I have been waiting on my slideshow to share to write my review. And now I have it!!!
My husband, Clint, and I got married on July 19th and it was amazing. Let me start by telling you that this site is incredible. I did not write too much but it is a so helpful to hear from past brides and I was so excited for it to finally be my turn.
I don't want to be too repetitive from other reviews, but if anyone has questions, I'm more than happy to share.
In the one year that we booked this resort, I went thru 6 wedding coordinators and freaked out every time. It is no big deal, all of my information was always transitioned. My final wc was gina and she was awesome. Once you get within 3 months or so, the communication was sooo much better. Remember they have weddings almost everyday, so there are lots of brides that want their attention. They know exactly what they are doing.
night before: rehearsal dinner at el patio at 6pm. we did pay extra for this and now after the fact, I realize you pay for the service. we had 37 people and could have just walked in at 6pm, however since we were booked, we were sectioned off and had a personal bartender and incredible service.
Clint did get his own room the night before that was included in the ultimate wedding package. we actually made it all day the day of the wedding without seeing each other!
till 130- relaxed by the pool with my family. nice!
230- my sister and i went to spa to get hair and makeup done
515- Anel from adventure photo came to our room to get pics. we upgraded to the 999 package and anel covered the whole event. she was great. very happy with the pics. one note, adventure photos seems to be busy a lot of the time. if you walk past and see there is no one in there, take advantage. we chose our pics while we were there. they said it usually takes about 5 days for editing.
550- gina came to get me to walk to the beach
6pm- ceremony on the beach. i didn't know if the sand would be too hot in july at 6 but it wasn't. i went barefoot for the ceremony. we had my brother in law perform the ceremony. he was ordained online. ha. the weather was perfect, breezy and cooler than i expected.
7pm- cocktail hour w mariachi band by jacuzzi area
8-11- reception with sit down dinner. very nice. we were happy to have just shy of 40 people and do the sit down dinner. we selected escargot, crab cake, broccoli soup, choice of seabass or beef, and wild berry pastry. for the entree, i sent an email to all of our guests and asked them which they preferred. then my mom and i made place cards in two different colors to determine fish or beef. this made it super easy for the staff to just serve the food.
we had rodrigo as our dj from avi and he could not have been better. i'm horrible with title and artist so i could not really tell him what i wanted. i just wanted people to dance. he said he would take care of it and he did!! he was great he phased in and out of the songs and the dancing never stoppped. total blast. worth the extra money for a dj (300/hr)
we brought down chair sashes due to the cost. i recommend this, they were so easy to pack. they are .59 to buy and pack or $5 a piece to rent. The resort will move the sashes from the ceremony to the reception free of charge.
here is a tip for oot bags. I bought them online from http://baggubag.com/#Shop and just got the small size. they worked great. everyone used them every day to put the key and suntan lotion and magazines in to bring to the pool. perfect bc then everyone knew where our group's stuff was at the pool.
another tip: take advantage of everything included in the ultimate package. clint and i used the spa services and loved it. also, the dinner on the beach was really romantic. we were literally on the beach having a candlelit dinner with our personal server.
this place is on top of everything. although clint and I were very familiar with all inclusive resorts, many of our guests were not. they raved about the resort, the rooms, the restaurants. even our skeptics were impressed.
again, if anyone has questions, feel free to send them my way.
enjoy the slideshow.......
Colleen and Clint