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#741 LeydiBug

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    Posted 30 December 2009 - 10:25 PM

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    #742 normajeane77

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      Posted 30 December 2009 - 10:36 PM

      Thank you for the information about your visit..
      Our wedding is April 11, and I have been so worried about the privacy, or lack thereof, at the wedding gazebo area.
      I did email Ana about it, but I wasn't very reassured by the response I got.
      If I still had the option of going to a different resort, I would also be looking into other options..I will be irate if there are people sitting 5 feet from our ceremony in their lounge chairs..I'm not the bridezilla type, but I think that would put me over the edge!!
      I do have a question for you..is the beach pretty at least? the water looks pretty blue in some photos, but not so great in others I've seen..
      Thanks again for the review!

      #743 normajeane77

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        Posted 30 December 2009 - 10:41 PM

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        Originally Posted by taranyc
        hi everyone. we just got back from our weekend at dreams riviera cancun...we set it up with ana to view the site, etc. for our sept. 26th, 2010 wedding (our location and date are now changed).

        arriving onsite, i was immediately happy about our decision to have our wedding at drc...the lobby was amazingly beautiful and i loved our room. everything changed when i saw the pool area and beach. all along i've been like, "those reviews cannot be right...we're different, it's going to be great regardless of the look of the pavilion...the site can't be that bad" etc. i was wrong. here are my impressions of the site and what lead us to rent a car, drive an hour farther down to dreams tulum and book our wedding there.

        pool area/pavilion
        to begin with, the pavilion is right on top of the pool area. no matter what, you are going to have people all around you. in addition, the barracuda bar is right below it...just next to the huge kids playground swing set. the pavilion area is so small and the strange thing that you stand under looks even smaller in person. You’re there, you’re getting married and just below you are tourists on swings, people in bikinis (that shouldn’t be in bikinis), kids in the pool, chairs everywhere with rust orange towels on them…it’s just not nice…not for your wedding…and especially not if because you are paying for a wedding and all of your guests are paying to stay there as well.
        the nice thing is that the palm trees have metal star lanterns hanging from them and they look beautiful at night…actually, the whole pool area is pretty at night and most of the people are gone by sundown…but the sure are there when you’re saying your vows. we saw a couple of receptions out there and they looked nice (on the pool deck). they will add lighting if you ask for it…one reception had a buffet and all along it were the hanging tin stars behind a thin gauze of light blue silk…it was really pretty.

        beach
        we had the opportunity to see a wedding on the beach (the first row of chairs were not removed yet). It was a small wedding (appx. 10-15 people), but they were right on top of the guests lounging in the sun. there was an older man sitting right next to the wedding in a speed-o…just too much. the best part was when the group of drunk 40-somethings walked by (mid-ceremony) in nothing buy their bikinis, frozen drinks in hand and started to woo hoo. it’s just not my thing and that pretty much put the nail in the coffin regarding my wedding at drc. I cannot begin to tell you how upset I was over all of this. I remember when I first found the resort…I was so excited, it looked so perfect online.

        one thing…i’ve read that there is a more private place to have the ceremony, but I did not see that on the beach. The beach itself is rather small and very packed. Note…the ceremony area is just off the palapa rows next to the kids swing set/slide area.



        in the end, we didn’t even meet with ana…we knew our first day that this was not the place for us. I would suggest that you do a site tour (if you can…ana will work with you on rates for the weekend visit).

        we ended up going down to dreams tulum (we had visited once before) and met with aurora who gave us a tour. the beach site is great because it’s away from the crowd…there are so many options for the reception…ooh, and there is a beautiful chapel that looks like rustic mexico (I don’t think it even needs decoration inside). dreams tulum felt more fun and lively than drc (I’m not sure how to describe it...drc was just blah) and the beach is larger. while beautiful, the resort and it’s wedding areas seemed so cramped and overcrowded…it wasn’t even at full capacity. the guests I saw (during the wedding at drc) couldn’t have care less that someone was getting married…they just sat there, had phone conversations, ordered drinks…it was so sad.

