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#161 peterpanpixiedust

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    Posted 31 January 2010 - 11:39 PM

    Wow, it was all so beautiful. Great job with all the details. I wish the WC would get back to me ASAP about my request.

    #162 cancunbride

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      Posted 08 February 2010 - 08:49 PM

      OMG I just found this post... lol I still have my breakdown so I will type it all out for you girls and post it so that you can all stop asking. HAHAHAH.... (no offense) I will also post what to negotiate with the coordinators.

      I also have Tiffany starfish necklaces and bracelets for sale if anyone is interested please PM me. Ill post photos on here as well.

      Happy Planning to all of you beautiful brides.


      #163 Cheri

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        Posted 08 February 2010 - 09:36 PM

        Thank you so very much, Syl! I know we all really appreciate it! Thanks for the necklaces too!!
        Cheri

        #164 cancunbride

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          Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:18 AM

          Hi ladies...

          I cant seem to find the updated Wedding Contract, ugh but I did find one based on 50 people, so you girls can subtract or add...

          I went with the Ultimate Dreams Package which included dinner for 20 people so i was obligated to pay for 30 more.

          Additional people 30 $42usd +15%service charge+10%tax per person
          I had a few kids so THEY were 50% off !!!

          Suggested Time 6-9pm

          Place: Gazebo, Garden Area for Cocktail, Beach for Dinner

          Music: I chose the Trio for cocktail hour and it was so worth it, everyone loved it

          Set Up: I went with round tables, tikki torches INCLUDED with no additional cost, and white chair covers. I didnt decorate the gazebo, Claudia has sand ceremony vases there, if you are sweet to her she might let you borrow them so that you wont have to travel with them. Then she gives you the sand in a bag to bring back home. lol

          If you decide to go with the decore of the gazebo it runs you about $255. +10% tax

          Chair bows run you at $4.00 each plus 10% tax... I didnt go for either.


          Cake: I chose my own cake, NO CHARGE for it. I EXPLAINED TO HER I WANTED IT PLAIN AND FLAT TO GIVE IT THAT FOUNDOUT LOOK and I JUST ADDED A FEW FLOWERS TO THE TOP OF IT. VERY SIMPLE YET CLASSY
          I went with 1/2 vanilla and 1/2 strawberry.. it was very yummy. I went with this because your dinner already comes with something very sweet as a desert so anything else sweeter will just kill it. hahah Im glad I didnt upgrade my cake, hardly anyone ate cake just the kids.

          MUSIC: I hired DJ Mannia, he was absolutely worth every penny, I got the illuminated dance floor also. The DJ was $180 +10% tax. an hour and the dance floor was $800 +10% tax. I got a discount once I got there on this, I think they were giving out discounts to the brides of BDW and I was able to get 30% off. i tipped him $100.00 TOTAL PAID WAS $647.00

          FLOWERS: I didnt upgrade my bouquet, I went with something simple. I got a boutonniere for my hubby and one for my father and son. I got 2 corsages for my mother and my mother in law=FREE

          I made my own bridesmaids bouquets..

          CHAMPAGNE: The package comes with enough champagne to serve 20 people so anything about 20 you had to buy a bottle at $35.00usd +15%service... Keep in mind, KIDS DONT DRINK! HAHAHAH And if you and your husband will be off taking photos like us and the kids wont be drinking during cocktail hour, negotiate this... DO NOT PAY FOR non drinking guests.

          A bottle of champagne serves 6 people. You will get 3 appetizers during your cocktail hour. I negotiated 4.. 2 hot and 2 cold. The Shrimp tempura was amazing and the shrimp wrapped in bacon was also a huge success. I didnt eat since I was out taking photos.

          HAIR, MAKEUP: I did my own makeup, so I traded that for credit towards my centerpieces. I did my hair there also.

          CENTERPIECES: I paid $150.00 for each centerpiece but I paid for some of them with the credit from not using their photographer or the makeup person.

          I never got the couples massage, i was just too busy and missed my appointment. I did get a coffee wrap the day of the wedding... It works miracles let me tell you girls...and its the best pampering ever.

