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#6711 aimeelaco28

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    Posted 16 July 2011 - 12:21 PM

    Can I get y'alls oppinion between desires lounge or the jacuzzi area for cocktail hour. I've been getting mixed reviews on Desires lounge and just wanted to know if anyone who has been to the resort know which area is better. Thanks!!



    #6712 aimeelaco28

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      Posted 16 July 2011 - 12:21 PM

      Can I get y'alls oppinion between desires lounge or the jacuzzi area for cocktail hour. I've been getting mixed reviews on Desires lounge and just wanted to know if anyone who has been to the resort know which area is better. Thanks!!



      #6713 LindseyM

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        Posted 16 July 2011 - 01:06 PM

        Desires isn't a nice enough place for cocktail if you are me!  I've seen both in person and the cocktail will be gorgeous at the jacuzzi!
         

        Originally Posted by aimeelaco28 

        Can I get y'alls oppinion between desires lounge or the jacuzzi area for cocktail hour. I've been getting mixed reviews on Desires lounge and just wanted to know if anyone who has been to the resort know which area is better. Thanks!!



         

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        #6714 chula201

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          Posted 16 July 2011 - 01:15 PM

          Lindsey, I heard about Customs but I just got back from a wedding in Jamaica and my girlfriend has no problem since she showed her receipt stating they were silk flowers, etc.  we shall see



          #6715 ashleytart

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            Posted 16 July 2011 - 02:00 PM

            Aww. Bummer. I understand. They have to have it in writing from another TA to price match or upgrade... Our room will be upgraded but only based on availability. We did get really reasonable rates... About $200/person per night for march which is peak season and I would be happy to share it with anyone if they need it to price match. quote name="LindseyM" url="/forum/thread/47576/dreams-riviera-cancun-brides-post-here-new-thread/6660#post_1636692"]

            Ashley, I would love to but it has some personal information on it that I'm not really comfortable emailing.  I would just discuss with your TA upgrades based on room blocks.  That's all we did.  You can tell them what we were promised if you'd like but I don't think my fiance would want me to scan it in and send it.  I'm sorry.  :(
             



             

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            #6716 asanyc

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              Posted 17 July 2011 - 03:08 PM


              Evelyn,

              1st of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!! The pics are stunning and you look gorgeous! It looks like everyone had a blast (every bride's dream). :) Thank you sooo much for putting this review up. I loved the idea of the parasols for the bridesmaids! Brilliant!!!

               

              I do have a few questions for you and would love anything you could answer:

              1-You said you brought your own sand and ceremony things - are we supposed to bring the sand/bowl or did you choose to bring your own?
              2-How far ahead of time did you give the music list to the DJ? Did you make a CD for him as well? Did you like the DJ? What was his name?
              3-How far ahead of time did you request for Anel?

              4-We're planning on going to Desires after the reception to continue the party. Does that get reserved by people as well or is that open to the public for after parties regardless of the weddings?
              5-For the cake, when did you tell them about the upgrade - while you were there or ahead of time? Did you give them a picture of this as well or just told them you wanted a second layer?
              6-How far ahead of time did you tell them you wanted the dance floor and sound tech?

              7-And, yes, did you request for the dance floor to have the light effects or does it come with that? How much did that cost you (if you don't mind sharing that info)?

               

              Thanks sooo much!!!

               

              Originally Posted by futureMrs.S 2011 

              continued....

               

              Some of my tips…..be prepared with what you want and they’ll make it happen.  Have copies of lists of songs, or readings etc. to hand to your coordinators.  I bought personalized napkins for the cocktail hour and reception but they were left on the bar tables and hardly used.  They couldn’t leave them on the tables because it was too windy…I would have done without thoses. I bought chair sashes for the ceremony and they moved them to the reception chairs for no extra cost.  I had high heels for the reception on the deck and there was no problems. I also bought high flip flop wedges for later on at night.  We had the smaller lighted dance floor and it was a little tight for us.  We were 23 and all love to dance so it was a tiny bit on the tight side. My oot (out of town) bags were a huge hit!!!  Totally happy I did those. 

               

              FYI….Ana never wrote anything down when I asked her for special requests and this had worried me a little…..she got every single thing that I asked for correct.  I was super specific with how I wanted everything to look and she did it perfectly.  I was super pleased. 

