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#3361 cathyandchin

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    Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:27 AM

    For those that had their hair and make-up done... or will be getting theirs done:

    Are you using your own make-up and tools and having them do it or do they have supplies?


    I use bare minerals because I normally sweat my makeup off (I live in Texas) but I'm not sure if I should have them use my own make-up or not.

    When I was a BM in Hawaii (much less humidity than Texas) the make up artist used liquid and I was shiny all night. It's pretty humid in Puerto Morelos, right?
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    #3362 jpcmartin

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      Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:43 AM

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      Originally Posted by Kat&Dan
      Did you get married there or engaged? Your pictures are great!! Is that the photographer they offer or did you bring someone else in?
      Kat- we went for a site vist and will be married this November. We actually got engaged in November 2009 but didn't have any pictures of the proposal. The video my fiance arranged didn't turn out so good because of the low light conditions. Adventure photos has an office right on the resort. We just walked right in and scheduled an appointment. They did such a great job we're considering using them for the full package. Just yesterday I sent an email requesting the price list for weddings. When I recieve it I will post it. Judy

      #3363 amberm410

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        Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:31 PM

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        Originally Posted by cathyandchin
        Surprises of surprises... Ana emailed ME last week! she said she needed a head count and sent me back an updated contract.

        I've decided to drop the dj we will only have about 18 people including us so it doesn't really justify the cost. I already had an extensive list of music that I wanted the dj to play but I'll just throw it on an iPod and the special songs on a cd.

        For those ladies that were married here... how did you pack your dress? I have a full size dress (not a "destination" dress) and I'm thinking of just putting it in a suitcase and sending it back with my parents. Did you just take is a a carry on or pack it up?

        I'm so excited! we leave in 42 days...
        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.

        #3364 cathyandchin

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          Posted 16 June 2010 - 12:59 PM

          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.

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          #3365 lilly129

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            Posted 16 June 2010 - 02:21 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by cathyandchin
            For those that had their hair and make-up done... or will be getting theirs done:

            Are you using your own make-up and tools and having them do it or do they have supplies?


            I use bare minerals because I normally sweat my makeup off (I live in Texas) but I'm not sure if I should have them use my own make-up or not.

            When I was a BM in Hawaii (much less humidity than Texas) the make up artist used liquid and I was shiny all night. It's pretty humid in Puerto Morelos, right?
            Hi! I live in Texas as well and use bare minerals! I am going to use my own makeup and tools. When I was at the resort in May it was Houston humid - so I used an oil controlling gel as a base and then just the bare minerals powder - I didn't use any foundation or tinted moisturizer and I touched up when I thought about it and I was fine. Its what I do down here in the summer as well. I didn't have a chance to look at their makeup, I just know what works for me in that heat so I'm going to go with that - play it safe :)

            #3366 lilly129

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              Posted 16 June 2010 - 02:23 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by cathyandchin
              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
              ohhh tell them to use Cancunshuttle.com - they can reserve and pay online - I used it for my site visit and they were awesome! We had an entire van to ourselves, it was $65 round trip for 2 people. To keep the cost down they can reserve the non private van - all the prices are on the website!

              #3367 LeydiBug

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                Posted 16 June 2010 - 03:36 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by cathyandchin
                Surprises of surprises... Ana emailed ME last week! she said she needed a head count and sent me back an updated contract.

                I've decided to drop the dj we will only have about 18 people including us so it doesn't really justify the cost. I already had an extensive list of music that I wanted the dj to play but I'll just throw it on an iPod and the special songs on a cd.

                For those ladies that were married here... how did you pack your dress? I have a full size dress (not a "destination" dress) and I'm thinking of just putting it in a suitcase and sending it back with my parents. Did you just take is a a carry on or pack it up?

                I'm so excited! we leave in 42 days...
                Hi! I'm getting married the day after you! Fri. July 30th. 6 p.m. Haven't really planned much. haha. Will do it when I get there : )
                Leydi

                #3368 nikkimadril

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                  Posted 16 June 2010 - 04:34 PM

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                  Originally Posted by 21aholden
                  The $60.00 is with tax. Here is a line from an e-mail I receieved from Yazmin "the charge per guest is $ 26 usd + 11% taxes + 15% service for cocktail and $48 usd 11% taxes + 15% service per person for dinner."

                  I don't believe there is a price difference for buffet v.s. sit down but I can't say for sure.

                  I was told by Yazmin you CAN substitue the cocktail hour for additional guest.

                  Hope this helps, best of luck!
                  Ok, that makes sense. Thank you!!

