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#1001 ThomasK

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    Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:59 AM

    Hello all - for those of you that have already been to this resort or have actually been married there - how was the over all experience? And also how was the beach/ocean? 

     

    My fianc© and I have been researching for a few weeks now into destinations (our TA is getting us a quote for this place)

     

    One of our main concerns we keep seeing bad reviews for places in Mexico/riviera maya are that the beaches are pretty bad with seaweed and some even are not good for swimming at all... If you wouldn't mind sharing your thoughts/experiences/pictures I would greatly appreciate it!

     

    We are planning for a July 2013 wedding :)

     

    Thanks!



    #1002 kleenotes

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      Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:06 PM

      Hello OCT Brides!

      I found this site a few days ago and am hooked!  I have read through all 99 pages of this thread, which helped me decide on OCT!

       

      I feel behind on planning... I have not done an ounce of planning and need to catch up to all of you!

       

      Thanks for all the tips! Keep in touch!

       

      <3 Kristi

       

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      #1003 JBandDJ

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        Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:01 AM

        Hi everyone!  We getting legally married in Canada first as well and doing a symbolic ceremony at OCT.  Does anyone know who actually "officiates" the symbolic ceremony?  I would like a someone who knows what they're doing to do a greeting, exchange of vows, exchange of rings and announcement.  I really want it to go smoothly....

         

        Also, I have a number of things in order and would like your advice on whether I'm missing anything or not....

         

        I have done:  photographer, beach ceremony, terrace reception, seating plan, chosen MCs, ipod playlist for reception (still working on ceremony), OOT bags (these are our favours), working on choosing menu still, decorations (buying from resort), dress/jewellery/garter/barefoot sandals/flops for dancing

         

        Need to do:

         

        "officiant" of ceremony

        find out about steamer/iron

        finalizing menu

        guys outfits

        gifts for bridal party

        gift for fiance

        alterations on dress

        guest mat (signing it)

        vows

        program for reception

        ask guests about menu restrictions

         

        I am, of course, more concerned if there is anything I'm not thinking of....please help....I'm feeling the time crunch and am trying to do a few things each weekend so that when the date gets really close I wont have anything to do and just relax :)  2.5 months away 



        #1004 AnaS

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          Posted 17 January 2012 - 02:00 PM

          Hi ThomasK,

           

          I have been to the resort twice and I like it very much.

           

          A few things that made me decide on this resort:

          - It is a big enough resort (~500 rooms I think), but not too big to require taking a train to go from one place to another like some of the big resorts there ( I visited some of those huge resorts and did not like the idea that my guests may not see each other while staying there)

          - The wedding and reception locations are multiple and all of them nice ( from the lobby terrace, beach location, outoor restaurant location, etc)

          - It is a nice place, think about something clean and neat, but not extremely luxurious at very good prices ( for guests and wedding). I compared both guests prices and wedding prices with a few other resorts and seems more affordable. There are places where the wedidng could be very cheap but it would become very expensive for guests

          - We felt the service was very good while we stayed there and belive our guests will feel good too

          - It has a 5 different restaurants for guests; so no worry that they will be sick of eating the same thing for a week (when I have heard a lot about all inclusive places)

          - It is kid friendly ( has a children pool, daisy club, teen club); We have families coming with their children, so this is a huge plus for them

          - Last but probably the most important, Ana, the wedding coordinator is fantastic. She has been the most prepared, nice and accomodating wedding coordinator amongst all of the resorts that I have visited in my initial trip ( and I saw about a dozen)

           

          On the beach and ocean comment:

          - The resort is located in Puerto Morelos. Puerto morelos has a reef neerby the shore, which indded creates a problem with seaweed. It is not the clearest ocean you can imagine (Playa del Carmen or Cancun are much better), but I saw them picking up the seaweed everyday while I was there

          - The beach itself is very nice; clean and nice

           

          I have pictures that I have taken, but I think the facebook ones that one of teh other brides mentioned are probably better (more professional). PM me and I can send you what I have too.

