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Hi,

I'm quite new to this forum and I'm still at the stage of researching for a resort. I am getting a little overwhelmed now with all the info. Anyway, from reading this thread, it seems to me that a few of the brides' TA communicated with the WC and get pictures for their client. I'm from Calgary, Canada and my TA had requested that I contacted the WC for all the resorts that I'm looking into and get info directly from the WC myself. So, I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong..Any comments?

JO
Hi. I'm using Uniglobe, they have a destination wedding department. The girl I'm using has been great so far. She helped me with picking a resort, booking the wedding etc. and she's been awesome with all my guests. She's based out of Edmonton, not Calgary, but I'm sure they're all just as good. This is the website: Romantic Travel - Western Canada's Top Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists

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Hi Michelle,

We are thinking of upgrading on our wedding night for a total of two nights at the Grand. logistically, do you think it would be worth it for only two nights to for us to pack up and move? Is the Grand very far from the Lindo? Most likley we will be going back and forth since some of are friends will still be at the Lindo and we will go hang out with them for a bit. Any suggestions? We are torn.

Thanks!
Bess
It is definitely worth it to stay at the Grand even if for only two days. It is like a completely different world over there. When we packed up to transfer we just threw stuff in our suitcases to get packed, and then repacked everything before we left to go home (this was also how we forgot that the vanilla we bought in PDC was in our carryon! Oops!). They will drive you over to the Grand with your luggage on one of the golf carts since they will take you to the front entrance. You could walk to the Grand from the Lindo on the beach so if you did want to go visit friends or family it is a short walk, or you can ask your butler to drive you over to the Lindo (they will take you anywhere on the resort on the golf carts you just have to ask!). However, we never went back to the Lindo after getting to the Grand! It is just that amazing, and after spending a few days with everyone up until the wedding it was nice to have time alone with Mike and have an actual honeymoon.

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It is definitely worth it to stay at the Grand even if for only two days. It is like a completely different world over there. When we packed up to transfer we just threw stuff in our suitcases to get packed, and then repacked everything before we left to go home (this was also how we forgot that the vanilla we bought in PDC was in our carryon! Oops!). They will drive you over to the Grand with your luggage on one of the golf carts since they will take you to the front entrance. You could walk to the Grand from the Lindo on the beach so if you did want to go visit friends or family it is a short walk, or you can ask your butler to drive you over to the Lindo (they will take you anywhere on the resort on the golf carts you just have to ask!). However, we never went back to the Lindo after getting to the Grand! It is just that amazing, and after spending a few days with everyone up until the wedding it was nice to have time alone with Mike and have an actual honeymoon.

Awesome! I think you sold! Me! Done and Done! Thanks so much for your expertise!

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Hey Michelle,

 

I can't remember if I asked you this before, but did you get your make up done for your wedding at El Spa? Would you recommend their makeup services to other brides? I want my makeup done for me but I don't want to end up looking overdone or trashy lol. Your makeup looks really pretty in your pics!!

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Hey Michelle,

I can't remember if I asked you this before, but did you get your make up done for your wedding at El Spa? Would you recommend their makeup services to other brides? I want my makeup done for me but I don't want to end up looking overdone or trashy lol. Your makeup looks really pretty in your pics!!
Hi, we got married at the Iberostar on the 8th, and I used the spa for her and make-up. I think they did a great job on the hair (though it was not cheap), the make-up, I would have skipped had I known.
My make-up cost $111 and it was honesly no different than had I done it myself - plus they had very little selection (2 shades of lip-stick, 3 shades of liner, 2 types of foundation)...my bridesmaid had her make-up done also ($96.00) and hers was TERRIBLE!! It looked like she had been a chain smoker/heroin addict for the past 10 years they used these awful yellow tones that just didn't go well with her skin coloring at all- it was awful. She ended up having them wash the whole thing off AND they still charged her for it.
I know some people have had a good experience there though - like I said, my make-up was OK, but way over-priced, but my BM's was not good at all.

Hope this helps!!

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Hi, we got married at the Iberostar on the 8th, and I used the spa for her and make-up. I think they did a great job on the hair (though it was not cheap), the make-up, I would have skipped had I known.
My make-up cost $111 and it was honesly no different than had I done it myself - plus they had very little selection (2 shades of lip-stick, 3 shades of liner, 2 types of foundation)...my bridesmaid had her make-up done also ($96.00) and hers was TERRIBLE!! It looked like she had been a chain smoker/heroin addict for the past 10 years they used these awful yellow tones that just didn't go well with her skin coloring at all- it was awful. She ended up having them wash the whole thing off AND they still charged her for it.
I know some people have had a good experience there though - like I said, my make-up was OK, but way over-priced, but my BM's was not good at all.

