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#361 rmbrown6

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    Posted 25 December 2009 - 08:11 PM

    So I haven't been on here in awhile and just been catching up on everyones posts. I leave in 9 days!!! My wedding date is Jan 8. Came so quick!!! I am sure I will have some last minute questions for all of you this week and we get ready to leave. Any advice or info anyone has let me know:) I will definatly fill everyone in on all the details.

    i have table decorations for the reception but was just curious to see if anyone just rented table cloths and decor from ana...if so how did it turn out??

    Also any ideas on gift that you gave your parents on your wedding day?? having a hard time coming up with things??

    Rachel
    9 days and we are off....

    #362 bcbride

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      Posted 28 December 2009 - 11:00 PM

      Hola ladies!!!! OMG I can't believe it's my turn to write my review after a year and a bit of planning :) Our wedding week was great and the wedding was awesome!!!
      WARNING: Super long!
      Ocean Turquesa was excellent! My biggest worry about this place was the seaweed but honestly once we got there, it was not a big deal at all! I would describe it as seagrass and the water was so clear and light blue, it didn't really bother us at all.
      The staff was amazing too! Everyone was so helpful and friendly, and were so grateful when we gave them tips (mind you, they didn't go around expecting tips either). I'm sorry to hear that bridetobedec had some communication issues with some staff, but I didn't hear a lot of issues from our guests (unless they just didn't bother telling us?).
      We loved our suite: I would recommend an oceanfront privelege master suite - we were spoiled with all the space, the bottle of champagne, the towel art, the chocolates, the special decoration the night of our wedding, breakfast in bed the morning after, the late checkout, DH enjoyed the little liquor bottles in the minifridge stocked every day and much more lol.
      The food was good, I would give it about 8-9/10, to be honest we ended up going to the buffet a lot as it more the most convenient for the size of our group (27 ppl). Most of the ala carte places are only open for dinner, and not all of them are open every night. The mexican restaurant was good, as was the italian and the crepe place. The japanese we found salty, although we sat in front of the chef to watch the show and i heard if you order ala carte, the food was better. Villa Marina was open for lunch and served burgers and hotdogs and at night it turns into Carribean Grill where we had our reception :). Some of the restaurants needed reservations and a couple of times we lined up for about 20 mins (between 3-5 pm).
      Ana was soooo great! She met with us the first morning we were there and went over everything. I printed out all of our email correspondence but didn't really need it as she had everything organized in a folder. She was so calm and collected which contributed to DH and I feeling really calm on our wedding day too.
      We went with a Transat package $500 which included: cocktail hour before the ceremony, sound system setup (we brought our IPOD and gave it to the DJ to play), ceremony setup, flowers (we paid extra to upgrade to roses and acapulco lilies), bouts and corsages for the MOG and MOB, reception dinner at alacarte, cake, champagne, $100 excursion voucher, 12 pictures and a photo album from the resort photographer. The extras we paid to the resort was ~ $800: $450 - minister, $100 for setup at lobby terrace for dancing, $150 for flowers (at the ceremony and bridal bouquet), $40 for bows for the ceremony chairs, $50 for waiter service at the lobby terrace.
      We were so lucky because when we left we checked the forecast and it was supposed to rain on our wedding day Dec. 16. But Ana checked again on the 14th and it was all sunny skies for the 16th! It rained hard the next day so we feel very grateful. She did have Plan B in case it rained.
      My BMs and I went to the spa to get our hair done, $70 each. I would recommend getting your hair done first, I only booked for 1 hour for my hair but it ended up taking 2 hours so just make sure you set aside enough time just in case. Muri (sp?) did my hair and she was excellent. I brought a picture and she did her own version of it but I still loved it! Lots of hairspray which is necessary. I even asked Muri to come to our suite right before the ceremony and she helped me put on my fake lashes and touch ups for my makeup. Highly recommend her!
      It was windy during the ceremony but the sound system they had worked perfectly so everyone could hear. The ceremony lasted about 25 mins altogether. The minister had an accent but her English was clear enough to understand.
      We went to the Carribean Grill and had 2 entrees for our guests to choose from (no extra charge, just ask Ana We were at one end of the restaurant so we felt private enough and it was open air and so the atmosphere was nice. We then went up to the lobby terrace for our speeches and dancing and we just asked the pool bar to turn down their music. It worked really well as we were the only ones up there and it felt very intimate. We brought our own IPOD speaker and danced all night and morning long lol our families love to dance so it was a blast! We left at about 2 am and I believe last call at the lobby bar was around 1 am.
      We are so happy we chose OCT! The size of the resort was perfect, it was so easy to meet up with our guests at the lobby, the buffet, or by the swim up bar. I am so excited for the future OCT brides as you will love it there! The staff was wonderful and the resort is just so beautiful!
      We brought our own photographer down with us and here are some teasers from her blog. I will let you know when she has more pics up. Any questions please don't hesitate to ask! :)
      Lia & Bryan {Married in Mexico} Kim Kalyn Photography