           

          Let me know if you have other questions.

           

          Thanks,

          Ana



          #1005 TropicLover

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            Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:58 PM

            Wow!  You sound like you've thought of everything.  Are you doing a Welcome Party or Rehearsal dinner? 

             

            I'm also doing a symbolic wedding and haven't heard anything regarding the officiant.  In our case we're going to provide the majority of the ceremony script including the vows.  There are a tonne of threads with great scripts as well as many websites out there.  If you're worried about what they'll say or won't say you might want to go this route.  Good luck!

            Hi everyone!  We getting legally married in Canada first as well and doing a symbolic ceremony at OCT.  Does anyone know who actually "officiates" the symbolic ceremony?  I would like a someone who knows what they're doing to do a greeting, exchange of vows, exchange of rings and announcement.  I really want it to go smoothly....

             

            Also, I have a number of things in order and would like your advice on whether I'm missing anything or not....

             

            I have done:  photographer, beach ceremony, terrace reception, seating plan, chosen MCs, ipod playlist for reception (still working on ceremony), OOT bags (these are our favours), working on choosing menu still, decorations (buying from resort), dress/jewellery/garter/barefoot sandals/flops for dancing

             

            Need to do:

             

            "officiant" of ceremony

            find out about steamer/iron

            finalizing menu

            guys outfits

            gifts for bridal party

            gift for fiance

            alterations on dress

            guest mat (signing it)

            vows

            program for reception

            ask guests about menu restrictions

             

            I am, of course, more concerned if there is anything I'm not thinking of....please help....I'm feeling the time crunch and am trying to do a few things each weekend so that when the date gets really close I wont have anything to do and just relax :)  2.5 months away 



             



            #1006 JBandDJ

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              Posted 18 January 2012 - 10:10 AM

              Yes we are doing a welcome party at the buffet the night all the guests arrive. We will hand out our welcome bags/favors then.  We aren't doing a rehearsal dinner, just a simple walk through so everyone knows where they're supposed to stand etc.  Still concerned about who is officiating the symbolic ceremony......



              #1007 BrandingMyImage

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                Posted 19 January 2012 - 11:23 PM

                Hello Girls!

                 

                I have read every post on this thread and feel as if I know you all. Off topic.. I would like to surprise the bride with having lanterns let go at the end of her wedding. I have tried to get in contact with Ana but have had no luck. Does any one know if this is possible at the resort? If anyone talks to Ana soon, can you please ask her? Especially if you have a wonderful relationship with her because honestly I am hesitant to ask because what if she says "no." Eeek. Technically the beach is public property... should I pursue the "it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission" strategy?

                 

                Thanks so much for the help!



                #1008 BrandingMyImage

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                  Posted 19 January 2012 - 11:25 PM

                  Hello Girls!

                   

                  I have read every post on this thread and feel as if I know you all. Off topic.. I would like to surprise the bride with having lanterns let go at the end of her wedding. I have tried to get in contact with Ana but have had no luck. Does any one know if this possible at the resort? If anyone talks to Ana soon, can you please ask her? Especially if you have a wonderful relationship with her. I am also hesitant to ask because what if she says "no." Eeek. Technically the beach is public property so should I pursue the "it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission" strategy?

                   

                  Thanks so much for the help!



                  #1009 JBandDJ

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                    Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:15 AM

                    The lanterns sound amazing!  I don't know if this is possible though. As long as you email Ana with the wedding date in the subject line she will get back to you....sometimes she takes a couple of weeks though. The closer to the wedding the faster she responds. 



                    #1010 kleenotes

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                      Posted 21 January 2012 - 01:31 PM

                      BrandingMyImage--

                       

                      I e-mailed Ana a few days ago and waiting to hear back too....

                       

                      Did you try calling Ana?  I called three times the other day.  LOL  She picked up all three times. 

                      If you need the number, let me know.

                       

                      -Kristi






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