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Chloe55 - urs pics are great! I absolutely love your shoes and the way you did ur hair (it is so natural). I thought of wearing brown or pink shoes (my wedding colors) but wasn't sure now I think I will totally do it!

 

Btw the sashes/ties for your chair did you take those with you? or did the hotel provide them for a charge? If you bought them yourself where did you buy them from?

 

Ladies as for the diet I just staretd weight watchers and so far the results are very slow but I guess like ppl says its all abt what you eat! and I eat out too much with FI.

 

I am going for dress alteration on April 3rd so hoping to lose few more lbs before then!

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Jannae-

 

The cocktail hour was free, but she told me it was subject to availability up until I told her I wanted to book the Mariachi, then all of a sudden she was able to confirm it. It was set up outside the theatre, I think it was called Lyrico Bar. I would definately do it there, especially at that time. I know sunset will be different when you're there, but it was really perfect to have the sun be setting while we're all outside with the dancing and champagne and all that. Also, the inside bar gets crowded, and where we were, it was pretty private.

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Samira -

 

I got the chair sashes from here wedding linens direct home page they were really inexpensive and good quality. They sell them in packs of 10 for like $8, and they came in the mail pretty quickly. The resort charges $4 for each chair they put one of their sashes on. When I brought the sashes to the meeting, Rebecca told me that they would charge me $20 to put them on for us, but I don't remember seeing it on our bill.

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Thanks Chloe!! I just looked at ur pics AGAIN its seriously gorgeous and I love how everything is so natural!!

 

ladies I need advice I cant decide if I should wear a veil or not. any thoughts. My dress is in btw a A line and mermaid. I will post pics after april 3rd.

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Hi Ladies!

 

As you may know, I decided that the RPRM wasn't the right place for my wedding but I still had to see the resort... after all the research I did online. :)

I was reading this forum and realized that I saw Chloe55's wedding as well as MrsMarch's.

Funny thing is that when I saw Chloe's bridesmaids' dresses (loved them!) I was saying to my fi that I swear I had seen them somewhere... Both of you ladies looked gorgeous! Your hair came out perfect too.

 

Because I was there watching with a keen eye, I swear I saw atleast six weddings, here is my RPRM spectator review:

 

Get the HARP for the ceremony! It really set an elegant mood and made the experience richer. He plays while the guests are finding their seats and while the wedding party walks down the aisle and then again while everyone is leaving. One couple, who were married at the Gazebo, had a receiving line right after the vows and he played for awhile while they greeted their guests. The sound quality of the speakers with the harp was more clear than the speakers for the CD player which is part of the reason I liked it better.

 

The Mariachi was awesome for the cocktail hour. It starts the party mood for sho'.

One of the spots most ppl had the cocktail hour was right next to the Terrace and it was a pretty spot. That was near our room so we, as guests, got to enjoy Chloe55's Mariachi as we we walking to our room to shower for dinner. wink.gif The other spot brides met for cocktail hour was inside at the lobby bar. It is a nice meeting spot also but if the weather is nice the Terrace area is better. They also set up the appetizers nicely for cocktail hour if you choose to have them.

 

The beach wedding set up was nicer in person than from what I saw when I was sent the pics from the coordinator. The Gazebo is a little more private but ppl from the pool still watch. Also, the Spa is right next to the Gazebo if anyone is getting ready there.

 

Chair bows, in my opinion... don't stress over them. The chairs look great with or without them. I actually preferred them without. They do a nice job with the flowers at the Gazebo and the white fabric and flowers over the arch way at the beach. So it does already look quite elegant already. One couple had tiki-torches at the beach ceremony and it was pretty cool too.

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As you know with less ppl dinner is at Boto Fogo's and more pppl it is at Chili's.... I really wanted Chili's from the pics bec. it seemed more elegant and beachy but to be honest I liked Boto Fogo's better. They have a salad buffet and then they come around with more meat than I ever wanted to eat, fi was in Heaven, I was yelled at by the waiter... "Come chica! Come" ("Eat girl! Eat") lol. They have sausage, steak, chicken, turkey, pork... They serve it to you very hot. Don't waste your money doing table service at Boto Fogo's because they serve the meat and broccoli and side to you anyway. I am sure your guests won't mind mingleing at the salad bar anyway.

 

In my opinion, you eat the lunch buffet everyday at Chili's so it was nice to have a different place to go for dinner. So, Boto Fogo brides don't worry about the location of dinner, they were both nice. Chilli's can get chilly at night also bec. it is semi-outside.

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It did get very chilly at night and in the morning the week I was there 2/26-3/5 so all the cute dresses and tops I brought needed a cardigan.

 

The massages were great at the spa. I heard that you can get them downtown for $20 for 70 minutes also if you are daring... :)

 

We went to a club suggested by the Riu activity coordinator, Leo, called Mandala's... go there if you can! It is semi-outside as well with great dancing music. Leo brought us there and we were given free welcome drinks at the club when we arrived. Entrance was $10 to Mandala's, I think Cogo Bongo's is $50 pp but we didn't go there. Of course there is Sr. Frog's and Carlos 'n Charlies downtown La Playa.

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Another thing I pleasantly noticed is that the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding at the Buffet is quite sectioned off from the rest of the guests eating so it is a nice area. It is nice that they put flowers on the table as well.

 

My room had a big balcony and face toward the outside of the hotel toward the graden/Hotel Lupita. No mold smell at all in my room. I was disappointed at first about out location (I so wanted beach view or terrace view) but I liked it bec. it was private and shaded so it was always cool without using the a/c at all.

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I am totally polluting this forum, but one more thing I loved....

 

there was an outside photographer who had a great idea that I loved!

 

....this couple was married at the Gazebo and then after that they had a quick recieving line outside by the spa while the Harp was playing. The photog's took quick pics and then repositioned the guests chairs so the wedding party was seated in a long row with the bride and groom in the middle. Then the guests were standing up behind them and she gentley guided them to all turn and angle themselves properly and took some nice pics. The cutest one was when she had them smile and yell "YAy!" with there hands up at the camera. LOVED IT! It was an adorable pic of the wedding party and guests that I am sure came out fab.

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Thanks for all of the tips Frenchie- Especially about the chairbows- at my last decision making time, I decided against them, but have still been questioning myself (of course!) SO cool that you got to see all of those weddings too! Even though you chose a diff resort, I'm sure it made you more excited.

 

Chloe- awesome tip about the cocktail hour being free AFTER the mariachis are mentioned... I need to totally play that one up since we are getting them anyway wink.gif I loved all of it in your pics- looked like fun! OH and I just told FI about the cigar idea you had for it- he's all over that.

 

Samira-I'm not wearing a veil, and not sure if you can tell by my dress in my siggy, it's kind of between an aline and mermaid too. I'm just wearing a flower in my hair. Can't wait to see pics of your dress!

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