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Originally Posted by Mahalo79 View Post

 

So i just thought I would post my update from my TA.  I need to find out how much our honeymoon week is going to cost!  i asked for premium prices to see if we qualified for the free wedding package and my TA only got me quotes for premium suites.  Just in case anyone wants to stay a week in a premium room at El Dorado it's 3300+ pp, ya right!!  Sigh**  at least there is still hope we can afford a honeymoon, now just waiting for our quotes on Junior Jucuzzi Suite for another week.  I am hoping it will be reasonable as it's just the hotel for another week, our flight home is already paid, and it is our honeymoon, give us a break!!  Wish me luck!  Thanks for the feedback everybody.

 

Old bride lurking here!  We got married at AB on 4/27/2010 and then went to the El Dorado Royale for our honeymoon.  We stayed for 6 nights in the casitas with our own pool, which is the second highest room class (other than the Presidential Suite) and it was not that expensive. I think it was about $4700 for both of us (we paid for AB and EDR all together, so I cannot remember the exact breakdown).  $3300/person seems high - especially since it's the same week that we were there last year - I would honestly just go on the EDR's website and see what the costs would be and then go to your TA and see if they can match it (assuming it's lower).

 

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Ok, still attempting to catch up! Gonna try this again rolleyes.gif I know there are some things that I clicked to multi quote but they didn't all copy over. So, if I missed anything....sorry.

 

I did want to comment on someone's complaint about their WC (sorry can't remember who it was). I feel your pain. I asked for something as simple as a link to the website for the live webcam feed that comes with the Sky Wedding about a month ago and I still don't have it. She sent me a link that did not work. I was about to include it on my invites but something told me to check it out 1st and I'm glad I did!! Emailed her back and she seemed surprised it wasn't functional but I haven't heard from her since. Plus, I emailed Fabio in hopes that he could clear some things up for me since Carolina is so "busy" but it's been 2 weeks without a response from him either. Too bad one of you ladies mentioned that he emailed you back last week so I'm just going to go out on a limb and say that they're choosy! My wedding is 2 months away and final payment is due in 2 weeks. Do you think someone would want to respond to me?! So, to answer your question,  maybe you can get a better response by calling, but I'm thinking that it doesn't matter how far away your wedding is. If it weren't for BDW, I'd be pulling my hair out right now. I've just decided to try my luck with the on-site coordinators and see what happens.
 

Originally Posted by mshannon2b View Post
Here is the link to my wedding photos if anyone wanted to see the whole album.

Thanks for sharing and I too love your dress!!
 

Originally Posted by beaz2be View Post

Love your photos.  You looked gorgeous!  I absolutely love love your dress.  On a selfish note I also loved your photos because they've set my mind at ease about being able to wear normal heals and walk on the wooden planks without killing myself.  hahahah!  

Just an FYI, I was also scared about walking on the wooden plank so I asked them to remove it. I know this may not work for those getting married on the sand, but I just thought I'd let others know it is possible to have the white runner alone.
 

Originally Posted by chong View Post

Ladies, I will be gone this weekend for my bachelorette party in Philadelphia. I am sooo excited! I will catch up with you guys when I get back...

 

Talking about the labor day weekend.. I thought Meredith is coming to Houston for her BD pictures. Where you at Meredith?

I know I'm late but I hope you're having lots of fun. I had to cancel my shoot due to my fiance's father's death but I may try to reschedule for some time in October. I'll keep you posted.
 

Originally Posted by Mahalo79 View Post

I am just fine with staying at AS for another week if it is a reasonable price, 3300 is crazy, we are only paying 1540 pp for AS for the week in the first place, how much more can it cost for an extra week, the flight is already paid for in the first week price.  Maybe I am wrong, I am very confused!! 

I hope you get all of that figured out but I too feel that is really steep! If you spend that much money you can just go to Zoetry or Banyan Tree Mayokoba! That quote had to have gotten lost in translation somewhere.

 

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Originally Posted by MaggieandJay View Post

My invitations turned out SOOOOO awesome. I am in love with them

Very nice! I like them and I'm glad you are "in love with them"!!! That's always a plus when your efforts pay off like that.
 

Originally Posted by daniepps View Post

I am so pissed with dw.com right now I can scream!!!! 

I can commiserate with you. I say DO NOT let them get away with that. Think of all the people they have done that to and gotten away with it. I think this is absurd that a company as large as theirs will try to find loopholes to cheat people out of money. They know that $50 will not make them or break them but that may be a different story for your guests that were banking on that. Ugh! Where has customer service gone?!
 

Originally Posted by msmarmar123 View Post

I'm so sorry for yours and FI's loss---

That's good that you are going ahead with your plans...the happines from the wedding will go a long way in the healing process :)

Thanks to all of you that have extended your condolences. We are definitely going through a rough time right now but I truly appreciate!! hug2.gif
 

Originally Posted by amybermuda View Post


They did play "I like big butts" which I am still annoyed over - but I should have given the signal to change it. 

I just want to let you know that everytime I hear that song now I think of you! wink.gif

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Forgot one other thing....

 

Chong, I liked the idea of the flying lanterns when I first saw them in the beginning stages of my planning. I didn't quite know how to tie it in though. Now that my fiance's father has passed away I'm thinking it may be nice to send one up in memory of him. It seems you have more luck with getting your questions answered so, if you find out about whether they're allowed or not, please let me know. Thanks!!

