Posted 25 August 2008 - 11:40 AM
Wedding Date: Friday, August 8, 2008
Wedding Type: Symbolic Ceremony
Wedding Time: Originally 5pm – Started around 6pm (I think)
Wedding Location: Beach
Cocktail Hour Location: Tahntra Bar
Reception Location: Beach
*We didnt do a rehearsal
I's married now! (sorry, I've always wanted to say that since watching The Color Purple, lol)
I had 6 guests at my house to entertain 3 days before departure, and was having trouble getting my planning thread up, sorry!
Okay, let me preface this review by saying my wedding day turned out PERFECT (despite all the drama I faced along the way)!!! I couldn’t have dreamed of anything better. However, there were a few bumps and bruises in the beginning. And I will do a separate review on the resort, since it is new and I don’t want to take away from my wedding review. But the resort was gorgeous! The pics online don’t do it justice one bit. I will try to give you my honest view on how things went without being ‘bridezilla’. So put on your seatbelt...
EdenH brides, If you don’t read anything else in my review, read this:
*If you just want to see a few pics until I can get them all up and don’t care about reading the review: Go here(mix of non-pro and a few pro pics):
Once we went through the customs lines, there are porters standing right behind to take your bags to your tour company. I had pre-warned my guests that the porters will try and come up and just grab your bag to help but beware they are expecting a tip. One porter actually took my mom’s bag out of her hand, lol. But a firm, ‘No gracias’ did the trick and they just pointed the way to go instead of taking the bags. So once we passed customs, we turned right and there are all the tour companies. We then just looked for the name of ours. We boarded the bus and waited for more people to come aboard before leaving the airport. I would say all in all everything at the airport took about an hour. Arriving at EdenH Real Arena
We stopped at the Melia Caribe and Pardisus before arriving at our resort. So the ride was about 20 minutes or so. We pulled in front of the resort and was greeted by a porter. At this point, my mom didn’t want to let go of her bag (from her experience at the airport) ,lol, until I told her it was okay. The porter lined our bags up outside and we went inside to check-in. Please warn your guests that this is a normal thing. As my sister was very leary about leaving her luggage outside with the porter. It took a while for us all to check-in, I think only because we arrived at ‘peak time’ when the maids were trying to get all the rooms ready. If you are in the Paradise Club, go immediately to your right. You will see the lounge you are supposed to check-in at. Once we met with a guest service rep (Lorenzo), he gave me an envelope. It contained a letter from Carla explaining what time our wedding interview is to meet her to discuss our wedding plans. We went to our rooms (which by the way, our view SUCKED (room #2262 in Paradise Club), but that was the least of my worries, we werent in the room that long anyway)