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#861 Mookie

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    Posted 19 April 2011 - 03:45 PM

    Hi All,

    Just got back from our wedding on Saturday, and also like the others had a fabulous time!


    For our wedding favors, we did gift baskets. We purchased bubba kegs for everyone (which went over well!) and handed everyone a booklet with a `directory` for them to fill in room numbers for other guests travelling with us and also with a wedding day timeline, to tell everyone where to be and when since I dont think it is communicated very well from the hotel. Since we had 41 people travelling with us, this was the easiest way to make sure everyone showed up!  I also included some do not disturb signs from Martha stewart and dry erase markers for everyone to leave on their doors to communicate to others where to find them. I also brought fans with me and Alejandra had no problem setting them up on chairs the day of the wedding. Finally, we also made a seating plan for dinner and she was able to set this out for us as well.


    The spa was phenominal. I was worried about my hair style and had made contact with them before arriving for a hair trial the day before my wedding. There was a little bit of a misunderstanding and they accidentally booked me in for a makeup trial, but were incredibly accomodating and changed it around for me. They only had 2 people available to do hair and 2 for makeup at any given time, so it was beneficial for me to make those appointments by email before arriving as we had 8 people to get through. I would suggest doing this if you have more than one or two people who need appointments. Everyone looked fabulous and the spa staff were so sweet, I`m glad that I didnt have to worry about that on my wedding day.


    As far as our wedding 'package' here goes...


    I was blown away with my flowers, they were beautiful...!


    We got married at 2 pm on the gazebo (it is located steps from the ocean and they dress it up beautifully without having to purchase any extras). For my music I brought what I wanted on both an Ipod and a CD, and by far the CD was the easier way to go for this portion. I wrote on the front of the cover which number was for the boys walking, the girls walking, and then for myself. I couldn't actually hear the music for everyone else from where I was standing, so I just have to assume it was done properly, but for when I walked it was right on cue.  If you make a CD and bring it down, just make sure it isnt a re-recordable version.



    For dinner we chose to have everyone in the a la carte restaurant La Vaqueria (the grill). The decor was just ok, but the food was fabulous, and everyone commented so. We had one vegetarian and he also really enjoyed his meal. For our menu we chose the Princess Salad, the Tail of Beef Juice soup and the grilled chicken breast. The tail of beef juice soup sounds strange, but I think it was the best part! It was like a thick beef consume, delicious! Dessert was so so, but they brought out our wedding cake for dessert also. The cake was decorated beautifully and tasted amazing and they had no problem adding our own cake topper.


    Dinner was only supposed to be until 7:30 (you only get 1.5 hrs in the a al carte's) but they were in no hurry to kick us out at 7:50. We were in more of a hurry since for our reception we booked a beach dance party from 8-10pm. That was a good compromise for us since we didnt want to spend money on a private dinner but still wanted to spend time on the beach. It was AMAZING! We payed for a open bar, and sound set up. For this portion I'm glad I had my ipod, it was easy to hook up my play list and I had extra music ready incase the playlist wasn't going over well with the guests. We were able to do informal speeches, and a bouquet toss and garter grab.  And it was worth it to pay for the open bar since there is no where to get drinks very close. The only downside is that the nearest bathrooms would have been a few minutes walk away from the beach towards the resort.


    We met with Alejandra the day before the wedding, and I do wish I had pushed for a rehearsal as things didnt end up exactly the way I wanted for the ordering of the bridesmaid's and groomsmen and that would have been easy to fix had I done the rehearsal. The reason I didnt push for it was because it was so hard coordinating 11 of us in the bridal party with Alejandra (she is a very busy lady!). So if I had to do it again I might ask my bridal party to meet the wedding coordinator with me to plan another time to do the rehearsal. You dont find out what time you are meeting the wedding coordinator until you get there, and then its hard to arrange last minute meetings with everyone involved. We brought walkie talkies which were super helpful at close range, but since the resort is so big they didnt help much if you were very far apart (ie the beach to the rooms or lobby).


    Room service for breakfast the day after our wedding was included, and it was so nice to sit on the balcony with a bottle of champagne and review the night before!!


    That's about it for the wedding, now for the resort itself....!

    AMAZING, and I would go back in a heartbeat. The food was good at the buffets, got a little tiresome towards the end, but no one in 40 people got sick that I am aware of. For a la carte's we tried Mamma Mia, La Hacienda and La Vaqueria and they were all great.


    The staff are amazing, beautiful people. Everyone went out of their way to be friendly and accomodating. NO complaints about customer service.


    We got massages on the beach, (ask for Jasmine, she was fabulous) and you can really bargain them down if you have a group of people going at the same time.


    We stayed in a swim up room, and it was great. For the days that you want to sleep in, but want to get a prime location for sitting out in the sun, the swim up rooms are the way to go. You always have a spot at the pool and its easy access if you need a change of clothes, bathroom break etc. We stayed outside of the swimup bar and it was a prime location (check out the all you can eat soft serve ice cream on the other side of the bar.... yummi!) It was also a good gathering spot for all of our guests, since they knew were to find us!