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Hey girls...I'm back from my visit to AS!!  I'll post some more info and pics later, I just wanted to chime in on the sand/heels issue.  I am thrilled to confirm wearing heels for the beach ceremony is extremely doable!!  One of the days I was there, they had the wooden plank set up, but no wedding...so I spent a good 30 minutes "practicing" in my 3" heels :).  My wedding heels are actually 4", but that additional inch shouldnt make a difference.  As long as you are comfortable walking in heels and can stay either perfectly balanced or put a little more impact on your toes, you will be completely fine. 

 

The only problem I found was walking down the ramp.  I spend 11 hours a day in 3+ inch heels, but could not master the ramp!  That is the first moment all of the guests will see you (and you dont want to look uncomfortable or scared), so I've decided to walk down the ramp barefoot, and do something cute to slip them on.  I think all of my family and friends will find it humorous that I can't even do a beach wedding without my heels...so should be fun! 

 

Also, the wooden plank is fine for heels (even better than the packed sand).  I took an up close picture of the plank against my foot, so you can see how small the cracks are (ill post it tonight).  They are very tiny, so you would have to have very very thin heels for them to slip through.

 

Lastly, one of the nights FI and I took a nice long walk on the beach and I kept the heels on just to see how far I could push it.  Again, not a problem...even after a few drinks :).  I really dont know about dancing though.  I think you could get away with a beach reception without a dance floor, but you'd want to slip off any shoes before any actual dancing.

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Awe, I am so sorry to hear about your loss.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your fiance's families. 

 

Originally Posted by dstinationdrmr View Post

Hello Ladies,

 

I've been MIA so please bear with me while I catch up. Unfortunately, my future father in law passed away unexpectedly last week and I have been tending to family stuff. We have also been back and forth on the road from Georgia so I'm just able to check in. For a minute I was expecting to have to postpone our wedding and/or change plans all together since it was such a shock, but FI is on board with continuing with our plans as is. So,  forgive me if I beat a dead horse and comment on things that have been resolved, etc.
 

 



Yay Jaime, I can't wait to hear all about your trip!  Thanks for the info on heels.  I definitely want to wear heels too!

 

Originally Posted by JaimeCF2BR View Post

Hey girls...I'm back from my visit to AS!!  I'll post some more info and pics later, I just wanted to chime in on the sand/heels issue.  I am thrilled to confirm wearing heels for the beach ceremony is extremely doable!!  One of the days I was there, they had the wooden plank set up, but no wedding...so I spent a good 30 minutes "practicing" in my 3" heels :).  My wedding heels are actually 4", but that additional inch shouldnt make a difference.  As long as you are comfortable walking in heels and can stay either perfectly balanced or put a little more impact on your toes, you will be completely fine. 

 

The only problem I found was walking down the ramp.  I spend 11 hours a day in 3+ inch heels, but could not master the ramp!  That is the first moment all of the guests will see you (and you dont want to look uncomfortable or scared), so I've decided to walk down the ramp barefoot, and do something cute to slip them on.  I think all of my family and friends will find it humorous that I can't even do a beach wedding without my heels...so should be fun! 

 

Also, the wooden plank is fine for heels (even better than the packed sand).  I took an up close picture of the plank against my foot, so you can see how small the cracks are (ill post it tonight).  They are very tiny, so you would have to have very very thin heels for them to slip through.

 

Lastly, one of the nights FI and I took a nice long walk on the beach and I kept the heels on just to see how far I could push it.  Again, not a problem...even after a few drinks :).  I really dont know about dancing though.  I think you could get away with a beach reception without a dance floor, but you'd want to slip off any shoes before any actual dancing.



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Thanks for the heel testing Jamie! :) Great information to have. Can't wait to hear how the tasting went and what other details you have gathered.

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Ok, I've put a lot of my photos (with descriptions) in an album.  I'm not sure if I am linking it correctly, so let me know if you can't get to it.

 

http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/gallery/album/view/id/8370/user_id/30664

 

All of these pictures were taken between 5-6pm to give you an idea of lighting and crowds.  I noticed the album keeps the photos small, so if there's any you'd like enlarged, let me know the title and I'll post or email it.

 

I have lots more, just wanted to focus on the beach for now since thats been the main topic recently.  If anyone else is interested to see anything else, just let me know.  I think we've officially photographed the whole resort :)

 

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And the food tasting went great!  We were able to try 4 different dishes from the private event menu (1 Chicken, 1 Steak, 1 Lamb, & 1 Surf/Turf).  I'm not sure if they let us chose 4 because there was 4 of us, or if it was because we are having 2 private events.  The coordinating in advance definitely made me nervous, but the actual tasting was well organized and the food was amazing!  After tasting those dishes, I'm 100% comfortable picking anything off the menu.

 

In my opinion it was all better tasting and better portion sizes than anything at the restaurants.  This made me feel much better about paying the extra $ for a private event at an all-inclusive resort. 

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Hey girls,

 

I have a room question.  If you stay in the premium suite, what exactly does that get you, aside from the "free" wedding, which really isn't much more than the pearl package?  I am wondering if it's worth booking that suite b/c I don't think your guests can come into that section if they're not booked in premium.  So, I was wondering if I should just go with a regular room, and then use my webinar upgrade to get into the standard swim up.  Any suggestions? 

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