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#521 thope

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    Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:09 AM

    Cathleen thanks so much for the review!! We are headed out tomorrow to get hitched I'm so excited/wired I'm online at 11pm .. You look so pretty in your pictures I'm using Juan as well glad they came out good. BTW we go to Temecula all the time for wine tasting..love it up there!

    #522 Snickers

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      Posted 19 May 2010 - 05:35 PM

      Congrats Cathleen. Thanks for a quick review. The more people post in here the more I am at ease.

      Did you do your pictures first then have your cocktail reception in the XLounge or did you go for your pictures then join everybody else already in progess eating the canapes?
      I am trying to figure out my timeline for this and don't want to miss out on the goodies.

      Could you also maybe give me a breakdown of who you tipped on the wedding day as I am still trying to figure that one out in my head?

      Good Luck to you Thope and I hope you have beautiful weather and a great wedding day this Saturday!!!

      #523 Dimenzi

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        Posted 20 May 2010 - 07:06 AM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by Snickers
        Congrats Cathleen. Thanks for a quick review. The more people post in here the more I am at ease.

        Did you do your pictures first then have your cocktail reception in the XLounge or did you go for your pictures then join everybody else already in progess eating the canapes?
        I am trying to figure out my timeline for this and don't want to miss out on the goodies.

        Could you also maybe give me a breakdown of who you tipped on the wedding day as I am still trying to figure that one out in my head?

        Good Luck to you Thope and I hope you have beautiful weather and a great wedding day this Saturday!!!
        Tipping at a Wedding? Is this common practice? Forgive me for my ignorance as tipping is seen as slighly offensice in New Zealand where my fiance comes from. We tip when we go to countries where tipping is the norm but on a wedding day

        #524 cathleen10

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          Posted 20 May 2010 - 08:48 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by thope
          Cathleen thanks so much for the review!! We are headed out tomorrow to get hitched I'm so excited/wired I'm online at 11pm .. You look so pretty in your pictures I'm using Juan as well glad they came out good. BTW we go to Temecula all the time for wine tasting..love it up there!
          Congrats and thank you. I'm sure that you will love the resort and your wedding will be beautiful.

          We love Temecula!! South Coast, Ponte and Leonesse are some of my favorites.

          #525 cathleen10

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            Posted 20 May 2010 - 08:56 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by Snickers
            Congrats Cathleen. Thanks for a quick review. The more people post in here the more I am at ease.

            Did you do your pictures first then have your cocktail reception in the XLounge or did you go for your pictures then join everybody else already in progess eating the canapes?
            I am trying to figure out my timeline for this and don't want to miss out on the goodies.

            Could you also maybe give me a breakdown of who you tipped on the wedding day as I am still trying to figure that one out in my head?

            Good Luck to you Thope and I hope you have beautiful weather and a great wedding day this Saturday!!!
            We didn't take pictures for that long (maybe 20 minutes), but Yamina actually guided on this point as well. We finished the vows, went down to the beach and took pictures with the group. They then headed over the X Longue to start appetizers. We finished pictures and joined them. Yamina had advised us to delay the music about 15 minutes after appetizers started so that we would be sure to hear the music (which was a good idea). She really does think of everything and handles so many weddings that she will give you options of what other people have done and how it worked out for them. As soon as appetizers were over we headed up to dinner. Dinner was a slow and wonderful 5 course meal. It was wonderful to have great conversation with our friends and family and not feel rushed.

            We tipped our servers during dinner on the wedding day. We had already been there for a week by the day of the wedding so we had tipped people prior to that. We tend to be good tippers, but when you're at a place like this my personal belief is that you don't need to tip every time you come in contact with someone (you would constantly be handing out money, and IMO the beauty of an AI is that you don't have to carry money around). We had tipped 5 to 10 dollars at the beginning of our stay for those that had really gone above and beyond and then we went around and tipped again at the end for those we had missed, and some that had really done a great job. We tipped a dollar here and there for other services.

            I have sent Yamina a small thank you gift as a token of our appreciation for her outstanding service.

            #526 cathleen10

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              Posted 20 May 2010 - 09:03 AM

              One more thing in regard to service/tipping. We had a group of 11 with us for 3 nights (in addition to the wedding). Each night we had no problem obtaining a table large enough to accommodate us at one of the restaurants. We would ask around during the day and then show up about 20 minutes before we wanted to eat to ask for a table. I'm not sure if this is always the case, but with us it was no problem. On those nights we tipped the wait staff as well (about 20 dollars). Pedro is the captain (not sure if that's the correct term down there) and was fabulous. He really did a good job of taking care of our larger group.

              If you're planning on getting spa services tipping is strongly recommended, as it is in the states.

              #527 ValerieandBrian2010

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                Posted 21 May 2010 - 09:59 AM

                Congrats Cathleen!

                Everything sounds wonderful! I am so relieved to hear another positive review! I was wondering if you could send me any pictures you had of your wedding ceremony/recpetion set-up? I am really trying to get a visual in my mind of how I want things to look and Yamina mentioned they cant confirm venues till a month prior. Where was your reception?

                Thanks! My email is valeriefearns@gmail.com

                Hope everyone's planning is going well!

                #528 jbrodhead82

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                  Posted 29 May 2010 - 08:10 PM

                  Hi Ladies! I hope planning is going well for everyone! :)

                  Has anyone made a welcome book for their guests? I am thinking about making one and wanted to see if any other EPM brides already had...

                  #529 thope

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                    Posted 30 May 2010 - 04:58 PM

                    Hey Ladies,
                    Lee and I are back from the most wonderful experience of our lives!!! I'll post more later....but rest assured everything will be perfect even if it rains..as it did on our wedding day!!! Juan has posted photos of almost our entire event on his blog.. Juan Navarros Blog Blog

                    #530 Dimenzi

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                      Posted 31 May 2010 - 05:05 AM

                      I love your photos.




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