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#4741 1106wedding

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    Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:03 PM

    That is so awesome! Thanks for the encouraging words and I'm so happy for you!!!!

    Jessie & Chris 10/22/2011 *51 booked and final*

    #4742 LindsayMichelle

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      Posted 29 October 2010 - 10:30 PM

      Hey ladies!


      I've had several people I've invited comment about the safety in Mexico right now and say they may not come because of it. Those that have been to Dreams and Riviera Maya lately - what is the real deal? Did you feel any concern with your safety while in Mexico? Also, was there any concern in going out in Playa? 


      Thanks so much! 


      #4743 lilly129

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        Posted 30 October 2010 - 06:24 AM

        I didn't feel unsafe at all at the resort.  As a matter of fact once your guests drive up there are HUGE gates and every one has to be a guest at the resort to get through those gates.  Several of my guests walked down the beach into Puerto Morelos and they said it was nice and they never once felt unsafe.  In addition, guests went shopping in Cancun and we took about 22 people into Playa for a dinner.  Stick to the tourist spots, don't rent cars and you'll be fine!  I told my guests that like any time you travel abroad you need to use common sense.  And if any of them are super worried about safety, they certainly don't need to leave the resort - there's tons to do.  I've heard that Playa is just a bit nicer then Cancun which is why we chose to have dinner there.   


        Here's what I wrote on my website actually, if that helps any:



        The resort is exteremly secure.  There is a large wall up along the entire perimeter of the property with security cameras.  Additionally, in order to enter the resort, you must check in with a security guard at the front gate.  The guards at the front have a list of all people checking in that day and all guest passes that were approved for the day.  You'll notice when you arrive your driver is asked to provide the name of your reservation.  

        If you ever schedule transportation to an excursion the excursion provider will ask for the name of your reservation as well as your room number.  This is so that thier driver can let the guard at the front gate know.  

        During our visit we never had a problem with our property being stolen.  I left my jewelry and my computer out in plain sight, however I suggest you use the safe for your passports, wallets and valuables.  (And we don't suggest you leave your jewelry out, we just forgot)

        The balcony doors lock and we suggest that when you leave your room you lock the sliding glass doors just to be extra safe.

        You will feel very safe on the resort grounds AND frankly throughout Riviera Maya and Cancun.  Just please use common sense when leaving the resort!
        Originally Posted by LindsayMichelle 

        Hey ladies!


        I've had several people I've invited comment about the safety in Mexico right now and say they may not come because of it. Those that have been to Dreams and Riviera Maya lately - what is the real deal? Did you feel any concern with your safety while in Mexico? Also, was there any concern in going out in Playa? 


        Thanks so much! 


        #4744 lilly129

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          Posted 30 October 2010 - 06:27 AM

          Oh yeah - and for our trip to Playa - we used vans from American Express - Alex works in the Amex office in the lobby of the resort and he can arrange vans for you so you don't have to deal with taxis.  My groups that went shopping used taxis and just agreed on a price before getting into the cab.  But when you get a cab at the resort the resort staff is standing there and I never felt like there was any "funny business" with the cab drivers.  

          #4745 sherifeb2011

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            Posted 30 October 2010 - 01:06 PM

            I am getting married at dreams riviera maya feb 15 2011!!  I am new to this thread. I booked the pool deck and am having a beach ceremony!!  I am just starting to plan the wedding and it will ne here before I know it!! I have so much to think about after how much effort everyone is putting into it!!

            #4746 wisconsinbride2010

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              Posted 31 October 2010 - 08:38 AM

              We just got back last night from our wedding at Dreams.  We got married on Oct. 28.  It was absolutely PERFECT!!  It was my dream wedding. We've been dating for 14 years so they had alot to live up to in my mind.  I was amazed at how wonderful everything went.  We got to have everything outside.  The only day that it didn't rain!  Which was amazing!!  I will post more once I get all my pictures in order.  I was a nervous reck all week worrying if Ana could pull off exactly what I wanted, and she did and more.  I know it is hard to relax, believe me...  But really they will do a wonderful job!!  I can't wait to share pictures with you all!!

              #4747 Planner1Events

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                Posted 31 October 2010 - 10:51 AM

                hello Dreams RM Brides!! This hotel really is amazing!


                Planner1Events beside have their wedding coordinatos have our own furniture and flowers, so we can work everything together with better prices instead checking with which separated vendors. In case you need any information I would love to help you on this amazing experience! Getting married with the love of your life, enjoy your family and friends in your so special day!


                Mu best wishes and Congratulations for your wedding!!


                Gabi Lavor


                #4748 Chelsey & Travis

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                  Posted 31 October 2010 - 12:01 PM

                  We are heading out tomorrow for our stay and wedding at DRC.  We are sooo excited!  Fingers crossed for good weather!  I will fill you in on the details when we return.  Take care!


                  :)  Chelsey

                  #4749 wisconsinbride2010

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                    Posted 31 October 2010 - 12:19 PM

                    Here is my review from our wedding on Oct. 28, 2010.  

