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#501 PinkBride

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    Posted 20 May 2010 - 10:34 AM

    Well, We are back...and married! And have some of the best memories of our life at The Ocean Coral & Turquesa! I can not say enough good about the resort, and especially about Ana! She is WONDERFUL! you ladies have nothing to worry about....she will take care of everything!!!!!!!
    As for wedding details, I dont have much time to write a review but feel free to ask questions!
    We had our ceremony on the rooftop terrace and our reception in the banquet hall! Just like Katie! In fact, our day was quite similar!

    4:00 wedding ceremony on rooftop terrace
    4:30 champaigne with our guests
    5:00 pictures on the beach...group shots/wedding party
    5:30 pictures of just us...everyone else went and did their own thing...we told everyone to meet in the lobby at 6:50
    6:15 me and hubby went to our room and SHOWERED lol no joke...it is HOT out there! And i haveabout 5 layers on the bottom of my dress!
    6:50 met with our guests in Lobby
    7-10 reception in banquet hall
    10:15 up to the lobby!

    I would not have changed a thing. It was PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Any questions...please just ask!

    Krystal Branton :)

    #502 whit-Bride

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      Posted 20 May 2010 - 10:49 PM

      Quote:
      Originally Posted by PinkBride
      Well, We are back...and married! And have some of the best memories of our life at The Ocean Coral & Turquesa! I can not say enough good about the resort, and especially about Ana! She is WONDERFUL! you ladies have nothing to worry about....she will take care of everything!!!!!!!
      As for wedding details, I dont have much time to write a review but feel free to ask questions!
      We had our ceremony on the rooftop terrace and our reception in the banquet hall! Just like Katie! In fact, our day was quite similar!

      4:00 wedding ceremony on rooftop terrace
      4:30 champaigne with our guests
      5:00 pictures on the beach...group shots/wedding party
      5:30 pictures of just us...everyone else went and did their own thing...we told everyone to meet in the lobby at 6:50
      6:15 me and hubby went to our room and SHOWERED lol no joke...it is HOT out there! And i haveabout 5 layers on the bottom of my dress!
      6:50 met with our guests in Lobby
      7-10 reception in banquet hall
      10:15 up to the lobby!

      I would not have changed a thing. It was PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Any questions...please just ask!

      Krystal Branton :)

      Congrats Krystal!

      Great to hear another happy bride from OCT! Your whole wedding day is pretty similar to Katies! Do you have any pictures to share? I would love to see your special day! Did you use the hotel photographer? Do you have any specific advice or pointers for myself and all the other future Brides? lol

      Thanks... and Congrats again!
      Whit :)

      #503 PinkBride

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        Posted 21 May 2010 - 07:18 PM

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        Congrats Krystal!

        Great to hear another happy bride from OCT! Your whole wedding day is pretty similar to Katies! Do you have any pictures to share? I would love to see your special day! Did you use the hotel photographer? Do you have any specific advice or pointers for myself and all the other future Brides? lol

        Thanks... and Congrats again!
        Whit :)

        I have pictures on my facebook account...not the professional ones yet, but ones from friends! you can search me - Krystal Branton -just leave a msg so I know whos trying to add me :)
        I was fortunate and my aunt did our pictures, she does them back home for weddings and was there for us!
        Honestly, trust Ana! She is AMAZING! And I would reccomend the Rooftop wedding if you want privacy...only you and your guests up there. and the banquet hall was great for the reception. It was intimate, decorated beautifully and AIR CONDITIONED! lol And the meal was sooooo good ! Our guests are stilll talking about the meal!

        Any other questions, just ask!

        Mrs. B :)

        #504 Sweetpea_Mtl

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          Posted 21 May 2010 - 08:34 PM

          Congratulations Krystal!
          All this advise is very helpful as I'm still undecided on which resort to pick. So many things to consider... Budget being a bit of a limitation for our guests mostly.
          I would love to see your pics on FB (will PM you).

          Thanks for sharing!

          #505 lisafleury

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            Posted 21 May 2010 - 10:54 PM

            So happy to hear that both Katie and Krystal has such an amazing experience and cannot thank you both enough for all the helpful advice.

            My fiance and I were thinking of a wedding on the beach and the dinner/reception in somewhere a little more private, preferably the rooftop terrace however after Katie's message I'm a little concerned about the potential lack of privacy. We're planning on having our speeches, first dances & cake cutting there before heading to another more happening location - what was the lobby bar like? Did anyone spent time at The Score restaurant which I've read turns into a sports bar at night? What so of things are there at night to keep people entertained?

            We're still trying to find the best package for us and right now are debating between the Caribbean and Coral package. We're expecting approx. 40 people so the added cost for every addition person will quickly add up as those packages are for 15-20 people. Any suggestions? How many people did you ladies have? What packages did you ladies go with? Did either or you have to pay extra for bridesmaid bouquets, groomsmen boutonnieres and any other flower arrangements or was that included in your packages? I was hoping that instead of the room decoration with flowers, that we could ask Ana to use those flowers to decorate our cake and/or spread rose petals down the aisle on the beach... fingers crossed she'll agree to that!