    Hope this helps, and gets you excited about your own weddings! It is a wonderful place to be married!!!



    #862 Mookie

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      Posted 19 April 2011 - 03:49 PM

      Also about the currency... we travelled with mostly American. We tipped in American (we brought down 50 dollars of one dollar bills, and it still wasn't enough...) and bought excersions and souvenirs in american. Most prices are in American dollars I found, but like one of the locals said, money is money! You will get a better exchange rate in American than Canadian, and a better rate in town than at the hotel. We didnt use much credit card or any debit card, mostly cash.

      #863 samcalv1

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        Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:48 PM

        My wedding is Oct 25th your's is on a fab day (my sons birthday lol), how are things coming along for you????? I've ordered my dress hoping it comes in June,sorting out my bridesmaid dress today!!!!! Booked our AHR, sort out suits in a couple of months!!!! How long are you staying at the resort for????

        Originally Posted by kasiab 

        sam when is your wedding? mine is sept 30th



        #864 FutureMrsStairs

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          Posted 20 April 2011 - 08:09 AM

          Hey everyone, I'm getting married at GSP on July 24th and wondering what to wear for shoes!!  I'm having a beach cermony and wondering if anyone has worn heels for their beach cermony or if I should just stick with flip flops?  Also, does anyone have any suggestions on photographers. I feel like the resorts photography packages are too pricey and wondered if it would be better to get an outside photographer. 


          Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!


          Thanks everyone!

          #865 kabee55

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            Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:00 AM

            Hey lucasdrotar12 

            The cocktail hour is 15$USD per adult as confirmed by the WC

            Originally Posted by lucasdrotar12 

            Just wondering if anyone knows the price for the cocktail hour after the ceremony?


            #866 takelly

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              Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:02 AM

              Mookie, thank you so much for the review and for the idea of a a beach dance party from 8-10pm!!  I didn't even know that was a possiblity.  Are you able to share any of the details of the cost and what was included?  If you prefer to send this privately, my email is tammy897@hotmail.com.  Thanks in advance and congratulations on your wedding.

              #867 Mookie

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                Posted 20 April 2011 - 07:22 PM

                Hey Tammy,

                just sent you an email, let me know if it doesn't show!

                #868 lucasdrotar12

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                  Posted 20 April 2011 - 08:06 PM

                  Thanks, they sure don't give you much information.  And to get a hold of someone is impossible.

                  #869 kristy1980

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                    Posted 21 April 2011 - 10:22 AM

                    Hey samcalv1 - I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful the whole trip and wedding was! I loved every second of the week we were there!!

                    I did have my hair done at the spa and I really liked how it turned out. I took a few magazine pictures showing the front and back of hair styles I liked so that they would have a really good idea of what I was looking for. I'm really glad that I did this because the hair stylist didn't speak much english at all... just a few words... so trying to communicate what I wanted wouldn't have worked at all. The other mistake I made was rinsing my hair with conditioner before going to the spa. My appointment was at 1:30 and I had spent the morning at the beach and definitely wanted to shower before going. My hair was really tangled and dry from the salt water so I thought I'd condition it so that it wasn't so difficult to work with.... when I got there, my hair was still damp and she used a blow drier on it for a few minutes and then started to try to curl it. I kind of thought it was still a little damp at that point but she asked if I had put conditioner or shinner in it before coming, and then said "won't curl - conditioner". It ended up working, but she had to use A LOT of product to keep it in and it really didn't move for the entire night until I took it out. I had it put up so that I could wear a veil under. If you want me to send you a picture just send me your email and I forward you a few :)


                    We had our dinner reception at La Hacienda (Mexican). I thought the set-up was perfect and the food was ok. After eating in a few of the other a la carte restaurants througout the week, I probably would have picked something else. But most of my guests really enjoyed it, and over-all it was a great experience.


                    Our ceremony was at 4pm. I loved this time because it was cooling down a bit, but still lots of light before sunset. Our reception dinner started at 6pm and was supposted to finish by 7:30. I think someone else recently mentioned that they weren't in any hurry to kick anyone out and I was thinking the same thing. We left the restaurant around 8 with no problems or anyone even asking us to wrap it up :)


                    Hope this helps!!

                    Originally Posted by samcalv1 

                    Congratulations Kristy soooo happy you had a wonderful time.... Did you have the hair and make up by the hotel? If so what did you think of it???? What resturant did you have your meal in? and What time did you get married?? Sorry for all the questions xxx  I've got 6 months to go!!! And I really wish it would hurry up x



                    #870 kasiab

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                      Posted 21 April 2011 - 11:00 AM

                      Mookie..what was the cost from 8 to 10 for the beach party? Thats a great that you didnt need a dj...and brought your own music. I would love to do this!



                      The planning is going well. are you excited about the dress? I bought my dress last year when i did filenes basement running of the brides. I am so eager on just putting it on. It will be a year that i have had it! As for the planning i am learning new things daily...like this cocktail party! I wish alejandra would have info like that. I really dont care to do the dinner because i am having a small wedding,but to have my music and dancing on the beach ...sounds fabulous!

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