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The Beach and the Grand are pretty much on opposite ends of the resort. However, if you are a guest at the Grand you can ask your butler for a ride to any of the hotels and they will take you there on the golf cart and you just call to be picked up when you're done. If you have the opportunity to stay at the Grand for free you should totally take advantage of it. My husband and I stayed there after our wedding and loved it!
Oh, that's good to know! Thanks so much for the info!

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Is anyone giving a speech/toast. I was looking for some ideas. I am also really struggling with what to do and not to do in regards to my fi mother who recently passed. His dad/family are having a very hard time. We both don't want to upset his dad. Do we do memorial table w pic?...We have a lot of ideas but really don't know how to handle

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I have read a lot of reviews and i know people gave rec for who to do our hair at resort but can't find now. For all of you that used the spa, who do you rec?

 

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As for the memorial, that's hard...we went through this when my cousin got married. I guess it depends on how recently she passed. With my cousin's wedding, we had a picture of her on the table with the guest book and we played her favorite song after their first dance. What other ideas have you guys come up with?

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Awww thanks Gail!! :) Your questions weren't silly at all!! Yeah, I know, I thought maybe I was just lazy but I think how much or how little you do for your DW is all personal preference, either way it will end up beautiful!!

As far as hair goes, I'm still leaning toward the 1/2 up 1/2 down as I also hate how I look in pictures with my hair all the way up. I will definitely enjoy myself and will be thinking of you girls and taking as many notes as I can on everything so that my review is thorough and detailed.

I LOVE YOU ALL, MY IBEROSTAR GALS!!! grouphug.gif Thanks again for all of your info and support on this thread, it's been so helpful!!

Good luck! I know you're already down there but you're going to be such a beautiful bride and you'll just have the time of your life! I can't wait to hear all about it once you get back! You're the one that gave the rec for Sascha Gluck and I'm using him for my wedding now too! I can't wait to see all the pics!!!!

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For those that have been married already, did you have a rehearsal the day before the wedding? If so, was the minister there to run it?

 

Also, for those of you who had a cocktail hour before the reception, did you go to the cocktail hour? Our ceremony is at 4:30 and the cocktail hour is from 6 to 7 and the reception starts at 7. I assume we'll be done with pictures by 6 pm and I know typically the wedding party goes to a "holding room" so they can be introduced at the reception, but I don't think Iberostar has anything like that. Is it okay to go to the cocktail hour and then have the wedding party get formally introduced at the reception, or will that take away from it? Or if we go to the cocktail hour, should we forego the intro all together? I feel like no intro will be kind of anti-climactic for the start of the reception. What did you girls do and what do you plan on doing if you haven't had your wedding yet? FYI, my cocktail hour is on the terrace of the Tropical Restaurant, and we'll move inside for the reception.

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Is anyone giving a speech/toast. I was looking for some ideas. I am also really struggling with what to do and not to do in regards to my fi mother who recently passed. His dad/family are having a very hard time. We both don't want to upset his dad. Do we do memorial table w pic?...We have a lot of ideas but really don't know how to handle
We didn't do a memorial table, but included something in our wedding programs. On the last page of our program after our "thank you" we put "Watching from Above" and listed my mom and both of our grandparents. I also tied a little charm that said MOM on it to my bouquet.

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For those that have been married already, did you have a rehearsal the day before the wedding? If so, was the minister there to run it?

Also, for those of you who had a cocktail hour before the reception, did you go to the cocktail hour? Our ceremony is at 4:30 and the cocktail hour is from 6 to 7 and the reception starts at 7. I assume we'll be done with pictures by 6 pm and I know typically the wedding party goes to a "holding room" so they can be introduced at the reception, but I don't think Iberostar has anything like that. Is it okay to go to the cocktail hour and then have the wedding party get formally introduced at the reception, or will that take away from it? Or if we go to the cocktail hour, should we forego the intro all together? I feel like no intro will be kind of anti-climactic for the start of the reception. What did you girls do and what do you plan on doing if you haven't had your wedding yet? FYI, my cocktail hour is on the terrace of the Tropical Restaurant, and we'll move inside for the reception.
We did a rehearsal the night before and the minister was not there. The WC walk you through the ceremony and it is really quick.

We did all our bridal party pictures before the ceremony (for about 2 hours) so we just did the group and guest photos after the ceremony and a few more of just Mike and I. We missed probably the first half of our cocktail hour and we had about an hour between the time our ceremony ended to the start of our cocktail hour. We waited to get introduced at our reception which was in the private room and where the "party" started after dinner.

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We didn't do a memorial table, but included something in our wedding programs. On the last page of our program after our "thank you" we put "Watching from Above" and listed my mom and both of our grandparents. I also tied a little charm that said MOM on it to my bouquet.



We did a rehearsal the night before and the minister was not there. The WC walk you through the ceremony and it is really quick.

We did all our bridal party pictures before the ceremony (for about 2 hours) so we just did the group and guest photos after the ceremony and a few more of just Mike and I. We missed probably the first half of our cocktail hour and we had about an hour between the time our ceremony ended to the start of our cocktail hour. We waited to get introduced at our reception which was in the private room and where the "party" started after dinner.
Hey Michelle, so did you attend the second half of your cocktail hour and then you got introduced when the reception started?

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Hey Michelle, so did you attend the second half of your cocktail hour and then you got introduced when the reception started?
Yes, we still attended the cocktail hour, then we all had dinner in the steakhouse and then when we headed over to the Los Vitrales room is when we were introduced. I know here usually the bride and groom are introduced at the reception before dinner, but since we were going to different places it made the most sense to do it at the start of the reception. Plus, that was the only place we had a microphone. We also did all the speeches then too instead of before dinner. This was our "reception" breakdown:

Introduction of bride and groom (we did not introduce the rest of the bridal party, and my bridesmaid was the one that introduced us)
Cut the cake
MOH & Bridesmaid speeches
Best Man Speech
First Dance
Father/daughter
Mother/Son dance

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