          You get 15% off all spa treatments, since it was during the swine flu time all my guests and I got 30% off so we all got coffee wraps. lol Takes the cellulite away temporarily and makes u sweat out your fat from your stomach to make you look hot on your wedding night.

          PHOTOGRAPHER: CECILIA DUMAS, she really worked with me on everything.. I negotiated for her to give me all my photos on a cd and some prints and a Trash your dress session the following day for under $2500, I think I paid $2100.00

          The ceremony can be extended for extra timing at $10.00+15%+10%tax per person. I negotiated and got kids free and also got a discount on the cost.

          She also has a cake topper there from one of the brides on this site if anyone is interested, I think it reads JUST MARRIED.

          I got a regular room through my travel agent and I got upgraded to the honeymoon suite. It was wonderful, and they send you special surprises everyday and afternoon.

          GROOM GETS A ROOM THE NIGHT B4 ALSO IF THERE IS AVAILABILITY

          DVD: ITS A MUST, DO NOT TRADE THIS... = FREE

          I also got the white flags to place around our reception area, I got 5 of them and those were a total of $192

          I negotiated the dolphin swimming also. I spoke with several people until I was able to do all 4 of us for $100.00

          I negotiated the jet skiis with the guy down the beach.. not the one who works for Dreams but the one to the left by the bar at $40.00 an hour. Dreams was charging $70.00.

          Ok ladies anything else please ask, not sure what I left out..

          #165 tiffanyan02

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            Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:40 PM

            Thank you for all the information! I am just starting to plan my wedding at Dreams Cancun and this is SO helpful. Your pics and dress are amazing! Was your dress hot/heavy or managable?

            #166 nbills511

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              Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:02 PM

              Thank you for all of the great information!!!!!!! It is so helpful to know what to expect!

              #167 shae

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                Posted 12 February 2010 - 02:26 AM

                wow! i can't believe you were able to negotiate all that! i'm definitely going to negotiate all the services i'm not using. please let me know if you have any tips on how to go about it. i asked my wc, cecilia, and she said that the package was not negotiable.

                #168 cancunbride

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                  Posted 12 February 2010 - 05:01 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by shae
                  wow! i can't believe you were able to negotiate all that! i'm definitely going to negotiate all the services i'm not using. please let me know if you have any tips on how to go about it. i asked my wc, cecilia, and she said that the package was not negotiable.
                  Claudia was my WC... she is a total sweetheart. Maybe once you tip her you can ask her again. Im sure she wont have a problem arranging some stuff with you. or maybe try tipping her once you get there before she starts the meeting.

                  #169 Future Mrs. M

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                    Posted 18 February 2010 - 02:42 PM

                    What a great review!!! I loved everything! You looked beautiful.
                    I went to pronovias this weekend and tried on some Manuel Mota dresses but I didn't see one similar to this one. DO you mind telling me the name of the dress? (The one I loved was by Manuel Mota and the name of the dress is Trovador). I do like the fun bottom on yours though so please let me know the name of it!

                    Also - I'd like more info from you on Cecilia Dumas and also DJ Mannia.
                    I got the prices from DJ Mannia but I was more interested in what you had to say about the music. Was it music that was up to date? Did you have to give him a list?

                    Cecilia Dumas - do you have a link to a slideshow or anything she provided you? We are considering her for our photographer and so I'd like to see more of her photos.

                    Wedding coordinator - I will be getting married at a different resort. But do you mind telling us how much you tipped her? We are considering doing the same thing with ours!

                    Thanks!!!

                    Wedding Date 11/12/2010- Riviera Maya - Hacienda Tres Rios


                    #170 shae

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                      Posted 19 February 2010 - 01:29 AM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by cancunbride
                      Claudia was my WC... she is a total sweetheart. Maybe once you tip her you can ask her again. Im sure she wont have a problem arranging some stuff with you. or maybe try tipping her once you get there before she starts the meeting.
                      i was thinking the same thing. does anyone know how much we should tip the wedding coordinator (aside from the 15% that's added to the package total?)




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