Dreams Huatulco are there anymore brides?
Posted 28 April 2009 - 04:36 PM
Id ont think it costs extra for table cloths, but maybe candles?? Unless it mentions it on the package list (whichever you are going with) I would think it costs extra. I know alot of brides take down their own tulle for the chairs cause its ALOT cheaper than what they charge you. I will definitlely be doing that!
Posted 06 May 2009 - 12:17 AM
First and foremost, do not stress about anything. There is really nothing to worry about and everything will work out. My wedding was AMAZING and if you can believe it - BETTER than I ever imagined!
As most of you know, we went to Huatulco in January to meet with Rocio and to get to know the city. That trip was extremely useful as we made some great contacts when we were down there. During our wedding trip, we met with Rocio the 2nd night we there to confirm the details. I met with the new florist the next morning to discuss the flowers since he wasn't around in January.
Please don't think that Rocio has forgotten about anyone! She really does have a huge whiteboard calendar in her office with everyone's wedding dates on them. She also focuses on the weddings that are about to take place. She also has a folder for each bride and keeps the e-mails in separate folders. She will respond to you.
As for the details. The day before the wedding we arranged a bay tour with our 50 guests and we utilized one of the contacts we made in January to assist us in arranging it. We did not go through the Apple rep, because as you know, they overcharge. We were able to get 4 vans to transport our guests to the harbor by talking to the bellmen. We also arranged a rehearsal dinner that night, after the bay tour, for all our guests. The hotel was very accommodating. We held our "mexican" dinner on the terrace and it was beautiful. They even provided music for us. We also had a rehearsal that morning with the minister as we incorporated several mexican traditions into our wedding ceremony and needed to practice since we had no idea what to do. Rocio assisted in writing our ceremony - which was beautiful!
The weather in April is completely different from the weather in January. It is definitely warmer and the tide is completely different. The water was rough and it was red flag the entire 10 days we were there. Needless to say - we spent the entire time at the pool. This was not a problem, since the hotel wasn't even close to capacity so we did not have to fight for chairs.
Due to the high tide, there was minimal beach. We had a choice to move the location and have the wedding on the beach at 4:30 or choose a location by the pools and keep the original time of 5:30. We really wanted a beach wedding and planned to have it down by the Barracuda - by the rocks. The area that we would have had to had the wedding was not particularly pleasing (large drain that they were going to cover up with plants and cement wall) and we didn't want to have the wedding in the HOT sun at 4:30 - we moved our location. The new location was in front of the main infinity pool and was centered between two palm trees. The view was amazing - as we had the pool and then the ocean as the view. It was actually better than the beach and we were extremely happy with it. The older guests were also happy with it as they did not like the sand. We were very lucky in that they hotel was able to have the wedding in this location. There was a Mexican Fest that night and due to the fact that the hotel was not at capacity, they were able to push back the start time of the fest. I am not sure they would have been able to do this in high season. The hotel staff was so accommodating and extremely helpful in making our dream wedding come true.
As for the flowers, I totally changed the flowers and did not use what was included in the ultimate dreams package. I had sent some pictures of what I wanted ahead of time and discussed this with the florist. I had also looked at his website and liked some of what he had used in the past. We had an "altar" of 4 large bamboo poles covered with white organza with flowers on the top and at the bottom. The aisle was then lined with 3 shorter bamboo poles on each side with white flowers and some green leaves and organza streamed between them. It was truly beautiful. It did cost extra, but was totally worth it. They also then moved the bamboo poles to the reception area - which was by the gazebo. The chairs for the ceremony had white organza bows, which I did not request - but they were beautiful. Antonio, the florist, did such a beautiful job with all the flowers including the bouquets and boutonnieres.
As for the reception, I had brought my own table runners that were in my colors, so I only utilized the basic white tablecloths, which they do not charge for. If you want to add additional linens, there is a charge. I also did not use the standard chairs with the white covers, as I wanted to use the brown bamboo chairs that they use for group events/fests, etc. My colors were brown and aqua so the brown chairs looked great! Much better than the white chairs. Rocio also had them put lights under the table - which added an extra touch. I also upgraded the flowers for the tables and had three vases of different sizes on each the tables.
The food was the best that I had at the resort over the 10 days I was there. Even the guests thought that the wedding dinner was the best food! It was delicious. The cake was good too.
I am so happy we did not hire a DJ because by the time we were finished with dinner, the toasts, first dance and father/daughter dance - there was only about an hour or hour and a half for dancing. My guests took full advantage. The sound system is really good and we utilized our IPODS with playlists that we had put together. We regret taking so much time to put together playlists since we really only got to play around 12 songs!
Almost all of our guests ended up in the disco after the reception which was so much fun. We basically had a reception that went until 1 a.m. We took over the disco. Again, I think we had an advantage as it was slow season and the hotel was not at full capacity.
Fabian LaSala is an amazing photographer. We chose to utilize him for the entire day and paid the additional money (in traveler's checks). He is worth it! I cannot believe how beautiful the pictures are. My married friends were jealous as they felt that he was a better photographer then most of them had - even in the States! We have most of our pictures posted on our wedding website, so if you pm me, I will give you the website address.
What else? Oh - we utilized a local guitar player/singer - Jorge (can't remember his last name right now) that we had found when were we there in January. He was playing in the hotel lobby bar. He is terrific, We were able to pick our own songs and he sang and played his guitar. We also utilized him for the cocktail hour. Our guests loved him. He was a great addition.
Please let me know what questions you have! I am happy to answer any and all of them. If I think of anything else - I will come back and write more. I had such a great time planning my wedding, I am seriously thinking of starting up a business to do it full time! Our wedding was truly the best day of my life! I really owe it all to Dreams Huatulco and Rocio!
Posted 20 June 2009 - 01:06 AM
Looking forward to connecting with people though!
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