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#501 crystalg

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    Posted 07 July 2011 - 11:48 AM

    @DIVA - thank you so much for the info!! I was actually thinking of going with the DJ for the reception dinner, but maybe the portable CD player is a better idea....my parents actually own one! ha. But my fiance really thinks a DJ would be better. Also, is music provided during the ceremony or is it awkward silence? Or do I have to pay extra for some, such as a Sax or a Pianist?

     

    @KUBSGIRL - I have all the same questions!!!!! Did you get an answer yet about those details???

     

    THANKS LADIES! xo

     

     



    #502 atrott

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      Posted 07 July 2011 - 06:48 PM


      Just thought I'd answer your questions really quickly since I was just stopping by! We were married at Excellence this past December & it still feels like yesterday. I've been scheming to go back ever since we got home! lol

       

      They didn't charge any extra to set up our chair sashes & the few decor items I had brought along. I made sure to bring extra sashes & the coordinators ended up using them to decorate in other places as well. (i.e., around trees & the ceremony table).  We too did the middle wedding package. The resort provided ceremony music & then we used our own Ipod during the cocktail hour & reception. They actually only charged us for an hour of speaker rental & we used it for several hours! I had my hair done at the spa & did my own makeup. I took a few pictures with me to give the hairdresser some ideas & I absolutely LOVED the way it turned out. Even better, she was done with it in 20 minutes!! My hairstylist didn't speak good English so I was glad I had taken pics with me. That made communicating so much easier. 

       

      I can't answer your question about using your own vows during the symbolic ceremony. We did the symbolic ceremony as well but we opted to use the minister they provided & his ceremony was all Spanish. The wedding coordinator was actually the translator during the ceremony. 

       

      You ladies with upcoming wedding dates at EPC are going to be so happy that you chose them!! 

       

       

      Originally Posted by kubsgirl 

      Hi girls!  I am newly engaged and we have decided to get married at the excellence June 2013.  I have read all of your posts and just want to thank you because it is all very helpful to a bride trying to plan a wedding with a lot of questions!!  I have been emailing Ana and she is wonderful at answering most question but here are a couple I was hoping someone could help me with...

      We are wanting to bring chair sashes, a cake topper,table runner, and maybe a few other things we want in our specific colors.   I know others have brought these things with them but have they charged you extra for putting them up or putting the ribbon and topper on your cake?

      Wedding music....if we just go with the middle package, do they provide music for your ceremony and can you pick your songs you walk down the isle to and so on?

      We are doing a symbolic ceremony but I was wondering if there is wiggle room with things like vows and such?  I want to pick out exactly what our vows say...will they read them like we would like?

      Did anyone get their hair and makeup done by the spa and did it turn out the way you wanted?

      Thanks so much for easing my mind!!



       



      #503 kubsgirl

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        Posted 08 July 2011 - 07:54 AM

        @ atrott

        Thanks so much for answering my questions!  Glad your wedding was wonderful!!



        #504 crystalg

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          Posted 08 July 2011 - 04:30 PM

          @ atrott

           

          I agree, thank you so much. I cant wait now!!!! I sometimes get nervous that the information between the resort and I will be all backwards, but it sounds like everything works out just fine. Did anyone do any day activities, or day trips for the group of people attending the wedding? I was thinking of maybe a spa day for the ladies....what do you suggest?

           

          THANKS! xo



          #505 atrott

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            Posted 09 July 2011 - 12:37 PM

            We scheduled one 'group' excursion. We planned a snorkeling trip for the day after our ceremony. We didn't put alot of pressure on people to go, we just gave them the option & left them to book the trip themselves if they chose. The spa does run daily specials so you can get some good deals there! We had a small group trip to La Romana to tour the cigar factory. My hubby is a huge cigar fan so he loved that! I've been told that there's a tour of waterfalls that is wonderful but I'm not sure where it's out of. 



            #506 kubsgirl

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              Posted 23 July 2011 - 06:26 AM

              How far out did you brides reserve your rooms and everything at the Excellence?  We are not getting married until June 2013 and we have our wedding day reserved but not anything else.  Also, how far in advance did you tie down all the wedding details with the cordinator....such as cake, music and such?



              #507 alundy

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                Posted 26 July 2011 - 04:30 PM

                Hi ladies,

                 

                We are getting married at Excellence this December. So excited!!

                 

                I have a couple questions:

                 

                1. We are probably going with the round tables for the reception dinner - how many people do they seat? Just trying to figure how many tables we'll need so I can make a seating plan.

                 

                2. Beach or Cascade Pool for the reception... I just can't decide.

                 

                3. How early should I schedule my hair appt for me and my 4 bridesmaids? The ceremony is at 4.

                 

                Thanks!! I can't imagine trying to do this without this forum.



                #508 alundy

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                  Posted 26 July 2011 - 04:33 PM

                  Our wedding in Dec 2011 and we booked our rooms in Feb I think? Basically super early, we figured why not.

                  I just emailed our coordinator (Griselda) this week asking how soon we should start going into details. She emailed back with the "planning form" where we mark down our menu choice, locations, music options, etc etc. I'm going to email it back to her shortly but in reality, it doesn't seem like it matters that much. I get the impression that you go over all these details again when you arrive at the resort.

                   

                  Originally Posted by kubsgirl 

                  How far out did you brides reserve your rooms and everything at the Excellence?  We are not getting married until June 2013 and we have our wedding day reserved but not anything else.  Also, how far in advance did you tie down all the wedding details with the cordinator....such as cake, music and such?



                   



                  #509 bluelagoon

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                    Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:37 PM

                    Hi! Alundy!

                     

                    1. They normaly sit 8 to 10 people per table

                    2. The beach is nicer but the pool is less windy

                    3. I'd schedule my hair appt 3 hs before the ceremony.

                     

                    Good Luck!



                    #510 kubsgirl

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                      Posted 23 August 2011 - 06:58 AM

                      Hey girls....I'm just wondering if anyone has recently (the last couple months) gotten married at the excellence and are back with stories?!?  Did everything go well....any tips future excellence brides need to know...did anything go wrong?  I'm just looking for some current details that would make my wedding easier.  Thanks!!






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