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#2961 bride5656

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    Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:05 AM

    @ Clair-Marie we are leaving tomorrow afternoon for the airport, staying over a night there before our flight on the morning of 29th Yay!!!!:D I'm just glad that I have taken today off work today as nothing is packed yet apparat for my dress...been super busy, so I hope I won't forget to take anything!!! @Chanelo sweetie If you are reading the thread, hope you are having the time of your life hon!!!!!xoxoxo

    @amurka when do you head off to Dreams fir your wedding? I hope you ave an amazing time and will post to let us know how you got on!! X



    #2962 bride5656

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      Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:07 AM

      Oh Clare-Marie I am so sorry I misspelled your name - my mother in law is called Clair so I spelled yours this way instinctively :Dxoxo

      #2963 SOCCER1615

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        Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:51 AM

        amurka....ENJOY!! and congrats!! cant wait to see some pics when your back!!!



        #2964 chanelo

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          Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:41 AM

           

           

          Hi Ladies!!!! I'm back and what can I say - our wedding was just INCREDIBLE!!! It was everything I wished for and more - we got home today and we're still on cloud nine!

           

          Quick Review:

          RESORT: Just as wonderful as I remembered it. I think the restaurants were even better this time, everything was fab. It was incredibly busy, 100 occupancy when we were there which wasn’t ideal as it meant there were often wait times for the restaurants but it was still great, we were just a little unlucky that two large groups were staying at the same time. If I had one comment to make I would say the cleanliness could be a little better in the rooms and public areas, but trust me, you have chosen a wonderful resort and wont regret it!

           

          JENNY: as you all know I had a pricing issue with Jenny a couple of weeks before we left when they introduced a new fee for the deck and decided that it applied to us even though I had my emails confirming my pricing (with no mention of this set up charge) I was very unhappy about this, not so much for the money, but because I felt it was very unfair to apply this new charge to existing bookings – we believe it should only have applied to future bookings. We both work in a hotel in Dublin and we would never dream of changing pricing on a bride and groom AFTER they have booked and agreed to prices. However, as soon as I met Jenny I loved her. She is so warm and gives the best, most reassuring hugs! In the end she gave us a 50% discount and we were fine with that.

           

          WEDDING: We had our ceremony at the garden gazebo and our reception on the SSG deck. On the day in question I felt Jenny went above and beyond and was really attentive. The set up was absolutely perfect, they even added some small touches like candles, extra linens, and they gave us lovely gold charger plates complimentary. My lanterns were hung perfectly (to answer someone’s earlier question, fishing wire is what you need but Jenny has tons of it and provided it free of charge to us) I cannot recommend the SSG deck enough for dinner – it really is the most perfect location for your dinner, the weather at this time of year is wonderful as it is not hot or cold, just right!

          We had Pastor Rick for our ceremony and he was lovely, everyone commented on how beautiful and romantic the ceremony was – if anyone would like a copy of our ceremony just let me know. We had two lovely readings which I loved. A couple of things I worried about were the DJ playing the right music (we provided an IPOD with songs listed as “guests waiting”, “processional”, “sand ceremony”, “end of ceremony” and everything was played perfectly. I also wondered if our guests would be able to hear us but Pastor Rick had a mic so that was perfect. Our ceremony was at 4.30pm, but we ran late to about 4.50pm which I think was perfect; ceremony finished at 5.15pm which led straight into…

          PHOTOGRAPHY: One word. WOW. We had HDC and they were simply fantastic. Milan took the photos and carlos did the videography and they were great to work with. I was charged $60 by the resort for their pass. I couldn’t recommend them enough! Our DVD is so brilliant and I’ll add some photos to this post so you can see their work.

           

          DINNER: we went with the silver menu and trust me, even though the menu description is a little unusual, the food was DELICIOUS!!! We went with the crabcakes, minestrone soup, beef tenderloin or grouper for main course and apple pie for dessert. Everything was fantastic and everyone said it was the best meal of the week. Service was excellent all during the reception – I couldn’t fault a thing. So don’t be put off by the silver menu, it’s perfect for a wedding reception and I liked the fact that the crab cakes, soup and grouper brought a little dominican flair into the meal.

          DANCING: we started our speeches at 7pm and dinner started about 7.30pm. We finished by about 9pm and had two hours of dancing on the deck. We brought an IPOD with our own playlists and they DJ was great – he even mixed in a bit of his own versions of our music so it wasn’t so stilted moving from song to song like a normal IPOD would. At 11pm (we tried to extend this but even with a little bribery they wouldn’t budge!) we went to the beach where there was a beach party on, and then we went to the nightclub to party the night away. We ended up in World Caf© having burgers at 3am! J

          Here are some photos. Let me know if you have any questions, and trust me – your weddings will be PERFECT!! XXX

           

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          #2965 chanelo

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            Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:54 AM

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            #2966 chanelo

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              Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:08 PM

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              #2967 brendee2005

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                Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:40 PM

                Congrats Chanelo!!!! You were a stunning bride!!!! Happy to hear everything was perfect:) Where did you get the hearts for the chairs? Was the cake from the resort, it's was beautiful?

                #2968 chanelo

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                  Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:31 AM

                  Thanks Brendee! I got the hearts in a random upholstery shop in Dublin, and yes the cake was from the resort! I didnt even pay for any extra pounds! When we met Jenny she suggested an extra pound but I said no becuase from what people have said on here I knew there would be plenty. So she showed us a photo of a flat one tier cake and I said it was fine, but on the day it was two tier which was amazing! I provided the flowers and Jenny did the cake table with the lovely coral fabric etc. The cake is sooo good - we had strawberry on the bottom tier and chocolate on the top tier - they gave us the top tier to take away and we all ate it by the pool the next day :)



                  #2969 SOCCER1615

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                    Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:43 AM

                    chanelo....CONGRATS!! Your pictures gave me goose bumps.  They are so pretty!! I'm so glad everything turned out so nice for you!  Thank you for the detailed review!! Wow it just got me even more excited!!! :)



                    #2970 Clare-Marie12

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                      Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:10 AM

                      Chanelo.........you look amazing!! I'm so pleased to hear how wonderful your day was. Thank you for all the detail n your update. Now for a bombardment of questions: Did you take your own lanterns for the gazebo or did Dreams supply them? I get married on 21 April.....not...long. Would you recommend a 4.30pm ceremony? Your photos look amazing. Do HDC do any smaller packages? Did you hav the cocktail hour? And was it part o th silver package? I'm getting so excited and your photos actually brought a tear!! I never realised I was so soft lol :D:cool:




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