I just returned home the other day from my wedding. I have to say everything was amazing!! I can't wait to share my photos with you!
First- we had no troubles with customs. We were prepared with our receipts, but didn't get checked. We brought sand dollars, bags, chocolates and popcorn for each guest. No problems.
When we got to Dreams, we were brought to the Preferred Club to check in. It was easy. Everyone is so friendly and they bend over backwards to help you with what you need.
Our room was amazing!! They upgraded us to a Ocean front suite- a corner room right on the ocean! We were so excited when we got there to see the views! They were stunning!!
We met our entire group back in the lobby after checking in so we could give them their OOT bags. They had a hand-written letter to each person, popcorn and chocolates from our hometowns and the wedding program. They all loved them. We got the bags at Wedding Chicks for $5 each and they were customized with our names and date. The bags were great because everyone used them for taking their things to the beach. Plus we could always find people's seats because they were different than everyone elses.
We met with Gina, who is amazing!! She is so nice and we went through all the details, made any changes, picked colors for things and went over the charges. She is amazing to work with!! They are all so busy, so don't worry if you dont' hear back from them right away. She had everything organized and was great!
We had a rehearsal with everyone and Gina showed the group what to do. That was really helpful, especially since we had kids in the wedding as ring bearer and flower girls.
The day of the wedding was actually really relaxing! At 2 we went to the spa to get our hair done. If you don't know what you want done, they have books with pictures that you can choose from. Ana did my hair and make-up and she did an excellent job! It took about 1.5 hours. My husband took a lot of photos of this, since the photographer didn't start yet. It was a lot of fun!
After the spa we had about 2 hours before the wedding started. At 5:00, Anel came to where my husband was getting ready with his and my dad to take photos and then she came to my room to photograph me getting ready. There's no need to get ready too early because its hot to wear your dress for a long time!
About 10 minutes to 6, Gina came to get me in my room and walked me over to where we line up. Lots of people were watching the wedding from the pool and taking photos. When my dad and I started to walk down they all started cheering!
The ceremony was good. We had a male minister, who kind of messed up a lot. I wouldn't recommend him. We did the sand ceremony combining sand from the beach with Lake Michigan and my lake house sand. That was really nice and everyone really liked that.
After the ceremony we all grouped together to wave to the hotel webcam because we had a lot of friends watching from home! They actually saw us waving! Some of our friends took screen shots from the webcam and emailed them to us! THey were cool!
We took group photos by the gazebo and then by the beach. Its hard to walk in the sand with heals though! Luckily I had wedges on so it wasn't too bad! The photos of the different families went fast. Anel did an amazing job an is so friendly. She's great with adults and kids. Then our family went to the cocktail hour and we had some more photos of just the two of us. They turned out awesome!
The cocktail hour had the mariachi trio, who was really good. Everyone had a really fun time dancing with them! The appetizers were amazing! Shrimp satay, quiche, beef roll, melon balls and something else. They all were good!
Dinner started at 8. The table looked great! We brought our own chair bows that we got from EBay for really cheap. They put those on for free. Then we had a sand dollar with each person's name and the date on it for their place card. We put that on a cocktail napkin that we brought in the same color as the ink. It looked great and everyone really was surprised at those! The flowers from the gazebo were put on the table and I had brought battery candles. It looked really pretty! They provide lighting, but its really dark during dinner, so you may want to think about adding more lighting. The photos came out a little dark.
We had a cousin introduce us and we had our first dance. Then dinner started, which was so good! We were able to pick between chicken and beef and both were delicious!!
After dinner we had the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance, then we started the party. Dinner took until 10 and the entire party ended at 11. After that we went to the nightclub. We all had such a fun time! Many people recognized us for a couple days after and said how much fun it looked like we were having and they wanted to join in!!
Overall, everything was amazing! Don't stress, be really organized and it will be perfect! We are so happy we chose to come to Dreams for our wedding! It was so perfect!
Let me know if you have questions that I can help with!!