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#3301 margin123

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    Posted 14 June 2010 - 03:00 PM

    Hi Ladies! I was originally interested in Dreams Villamagna, but we are now looking at Dreams Riviera Cancun! I was wondering if you could all tell me "what" made you choose this resort over other Dreams properties? Thanks girls!

    #3302 lnf_munchkin

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      Posted 14 June 2010 - 03:06 PM

      [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.

      Thanks for the review and Please post a some of your professional pics. I've booked with Samuel as well at the same resort to I'm excited to see! CONGRATS.

      #3303 Princess402

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        Posted 14 June 2010 - 03:37 PM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by margin123
        Hi Ladies! I was originally interested in Dreams Villamagna, but we are now looking at Dreams Riviera Cancun! I was wondering if you could all tell me "what" made you choose this resort over other Dreams properties? Thanks girls!
        For me:
        - it's a new resort (mind you, so is Dreams Villamagna)
        - on the Carribean side of Mexico (love the white sand and turquoise water)
        - good location, between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, and very close to the airport
        - great intro pricing available at the time that we booked
        - free golf
        - all of the rooms look great, regardless of room category
        - great reviews!

        #3304 pbjwed

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          Posted 14 June 2010 - 04:58 PM

          I agree, the most important was it was new. You dont have to have your guests wearing those silly wrist bands that remind me of cancun when I was 18. Food was FANTASTIC! We went to do a site visit and LOVED the food. I have also stayed at their parent resort Secrets Capri and we stayed a week! We didnt GET SICK!!! Service was fantastic...Rooms are Beautiful!!! Close to Cancun and Playa.. Xcaret isnt far either!
          You will love this resort! I re-share my link to all my photos of our trip there..

          Hope this helps!!!

          Janine Happy Planning!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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          #3305 pbjwed

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            Posted 14 June 2010 - 05:02 PM

            Snapfish: Share:Registration

            My link to pics of our site visit!
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            #3306 pbjwed

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              Posted 14 June 2010 - 05:06 PM

              below is my old review of Dreams and Paradisus.. We obviously Picked DREAMS and I am VERY EXCITED!!!!

              Ok ladies here is some info from both our Paradisus visit as well as DRC... Anyway when we visited Paradisus we were given the Ambassador Suite. WOW the deck was HUGE! Living Room/Dining Room/Bedroom/Changing Area/Bar/and Butlers area! Bathroom shower quite small for how big the rooms were. A few things:
              The resort is beautiful- a bit big and felt a bit lost but beautiful grounds!
              Dont love the fact you have to wear a wrist band (feel like I am bk in my old Cancun days!)
              I really didnt care for the fact you have to make reservations to restaurants in advance. They were less than 50% occupied and couldnt fit us in at 8pm to the french restaurant (we had to have 7pm reservations) Kathythe sales manager was FANTASTIC! Cant tell you how on top of it she was except for the fact she forgot to mention we needed to reserve our chairs at the beach in Royal Service, We never met our butler because they were "a bit busy" they said. A bellman took us to our room. We didn't care then but it was a concern for our wedding and our guests that would be staying. Confused as to why they dont offer Oceanview Family Conceriage service.. Service at French Restaurant was pretty bad- waiter had an attitude, Pete doesnt drink wine so I didnt want to buy a bottle and he didnt even offer me a house wine (the woman next to me overheard conversation and told me I could get it- so then I asked) Wasnt very busy maybe 7 tables in the entire restaurant. Appetizers were EXCELLENT! Meals weren't that great- overcooked steak and fish. I asked for medium and it came well done. Couldn't even finish it. Dessert was great and waiter that brought us dessert was very sweet! We didnt tip our waiter- 1st time ever! I always tip! I felt bad telling Kathy since she comped us our room but we were quite surprised! Breakfast and lunch was great- service was wonderful! Scarce service at beach. I was asked if I wanted a drink once in 4hrs. I had to go to the beach bar that wasn't far though. I love the fact we can have a sit down dinner here. Table set up is great- good food choices. They said they could probably do surf & turf as well as chicken dish. I like this alot! I loved the fact that they were willing to work with us on all aspects. Welcome Party-comped as well as Rehearsal din at restaurant wouldnt be an issue. Plus other comps... I LOVE THIS... (This is why we are leaning towards Paradisus; but still not sure) will talk to Ana at DRC to see what they could do for us.

              Dreams was excellent- loved the rooms..as well as the FOOD-Trendy restaurants EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE! This place would be my 1st choice.. Decor of the hotel itself- lounge chairs all over resort. desires outside deck is beautiful for Welcome Party (fits 80). Great space in case it rains for wedding ceremony. I do NOT like ballroom floor (red) but she said we could have wedding reception in whatever closed restaurant if it rains. I liked that everything was pretty much together, not super far walks to get to everything. Nice gym and spa! Very new and clean! Cute coffee bar! Master Suite is amazing on left side where the wedding will be held by the end of the year! I think its room 1200s?? We also loved Governor Suite and PRESIDENTIAL SUITE WAS AMAZING! she said she would see if mgmt would let use for wedding night and she would check on rate.

              Hope this helps! We are leaning towards DRC but cant help but take a look at the huge savings of paradisus. My friend got married there and has RAVED about the service and staff! So we will work with Ana and decided! We will have over 80 guests staying at the resort.. Good luck ladies.. Its a tough call!!
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              #3307 pbjwed

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                Posted 14 June 2010 - 05:23 PM

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                Hey pbjwed!
                Here is a link to a website that sells the startfish already painted pink. Finger Starfish
                Might save you a lot of time so you don't have to paint all of them!!! Plus they are only 75 cents plus shipping. I can try and post of picture of the box/tray when I return from traveling.
                I dont see he hot pink ones? Am I missing them? I only see light pink?
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                #3308 JD Hall Wedding

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                  Posted 14 June 2010 - 05:51 PM

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                  Originally Posted by wisconsinbride2010
                  we have about 45 people coming. I decided to use sanddollars with our guests name written on them. I thought it was a simple beachy touch. We are going to have them in a box filled with sand and just have them propped up so each guest can choose their name and put it at whichever seat they would to sit at. We are having our own table for just the two of us though.
                  Is there anyway you can send me the info you got the sanddollars and how you put the name on it jdhallwedding@hotmail.com
                  Jimmy & Dawn

                  #3309 JD Hall Wedding

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                    Posted 14 June 2010 - 06:11 PM

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                    We are doing marachas (by Mishka)

                    Mishka Designs' Blog: A Maraca By Any Other Name...

                    these will have a tag of 'shake at the kiss'. I did however also break down and get some bubbles, not quite sure why aside from the fact that I was at a store and got 50 for about 7 bucks as they were on sale.
                    I am doing the maraca's too, and I am putting me and my FI name and our wedding date on the back, my cousin is a great artist so she is gonna do it for me...so this will also be the wedding favor...and i think it is going to be fun while we are shaking our booties on the dance floor later
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                    #3310 Kat&Dan

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                      Posted 14 June 2010 - 07:22 PM

                      Hi Everyone

                      I have a quick question, to those brides out there that have already had their wedding. Did anyone experience any problem with the service? We contacted a TA and she gave us the pros and cons of DRC. She mention some of her clients complaining about the service and many of them felt the need to tip just to get someone to serve them. She also mentioned the public areas being very crowded. My fiance and I are feeling a little overwhelmed nailing down a reosrt. There are so many pros and cons and opinions. I really like DRC from what I have read. So any advice from someone who has been there would be much appreciated. Thanks




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