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With tax, BM hair is $65.49 and $54.39 for above the shoulder hair. 

 

Even with all the drama with the DJ for me and a few mess ups, whoever he had there since he left did keep the party going. They did a great job with the song list I provided and took requests. I don't think you have anything to worry about with the music. 

Originally Posted by EmilyT View Post

MCree i cant wait to get home from work and read ur full review LOL

 

I am getting so close and so nervous.... i just started working on my OOT bags ;) Do you guys think its bad if i save money and order cheaper bags like sort of like paper bags with handles and attach a cute tag to them ? I am putting a hangover kit inside, some candy, a koozie, and a t shirt that says something funny, so i figured maybe i could cheap out on the bag little lol

 

also- cesar finally emailed me back and said we are all set to go for the wedding..... he said he will bring props but not to tell Lorena because she will charge me ( sort of think thats ridiculous because he is not cheap and most djs provide a few small props)lol he also said theres an extra fee for cold fireworks- does anyone know what this is? When I asked him about certain music we like he said of course he knows it and not to worry.... is this really the case? the music is soooo important to me!

 

and i am curious if anyone had a TV set up near the dj where they displayed pictures ? we want to do something in memory of people who have passed away and thought a tv going with pictures throughout the night would be great. not sure i have seen this yet.

 

Kelly Kellz- did u post a review ? id love to see it if u did.

 

and lastly, i  dont think i am going to pay for my bridesmaids hair because i am getting them something else also so how much did your girls pay to get their hair done ?

 

thanx everyone!!!!!!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by Savs1027 View Post

 

Emily, 

Did you get the document with the lighting options? I think I still have it somewhere in my email from Lorena if you don't have it. I could email it to you. Those lanterns are $10 each. Or you can do the option like I did and have them hanging from the bamboo poles. I felt like our reception was lit up really well with that, the dance floor, and the lights under the tables. I'm not sure where the $700 came from though. 

 

I have no idea about the party bus... I'm not even sure they have that?? I think that's an "excursion" you would have to book through one of the people they have there on site. But again, I'm not sure about that. I never saw anything about it though when we were there. 

You could ask that on the DRC facebook page. They have someone on there answering questions that could probably help more than a wedding coordinator could. 

 

Yes, it says something like "light post (20)- $700" and i have no clue what this means. then it says "lanters $10 each" LOL so they are $10 each but 700 for 20? Obviously I am just confused but Lorena hasn't wrote back to me in about 12 days now so all of my questions are just lingering & the clock is ticking. I know most past brides say not to worry and that pretty much everything can be worked out when you arrive so maybe I should stop worrying? I want to have everything in order already like at least 3 weeks before I even go so I can worry about my own things lol ( my oot bags & other fun aspects ) but i find it hard not to worry.

 

If you could tell me, what things do you think are IMPERATIVE ( besides locations and times ) to have in stone before you go and which things did u realize were not going to be an issue and u could have easily just picked the stuff out when u met with the coordinator? Like for example my video package, i emailed them and no response. I want to speak to someone before i decide just off of what it says on the paper, but can it wait !? I think this would seriously help me. LOL

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We must have a different lighting document because I just checked and mine doesn't say anything about $700. It just says paper lanterns - $10 each.

 

You can pretty much decide everything there. But I would have an idea of what you want. I knew what kind of flowers I wanted and I had already told her ahead of time. If I wanted to change, I could have. BUT, Lorena had NO examples to show me of anything! Luckily I had already seen the lighting options ahead of time so I was pretty sure I wanted the bamboo poles, but I was just expecting some sort of book with all of the options when we arrived. I had thought I might want the flowers for the gazebo and just planned on asking about that when I got there. I was overwhelmed and forgot to ask about it, and because there was no list or book or anything to look at I forgot. But, literally everything you can decide when you get there... just have a list written down of everything you want to go over with her so you dont forget anything like I did. 

