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#4481 vlynnw

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    Posted 01 March 2011 - 06:29 AM

    LaLastMinute - thanks that is currently where we have requested our cocktail hour so I may just keep it.  Our reception in at the Dolphin Pool so I'm still a little torn on the beach idea.  I'll be looking forward to what you think about splitting it up when you get back.

    Veronica & Adam - May 6, 2011 - Dreams Tulum

    #4482 cookiemunchkin

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      Posted 01 March 2011 - 12:25 PM

      Hola ladies!


      Just got back from our wedding at DT and it was just amazing.  Honestly, the coordinators do such an amazing job that I am still blown away!  I know previous brides keep saying your stress just disappears as soon as you meet with one of the WCs and it is soooo true.  We worked with Natalia and she had everything completely under control.


      I'll write a more detailed resort review later in the reviews section, but just wanted to give you ladies the important wedding-specific points here  :)


      We had booked the junior suite preferred club oceanfront and were upgraded to the honeymoon suite when we checked in.  The room itself is not much different from the junior suite, but the view is amazing.  We were right above the seaside grill with a view of the dolphin pool on one side and the wedding site on the other.  Our room (8340) easily has the best view in my opinion. 


      We wanted to have a welcome dinner the night everyone arrived, and the coordinators very nicely arranged for this at no cost at the World Cafe.  We had one entire corner of the restaurant blocked off for just us, it was a great way to greet people.   


      Paying for extra canopy setup honestly isn't worth the cost.  We paid almost $200 extra for a "custom" setup that we wanted to see but it really didn't turn out anything like we were expecting.  It still looked very nice, but not much different than the basic setup and not worth the extra cost in my opinion.

      Rosely at the spa did my hair and makeup and she is amazing.  I was a little worried about having someone do my makeup so I did a trial with her the day before my wedding and was blown away.  She is very good but speaks almost no English so bring pictures of things you like so that she knows what you are looking for.  Be warned that she will use literally half a can of hairspray in your hair and you might freak out but its is so necessary in the humidity.  All my curls loosened to soft waves once I had been outside for about an hour.  Rosa (the spa manager) was also very kind and helpful, even came to greet me at the spa the day of my trial and did some translating for me and Rosely. 


      If it is important for your guests to be able to hear you during the ceremony, rent the sound system.  We didn't (didn't matter much to us if people could hear us as long as we could hear each other!) and a few people mentioned they had a hard time hearing us over the ocean.  We hired the harpist for the ceremony and I think it was a beautiful touch.  If using Kiko Flores for your ceremony, make sure he knows your names well.  Partway through our ceremony he forgot my hubby's name and started using different variations of my name for both of us!  It was funny to us, but some people may not find it as amusing lol.  I got to hang out in my room with my bridesmaids until Natalia personally came to get us and escort us down. 


      We had our cocktail hour on the lobby terrace, and I would definitely recommend this location!  It's quiet, out of the sun (our poor guests were melting during the ceremony) and gives a great view of the grounds.  A bar is available literally inside the lobby doors if people want something other than what you've chosen.

      Ivan from DJ Doremixx was great.  We had given him a pretty big list of songs we wanted him to play and he did that.  His assistant brought out some props at various times (masks, glow sticks, balloons, etc) and its surprising just how much everyone loved those!  You would think we had never seen balloons before lol.  One of our guests was the MC for the evening and Ivan lent him a microphone to use for the night.


      We had our reception at Seaside Grill and it was perfect.  It was very windy in the evening, so they closed off one side of the restaurant with these drop curtains so that people could eat dinner comfortably and then opened those up again when the dancing started.  Small issue here is that we started the reception at 6:30 and they took the food away at 8:00 (which I suppose makes sense, you cant keep food sitting out for too long in that climate).  This was a problem for us though becuase our guests seemed to have a hard time arriving at 6:30 and we didn't actually get everything started until 7:20... didn't leave much time to eat, but this was our guests fault.  SOmething to be aware of if your guests are like ours though ;).  We went with the buffet and everyone raved about the food.  We paid for the extra hour of reception time until 10:30 which I have mixed feelings about.  On one hand, we really needed that additional hour because we were not done partying.  But on the other hand, I dont understand why we are paying when the food is already gone and the bar we are using is not a private bar anyways!  Its the bar that is situated right besided the dolphin pool.  Maybe they close that bar when the seaside grill is closed though?  I dont know.  The bar was definitely used by more people than our wedding group though.  And we had a party crasher lol.  Almost everyone came to the disco afterwards to continue dancing.  One of our guests had an ipod full of music and the DJ there was more than willing to play that for us. 


      That is about all I can think of right now, but if you have any questions reel free to shoot me a message!  I will post pictures if/when I ever get some back from our guests :)


      Oh and on an unrelated note, we flew Sunwing and had so many issues with them I dont even know where to start.  Rather than accepting responsibility for things they messed up, they blamed as much as they could on our travel agent (who we knew did not deserve the blame).  Just be extra careful of details and take copies of everything you were promised if you happen to book with sunwing too. 

      #4483 DanniS

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        Posted 01 March 2011 - 04:53 PM

        Cookiemunchkin I am so happy you had a great time! I can't wait to see your pictures and read your review!

        #4484 barbiegirl_27

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          Posted 01 March 2011 - 05:00 PM

          Welcome back.....hard to be back to reality I'm sure! Sounds like you had a great time! Congrats!

          #4485 Amykat

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            Posted 01 March 2011 - 06:39 PM

            Cookiemunchki n _ Im so glad everything turned out so nice. It makes me feel better to hear stories like yours :)


            LaLastMinute _ Thanks for the info about cocktail hr. I will certainly request the lobby terrace location

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            #4486 SaraMexicoBride

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              Posted 01 March 2011 - 07:49 PM

              Cookiemunchkin, I'm so glad you had a good time! 

              Your comment about sunwing makes me nervous though.  We had booked with westjet a year ago!  They recently canceled and now we have to fly with sunwing instead.  I've heard nothing but bad reviews about them.......any advice??

              #4487 vlynnw

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                Posted 01 March 2011 - 07:57 PM

                Cookiemuchkin - so glad to hear you had an amazing time! Can't wait to see the pics now! With my wedding 2 months away I'm getting soooo excited!

                Veronica & Adam - May 6, 2011 - Dreams Tulum

                #4488 Maur

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                  Posted 02 March 2011 - 03:12 PM

                  Does anyone have the template for the wedding survival kit?  Looking for the 4 stick figures that say too much sun, too much drinking, etc.?  Found it on DIY forum but I couldn't download it.

                  #4489 vlynnw

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                    Posted 05 March 2011 - 08:08 PM

                    Originally Posted by Maur 

                    Does anyone have the template for the wedding survival kit?  Looking for the 4 stick figures that say too much sun, too much drinking, etc.?  Found it on DIY forum but I couldn't download it.

                    Yep I've got it. 




                    Let me know if that works for you, if not pm me your email.

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                    Veronica & Adam - May 6, 2011 - Dreams Tulum

                    #4490 Maur

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                      Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:22 AM

                      Thank you vlynnw, I actually go it from another bride - they are soooooo cute, even my fiance thought they were funny.  Thanks again for answering my question!

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