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#111 christmasincuba

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    Posted 31 January 2010 - 04:44 PM

    I would love to see the pictures as well. We haven't yet secured a venue but this resort is at the top of my list. Please send to jbuors@yahoo.com! Thanks!!! :)

    #112 VaraderoBride

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      Posted 01 February 2010 - 03:15 AM

      Oooooh me too please!
      My email is jennifer.kris.wedding@hotmail.com


      Thanks so much!


      #113 Sophie & Shane

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        Posted 02 February 2010 - 02:00 AM

        Hi Everyone!

        Just found this website and though it would be great to join!! With less than 3 months away things are getting stressful...trying to figure things out with Yahimara. Hopefully I can learn a few things here!

        #114 khanhandphil

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          Posted 02 February 2010 - 03:14 AM

          Hey guys

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          Hello!

          Phil and I got married on January 21st, 2010. Our ceremony was on a Thursday afternoon, and we met with Yahimara on the Monday morning before. We actually didn't decide on much of anything via e-mail with Yahimara beforehand, because we wanted to see what the situation was like in person. In one meeting we were able to decide on everything, which was great because it meant we had lots of time with our photographer and family and friends, rather than worrying about wedding details.

          Venue - we chose the beach instead of the area near the spa (which is also quite nice and has a great view of the resort and the ocean. A good option for rainy days). There is no gazebo yet, which didn't bother us, but for those who are set on it I think it might be some time yet before it's done. I believe we saw the wooden foundation for it laid, so if that's indeed what it was, it's still quite a ways before completion. Also, it was on the beach, but not very close to the water. We were happy with our little arch =)

          Ceremony - we had a very simple symbolic ceremony, with Yahimara as our officiant. We got legally married in a Catholic church in Toronto the morning of our departure, because we did not want the hassles of doing paperwork in Cuba and also because we did not want to have to go off site to a church. The ceremony lasted about 1/2 an hour, with Yahimara reading some Cuban marriage agreement, but most of it was simply us saying our own vows. It was fast and easy, which was exactly what we wanted. After the ceremony, there was champagne provided on the beach for our guests. Our ceremony was supposed to start at 2:00 pm, but the bride is not picked up from her room until all the guests have arrived. They took some time between all the guests arriving and picking myself and my bridesmaids up from my room, so we just called reception to make sure they were on their way.

          Music - we burned our own procession music onto a CD, as well as a song that we wanted played immediately after the ceremony. After that, there was a live musical trio who played for 30 minutes (maybe less for us, because we left to take pictures fairly quickly).

          Food - we had dinner at 8:30 pm at the Romantico restaurant (there was a huge gap between our ceremony and dinner, which worked out perfectly because it gave us lots of time with our photographer, and our guests were free to go back to their vacation if they wanted). We had decided on the Romantico restaurant over the Cuban and loved it (you get a choice of two menus, we chose the asparagus soup and snapper). We paid $18 CUC for lobster for each guest, but ours was complimentary. There was a wedding cake as well, which was nice. For some reason, the wedding cake was served as the only dessert (there was an additional dessert listed on the wedding menu, but it never came). We didn't make an issue out of it because everyone was stuffed, but you may want to clarify with Yahimara if it's included.

          Hair - I got my hair done at the salon for $50 CUC, and my mother in law decided to style hers as well, which cost $35 CUC, I think. It took me about 2 hours to get my hair done.

          Flowers/Decorations - the bridal bouquet is included, as well as the groom's boutineer. Each bridesmaid's bouquet is $15 CUC. You can choose between tropical flowers or roses, as well as the colour scheme (not guaranteed, but they try!) They match the other flowers (arch, table, etc.) accordingly. The staff in the restaurant did a lovely job of decorating the tables and chairs. We had flowers sent to our room, as well as a bottle of champagne.

          Service - was excellent, from Yahimara, to the hairdresser, to the staff serving champagne on the beach, to the servers in the restaurant. We brought along some of our own alcohol, and they were happy to serve it for us.

