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Our roll call was looking unusually short so I have reposted it including Katherine4-09, beachbride2009, SolidShan83 and Austingirl.
If there are any new girls that would like to be added, just post a message and I'll add you!

October 2008
November 2008

jennrenn23-November 3, 2008
andrea110808 - Nov 11, 2008
amysteele444 Nov 14, 2008
December 2008
Magda&Neil - December 22,2008
January 2009
Mrs.StephP2Be - Jan 8, 2009
winwinbride - Jan 10, 2009
candj08 - Jan 17, 2009
McBradley - Jan 21, 2009
February 2009
tsashamia - February 7, 2009
shannonmarie09 – February 28, 2009
March 2009
saavy - March 7, 2009
manders757 – March 14, 2009
April 2009
Lucky1 – April 8, 2009
jhawkev - April 11, 2009
lilmisssunshine - April 16, 2009
mitchell.johanna - April 18, 2009
miro2be - April 19, 2009
khoyle - April 22, 2009
Katherinehealy4-09 - April 24, 2009 5 pm
JHarwood2Be – April 25, 2009
Polly….Prince – April 26, 2009
teethdh – April 26, 2009
May 2009
trayce2222- May 3, 2009
MGP - May 5, 2009
milejilo – May 8, 2009
weddingchick – May 9, 2009
Sensatori Bride - May 14, 2009
Polina - May 15, 2009
jennik13 - May 17, 2009
moore.vj1 -May 17, 2009
heather hunder - May 20, 2009
kddsmj - May 21, 2009
khoyle - May 22, 2009
pepper55 – May 24, 2009
June 2009
katken - June 5, 2009
AustinGirl- June 6, 2009
Jenkatherine - June 12, 2009
Soon2beTWells -June 12, 2009
SolidShan83 - June 26, 2009
July 2009
August 2009
September 2009
October 2009
selina - October 1, 2009
Wendi80 - October 24, 2009
November 2009
mexicanbridewithquestions - November 6, 2009
Ania - November 12, 2009
lenka14 – November 14, 2009
beachbride 2009 - November 20, 2009 - 4pm
heather0618 - November 21, 2009
rtswan – November 26, 2009
December 2009
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
27 dresses - May 5, 2010

Could you add me for Nov 5, 2009?
Thanks!

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It appears that either way (DJ or Ipod) one of the guests will have to "play" DJ. Here is a question and the response I received from Tiffany. I have decided to go with the Ipod since the sound system and mic are only $250 and the DJ is $1300.....something to consider!

DJ-I have received a copy of the playlist. How do I make my selection of songs and get it to the DJ prior to the wedding? How many songs should I choose to last throughout the reception? Does the DJ make introductions, announce toasts, 1st dance, etc? I have attached a song list that the DJ plays. If you have any other songs please send them to me and I will pass it along and see if that is possible. The DJ will only be making a few announcments you may want to have one of your guests do the announcments that the dj does not do

Fabio said that if we want someone to MC the event then we should hire a seperate MC for $850. He said the DJ's are very good as DJ's and they do have a pretty comprehensive song list. Plus if you want any additional songs you could provide them either with Ipod or possibly by sending MP3's (I'm going to ask that question at the site visit). We are going to hire a DJ and and MC so it feels like a regular wedding. I think that if we were getting married at home we would be spending more than $2000 for music anyway.

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Originally Posted by Katherine4-09 View Post
yeah I am also pretty confused on the photographer thing as well, Fabio said depending on the wedding pacakge you choose certain photograhpers go with it which I think is crazy, you should be able to pick whatever photograhper u want from what they offer u know so I plan on addressing that, my FH and I are sitting down this weekend to pick the photographer we like best and then hope we can use them, and they are avaiable for our day
I am the worst speller so sorry! lol
You should pick the photographer you like and ask them for their packages seperately so you can see what they offer. Then once you make a decision you should book it through Fabio so you don't have to pay and outside vendor fee. We are using Claudia's for video and we made all the arrangements through her but had Fabio do the booking for us.