Hope this helps!!
I was wondering the same thing! Thanks so much for your honest feedback! It does seem very pricey, so it's good to know that the makeup isn't worth it! I'm trying to find some salons in town, but I've had a hard time getting information back or if they do respond, their pictures of past updos/makeup doesn't look that great. It seems like El Spa has pretty positive hair reviews. I'm just worried b/c I have super straight hair, and I'd like to go for big loose curls, but I'm worried they're gonna put so much product in my hair that it will look crunchy and gross!

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I was wondering the same thing! Thanks so much for your honest feedback! It does seem very pricey, so it's good to know that the makeup isn't worth it! I'm trying to find some salons in town, but I've had a hard time getting information back or if they do respond, their pictures of past updos/makeup doesn't look that great. It seems like El Spa has pretty positive hair reviews. I'm just worried b/c I have super straight hair, and I'd like to go for big loose curls, but I'm worried they're gonna put so much product in my hair that it will look crunchy and gross!
Do not fret!! My sister and I both have very fine, straight hair, and they were able to get me soft curls that lasted all night long. BUT, it did take over 2 hours to do my hair (and I had only scheduled 1 hour, so it really made me stressed out about the time and sort of rushing in the end) , so allow yourself 2 hours...just to be safe. If you give me your email address, I can send you photo's of my hair. I went to a salon here for a trial and did lots of photo's step by step of what they did- then I brought the photo's to the spa and the girl tried to replicate them. If you want any accessories, bring them with you - you can't buy anything there (like cute little bobby pins, or clips, or hair-flowers) etc.
I was very pleased with my hair....and the 2 bridesmaids that had theirs done were also happy.

Hope this helps.

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Hey Michelle,

I can't remember if I asked you this before, but did you get your make up done for your wedding at El Spa? Would you recommend their makeup services to other brides? I want my makeup done for me but I don't want to end up looking overdone or trashy lol. Your makeup looks really pretty in your pics!!
I had my hair and make-up done at the spa on the wedding day, but I did both myself for our TTD pics. They used a lot of spray in my hair on the wedding day, and it really helped my hair stay in place all day and night. My hair fell out after the first couple TTD pics and was blowing all over the place when we were outside. It was really annoying, but I didn't want to spend the money to get it done when it was just going to get wet anyway. I liked the way they did my makeup, but when I got back to my room I had to curl my eyelashes since the spa did not do this and I have very straight long lashes. I then went over the mascara they put on with my waterproof mascara since I wasn't sure if there's was waterproof. I asked the girl and she didn't make me very confident that it was waterproof. I also put my shimmery eye shsadow over the neutral eye shadow colors they used so I guess my makeup was a mix of what they and I did. The only thing I didn't like was I didn't have any powder in the color they used to touch up my face later on. I also used that makeup spray stuff to set the makeup which seemed to work pretty good, but I felt I needed a little powder touch up to degrease a bit since it was so hot on our wedding day and I was crying a lot. Overall the spa did a good job and I would recommend them. My MIL, SIL and one of my BMs all got their hair done there and it turned out nice. They did screw up all the appointments though that I requested with the WC in advance so when you get to the resort I would stop there to make sure whoever needs appointments is booked at the right time and for ALL the services they want. My BM wasn't able to get makeup done even though I requested in advance and confirmed with the spa the day before when I went for my trial when I found out all the appointment times had changed except for mine!

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Do not fret!! My sister and I both have very fine, straight hair, and they were able to get me soft curls that lasted all night long. BUT, it did take over 2 hours to do my hair (and I had only scheduled 1 hour, so it really made me stressed out about the time and sort of rushing in the end) , so allow yourself 2 hours...just to be safe. If you give me your email address, I can send you photo's of my hair. I went to a salon here for a trial and did lots of photo's step by step of what they did- then I brought the photo's to the spa and the girl tried to replicate them. If you want any accessories, bring them with you - you can't buy anything there (like cute little bobby pins, or clips, or hair-flowers) etc.
I was very pleased with my hair....and the 2 bridesmaids that had theirs done were also happy.

Hope this helps.
Oh, that's great to know! Thanks!! I'd love to see your pics! Stina168@aol.com

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Hi everyone. Well Christmas is over so guess it's time to get busy. I picked the resort, place for reception. Now what? I was looking into photographers, any suggestions? Also, I want to get started on OOT bags. Any suggestions on best place to get monogram to put on them. I don't even know where to start. Everyone has done so much and seems to be so good at this

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