      #363 Princess402

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        Posted 29 December 2009 - 01:57 AM

        Hi Ladies,

        My TA was in the Mayan Riviera on site visits in early December. In addition to visiting my resort, she also visited the Ocean Turquesa & Coral by H10 (as well as a number of others). I was just checking out the pics she posted of DRC and thought I'd share the ones she took of the OTC if you are interested:

        http://mooreallabout....anriveria/2759

        Happy Planning to you all :)

        #364 ~Katie~

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          Posted 29 December 2009 - 12:16 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by rmbrown6
          So I haven't been on here in awhile and just been catching up on everyones posts. I leave in 9 days!!! My wedding date is Jan 8. Came so quick!!! I am sure I will have some last minute questions for all of you this week and we get ready to leave. Any advice or info anyone has let me know:) I will definatly fill everyone in on all the details.

          i have table decorations for the reception but was just curious to see if anyone just rented table cloths and decor from ana...if so how did it turn out??

          Also any ideas on gift that you gave your parents on your wedding day?? having a hard time coming up with things??

          Rachel
          9 days and we are off....
          hey Rachel, good to have you back :o)

          wow, not long to go at all! Have you got most of it all sorted now? what are you having for your ceremony?? details details!!

          I haven't got married yet so can't help with your question about the table cloths etc but hopefully one of the girls who has will reply to you before you go.

          I would also be interested in gifts for parents - I'm stuck too!!

          #365 ~Katie~

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            Posted 29 December 2009 - 12:45 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by bcbride
            Hola ladies!!!! OMG I can't believe it's my turn to write my review after a year and a bit of planning :) Our wedding week was great and the wedding was awesome!!!
            WARNING: Super long!
            Ocean Turquesa was excellent! My biggest worry about this place was the seaweed but honestly once we got there, it was not a big deal at all! I would describe it as seagrass and the water was so clear and light blue, it didn't really bother us at all.
            The staff was amazing too! Everyone was so helpful and friendly, and were so grateful when we gave them tips (mind you, they didn't go around expecting tips either). I'm sorry to hear that bridetobedec had some communication issues with some staff, but I didn't hear a lot of issues from our guests (unless they just didn't bother telling us?).
            We loved our suite: I would recommend an oceanfront privelege master suite - we were spoiled with all the space, the bottle of champagne, the towel art, the chocolates, the special decoration the night of our wedding, breakfast in bed the morning after, the late checkout, DH enjoyed the little liquor bottles in the minifridge stocked every day and much more lol.
            The food was good, I would give it about 8-9/10, to be honest we ended up going to the buffet a lot as it more the most convenient for the size of our group (27 ppl). Most of the ala carte places are only open for dinner, and not all of them are open every night. The mexican restaurant was good, as was the italian and the crepe place. The japanese we found salty, although we sat in front of the chef to watch the show and i heard if you order ala carte, the food was better. Villa Marina was open for lunch and served burgers and hotdogs and at night it turns into Carribean Grill where we had our reception :). Some of the restaurants needed reservations and a couple of times we lined up for about 20 mins (between 3-5 pm).
            Ana was soooo great! She met with us the first morning we were there and went over everything. I printed out all of our email correspondence but didn't really need it as she had everything organized in a folder. She was so calm and collected which contributed to DH and I feeling really calm on our wedding day too.
            We went with a Transat package $500 which included: cocktail hour before the ceremony, sound system setup (we brought our IPOD and gave it to the DJ to play), ceremony setup, flowers (we paid extra to upgrade to roses and acapulco lilies), bouts and corsages for the MOG and MOB, reception dinner at alacarte, cake, champagne, $100 excursion voucher, 12 pictures and a photo album from the resort photographer. The extras we paid to the resort was ~ $800: $450 - minister, $100 for setup at lobby terrace for dancing, $150 for flowers (at the ceremony and bridal bouquet), $40 for bows for the ceremony chairs, $50 for waiter service at the lobby terrace.
            We were so lucky because when we left we checked the forecast and it was supposed to rain on our wedding day Dec. 16. But Ana checked again on the 14th and it was all sunny skies for the 16th! It rained hard the next day so we feel very grateful. She did have Plan B in case it rained.
            My BMs and I went to the spa to get our hair done, $70 each. I would recommend getting your hair done first, I only booked for 1 hour for my hair but it ended up taking 2 hours so just make sure you set aside enough time just in case. Muri (sp?) did my hair and she was excellent. I brought a picture and she did her own version of it but I still loved it! Lots of hairspray which is necessary. I even asked Muri to come to our suite right before the ceremony and she helped me put on my fake lashes and touch ups for my makeup. Highly recommend her!
            It was windy during the ceremony but the sound system they had worked perfectly so everyone could hear. The ceremony lasted about 25 mins altogether. The minister had an accent but her English was clear enough to understand.
            We went to the Carribean Grill and had 2 entrees for our guests to choose from (no extra charge, just ask Ana We were at one end of the restaurant so we felt private enough and it was open air and so the atmosphere was nice. We then went up to the lobby terrace for our speeches and dancing and we just asked the pool bar to turn down their music. It worked really well as we were the only ones up there and it felt very intimate. We brought our own IPOD speaker and danced all night and morning long lol our families love to dance so it was a blast! We left at about 2 am and I believe last call at the lobby bar was around 1 am.
            We are so happy we chose OCT! The size of the resort was perfect, it was so easy to meet up with our guests at the lobby, the buffet, or by the swim up bar. I am so excited for the future OCT brides as you will love it there! The staff was wonderful and the resort is just so beautiful!
            We brought our own photographer down with us and here are some teasers from her blog. I will let you know when she has more pics up. Any questions please don't hesitate to ask! :)
            Lia & Bryan {Married in Mexico} Kim Kalyn Photography
            hey Lia, I'm so pleased you had an amazing wedding - it all sounds so great! and it's always great to hear how other people have found everything there.