          Photography - we had our own photographer, and the resort had no problem with that.

          Resort - New, clean, beautiful. Lots of great photo ops.

          Kids - the resort is VERY family friendly. We only had one child with us, though, so we didn't bother asking if there was a different wedding menu for kids and ended up paying the extra $18 for his lobster as well. But if you have lots of kids in your party, you might want to inquire about a kids menu.

          Dancing - by chance, the restaurant played the song that we would have chosen if we had had a traditional wedding in Toronto, so Phil and I had an impromptu first dance in the restaurant =) After dinner (which ended at about 11-ish), we headed to the disco and had a fabulous time. Again, the timing worked out for us because our dinner was fairly late, the disco was hopping by the time we arrived. It helped that all the alcohol was included!!!

          Bottom line - we had a great wedding =) The main reason we chose to have a destination wedding was because we wanted to celebrate our love and commitment without the stress of worrying about the minute details, and Iberostar did that for us. There were other stresses, simply because the day is an important one, but given the chance, we wouldn't have done it any other way. And this resort was a great place to do it at.

          Best of luck to everyone, enjoy the ride!

          Khanh and Phil Tran

          #115 khanhandphil

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            Posted 02 February 2010 - 03:14 AM

            Hey guys

            my wife just posted this review of ILA and pics on Facebook. Login | Facebook

            Hello!

            Phil and I got married on January 21st, 2010. Our ceremony was on a Thursday afternoon, and we met with Yahimara on the Monday morning before. We actually didn't decide on much of anything via e-mail with Yahimara beforehand, because we wanted to see what the situation was like in person. In one meeting we were able to decide on everything, which was great because it meant we had lots of time with our photographer and family and friends, rather than worrying about wedding details.

            Venue - we chose the beach instead of the area near the spa (which is also quite nice and has a great view of the resort and the ocean. A good option for rainy days). There is no gazebo yet, which didn't bother us, but for those who are set on it I think it might be some time yet before it's done. I believe we saw the wooden foundation for it laid, so if that's indeed what it was, it's still quite a ways before completion. Also, it was on the beach, but not very close to the water. We were happy with our little arch =)

            Ceremony - we had a very simple symbolic ceremony, with Yahimara as our officiant. We got legally married in a Catholic church in Toronto the morning of our departure, because we did not want the hassles of doing paperwork in Cuba and also because we did not want to have to go off site to a church. The ceremony lasted about 1/2 an hour, with Yahimara reading some Cuban marriage agreement, but most of it was simply us saying our own vows. It was fast and easy, which was exactly what we wanted. After the ceremony, there was champagne provided on the beach for our guests. Our ceremony was supposed to start at 2:00 pm, but the bride is not picked up from her room until all the guests have arrived. They took some time between all the guests arriving and picking myself and my bridesmaids up from my room, so we just called reception to make sure they were on their way.

            Music - we burned our own procession music onto a CD, as well as a song that we wanted played immediately after the ceremony. After that, there was a live musical trio who played for 30 minutes (maybe less for us, because we left to take pictures fairly quickly).

            Food - we had dinner at 8:30 pm at the Romantico restaurant (there was a huge gap between our ceremony and dinner, which worked out perfectly because it gave us lots of time with our photographer, and our guests were free to go back to their vacation if they wanted). We had decided on the Romantico restaurant over the Cuban and loved it (you get a choice of two menus, we chose the asparagus soup and snapper). We paid $18 CUC for lobster for each guest, but ours was complimentary. There was a wedding cake as well, which was nice. For some reason, the wedding cake was served as the only dessert (there was an additional dessert listed on the wedding menu, but it never came). We didn't make an issue out of it because everyone was stuffed, but you may want to clarify with Yahimara if it's included.

            Hair - I got my hair done at the salon for $50 CUC, and my mother in law decided to style hers as well, which cost $35 CUC, I think. It took me about 2 hours to get my hair done.

