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#3261 wisconsinbride2010

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    Posted 11 June 2010 - 04:38 PM

    Originally Posted by Ashly Mitchell
    Hi Ladies,

    My wedding was over Memorial Day weekend. I stressed like everyone else on these boards for months. But PLEASE take my advice and remember that a destination wedding is supposed to be stress-free. My wedding was absolutely perfect - thanks to Ana and Dreams - so if you aren't getting emails back from Ana... chill out... as long as your date is confirmed, you show up, meet with Ana, plan everything you want, and have a wonderful wedding. They literally have weddings every single day. It was the best week of my life and I have the most beautiful photos and memories!

    Link to amateur photos: http://jonandashlywe...shutterfly.com/
    The album called "Welcome Party" was taken by the professional photographer called Aventure Photo provided by the resort as part of my package. (I wanted to use a different photographer for wedding so I utilized the one included on a different night).

    We arrived at Dreams one week in advance of our wedding. We had 60 guests and choose the Ultimate Wedding Package (then added on per person for the additional guests over 20).

    We met with Ana on Sunday one week before. She walked through the property and pointed out locations to have our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. We choose to have ceremony at 6pm at the gazebo (so I could wear heels). Other option was beach. We had the 1 hr cocktail reception at 7pm-8pm in a garden/grass area near the beach restaurants. Other options were beach, restaurants, patio around pool. We had the reception at 8pm-11pm on the wood patio between the beach and the infinity pool, this allowed for the most private reception as this area is separated from the regular pool deck.

    The best thing about arriving early is spying on other weddings so you can note what you like and don't like.

    Working with Ana on-site was great! She was always on call to answer our questions and we negotiated to get everything we wanted. Ask for low prices, everything is negotiable!

    We planned a rehearsal for the day before. She walked through the ceremony with us. I instructed my wedding party when to walk with who and where we were taking photos, etc.

    For the ceremony, I asked Ana in advance for the officiants contact info. Over email, we discussed the format for the non religious ceremony and included the sand unity ceremony. She also gave two options for a reading/poem that she recited. Perfect!!

    For ceremony music, we brought an iPOD with ceremony songs and dance songs in playlists. There is a technician who runs the music for the ceremony. Ana gave him the instructions. Music for ceremony was perfect!

    On the day of, I schedule my 5 bridesmaids and 2 mothers to have their hair done in the salon. I emailed the salon to schedule this. They did three girls at a time. The hairstyles were beautiful!!! Absolutely fantastic. And my hair and make-up was so amazing. I was extremely happy. Ana surprised me in the salon and brought flowers for in the bridesmaids hair. I paid for everyone and got 10% off.

    I hired Samuel Luna Flash Portfolio | Top Mexico Photographers | Mexico Destination Wedding Photographer Samuel Luna for day of photography. I wasn't impressed by the photographer the resort wanted to include in the package. Plus they are not with you for more than an hour or two. Sam was great!!! He is super nice, professional, on time! My husband loved working with him. I have not seen his photos yet as it takes 6 weeks to receive them. He was onsite from 4pm - 10pm. We took group photos before the ceremony to get them out of the way and take advantage of sunlight. NOTE sunset is around 7pm and it does not set over the beach so we took photos in the day light.

    The day of schedule was flawless. I created my own agenda with times to make sure the wedding party knew where to be and when. Don't expect Ana to do this for you. I made my own time for getting ready, photos, pre- wedding. Ana takes over when it is time to walk down the aisle. For specific things, tell her what you want, for example, I asked her to deliver flowers at a certain time to my room.

    We chose Dorremix for the DJ at our reception. I was worried bc my husband really likes professional international house music. We created a dance music playlist on our iPod for the DJ to work from. He started with our music and incorporated his own choice of songs. The song transitions were excellent. It was like being at a club. AWESOME! We also had our reception entrance songs on the iPod. The DJ was the announcer too. He introduced wedding party (the DJ sent me an excel doc to enter in song names and what is happening throughout the night like first dance, etc.). I made sure we didn't get behind on timing for speeches and first dance so we could have time for just dancing. The DJ also offers to bring a light-up dance floor, balloons, and glow bracelets, which are not our style. So we said no. But he did bring dry fireworks which ignite from the ground like up to 5 feet like a giant sparkler. Overall, very happy with result! (Music must end at 11pm due to beach laws).

