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I think I am going to buy this or something of the sort because I just can't see paying that much per hour to rent their sound system. Just another suggestion to you guys.

Amazon.com: Ion Audio iPA03 Portable PA System with iPod Docking Adapter: Electronics
How would you get this to Mexico? Carry-on or pack? I love this idea, especially because we are having an AHR and I can use this for both!

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How would you get this to Mexico? Carry-on or pack? I love this idea, especially because we are having an AHR and I can use this for both!
I really liked it too and I'm sure I will use it again. I'm not quite sure how big it is (if I can carry on). I haven't bought it yet but I am definitely thinking about it because I don't want to pay for the DJ or the sounds system at the resort. I will check the measurements to see if it is small enough to carry on. From reviews it seems that the bose system may be too quiet for the beach. The reviews for the Ion system seem better.

Good luck to you and I will let you know how things go if I do get it.

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We just got married on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm at the gazebo.

 

Here is my review:

 

The Good-

 

We arrived on Tuesday, June 8th and met with Ana in the evening. She is very friendly an she took us around the property to show us all of the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception locations.

 

We had our ceremony at the gazebo, cocktail hour at the jacuzzi and reception on the deck.

 

I gave Ana written instructions on how I wanted everything that I brought down to be laid out for the ceremony & the reception. Here I thought that this would make things easier.

 

The resort is very pretty and clean. All my guests were really happy that we chose this resort.

 

The Bad:

 

Rehearsal was set for the morning of the wedding day at 9:00 am. We are a group of late 20's to early 30's. Ana was a whole hour late to rehearsal. Needless to say, that really pissed me off. She did not even bother to call to let me know, we had to go to the front desk to hunt her down. She told me on the phone that she would be 20 minutes late. 20 minutes later we had the front desk call her again and she said another 15 minutes. She did not start my day off well. It also set back the rest of my wedding party for their hair/makeup appointments at the spa.

 

Ana finally met us up at rehearsal and apologized many times, she had to knock off the price of the flowers and let all of my guests coming from other properties with no day pass fees.

 

The ceremony was beautiful and cocktail hour went smooth.

 

Here is what made my day bad again...when I got to the reception, and the emcee announced that we were going to cut the cake. The cake was not even at the reception, they were literally rolling it in and that was embarassing. After we cut the cake, they never brought it back out.

 

We rented the sound system and the technician or whoever lost my cd. Thank god my husband (now) had all our songs backed up on his Iphone. And the tech refused to turn up the music. The contract states that music has to be turned off at 11pm. It was not even close to the time. My uncle had to go and confront him.

 

The spa messed up all my aunt's appointment times at the spa. That was not needed. I'm was really fortunate to have my friend who is an makeup artist and hair stylist come down to get me ready for the wedding day. All my aunts and my mom were not happy with the results with hair and makeup from the spa. Ladies, be warned, they do not do a good job.

 

Overall, the wedding events looked really pretty, but I was not happy with all the things that went wrong. Ana did what she could to make things better.

 

DRC has over 388 weddings scheduled this year and this should be second nature to them. And they still do not have it down and that was really stressful.

 

They picked the wrong bride to mess with!

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I forgot to mention, I chose Cecilia Dumas as my photographer and she was awesome to work with. She was extremely efficient and I would definitely recommend her to anyone.

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Congratulations! Your wedding is not very far away! We carried my dress along with my FI suit on the plane. We had a connection so one one of the flights the flight attendant hung them in the cock pit and the other flight we had to lay them across bags in the overhead. After the wedding I sent my dress and his suit back home in my mother's suitcase.
I checked the TSA guidelines and you can bring your wedding dress on with you, it counts as one of your two allowed carry-ons.

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I really liked it too and I'm sure I will use it again. I'm not quite sure how big it is (if I can carry on). I haven't bought it yet but I am definitely thinking about it because I don't want to pay for the DJ or the sounds system at the resort. I will check the measurements to see if it is small enough to carry on. From reviews it seems that the bose system may be too quiet for the beach. The reviews for the Ion system seem better.

Good luck to you and I will let you know how things go if I do get it.
Hmm...weight is 45 pounds and measurements are 22.5X19X15.2 inches. Height and width and weight is too large for Frontier as a carry-on. Boo.

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does DRC have an airport shuttle? I just found out that those that didn't book with our TA are on their own!! I'd be willing to pay extra if DRC has a bus or van but I was hoping someone on here would know before I called the hotel directly.

Cathy
We used Cancun Airport Transfer - Cancun International Airport during our site visit. It was $70 for 2people to and from the airport. From the time landed and made it through customs we were at the resort in 20 mins. We had the van all to our selves.
Good service

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Hmm...weight is 45 pounds and measurements are 22.5X19X15.2 inches. Height and width and weight is too large for Frontier as a carry-on. Boo.
Bummer! Thanks for checking that out. I'm still on a hunt for the perfect ipod dock.

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Bummer! Thanks for checking that out. I'm still on a hunt for the perfect ipod dock.
No problem. I am still on the hunt too, so let me know if you find anything :)

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For those of you that have been there, what did those using an iPod do for first dance, etc. I love the Bose idea, it's super small, but no mic. Just wondering how you handled those things.

 

Also, on my group contract, it said private check-in, and "welcome cocktail". How did that work? I tried to set up the cocktail and was told it wasn't an event. Not a huge deal, but I thought it was a group perk.

 

Also, what did you past brides think of the officiant? I'm worried about a really strong accent. Also, for my faith, I'm more comfortable with a male officiant - just my image of my wedding day, I guess. Anyone know if there is a male officiant available?

 

Thanks!

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