            Flowers/Decorations - the bridal bouquet is included, as well as the groom's boutineer. Each bridesmaid's bouquet is $15 CUC. You can choose between tropical flowers or roses, as well as the colour scheme (not guaranteed, but they try!) They match the other flowers (arch, table, etc.) accordingly. The staff in the restaurant did a lovely job of decorating the tables and chairs. We had flowers sent to our room, as well as a bottle of champagne.

            Service - was excellent, from Yahimara, to the hairdresser, to the staff serving champagne on the beach, to the servers in the restaurant. We brought along some of our own alcohol, and they were happy to serve it for us.

            Photography - we had our own photographer, and the resort had no problem with that.

            Resort - New, clean, beautiful. Lots of great photo ops.

            Kids - the resort is VERY family friendly. We only had one child with us, though, so we didn't bother asking if there was a different wedding menu for kids and ended up paying the extra $18 for his lobster as well. But if you have lots of kids in your party, you might want to inquire about a kids menu.

            Dancing - by chance, the restaurant played the song that we would have chosen if we had had a traditional wedding in Toronto, so Phil and I had an impromptu first dance in the restaurant =) After dinner (which ended at about 11-ish), we headed to the disco and had a fabulous time. Again, the timing worked out for us because our dinner was fairly late, the disco was hopping by the time we arrived. It helped that all the alcohol was included!!!

            Bottom line - we had a great wedding =) The main reason we chose to have a destination wedding was because we wanted to celebrate our love and commitment without the stress of worrying about the minute details, and Iberostar did that for us. There were other stresses, simply because the day is an important one, but given the chance, we wouldn't have done it any other way. And this resort was a great place to do it at.

            Best of luck to everyone, enjoy the ride!

            Khanh and Phil Tran

            #116 chevy14

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              Posted 02 February 2010 - 12:28 PM

              Thanks guys, it sounds like you had a great day! We have about 15 kids coming so I will be sure to inquire about a kids menu - thanks for the tip. I was worried about BM bouquet pricing but $15 CUC is very reasonable.
              You looked beautiful, can't wait to see your pro pics!

              #117 JNL2011

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                Posted 02 February 2010 - 08:34 PM

                wow! sounds like you had a amazing day. thanks for all the information. gonna check out the pictures.

                #118 Sophie & Shane

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                  Posted 02 February 2010 - 11:38 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by chela
                  We booked a photographer from Calgary who travels to Cuba very often to shoot weddings. She does not charge for the trip, she only charges for the photography. We have her for 2 days. The day of the wedding and antoher day to do other pictures in Havana or anywhere else we would like.
                  Hey Chela,
                  Could you send me your photographer's website (if she/he has one??)

                  #119 RonNMel

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                    Posted 03 February 2010 - 12:53 AM

                    Thank you Tilly for the pics.

                    khanhandphil, that is a great review. Thank you!! I have a few questions though. Does it cost the same for a symbolic ceremony as he does for the legal one? Is the arch included in the package? Can it be a color other than white? All the decorations/flowers you mention, are they also included in the package or are they extras? If extras, how much do they cost?

                    Thanks again!

                    #120 khanhandphil

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                      Posted 03 February 2010 - 12:16 PM

                      chevy14 - Thanks!!!

                      RonNMel - To answer your questions:

                      1) The symbolic wedding is actually cheaper, we paid $400 CUC instead of the $700 (or whatever it is) for the legal ceremony. I think it's also more flexible in the sense of which days you can have it on, because I believe the judge or legal officiant is only available on certain days? Whereas Yahimara is there basically all the time.

                      2) Yes, the arch is included in the package. I'm not sure if it comes in any other colours, or if they just change the colour of the flowers adorning it.

                      3) Yes, all of the flowers and decorations were included (except for the bridesmaids' flowers, and we did not get boutineers for the groomsmen). I'm pretty sure they reused the table flowers from the ceremony by sending them to our room. Aside from the extras that I mentioned in the original post, we did not pay extra for anything else.

                      Hope that helps, best of luck!!!

                      Khanh




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