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#2631 kshannon

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    Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:27 AM

    Originally Posted by soontobeorozco 

    Has anyone used planner 1 for any of their planning/ decorations thru the hotel??

    What is planner 1?



    #2632 Rebecca1314

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      Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:43 AM

      Originally Posted by whitneys 


      Ooh! Your big day is coming up in less than a month! How do you get a hold of the spa or is that something you talk to your coordinator about later? Just wondering how they see your hair style whether it's the day of or ahead of time.

      Here is the email for the spa.

       

      spa.xpm@excellence-resorts.com

       

      They can set up all your appts and answer any questions you have. I had a gentleman (his name escapes me!) who did a FANTASTIC job with my hair and makeup. I had done a trial here in the US to figure out what I wanted and took photos of it and he was able to replicate exactly what I wanted, and frankly it was more beautiful than the stylist here! EPM has so many weddings that the spa staff are constantly doing up-dos and make-up. 



      #2633 danak71

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        Posted 05 April 2013 - 10:16 AM

        Originally Posted by whitneys 


        Ooh! Your big day is coming up in less than a month! How do you get a hold of the spa or is that something you talk to your coordinator about later? Just wondering how they see your hair style whether it's the day of or ahead of time.

        YES! We leave for Mexico on April 27 (3 weeks!!!) My bridal shower is tomorrow and bachelorette party is next weekend...such an exciting time!

         

        Anyway, I have emailed the spa and made appointments but I have also Skyped them and talked to them directly. Email is great but I'm old fashioned and like personal interaction. :-)



        #2634 clee0605

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          Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:16 PM

          Rebecca and Dana, do you have any advice for what time to make your spa reservation for the wedding day?  Like how long did it take to do hair & makeup? and did they give any advice for the dividing up the bridal party? 

           

          Also what did you wear, a robe? I wasn't sure if it would be appropriate to wear a robe to/from the spa, since you'd have to walk outdoors to get there. 

           

          Thanks!!!



          #2635 soontobeorozco

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            Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:13 PM

            Originally Posted by kshannon 

            What is planner 1?

            My planner told me if I didn't find what I wanted in the catalogs that they have they use a company called planer 1 who does any type of flower arrangement and tons of different types of decorations.

             

            How far in advance should hair and make up appointments me made?



            #2636 soontobeorozco

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              Posted 06 April 2013 - 06:52 AM

              does anyone have a printable map for the hotel..I see the one online but it doesn't transfer to be printed.  Has anyone gotten cake catalogs?



              #2637 Ally Marquis

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                Posted 07 April 2013 - 06:46 AM

                Nayelli told me if your wedding is at 5pm then you need to be at the salon 3hrs before so 2pm.  



                #2638 soontobeorozco

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                  Posted 07 April 2013 - 06:50 AM

                  Ok great. I have a 5pm wedding so I will make sure I get in around that time. We're not doing a big reception basically just dinner no dancing. I'm trying to figure out how long to get a photographer for I was think 4 hrs should be plenty?

                  #2639 jenferrara

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                    Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:09 PM

                    Can anybody give me a quick low-down on the process of getting your wedding booked? The coordinator that I emailed told me that they can only book and confirm the wedding 30 days in advance but, that just doesn't seem right to me. I am planning on getting married 12-13-14, that is going to be a very popular date so I want to be 100% that it is confirmed before I put my deposit down on the room. Other than that, I would just like to know the process that other people have done. Did you book the room first? Do you wait for them to book the room for you? Being so far away from the resort it makes me nervous to do everything online



                    #2640 Kristen5469

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                      Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:47 PM

                      Our Wedding was April 5th and it truly amazing! I as well as my mother-in-law are very detail oriented and had some minor issues but overall were blown away with how beautiful everything was.

                       

                      Flight: first of all some brides mentioned that the airplane offered a closet for the wedding dress. We flew AirTran and they did not have a closed available. So, I rolled my dress (sleeping bag style) into my carry on and it worked out fine. Depending on who you are flying with be VERY careful with the weight limit and the number of suitcases that you are bringing. Upgrading to first class gives you free drinks and two free bags :) I had several bags and two big boxes with welcome bags and welcome bag goodies. They were rapped tight with duck tape and customs began to show them some attention at the airport until I pulled out the printed receipts. They did not even read them just looked at them and said ok! 

                      When coming through customs they have a button that you push. If it is green you walk right through if it is red they go through your bags.Out of 15 of us only 1 person had a red light.Thank goodness it was not me with my 9 bags :)

                       

                      Transportation: We had a private transfer since we had over 15 people flying with us. The bus was late due to extra security so keep that delay in your mind just in case. The drive was around 25 minutes and we passed a Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and a Hooters just in case you are in the mood for some wings.

