Wedding Review: Nov 30th
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Wedding 4pm at Gazebo
Cocktail Hour 5:30-6:30 at Jacuzzi area
Reception 6:30-10:30 at Seaside Grill
After party -Desires
Hotel: The hotel was absolutely gorgeous!!! EVERYONE kept raving about how beautiful it was. The view from the lobby to the ocean is incredible. Just a note..warn your guests about the pool in the hotel lobby. My father in law fell in one night and there was someone sitting there who said it was the fifth person they had seen do that in a week!!!!! I heard the entertainment each night was good. We were too busy entertaining our guests that we didnâ€™t see much. We spent most nights in the lobby talking and drinking before heading to Desires.
Food- The food was great! I was worried b/c I have been to all-inclusive resorts before and usually the food is just so-so. DRC really impressed me and I am very picky about food!! Bordeaux and Portofino were by far the best. Bordeaux is gourmet all the way. We ate in the wine cellar one night and it was delicious. I did not have a meal that I did not like!!! We ate lunch everyday at the Seaside grill. The wontons and seared tuna were my favoritesâ€¦..like I said thoughâ€¦everything was good!!
Pools- The pools were very pretty. They were a little cold though. I was told the infinity pool was heated but it didnâ€™t feel like it. We went down to the pools around 9 or 10 and never had a problem finding open chairs.
Rooms- The rooms were nice. When we arrived they put us in a tropical deluxe room so I called the front desk b/c we booked the ultimate pkg and should have had a honeymoon suite. The guy at the front desk asked if I had anything in writing so I had Ana our wedding coordinator call him. I was told the suite was booked that night and that we would be moved the next day. We were moved the next afternoon to 2401 and the suite was nice. It was bigger than a regular room and it had a separate bathroom. The view was incredible. We were right on the front of the hotel with a direct view of the beach.
Wedding Coordinator: Our wedding coordinator was Ana Helena Garcia. She did a good job and was easy to work with. Only one complaint- we had a suitcase that we left with her with our d©cor. We went to pick it up the night before we left and she said she would just have it delivered to our roomâ€¦.when we got back to our room around 9pm no suitcase. I tried to call her but they were gone for the day and we were leaving at 6:30 the next morning. We did not get our suitcase back.
Rehearsal Dinner: We had a private rehearsal dinner at Portofino and the setup was beautiful. We had 35 peopleEveryone had regular chairs and my husband and I had two really tall chairs. We felt like royalty!!! The staff was great! There was a set menu. It was a salad with goat cheese and walnuts, then a fish cr¨me soup (tasted like a seafood bisque..most people liked it), then you could have stuffed chicken or steak with a mushroom sauce and then tiramisu for dessert. Everyone liked the meal.
Cocktail Hour: We had cocktail hour at the Jacuzzi area. It was nice there but a little dark. I was also worried the whole time about somebody falling backwards into the Jacuzzi. I would recommend a different location..like desires terrace. The appetizers were very good. We got to pick five different ones and we chose tempura shrimp, beef wrapped in vegetables, quiche lorraine, zucchini crepes and a cheese tray (the cheese tray also had berries and some salmon on it).
Wedding D©cor: I hired EW Cancun for d©cor. I had them do the fabric on the gazebo and the lanterns for the reception. I think it turned out well. I brought my own chair covers and table clothes and the wedding coordinator set up everything for us just how I asked!
Ceremony: We had the ceremony at the gazebo and I am so glad I picked it. I told Ana what I wanted for the BM bouquets and boutonni¨res. I think the bouquets were$90ea. They also forgot my husbands boutonniere so they just used a plain rose. We got the ceremony script from Ana and then we edited and added to it to make it what we wanted. A lot of our guests said it was one of the nicest scripts theyâ€™ve heard. The minister brought small vases with sand for the sand ceremony.
Reception: We had the reception at the Seaside Grill from 6:30-10:30. We had a set menu. It was a shrimp cocktail type appetizer, broccoli cheese soup that was really yummyâ€¦, stuffed chicken or steak and then a cheesecake dessert. I thought it all was great but didnâ€™t eat much. Our cake was the tres leche and it was fabulous!!!
We hired dj doremix for the music. I asked him to play mellow dinner music while we ate, which he did. Then I asked him to play fun dance music early before he broke out the hip hop. The music was good. The only problem we had was that during the middle of the reception it started pouring!!!!! The staff came out with squeegees and tried to get as much water off the dance floor as they could. The older guests didnâ€™t dance much after that but the water didnâ€™t bother the younger group and we danced until the end of the reception. After the reception we went to Desires and danced until they closed. Also the dj had cold fireworks for our entrance, balloons, masks and glow sticks that he brought out later- so much fun!!! The wedding was everything I wanted!!!!!
Photos: We had Adventure Photos there at the resort do our wedding photos. They did a great job. I do wish I had some more up close photos of my husband and I. I also wish they would have taken some of just me and my bridesmaids ( I have none of just us)!! All of you that are going to use themâ€¦make a list of what you want and go see them before the wedding. Also they said they would come back and take pics of when we cut they cake but they didnâ€™t show up until later while we were dancing. Luckily some of my friends had their cameras to capture this moment. Also we ended up buying 45 extra photos (over the 50 that are included in package). It was expensive ($15ea) but I wanted these for memories!!
Video: We had the resort do our wedding video. I am not very happy about this. The video is good, but it is edited!!! I wanted a video that captured the entire event with my music. They cut out parts and used their own music. I emailed them to see if I could get an unedited version and they said it would be $250 plus $40 for shipping!!!
All in all I just want to say that I am a picky personâ€¦.and I could not have been happier about the resort and my wedding. Everything was perfect. Several of my guests said they would go back to Dreams!! If you are at all worried about this resort- donâ€™t be!! You will be very happy when you get there. If I forgot anything I will post it later. Also I will try to answer any questions you have.
Tiffany : )