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Originally Posted by msykes View Post

 

Does anyone have recommendations for the rehearsal dinner? We are planning on just making a reservation for about 25 people when we arrive at Dreams at the restaurant: Portofino. I'm not sure what the resorts rules are regarding large reservations... Thanks in advance for your advice/help! :)

 

The restaurants don't take reservations and because of the amount of people you have I would recommend going through the WC to secure a space for this many people, although it will cost you $15/pp to do so. I would say if you just try and go there with 25 people it won't be very likely to sit together or even for all of you to get in with other guests staying at the resort. I would say if you had around 10-12 it would be fine.  The restaurants and just like normal where you go and put your name down if there is a wait and these restaurants aren't huge. But I will say Portofino was my favorite restaurant of them all and then Bordeux. Good luck!

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Originally Posted by loripanori View Post

 

Is anyone opting for a smaller reception without the DJ, or maybe without a dance even?  We're having a relatively small wedding with 25 adults (including us) and 6 small children, and I'm not just not sure there are enough party/dance types in the mix to have a full fledged traditional reception and dance.  Especially with the children (5 of the children will be 3 and younger!), and the couples who will be busy looking after these children.  My fiance and I aren't even the dancing type, we rarely dance at other weddings or clubs etc....  So I'm just not sure it's worth it to rent a DJ for 3 hours.  I would definitely want to have music playing - despite not being dancers, we're both very into music - and I know we can bring our own music and rent the sound system, but if we're paying for the sound system I almost feel like we may as well pay for the DJ....  But if there's no real "dance", then it kind of seems like everyone will just be standing around, having drinks and listening to music for 3 hours.  In which case, why don't we just go hang out at one of the bars at the resort and do the same thing for free?  LOL  I'm having such a hard time deciding what to do about all of this!  I don't want to just have a 30 minute ceremony and pictures and have it all be over, but at the same time I don't know that I want to do the full ordeal with the cocktail, reception and dance and all the extra fees and charges that comes with all of that.  Decisions decisions.

 

We have small group with 17 adults (including us) and 1 kid. Most of us not the dancing type. We aren't planning to hire DJ and have dance floor. However, we are thinking to upgrade the wedding package to ultimate. Use the live mexican music during the reception as entertainment for our guests. 

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Originally Posted by kellykellz View Post

 

I got married at Dreams Riviera Cancun on Saturday 12/8/12 at 3:00pm on the North Beach. Our reception was on the pool terrace. It was the most perfect day! I will write a review soon with photos, but I wanted to let you future brides know that they are awesome! Everything was absolutely perfect! I was really worried at first since I had not spoke to my wedding coordinator Gabi, but once I was there, she was really on top of things. These ladies know what they are doing. You have nothing to worry about!! 

 

The food was AMAZING! We had the Ultimate package and chose the sit down dinner with the beef and chicken. The shrimp appetizer was DELICIOUS, and all of our guests really loved the salmon appetizer as well. Our guests said the wedding food was the best food they had there, however all of the food at the resort is good!  All of our guests said this is one of the best all inclusive resorts they had ever been to!

 

Also, since we had 40 people, we skipped the cocktail hour and traded in the cost of food & beverage for the cocktail hour to accomodate our additional guests at the dinner reception. We also extended the reception for 1 hour. All of our guests went to the lobby bar for cocktails while we were getting photos. They did not seem to mind at all. 

 

We also got the Mariachi trio with our package and used them for the ceremony. The music they played during the ceremony was really beautiful and added to the authenticity of a wedding in Mexico. 

 

The DJ was awesome! We had Mauricio and we gave him a song list of songs we definitely wanted played. He also included some songs that got our parents and older folks out on the dance floor.

 

Although we had the Ultimate package, we did hire an outside photographer to shoot our wedding and TTD. We hired Gonzalo Nunez. He and his assistant Giuliana were AWESOME!! I canâ€t wait to see his photos. However with the Ultimate Package, you get 50 photos from Adventure photos. We used these photos to take pictures of us around the resort. They did an amazing job too! It was great, because now we have 3 sets of different pictures. 

 

I will write more later, but I just wanted to say that you all are making a great decision by getting married at this resort!! Let me know if you have any ?'s. Reading this thread and messaging some of the people on here helped me immensely, if I can be of any help to you, please let me know. :-) 

Thank you kelly! I cant wait to see your pictures!!!! That definitely gives me some piece of mind. Did you make all final decisions for everything including flowers and stuff when you met with your coordinator down there?

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Originally Posted by Rach0636 View Post

 

Thank you kelly! I cant wait to see your pictures!!!! That definitely gives me some piece of mind. Did you make all final decisions for everything including flowers and stuff when you met with your coordinator down there?

