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I am trying to go through some of the posts I missed and answer any questions that I can...there is a lot though so I only went through a few pages!!

 

 

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Carina (or any of you other ladies who may know) - Is the white fabric on the wedding arch included in the packages (I have the ultimate package) or is that an extra cost?

I had the Ultimate Package also and I did not pay extra for the fabric. They tie is with starfish..it looks so pretty!!

 

 

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Can't wait for your full review Carina!!! Your pictures are beautiful :)

 

Love your dress especially - who's the designer?

It looks like you came out to the wedding from the Governor Suite - did you just get to use it for the day, or did you stay in that room?

My wedding was on the opposite side of the resort from Carina's. I came out of the Presidential Suite (I think?) and I was not staying in that room. It was great because Don wasn't able to see me at all until right before I was at the aisle. The palapas kept me hidden :)

 

 

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I tried calling the resort . Oh my goodness. I think they sent me to Ana, I had to leave her a message. Will she call you back? Does anyone know what her hours are?
I think that she told me she works 9-6, unless there is a wedding. If there's a wedding, she will be there later.

 

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Love it!! Beautiful wedding. I think I am wearing the same dress! Is it Demetrios? I would be very interested in seeing what your reception and cocktail hour look like. Where did you have your cocktail hour? I have yet to see photos of these locations and am having a hard time deciding where to have it.

 

Did you bring your decorations from home? I was going to use the resorts turquoise for the chair decorations but my colors are turquoise and chocolate. I wonder if I should use both colors like you did. This part is hard for me sad.gif

I had my cocktail hour at the Desires terrace. I was completely surprised that this was our decision because before I went, I thought that I would have it on the beach or by the jacuzzi. We ended up choosing Desires because it was more private and we don't really like a lot of attention :) I was so happy with my decision!! Our guests loved it there and there was lots of room for everyone to sit comfortably if they wanted. We had the Mariachi trio and they were fabulous! We chose the Mexican appetizers and everyone raved about them the next few days after te wedding! Also, I brought my chair sashes from home. They were a light aqua blue color. Actually, I never got them back from Ana. I should ask her if she still has them :)

 

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Carina- Congratulations and thanks for your review! It's both comforting and unnerving to know that most things will be done in the few days before the wedding...but I guess it's a great incentive to go in knowing exactly what you want. Research, research, research, ladies!
I would suggest writing down everything that you want so that when you go to meet with Ana a few days before your wedding, you won't forget anything! I wish I had done that.

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Carina-

For saying you planned most of your wedding only a few short days before, you hit a home run. It looks amazing! I have been anxiously awaiting a review from a DRC bride. I would love to see cocktail hour, and reception photos also and any insight into the menu you chose! I have been struggling with what package and menu and location to finalize!!

I chose the Mexican appetizers and they were soooo good. For the dinner, I chose the Caribbean buffet....also unbelievably good!! For the cocktail hour we chose the Desires terrace and for the reception, we were on the pool deck. We loved the locations that we chose!

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Carina...your pictures are beautiful!! It was nice meeting you!
By the way, the resort photographers (Adventure Photographers) are amazing! They are so nice and they take beautiful pictures. We had already booked a photographer, so we didn't use them for the wedding. Originally, Ana had told me that I could get extra video instead of using the photographers. When we sat down to meet with her, she said that was not possible anymore. Since the resort has their own photographers, the management will not allow her to substitute anything for photos. So, we decided to use them for our Welcome Dinner. I am so glad that we did because we got great pictures!! We got 50 pictures, which is what is included in the Ultimate Package...I love every single one of them!! We also decided to have them take our pictures a few days after the wedding and we have some great pictures from that too!! Anel was the one who took the pictures of our welcome dinner and Jorge took our other pictures. They both did a fantastic job and they are super nice people. If you are using them for your wedding photos, I think that you will be very happy!!

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We went down Jan 31st.... I am a BIT STRESSED! Did Ana tell any of you that they were moving the wedding site to the opposite side of the beach where the kayacks werehuh.gif She told us they were and NOW she just wrote an email saying mgmt didnt approve the changehuh.gifhuh.gifhuh.gifhuh.gif WHAThuh.gif? She told us that it was already in the works! I would have never booked if we knew this? I have already had people starting to book ... Please tell me she told you all the same thinghuh.gif HELP! im so fustrated! I dont want to get married on a beach RIGHT NEXT TO A BAR AND SWINGS! She even went as far to say that they were cleaning up the space that had shrubs that were on the side of the hotel. She is saying we MISUNDERSTOOD HER! I was with a another bride and our Fiance's and we ALL didnt make it up!? I am PRAYING that this will be cleared up with an email to the manager of the resort. Clearly there is a HUGE Misunderstanding!!
My wedding was on the side of the beach where the kayaks are. When we met with Ana, she took us down to the beach and told us we could choose our location.