 

If you can't get in touch with the videographer, I would tell Lorena that you possibly want to hire them for the entire night and that you HAVE to meet with them before the wedding. She could probably get in touch with them for you. If you sent the DJ your song list, he will have everything downloaded for you and let you listen to it to make sure he has the songs right.  And you can meet with the minister once you are there too to pick all the readings and vows. 

 

I know it's stressful with no responses. But I promise they make everything wonderful. And they all go out of their way to make you happy. Not just the wedding staff, everyone at the resort. 

Originally Posted by EmilyT View Post

Yes, it says something like "light post (20)- $700" and i have no clue what this means. then it says "lanters $10 each" LOL so they are $10 each but 700 for 20? Obviously I am just confused but Lorena hasn't wrote back to me in about 12 days now so all of my questions are just lingering & the clock is ticking. I know most past brides say not to worry and that pretty much everything can be worked out when you arrive so maybe I should stop worrying? I want to have everything in order already like at least 3 weeks before I even go so I can worry about my own things lol ( my oot bags & other fun aspects ) but i find it hard not to worry.

 

If you could tell me, what things do you think are IMPERATIVE ( besides locations and times ) to have in stone before you go and which things did u realize were not going to be an issue and u could have easily just picked the stuff out when u met with the coordinator? Like for example my video package, i emailed them and no response. I want to speak to someone before i decide just off of what it says on the paper, but can it wait !? I think this would seriously help me. LOL

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I'm curious to hear how some of you arranged the seating for the dinner/reception...  Based on the slideshows, it looks like the bride and groom sometimes have a table to themselves, did any of you do that?  With a small group it seems strange to separate our wedding party from their significant others to have them sit with us (like at a "traditional" head table), but there wouldn't be enough room to have us, the wedding party AND their significant others at one table.  I'm not sure we want to sit by ourselves either, but I'm having trouble coming up with something that works.  Did anyone not have official seating arrangements?   

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Sorry, I also meant to ask - they say the round tables fit a maximum of 10 people, but is this actually do-able and comfortable?  Or should we try to keep it at 8 people or less per table?

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We didn't have assigned seating and my husband and I sat with my mom, dad, brother, sister and grandmother. The only reserved tables we had were for our table and then a table for my husbands family. There were more of them that needed to sit together so that's why we ended up sitting with my family. 

 

The tables sit 8 very comfortably and I think 10 is still doable. I wanted the deck to be filled up so I did 5 tables of 8 chairs but they weren't all full. 

Originally Posted by loripanori View Post

I'm curious to hear how some of you arranged the seating for the dinner/reception...  Based on the slideshows, it looks like the bride and groom sometimes have a table to themselves, did any of you do that?  With a small group it seems strange to separate our wedding party from their significant others to have them sit with us (like at a "traditional" head table), but there wouldn't be enough room to have us, the wedding party AND their significant others at one table.  I'm not sure we want to sit by ourselves either, but I'm having trouble coming up with something that works.  Did anyone not have official seating arrangements?   

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They ended up putting the tall glass vases on our guestbook/cake table without even asking for it. They put them there so we could put our bouquets in it. There was no charge.

Originally Posted by Newbride2013 View Post

Can any past brides tell me if they have just the glass vases to use for a welcome table if we bring our own stuff for it? How much to rent it? :)

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We didn't have assigned seating and my husband and I sat with my mom, dad, brother, sister and grandmother. The only reserved tables we had were for our table and then a table for my husbands family. There were more of them that needed to sit together so that's why we ended up sitting with my family.  The tables sit 8 very comfortably and I think 10 is still doable. I wanted the deck to be filled up so I did 5 tables of 8 chairs but they weren't all full. 
We are a group of 35 plus two small children. We have decided to put bride & groom at head table then do 4 other tables to fill up. Wouldn't make much sense to separate wedding party from spouses as I have 5 bridesmaids(tables would be empty) lol Hope this helps you

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