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#6851 ToBeMrsDavis

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    Posted 31 July 2011 - 02:37 AM

    Just watched your video WOW amazing i love everything about it your dress, hair flowers everything looks perfect!! Congratulations!! Thank you for your review so helpfull!!

     

    Did you have a legal ceremony? I really like your timeline and with planning to get married in August think i will have the same sort of timeline for my wedding eek very exciting!!

     

    xx

     

    Originally Posted by colleenandclint 

    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. 

     

    Timeline

     

    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!

     

    day of:

     

    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.......

     

    http://190711copenha...ephotos.com.mx/

     

     

    Colleen and Clint

     

     

     



     



    #6852 ToBeMrsDavis

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      Posted 31 July 2011 - 02:56 AM

      S -  I have just read this and gone straight to my finace to say even the bride from Essex is going to have a site visit this is so not fair ha ha!! Defo get measurements of the beach huppa as i reall want to get all my own organza so much cheaper!!

       

      I totally agree with you on ur dress your still a bride even tho ur doing a destination wedding u have to have what u want but waiting to look in the sales is a great idea some shops have discount range say at the back or down stairs always ask as there maybe something like that you could have a look at! I really dont want to be paying a massive amount for my dress either doing a destination wedding is meant to be cheaper!!

       

      How good is that style board i love looking at it ha ha im a wedding geek!! xx 

       

      Originally Posted by Sarah-Jane 

      I know i too would love to have it all booked up its so so annoying!!! We have 16 definates, i am thinking about 25 will come. I am going to get the invitations out before Christmas i know this is a bit early but i am going to ask for a answer by April which will be 4 months before hand so i know how many chair bows etc.. i am going to need! I was also looking on ebay for organza rolls as i want the beach huppa thingy to be decorated in pink and orange and they have quoted me $300 for this, i know i can get a meter of it for £2.50 so i will try and get the dimensions of it and see how much fabric i may need. I think this is a lot cheaper doing it this way!

      I have booked the ultimate package as this fits with everything we need. The extras we will probably go for is dance floor and DJ.

      I have Yamina as my WC and she has been absolutley brilliant so far i am so excited!!!

      I did go dress shopping a few weekends ago and think i have found my dress! I am going to go back next weekend and try it on again with my sister there and see what she thinks!! I am a little afraid its going to be a bit too heavy for August weather in Mexico but if i love it then i have to have it!!! Hee hee hee hee I have heard that there are wedding dress sales September time so i am tempted to wait until then even if i know the dress i want or maybe a wedding show! Hmmm as i have no experience in this i dont know if its worth doing or not!

      Love the styleboards thankyou for that!!! I am going with pink and orange! Very tropical!

       

      S x

       



       



       



       



      #6853 dimplesandsuga

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        Posted 31 July 2011 - 05:13 PM

        Ok Ladies!

         

        Spoke to Ana and just got a quote on the following......

         

         

         

         

        Dj $300usd+11%taxes per hour

        Fire Dancers $800usd+11%taxes

        Cigar Roller $380usd+11%taxes per hour it includes 20 cigars

         

        I know, with exception of the DJ, that I've seen cheaper prices....what have you all seen?



        #6854 jkhowell

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          Posted 31 July 2011 - 07:21 PM

          My wedding is feb.24 and I sent out STDs 11 months out and will be sending invitations out next month which will be 6 months out and asking for the rsvp date by nov. 1st. This timelime made the most sense to me because we have invited 150 ppl and really still have not a clue on how many are coming. Because of that we can not plan much and budget accordingly until we have somewhat of an idea. Also, everyones trip has to be paid in full by dec. This will give me peace of mind a little earlier and will be able to order favors and decor after that.
          Bud and Jackie
          Dreams Riviera Cancun
          2-24-12

          #6855 kad1010

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            Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:04 AM

            Great review Lindsay! Thanks so much. Those are our colors too! I can't wait to see your pictures.
             

            Originally Posted by LindsayMichelle 

            Our wedding was July 23rd and I can honestly say we could not have asked for a more perfect wedding and a better resort to have it. I will try to touch on everything, so this will probably be pretty long. Feel free to skip over whatever you’d like and ask any questions you have! This forum was so incredibly helpful while planning, so I hope I can do the same for you future brides!

