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. @Chambers2011, this is a great idea to have your dinner at Villa Marina and then do the private reception on the terrace, I really like it. What will your set up be like during the reception, do you plan on having cocktail tables and serving drinks, any food, etc? Do you mind if I ask what they are charging you for doing this type of reception, I'm assuming you will just use the dinner option that's included in your package, but haven't seen any pricing for a separate less formal reception.

 

Does anyone know how big the Villa Marina restaurant is, or how many people it can hold?

 

Thanks so much!
 

Originally Posted by Chambers2011 View Post

Hi Kristen, congratulations on your upcoming wedding!!!

I'm getting married Nov 16/11 - 3 months to go!

 

We decided to have our supper at the Villa Marina, which has an outdoor section next to the pool. Our reception (speeches, 1st dances + party) will happen on the upper Terrace. Ana said we can play our own music until 12midnight and then I heard the lounge by the pool plays music till 1am.

We didn't choose the Mexican restaurant because I'm sure our guests will eat there regularily and we liked the 'outside' option of the Villa Marina without the price of an 'outdoor terrace reception'. We are still being charged for the Terrace, and we pay for a waiter for 3 hours, but I'm sure we would have tipped someone to keep coming back anyways.

 

Hope this helps!

Genevieve

 



 



 

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Hi ladies!

 

I haven't been on for a while... and I missed so much!

 

Great centerpiece ideas! We opted for no real centerpieces for a couple reasons... our supper is at the Villa Marina from 6:30-8:30 then we move up to the Lobby Terrace for speeches and dancing. For the amount of time we will 'see' them, I don't think it's worth it. Instead, we bought a bunch of battery operated tealights and candles (Costco for $14.99!!) and I think they'll set the mood just fine. That - and we're having a giant reception when we get home, so I'll spend the $$ on centerpieces then. (After thought - I guess in the end, Ana could transfer the centerpieces up to the lobby.....)

 

@AwayWeGo - We get the Lobby Terrace from 9-12midnight. We have to pay a set-up fee of $150 for the Lobby Terrace, and I talked her down to $100 for the sound system (apparently its different from the one included with the ceremony) We also have to pay a waiter service for the 3 hours - $90. I believe the set up includes cocktail tables - I should really find out lol

I like the idea of bringing paper lanters for up there though.

 

**For those trying to choose a package**

I struggled with this for a while, but Ana was very accomodating. I told her what were planning, what we wanted and what we didn't, and she made us our own package. I thought about doing  a-la-carte but still wanted all the 'perks' of a set package (ie: 10%discount at the spa centre, champagne breaky in bed, chocolate covered strawberries and champagne for the wedding night, romantic dinner at the beach front restaurant, etc...)

Long story short, she re-vamped the Sunset Package to suit us.

 

I have no idea how many ppl you can sit in the outdoor part of the Villa Marina, but Ana knows we have just over 40 guests coming.

 

On another note - the bigger packages come with 1 flower arrangement. I've heard of some brides upgrading the arrangement, using them for the arch during the ceremony, the Ana takes them apart, and they are used for centerpieces. Just a thought idea.gif

 

Phewf. How's that for catching up?!?! Haha


 

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. @Chambers2011, this is a great idea to have your dinner at Villa Marina and then do the private reception on the terrace, I really like it. What will your set up be like during the reception, do you plan on having cocktail tables and serving drinks, any food, etc? Do you mind if I ask what they are charging you for doing this type of reception, I'm assuming you will just use the dinner option that's included in your package, but haven't seen any pricing for a separate less formal reception.

 

Does anyone know how big the Villa Marina restaurant is, or how many people it can hold?

 

Thanks so much!
 



 



 

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Hi Everyone,

 

I am new to all of this and just looking into packages and pricing at OCT.  If someone could email me any info they have it would be fantasitc.  We were thinking of getting married in June of 2012 (doesn't leave a lot of planning time)!  Thanks for all the help!  knootbaar@hotmail.com

 

 

Kristina

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That's great you could "modify" the package to suit your requirements!  Are you getting a dj for the terrace?
 

