Ajcuce: I love your wedding and pics! The orange against the bridesmaids' dresses pops beautifully! I have some questions:
1. What did you choose for appetizers and dinner?
2. did you get all flowers through the hotel?
3. Did you get lanterns through the hotel?
Originally Posted by ajcuce
We got married at DRC on May 21st. I want to start off by saying I have not been on here since and I apologize if I repeat information. I have not read through all of the posts (I've missed about 250!). The resort is AMAZING and I cannot wait to go back. We were treated like royalty the entire time. We received an upgrade to a honeymoon suite which we were very excited about.
Rehearsal dinner: This is my only major complaint. We paid $600 to have a reservation for 32 people for our rehearsal dinner at El Patio. The food was good but I was really upset that we paid extra. I paid because I wanted to make sure we had two nights where everyone would be together for dinner. I wish I hadn't planned this because the restaurant was practically EMPTY the entire time we were in there and I'm sure had we gone right when it opened we would have gotten in fine for free. I have sent a complaint to management but still haven't heard back.
Getting ready: The spa was great! BRING PICTURES OF WHAT YOU WANT! My hair and make up turned out exactly how I wanted. I had Xochitel (?). Only 1 out of 5 hairstyles did not come out good and that is because the bridesmaid did not have a picture (luckily we had a hair dresser in the group and got the bridesmaid all fixed up). In the end, all of the girls looked beautiful :-)
Flowers: I loved how our flowers came out. All I did was send pictures and they were able to do everything I wanted. One thing I will mention is that I am very glad that I went to see the flowers right when they got to the coordinator's office. I asked for Tiffany blue ribbon on the bridesmaid's bouquets and sent a picture. They ended up putting royal blue ribbon on those bouquets and putting royal blue babies breath in the boutonnieres. Luckily there was some ivory ribbon in the office that we covered the bouquets in but I was stuck with the boutonnieres. Oh well, what can ya do? Also, if you want your bouquet to have stems you should mention it! They almost put the white holder on mine but I needed stems because of my little starfish charm.
Ceremony: FIGHT FOR A REHEARSAL! I asked for one three times and Lisbeth kept saying, don't worry everything will be fine! Well, for the most part it was; however, there were quite a few little things that went wrong that wouldn't have had we had a rehearsal. Other than this, everything looked exactly how I wanted it to :-). We got married on the north side of the beach which was pretty private. I think there were people watching but I didn't even notice, I was too caught up in the moment! Our ceremony was at 5pm. We used the technician and did not have a single problem. I made a CD and printed a list of the songs, what number on the CD it was, and when to play it.
Cocktail Hour: This was from 6-7pm. My husband and I missed the whole thing because we wanted pictures everywhere at the resort (it is just so beautiful!!) From what I heard it was wonderful!! LOL. Everyone said the Mariachi band was hilarious.
Reception: This was from 7-10pm on the deck. Everyone loved it! There was another reception on the beach which we could see but couldn't hear. It didn't bother us at all. We used the DJ that the resort recommends and he was perfect, we had no problems with him. He payed attention to the list we created and also played a good amount of songs for our older crowd. Lisbeth suggested we enter the reception, do our dances, and cut the cake right away so that we didn't forget to do it at the end of the night. I actually really liked doing this because we had some daylight left for pictures and everyone was paying attention. We only had 32 people which meant we had to have a sit down dinner. If you are in this situation you should probably pay for the extra hour of DJ. We had to start dancing in between meals because it took SOOO long to eat :-(. We had less then an hour after dinner was done to dance before the party ended! I tried moving the party to desires but my guests were tired by the time we got up there and left!!
Fire Dancers: Lisbeth suggested to do this after the DJ finished at 10pm. Great idea! We ended our wedding with a bang! If you are considering hiring the dancers you should do it! Who else gets to have fire dancers at their wedding?? Just us lucky destination wedding girls :-).
Photographers: I upgraded the package and am glad I did. I had Anel and she is absolutely wonderful. She is fun to work with and has great ideas. We also had Frank and Alina for a little while for different parts of the day and the pictures they took turned out really great as well!
If you have any questions let me know, I will try my best to continue to get on here for a couple more weeks! I just want you all to know you have nothing to worry about. Even with my little incidents I still loved my wedding and would not change anything. I am very happy with how everything turned out!! When you get there just relax and go with the flow, you are in paradise!