Originally Posted by Kristina610
FireyNurse, thank you for the advice. Your wedding looked beautiful! I love your gift exchange pictures, so sweet!
No worries and Thanks very much! I love to help brides out on here as I had a lot of help here as well!
Originally Posted by Kristina610
Also, for those of that sent your guest to pool bar for the "cocktail hour" instead of paying for one, how did you let everyone know where to go? Was it just word of mouth or did you put in the itinerary?
We gave out the little soft plastic photo albums that we made into welcome booklets, in there we had created a small timeline, it said 3-3:30 was the Ceremony and then 3:30 to 4:00 Group and Bridal Party Pictures and then 4:00-5:30 I put free time, drink or refresh yourself for the reception and then 5:30 Reception. We held a little meet and greet get together (no cost to us because we did it in the lobby bar at the Colonial where many guests were staying) on the day everyone arrived and we handed out and went through the booklet with everyone, including the timeline. We were a group of 20 so if anyone wasn't sure where to go I am guessing they just asked someone else nearby. No one had any issues with hanging out and doing their own thing (I think they all just drank, lol) and then our planner, Victoria, just let them know when it was time to head over to the beach for the reception.
Originally Posted by julienelson0713
Do you have a mybarcelo account? I didn't actually pay for it yet because I was waiting to see WHICH nights I have to book for (wedding day is July 6 so book for the 6th and 7th or 5th and 6th???), but I got right to the end where it asks for a credit card and it said nothing about 3 night minimum! What months are you trying to book for? There is apparently a high season and a low season, and the number of nights required can fluctuate. Sorry, I just got so excited I had to share...I'll let you know as soon as I know which nights to book!
Which hotel did your photographer/videographer stay at? Which is the cheapest Barcelo hotel? Is it the Barcelo Beach Hotel? I have heard that it's okay to have them stay anywhere on the whole resort. Does anyone know if this policy is still in place for 2013 for sure??? Also, if the wedding is July 6th, do I book the two nights of the 5th and 6th, or 6th and 7th? Claudia Rodriguez, our photographer, says that she never stays anyways! It just seems like such a waste/run around for nothing!!! UGH!
You can book for any nights, I asked each company I hired what they preferred and one wanted to stay the night before and of the wedding and the other preferred to stay the night of and the next night. I know that Juan stayed for sure for the night of the wedding as we did a TTD the next day and he was checking out prior to it, as for the videographer, I know he stayed at least the night before the wedding as that is what I heard from him in our conversation.
I booked both photographer and videographer at the Beach/Caribe (and our wedding was at the Palace) they are the cheapest on the property and yes if they stay there they can still go wherever you and your wedding are, just the same as any guest at your wedding can stay anywhere and still access you and your wedding group on the day of the wedding.
My suggestion if your photographer says she won't be using the room is to potentially use it for the Groom if he needs a room to stay for the night. My groom and i didn't stay together but he stayed with his best man that night, if he wasn't able to do that I think we would have just let him use the photographer room and not had them stay there that night.