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#2761 SunBride

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    Posted 29 September 2009 - 05:28 PM

    Yeah, although it's never been totally clear, it sounds like with the free package you have to pay to have your reception at the pool or beach, it's only free with the other 2 packages (although I think some people have managed to get away with having a free outdoor reception even with the free package).

    As for where to have an informal cocktail hour, some people have had it at the lobby bar, or the Sugar Reef Bar, or the Veranda Bar.

    Yes you can bring your own docking station for your ipod or you can rent their speakers but you have to pay (I think it's 150$ unless that's changed).

    The arch is part of the dolphin pool, which is next the seaside grill.

    For a lot of the the questions above, read a bunch of the reviews, people talk about what they did for music, cocktail hour and reception location and about any problems they had or whether they were happy with their choice.

    This is why reviews are so important, and not just saying everything was wonderful but taking the time to explain all those different arrangements (cocktail hour, reception, music ect) and what you liked and didn't like about your arrangements and how much you paid.

    #2762 jmb0902

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      Posted 29 September 2009 - 09:55 PM

      Quote:
      Originally Posted by lolosmama
      I emailed this exact question to Anabel yesterday, so hopefully I'll hear back by tomorrow, lol. I am trying to fill out the Wedding Planning Form, and it is so unclear when you are using the free package and adding on. Are you using the Wedding in Paradise package also? How many guests do you have, and where are you planning on having your reception?
      Well, I was trying to do the Wedding in Paradise package - but not if you have to pay $750 to have your reception at the pools or on the beach! UGH! Someone let me know if they have clarified that that is what they mean please....

      #2763 jmb0902

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        Posted 29 September 2009 - 11:20 PM

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        Originally Posted by carmen2009
        I'm confused about a couple of things too. They sent me an email responding that i could only use the $20 menu if I had the reception at one of the resturants. From the email, it sounded like that wasnt an option if you wanted to have a reception at the pool. I dont know.....JoAnn have you decided on a reception location yet?
        I'm not going to really "decide" on a location b/c there are 3 of us that day *ugh*. I'm just going to do decorations and everything that could work at any of them I guess... I don't want to be disappointed!

        #2764 alysalynn

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          Posted 30 September 2009 - 03:15 AM

          Hi ladies,

          I also had a conversation with the wedding coordinators regarding beach/pool receptions and fees when going with the free wedding package. What I was told was that I could have the beach/pool areas for NO private event fee; however, I must use Silver or Gold menu at 55 or 65 a person. The 20 per person menu is only available at the restaurants.

          (Perhaps they were making an exception and saying you could use a restaurant menu, but there would be a private event fee? I don't know, it seems strange to me.)

          I decided on the beach reception with the silver menu. I don't necessarily need the fancy menu, but wanted the right space for speeches and dancing and that didn't seem as possible in a restaurant.

          Now I'm trying to decide if the cocktail hour is worth it, or if we should gather informally. My ceremony is at 3 so it seems like there's quite a bit of time before dinner.

          Take care everyone...

          #2765 carmen2009

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            Posted 30 September 2009 - 08:59 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by jmb0902
            I'm not going to really "decide" on a location b/c there are 3 of us that day *ugh*. I'm just going to do decorations and everything that could work at any of them I guess... I don't want to be disappointed!
            I wonder who the 3rd bride is and where her ceremony/reception will be. I also emailed Natalia about the silver menu. I wanted to know if I could give my guests more than one option. She said No, we must pick one. I was hoping they could chose between at least two main courses.

            Does anyone know what the price is for childern? For the silver menu it is $55 per person but I assuming children would be different since they arent drinking and will be eating less.

            #2766 Blkatz

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              Posted 30 September 2009 - 09:44 AM

              i just went through my stuff from Natalia and Landy and here is your answer about the children's menu-it was $25/per child
              Cheese hamburger, chicken fingers, spaguetti wth butter

              #2767 melaniejade31

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                Posted 30 September 2009 - 09:48 AM

                Hello Wonderful, Helpful, Informative Brides!

