The free centerpieces are a cantaloupe cut in half with a hurricane lamp in it with a candle I think. There is a picture of them somewhere in this thread from a bride's review. I will try to find it and post it again. I honestly don't care for them. I don't want anything over the top, but a cantaloupe is a bit odd, lol. I am planning on bringing square rattan bamboo like chargers that I found at Kohls for about $3 each. I will bring a large pillar candle to put in the center and surround it with either rocks or mini oranges, since that's my wedding color. Tucked in between I will put an orange silk lily. It's simple, doesn't weigh much, can be easily packed, and well...it's not a cantaloupe! Hope this helps. I will try and find the pics including my centerpiece too! Good luck!

              #278 Sandra&Mario

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                Posted 26 June 2009 - 12:26 AM

                Amy,

                I have no clue if this is going to work, but I'll try. Are you subscribed to the "Barcelo Maya" thread. It is there that you will see a bunch of different pictures of the centerpieces and table arrangements both inside the banquet hall and outside. I believe is the 2nd to last page. I'm horrible at html coding. I need to look it up and then I'll post all the pics! But it's late and I'm pooped out!

                http://i281.photobuc....terpiece_1.jpg

                #279 Sandra&Mario

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                  Posted 26 June 2009 - 12:31 AM

                  My centerpiece is inspired by Janet's centerpiece seen here...she is on the forum and had her wedding in Cabo. I have to give her props since I'm posting her link here. I love it!!! Simple, yet with a little class!

                  http://janetandandre....11437676-M.jpg

                  #280 SDbeachgirl

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                    Posted 28 June 2009 - 05:08 PM

                    I just read that the restaurants all have dress codes. Men have to wear closed toe shoes and long pants. I don't even expect my guests to have to pack these things on the trip. I'm just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on this. Do you think that the buffets are good enough to eat there all the time? I'm a little frustrated by this bit of info as I had pretty much made up my mind that this was where I would have my wedding. I don't know if this is a deal breaker, but I definitely need to read into it more.




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