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By the way, the resort photographers (Adventure Photographers) are amazing! They are so nice and they take beautiful pictures. We had already booked a photographer, so we didn't use them for the wedding. Originally, Ana had told me that I could get extra video instead of using the photographers. When we sat down to meet with her, she said that was not possible anymore. Since the resort has their own photographers, the management will not allow her to substitute anything for photos. So, we decided to use them for our Welcome Dinner. I am so glad that we did because we got great pictures!! We got 50 pictures, which is what is included in the Ultimate Package...I love every single one of them!! We also decided to have them take our pictures a few days after the wedding and we have some great pictures from that too!! Anel was the one who took the pictures of our welcome dinner and Jorge took our other pictures. They both did a fantastic job and they are super nice people. If you are using them for your wedding photos, I think that you will be very happy!!

Hi Laura - Thanks for all the info! Looking forward to seeing some of your photos if you're able to post them. How many guests did you have? What did you guys do for the Welcome Dinner? Did you have it in a private room or did you do something private after everyone ate dinner?
thanks,
Allegra

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Hi Everyone! Sorry I have been MIA since my wedding. I got back March 6th and I have been super busy getting unpacked, going back to work, getting my house cleaned, etc. Back to the real world sad.gif Sooo, my wedding was completely perfect. I LOVED the resort and so did all of our guests!! If you guys have any questions for me, let me know and I will be happy to answer. I am in the process of writing a review...I am almost done...just trying to find some pictures to include :) I think that everyone will be extremely happy with their decision. This is a fantastic resort and I can't imagine my wedding being any better than it was :)
Hi Laura:
I'm super excited to see some of your photos. We have chosen the Ultimate package for our wedding in October also. Where did you order your chair shashs from? I'm glad you loved your wedding. It makes me more excited for ours to come!!

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By the way, the resort photographers (Adventure Photographers) are amazing! They are so nice and they take beautiful pictures. We had already booked a photographer, so we didn't use them for the wedding. Originally, Ana had told me that I could get extra video instead of using the photographers. When we sat down to meet with her, she said that was not possible anymore. Since the resort has their own photographers, the management will not allow her to substitute anything for photos. So, we decided to use them for our Welcome Dinner. I am so glad that we did because we got great pictures!! We got 50 pictures, which is what is included in the Ultimate Package...I love every single one of them!! We also decided to have them take our pictures a few days after the wedding and we have some great pictures from that too!! Anel was the one who took the pictures of our welcome dinner and Jorge took our other pictures. They both did a fantastic job and they are super nice people. If you are using them for your wedding photos, I think that you will be very happy!!
You pictures were amazing but we are bring our own photographer and Ana told us we could supplement the photography for the videography. I wish I would have known this before or I would not be paying so much for our photography to come and stay.


I wonder since I have a email from her stating that she would honor it if that would change anything?

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What has everyone decided to do about music while walking down the aisle?

 

Are you renting a speaker or bringing your own? Because I am going with the love package and it does not say anything about music for the ceremony.

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By the way, the resort photographers (Adventure Photographers) are amazing! They are so nice and they take beautiful pictures. We had already booked a photographer, so we didn't use them for the wedding. Originally, Ana had told me that I could get extra video instead of using the photographers. When we sat down to meet with her, she said that was not possible anymore. Since the resort has their own photographers, the management will not allow her to substitute anything for photos. So, we decided to use them for our Welcome Dinner. I am so glad that we did because we got great pictures!! We got 50 pictures, which is what is included in the Ultimate Package...I love every single one of them!! We also decided to have them take our pictures a few days after the wedding and we have some great pictures from that too!! Anel was the one who took the pictures of our welcome dinner and Jorge took our other pictures. They both did a fantastic job and they are super nice people. If you are using them for your wedding photos, I think that you will be very happy!!

Laura,

Thanks for all the information! Questions for you: How far is Desiress from the resort? Is it extra to have the cocktail hour at Desires? Did you have the cocktail hour the day before your wedding?

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We have a guest who is contemplating staying at a nearby non-inclusive in order to save some $$$. We are not in favor of this, but obviously it is their money and their vacation. Does anyone know if Dreams allows 'day passes' and if so, what the cost per person is?

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