                       

                      Check -In: Check in was easy. We were greeted with a drink and a towel. We were a part of the excellence club so we were moved to a different area to check in. It took us longer than the non excellence club members to check in but we did discuss some wedding information. The excellence club lounge was very nice and offered food, drinks, computers and a place to sit.

                       

                      Room: We had planned on staying in a "normal" room with a rooftop pool. The room was amazing! Everything that you see in the pictures! However, we decided to upgrade to the honeymoon suite. If you are having several guests or a large wedding party and are able to upgrade to the homeymoon suit, I would highly recommend it. Large groups of us ended up in our room several nights and the room was able to handle the extra people. It also looked amazing in the getting ready shots the day of the wedding.

                       

                      Wedding Meeting: Alejandro was waiting for us when we arrived at the resort and gave us an envelope with our appointment time.  We met with him the next day and went over all the information and took a tour of the venue sights that we would be using. This first meeting is when we gave him all of the things that we brought for the wedding (cake topper, custom cigar bands, candles, candle holders). We had questions about some of the items that we rented so Alejandro suggested that we have another meeting with Fernanda. We scheduled an appointment with Fernanda the next day. We were scheduled to meet at 3 and when walking in for the meeting Alejandro met us at the door and asked if we could move it to 4. We agreed and went back to join our friends. We went back at 4 for the meeting and waited until 5 for Fernanda to arrive. I was not very happy about leaving our friends and family at the pool to wait for an hour but the meeting was productive and I felt much better about everything.

                       

                      *Both meetings were very helpful! However I would prearrange to meet with both of them at the same time if you rented several things. ALSO BE VERY CLEAR WITH WHAT YOU WANT BACK AT THIS TIME. EVERYTHING WAS RETURNED TO OUR ROOM OUR WEDDING NIGHT EXCEPT OUR CENTERPIECES (we asked if the centerpieces would be returned and we were told yes). Normally I would not be that concerned about missing flowers but we spent a lot of money on them. I would have really liked to pass them out to family members. WE WERE TOLD THAT WE HAD TO TELL THEM AT THE MEETING WE WANTED THEM BACK. 

                       

                      Rehearsal Dinner: Since we had more than 20 people we were forced to have a private event and pay $22 per person. I was not thrilled that we had to pay more money for food and drinks at an all inclusive resort. Let me just say... It was worth every penny! The rehearsal dinner was amazing!!! It could have passed as our reception. The food, service, and decorations were fantastic!!! 

                       (We choose the Caribbean buffet)

                       

                      Wedding: The wedding was beautiful!  We had gold chairs, flowers on the gazebo, a guitarist, and rose pedals on the isle. I would highly recommend the flowers ($350)! They really did make all a huge difference! The only thing I did not like was that the photographer, videographer, and "minister" were all in the isle and blocked the view off all of our guests.

                       

                       

                      Cocktail Hour: We had a mariachi band, cigar roller, Mexican decorations, passed drinks and apps. The band and cigar roller were great! Everyone loved both, especially the cigar roller. We did have to ask to have more drinks passed. The cigar roller did a great job but did not speak any English (just as a heads up).

                       

                      Reception: The reception was better than I had even imagined! Everything was beautiful! It was one of my favorite meals that I had the whole trip. The decorations were perfect! The only complaint comes from my husband about the music. However, the music was our fault. We sent the DJ a list of our favorite songs. The DJ however picked some of our least favorite songs off of our favorite songs list. He also only played 2 slow songs and they were back to back. So, if you or your hubby are particular about the music, I would make a very detailed list. I and all of our guests thought that the music was wonderful!!!

                       

                       

                      Hot tub in the honeymoon suite

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                      flowers over gazebo 

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                      Reception (Loved the lights)

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                      Reception sight the day before

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                      Rehearsal Dinner with buffet 

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                      View outside of the honeymoon suite

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                      Rehearsal Dinner (We used the gold chairs that we had rented for the wedding)

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                      Livingroom and Diningroom in the Honeymoon Suite

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                      Honeymoon Patio

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                      Reception

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                      Honeymoon Suite Livingroom

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                      Reception

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                      Diningroom 

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                      Bar/the door is to a kitchen 

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                      Reception

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                      Buffet at the Rehearsal Dinner

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                      Cocktail Hour

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                      Cocktail Hour

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                      Cocktail Hour

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                      Cigar Roller at the Cocktail Hour

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