            What, if anything, did you ladies use as centerpieces for your tables at dinner? Does Ana have options there for you to choose from or should I bring that with us? I'd really like to have candles on the tables so I'll have to see what I can wrangle up!

            Whit - I went to Michael's to look at those Margarita glasses/vases but just don't think I'll be able to fit them in my bags and/or find anyone I'd want to ask to do so. You'll have to send me some pics of yours, which perhaps may give me a little extra inspiration!

            I know that I'll have many more questions to come but for now if anyone has advise to share, I'd REALLY appreciate whatever you may have :)

            Lisa

            #506 Lin&Scott

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              Posted 22 May 2010 - 02:52 PM

              WELCOME BACK KATIE!! WOO HOOOO YOU'RE MARRIED!!!! SO glad you had a fabulous time and wouldnt change a thing- me either!!
              Whit' LOVE your wedding website, stunning!
              Just popping in to say congrats to everyone!! So excited for all of you, keep up the good work and good luck!
              Cheers!
              Life's good when you're a Mrs!

              #507 whit-Bride

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                Posted 24 May 2010 - 07:53 PM

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                Originally Posted by PinkBride
                I have pictures on my facebook account...not the professional ones yet, but ones from friends! you can search me - Krystal Branton -just leave a msg so I know whos trying to add me :)
                I was fortunate and my aunt did our pictures, she does them back home for weddings and was there for us!
                Honestly, trust Ana! She is AMAZING! And I would reccomend the Rooftop wedding if you want privacy...only you and your guests up there. and the banquet hall was great for the reception. It was intimate, decorated beautifully and AIR CONDITIONED! lol And the meal was sooooo good ! Our guests are stilll talking about the meal!

                Any other questions, just ask!

                Mrs. B :)
                Thanks Krystal!

                I sent you a facebook friend request... with a message so you know who I am!!! lol :)

                You are very lucky to have a photographer in the famiily! lol I keep saying I wish I had a photographer, a hair dresser, etc in the family or as a friend!

                We are going to have our ceremony on the beach forsure, and plan on having the reception outside. We want to take in the natural atmosphere while we are there... even if its hot! lol

                Can't wait to see your pictures on FB!!!

                Thanks again,
                Whit

                #508 whit-Bride

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                  Posted 24 May 2010 - 07:56 PM

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                  Originally Posted by lisafleury
                  So happy to hear that both Katie and Krystal has such an amazing experience and cannot thank you both enough for all the helpful advice.

                  My fiance and I were thinking of a wedding on the beach and the dinner/reception in somewhere a little more private, preferably the rooftop terrace however after Katie's message I'm a little concerned about the potential lack of privacy. We're planning on having our speeches, first dances & cake cutting there before heading to another more happening location - what was the lobby bar like? Did anyone spent time at The Score restaurant which I've read turns into a sports bar at night? What so of things are there at night to keep people entertained?

                  We're still trying to find the best package for us and right now are debating between the Caribbean and Coral package. We're expecting approx. 40 people so the added cost for every addition person will quickly add up as those packages are for 15-20 people. Any suggestions? How many people did you ladies have? What packages did you ladies go with? Did either or you have to pay extra for bridesmaid bouquets, groomsmen boutonnieres and any other flower arrangements or was that included in your packages? I was hoping that instead of the room decoration with flowers, that we could ask Ana to use those flowers to decorate our cake and/or spread rose petals down the aisle on the beach... fingers crossed she'll agree to that!

                  What, if anything, did you ladies use as centerpieces for your tables at dinner? Does Ana have options there for you to choose from or should I bring that with us? I'd really like to have candles on the tables so I'll have to see what I can wrangle up!

                  Whit - I went to Michael's to look at those Margarita glasses/vases but just don't think I'll be able to fit them in my bags and/or find anyone I'd want to ask to do so. You'll have to send me some pics of yours, which perhaps may give me a little extra inspiration!

                  I know that I'll have many more questions to come but for now if anyone has advise to share, I'd REALLY appreciate whatever you may have :)

                  Lisa
                  Hey Lisa,

                  I will let you know how the transportation of the vases and other decorations work out! lol And of course I will share pictures too!

                  80 days until the wedding and 76 days until we leave! How is your countdown going? lol

                  Whit

                  #509 whit-Bride

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                    Posted 24 May 2010 - 07:57 PM

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                    Originally Posted by Lin&Scott
                    WELCOME BACK KATIE!! WOO HOOOO YOU'RE MARRIED!!!! SO glad you had a fabulous time and wouldnt change a thing- me either!!
                    Whit' LOVE your wedding website, stunning!
                    Just popping in to say congrats to everyone!! So excited for all of you, keep up the good work and good luck!
                    Cheers!