Originally Posted by Chambers2011 View Post

Hi ladies!

 

I haven't been on for a while... and I missed so much!

 

Great centerpiece ideas! We opted for no real centerpieces for a couple reasons... our supper is at the Villa Marina from 6:30-8:30 then we move up to the Lobby Terrace for speeches and dancing. For the amount of time we will 'see' them, I don't think it's worth it. Instead, we bought a bunch of battery operated tealights and candles (Costco for $14.99!!) and I think they'll set the mood just fine. That - and we're having a giant reception when we get home, so I'll spend the $$ on centerpieces then. (After thought - I guess in the end, Ana could transfer the centerpieces up to the lobby.....)

 

@AwayWeGo - We get the Lobby Terrace from 9-12midnight. We have to pay a set-up fee of $150 for the Lobby Terrace, and I talked her down to $100 for the sound system (apparently its different from the one included with the ceremony) We also have to pay a waiter service for the 3 hours - $90. I believe the set up includes cocktail tables - I should really find out lol

I like the idea of bringing paper lanters for up there though.

 

**For those trying to choose a package**

I struggled with this for a while, but Ana was very accomodating. I told her what were planning, what we wanted and what we didn't, and she made us our own package. I thought about doing  a-la-carte but still wanted all the 'perks' of a set package (ie: 10%discount at the spa centre, champagne breaky in bed, chocolate covered strawberries and champagne for the wedding night, romantic dinner at the beach front restaurant, etc...)

Long story short, she re-vamped the Sunset Package to suit us.

 

I have no idea how many ppl you can sit in the outdoor part of the Villa Marina, but Ana knows we have just over 40 guests coming.

 

On another note - the bigger packages come with 1 flower arrangement. I've heard of some brides upgrading the arrangement, using them for the arch during the ceremony, the Ana takes them apart, and they are used for centerpieces. Just a thought idea.gif

 

Phewf. How's that for catching up?!?! Haha


 



 



 

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@knootbaar, welcome aboard!  Hopefully you find plenty of info on this thread ;-)  I'll private message you the 2011 wedding packages...I don't think the 2012 ones are out just yet.  Does anyone else know if 2012 is out yet?

 

As for flight and hotel prices it would really depend on where you're traveling from.  My suggestion is to find a Travel Agent and get them to price it out for you.

 

Happy planning!
 

Originally Posted by knootbaar View Post

Hi Everyone,

 

I am new to all of this and just looking into packages and pricing at OCT.  If someone could email me any info they have it would be fantasitc.  We were thinking of getting married in June of 2012 (doesn't leave a lot of planning time)!  Thanks for all the help!  knootbaar@hotmail.com

 

 

Kristina



 

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Thanks Chambers2011, that is a great suggestion to work with Ana on modifying the package, and great to know that she is open to working with you on that! I think this is something we will definitely look into, as there just isn't one package that suits our needs.

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Hello, I do have a copy of the 2012 packages from our travel agent, they are just on another computer. I'll send them this week once I get on that computer, unfortunately all of the packages went up by about $400 each for 2012 over the 2011 pricing sad.gif. TropicLover, Keine has the 2012 packages or if you want to send me your email address I can send you what I have.

 

Originally Posted by TropicLover View Post

@knootbaar, welcome aboard!  Hopefully you find plenty of info on this thread ;-)  I'll private message you the 2011 wedding packages...I don't think the 2012 ones are out just yet.  Does anyone else know if 2012 is out yet?

 

As for flight and hotel prices it would really depend on where you're traveling from.  My suggestion is to find a Travel Agent and get them to price it out for you.

 

Happy planning!
 



 



 

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Ohhhhhhhh that's great the 2012 prices are out!  Not so much on the increase though smile27.gif  I'll send Keine a quick note to forward them over.

 

Speaking of 2012 has anyone seen the 2012 menu yet?

 

 

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We won't be hiring a DJ, we'll just play our iPod. One of our guests loves to be "the dj" so we'll let him do his thing. haha
 

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