        I’m sorry to go on…I wrestled with how much I should say. this has been a great thread and I’m sorry to leave it…the drc brides have been a great resource for info and ideas. thank you all! xo, tara
        Thank you for the information about your visit..
        Our wedding is April 11, and I have been so worried about the privacy, or lack thereof, at the wedding gazebo area.
        I did email Ana about it, but I wasn't very reassured by the response I got.
        If I still had the option of going to a different resort, I would also be looking into other options..I will be irate if there are people sitting 5 feet from our ceremony in their lounge chairs..I'm not the bridezilla type, but I think that would put me over the edge!!
        I do have a question for you..is the beach pretty at least? the water looks pretty blue in some photos, but not so great in others I've seen..
        Thanks again for the review!

        #744 normajeane77

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          Posted 30 December 2009 - 11:16 PM

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          Originally Posted by Laura22610
          I have the buffet options. I will copy them here so everyone can see. It seems as if there a few different "themes" and I guess you just pick one? I am not sure if you can substitute or change things. We are having the buffet because we couldn't choose a dinner that everyone would like. For example, we have a couple people who are vegetarians, some that don't eat red meat, and some (like me!) that don't eat seafood. It would have been way to difficult to choose a menu!! We are having 30 people. So, here are the menus.....(there are also a couple vegetarian buffets - if anyone wants to see those, let me know and I will post!)

          Mexican Buffet Dinner

          Salad bar
          Shrimp Ceviche
          Calamari Ceviche
          Fish Ceviche
          Guacamole
          Mexican salsa
          Beef Salpicon

          Hot dish
          Chicken tamales with mole sauce
          Hard shell beef tacos
          Chicken fajitas
          Mexican rice
          Melted cheese with Mexican sausage
          Cheese turnovers

          Show cooking
          Tacos pastor style
          Mexican flank steak on the grill

          Desserts
          Mexican flan
          Fried Mexican pastry
          Bu±uelos with caramel sauce


          Caribbean Buffet Dinner

          Salad bar
          Crab salad
          Tuna salad
          Tomato and smoke salmon
          Avocado and shrimp salad
          Tropical fruit salad
          Green salad

          Hot dish
          Rice with beans and fried plantain
          Chicken breast filed with vegetable served with mango sauce
          Sea bass filet with coconut sauce
          Mix vegetables with garlic butter
          Stuff potatoes with bacon and cheese

          Show cooking
          Baby back ribs with rum BBQ sauce
          Beef kebabs with mushroom and bell peppers

          Dessert
          Pineapple turnover
          Warm apple pie
          Chocolate cake

          BBQ Buffet Dinner

          Salad bar

          FIELD GREEN WITH QUESADILLAS CROUTONS
          CURRIED CHICKEN DALAD
          FRESH VEGETEBAL PASTA SALAD
          THREE BEAN SALAD
          ROASTED POTATOS SALAD
          CRANBERRY-WALNUT CABBAGE SLAW
          CARROTTE AND RAISIN SALAD

          HOT DISH

          CAJUN GRILLED CORN
          BAKE POTATOS WITH BACON AND GLAZED ONIONS
          GRILLED TERIYAKI MUSHROOM
          SMOKY GRILLED VEGETEBAL
          RICE WITH BLACK BEANS

          SHOW COOKING

          BEFF AND PORK RIBS ON THE BARBIE
          TUNA AND SALMON KABOB MARINED WITH LIME AND HERBES
          GRILL JERK CHICKEN BREAST

          DESSERT

          MILLEFEUILLE WITH MASCARPONE AND STRAWBERRY
          BANANA FRITTERS WITH ICE CREAM
          CHEESECAKE WITH PEACH
          thanks for posting the buffet options!
          Do you know how the menu works? Do you only get to choose one option for salad, hot dish, etc? Or does it come with all of the different dishes on the list?

          #745 normajeane77

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            Posted 30 December 2009 - 11:32 PM

            I was reading over some of the posts about photographers and packages, but I was hoping someone could help clarify a few things for me!

            We booked the Ultimate Dreams Package, and it includes 50 photos..but what does this mean?? Do we get the photograper included for the 50 photos, or do we have to pay separately to book him/her??

            Does anyone has any info in writing regarding this, from Ana?

            I'm totally confused about the photography and how it is priced with the ultimate dreams package

            Also, does Ana book the photographer for you when you tell her who you want, or is that up to me?

            Thanks alot!

