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#3501 vlvetter7

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    Posted 16 March 2011 - 05:47 AM

    ok so here's another question...does anyone know whether the pool closes at a certain time? I would imagine it must because of liability and the fact that the people sleeping in rooms on the ground level would want some peace and quiet eventually, but I just didn't know how that all works?



    #3502 SeeFlowers

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      Posted 16 March 2011 - 04:19 PM

      I think most pools close around 6 or 7 at the resorts. I stayed at Riu Palace Mexico and I think it closed about that time...


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      #3503 SeeFlowers

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        Posted 19 March 2011 - 07:17 AM

        Hey ladies....

         

        My FI and I are going back and forth regarding private vs semi-private dinner. Is anyone doing a private? I just dont wanna pay $1600 so my party can be alone. I was thinking that if my wedding is at 4pm, we can do a cocktail hour/mini reception with music from 4:30 until 6:45 and then have semi-private dinner. When they kick us out the restaurant at 8pm, have drinks at a hotel bar and then change clothes and head out for a night of partying? I think thats reasonable? I just don't want my guests to feel they were jipped out of a "real" wedding reception. 

         

        What is everyone elses timeline and dinner plans?


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        #3504 vlvetter7

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          Posted 21 March 2011 - 04:46 AM

          Seeflowers - my fiance and I were feeling the same way as you, however, we have decided to do a semi-private reception. We have a 5pm ceremony, then we're doing a cocktail reception with appetizers, the mariachi band and dancing until dinner. So a little backwards - almost like the reception before the dinner. But that way, for the older folks they can head off to bed after dinner and for the young, party group - we can all go out after dinner.



          #3505 SeeFlowers

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            Posted 21 March 2011 - 05:09 AM

            Sounds about the same as i was thinking. Great minds think alike ;)


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            #3506 Nicyx

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              Posted 21 March 2011 - 12:39 PM


               

              Originally Posted by celestial419 

              V- I don't know how you are doing it!!  Moving to a new house, planning this wedding, lots of packing... that's a lot to do.  on the bright side, when you come back from Mexico.. you'll have a new house, new hubby, new life.

               

              BTW.. did lots of wedding stuff this week. We got our marriage license, did my dress fitting, my FI found a new BM, and I finally found a legal day dress & shoes.  phew! 

               

              Nicy- did you know we'll be in Mexico for Cinco de Mayo!!  A couple of our friends are trying to book last minute and it's hard for them to find rooms at RPRM for May 5-7.. seems like the hotel is very booked. 


              Ive been here but not in the last few days... lurking more like!!!

               

              Never heard of Cinco de Mayo before.... have googled it and now im in the loop :-) Busy weekend for us then!!!! xx

               



              #3507 SeeFlowers

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                Posted 21 March 2011 - 04:49 PM



                Originally Posted by vlvetter7 

                Seeflowers - my fiance and I were feeling the same way as you, however, we have decided to do a semi-private reception. We have a 5pm ceremony, then we're doing a cocktail reception with appetizers, the mariachi band and dancing until dinner. So a little backwards - almost like the reception before the dinner. But that way, for the older folks they can head off to bed after dinner and for the young, party group - we can all go out after dinner.



                Another question, if your ceremony is at 5pm, will you be having dinner at the 1st or 2nd seating? Now my FI may want to do the 8:45 dinner, but from 4:30-8:45 for cocktails seems soo long. I think 4:30-6:45 may be long enough for cocktails....but then I think how long will we be gone for pictures??? Will it take 45min to a hour? If thats the case, we'll only have cocktails from 5:30 to 6:45!  Urgh, I don't know!

                 


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                #3508 vlvetter7

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                  Posted 22 March 2011 - 05:13 AM

                  How many guests are you having? If you have more than 27 guests you are required to have the later seating (unless you do a private ceremony of course).  So I didn't really have a choice because I have 36 guests and I refuse to pay for a private ceremony. 

                   

                  I figure with the 5pm ceremony time it will be over by 5:30. Pictures will take a full hour and most everyone will be involved with the pictures, and for those not involved they can find a drink somewhere! Cocktail reception starts ~6pm with the mariachi band kicking off about 6:30. They play for 45 minutes which will bring us to 7:15. From 7:15-8:30ish we'll have dancing, appetizers and drinks and then we'll head over to dinner. We have ordered the full appetizer option and a full bar will be set up for our group. We are bringing our Bose sound system with an ipod playlist for the time the band isn't playing. I think it will all work out perfectly!



                  #3509 SeeFlowers

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                    Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:21 AM



                    Originally Posted by vlvetter7 

                    How many guests are you having? If you have more than 27 guests you are required to have the later seating (unless you do a private ceremony of course).  So I didn't really have a choice because I have 36 guests and I refuse to pay for a private ceremony. 

                     

                    I figure with the 5pm ceremony time it will be over by 5:30. Pictures will take a full hour and most everyone will be involved with the pictures, and for those not involved they can find a drink somewhere! Cocktail reception starts ~6pm with the mariachi band kicking off about 6:30. They play for 45 minutes which will bring us to 7:15. From 7:15-8:30ish we'll have dancing, appetizers and drinks and then we'll head over to dinner. We have ordered the full appetizer option and a full bar will be set up for our group. We are bringing our Bose sound system with an ipod playlist for the time the band isn't playing. I think it will all work out perfectly!



                    That actually sounds perfect for you. I have a extra hour though... my ceremony is at 4pm. Right now we have some stragglers who haven't booked yet, so we may have anywhere from 25 to 30 guests. So confused.  Oh I forgot to tell you, I asked nancy about playing music at the reception at the outside bar...and she said the bartender would play music if you give them an ipod. I'm gonna have to question her on that a little bit more. I'd be super pissed if something went wrong and i didn't bring my own sound system and then we had no music!

                     


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                    #3510 vlvetter7

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                      Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:03 AM



                      Originally Posted by SeeFlowers 





                      That actually sounds perfect for you. I have a extra hour though... my ceremony is at 4pm. Right now we have some stragglers who haven't booked yet, so we may have anywhere from 25 to 30 guests. So confused.  Oh I forgot to tell you, I asked nancy about playing music at the reception at the outside bar...and she said the bartender would play music if you give them an ipod. I'm gonna have to question her on that a little bit more. I'd be super pissed if something went wrong and i didn't bring my own sound system and then we had no music!

                       



                      That's so strange...I have an email telling me it would be an extra 300-350 USD for access to the sound system during the cocktail reception! That's why I figured I would just bring my own!

                       






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