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Hi! To save aggravation and money we are thinking of using the blessing package instead of the legal one. Does the blessing seem like a real "wedding"? I just want my family to feel like they are seeing us getting married.

 

Thanks!

 

Jeannie

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We hired an outside photographer and although it was a lot more money it was well worth it to have the type of pictures we wanted. We did hired the resort videpgrapher and were very disappointed with our wedding video. I wish we had hired an outside videographer as well.
Can you let me know which outside photographer you chose? Do youhave samples? I think it's important to have nice pictures.

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Noel
holidaybaby5@yahoo.com

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Ugh! I'm so freakin' irritated with the Iberostar Beach/Del Mar WCs today. I sent Gabriela (who I have been corresponding with consistently since I secured my wedding date) an email yesterday with several questions pertaining to wedding day protocol in regards to my photographer (who is NOT the resort photographer) about day passes, when should I buy the day passes, will someone at the counter direct the photog to the wedding, etc. I also asked about the max number of people you can have at your reception dinner before you have to set the menu (I wanted people to be able to order from the menu so they can all have a meal that they will for sure enjoy, instead of having me guess).

 

So I get a reply back, but I'm positive that it is from Reyna Ake (not Gabriela Palacios) giving me the 2009 Iberostar wedding package PDF document. She already gave me this in an email last month. None of the information provided in the PDFs she sent me answer my very specific questions. WTF!! I sent her a stern email back asking when they were planning on answering my questions as those documents have nothing to do with what I asked. I haven't heard anything back yet but I'm just so damn irritated. My wedding is in 3 weeks for crying out loud, now is NOT the time to ignore my questions.

 

Sorry, just had to rant.

 

Michelle, how did you coordinate everything with your photographer on your wedding day at the Lindo? Thanks in advance!

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I am also getting married at the Del Mar. I sent the WC an e-mail last week asking some questions and still have not gotten a reply. Not a good start. Let me know how it goes.

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I've heard the hotel photographer and videographer are not very good, so we booked Cecilia Dumas for our photographer, but I'm still working on the videographer. It seems like they are all soooo expensive down there! I was thinking about just going with the hotel videographer since it is so inexpensive, but is it even worth it? Do you mind telling me why you didn't like the videographer? I just don't think we can shell out another $2k for a videographer sad.gif Ugggg
I hate our wedding video! If I had known how bad it would be I would have hired someone outside. Claudia Rodriquez's team offered a video package and I want to say the fee was a little over $500, but I don't know if that was the price if you were already booked with a photographer through her as we were. You might want to contact her to verify, but I'm pretty sure anything would be better than what we got. If I knew how to upload the video online I would so you could see what I'm talking about.

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Blessing v. Legal?

Hi! To save aggravation and money we are thinking of using the blessing package instead of the legal one. Does the blessing seem like a real "wedding"? I just want my family to feel like they are seeing us getting married.

Thanks!

Jeannie
We had the blessing ceremony and to me it felt like a "real" wedding. Plus, we were able to add the sand ceremony verbiage we wanted and where we wanted it so I'm sure you can alter the ceremony to make it more personal to you.

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Can you let me know which outside photographer you chose? Do youhave samples? I think it's important to have nice pictures.

Thanks,
Noel
holidaybaby5@yahoo.com
We hired Citlalli Rico. I posted the link to all our pro pics on here with my photographer review. We loved working with her and couldn't be happier with our pictures.

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Ugh! I'm so freakin' irritated with the Iberostar Beach/Del Mar WCs today. I sent Gabriela (who I have been corresponding with consistently since I secured my wedding date) an email yesterday with several questions pertaining to wedding day protocol in regards to my photographer (who is NOT the resort photographer) about day passes, when should I buy the day passes, will someone at the counter direct the photog to the wedding, etc. I also asked about the max number of people you can have at your reception dinner before you have to set the menu (I wanted people to be able to order from the menu so they can all have a meal that they will for sure enjoy, instead of having me guess).

So I get a reply back, but I'm positive that it is from Reyna Ake (not Gabriela Palacios) giving me the 2009 Iberostar wedding package PDF document. She already gave me this in an email last month. None of the information provided in the PDFs she sent me answer my very specific questions. WTF!! I sent her a stern email back asking when they were planning on answering my questions as those documents have nothing to do with what I asked. I haven't heard anything back yet but I'm just so damn irritated. My wedding is in 3 weeks for crying out loud, now is NOT the time to ignore my questions.