            your photographer seems great! so friendly and personal, and your photos look like they've turned out amazing! you must be so pleased! im looking forward to seeing the rest too!! :)

            congrats to you and hubby!!

            #366 eblair

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              Posted 31 December 2009 - 01:21 PM

              Hello! I haven't figured out how to post a new thread yet, so for the time being I'm going to piggy-back on others! We are getting married at the Ocean C&T on April 9....and so excited! My biggest question is what is everyone else doing for a reception? Our wedding is at 2 pm and we're trying to decide if we do drinks/apps for a couple of hours immediately after the ceremony, then just all go to dinner & meet up later. Or should we have a couple hours break (hang out in the bar or whatever) after the ceremony and then do a dinner reception. Any ideas?!

              While I try to figure out my own profile and messages, it's fun to look through everyone else's experiences!

              #367 Angelfire

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                Posted 01 January 2010 - 10:29 PM

                Lia!
                Absolutely stunning! Thank you for the write up and I love your dress (almost bought it myself!!)

                Glad you had a magical day!

                #368 ~Katie~

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                  Posted 03 January 2010 - 04:08 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by eblair
                  Hello! I haven't figured out how to post a new thread yet, so for the time being I'm going to piggy-back on others! We are getting married at the Ocean C&T on April 9....and so excited! My biggest question is what is everyone else doing for a reception? Our wedding is at 2 pm and we're trying to decide if we do drinks/apps for a couple of hours immediately after the ceremony, then just all go to dinner & meet up later. Or should we have a couple hours break (hang out in the bar or whatever) after the ceremony and then do a dinner reception. Any ideas?!

                  While I try to figure out my own profile and messages, it's fun to look through everyone else's experiences!
                  oh wow, you're going to get married just less than a month before me!!

                  We're having our ceremony at 4pm to avoid the problem you're having :) plus I thought I'd probably be too hot in a wedding dress when the sun's at it's hottest.

                  If you're set on getting married at 2pm, I'd say your best bet is to have an hour or so after the ceremony dedicated to photos - invove your wedding party so they're not waiting around too much, and then have cocktails/drinks all together when they've finished...then dinner and then reception :)

                  #369 eblair

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                    Posted 03 January 2010 - 08:53 PM

                    Thanks for the opinion! we would like to try and have it later, but were told that 2pm was the only option (I think there is another wedding on that date). We'll see, maybe there will be some flexibility when we get there!

                    I think you're right, cocktails and then a dinner reception are the way to go. Then it's just deciding what to have to eat!

                    #370 Lin&Scott

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                      Posted 03 January 2010 - 11:04 PM

                      BC Bride I am so glad to hear you had a wonderful wedding!! My Husband also LOVED the Mini liquor bottles in the room! LOL! Your dress was STUNNING!
                      Best of luck to all you beautiful Brides in the future.
                      Love, Newlywed
                      Life's good when you're a Mrs!




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