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Are there any upcoming brides getting married at the Excellence Riviera in the upcoming months?

My wedding is on May 7th and I've been working with the onsite WC but feel like as the day approches final decisions should be made. I'm wondering how far in advance before the wedding was everything finalized. Also, we are having a welcome dinner the night before the wedding at Agave, which the WC is also setting up for us. Do any of you know if there is an additional charge for this?

 

One final question, are you having a DJ for the reception? Our group is small, about 20, and I'm not sure if we need one. If we decide to use an ipod, does the resort have a docking station or do we have to bring our own?

 

Thank you all for your help!!!

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Hi BeachGirl -

They told me I could book the hair and makeup via email, so that's what I did, about a month ago. DJ, we are using Ivan Gomez with Dorremixx and the cost was $650, he sent me a contract and I wired the $$ without incident, we are only having 20 people (including us) but I just wanted people to have fun and request any song they felt like it and not have anyone worry about occupying the Ipod dock station if need be, just easier and more fun for all!!!! Decorations - my wedding "colors" are teal and brown, so im doing teal chair ribbons, teal paper lanterns, brown rose petals and star fish scattered on the tables, simple, but fun!!!! I emailed Ramon today...keep ya posted :)
How about you?? your wedding is days away from mine...are you pretty much set?? Dress/alterations, Oot Bags, etc. etc. ??
Mich&Adam,
I think we're almost there, just small things/details to handle. Our OOT bags are almost done, alterations appt is scheduled, emailed the spa but still waiting for confirmation of appts, guestbook ordered and we ordered some fun koozies, too. My mom finalized the videographer and we're excited to work with him and Sascha (photog). We ordered some chinese lanterns to line the perimeter of the reception area and will use votives instead of electric lights with them. My bridal shower/bach. party was 2 weekends ago and we had a blast. We're still finalizing our head count - a few members of our wedding party are questionable at this point, which is more than frustrating. Other than that, smooth sailing! Just counting down the days.... :)

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Are there any upcoming brides getting married at the Excellence Riviera in the upcoming months?
My wedding is on May 7th and I've been working with the onsite WC but feel like as the day approches final decisions should be made. I'm wondering how far in advance before the wedding was everything finalized. Also, we are having a welcome dinner the night before the wedding at Agave, which the WC is also setting up for us. Do any of you know if there is an additional charge for this?

One final question, are you having a DJ for the reception? Our group is small, about 20, and I'm not sure if we need one. If we decide to use an ipod, does the resort have a docking station or do we have to bring our own?

Thank you all for your help!!!
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Ranaya12,
First, Congratulations! You are getting married exactly one week after us! We, too, are doing a welcome dinner but we are not doing a private dinner. If you do a private dinner, there is a charge - it's either $12 or $18 per person. If you arrange it so that your guests meet up somewhere in one of the already open restaurants for that evening, which is what we're doing, there's no charge for that.

As for the music, we are most likely using an iPod, too and are planning to bring our own Bose dock station. I asked about the docking station last summer and was told there is one in the room, which I assume is the alarm clock version. That said, we're bringing our own. I did send an RFQ to a DJ company that Mich&Adam (a few posts above yours) mentioned, just to get a quote since there's other AV equipment we need, too. More than likely, we'll stick with the iPod.

We are finalizing our head count and Ramon requested this information as soon as we have it. I think menus, cake and flowers can be finalized on site. But, if you know what you want, you can always forward the information and then finalize/verify your choices prior to leaving and when you meet with him onsite. Even though they say you can email or book spa appointments (for hair, make-up) when you get there, the previous WC (Veronica) recommended scheduling at least a month out.

Good luck with everything! I'm sure there will be more chatter on here as we approach our big days!!

Take Care!

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Are there any upcoming brides getting married at the Excellence Riviera in the upcoming months?
My wedding is on May 7th and I've been working with the onsite WC but feel like as the day approches final decisions should be made. I'm wondering how far in advance before the wedding was everything finalized. Also, we are having a welcome dinner the night before the wedding at Agave, which the WC is also setting up for us. Do any of you know if there is an additional charge for this?

One final question, are you having a DJ for the reception? Our group is small, about 20, and I'm not sure if we need one. If we decide to use an ipod, does the resort have a docking station or do we have to bring our own?

Thank you all for your help!!!
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Hi :)
I am getting married the week after you. I am a "leave everything to the last minute" kind of girl, but I have been getting a lot of things done in the past few weeks. I think most of the details get finalized once you arrive. The WC Ramon has been quick to answer most of my questions. We are only having about 20 people, but I did get a DJ, just because I do not want to worry about the music, and I want us to be announced, and I just feel like it will be more structured that way. I also did get some centerpieces and bouquets from an outside florist that I have been communicating with. I think whatever you go with will be fine though!

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Does anyone know, or can someone provide, the layout of the symbolic ceremony that is performed at ERC and if you have options for the vows?
Hi Beachgirl!!!

Sorry been MIA for a few days..Good question..hope someone answers soon ?
How many people are you expecting at your wedding? Did you decide to go with the DJ? With almost everthing done for both me & you...i'm getting soo excited. Are you doing a TTD session? We are..and are booked with Juan Navarro...his new website is awesome!!

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Yes, Im having a welcome dinner, the night before our wedding, so it will be 4/27 and we are having the non-private at Agave, otherwise it is $18per person...which is insane, since this is an all inclusive resort, you have to check with Ramon to see what restaurants are open and what one can accomadate your party, we are only have a total of 15 people, including us!

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I had no fears about having my wedding at ERC, but with constant changing of WC's, I'm getting annoyed. Whenever I try to confirm something the previous WC said, I'm always told no- that's not right.

 

I was originally confirmed by Veronica a day pass was not needed to use the beach for my TTD shoot. Now Ramone is telling me it is. Naylei offered four day passes in exchange for not using the photographer and less guests at our wedding than the package is for, Ramone is telling me no.

 

I'm just getting aggravated that information keeps changing. Don't they keep emails on file or have a file for each weddinghuh.gif?

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Does anyone know, or can someone provide, the layout of the symbolic ceremony that is performed at ERC and if you have options for the vows?
We wrote our own script for our symbolic ceremony. Veronica sent me the standard format which I didn't care for, so we wrote our own. The minister was great and followed the script exactly. He asked ahead of time if he could add a prayer at one point. Otherwise, he did exactly as we had written.

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