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#10311 kkutnyak

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    Posted 18 November 2012 - 05:12 PM

    Just send them! :-)

    Originally Posted by TIGERLILYODP 


    Hi im getting married here in sep 2013 ,could you send them to karaodp@gmail.com thanks ever so much :) xxxxxx


    #10312 kkutnyak

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      Posted 18 November 2012 - 05:29 PM

      Just sent them :-)

      Originally Posted by CSandraMichelle 

       

      s.caprora@gmail.com - This would be beyond helpful!!! Thanks in advance June 2013 bride!



      #10313 Savs1027

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        Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:42 AM

        Originally Posted by Fifi Gigi 

        Hi Everyone!  I've been reading this VERY HELPFUL thread for a couple of months now, and am getting ready to leave for Dreams on Tuesday for our wedding on the 27th (AHHHHH!).  We have the Ultimate package, and are having our Greek Orthodox ceremony at the gazebo, cocktails at the jacuzzi and dinner on the pool deck.  We hired the firedancers for after dinner.  We're staying in a preferred club oceanview for 4 nights, then moving to a master suite for 6 nights.  ANY last minute tips or things you wished you had known/brought/changed would be SO appreciated!  Thanks everyone!!!


        Let me know how your room change goes! We are doing the same thing. We are in the preferred club for the first 3 nights then moving to the master suite the day before the wedding. The honeymoon suite wasn't available and the master suite wasn't available the whole 8 nights so we have to move! I am worried about how that's going to go!

         

        Good luck! Can't wait to see pics :)



        #10314 Laurbee03

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          Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:37 AM

          Hi ladies! I know some of you are stressing because you haven’t seen a review up here for sometime now. My wedding was on November 3rd and let’s just say there is no need to stress because when you get there everything gets taken care of.  We had about 75 guests. Hurricane Sandy got in our way so we ended up leaving for Mexico a few days earlier and had plenty of time to get everything situated.

          I’ll start with my wedding coordinator, Gina, I couldn’t say one negative thing about her. Everything I needed she was there to help in any way. Jorge her assistant that will be with you for your reception was also great. They will meet with you to go over every detail of your wedding to ensure they have everything correct. If you have already confirmed something with her through email and you decide you want to change it, that’s no problem and she will change whatever you want. She is very through and gets every detail you want. Jorge was also on top of everything as well.

          Linda the officiant is great! She will sit with you to go through the entire ceremony and all the scripts with you. You get to pick everything you want and how you want your ceremony. There is absolutely NO reason to stress about this part. She will ensure everything is exactly what you want.

          The DJ Mauricio is the say way. The songs you want to be played and the order he will go over everything. Even if you have sent him an email he will go over everything again and you can make any changes you want when you meet him. For the ceremony if you decide to hire him to be your sound guy he will ensure that everything goes smoothly and there are no hiccups with the music. I saw weddings there that just had a technician from the resort do the music and it would either stop or something went wrong. I highly recommend paying the extra money to have him do the music for you. I had no problems at all. At the reception he was great and play all the music I asked for.

          My photographer was Frank. I have heard great things about all the other ones but he was the one I was appointed too. I reviewed his work prior to the wedding and I was very satisfied. After working with him I wouldn’t have chosen anyone else and would recommend anyone to use him. He went above and beyond! For the wedding, he was there to capture every moment and anything that I wanted photographed he had no problem doing it. We had the ultimate package which included a TTD session. Instead of doing it at the beach and pool Frank recommended we go to a cenote(fresh water cave)  and take pictures. Although it did cost an extra $300, it was the BEST decision I made. Frank took us there for the entire day and we did 8 hours of photos. He did everything to ensure that these pictures would turn out right. His idea on photography and his ideas were outstanding. I know there are not a lot of reviews about him on this website but I hope this one will inform people of how great he was. I have not seen all of the pictures yet being as we just got back from our honeymoon in Europe, but the ones he did show me were beyond my wildest imagination!

