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#971 Chelsey & Travis

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    Posted 22 January 2010 - 05:22 PM

    t1219:

    I also booked our wedding for 11:00AM because it was the only time left. On the upside, it will be nice to be able to enjoy the rest of the day as a married couple :) And it will be nice for your guests because they can enjoy the rest of the day after your wedding festivities.

    I'm also debating about reception. What type are you having? I'm hoping to simply have us all eat together, have drinks, cake, etc. instead of having a fancy, formal reception.

    What are you thinking about for a time? One thing I want to make sure of is that we have enough time to take pictures and freshen up before the reception. At my friend's wedding, we were very rushed because it was a 4PM wedding and our dinner arrangements were around 6PM. And I felt very dirty after all of the pictures on the beach and would have liked more time in between.

    So taking that into consideration, I'm leaning toward a late lunch reception around 2:00. Hopefully this helps! You'll have to let me know what you decide!

    #972 Boo

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      Posted 22 January 2010 - 07:00 PM

      Chelsey, for us our ceremony is at 2 pm, and I wanted a couple of hours as well, we are springing for cocktail hour from 2:30-4 pm but yes it is kinda crazy to pay for alchohol at all inclusive, but its done, and then I wanted the dinner set up at 5:30 for pictures closer to and then dinner to be served at 6, so that way we have 3 hours (accounting for 30 min. of pictures of group/cocktail hour) before dinner plus I figure the two of us will want just a quite moment to take it all in and not feel rushed and I am crazy about pictures, not sure that other ladies have spaced things out quite as much

      #973 Chelsey & Travis

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        Posted 22 January 2010 - 08:28 PM

        Thanks Boo for the info and email address! Good luck with everything!

        #974 Laura22610

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          Posted 22 January 2010 - 10:00 PM

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          Originally Posted by Chelsey & Travis
          Hi Everyone!

          I'm planning a smaller wedding (around 20 guests). I'm hoping to just go with the free Paradise package and then add on extras. Does anyone have any information about reception options for this? I'm wondering if it is possible just to have a dinner together in one of the restaurants instead of paying to have a full reception. Does anyone have any information/advice?

          Thanks for your help!
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          i am doing the same! since we are having a reception back at home after Mexico, i had my TA ask Ana if there was a way to arrange a welcome dinner at no additional cost. it just seems silly to me to pay for food and drinks at an all inclusive resort. but i have never been anywhere, so who am i to say?! Ill let you know if i hear back from Ana though!
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by Chelsey & Travis
          I know, I'm hoping that there is an option to just eat together instead of having a formal dinner. My friend just got married at another resort and they simply set aside a section of a restaurant for her with her cake everything preset. I'm hoping for something like that...

          I will be interested to hear what you guys hear back from Ana about getting a section of a restaurant for a welcome dinner or reception. I asked her about this for my welcome/rehearsal dinner and she told me that since they don't accept reservations at the restaurants, that I just have to "show up" with my group of 30 to one of the restaurants at 6pm and get tables near each other. Hopefully, if a lot of brides are asking about this, she will try to make accommodations.

          #975 Laura22610

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            Posted 22 January 2010 - 10:04 PM

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            I love the signature drink idea! I too am having turquoise and pink for my colors. I think I am going to go with a pink drink because that is the accent color. The guys will just have to deal with the pink!!! ha ha!!
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            Originally Posted by SDbeachgirl
            Ana said the resort can do a signature drink for the cocktail hour, at no additional charge. I guess that makes sense, since it is open bar, but just thought would be extra cool if they would walk around and hand out "blue" drinks or whatever type of tropical drink I come up with. I might just have to start a new post to see what drink others have used as a signature drink! I asked Ana, but she didn't answer all of my questions (shocking!)
            Yes, that sounds like so much fun to have the waiters walking around with a bunch of the same color drinks at the cocktail hour. I was thinking a blue drink with an orange in it or something like that :) I guess this is something I could just work out with Ana when I get down there before my wedding. I will be there 4 days before my wedding

            #976 Laura22610

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              Posted 22 January 2010 - 10:16 PM

              I have been absent for a few days because we got 2 puppies :) and they are needing constant supervision for housebreaking right now! Kind of a bad time to get puppies with all of the wedding planning but they were just too cute to pass up!

              Anyway, it is nice to see lots of new brides getting married at DRC!! I noticed a lot were asking about photography. I am using Claudia Rodriguez. I love her work and she was reasonably priced. I searched on here and then emailed a few of the photographers for pricing. They were all very quick to reply and very nice! This thread has great information on a lot of Cancun area photographers:
              http://bestdestinati....raphers-35088/

              #977 SDbeachgirl

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                Posted 22 January 2010 - 10:34 PM

                I know I posted this question before, but I don't think I got any responses and figured I will ask it again since there are some new brides. Is anyone going to use the cocktail hour at DRC? If so, where are you planning on having it? I had thought we might do the garden area because it would be a change in scenery and this way the guests would not all be watching us take our photos...ha! But I am having a hard time picturing how it would be set up. Just wondering what everyone else is planning on doing. For those of you who have chosen to use it towards a welcome dinner instead, what does that mean? Will you have a set up similar to the cocktail hour?

                #978 SDbeachgirl

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                  Posted 22 January 2010 - 10:37 PM

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                  Originally Posted by Boo
                  Yeah signature drink would be great.. I have given it some though as well but could not come up with anything yet, our colours our turquoise/blue and coral/pink. Our linens will have the blue overlay so not sure that a blue drink would have that pop of colour, but I don’t see all the guys drinking a pink drink... I considered just going for a bright yellow or green to make it stand out. Like in a martini glass most likely. I have also seen tequila tasting set up with a blue martini glass with lemon wedges in it, looks super pretty - if you don’t know what I mean I will dig up the picture and post it here :)

                  Happy planning!
                  Are you planning on having the signature drink during the reception or the cocktail hour? I ask because you had said that you would have blue overlays. Are you using the blue overlays at the cocktail hour too?

                  #979 Boo

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                    Posted 22 January 2010 - 11:01 PM

                    hmmm yeah I only thought of doing the signature drink during our reception at DRC, I believe there is an extra charge for it at Secrets Marom during cocktail hour, although that would be nice because during our cocktail hour its only going to be white linen with bows. The blue overlays will only be used for dinner reception set up at DRC.

                    With blue I think this is kinda cool

                     

                     

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                    #980 SDbeachgirl

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                      Posted 22 January 2010 - 11:28 PM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by Boo
                      hmmm yeah I only thought of doing the signature drink during our reception at DRC, I believe there is an extra charge for it at Secrets Marom during cocktail hour, although that would be nice because during our cocktail hour its only going to be white linen with bows. The blue overlays will only be used for dinner reception set up at DRC.

                      With blue I think this is kinda cool
                      Ooh, I like that! But I don't know if I should get everyone all drunk on Tequila shots before the reception even starts...ha! Also, I think I have a lot of whimpy friends/family when it comes to shots. A foofoo drink will probably be better. But I do like how the blue looks!




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