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#2491 May12

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    Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:20 AM

    Hi Amy!

    Do you have the price list and flower options catalog? Do you know your colors and budget? If so, I'd just pick what you want and send her an email asking for a quote. Also, in the same email ask every question you have (and get quotes) in bullet point form. Once you email it out to Nayeli, follow up in a day or 2 with a phone call to her. Lynn uses skype which is less expensive, but either way, you should probably call her asap. The email will serve as the "in writing" part.

    Nayeli did our ceremony and the wording was beautiful. The judge just stands next to her so there's no translation needed. You will get your marriage certificate in Spanish and it is legal in the states. We live in NJ and did not need to register it here, and we used the Spanish version to put me "in the system" as my husband's wife with the Military-He's retired from the Air Force. Therefore, we did not have it translated to English. It's super easy, and you will only need your passport and tourist card(that you get at the airport going through immigrations). You'll need to be there at least 3 days before the wedding to get your blood work done (Dr will take your blood at the hotel and requires $200 in USD cash) Your witnesses (4 of them)will need to be there by then as well in order to sign the paperwork that Nayeli will send to the court. At the ceremony you and all of your witnesses will sign the official document. If you do not have 4 witnesses, the WC staff will be your witnesses.

    If you choose symbolic, you wont need to do anything other than say I do. With both, you do not need to write vows unless you want to...just let her know.

    It is so important for brides to know that this time of year starts to get crazy busy for them, and the communication will be fewer and far between so start asking questions and quotes EARLY so you can have plans nailed down as you go. If you don't have specifics you want, then they will choose for you. It will still be beautiful, but may not be exactly what you want, so the best tips I can give is BE SPECIFIC and get a quote for everything. Even if you talked to someone and it was a verbal quote, write an email stating the verbal quote.

    Amy, if I can help with any forms of specifics for you, IM me and I'll give you my email and send forms I have.

    Good luck!

    Sheryl

     

    Originally Posted by Amy Buxton 

    My wedding at excellence is now less than 4 weeks and I am starting to panic about the severe lack of communication from Nayeli, our coordinator.  I have literally recieved no additional information other than what is on the website.  Have not picked flowers, not had a final cost quote, or even discussed prices.  We also still aren't sure whether to have a symbolic or legal ceremony and have asked for the wording of each and have had no response.  I am feeling very let down.  We didn't meet with Nayeli when we visited but Daniella who has since been fired,  I feel like she promised us a bunch of stuff during our tour but now have nothing in writing!  

     

    Is anyone else experiencing issues with this?  



    #2492 May12

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      Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

      Hola!

      I think I have pics/a link to the company they use for chairs and linens. Send me your email and I'll track it down for you. 

      You can pic and choose and change anything you want about the menu, including making something up! We did not want soup (too hot for that), so we started with a Tuna tartar ap, then into salad, then entree, then desert. The entree we chose was the fillet, but wanted a fish option so asked for the chef to come up with something...we ended up with Chilean Sea Bass over a lobster risotto.

      All you need for a legal ceremony is your passport and tourist card. We asked a million times about this just to be sure, and still brought our birth certificates, but didn't need them! SUPER easy! I just wrote about the blood test timing and witnesses on my prior post, but there is a form you can fill out ahead of time and email to her, and bring the hard copy with you.

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      Originally Posted by Momoarc83 

      Does anyone have pictures or know the difference between the bamboo chairs and the tiffany chairs?  We do not want to use the white chairs with the covers that are provided.

       

      Does anyone know if you can subsitute menu options for the dinner at reception?  We received our menu options, but didn't know if we could pick and choose from each menu to customize?

       

      What documents are required for a legal ceremony?  Just curious as to if we need to bring our birth certifcates or whatever else??

       

       

      Thanks in advance!



      #2493 May12

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        Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:33 AM

        Hi!

        Bugs were not an issue at all at the reception, but I did get a couple of bites at night eating at the Lobster house. It really wasn't bad at all. They spray regularly, but bring some bug spray just in case.

        There are rooms inside the CECO Terrace, but very basic, like you would see in any hotel. If you have your reception inside or at a restaurant, you will be limited on timing, and DJ options in order to be considerate to the other guests.

        We were married on May 19th too! :) Is your wedding this year or next? We'll be there this year to celebrate our 1 year anniversary! :)

         

         

        Originally Posted by Diane Eng 

        Hi All...need some help.  We are thinking of having our wedding reception at the Ceco Terrace outside as pictures look beautiful!  My main concern is how bad the mosquitos might get....for any brides who had their reception outdoors, can you advise if this was an issue?  My wedding is on May 19th, so not sure how bad the bugs are in May. 