          Lets move on to the wedding itself. Everything went exactly how I had imagined! We had our ceremony on the North Beach which in my opinion is the best location since it is the most private and you don’t have as many guests sitting around and watching your wedding. All the other locations had so many people just standing behind and watching. Not what I would want AT ALL. Linda did great and there was nothing that went wrong! Next was our cocktail hour at North Jacuzzi. Again, the best location in my opinion being as it is the most private and you don’t have many people watching. We had the Mexican Trio playing which were great. The food was amazing as well. Then we had the reception on the Pool Deck. It was a great location the only thing I will say is depending on how you have your tables set you, sand can blow in your face. We had our sweetheart table facing everyone and we didn’t sit very long being as the sand kept blowing in our face from the wind. We choose to have a sit down dinner which at first when they told me how long it would take I was worried it would take up too much time but we asked the food manager(who will be at the reception and is wonderful) to rush dinner since our guests didn’t take long to eat and it ended up being fine. It only took about 45-1 hour. We choose to give our guests the option of sea bass or chicken. Both we were told many times were delicious. After that the party started and let’s say it was amazing. Our group was pretty crazy and everyone seemed to have a good time. We choose to extend our reception one hour which they give you the option to do so and I HIGHLY recommended doing that. It didn’t end up costing too much more and I couldn’t have imagined not extending the party being as it felt like it went by so quickly.

          People keep asking about flowers and hanging lanterns. I brought my own lanterns to hang and was not charged a fee. I saw that someone else wrote that they were not charged and therefore I asked them about it and they waved my fee. Hopefully they will do the same for all of you. Regarding flowers I opted to have high vases with multiple different flowers. We ended up having 9 tables and each arrangement was $100usd. I sent Gina pictures of the colors and types I wanted (I was given options that were reasonably priced) and she did exactly what I wanted. As far as other decorations go I brought a lot myself. Chair bows, cake topper, paper lanterns, guest book, guest name table cards, table numbers and holders, flameless candles, and white paper bags to make way to the reception in the dark (great idea!). They had no problem setting up any of the decorations and they did exactly what was told. If you do want any of your stuff back you will have to tell them and follow up. They said they would deliver it to my room the next morning and never did. Make sure you follow up and get what you want back.

          I also keep seeing people talking about getting a room upgrade to the presidential suite. I saw that someone previously got upgraded to it and was able to walk out directly from their room to their ceremony. When I arrived I talked to Gina about the room and I was able to get the room from the night before the wedding (Friday ) to Monday when we left. That was absolutely fantastic and it was everything I wanted. I somehow got lucky and I was the only wedding of the day. The Friday before there were 3 weddings in one day. Also, I hear people asking about tipping. I did end up tipping just about everyone at the wedding. My family also ended up tipping some of the waiters that went above and beyond. Although, I am not sure how much I tipped everyone since my husband and dad was the one giving out the money.  Lastly, I hear people mentioning they are worried about going through customs when they arrive. I didn’t have any problems and I brought out of town bags for every guest. I had every receipt incase they did happen to stop me. they asked what all of the stuff I brought was for but I was very quick with them and they just let me go.

          Overall I couldn’t say anything about Dreams. The food was wonderful, the staff was so helpful and polite, and the wedding staff makes sure all your requests are met and it is the wedding of your dreams. If you all have any questions let me know and I will do the best to answer them J I am not sure how often I will be checking this since my wedding is over but feel free to email me laurenblick1@gmail.com I hope this eased some of you who are stressing about them not responding but it is a wedding factory and they will get to you about 2 months before your wedding and start to finalize stuff.



          #10315 Shellbee

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            Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:43 AM

            Originally Posted by dec2012ms 

            Can someone please give me the email address for dj Mauricio? The one the resort gave me is not working & the other address I found they are not responding to. Also do any past brides have any suggestions on which buffet they liked? We have around 40 people on the pool deck.

             

            Originally Posted by Savs1027 

            visualsound2010@hotmail.com

            that's the email I have.

             

            Just from reading this board for the past 10 months, it seems the Caribbean buffet was the most popular! that's what we're doing :)

             

            We had the Carribbean buffet at our wedding and people are STILL talking about how good it was.  Goood choice ladies!



            #10316 Shellbee

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              Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:54 AM

              Originally Posted by MCree 

              To all past brides . . . does anyone know how the room bride/ groom room upgrades go.  I understand that the 3G  promo qualifies you for one free upgrade per 10 rooms, but my travel agent insists that this is only for the lowest class room and that I do not qualify for an upgrade being that we are already in a honeymoon suite.

              Upon reading this thread I have noticed that over half up brides and grooms are upgraded depending on resort occupancy.  My question is how does this work?  Does the resort make this decision upon arrival as a suprise, does your travel agent pull some strings/ etc?  Thank you sooo much in advance to anyone who can offer some input!    