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You should pick the photographer you like and ask them for their packages seperately so you can see what they offer. Then once you make a decision you should book it through Fabio so you don't have to pay and outside vendor fee. We are using Claudia's for video and we made all the arrangements through her but had Fabio do the booking for us.
oh that is good idea did not think of that. So far Claudia is not aval. for our wedding but her asst Alberto is and she sent us photos he has done recently and they are good I like all the diffrent shots he does.
Does anyone have any of the other websites for ROYALE PHOTO • • •
& MEXICAN WEDDING PHOTO • • • I can't seem to find any websties for them.
So once we pick the photographer we like & package give info to Fabio to book? is this correct thanks so much!@

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Originally Posted by JHarwood2Be View Post
I haven't really started with all that yet. I'm watching you girls duke it out with them in the meantime popcorn.gif
lol that's a good idea. I just figured out how the photograhpy works, so now am considering picking the silver wedding pacakge so I can pick the photographer we like. We had picked the silver wedding pacakge but then Caribe photos come w package, and then I would want to add on to that package so it would cost about the same and then we would get pics we love w photogrpaher we love.

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I am sure nobody wants to hear this but.... I have not been stressed at all about not getting responses. I know a bunch of people that have done the destinantion wedding thing and all of them agree that no matter what you plan before you get there nothing really matters. The onsite WC are amazing and as soon as you get there you do all your planning.

Girls remember.... you only do this once(hopefully) and you have to enjoy it!

I agree with you the whole point why we are doing a destination wedding is because they are suppose to be less stress, and less money then the traditional wedding. So I am not stressing over things like table set ups etc. the way I see it I don't think I need to decorate the tables with all this stuff when you look out over the beach it's a setting in itself. The only thing I want to spend add'l money on is the pics as these are for the rest of your life you know. I am even thinking of not having flowers for my BM maybe just MH it depends, but everything else I really don't want to have too stress out about. Give me couple of options for my flowers I will pick one same goes for everything else.

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HI,

I spoke with Fabio a few weeks ago as I had the same worries. He said the quotes we were provided package wise at deposit time are the prices we will pay.

Shannon
the deposit is this meaning the $200 you put down to get your wedding date? Cause we did that so long ago, and we were looking at the BBQ for the reception, can we pay the orignal price that we were given and not what it is now? Hmm I am going to email Fabio as well to see what his answer is?

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Hi Polina,

The same thing happened with me. I originally wanted to use Mexican Wedding Photos and she did not ask for a deposit. She told me that my date was reserved and to just stay in contact with the onsite wedding coordinator. I think they just add it to your final bill that has to be paid before the wedding.

Mesita
Hey Mesita does Mexican wedding photos have a website you can provide me, I am trying to get my photographer picked and want to see their packages and some actual photos thanks!

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The Ceremony
At ten minutes until 3, no one had come. Erik leaves to get some shots on the beach and Stacey and I decide to go down to the bottom level of the resort. We run into Carolina and Gilberto, who takes Stacey away. I wait with Carolina and her ever-present walkie talkie until they are ready. She tells me just how to hold my veil so it won't fly in my face (it was quite windy that day) and off we go when we get the signal. I will post pics when we get them, but it was breathtakingly beautiful, Stacey was standing down with the minister. He had a chance to talk with her for about 5 minutes and told her how important Jesus Christ was to us and made sure she understood to emphasize Him. He also told her this was not a Vow Renewal, but our real wedding. When I got down to the spot, and yes I wore flat Silver sparkly sandals, we faced each other and listened. The minister had the whole ceremony memorized and it was beautiful; much better than I imagined. We went over to the side table to sign the Certificate of Marriage (symbolic) and then it was over! Beautiful Day, indeed! She did not ask if we wanted to say anything special, so when we did the champagne toast, I told Stacey I wanted to say something. Of course, my long speech became about one sentence because I started crying so hard which made him cry. Later, we heard everybody at the resort (10 people, haha) had gathered at the retaining wall to watch and were crying with us! Awwwwww!