         

        Has anyone had their reception indoors at the EPM?



        #2494 May12

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          Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:41 AM

          Originally Posted by Amanda Gardner 

          Does the resort have a towel service? Or do we need to take towels?

          Towels are EVERYWHERE!!! We even took some with us for our excursion to Tulum w/16 people. (and brought them back, of course) You do not need to sign for them just grab what you'll need.

          Same thing with drinks and rafts. I've heard a lot of brides wanting to bring koozies and rafts with them as OOT bag gifts...not necessary. Floats are all around the pools and just grab one if you want one. It's an all inclusive resort with a swim up bar and pool/beach waiters everywhere, as well as a bar everywhere you turn. If your drink gets warm, get a new one! They'll probably be asking you before you even finish your first one!

          I'm pretty sure they'll wipe your nose if you ask them to....the service is amazing! :)



          #2495 Rebecca1314

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            Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:41 AM

            Hi Diane!

             

            We had our reception on Ceco terrace on 5/5/12 and it was indeed BEAUTIFUL! The mosquitos were brutal for about an hour between 7-8 pm. We had brought small bottles of Ben's 30% deet bugspray and 2 bottles was enough for our 36 guests. We chose that one specifically because a very small amount goes a long way; it was easy and small to pack and we didn't smell horrific afterwards. Obviously the wedding can be indoors, but they often keep the doors open to the terrace allowing bugs in anyways. I wish there was a way to avoid them, but you'll likely experience them at dinner if you eat at any of the outdoor restaurants. They come on fast and furious and disappear quickly after that 30-60 minutes so if you can bear with it for that short time it will be worth it!

             

            Goodluck!

            Originally Posted by Diane Eng 

            Hi All...need some help.  We are thinking of having our wedding reception at the Ceco Terrace outside as pictures look beautiful!  My main concern is how bad the mosquitos might get....for any brides who had their reception outdoors, can you advise if this was an issue?  My wedding is on May 19th, so not sure how bad the bugs are in May. 

             

            Has anyone had their reception indoors at the EPM?



            #2496 alexis17

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              Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:12 AM

              Originally Posted by May12 

              Hi Alexis!

              They do have a sound system and a mic for the ceremony. Ours was in the Gazebo, but I'm sure they have it for the beach ceremonies as well, and it was easy for everyone to hear.

              The X-Lounge for cocktail hour is beautiful and they add high top tables for you. You won't need additional chairs as there are plenty of beds and couches around. I'm sure you can decorate if you want to but it really isn't necessary, and it will be windy being on the beach. They can bring your flowers from the ceremony to the reception though. (and then to your room after the wedding!)

              We did not use a dance floor and when we asked about it, they said it wasn't really necessary. Do ask for curtains so it can define the space for you. (I posted some pics up here that shows that) We had also asked about rose petals on the dance floor area, but apparently they are slippery and some mishaps have occurred....not advisable! Dancing on the concrete floor was perfect, and people even had their shoes off. My 2 cents, save your $ for something else...like some spa time!!

              Happy planning!!

              Sheryl

               

               

               

              Thanks, Sheryl!  That is exactly what I was hoping to hear :)

               

              Alexis



              #2497 Amanda Gardner

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                Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:14 PM

                What is everyone doing for centerpieces? Less than 2 months till my wedding :D

                #2498 Momoarc83

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                  Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:05 AM

                  To save money, we are renting vases and using our bridesmaid bouquets to place in them.  She quoted me at $10/vase. And, we have 9 bridesmaids and 10 tables, so it works out perfectly...because we already have a centerpiece included in our Gold Package.  We are also renting candles for each table.  3 candles for each table. 

                  Originally Posted by Amanda Gardner 

                  What is everyone doing for centerpieces? Less than 2 months till my wedding
                   


                  #2499 ExcellenceBride

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                    Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:15 AM

                    Originally Posted by Momoarc83 

                    To save money, we are renting vases and using our bridesmaid bouquets to place in them.  She quoted me at $10/vase. And, we have 9 bridesmaids and 10 tables, so it works out perfectly...because we already have a centerpiece included in our Gold Package.  We are also renting candles for each table.  3 candles for each table.

                     

                    Hello! I'm actually bringing my own lanterns so I can have candles that won't blow out and mason jars and will have her put roses and orchids in them (since they won't have hydrangeas in March...UGH!) I'm actually having long tables so I'll also have a runner. I don't think they have peonies but I will ask as that was my hope as well.  I'm getting married in March too! It's coming up now 2 months, 5 days. OMG!

                     

                    Good luck planning everyone.



                    #2500 Amanda Gardner

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                      Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:48 PM

                      Caribbean trio or mariachi band?????? Anyone know which is better for cocktail hr?




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