               

               

              Things I brought down with me…..

               

              Ceremony:

              Sand ceremony and sand- bought from Michaels Craft store

              Coral for the rings - bought at the dollar store

              Sand dollars for the seating chart- bought at the dollar store

              Bubbles and fans- party city and Oriental Trading

               

              Reception:

              Maracas- bought from AMOLS.com

              Parasols for the girls- bought from Oriental Trading (loved them!!)

              Cake cutting utensils- was a gift from my mom

              Chair sashes- weddinglinensdirect.com

               

               

              If there’s any questions I could possibly answer, don’t hesitate to ask….This forum was a huge help for me and I would love to give back!!! 

               

              Happy planning to you all….enjoy every moment and try not to stress too much…it really is a DREAM come true…. 

               

              PS.  Sorry the review was so long!!

               

              HAPPY PLANNING!!!!! :)

               

               



               


              Anne & Justin

              Sept. 2, 2012 - Dreams Riviera Cancun


              #6717 asanyc

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                Posted 17 July 2011 - 03:13 PM


                Dear 7jax,

                Thanks soo much. Yeah, I'm not sure at this point - my fiance has a huge family so our guest list is about 250 guests. At this point we have no idea how many people will show up so I guess we'll have to figure out this situation closer to time based on the confirms. Good luck!!! :)

                Anne :)

                Originally Posted by 7jax 

                asanyc,

                 

                I agree it's pretty ridiculous to charge per head for dinner at an all-inclusive resort.

                We were thinking about renting out a restaurant for our reception to save some money, such as Seaside. But, they charge $35/pp for a minimum of 40 people in order to do this. So it's totally not worth it, in my opinion, unless you have over 40 people. We will have somewhere around 32 people. Plus, the restaurant reservation is only for 2 hours, as opposed to 3 hours for a silver/gold dinner. So now we're back looking at the wedding packages...

                 

                Regarding the silver/gold dinners:

                The Wedding Guide says "Menu only applies for Dreams of Love & Dreams Ultimate Wedding Package". I guess this means you can't simply pay (add on) for a sit down dinner with the complimentary Wedding in Paradise package to save money?



                 


                Anne & Justin

                Sept. 2, 2012 - Dreams Riviera Cancun


                #6718 asanyc

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                  Posted 17 July 2011 - 03:18 PM

                  Dear MR1124,

                  First of all, Congratulations!!! :)

                   

                  90 guests is amazing. How many people did you originally invite and what kind of time frames did you use for sending out Save The Dates, Wedding Invitations and deadline for receiving the RSVPs? Thanks soo much.

                  -Anne :)


                   

                  Originally Posted by MR1124 

                  FutureMrsS, thanks for sharing!! Regarding the jacuzzi area, maybe we should look into having the cocktail hour there if the Desires lounge wasn't that impressive, the only concern I had was that we have a party of 90 guests!! 

                   

                  Good News!! Gina emailed me back and said that she spoke to the manager and they will close the restaurant for us as originally planned and keep the reception at the Pool Terrace vs the Deck. 



                   


                  Anne & Justin

                  Sept. 2, 2012 - Dreams Riviera Cancun


                  #6719 asanyc

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                    Posted 17 July 2011 - 03:24 PM


                    Dear Cbandemer,

                    We're booked for 9/2/2012!!! :) We just ended up emailing them, and they sent us a deposit form. From what we were told, you send them the completed form and deposit and you're booked! :) Good luck. 

                     

                    Are there any Sept. 2012 brides(or grooms) on here? If yes, what are your dates?

                    Originally Posted by cbandemer 

                    LOOKING TO BOOK WITH DRC FOR SEPTEMBER 1ST 2012. ANY SUGGESTIONS OR ADVICE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!



                     


                    Anne & Justin

                    Sept. 2, 2012 - Dreams Riviera Cancun


                    #6720 jkhowell

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                      Posted 17 July 2011 - 04:56 PM

                      Melissa, Not sure if she is still on this forum or not, but I ordered these dresses too and they are at lizfields.com. Hope that helps and welcome!

                      Originally Posted by sweetmelissaann 


                      Cute Cute Cute. WHere did you get the dresses?
                       



                       



                       


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