                I am so thrilled to know about this forum. Oh, by the way, my name is Melanie, and I am strongly considering Dreams Tulum for my wedding on April 10. There are only a couple of reason why I haven't already secured my date. One is that they only have noon available for a ceremony on that day, and I'm wondering if my guests are going to be uncomfortably warm. We're getting married on the beach. I guess it's only for 30 minutes, right? Encouragement on this front would be greatly appreciated. The other thing is that (as everyone on here has mentioned), the responses and figuring out all the info from the wedding coordinators is so confusing. I've read about them making mistakes in contracts and unexpected charges, so I'm feeling wary about that. Plus, I don't even want half the things in the packages, but when I've e-mailed with the coordinator, they are insistent on choosing one of them. Oh, and another thing---I really want a private beach wedding. Here and everywhere else I've looked, there are people around. I'm wondering if it will be a big deal or not. Any comments about that? Does anyone know of somewhere I could have a private beach wedding? I'm at the point where I just want to pick somewhere, you know? But I'm worried about picking the wrong place. Hmmm...

                Melanie

                #2768 ddk5576

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                  Posted 30 September 2009 - 05:19 PM

                  I was wondering who the other brides are for Memorial Day weekend?!! I would love to get together and possibly share costs on items that we may be able to share?!! Assuming the colors, etc..work...Please let me know who is doing what as far as bringing items, so we can work together!

                  My colors are, robins egg blue, coral (persimmon/watermelon) & sage green!
                  Thanks ladies!!

                  Wedding: May 30th, 2010 5pm!!
                  Dreams Tulum of course!! ;-D

                  #2769 lolosmama

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                    Posted 30 September 2009 - 06:48 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by jmb0902
                    Well, I was trying to do the Wedding in Paradise package - but not if you have to pay $750 to have your reception at the pools or on the beach! UGH! Someone let me know if they have clarified that that is what they mean please....
                    OK, I got a response from Anabel...

                    My question was: First, we are using the Wedding in Paradise package, but would like to arrange dinner after the ceremony at one of the pool terraces. We were told this could be arranged, and would have to pay $20/person for the dinner. From what menu do we select their $20 dinner? Is it a set menu, or do they order what they wish from servers?

                    Her answer was:You have to select the menu of one of our restaurant outside and also have to pay the private event (750dlls) for have in one of our terrace because in your package you don’t have included the private event. The other way is that if you don’t want to pay the private event you can have the set menu in one of the restaurant but will be another guest and you can’t play music .

                    Again, this is for the Wedding in Paradise (free) package. I will email her back to see if she can send me the menus.

                    #2770 starlitk

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                      Posted 30 September 2009 - 07:31 PM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by honeybear
                      Ladies I need to ask for some advice as I am really torn on whether to do our reception on the beach or by the relax pool.
                      For those who did their reception on the beach: Did you have any trouble with it being windy, not private enough, or not enough lighting? What did you do for dancing?
                      For those who did their reception by the relax pool: Did you have any issues with it not being private enough, or tables & chairs set up too close to the pool's edge, etc?

                      Thank you so much for all of your help!
                      Our reception was by the adult/relax pool. We had 44 people including us, and did not have any issues with it not being private enough, nor with the tables being too close to the water's edge.


                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by Tisha316
                      To the ladies, Honeybear, and ESP Sunbride:)

                      1) Which bar should I have everyone meet at before the reception that would be NICE and close to the beach wedding and our reception location...which brings me to my next question...
                      2) Where to have the reception...? I saw a beautiful set up on Starlitk's by the pool, but not sure which one it is, and which pool is the one with the arch walkway? We are having 42 guests so what would be the best option?
                      3) I don't think we are having a DJ. Just bringing the ipod...i have seen some girls do that and it worked out great. Can I have music as I walk down the BEACH:) to my hubby?
                      4) How do we set up the Ipod...should I bring my own BOSE docking station...it's pretty loud...? Or do they have something I can use and what would be best? I want to avoid ALL extra or hidden costs as possible because we are ALSO having a Stateside reception which is enlarging our budget!! thanks ladies:) Love this forum!! Love all of you...and can't wait for the Oct 10th wedding pix and review post!!
                      1. Nicest and nearest to the beach - your best option is the sugar reef bar. None of the bars are really "fancy" but that one has a good atmosphere.
                      2. Thanks! Our reception was by the relax/adult pool. Our wedding was the same size, and I think there is more room by the relax/adult pool than there is by the dolphin pool (the one with the arch).
                      3. You can have ipod music as you walk down the beach, but you have to pay to rent the speakers.
                      4. The resort has what it needs to hook up the ipod to their speakers - you just have to pay to rent the speakers. If you think your own sound system is pretty loud, then that might save you the money it would cost to rent the speakers twice (b/c you have to pay the fee to rent them twice - once for the ceremony and once for the reception.

                      Good luck!




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