               

              We had booked the Honeymoon suite when we first started planning our wedding but before the final cut off date we changed it to "Ocean View" because I had talked to a lot of ladies who were upgraded upon arrival.  We took a risk but i am glad we did because upon arrive they automatically upgraded us to the honeymoon suite & that saved us a lot of money.  I think they typically like to do that for wedding parties depending on availbility.  Many of my guests also got upgraded upon arrival.



              #10317 Shellbee

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                Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:00 AM

                Originally Posted by EmilyT 

                i feel like there havent been any reviews in a while... does any one else notice that ? I wonder whats going on over there!!! LOL

                Hey Emily-  I just recently posted an "unofficial" review on the review page.  My wedding was August 30th and it was PERFECT.  This website had helped me a lot when i was planning my wedding.  You picked a great resort!



                #10318 MCree

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                  Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:22 AM

                  Originally Posted by Laurbee03 

                  Hi ladies! I know some of you are stressing because you haven’t seen a review up here for sometime now. My wedding was on November 3rd and let’s just say there is no need to stress because when you get there everything gets taken care of.  We had about 75 guests. Hurricane Sandy got in our way so we ended up leaving for Mexico a few days earlier and had plenty of time to get everything situated.

                  I’ll start with my wedding coordinator, Gina, I couldn’t say one negative thing about her. Everything I needed she was there to help in any way. Jorge her assistant that will be with you for your reception was also great. They will meet with you to go over every detail of your wedding to ensure they have everything correct. If you have already confirmed something with her through email and you decide you want to change it, that’s no problem and she will change whatever you want. She is very through and gets every detail you want. Jorge was also on top of everything as well.

                  Linda the officiant is great! She will sit with you to go through the entire ceremony and all the scripts with you. You get to pick everything you want and how you want your ceremony. There is absolutely NO reason to stress about this part. She will ensure everything is exactly what you want.

                  The DJ Mauricio is the say way. The songs you want to be played and the order he will go over everything. Even if you have sent him an email he will go over everything again and you can make any changes you want when you meet him. For the ceremony if you decide to hire him to be your sound guy he will ensure that everything goes smoothly and there are no hiccups with the music. I saw weddings there that just had a technician from the resort do the music and it would either stop or something went wrong. I highly recommend paying the extra money to have him do the music for you. I had no problems at all. At the reception he was great and play all the music I asked for.

                  My photographer was Frank. I have heard great things about all the other ones but he was the one I was appointed too. I reviewed his work prior to the wedding and I was very satisfied. After working with him I wouldn’t have chosen anyone else and would recommend anyone to use him. He went above and beyond! For the wedding, he was there to capture every moment and anything that I wanted photographed he had no problem doing it. We had the ultimate package which included a TTD session. Instead of doing it at the beach and pool Frank recommended we go to a cenote(fresh water cave)  and take pictures. Although it did cost an extra $300, it was the BEST decision I made. Frank took us there for the entire day and we did 8 hours of photos. He did everything to ensure that these pictures would turn out right. His idea on photography and his ideas were outstanding. I know there are not a lot of reviews about him on this website but I hope this one will inform people of how great he was. I have not seen all of the pictures yet being as we just got back from our honeymoon in Europe, but the ones he did show me were beyond my wildest imagination!

                  Lets move on to the wedding itself. Everything went exactly how I had imagined! We had our ceremony on the North Beach which in my opinion is the best location since it is the most private and you don’t have as many guests sitting around and watching your wedding. All the other locations had so many people just standing behind and watching. Not what I would want AT ALL. Linda did great and there was nothing that went wrong! Next was our cocktail hour at North Jacuzzi. Again, the best location in my opinion being as it is the most private and you don’t have many people watching. We had the Mexican Trio playing which were great. The food was amazing as well. Then we had the reception on the Pool Deck. It was a great location the only thing I will say is depending on how you have your tables set you, sand can blow in your face. We had our sweetheart table facing everyone and we didn’t sit very long being as the sand kept blowing in our face from the wind. We choose to have a sit down dinner which at first when they told me how long it would take I was worried it would take up too much time but we asked the food manager(who will be at the reception and is wonderful) to rush dinner since our guests didn’t take long to eat and it ended up being fine. It only took about 45-1 hour. We choose to give our guests the option of sea bass or chicken. Both we were told many times were delicious. After that the party started and let’s say it was amazing. Our group was pretty crazy and everyone seemed to have a good time. We choose to extend our reception one hour which they give you the option to do so and I HIGHLY recommended doing that. It didn’t end up costing too much more and I couldn’t have imagined not extending the party being as it felt like it went by so quickly.