                      We arrived on Oct. 23 and left on Oct. 30th.  My suggestion if I could do it over again is to get married right away.  I was so nervous and constantly thinking about the wedding for the first 5 days I really didn't enjoy myself.  The resort is GORGEOUS!  Don't worry about it not looking like the pictures, that is what I worried about.  The ride to the resort was only 10 minutes from the Cancun airport which was nice.  We used applevacations which was really good!


                    Our wedding coordinator was Ana.  She was wonderful.  She responded quickly and was very willing to do whatever I requested.  We had our wedding on the beach.  With white covered chairs and I brought my own sashes in pink and orange.  We had orange fans also to put on the chairs for our guests.   We had the huppa covered in orange and pink linens which they provided for $300 usd.  It was prefect!

                      We had a rehearsal the day before.  My now husband and I just did a quick run through with Ana.  Then later that day we took our wedding party down to the beach to go through things with them.

                      Our rehearsal dinner was in the Wine Cellar which was beautiful!  We did have and extra cost of $500.00 in wine to have it here.  What we did was chose the wine we wanted served.  I made up a wine list just for our dinner, just so we wouldn't go over the $500.00.  We used the resort photographer for our rehearsal.  He did a very good job.  We did have my nephew with us too, as the ring bearer, so just a warning if you are having little ones with you, the dinner took 3 hours!  It was very nice, but it was a little long for a four year old.

                      I paid extra to stay in the master suite the night before the wedding.  The room they will give the groom is exactly like the other rooms at the resort.  We had 8 girls to get ready in the room plus our photographer and I knew that those rooms were way too small for that many people.  The room was gorgeous.  It over looked the ocean, and had plenty of room for all of us.

                      The day of the wedding, was gorgeous.  I was very worried because earlier in the week it rained for 3 days strait between 3 and 4 pm.  So I was very happy to have everything outside just like I wanted.  We began getting our hair and nails done in the salon at noon.  I had 4 bridesmaids, my mom and mother in law and myself to get their hair done.  We finished around 2:30pm.  The salon did an excellent job on everyones hair.  I had a hairstyle in mind but with how warm it was that day, I don't think I could stand to have my hair down at all.  It was 87 degrees.  

                      We then went to my room, to get ready.  I had Claudia Rodriguez as my photographer.  We had her come from 2pm until 9pm.  Which was just enough time.  She took pictures of me and my girls and my husband and his guys before the wedding.  My husband and I didn't want to see eachother that day at all.

                      Our wedding was supposed to begin at 4pm.  Ana didn't come to get me until 4:20.  The bridesmaids all went down to the beach at 3:55 so waiting in the room for 25 minutes alone was kinda nerve racking!  But it all worked out!  

                      The minister doing our ceremony did a wonderful job.  She was actually easy to understand.  We wrote our own ceremony which lasted about 25 minutes.  We used the sound system with our own iPod.  The sound system was loud enough and the person doing our music did awesome!  

                       Then we took gorgeous pictures on the beach.  Claudia did a wonderful job!  We had about a 1 minute rain shower during the pictures on the beach, and then a huge rainbow after!  So those pictures turned out awesome!  

                      The cocktail hour I heard was good.  We never saw any of it due to picture taking.  We had it on the pool deck.  Which I was happy about.  I considered having it on Desires terrace, but in my opinion it wasn't as pretty as the beach,  I wanted a very elegant looking wedding and Desires terrace just didn't have that look.  

                      The dinner was excellent.  We had the chicken and beef Tenderloin.  We had to ask everyone before we left for the wedding which they preferred, because we had a sit down dinner, not the buffet.  I had the table covered in white linen and brought down my own pink and orange satin table overlays.  We used the 84x84 size from linens direct which fit perfectly.  

                      The only downfall was the DJ.  We had DJDorremix.  not very good..  I had multiple e-mails between myself and Ivan.  But the night of the wedding they didn't even know our names, none of our songs, and told us they can't download any songs, which was not what Ivan told me in the e-mails.  My suggestion is to bring your own iPod with your songs on it.  That's what saved us.  I only had our first dance and mother/son dance, and father/daughter dance on ours.  So the music the rest of the night kinda sucked.  They didn't have alot of the songs we requested.  So just bring your own music is my suggestion.  We had the DJ from 6:30 until 10:30.  Which was enough time.  I know other brides said that they were exhausted at the end of the night.  They are right!  I didn't think I would be so ready for bed!  I couldn't wait!  The day was perfect.  Everything worked out and I stressed most of our vacation for nothing!  But it is easy for me to say now that it is all over.   The wedding coordinators do a wonderful job.  We tipped Ana very nicely when it was all over, which I know she appreciated, but they all work very hard!  Our wedding was a pricey but I wanted a VERY elegant wedding and that was exactly what it turned out to be.  We had lots of people watching us on the beach which I didn't mind.  Many people the next day commented on our wedding too, we were amazed how many people actually watched us that night.  I never noticed any of them.  I am still trying to get all my pictures together and will post them once I have it all figured out.

                    #4750 wisconsinbride2010

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                      Posted 31 October 2010 - 05:34 PM

                      Here is a link to some of our photos.  We have so many, but I just choose a few of them.  Just copy and paste the link into the address bar:



                      Hope it helps!!  

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