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So it looks like we are going to have around 43/44 people which is very frustrating b/c I know the tables seat 10. Did anyone try to squeeze extra chairs at the tables or just had 8-9 people at each table in this type of situation? Also, do they provide a sweetheart table/guest book table etc?

We had one big table so I can't help you with the seating...but they really packed us in. I'd talk to the wedding planner if you want a certain number of people at each table. They provided a guest book/favor/cake table and I assume they would provide a sweetheart table if you wanted that as well. They did not charge us extra for the side table.

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Yes, we brought our own paper lanterns. We brought 32 of mostly the 12inch size with a few 8inch size.  I brought ones that had the lights in them.  I'm not sure how they handle ones that don't have the lights.  We had our reception in the ballroom and they hung them in an "X" pattern over the dance floor which was in the middle of the tables.  Worked out great!

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So it looks like we are going to have around 43/44 people which is very frustrating b/c I know the tables seat 10. Did anyone try to squeeze extra chairs at the tables or just had 8-9 people at each table in this type of situation? Also, do they provide a sweetheart table/guest book table etc?

Hi rootkl,

We had 41 people including us at the wedding.  We ended up with 4 tables and a sweetheart table for the groom and I.  They provided a long table for the cake because I had photos of our family on their wedding day I wanted near it, as well as a 'guest book' table near the front door.  I don't recall being charged extra for these.  Hope that helps!

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Hey everyone!!

 

I have just started to read through some of the more recent posts for my upcoming wedding at Dreams Tulum in April 2014!! I am already excited and I know it is still so far away, haha :) I am just starting to think about details for the wedding and trying to get some ideas about what to bring with me and what to just pay extra for at the resort when it comes to decorations, music etc.... If anyone has any information they are willing to share with me that would be greatly apprciated!! So far we have 32 guests coming, and we believe the number will be closer to 40 once the day arrives.

Thanks in advance for any help!!!

 

Lisa :)

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Hi All!

 

My wedding is in less than three months so I'm just wondering when the wedding packet comes when we make our choices? Is it email or mailed to me?

 

My next question is, if there are 2-3 weddings the day I'm married, how do they decide who gets what if everyone wants one reception location?

 

Last question, who do I contact to make my hair and makeup appointments? I want to make SURE I get a spot first thing on my day and its kind of freaking me out if I don't. 

 

Thank you thank you fellow knowledgeable brides!

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My wedding is booked for April 28th, 2014. We went to the resort last month to do the taste testing, and meet our wedding co-ordinator. We absolutely loved the resort, and we are very happy with our choice!!

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Can someone give me a time frame for a 4pm ceremony?? I am having my pictures done before with my groom so that we can attend the cocktail hour but I'm still not sure how much time to allot afterwards for group pictures...I've seen 30 min which would be perfect but I'm not positive. I have my photog for 5 hours, I'm thinking of having him get there at 2 then be there an hour into the reception...thoughts??

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Hi Coolcalcium!

 

When I was planning my wedding last year, the wedding planner told me to expect the weddding planning forms to be emailed to me 2 months before the wedding.  I just checked my inbox and saw that I received my wedding planning forms on August 24th....which is 3 months before our November 21st wedding.

 

I believe that wedding reception locations are a first-come, first-serve type of thing.  I emailed my wedding coordinator fairly early in my planning stage when I knew approximately how many guests I was expecting to tell her which location we had in mind.  We ha our wedding at the Seaside Grill which you have to pay extra for. That means not as many people are willing to pay to rent it, which makes it a safer bet.  However, if the resort occupancy is high, there is a change they won't rent it out because the Seaside Grill is used as one of the restaurants in the evening.  

 

As for the spa bookings, the spa concierge emailed me in May for my November wedding bookings and I booked with them through email.  The email address at that time was spa2.dretu@dreamsresorts.com and I communicated with Adriana Garcia. I would confirm your bookings when you get there just in case.

 

 

Vandeni:

 

CONGRATS and WELCOME!  

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Can someone give me a time frame for a 4pm ceremony?? I am having my pictures done before with my groom so that we can attend the cocktail hour but I'm still not sure how much time to allot afterwards for group pictures...I've seen 30 min which would be perfect but I'm not positive. I have my photog for 5 hours, I'm thinking of having him get there at 2 then be there an hour into the reception...thoughts??

 

Rootkl:

 

I'm not sure what time of year you're getting married but I got married in November and had my ceremony at 4pm. The ceremony itself takes about 20-30 minutes depending on what you want to incorporate into it. We only had about an hour of daylight to shoot pictures of everyone including the bride and groom/wedding party...which was tight since we had 55 guests.  It's a good thing we had some trash the dress pictures done as well. We had a photographer for getting ready, the wedding, the reception and trash the dress. For myself, I would have preferred 1 hour of photography time in daylight to shoot all of my 55 guests (since I didn't get that many pictures of my guests except for at the reception) and another hour for bride & groom/wedding party but it depends on how many guests you have. Thirty minutes might do fine.

 

If you have a photographer booked for 5 hours and you and your groom are doing "first look" pictures pre-ceremony, I think you have the right idea.  In your case, I would probably do: 

2 hours pre ceremony

30 minutes during ceremony

1 hour group pictures/cocktail hour 

1.5 hours reception

....or swap the last two things

 

It really depends on what is important for you and how many guests you have.  It was really important for me to have as many pictures as possible in daylight so I should have really booked me ceremony for 2pm because I didn't see my groom before the ceremony.

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Did anyone get an answer to this? I want to bring my own paper lanterns too, its crazy how much they charge to 'rent' theirs!!

KristinT, I am taking down 35 lanterns, ranging in size from 8" to 20".  SO much cheaper to buy your own and bring them down.  Although they are still charging us around $150 to set them up, but that is still cheaper than buying the lanterns from resort. 

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