    For the food, Ana gave us standard buffet menu to choose from. We did not like the food options so she let us pick from an ala carte menu of items across all the levels of silver, gold, etc. price points. We built a menu I was really happy with. The food was average for a buffet. Not bad but not like super impressive. We kept asking for more in the planning process, so don't undercut yourself.

    The night was wonderful! All my guests had a great time! You're in a beautiful location and all inclusive on top of that.

    Other small things to mention:
    - I made agendas for our guests on the computer. Ana printed and reception distribute to guests as they checked in.
    - I scheduled a welcome party in lobby on Friday night. Since drinks are free, I basically just told everyone to meet at the lobby bar. I paid for nothing extra for people just to meet in one place.
    - Half of my guests had travelers diarrhea from tap water in bathroom (brushing teeth or shower). Just use bottled water. You're in another country so it is hard to avoid 100%.

    Overall, just relax and trust Ana. She is extremely experienced and I'd recommend this resort to anyone!! Best decision ever to do destination!

    Ashly thank you so much for your review! It sounds wonderful! I can't wait for my wedding to come in October. I have a question for you. Did you write your own ceremony or did they have a script for you? Thanks!

    #3262 AlisonJimmy

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      Posted 11 June 2010 - 05:14 PM

      Originally Posted by rdsjcr
      Do we have to buy the overlays? I am guessing they do not come with the package??
      The overlays do not come with the package. I ordered mine because they were only 4 or 5 dollars each. The resort wants to charge you about $25 for each overlay and I don't think they have great colors to choose from. That is insane! I ordered overlays for round tables, chair sashes, as well as a few buffet table overlays. Otherwise, the resort will use white overlays for you. The site I ordered from is weddinglinensdirect.com It has been mentioned a lot on here. Great prices!

      #3263 reaganlane

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        Posted 11 June 2010 - 05:16 PM

        Ok, so I am just having a very small wedding with a few close family and friends. We are going with the free package. Has anyone that got married there done this and then gone to the club or something afterwards for the "reception". We are having a very large reception the week we get home so I saw no need in paying for the higher packages. Now I'm wondering what we will do with our time after the wedding. Any suggestions?

        #3264 pbjwed

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          Posted 11 June 2010 - 07:51 PM

          Thanks for the review.. I can tell Ana will be great once we get there!!! I am so EXCITED!! 5 Months to the Day we say I DO!!!! Woohooooooooooooo

          #3265 pbjwed

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            Posted 11 June 2010 - 07:53 PM

            Originally Posted by lilly129
            Try Decocancun.com - They're super reasonable. I haven't had a chance to ask the woman from Decocancun if she knows how DRC handles them as outside vendors yet though...but even so they're really reasonable.
            Thanks Lilly I will check them out and let you know!!!!

            #3266 allegraapple

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              Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:14 PM

              Ashly - Thank you SO much for your review. All this info is very helpful. I agree about Ana - once you are at the resort, she (and Yasmin) are always available and responsive. But there are some things that really need to be planned (or at least reserved) before you head down there (ex. reserving a DJ, etc).

              Angela - I think you are understanding the hour thing correctly. I imagine the 3 hours that are included begin as soon as your reception starts. Any additional hours for open bar or music will be extra. As Laura mentioned, this is best to work out and arrange with Ana ahead of time - or else she might say no. The extra hours of open bar should be negotiable in price, I imagine - I'm sure there will be some charge though.

              #3267 erinmarie

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                Posted 12 June 2010 - 08:36 PM

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                #3268 AdrianaPhil61711

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                  Posted 12 June 2010 - 10:08 PM

                  I just joined this forum but I too am having my wedding at Dreams Riviera Cancun on 6/17/11! How many weddings do they have a day? My understanding was that there were only 2, so it must just be us that day :)

                  #3269 Guest_iluckie_*

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                    Posted 12 June 2010 - 11:28 PM

                    Nice Review! it seems like everything was as planned! thanks!

                    #3270 jstock311

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                    Posted 13 June 2010 - 09:32 AM

                    Originally Posted by AdrianaPhil61711
                    I just joined this forum but I too am having my wedding at Dreams Riviera Cancun on 6/17/11! How many weddings do they have a day? My understanding was that there were only 2, so it must just be us that day :)
                    Welcome to the forum! There is so much helpful information on here and if you can't get in touch with Ana, everyone here seems to have the answers to your questions. From what other brides have said that have already been married, they have up to 3 weddings a day. I wouldn't worry about it though even if there are that many. Reviews have been great and all the brides have said everything turned out perfectly for their day :)

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