I agree @aborgesbride, that seems a bit crazy doesn't it?
Ocean Turquesa & Coral Brides?
Posted 02 December 2014 - 04:35 PM
So after hearing from Areli, I'm now onto Maria it looks like. The email she just wrote to me from was firstname.lastname@example.org just for anyone who was still waiting on hearing back.
I think I've decided to just wait and see who we get when we get down there as this is the 3rd WC in about a month. Just going to print off everything I have so far, and bring it with us.
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Posted 20 December 2014 - 04:51 PM
I have to say they did an AMAZING job and everything couldnt have gone more smoother!
Honestly, dont freak out if nobody gets back to you. When they meet with you, they go over everything and just bring any wedding materials to the meeting you want them to use i didnt bring anything as i already had too much luggage and it was still amazing!
Originally, we booked the photographer for the basic bronze package...but he was amazing and ended up upgrading our package quite a bit...and am suuuuper happy we had that option!!
Also dont worry about hearing back from different people, I always saw different people on the computer but they all must be on the same page
Anyways Merry Christmas everyone!
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Posted 23 December 2014 - 05:24 AM
Yes I totally think the salon prices are crazy...my girls decided to do their hair & makeup themselves....im still getting mine done at the salon as its included in our wedding package....but I gotta say im pretty scared I wont like it as I haven't seen many pics of girls' hair who've used the salon at the resort.
I figure I can always fix it afterwards?? lol
Question: anyone know if the resort prints out a menu for the reception? I was going to do my own, but with xmas & everything, im totally not feeling like it.
Please let me know if anyone has info on this!
congrats on your wedding! and merry Christmas to you as well!
Posted 23 December 2014 - 08:58 AM
Hello ladies! Reading this last post compelled me to quickly write my wedding review. I'm sure I'm omitting things so just message me if you want more info.
I had my wedding at OCT on November 11th and the absolutely worst part of it was the salon/spa!! If you can...do your own hair and makeup and ask them to give you a refund on that part of the package. Like you, I thought that worst case I would fix my own hair and make-up....I was able to salvage my make-up (mostly) but my hair was ruined for good. It was crunchy and yet they somehow made me look like a wet rat. The lady also took so long that I finally ran out of there 30 minutes before the start of the wedding. I asked for soft beach wave curls and brought pictures. I ended up with shirley temple looking crunchy strands of hair interlaced with crunchy straight parts. There was no combing it out and it was too late to wash it.
My advice would be to go and try the spa very early so that you have time to wash and do your hair before the wedding OR just plan on doing it yourself and forget the spa altogether!
Regarding make-up: when I saw their suitcases filled with cheap crusty make-up that all the ladies (aka massage therapists) at the spa seem to be wearing I opted for her to use my own make-up. I brought a picture with me of how I wanted it to look. First question from this lady when looking at my smashbox eye shadow palette: "which color you want?" it got worse after that. She put foundation all over my lips, my eyebrows, my eyelids and my face had so much of it on that I felt like I couldn't feel my own touch on my face. When she was done...my eyes didn't match. My left eye had dark eye shadow on the lid only while my right one had it all over my arch. She put eyeliner on my eyelid NOT THE LASHLINE but really high up on my eyelid and then she stabbed me in the eye with the mascara...twice... I cried. Then I left (and by that I mean I ran).
The name of the person doing all this damage to my head was Vicky. After observing the hotel for a while I actually think that she was a massage person that happened to attempt to do hair and make up that day.
We used Ricardo with Disco Movil for our DJ and I would stay away from using him. I booked him because of all the great reviews he has but I'm starting to think maybe they are fake. He sat almost the entire time while playing music and some of the songs he played were inappropriate at best. One moment I vividly remember is enjoying my wedding cake (which was delicious) and all of a sudden hearing "To the wall" including all the expletives. For those of you who don't know that song, the chorus consists of words like mother$%^#$, B%$#@!, sweat run down my balls... Yup....that happened. I don't really think that you should tell your DJ not to play that crap at a WEDDING RECEPTION. He also played the wrong entrance song for us and the wedding party and cut off all the first dance songs at the wrong times.... Guests were making an effort to dance.
Alright...now that I got all that out of my system...on to the good:
Wedding - The rest of the wedding was amazing! They did everything right even though I think over the course of the last 9 months and planning we went through 4 wedding coordinators. One thing I didn't like is that we brought a ton of candles for centerpieces to create a warm look and while they put all the candles out...they didn't actually light them. They also didn't serve our cake for us. <- not sure if they were supposed to though.
Hotel DJ - his name was Temo and we saw him play at a wedding 2 days after ours and he was AMAZING! Dancing behind the turntables, engaging with the guests, playing appropriate music that had everyone dancing like fools. Being that there is no extra fee to use him I say go for it!
Flowers - I showed the wedding coordinator pinterest pictures of what I wanted and they replicated it exactly using different flowers that were included in the price of the package but achieving the exact look I wanted.
Ceremony - we opted for a religious one and the lady officiant was my favorite part of the wedding. That ceremony was so meaningful and true it had everyone crying uncontrollably.
Food - Amazing! No complaints from any guests.
