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paraisobeachbride2009's MASSIVE Iberostar Paraiso Beach Wedding Review with Pics!!!

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Originally Posted by sunandrun View Post
Thanks you so much for your excellent review. You covered absolutely everything!! Your pictures are beautiful too. I do have a couple of questions if you don't mind?
1. Is the steakhouse air conditioned? Was everyone able to order off of the menu? Did they cover your table with special linens?
2. Did you do anything with your group after the wedding? How about a cocktail hour?

I am trying to keep my costs down. I was thinking I could do the dinner like you did and then do a cocktail hour by the pool with a dj. That would save me the $800 or more for the reception. Any suggestions. Thanks

Oh, 1 more thing. Did you have a meeting spot for your group to meet during the day and in the evening? I was thinking about rotating between the 2 lobby bars in the evening and by the pool bar on the del mar side during the day. Do you know the name of that bar?
Hi there! I'm glad to help, no worries!

The Steakhouse, El Puerto, is NOT air conditioned as it is an open-air a la carte. They did cover the tables with some white linens and the put my additional ceremony site floral decorations on the tables as center-pieces for the dinner. I felt that this was done well enough for my liking.

I didn't have a cocktail hour or anything special after the ceremony (if you mean while we were taking pics at the beach), most of my family came down to the beach to watch, which was fine with me...I basically left them to their own devices. After the reception dinner, we met in the Paraiso Beach lobby for a few drinks.

During the day, we usually just met by the pool wherever the first group of us were able to get a bunch of loungers. In the evening, we usually headed to the Paraiso Beach lobby for drinks or a game of cards.

I hope this information helps you! cheesy.gif

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No she didn't mention how much it would cost to decorate the whole arch, and I didn't think to ask because I was under the impression that the whole thing WOULD be decorate lol, boy was I wrong. Sorry I can't be more help on this one, just make very certain that if you want something other than the plain old undecorated arch by itself that you tell her in great detail how you want it to look.
haha! I would have expected the whole arch to be decorated if you paid for "flowers for the arch"! I'm so glad you mentioned that! I'm going to look into a private florist, but I have a feeling they'll be really expensive!

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Thank you so much for all the great info. I am getting married at the Iberostar Tucan so I am sure some of the "extras" will be similar. I wrote a list of questions to ask after reading your review!

 

CONGRATS!!

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well I feel this is still misleading- the pic she sent me of gazebo is dec well so i sent pic to her and asked for exact pricing- she said arch had 3 arrang for total of 45.00- however there is a lot of greens in there alsohuh.gif and she said flowers on columns were 25 each

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Yeah, I don't think you're getting the whole story Gail...and you might not until your sit-down meeting with her...which is unfortunate because if you want concrete numbers BEFORE your wedding, that might be difficult. Sorry to hear you're getting the run around. sad.gif

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Ok ladies!

 

Since I am unable to edit my OP, I'm going to add some misc pics of the resort here for you to enjoy. cheesy.gif

 

View of the Iberostar Paraiso Maya from BIL's room (4000something, I don't remember the exact #):

 

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A small area of the pool we hung around:

 

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One of the swim-up bars:

 

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Poolside massage hut:

 

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Shopping plaza gazebo (Michelle (beachbride0cool.gif got married here!! yay! cheesy.gif ):

 

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Shopping plaza carousel (huge hit with the kiddies):

 

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Sushi appetizer at Hashiru (Japanese a la carte):

 

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Chopsticks for dummies (I thought this was hilarious):

 

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Creperie (omg so good, you have to try them!!! Make sure to ask for yours with ice cream and chocolate sauce in it lol):

 

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Nohoch/Altournative Excursion Pics:

 

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Wedding night room decos:

 

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Ahhhh nothing like sand in my toes!

 

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