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I am getting married August 18, 2012 - so we will be there at the same time! I arrive the day after your wedding. I am now starting to get into the heavy duty resort planning and am stressing myself out. We can panic together!  cheesy.gif
 

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I'm worried about the hair and makeup at the resort as well as the use of their photographer - can anyone share their experience? I want the good, the bad, and the ugly truth.

 

Also, I'm torn between having the reception on the beach - which is what I really want to do - and having it indoors in the banquet room to accommodate guests who might sweat to death outside as it is Mexico in August. Thoughts?

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One more thing - can someone show me examples of their OOT bags - what they included, etc. I'm leaning towards putting a little something together as a thank you to guests who made the journey with us...even though my FH thinks it's unnecessary.

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Neonfudge... I feel you on the reception worries. For a long time I read through here at all the reviews trying to nail down my choice for the reception. But everyone says that you will get there and see the choices see what the weather is like in the evenings and make your choice. I've finally just decided to wait until I get there. Some say its too windy on the beach during the evening others say its not a problem at all. People say that its easy to dance in the sand but I don't know how crazy I am about that. I'e heard that the banquet room is really pretty then I hear that its boring.... so I'm just going to wait as hard as it is. 

 

My FH also thinks OOT bags are unnecessary but I'm doing them too :) So far I'm putting in them a brochure with little bios and pictures of all the guests, information about wedding times, a catamaran ride, and trip to the ruins. I found a cute little spanish/english guide http://www.single-serving.com/Spanish/phrase_booklet.php that i'm going to include, a deck of cards, I'm searching for a cocktail drink book to put in there for people, and then maybe a drink coozie, a recovery kit something with too much food, too much sun, too much booze theme to it.

 

If you look for OOT bag threads on best destination wedding you will find sooo many pictures and ideas

 

Happy Wedding Planning!

 

Julie  

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Hey Ladies, I just got married at Dreams last Friday so I thought I would share some advice with you!!!

 

We had our reception on the beach and I can't imagine having it anywhere else! It is so amazing eating dinner and being able to hear the ocean in the background. They do such a great job setting it up with more than enough lighting. In my honest opinion the banquet room is plain and looks like any other banquet room. I can't imagine going all the way to Mexico to get married, and having a reception in a banquet room. El Patio is absolutely breathtaking but because there is no a/c it is sooooooo hot! We were just sweating eating dinner in there, so dancing with no a/c would be insane!

 

If there is any advice I wished someone gave me before going would be to pay to extend your reception!!! Three hours is not enough time. We probably started dinner at 7:15 and didn't finish until 9, and we didn't even have any speeches, that is just how long it took for dinner service. So when we started dancing around 9 the time went by so quickly. We luckily bagged Jacki's assistant to let us extend the reception by an hour and she let us. Now that did cost us an additional $700, but believe me it was the best money we spent! Our guests kept coming up to us and telling us how much fun they were having and that it was the best wedding they had ever been to!

 

Another detail that made our wedding amazing was that we rented the light up dance floor. It was absolutely amazing. We had 41 guests and the floor fits 40 people. I personally didn't want to just dance in the sand because I hate the feeling of dirty feet! And again all our guests thought it was amazing. It was 100% worth the extra money!

 

We did not hire a DJ and I am so glad we didn't. We just made playlists on our IPod and the speakers that they provide are great, it was definitely more than loud enough. I am very particular about music, so it was great to be able to pick it all.

 

We hired an external photographer - Moments that Matter, and they were amazing. I feel pictures are important because they are what we will have to remember our wedding 10 years from now. We actually still used the resort photographer included in the package to take pictures of our guests and he spent the whole time watching my photographer and his assistant! I have not received my pictures yet, but I have seen one on his website and it's breathtaking :)

 

So if anyone has anymore questions I am more than happy to answer them!

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Hi, I love your pictures!  Thanks for sharing.  I am wondering if those were taken by the resort photographer.  We are getting married on June 23- hard to believe.  Can't wait!

 

Sara
 

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I have some questions I was hoping some experienced brides of this resort could help me with:

 

(1)  How well does the resort salon/spa do with your hair and makeup? If you took a photo along - were they able to match it?

 

(2)  Any food items you highly recommend for the menu as I put it together for the reception? If there is anything I should avoid, speak now or forever hold your peace.  cheesy.gif

 

(3)  Centerpieces - did you just wing it and use the ceremony flowers as centerpieces? I really don't want to overdo it by packing a bunch of big centerpieces to put together when I arrive.

 

(4)  How well did the resort photographer/videographer do for your big day? How soon did you get pictures and your wedding video back from the resort?

 

Any feedback you may have would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you!!

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