Hotel itself - also amazing! No complaints from anyone and because of the size it was very easy to find everyone.
Best of luck to you all!
good luck at the wedding! if you are using the resort salon & makeup please share your experience afterwards or pictures! thank you!
So I just contacted the other coordinators now, since my coordinator was Daniel. I am hoping I don't have a problem hearing back from them because I amtrying to upgrade my package from romantic to paradise, since we had more ppl book than expected. Should be okie to upgrade since we had already reserved the terrace for the reception, at least im hoping its okie!
were these side by side terrace receptions small wedding groups?? I cant imagine having a wedding side by side, we have almost 50ppl coming, so I hope we get a private reception as stated in the package details.
When we had our wedding we were the only group on the terraces (just over 40 of us). The other wedding opted not to have a reception. Comically enough the other wedding party decided to crash our reception. It was not received well and only lasted about 20 seconds.
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Posted 29 December 2014 - 11:01 PM
Hello Brides! I am getting married at OCT in November 2015 and have a few questions.
Has anyone prepared a slideshow to play at the reception? I got a quote for $300 USD to rent the projector and screen which seems crazy! I am wondering what kind of equipment they have, do you have to bring a laptop or just a USB stick or CD? Has anyone brought their own projector down?
Also as far as a wedding photographer, I am planning on hiring the resort photographers; photo pro, has anyone used them? I have a price list for them as well but have heard that you can bargain with them for your photo package.
We are also having the private banquet hall reception that is 3 hours long, is 3 hours enough? I feel like that will fly by, I'm sure you can add on time for a price, does anyone have experience with this?
Thanks for any tips!
Posted 03 January 2015 - 09:49 PM
I'm so relieved to have read you review. Sorry about your hair/makeup that's really to bad. I'm glad to hear that the wedding itself was great.
When did you set up your meeting with the WC? Is that done before you go or when you arrive at the resort?
Posted 05 January 2015 - 11:41 AM
We set up our meeting before we got to the resort but only about a week in advance. We got there on a Wednesday, our meeting was on Thursday and we got married the following Tuesday. I felt it was definitely enough time to set everything up.
My reception was also 3 hours and I wish we had extended it. It definitely flew by and it seemed like it was over too soon. We started at 6 and ended at 9. The party by the pool doesn't start until 10:30 and in retrospect the ideal plan would have been to extend reception by 1 hour leaving 30 minutes for guests to roam/freshen up and then join the hotel party. I didn't use the hotel photographer because their pictures weren't overly impressive. I've also observed them working other weddings and have noticed that they talked to other hotel employees for long periods of time while holding the camera instead of taking pictures of the wedding.
Good luck to you both!
Posted 05 January 2015 - 04:22 PM
I know it has been some time but do you mind sharing an estimated cost of what you paid for this extravaganza? We may end up inviting 100 people but only expect about 60. A ballpark number would be appreciated! Thank you SO much for your commentary!!
Ladies, I haven't been on here in awhile, but wanted to report back after our FABULOUS wedding at OCT on May 23, 2014. Our wedding coordinator, Daniel, was absolutely AMAZING!!!!!! I will never be able to say enough good things about him or the entrie wedding staff. I will admit, we got off to a bit of a rocky start only because it seemed like I had a new coordinator every month (apparently, they have high turnover), but once Daniel was assigned to us, it was easy breezy!!!
We arrived the morning of Wednesday, 21 May. Check in was a breeze, and we were immediately introduced to Daniel and informed of our appointment that afternoon for our walk-thru. We choose to do our ceremony and reception on the Lobby Terrace because my 84-year-old grandmother would not have been able to get up the stairs to the rooftop terrace. I was a little worried about other resort guests hovering, but if they were, we did not even notice!! Daniel sat with us for 2.5 hours going through every single detail of the wedding and walking through the space to discuss set-up options. It was definitely a team effort between the 3 of us!!!
My fiance and I decided on orange and pink as our colors so they would pop off the gorgeous blue ocean. We had a very large wedding (105 guests - to date, the largest wedding OCT has ever done). We decided to take all our own linens with us because the resort did not have enough and would have had to rent them. We were quoted about $1800 for the linens (napkins, orange runners, and chair sashes), but I ended up finding linens for around $200 and chair sashes for like $96 and some change. We decided it was well worth packing them down there to save that kind of cash and had NO problem donating them to the resort when we left (what were we going to do with them??). I printed all of our programs, escort cards, and table numbers which we hauled down there as well along with our wedding favors (beverage koozies... easy for us and our guests to travel with). Daniel and the team took great care in setting everything out just as we'd discussed.
For anyone having doubts about OCT... don't. Every single one of our guests has said on multiple occasions that it was THE best wedding they have ever been to, and I fully believe part of that is due to Daniel and his ability to flawlessly execute each brides vision!!!!!
****** We brought in our own DJ, photographer, and makeup/hair, all of whom are friends that would have been invited anyway. We did not have to pay an outside vendor fee because of this.
If anybody has a current price quote list that would be helpful as well! What made you choose this resort over others in the area? I've looked through about 100 pages of this thread, and it's amazing!
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