             

            The Resort

            DRC is absolutely gorgeous! It is just like it looks in the pictures. I have stayed at several all-inclusive resorts and this was by far the most beautiful resort I’ve experienced. Our guests raved about it as well. It is also not very big so we were able to run into our guests and find people easily. The service here is phenomenal. They really go above and beyond to make sure you are enjoying your stay. We were upgraded to a honeymoon suite (room 2501 – absolutely amazing), but all of the rooms I saw were beautiful.

             

            Wedding Coordinator

             

            Like many of the other brides, I had several changes in coordinators while planning, and about a month before the wedding, was given another new one - Yamina. I was a little worried about this late change at first, but she instantly put me at ease. I can’t speak to the other coordinators, but if you have Yamina, you are lucky! She was so wonderful to work with! She is so organized, personable and wants to do whatever she can to make you happy and make things easy for you. She was always prompt to return e-mails. We met with her Tuesday morning, went over the details (and she remembered all of it – and had all of my e-mails printed out!), I gave her all of our decorations, and were able to just relax with our guests for the rest of the week!  They really know what they are doing there. We were incredibly impressed.

             

            Welcome Party

             

            We decided to just do a “Welcome Party” for our guests the Thursday before the wedding since everyone was there by then. We just had everyone meet at the Lobby bar at 8:30 and we gave them their welcome bags and gifts then. There was live music that night, which worked out perfect and our guests surprised Frank & I with a song request for a dance just for us J

             

            Decorations

             

            I brought a lot of my own decorations. Our colors were fuchsia and orange, so I brought fabric in those colors for the chuppah on the beach, orange and pink chair bows, orange and pink paper lanterns.  I decided to reuse the bridesmaids bouquets as centerpieces and that worked out perfectly. Everything looked even better than I could have expected. You don’t need a lot with the beautiful natural scenery, but the few things I had complemented it well.

             

            Flowers

             

            I had a bouquet of hot pink and orange roses and my bridesmaids (who wore fuchsia dresses) had all orange roses. These were not in the catalog and something I had sent pictures of. They were absolutely beautiful and perfect!

             

            Weather

             

            Yamina brought the flowers to my room around 1:30 pm and wanted to be very honest with me and let me know that there was a risk of rain. There was a wedding the night before and the weather looked beautiful and started to pour at their reception on the deck. She said it was completely up to me, but gave me the option of decorating the ballroom. She needed to know within 30 minutes and having always dreamed of a beach wedding, this was a hard decision for me, but I decided to risk it! I am SO glad I did because the weather was perfect. I also have to add that when it did start to pour the night before, the staff is so on top of things! They had the bride and bridesmaids surrounded with umbrellas and moved everything so quickly. For any brides that are getting married around this time of year, it is hot during the day, but comfortable on the beach at night with the breeze. I was very comfortable in my long dress and the guests all commented how nice the breeze was. 

             

            Run-through

             

            We did a run-through of the ceremony the morning before the wedding, which was quick and I’m really glad we did. Everyone then knew what order, where to stand, etc. and it made things really easy for the ceremony.

             

            Hair & Make-up

             

            I decided to have Fernando Fuentes (from the Makeup Pros) and his hair guy come to do my hair and make-up, as well as my mom and mother-in-law. They were a bit pricy, and we had to pay for day passes, but they definitely worth it. They were so much fun and we loved our hair & make-up. The bridesmaids all went to the salon and almost all of them were really happy with their hair & make-up. They recommended bringing a picture of what you want.

             

            Ceremony

             

            We had our ceremony on the beach at 6 pm near the kayaks. It was everything I dreamed of. They did a great job with the few decorations I brought. Our minister was Linda, who was great! We did a sand ceremony and after I put glue over it to seal it. I’m so glad to have this as a memory from the ceremony. We did a symbolic ceremony and they do have you sign a “marriage certificate”.  The ceremony lasts about 20 minutes.  I had given the sound tech 3 CDs – Before ceremony, ceremony music (song for bridesmaids, song for me, and then the recessional), and after the ceremony and he played it perfectly.

