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highheels Dreams Cancun Wedding Review 10/07/08


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#1 highheels

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    Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:12 PM

    Here is my review. I apologize if it is a little all over the place.

    We arrived on Tuesday afternoon and were greeted by the friendly staff. The resort is beautiful and the food amazing… you know that feeling you get after Thanksgiving dinner? That is kind of how we felt the whole time we were down there. Like other brides have stated, the d©cor could use an update- but the resort is very clean.

    We choose the Dreams ultimate package.

    We met with Gaby Wednesday morning. It was a very quick meeting. I asked Gaby about getting Dan a room for the night before. It took me asking a few times and from what Dan told me it seemed as though someone was giving her a hard time but he finally did get a room.

    We had 16 people total for the wedding. We did not get any sort of credit for not having 20 guests that were included in the package. I asked all of the guests to wear white and/or khaki. They all did with the exception of my very pregnant SIL- poor thing had a hard time finding white maternity wear.

    It did not rain once for more than minutes any time we were there except… the wedding day. It rained non stop starting at noon.

    Hair & Make-up- I got my hair and make-up done by Muriel (sp). She was a little hard to understand and used a crazy amount of hairspray but she did an awesome job. I brought pictures of hair I wanted. I did notice in a few of my pictures that I have a slight make-up line but no big deal.

    Flowers: Gaby did exactly what I wanted and didn’t charge me extra based on the pictures I gave to her. One word of caution, the roses were died pink and bled a little on my dress.

    I got back to the tower where we were staying to get ready and it was still raining. Even though cocktail hour and dinner were suppose to be outside everything was moved to the hotel lobby. Gaby was insistent that since the rain was light we could still do the wedding outside. By some miracle the rain stopped just as I was going down the isle. It was windy as heck, but I didn’t feel a drop.

    I did not get a sound system and used the Altec Lansing for my Ipod as others suggested. Unfortunately, due to the wind it was hard to hear as I walked down the isle.

    Ceremony 4:00: Gaby and I didn’t talk about what would be used for the symbolic ceremony. It was a little religious for me but it was ok. The woman who preformed everything was very easy to understand but very soft spoken so a couple of minutes into the ceremony everyone got off their chairs and came into the gazebo with us.

    Photos: Right before we left for the wedding we canceled out photographer. I was crushed but we just started building a house- and spending almost $2,000 when photos were already included in the package didn’t seem justified any more. We lucked out. The guy who took our photos took over 300 of them and offered to give them all to us on a CD for $200. His pictures turned out really nice. I have included some of his pics below. I got them right before we left. We also brought along a laptop and at the end of the trip downloaded everyone pictures. We have over 1,000 pics from everyone.

    DVD: It is cute. I am glad we have it. He did a very nice job.

    Decorations: I brought a table runner, cake topper crystal letters, chair sashes battery lanterns, & maraca favors. I gave Gaby a drawing of the table and they did the set up perfectly.

    Cocktail hour- They have to had started that immediately when we left to get pictures because we headed off well before 5:00 and it was wrapping up when we got back. Oh well. Our guests said the Caribbean Trio and appetizers were awesome.

    Dinner: A few of our choices were a little odd but a few people like them. The lobster bisque was really salty and pure liquid. The bartenders were awesome. They called Dan and I by name and brought everyone fun shots we hadn’t heard of the entire night.

    Cake: I think we got the vanilla cake which was very good. We had our moms move it to a cocktail size table since it was all set up on was a very low table. A cocktail table is a lot higher and much better for picture taking.

    Tidbits:
    The workout room is a sauna. Be prepared to sweat.
    Beer offered at the resort: Bud, Bud Light, Corona Light, Corona, Budweiser, and some dark Mexican beer that no one could let us know what it was called.
    We finally found out that Discover would not charge the 3% fee for making charges in Mexico. We tried to use it when we checked out but Dreams said they do not accept Discover. Dan is insistent he read on their website they did. Cost us around $90 to pay for our package.
    I loved the resort but do feel as if it is somewhat of a wedding factory. That might be because some of the Tulum brides were having their wedding there. Every day there were 2 weddings. One time the weddings were close to an hour apart.

    Funny: 2 days after our wedding I was taken by a reception happening out in the garden area and didn’t pay attention to where I was walking and ran into a column- I gave myself a black eye. Holy crap- I still say those poles moved on me.

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    #2 Kat81

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      Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:36 PM

      Aww takes me back. I am glad it all worked out for you. You looked amazing!

      #3 Carolyn

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        Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:46 PM

        The pictures came out so good. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

        #4 stacey

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          Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:55 PM

          You looked so pretty. Just like KAT81 said, takes me back to just a few weeks ago. Congrats, im glad everything was wonderful.
          Stacey & Ely 10.14.2008

          #5 Angel

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            Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:33 AM

            You look gorgeous!!! Glad you enjoyed yourself.

            #6 sonyasea

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              Posted 13 November 2008 - 04:13 AM

              Your dress is stunning!

              Sounds like you scored with the photographer. Would love to see your photos and video if you decide to post.

              Also, the chair sashes look terrific. Where did you buy them?

              I am getting married at Dreams in Puerto Vallarta in December and would love to speak with you directly about the Ultimate package and billing. Will forward my contact info if you accept private messages.

              Thanks!

              Leeza

              #7 **~Jenn~**

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                Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:27 AM

                Your wedding sounded awesome!! I'm glad it all worked out, especially with all the bad stuff that has been going around about Gabby!!
                I'm also glad to hear the resort Photog offered you all of those pictures for $200!! I would Love that and is what I am hoping for to be honest :)
                Welcome back and congrats :-)
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                #8 highheels

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                  Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:28 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by sonyasea
                  Your dress is stunning!
                  Thanks it is actually a bridesmaid dress.

                  Quote:
                  Sounds like you scored with the photographer. Would love to see your photos and video if you decide to post.
                  I will post some more so you can see.

                  Quote:
                  Also, the chair sashes look terrific. Where did you buy them?
                  I bought them from Sashes for Love for $2 a piece & also a table runner. They sent me a sample before I placed my order.
                  Sashes For Love

                  Quote:
                  I am getting married at Dreams in Puerto Vallarta in December and would love to speak with you directly about the Ultimate package and billing. Will forward my contact info if you accept private messages.
                  I would love to help send any questions to courtneyryan33@gmail.com

                  #9 June_Dreams

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                    Posted 13 November 2008 - 03:37 PM

                    WOW you looked beautiful.. I love that HOT pink color.. I am hoping my BM go for it.. What photagrapher did you use? Juan?

                    I am also a little worried about gaby or the chance that by the time its my turn there will be another new WC to deal with.. So scary!! I am so glad everything worked out for you two and congrats.. Cant wait to see more pictures :)
                    <3 <3 <3 Joanna & Orlando <3 <3 <3

                    #10 Jenn3878

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                      Posted 13 November 2008 - 03:45 PM

                      CONGRATS!! Thanks for posting your review!! Can't wait to see more pics!!




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