Photos
Erik kicked it into gear and had me laying all over rocks and jumping around and Stacey throwing me. He would show us the screen on his camera when he got something really special and WOW, he made me look like a tall supermodel sometimes! Oh, I am 4'11''...We actually decided against the TTD session because all of ours were so candid with no family members to photograph. Erik and the videographer were so easy to work with and wanted to know where we wanted to shoot and what we liked and Erik has perfect English. I think they actually stayed over time. Funny story-as we were walking around getting new places to shoot, a girl and her parents stopped us and said, "Are you a real bride? Or just models?" We laughed so hard. We hung out with them the rest of the week; they were from Jersey and she is getting married there Summer 2009. They kept calling us "the models." Hardly.

Here is what we looked like HOURS after the wedding with fallen hair and dirty dress. We took these so they aren't too fantastic:
My hot husband:
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Me
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Check out the "Pinch Bustle" ... very nice...
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Dinner
Carolina came up to us in the lobby after the last round of photos and said she had a surprise for us and to meet her in 30 minutes. She made me close my eyes, and they took us down for the private candlelight dinner in our gazebo. No charge. Very beautiful. We had 3 waiters, Hector was our favorite! You saw the one photo above of the dinner. The prepared a 4 course meal with wines and champagnes and printed our names on the menu. It was very nicely done and we were grateful. We felt the only people in the world.

All in all, it was great, and we were very pleased. I will post some other pics for you now. I met Andrea, who was the 4 PM wedding on November 8. I will not post her photos out of respect but it was on the beach and her colors were beautiful-I think a hot pink and kelly green? Really nice. We met earlier in the week and she was pretty anxious and upset about the calamity of the newly opened resort. I did not talk to her after the wedding, as we left Sunday, but she saw us watching closely and we waved vigorously and she seemed very happy. One comment-they did a legal wedding and had a microphone. Their female minister spoke very poor English and sort of halted her way through the ceremony. Our minister officiated the 5 PM wedding (see pic below) and she was MUCH better. Don't know if you could choose but her name is Alina Monroy, Minister, Community of Faith Church. Her email is actually printed on my certificate too: carranzamonroy@prodigy.net.mx.

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I will post this bride's photo as she is not on the site, but I will keep her name private. I wanted you to see her flowers, colors, aisle and chairs for those that want to see samples.

Here is where Andrea's reception was held, same as the owner's friends' wedding reception. It is in the center of the resort, behind Zocolo:

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The 5 PM bride had her reception INSIDE Zocolo, like everyone likes, BUT the resort was at about 10% capacity. The outside patio was availiable for dinner for non-guests. The patio would be fine for a reception, not sure about where to dance? The bar is right to the right of this photo and it is right up from the beach gazebo. Here is the patio:

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Nobody last week chose this option, but the Rooftop Garden Patio is beautiful. It is just not down near the beach, but up off the lobby at the front of the resort:

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Two Last Photos
One of the pool beds they were finishing midweek:
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and another showing how close Secrets Silversands is to Sensatori. This is looking just over the fence at the south side of the resort. We almost snuck over there a few nights to check out the nightclubs but never did:

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Things I would do over (maybe)-really short list
*I really missed our family and my 14 year old son especially. With resort being so empty, it was very romantic, but we craved a little interaction later in the week. That is why we stayed 2 extra days, when all the Americans were coming in for the weddings because we met them and were having fun with them. So, perhaps I should have brought my family!

*Pinned my veil better
It blew off twice during my ceremony as the wind came out of nowhere! But it was funny and probably made some funny photos!

*Had my hair down for some later photos with no veil

I hope this can help you guys. Bottom line: the resort will be a First-Class facility in a few months. I believe everything you will read about in my resort review will be taken care of soon. You have made the right decision! Andrea might disagree! We will look forward to her review as well....

Best of luck and contact me for more specific questions anytime.

Jennifer
thanks so much for this review it helps alot! I have another question your photographer is he one you picked yourself and brought w you, or one resort has

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Hey Mesita does Mexican wedding photos have a website you can provide me, I am trying to get my photographer picked and want to see their packages and some actual photos thanks!
Katherine4
I am also going to be using Mexican wedding photos and their website is mexicanweddingphotos.com... they have a contract with Karisma so you won't have to pay the vendor fee..

I have a question to anyone who can help... have any of you bought personalized sandalwood fans as favors? And if so which website and do you know if they ship to Canada.. I found a couple of websites with the fans but they do not ship to Canada.. if you could let me know that would be great!
Thanks!! :)

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