                  It's all a little stressful for me because we have not had anyone book yet and the wedding is three months out. The last email I got from Ana was her asking for my guest list. Trying not to freak out but it's a little nerve-wracking!

                  #3369 lorijfletcher

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                    Posted 16 June 2010 - 04:37 PM

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                    Originally Posted by cindyshininger
                    We just got back yesterday from my daughters wedding. Do not worry about things, Ana is amazing. We met with her the day before the wedding and picked out all the food. We had a cocktail hour which I do not feel we needed. It was good, but our guest were ready for dinner.
                    We used their DJ, we should have also skipped him. He said nothing all night and just played songs. We could have done the same with our ipod, which we took so that we were sure we had the right songs. So $300 an hour, the $900 was not worth the $ at all. You just need to rent the sound system and play your own. Exspecially since the DJ did not speak. Not for the cake or dances, NOTHING.
                    The cake is pretty ugly. They said it was just white frosting, so we assumed there would be some type of edgeing or something, NOTHING
                    So we took the BM bouquet apart and put the flowers on the cake for pictures. But no one ate it because you are so full and had dessert for dinner. So I would not pay to upgrade, just bring artificial or taking our bouquet apart worked. The flowers were pretty dead by the end of the night anyways. You can't take them home, so double use them.
                    The table decorations were glass with rose petals and candles in the middle. If you are outside the candles blow out, it is real windy. We had our inside because of the air conditioner.
                    We also took our own chair sashes and colored cloth napkins. The The had everything set up just like we asked. We took maracas to sit on the napkins and that gave the guest a little extra favor. Shake for a kiss. We used fushia napkins and put an orange ribbon on them and then the maracas. Added alot of color at a low cost. We got the sashes for $1 a piece. The plain white chairs looked pretty stark by themselves. The sashes really look pretty there.
                    Our ceremony was on the beach. It is off to the side and gorgeous. The gazebo is right in the middle of everything. NOT private at all. Exspecially if you have it during the day. Lots of people floating around the pool right next to it. And walking all around. It was pretty, but to much going on for our taste.
                    We used the photographer from the resort. The pictures were amazing. Our package includes 50, but there is not way to only pick 50. They also did trash the dress which they could use as part of their 50. They were all so good that it is impossible to pick ones. The bride and groom are still there and still are trying to dwindle the pictures down.
                    As far as hair and makeup, they did a perfect job. Their hair stayed all night. Lots of product and LOTS of makeup, but they know what they are doing. I had a visor on the few days before the wedding and it is so windy when we were taking pictures that my hair blew off my WHITE forhead. I never even thought about it, so make sure you tan your forhead too.
                    The service is wonderful, but it almost seems like you have to tip. They were very accomadating, but you do have to consider quite a bit of extra $ for tips.
                    They upgraded the happy couple to a master suite. It was bigger than an apartment. They covered their room with roses and candles the night of the wedding. Their is NO privacy on any of the balconys. We never saw anyone in them. And the plung pools only were used by a few people that had little kids.
                    There are kids there, but mostly they were fine. There were two boys around 10-11 and they were terribly obnoxious. We along with others told them we were taking them to their parents. They finally left the infinity pool and went to one of the others and bugged people over there. Alot of kids crying in the restaurants, but we would go to dinner between 6 -8 pm.
                    And remember they are on Mexican time. Evertyhing runs late, so don't frett. Our wedding was first set at 7, we moved it up to 6:30 when we met with Ana. It still did not happen until 7:10. Sunset was at 7:30 and we had to hurry to get pictures, We did not get group shots on the beach because we only had enough light time to get the bride and groom. If we would have known, we would have bumped it to 6.
                    We watched lots of weddings, on day they had 3. They never ran into each other, it is very well organized. So do not worry if there are others on your same day, we had two others and it was just fine. We did not even see the other ones.
                    Any questions that you have, just ask, I will be happy to try and answer.

                    Do you mind sharing who your DJ was? I have Doremixx booked and I have heard good things about them. I'm hoping you used someone else?!?!?

                    #3370 nikkimadril

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                      Posted 16 June 2010 - 04:40 PM

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                      Originally Posted by roxmysockz
                      SDbeachgirl - Congratulations on being a Mrs now!!

                      Thanks so much for the review glad you enjoyed it even with some issues. Cant wait to see any pictures :) x
                      Yes, congrats and thank you for the review! I was originally a little worried because we first scheduled our ceremony for 4:30 and then I checked the sunset times and wanted to push it back to 5pm. Ana refused but from everyone's reviews it seems like the ceremony usually starts half an hour later anyway! So that's hopeful...lol




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