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Originally Posted by Savs1027 View Post

 

I just got the word document from Lorena to start filling in details and I was just wondering if anyone else did this? 

How set in stone are these details?? It's really hard for me to tell them yes I want things if I have no idea how much they are... I was just planning on adding additional things once we got there after we found out about price. 

I just got the word document as well. However my planner has been switched from Eva to Gaby. She must be new?? 

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Originally Posted by EmilyT View Post

 

Hey girl i am getting married on March 1st and having my ceremony at 4:30 but this is just a random thought thats been bothering me.... i have been to mexico in the winter, i went early january once and yes the sun does set earlier but i remember being in the pool till at least 5. i saw you wrote 4:45 complete darkness and for some reason it just isnt making sense to me. can anyone shed some light on this ?

 

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Yeah, I thought 4:45 seemed early too but I'm just going off of that website and what Anel told me. I figured she knew the best since she lives there.

 

She said that that part of the beach gets dark about 25 minutes earlier than what the website says. And the time that the website says is the last ray of light. So, on December 17th, according to that website the last ray of light is going to be at 5:09. 25 minutes before that is about 4:45! I will be really glad if it's later.... but I didn't want to take any chances and have it be dark for our pictures.

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Originally Posted by kellykellz View Post

 

I just got the word document as well. However my planner has been switched from Eva to Gaby. She must be new?? 

 

Yeah, I am under the impression that Eva isn't actually a wedding planner - I think she is the head lady. Seems like everyone starts off with her and then she passes you along to someone else. She did that with me a few months ago, probably because I kept bugging her about stuff! haha. This is the first I'm hearing Gabby's name so she probably is new!!

What did you think of that word document? I responded and told her I couldn't make all those decisions without knowing prices so hopefully she'll get back with me on some of that. It makes me feel better that someone else said that nothing is set in stone based off of that.

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Originally Posted by Savs1027 View Post

 

 

Yeah, I thought 4:45 seemed early too but I'm just going off of that website and what Anel told me. I figured she knew the best since she lives there.

 

She said that that part of the beach gets dark about 25 minutes earlier than what the website says. And the time that the website says is the last ray of light. So, on December 17th, according to that website the last ray of light is going to be at 5:09. 25 minutes before that is about 4:45! I will be really glad if it's later.... but I didn't want to take any chances and have it be dark for our pictures.

 

Savs-

 

I'm getting married Nov 11th and when I was first picking out times the original photographer I really wanted but was told we couldn't use, this is when the resort insisted to me no outside vendors, suggested to start my ceremony at 3pm in the afternoon so that we could get pictures in before it got dark. So, based on the 4:45 timing of it getting dark I would say its probably right. I would assume as many weddings as Anel has shot at DRC she knows whats a good time to get the right pictures. So, don't feel like you are too early with the times. Mine is 3pm ceremony, 5pm cocktail and 6pm reception; with the time in between used for pictures.

 

I can let you know how the timing goes once I return from Mexico next month.

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Originally Posted by yacki62 View Post

 

 

Savs-

 

I'm getting married Nov 11th and when I was first picking out times the original photographer I really wanted but was told we couldn't use, this is when the resort insisted to me no outside vendors, suggested to start my ceremony at 3pm in the afternoon so that we could get pictures in before it got dark. So, based on the 4:45 timing of it getting dark I would say its probably right. I would assume as many weddings as Anel has shot at DRC she knows whats a good time to get the right pictures. So, don't feel like you are too early with the times. Mine is 3pm ceremony, 5pm cocktail and 6pm reception; with the time in between used for pictures.

 

I can let you know how the timing goes once I return from Mexico next month.

 

Great thanks for the info!! We're doing 3:30 for the ceremony no formal cocktail hour and then 5:30 reception. I think we'll be taking pictures like right at sunset which will make for some great pictures!

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Hello! I had a question about tipping. I know we need to tip, but how much on top of the 15% service fee. Plus who do we tip?

 

Wedding coordinator?

Bar?

Photographer?

DJ? (who is already $300 an hour, I wish I made that much!! :-P) 

Server?

 

?? Any ideas?? 

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Originally Posted by NJ2012 View Post

 

we got our dvd today from the resort...

 

we just have the ceremony as part of our package.

 

all i can say is, if you care about having video of your wedding then you'd better hire someone.

 

the dvd looks like it was shot in 1988 on a vhs 

 

its nice to have, and we really didnt care about the video part of the wedding, but definitely hire an outside video person if it is a big deal to you.

 

I agree my video was of very poor quality. When friends asked to see it who were not there I was embaressed to show them because of the quality. There was music (that I did not pick) throughout the ENTIRE video. Even the part where we said our vows. A huge disappointment and will probably never watch.

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Originally Posted by EmilyT View Post

 

did you get a photo book? I am curious on the quality of those. im dissapointed i have to get an outside vendor for video because i do want one.. its strange they haven't advanced in that area when their photo department is so good. i watched some of the videos on their website i couldn't believe how poor the quality was.

 

I recieved my photo book of our wedding first and the pictures were blurry, very dark (I'm an african american bride and this does me no justice what so ever) and we did not get to choose the layout of how the photo book was put together.

 

When we recieved our trash the dress photobook, it was of much superior quality. The images were clear and the colour was spot on, as well as with a better quality cover. When I spoke to Anel about how much better this trash the book when compared to my wedding album. Her reply was that the wedding photobook was a part of a package therefore lower quality, as I had actually paid for a trash the dress session I recieved a better quality photobook. However both my mother and mother in-law paid for our wedding photobook on their own and recieved the lower quality version. This was never explained to me and was not allowed to upgrade any of the wedding photobooks.

 

My recommendations, if you want the better quality photobook insist on it and if there is a difference in price I strongly recommend it. As well insist that you have some input in the layout of the photobook. You might be able to choose which photos you like, but one that you really like might be added as a small 1inch x 1inch photo in the book when you really wanted that photo to be a whole page worth.

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Originally Posted by ashley822 View Post

 

Kelly,

When I confirmed my date/time with Eva last month she told me a wedding coordinator would contact me 3 months prior to my wedding day to begin planning and finalize all details. You may want to try to contact her soon if you don't hear anything - even though I know that they are hard to reach.

 

I was told not to worry about planning to early and when it was time to plan I was informed that there was another bride getting married the same day as me and she had chosen the ceremony location I wanted, the time I wanted, and the reception location I wanted. When infact I had booked my wedding and all guests well over a year in advance. I was extremely angry about this because I was told not to worry about details. In response to my anger however, I was given the Seaside Grill for my reception location for free. This turned out to be an even better location to have my reception, however, since they were using the restaurant tables instead of the ones I had planned measurements for I was short table decorations.

 

My advice is to lock down your times and locations as soon as possible and to save the email so if a coordinator mixes things up and gives it away to another bride you have proof

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