                    Thanks Lindsay! It's a work in progress! lol

                    Whit

                    #510 ~Katie~

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                      Posted 25 May 2010 - 06:08 PM

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                      Hey Katie,

                      I'm so happy for you... its great to hear that you loved every moment of your special day! Also great to hear yet another bride compliment Ana! :)

                      Here are a few questions I have for you...
                      1. How was the week with all of your guests? - Did you all go on a group excursion?
                      2. What did you think about the hairdressers? Did the step by step pictures help? - Was it exactly what you wanted?
                      3. Did you get your makeup done at the spa too?
                      4. What did you have to eat at the Villa Marina? - Ana just sent us the menu options.
                      5. Did you do your dinner, first dance, etc all at the banquet hall before you went to the lobby bar? - We are torn right now about what to do regarding our reception. We want to be outside (Villa Marina/Looby Terrace) but aren't sure how it is going to work out. - Any advice on this?
                      6. What cake flavour did you go with? - Did you get to try them first?
                      7.Did you and your hubby stay for an extra week?

                      I'm sure I will end up having more questions for you... but I will leave it at that for now! lol

                      Thanks.
                      Whit :)
                      hey Whit. ok here's some answers to your questions....

                      1. our guests were out with us the whole 2 weeks (coming from as far as here people don't really do such a long haul flight for less than a 2 week holiday). My tip on this is either have them with you but be disciplined to not try and run around after everybody, or go somewhere else for a week just the 2 of you. It was great having our loved ones round us, but we couldn't stop ourselves trying to look after everyone and spend time with everyone the whole time we were there, so we didn't really get a honeymoon, or any time alone.

                      re: excursions we went on what we wanted to, and if other people were doing the same things we all went together, but we wanted people to spend their money on what they wanted to do. this did work out as we got to do different things with different people.

                      2. the hairdressers are brilliant. I'd given my trial pics from the UK to Ana and they were there with the hairdresser when I turned up for my appointment. and they used them to refer to to make sure they got it right...not just make up what they wanted to. I was very happy with the results.

                      3. My makeup I didn't really know what to do about...just in that I didn't really have much of an opinion! I just said I wanted it to look quite natural....and the results were stunning.

                      The were also brilliant with my BM who got her hair and make up done and she hadn't had a trial in the UK and didn't know what she wanted doing but they gave her magazines to look through and she ended up asking them to do a cross between 2 styles - which they did perfectly. again, her make up was fab and lasted the whole day.

                      4. I ate at the villa marina once as just an evening meal and had the steak, and then the romantic meal on the beach was chicken, served from the Villa Marina. Both meals were absolutely gorgeous. just remember to ask for the steak well done - anything less than that has a lot of blood! Our meal we chose for our reception in the banquet hall was beef and was gorgeous - everyone said how great it tasted and really good quality food.

                      5. yes we did it all in the banquet hall and had our 3 hrs of DJ in there as well. then at 10pm when it finished we all went to the lobby bar.

                      in all honesty, where you have it is your call, but just remember the entertainment happens in the lobby bar (such as karoke - sp?!!) BUT we didn't change our mind about where we had ours until we got there and that was no problem at all - it wasn't even mentioned. ana just offered to show us round the options and we made a decision from there. All i'm saying is, don't panic that you have to decide now. There is absolutely nothing wrong with finalising it with Ana once you get there, and it won't cause a panic or stress as ana sorts every single bit of detail out.

                      6. we chose the vanilla cake and it looked beautiful. unfortunately we never got round to doing anything with it as husband's niece got rushed to hospital during the meal and everyone, including us, was a bit preoccupied and forgot about the cake. but we didn't ask to try the cake so couldn't say either way if you would be able to or not. always worth asking!

                      7. answered in question 1! lol

                      hope that all helps. I'll do a post with the links for photos on after I've posted this....

                      so excited for you!!! wish i was doing it all again!!

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by whit-Bride
                      Congrats Krystal!

                      Great to hear another happy bride from OCT! Your whole wedding day is pretty similar to Katies! Do you have any pictures to share? I would love to see your special day! Did you use the hotel photographer? Do you have any specific advice or pointers for myself and all the other future Brides? lol

                      Thanks... and Congrats again!
                      Whit :)
                      did you see my pics on facebook Whit?

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by PinkBride
                      I have pictures on my facebook account...not the professional ones yet, but ones from friends! you can search me - Krystal Branton -just leave a msg so I know whos trying to add me :)
                      I was fortunate and my aunt did our pictures, she does them back home for weddings and was there for us!
                      Honestly, trust Ana! She is AMAZING! And I would reccomend the Rooftop wedding if you want privacy...only you and your guests up there. and the banquet hall was great for the reception. It was intimate, decorated beautifully and AIR CONDITIONED!
                      Congratulations Krystal!
                      All this advise is very helpful as I'm still undecided on which resort to pick. So many things to consider... Budget being a bit of a limitation for our guests mostly.
                      I would love to see your pics on FB (will PM you).

                      Thanks for sharing!
                      hey, feel free to add me too - I'm Katie Day and already have some of these girls on my account so it should show up as having friends in common. Feel free to look through the pics on my facebook - the albums are our official photographer pics and the links on my page are from my brother.

                      hope this all helps.




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