                  People keep asking about flowers and hanging lanterns. I brought my own lanterns to hang and was not charged a fee. I saw that someone else wrote that they were not charged and therefore I asked them about it and they waved my fee. Hopefully they will do the same for all of you. Regarding flowers I opted to have high vases with multiple different flowers. We ended up having 9 tables and each arrangement was $100usd. I sent Gina pictures of the colors and types I wanted (I was given options that were reasonably priced) and she did exactly what I wanted. As far as other decorations go I brought a lot myself. Chair bows, cake topper, paper lanterns, guest book, guest name table cards, table numbers and holders, flameless candles, and white paper bags to make way to the reception in the dark (great idea!). They had no problem setting up any of the decorations and they did exactly what was told. If you do want any of your stuff back you will have to tell them and follow up. They said they would deliver it to my room the next morning and never did. Make sure you follow up and get what you want back.

                  I also keep seeing people talking about getting a room upgrade to the presidential suite. I saw that someone previously got upgraded to it and was able to walk out directly from their room to their ceremony. When I arrived I talked to Gina about the room and I was able to get the room from the night before the wedding (Friday ) to Monday when we left. That was absolutely fantastic and it was everything I wanted. I somehow got lucky and I was the only wedding of the day. The Friday before there were 3 weddings in one day. Also, I hear people asking about tipping. I did end up tipping just about everyone at the wedding. My family also ended up tipping some of the waiters that went above and beyond. Although, I am not sure how much I tipped everyone since my husband and dad was the one giving out the money.  Lastly, I hear people mentioning they are worried about going through customs when they arrive. I didn’t have any problems and I brought out of town bags for every guest. I had every receipt incase they did happen to stop me. they asked what all of the stuff I brought was for but I was very quick with them and they just let me go.

                  Overall I couldn’t say anything about Dreams. The food was wonderful, the staff was so helpful and polite, and the wedding staff makes sure all your requests are met and it is the wedding of your dreams. If you all have any questions let me know and I will do the best to answer them J I am not sure how often I will be checking this since my wedding is over but feel free to email me laurenblick1@gmail.com I hope this eased some of you who are stressing about them not responding but it is a wedding factory and they will get to you about 2 months before your wedding and start to finalize stuff.

                  Amazing review, thank you for sharing!  So glad your wedding turned out so wonderful!  Cant wait to see pics! :)  Im getting married in less than two weeks, and this gives me so much  peace of mind! Thanks abain for sharing your experience!



                  #10319 MCree

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                    Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:23 AM

                    Originally Posted by Shellbee 

                     

                    We had booked the Honeymoon suite when we first started planning our wedding but before the final cut off date we changed it to "Ocean View" because I had talked to a lot of ladies who were upgraded upon arrival.  We took a risk but i am glad we did because upon arrive they automatically upgraded us to the honeymoon suite & that saved us a lot of money.  I think they typically like to do that for wedding parties depending on availbility.  Many of my guests also got upgraded upon arrival.

                    Great idea!  I am going to look into this in an attempt to save money!  Thank you!!!  :)



                    #10320 Shellbee

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                      Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:28 AM

                      Originally Posted by Newbride2013 


                      Congrats!!
                      My wedding is in Feb2013. Just a few questions?
                      When you booked rooms was the wedding group all together or spread out? Is it hard to request different rooms once you arrive?
                      My ceremony is at the gazebo & I think we are just going to rent the sound system & do music our selfs for ceremony & reception? We are having 34 guests coming so the extra costs are adding up quickly. Looking at ways to save on a few items? I took the ultimate package.
                      Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
                      Thank you
                      P. S do you any pics you could send me? Crashley@hotmail.com

                      Hey!  Sorry i did not see this post.  When we booked our rooms the rooms were pretty spread out... which i thought was fine because i'm sure not everyone wanted to be on top of eachother during their vacation.  The resort is small (but not a bad small) its very personal so you will be able to see your guests all the time and its very easy to find everyone.  I had 48 guests. I rented the sound system for the ceremony (sound quality was amazing, i had my ceremony on the beach).  I originally was going to rent the sound system for the reception too but last minute decided not to and i am SO happy we spent the extra money on the DJ.  He was amazing.  He annouced the wedding party, played all the "must hear songs" i gave him, announced cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc.. people were on the dance floor ALL night.  He even took song requests.  If i could give anyone advice, i would say hire the DJ because i was up in the air about it too but went for it and SO glad i did! 






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