Rach0636,

 

I took the bouquet examples from the catalog, and I chose the one with the orange flower and had them switch the yellow roses out for blue flowers. It came out perfect since our colors were royal blue, baby blue, and burnt orange. I also added a arrangement to the top of the huppah. Here is a few photos.

 

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Also, I have 50 royal blue sashes that I am planning on selling, I also around 16 brand new blue maracas from Amol's (you can see them here http://www.amols.com/catalog/brite-blue-maracas) that I am planning on selling for a cheap price too. I had ordered 50 maracas and only needed 28.  If anyone's colors are royal blue, PM me. 

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Originally Posted by kellykellz View Post

 

Rach0636,

 

I took the bouquet examples from the catalog, and I chose the one with the orange flower and had them switch the yellow roses out for blue flowers. It came out perfect since our colors were royal blue, baby blue, and burnt orange. I also added a arrangement to the top of the huppah. Here is a few photos.

 

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Also, I have 50 royal blue sashes that I am planning on selling, I also around 16 brand new blue maracas from Amol's (you can see them here http://www.amols.com/catalog/brite-blue-maracas) that I am planning on selling for a cheap price too. I had ordered 50 maracas and only needed 28.  If anyone's colors are royal blue, PM me. 

Very pretty! Im just wondering if you had to give them your final decision on the flowers before you got down there, or if you finalized them when you met with them a fw days before the wedding. Just trying to figure out if I have to decide now, or I can wait till I get down there. Its hard to imagine what exactly they will look like when you are changing things!

 

I love your hair!! I am having a horrible time deciding between wearing it up or down. How did you decide? Did the salon at the hotel do it?

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Originally Posted by Rach0636 View Post

 

Very pretty! Im just wondering if you had to give them your final decision on the flowers before you got down there, or if you finalized them when you met with them a fw days before the wedding. Just trying to figure out if I have to decide now, or I can wait till I get down there. Its hard to imagine what exactly they will look like when you are changing things!

 

I love your hair!! I am having a horrible time deciding between wearing it up or down. How did you decide? Did the salon at the hotel do it?

Kelly

 

Your pictures are gorgeous!  Love your set -up. 

 

Rach

 

To answer your question, I picked my flowers and then re-picked them 3 times before getting down there and switching them yet again. GIna had pictures of everything when we had our meeting for me to go through and pick!  You can basically make EVERY decision once you are out there besides wedding location and times! :)

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I, too, am going to share a couple of pictures of our set-up.  Sorry, I forgot I could attach individuals without our slideshow link. We were married at North Beach on Dec 1, 2012. We were able to choose decor, flower and arrangement set-ups once there! I had heard from previous reviews that the florists they worked with were awesome, and I 100% agree.  I told them I wanted lilies, roses and any other tropical flower, and that I wanted pinks and whites with hints of yellow, and they nailed it!

 

 

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Originally Posted by MCree View Post

 

I, too, am going to share a couple of pictures of our set-up.  Sorry, I forgot I could attach individuals without our slideshow link. We were married at North Beach on Dec 1, 2012. We were able to choose decor, flower and arrangement set-ups once there! I had heard from previous reviews that the florists they worked with were awesome, and I 100% agree.  I told them I wanted lilies, roses and any other tropical flower, and that I wanted pinks and whites with hints of yellow, and they nailed it!

 

 

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So pretty! That makes me feel better that I can decide once we get down there cuz I have been so indecisive its crazy. Do you have your slideshow yet that you can share?

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Originally Posted by Rach0636 View Post

 

So pretty! That makes me feel better that I can decide once we get down there cuz I have been so indecisive its crazy. Do you have your slideshow yet that you can share?

 

Yea, I just figure being a bride and being indecisive go hand in hand! ;)  And one of the luxuries of having a destination wedding at a resort that breeds daily destination weddings is that  all of us indecisive women can basically set everything up once there! My advice is to find pictures of what you want . . . this is the best way to ensure there is no communication barrier! In the end, It will all come together!

My slideshow isn't finished yet, but I do have all of my pics on CD and my friend's pics from our TTD shoot so I can post any individual set-ups or pics any of you may want to see until I get it in!

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Originally Posted by MCree View Post

 

 

Yea, I just figure being a bride and being indecisive go hand in hand! ;)  And one of the luxuries of having a destination wedding at a resort that breeds daily destination weddings is that  all of us indecisive women can basically set everything up once there! My advice is to find pictures of what you want . . . this is the best way to ensure there is no communication barrier! In the end, It will all come together!

My slideshow isn't finished yet, but I do have all of my pics on CD and my friend's pics from our TTD shoot so I can post any individual set-ups or pics any of you may want to see until I get it in!

Did they provide you with the CD and also a photo book before you left?

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