            #746 normajeane77

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              Posted 30 December 2009 - 11:42 PM

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              Originally Posted by RCBlondie
              has everyone (or anyone) decided on their bridesmaid dress colour? Now that I see the flower options I am not sure what colour I should be thinking...any suggestions?
              I actually have decided on short, black dresses! I think they will look great with bright, tropical flowers!

              #747 Princess402

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                Posted 31 December 2009 - 01:26 AM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by normajeane77
                I was reading over some of the posts about photographers and packages, but I was hoping someone could help clarify a few things for me!

                We booked the Ultimate Dreams Package, and it includes 50 photos..but what does this mean?? Do we get the photograper included for the 50 photos, or do we have to pay separately to book him/her??

                Does anyone has any info in writing regarding this, from Ana?

                I'm totally confused about the photography and how it is priced with the ultimate dreams package

                Also, does Ana book the photographer for you when you tell her who you want, or is that up to me?

                Thanks alot!
                My understanding is that you will have a photographer included for a certain amount of time to take pictures of your ceremony (how long you'll have the photographer for, that I'm not sure) and you will receive 50 photos as a part of your package. I imagine that you could buy more if you like them. The photos that are included with the package will be taken by the resort photographer... I can't remember who the resort photographer is but I'm sure this is mentioned elsewhere on this thread... I think they are called Adventure Photos or something like that? If you've booked the ultimate package then Ana would book the photographer for you for your wedding, but you may want to check with her exactly how long you have the photographer for to make sure you get the coverage you want.

                #748 rdsjcr

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                  Posted 31 December 2009 - 03:31 PM

                  I have emailed Ana as well stressing my concern about the privacy issue... she has not yet responded... (can't say I am too surprised though) But honestly, I agree-- the more of us that stress the importance of it to her- maybe things can change!!

                  #749 Boo

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                    Posted 31 December 2009 - 08:15 PM

                    Hey guys its been a couple of days I almost feel out of the loop

                    November 19, 2010 - got contract in hand but not signed yet

                    I am doing my ceremony at Secrets Maroma (dont recommend splitting to anyone, I think I am just in too deep but that is the most expensive thing now about our wedding, big yikes!) and when I had spoken to Ana about that, she said that she is aware that many couple are choosing to go else where, she even said that her and management is moving the site of the beach ceremony and although no weddings have taken place there yet she told me she will email me pictures as soon as one does happen - dont want to jump the gun but I think it is good news. Ana mentioned moving the site, if you are looking at the resort now its at the far left by the volleyball court the space wedding structure thing and the bar, and they will move it way right I think maybe even just past the resort? cause I guess that is a quieter side in any case.

                    I am looking at these lights under the table, has anyone used them? If I do a solid overlay do you think it will still work?

                    #750 Princess402

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                      Posted 31 December 2009 - 11:07 PM

                      Happy New Years girls!!!
                      Here's our list of upcoming weddings at DRC as we head into 2010:

                      Laura & ? - 2/26/2010
                      Carina & Ari - 2/27/2010
                      Pam & Kevin - 3/9/2010
                      Ashley & Perry - 4/4/2010
                      Amber & Jeff - 4/10/2010
                      normajeane77 – 4/11/2010
                      Kcgcristyn - 4/17/2010
                      Stephanie & Jamie - 4/24/2010
                      Jennifer & Michael - 5/7/2010
                      Jessica & Robbie - 5/15/2010
                      Margaret & Matthew - 5/15/2010
                      Megan & Jason - 5/21/2010
                      Ashley & ? - 5/30/2010
                      Rachelle & Randal - 6/3/2010
                      Nancy & Bruce - 6/11/2010
                      Erica & John – 6/19/2010
                      carlychristine - 6/22/2010
                      Evelilna & Phil - 6/25/2010
                      Allison & ? – 7/24/2010
                      Kelvin & Leydi - 7/30/2010
                      John & Lili - 8/1/2010
                      Casey & Ron - 9/18/2010
                      Vix1383 – 10/16/2010
                      Emma & ? - 10/23/2010
                      rdsjcr - 10/24/2010
                      wisconsionbride - 10/28/2010
                      Rachael & Alex - 10/31/2010
                      April & Reggie – 11/6/2010
                      boo (reception only) - 11/19/2010
                      Tracy & ? -11/26/2010
                      lnf_munchkin - 11/27/2010
                      Angela & Craig - 12/8/2010




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