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Hi Lindsey! I would DEFINITELY send any pics to the wedding coordinator at the resort. Being as clear as possible about what you want will be the best choice to make sure you love the result. I personally was as literal as possible when planning my wedding and loved the end result because of it with my flowers/ linens, etc specifically with the WC at Excellence Riviera Cancun. Best of luck!
 

Originally Posted by LindseyM View Post

Okay ladies, so my wedding is a 381 days away!!!  Yamina sent me all of the catalogs and menus and packages and I am struggling with how to convey to her what we want!  Did anyone just put pictures of colors and inspiration in a word document and send it to their planner?  I'm thinking of doing that....so she really understands the look we want.



 

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Ajcuce: I love your wedding and pics! The orange against the bridesmaids' dresses pops beautifully! I have some questions:

 

1. What did you choose for appetizers and dinner?

2. did you get all flowers through the hotel?

3. Did you get lanterns through the hotel?

 

Originally Posted by ajcuce View Post

Hi!!

 

We got married at DRC on May 21st. I want to start off by saying I have not been on here since and I apologize if I repeat information. I have not read through all of the posts (I've missed about 250!). The resort is AMAZING and I cannot wait to go back. We were treated like royalty the entire time. We received an upgrade to a honeymoon suite which we were very excited about.

 
Rehearsal dinner: This is my only major complaint. We paid $600 to have a reservation for 32 people for our rehearsal dinner at El Patio. The food was good but I was really upset that we paid extra. I paid because I wanted to make sure we had two nights where everyone would be together for dinner. I wish I hadn't planned this because the restaurant was practically EMPTY the entire time we were in there and I'm sure had we gone right when it opened we would have gotten in fine for free. I have sent a complaint to management but still haven't heard back. 
 
Getting ready: The spa was great! BRING PICTURES OF WHAT YOU WANT! My hair and make up turned out exactly how I wanted. I had Xochitel (?). Only 1 out of 5 hairstyles did not come out good and that is because the bridesmaid did not have a picture (luckily we had a hair dresser in the group and got the bridesmaid all fixed up). In the end, all of the girls looked beautiful :-)
 
Flowers: I loved how our flowers came out. All I did was send pictures and they were able to do everything I wanted. One thing I will mention is that I am very glad that I went to see the flowers right when they got to the coordinator's office. I asked for Tiffany blue ribbon on the bridesmaid's bouquets and sent a picture. They ended up putting royal blue ribbon on those bouquets and putting royal blue babies breath in the boutonnieres. Luckily there was some ivory ribbon in the office that we covered the bouquets in but I was stuck with the boutonnieres. Oh well, what can ya do? Also, if you want your bouquet to have stems you should mention it! They almost put the white holder on mine but I needed stems because of my little starfish charm. 
 
Ceremony: FIGHT FOR A REHEARSAL! I asked for one three times and Lisbeth kept saying, don't worry everything will be fine! Well, for the most part it was; however, there were quite a few little things that went wrong that wouldn't have had we had a rehearsal. Other than this, everything looked exactly how I wanted it to :-). We got married on the north side of the beach which was pretty private. I think there were people watching but I didn't even notice, I was too caught up in the moment! Our ceremony was at 5pm. We used the technician and did not have a single problem. I made a CD and printed a list of the songs, what number on the CD it was, and when to play it. 
 
Cocktail Hour: This was from 6-7pm. My husband and I missed the whole thing because we wanted pictures everywhere at the resort (it is just so beautiful!!) From what I heard it was wonderful!! LOL. Everyone said the Mariachi band was hilarious. 
 
Reception: This was from 7-10pm on the deck. Everyone loved it! There was another reception on the beach which we could see but couldn't hear. It didn't bother us at all. We used the DJ that the resort recommends and he was perfect, we had no problems with him. He payed attention to the list we created and also played a good amount of songs for our older crowd. Lisbeth suggested we enter the reception, do our dances, and cut the cake right away so that we didn't forget to do it at the end of the night. I actually really liked doing this because we had some daylight left for pictures and everyone was paying attention. We only had 32 people which meant we had to have a sit down dinner. If you are in this situation you should probably pay for the extra hour of DJ. We had to start dancing in between meals because it took SOOO long to eat :-(. We had less then an hour after dinner was done to dance before the party ended! I tried moving the party to desires but my guests were tired by the time we got up there and left!!
 
Fire Dancers: Lisbeth suggested to do this after the DJ finished at 10pm. Great idea! We ended our wedding with a bang! If you are considering hiring the dancers you should do it! Who else gets to have fire dancers at their wedding?? Just us lucky destination wedding girls :-).
 
Photographers: I upgraded the package and am glad I did. I had Anel and she is absolutely wonderful. She is fun to work with and has great ideas. We also had Frank and Alina for a little while for different parts of the day and the pictures they took turned out really great as well!
 
If you have any questions let me know, I will try my best to continue to get on here for a couple more weeks! I just want you all to know you have nothing to worry about. Even with my little incidents I still loved my wedding and would not change anything. I am very happy with how everything turned out!! When you get there just relax and go with the flow, you are in paradise!
 


 

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Ok, we're from NJ and we're not doing the legal ceremony in Mexico...we want to be legally married in NJ.  My question is...can we ddo this with just paper work or will we need to take vows before Mexico?  :(

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Lindsay, my friend just had a civil ceremony in NJ.  They had to fill out the paperwork at the courthouse 3 days in advance, and then  they were married by the mayor in a short ceremony that lasted about 3 minutes. They exchanged vows, but decided to wait to exchange rings until their destination wedding.

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We did the same thing. I recommend it if you want to avoid blood work and translation of marriage certificates!
 

Originally Posted by kad1010 View Post

Lindsay, my friend just had a civil ceremony in NJ.  They had to fill out the paperwork at the courthouse 3 days in advance, and then  they were married by the mayor in a short ceremony that lasted about 3 minutes. They exchanged vows, but decided to wait to exchange rings until their destination wedding.



 

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At LindseyM.  I too got married on 6/25/11 in NJ went to the courthouse and the whole thing took about 4 minutes.  We did NOT exchange rings since we will do this in Mexico on 6/24/12. We did it this way to avoid blood work/marriage cert translation and all the legal leg work that needs to be done. So we are having a symbolic wedding instead.

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Hi Ladies,

 

Great idea! Thanks for sharing. I would love to book but is Adrian Guerra a approved vendor for Dreams Resort? Or are they making you pay a fee?

Originally Posted by aimeelaco28 View Post

So excited! Just booked Adrian Guerra for my hair and makeup for our May 23rd wedding!

Here's a link to his website if anyone is interested

 

http://www.stylingtriorivieramaya.com/

 

 



 

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Ana told me it is fine as long as I pay for a day pass for him and who ever he is bringing with him. In the e-mail she did highly recommend the spa but I've been hearing mixed reviews and I didn't want to chance it. Adrian has been wonderful and responds to my e-mails right away. He also has a facebook page that you can check out as well.

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