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#61 jackobelle

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    Posted 03 October 2009 - 11:08 AM

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    Hi all
    I am getting married at the blau varadero next year going out june 25th,we would also love any info or tips from people who have been there as i think this hotel doesnt seem to do that many weddings compared with the others!
    Hope its ok....
    Congrats! It will be great at the Blau. What kind of tips are you looking for? I am getting married there in March so let me know if there is anything specific you would like me to check out for you.

    #62 pkitch

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      Posted 03 October 2009 - 05:08 PM

      hI,
      We just wondered can you get married on the beach,grounds or any place you like and also what happens if it rains!!!!
      Are you using their photographer?
      Are you having music and if so do they arrange this?sorry for all the questions but we have not heard from anyone regarding our wedding yet.
      What time of day are you planning your wedding and will they let you use the al a carte restaurant after?
      Good to hear someone else is going!!
      Many thanks,paul.

      #63 jackobelle

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        Posted 03 October 2009 - 09:33 PM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by pkitch
        hI,
        We just wondered can you get married on the beach,grounds or any place you like and also what happens if it rains!!!!
        Are you using their photographer?
        Are you having music and if so do they arrange this?sorry for all the questions but we have not heard from anyone regarding our wedding yet.
        What time of day are you planning your wedding and will they let you use the al a carte restaurant after?
        Good to hear someone else is going!!
        Many thanks,paul.
        Hi Paul!

        You can get married on the beach, although if you do, it might be tricky convincing them to put chairs out for guests. You can also get married on the grounds, they will put chairs there and I think they have a Gazebo....they will pretty much put you anywhere you want! If it rains, they will put you inside, maybe in the a la carte restaurant, or even the lobby has nice gardens inside. I got the feeling they would do whatever you wanted.


        I am not using their photographer, I am using this one:
        BEST DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER PETER VAN DE MAELE SPECIALIZES IN DESTINATION WEDDINGS ACROSS THE GLOBE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS CUBA JAMAICA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MEXICO CANCUN RIVIERA MAYA PDC PLAYA DEL CARMEN EUROPE LONDON

        Weddings can go pretty much all day until 4pm. After 4pm there is an extra charge. They let you use an a la cart restaurant (might depend on your group size though)

        I am planning on having music, I want some live music for the ceremony and to play CDs for the first dance and have a dance with our guests after dinner. I have to ask the WC at the Blau about this - thanks for reminding me! I'll let you know what I find out. Do you have her email address? She is really good at replying quickly to emails.

        Hope this helps!

        #64 pkitch

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          Posted 04 October 2009 - 04:02 PM

          hi, thanks for that. Its good to get some details! The only other thing i forgot to ask - is there a hairdresser in the hotel or nearby?? My fiancee wants her hair styling by a professional, to make sure it lasts all day ideally someone who will come to the hotel if they arent already there??

          We havent got the email address for the wedding coordinator, so that would be great if you can pass it on. thanks, Paul.

          #65 Erent2B

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            Posted 05 October 2009 - 11:05 AM

            Hi Paul,
            The Wedding Coordinator's address is sales@blauvaradero.cyt.cu ... her name is Isabel Sabina. She's going away from Oct. 15 - Nov. 8, so if you email her now she might not get back to you right away, but normally she's really good about it.

            There is a hair stylist at the resort and you can book it through the WC, I think it costs around 50 CUC. The onsite photographer and the videographer cost 150 CUC each. I'm bringing my own photographer, but I can let you know what their photographer's work looks like --- they won't send you any pics over email, you have to wait until you get there to see them, which is the same with the flowers. As for location, she'll just tell you that you can look at the resort grounds when you get there and decide then.
            I'm having my own music for the ceremony, and I've been told there is a DJ there who can play a CD for me ... I haven't had confirmation about the DJ playing CD's after the wedding (i.e. for first dance, etc.), but like Jackobelle said, they seem like they'll do pretty much anything you want, so I don't see it being a problem.

            I'm getting married there in less than 6 weeks (YAY!), so if you have any questions you want answered, just ask and I'll try to find them out for you.

            #66 jackobelle

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              Posted 05 October 2009 - 09:54 PM

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              I'm getting married there in less than 6 weeks (YAY!), so if you have any questions you want answered, just ask and I'll try to find them out for you.
              Wow! It is getting close!! You must be excited. I am wondering which a la carte to book the wedding dinner. If you could scope them out & let me know what one might be more "weddingish" that would be great! (we decided not to pay the extra money for the lobster dinner at the new beach restaurant)

              Also, are you getting married on the beach? If you are, are you getting chairs? I know this has been an issue for other Blau weddings.

              #67 jax_the_beach_bride

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                Posted 06 October 2009 - 10:26 AM

                Hi everyone... sorry i have been MIA for so long!!...

                - the hair dresser is awesome and he did an amazing job on my hair-- i would definitely be booking him! Just a word of advice though, make sure that you book for at least 1 1/2 hours before the wedding because he is very meticulous and likes to make your hair perfect!.

                - as for the a la carte restaurants, we went to palma real for the reception dinner and it was very nice! they even had a live band playing cuban style music during the whole dinner!

                - one thing i wish we would have done, was had an organized dance reception afterwards but if your going to have a AHR then its not that big of a deal. We didnt really plan that part out but the beach bar had music so you could dance if you wanted to.

                - i did not use the photographer there.. brought my own in but i heard really good things about him from other people who got married there that week.

                hope this helps out :)

                BTW jackobelle... believe it or not.. i dont have my pics back from the photographers so i still cant send u a pic of the beach set up its been a tough go with these guys let me tell you~

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                #68 pkitch

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                  Posted 06 October 2009 - 11:13 AM

                  Thanks for all the info guys/
                  6 weeks wow,hope your wedding goes well!
                  We was told by our travel agents that the hotel needs details of our 2 witnesses so soon but we are not sure yet who we are having,did you guys have to give details early on?
                  I think i will wait till november and if we have not then heard from the wc i will email her!
                  Are any of you planning the havana over night trip with the tropicana?

                  #69 jax_the_beach_bride

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                    Posted 06 October 2009 - 05:22 PM

                    yes we did... you should probably do that ASAP.. they have to have all of the legal paperwork done before you arrive so it would be in your best interest to get that over to them soon!!! My DH and I went on the day trip to Havana the day after the wedding .. and we loved it .. we did not go to the tropicana show because we ended up going to the "pirates cave" with a bunch of the workers at blau ... its literally a club inside a cave and they had a mini tropicana show and then an open dance floor afterwards.. so i guess we didnt have the need to do the show when we went to havana... btw .. i love havana!!!!!

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                    #70 jackobelle

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                      Posted 06 October 2009 - 05:39 PM

                      Thanks for all the info Jax...And welcome back! We missed you! As long as they do do chairs, I am happy. Was it hard to convince them once you were there?

                      That's too bad about your photos, but if I remember correctly, they got the teasers to you really quick, didn't they? Hope you are enjoying married life so far! :)




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