             

            Reception

             

            We chose not to have the cocktail hour and found we really didn’t need it. After group pictures, the guests either ran up to their rooms or to the lobby bar for the 30 minutes or so Frank and I took pictures. The reception was at 7:30 pm on the deck, which was the perfect location. They had moved my chair bows from the ceremony while taking pictures and put up the decorations just as we had talked about. We had DJ Polo from AVI and he was great! He played the music we requested and was announced our entrance, toasts, cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss at all the right times. We chose the Mexican buffet and all of our guests said that was the best meal they had there (and the food at some of the restaurants is really good!). We chose the tres leches cake and had not upgraded and they actually gave us a two layer cake. I had brought fake flowers and a cake topper to put on and it turned out great. After the reception we all moved to Desires for more dancing.

             

            Photography

             

            I chose to use Juan Navarro for my photographer. He was approved by the resort, so I didn’t have to pay a day pass for him. He was great, but I can’t comment on the pictures yet since I have not seen them. I will get a link to those out when I get them.  We had the “Love” package which included 36 pictures, so we used Adventure photos for our “getting ready” pictures, which worked out well, and then Juan showed up right at the ceremony. They gave us a CD, but I haven’t received a link yet.

             

            Spa

             

            The spa is amazing and I definitely recommend using it if it is included it your package or if you have the chance! I was so good about sunscreen Mon-Thurs and I had a good base tan, but somehow Friday I got a pretty bad sunburn. My mom and I went to the spa the morning of the wedding and got sun relief body wraps! Amazing! And they let you use all their different pools, saunas, etc. with any package.  So relaxing.  And luckily my burn turned to a tan before the wedding J

             

            I hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions. I will hopefully get my pictures up soon! I am so excited for all of you though! I was so happy with everything and it was truly our dream wedding!



             



            #6856 kad1010

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              Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:05 AM

              Congratulations Colleen! Thanks for the review. Your photos are beautiful!
               

              Originally Posted by colleenandclint 

              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. 

               

              Timeline

               

              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!

               

              day of:

               

              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.......

               

              http://190711copenha...ephotos.com.mx/

               

               

              Colleen and Clint

               

               

               



               



              #6857 Soon2bMrsLozada

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                Posted 01 August 2011 - 02:39 PM

                Hello ladies! Can someone share with me yamina's email. I haven't heard from Ana in 1 1/2 and want to speak to someone else. Also, does any one have pictures of the usual cocktail set up by the jacuzzi without paying extra? Past brides: can you share with me your meal options? Thanks a million!

                #6858 Ariane1126

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                  Posted 01 August 2011 - 03:17 PM

                  hi ladies, is anyone having an AHR also? We are planning on having one soon after our April 22 wedding in Mexico, but we dont have a date set yet. Its going to be a bbq type thing nothing big and crazy, cuz we dont want to spend a lot of $$$ on it.  Im working on my save the dates and wanted to order them this week. Do i wait till i have a date for AHR and put both dates on it or just do another STD for the AHR???? 



                  #6859 jkhowell

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                    Posted 01 August 2011 - 05:19 PM

                    When I sent out save the dates I also sent out a paper with details of travel info on it. This is where I would put something on there that said you were also having a reception at home later and the date of that is to be announced.
                    Bud and Jackie
                    Dreams Riviera Cancun
                    2-24-12

                    #6860 asanyc

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                      Posted 01 August 2011 - 07:55 PM

                      Colleen,

                      The pics are absolutely gorgeous! CONGRATULATIONS!!! And, now you can truly relax! :)

                       

                      I do have a few questions for you:
                      1-Did you bring your own sand / sand vase down or were they provided? If they were provided by the resort, did you choose your colors or was that random?

                      2-Did you design your own center pieces and bring them down or were they provided as well?

                      3-Did you get the dance floor? Did you think it made a big difference or not something that would make a big difference?

                      4-And, for your cake, did you send them a pic for what you wanted or asked them for the upgrade? How much approx. did the additional layers cost?

                       

                      Thanks sooo much. I really appreciate it! :)

                      Originally Posted by colleenandclint 

                      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. 

                       

                      Timeline

                       

                      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!

                       

                      day of:

                       

                      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.......

                       

                      http://190711copenha...ephotos.com.mx/

                       

                       

                      Colleen and Clint

                       

                       

                       



                       


                      Anne & Justin

                      Sept. 2, 2012 - Dreams Riviera Cancun





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