Sorry, just had to rant.

Michelle, how did you coordinate everything with your photographer on your wedding day at the Lindo? Thanks in advance!
I'm so sorry they are causing you such stress!! We were told any group over 25 had to have a set menu, but it could be different at the Del Mar. My guess would be that it would be similar. We ordered the steak dinner for most of the guests. Mike and I each got a chicken dinner since we don't eat steak, but we knew our families would enjoy the steak more. We also got a fish dinner for Mike's mom since she doesn't eat meat on Fridays and we got 5 chicken nugget dinners for the kids. We specified on our seating chart who got which dinner, but they still asked us at dinner who got the fish. We did placecards, but we didn't make any notation on them for who got which dinner.

As for the photographer, you will confirm with the WC who your photographer is (and if they are bringing an assistant) when you meet with them. They will let the guard shack know they will be coming on your wedding day. They just charge the day passes to your bill and you pay when you check out. The photographers didn't get a wrist band or anything, and all the wedding guests were allowed to cut off their wrist bands for the wedding day and then they just had to go to the front desk the next day to get a new one. I brought a pair of scissors down with me. Some people forgot to cut them off (including my bridesmaid, but luckily she was at the Grand and their bracelets are clear so you can't really notice it in pictures.) I had emailed Claudia (I only communicated with her and not Citlalli directly until the wedding day) before we left to confirm the timeline so I would know when to schedule our spa appointments in order to be ready in time when Citlalli arrived. She then called me on the wedding day to confirm everything and get our room number. Citlalli and her assistant didn't have any issues getting in, and she arrived at my room a little earlier than anticipated.

Don't stress out, everything will work out and you will have a fabulous wedding!! I can't wait to hear all about it and see pics when you get back.

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Aw thanks Michelle, you're the best...seriously!! That makes me feel a lot better, I just wish they would be more hopeful in their emails.

 

faithers - That's weird, up until this week, they have been excellent at corresponding with me via email. Well, come to think of it, now is probably their busier wedding season as it's the dead of winter here in Canada and a lot of couples go away to get married. I would send another email. If you want to call them instead, I heard that a good time to catch them is around 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the weddings for the day start. Good luck!!

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Ugh! I'm so freakin' irritated with the Iberostar Beach/Del Mar WCs today. I sent Gabriela (who I have been corresponding with consistently since I secured my wedding date) an email yesterday with several questions pertaining to wedding day protocol in regards to my photographer (who is NOT the resort photographer) about day passes, when should I buy the day passes, will someone at the counter direct the photog to the wedding, etc. I also asked about the max number of people you can have at your reception dinner before you have to set the menu (I wanted people to be able to order from the menu so they can all have a meal that they will for sure enjoy, instead of having me guess).

So I get a reply back, but I'm positive that it is from Reyna Ake (not Gabriela Palacios) giving me the 2009 Iberostar wedding package PDF document. She already gave me this in an email last month. None of the information provided in the PDFs she sent me answer my very specific questions. WTF!! I sent her a stern email back asking when they were planning on answering my questions as those documents have nothing to do with what I asked. I haven't heard anything back yet but I'm just so damn irritated. My wedding is in 3 weeks for crying out loud, now is NOT the time to ignore my questions.

Sorry, just had to rant.

Michelle, how did you coordinate everything with your photographer on your wedding day at the Lindo? Thanks in advance!
I hope you ended up getting in touch with the WC. I emailed her last week and still have not heard back, but my wedding is not until May. Your date is fast approaching and I hope your planning is coming along great!! Can't wait to read your review!!

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I am getting married at the Del Mar in November. Has anyone used their photographer Foto Caribbean?? This is the photographer they suggest using. I think if you bring in an outside photogrpaher there is an extra $300 fee. If anyone has any input on this please reply.

Thanks,
Noel
I have not read many good things about the restort photog. I am using Sascha Gluck (Wedding Photography for Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico Toll free USA/Canada 1800-619-3957). I am probably going to use him for 3 hours and this package is around $650. Check out his site blog, his work is really great from what I have seen.

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Thank you Michele for everything. I have looked around and do like ur cups better than anything I have seen. I only need forty so if anyone else likes them and wants to split let me know. Michelle where did you purchase them from if I may ask?

These cups would be a great addition to my welcome bags!! If you do get an order in, I would love to get in on it. I only need around 40 as well. Let me know.

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