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Welcome Beth!

In order to come over to the hotel and use all the amenities (restaurants, pools, bars etc) you have to pay $90(although i was told $80 i think). HOWEVER, I think as long as they are coming over just for the wedding, it should be free. Like if they come over just in time for the ceremony and then leave after the reception. Basically as long as all they are partaking in is what you pay for in your wedding ceremony/reception. Once the reception is over though, you guys will be back to drinking at the bar on your all inclusive plan at the hotel, so i think they would have to leave? I know there is a loop hole though with them coming over for free for the wedding.

I agree its crazy to have a set menus for everyone.. We will have between 80 and 90 people and have to pick the same menu. I think we are going to go with the chicken, casue i think everyone likes chicken? Whereas some people dont eat seafood and some people dont eat beef. As for vegetarians, i think you should just be straight with Rocio and say your paying $85 pp for the meal, they can at least go out of there way to prepare one or maybe two veggy meals!!! I am sure they will be accommadating.

 

Noone has gotten married there yet. Jenluvsmike will be getting back from her honeymoon tomorrow and will have lots to share with us im sure. and Silver is heading down there today to meet with rocio and fabian (photographer). So she will get alot of our Q's answered!

 

CONGRATS and welcome :)

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Hi Ladies!!

 

My name is Brianna, I'm from Winnipeg, MB, and my fiance and I are getting married at Dreams Huatulco in January of 2010!! Wow, This forum has been extremely informative and helpful. Hope everyone's planning has been going well. In reading all the posts, I was Very relieved to find out my wedding can be on a Wednesday if I arrive the previous Friday. Phewf! When I read at the site that you must wait 4 days before getting married, I thought it wouldn't include weekends or arrival dates and my wedding would be on Thursday, meaning most of my guests would be flying home the next day. So Wednesday sounds better to me.

Hope to get more info from all the brides out there.

Happy planning!! :)

 

B

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Hi cdnvb9,

 

Thanks for the reply regarding Dreams frustrations. I was told that the package cost includes dinner/drinks only for guests staying at Dreams. If they aren't staying at Dreams, they have to pay the $90 to come to the wedding and reception dinner. Ridiculous. Wish there was another alternative but there doesn't seem to be. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Looking forward to hearing from other brides who are down there now.

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Hi cdnvb9,

 

Thanks for the reply regarding Dreams frustrations. I was told that the package cost includes dinner/drinks only for guests staying at Dreams. If they aren't staying at Dreams, they have to pay the $90 to come to the wedding and reception dinner. Ridiculous. Wish there was another alternative but there doesn't seem to be. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Looking forward to hearing from other brides who are down there now.

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Seriously? Well that is just riduculas. I was told something completely different so I want to see if i still have an email or something to show proof. It just doesnt make any sense. You don't pay extra at a hotel in a city, for guests who arent staying at the hotel, so why would it be any different on a per head basis at a resort? Ugh. Sorry I misinformed you!

 

Silver & Jenluvsmike..... Lets see pics and reviews of your wedding (Jen) and hear about your meetings( Silver).. Im dying!

 

on a dif note, I think I found my dress this weekend and I am soooo excited! FINALLY!

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Hey everyone!

I have so much to write about, I don't really know where to start. Ok - so here it goes.

 

First of all, Rocio is amazing! She is so nice and very accommodating. She lived in California for awhile which is why her English is so good. She really tries to work with and listens to your requests.

 

The ceremony can be on the beach or at the gazebo, which is in a couple of the pictures. You can also have your ceremony in town at the church. That is not included in the package, but it can be arranged. We are definitely doing ours on the beach. There was a wedding going on while we were down there which was on the beach. It was in front of the pool which is not very private. Everyone around was watching. If you want a more private ceremony, you can move it further down the beach. This ceremony was symbolic and was also very short - about 10 - 15 minutes. The ceremony can be as long as you want it. There was another wedding earlier in the week that was at the gazebo and was a legal ceremony. I was talking to someone that saw that ceremony and they did not like it. They said the legal ceremony is basically reading a legal contract out loud, in spanish, which is translated to english. We were going to do a legal ceremony, but based on what we heard, changed our minds. Plus, it is much easier to do the legal ceremony in the states.

 

I met the florist that the hotel works with and she is extremely nice. I brought some pictures of some ideas I had in mind. Obviously, changing or adding flowers will be an additional cost. I don't know yet what the estimate is for the flowers I was requesting.

 

The reception sites that I saw was on the terrace down by the gazebo. It is a nice area and you can actually use the gazebo space for the dance floor. You can also do a beach reception and they do have a dance floor that they use. The one thing that you need to be careful of is the tide which can be quite high sometimes. We were going to do a beach reception, but also decided to move it to the terrace since we have around 50 guests attending.

 

The menu is fixed but if you have the gold package you can also select items from the silver menu. There is the additional charge for the guests over the 20 that are included. I think it is around $85 - all in. There is a charge for guests that are not staying at the hotel as well - however, if you already have over 20 guests, you are paying for them anyway.

 

I also met Fabian, the photographer. His pictures are great! He really takes the time to capture great photos. You can upgrade the package included and have him take pictures from the time you are getting ready, to the end of the evening.

 

The reception can't go past 10:30, but they may let you be outside until 11. The are is surrounded by rooms, and it makes sense that they try to control the noise levels. You can go to either the lobby bar, which has some outside seating, or the club. The club has a dance floor so if your guests still want to dance it is a good option. There is also a cigar bar - but is very smoky inside.

 

The spa and the Japanese restaurant are scheduled to open around 2/15. They seem to be on schedule. The fitness equipment - at least bikes and treadmills in another location until the spa opens. The hotel is looking great. I was worried that it looked a little sparse, but they are planting more plants and flowers everyday. It is only going to improve.

 

The staff was great - everyone was very nice. We did not have any problems at all. I have a minor in Spanish and talked in Spanish as much as possible. Everyone's English however, was good.

 

I know this is a lot information and I am sure I have more. I also have some pictures, some of which are similar to the ones that Nadine sent. I can e-mail these if you want - just send me a private message.

 

All in all, I am extremely happy with the hotel and the staff. I am really getting excited now as it seems real. I highly recommend this hotel!!!!! I think everything is going to be great!

 

Oh - one more thing - be prepared to get your dress wet. It seems like every photo had the bride walking down the beach dragging her dress in the sand..... I just a got a call today that my dress is in - so excited to actually try it on again!

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Thanks for all the info silver! I think we will be using fabian as well and upgrading the pkg!

So glad to hear you really liked the resort and you reccommend it! I think we will be doing the same as you guys, ceremony on the beacha nd reception on the terrace. Probably the more private area of the beach for the ceremony too.

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No problem! You will be so happy with everything. It is really a great resort. Plus, we got really good rates. I heard while I was there that the prices are only going to continue to increase.

 

Let me know if you need any other information.

 

One question for you - are you considering having more video as well? I am still unsure about that. I know that some of my friends that have had destination weddings wished that they had captured more video.

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I actually didnt even think about video. hmm. Cause I think all that is included is like a photo montage video right? At least thats all my friend got last year who got married at a dreams resort. Who does the video?

 

did you get/see any more pics of actual weddings set up there? Oh and did you ask how they feel about/what they charge for us bringing our own decorations for the reception? Is there anywhere for htem to set up lights or paper lanterns?

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