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DTHSLove Riu Macao,PUJ W(pics)..Honey Moon The Moon Palace..yeah!

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#1 DTHSLove

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    Posted 24 August 2009 - 08:05 PM

    Sorry for the delay. Its really hard to adjust to normal life after a 2wks vacation wedding. Thanks lovely ladies here who were so helpful in everything.. And will to share their information. If I missed anything in my review please feel free to contact me.

    We had 28 guests traveling from the USA, Jamaica and UK. Most of our guest arrived Wednesday leaving Sunday after breakfast. My guest from the UK stayed 2 weeks they sated at the Sirenis Tropical Suites. They had booked so far in advanced when we changed hotel they had their package already booked, could not be changed again.

    Travel Agency: Sunkissed Vaction (A+)

    I worked with Dina who I got through BDW, I sent the request over via the travel agent contact request and she got back with me in a matter of days. She was very helpful and responded to question in a timely manner. Transfers and travel went very smooth for us all going and coming from PUJ. We flew Delta non-stop to PUJ. My dress made it just fine in my hand all the way from CT – NY- PUJ, no worry. We laid it flat in the overhead bin and it was just as good.
    My guest who booked for themselves did have early flights out of the hotel. Really a waste of the day when they could have had breakfast and sleep in. That was the best thing I learnt about using a travel agent. You are able to sleep in while getting the meal you paid for before heading to the airport. One drink at the airport was $4. OMG. We had stacked up on snacks from the hotel so we only had to buy drinks when we get to the airport for return. Depending on the location of your hotel your shuttle bus will make multiple stops, not too bad since you get to see some of the other hotel options for your next trip.

    Riu Macao Check-in: (A+)
    If you are looking for a family friendly hotel the Riu Macao is the one to go. The staff was very friendly and attentive to all guest. We were greeted with cool pineapple drink for all, but for some reason I did not get one, but I was glad my parents and the others got theirs. All the Riu’s are on the same strip so you can go and come as u like. We were told we could only take pics @ the Riu Palace, but when we went over there to visit we got margaritas at the bar, no problem. The rooms at the Macao are not all up to date. The drapes in my room were a bit dated, so was the bed covering. The under sheet were clean and in good condition. The room was very clean!
    Ann-Marie at the front desk was exceptional she took time out to help my girls plan my bachelorette party and get contacts in the area for them. She even took us to the solon in the city to get our nail and hair done. The ladies at the salon did not know how to do nails very well, we were a bit disappointed with that. It was cheaper than the hotel, but I thought they could have hooked it up better..

    Wedding Coordinators: A+
    My emails had three names to it to but Magnolia seemed to be the head of the dept. We met in her office in the afternoon the next day. I did not know we had an appointment the morning at 10am, I missed it. The wedding office is at the palace for all the Riu it seemed, so we walked over there, the sun was very hot but good view of the property. We took the decors back the next day by cab ($5).
    With all the stuff we took down for decoration the ladies did a very good job. I bought 3 center piece from Magnolia and the flowers for the parents. They looked great all worked out lovely.

    Welcome Dinner:
    We all went to the Steak House for dinner on Thursday night. Everyone knew everyone already so no need for name tags. This area was an open area, so it was really hot outside. Dinner was good, after we went to have drinks and fun for the rest of the night.

    Bachelorette Party: A+
    The ladies in my bridal party were all secretive since the day they got there, so I knew something was up but I did not know what!!! We had our welcome dinner and all the ladies seem to have diapers. I was invited to help my cousin change to a different room because she was having issues in her current room. When we got to her room she decided to do something else I was then taken back down stairs to the so called new room.. This room was all dressed up for the party, I was really surprised. The cake had all the topping if you know what I mean!!. I was given my sash and a wand with a pepe on the top. All the ladies made their speeches and well wishes for me. My mom gave the speech of how we were meant to be from high school, which was special. A really cute guy came in to set up music, and then I heard a knock at the door. They turned the lights off so it was kind of hard to see. A policeman entered the room; I had to jump back for a minute because I did not know what was going on. Lights came back on and all hell broke loose with the ladies. He did his thing then a fireman entered, it was great. We were so rowdy guest started to come out of their rooms. We had to tone it down which was very hard. We had a great time, we then left for the bar in the lobby..

    Day of Wedding:
    The day was perfect no rain clouds in the sky…
    I did not know what to do with myself, so I went to breakfast with the other girls. I had a light breakfast and head back to the room to look over last min stuff.

    Hair: A+
    My girlfriend from college did my hair. We had decided that $70 for an up do was not worth it, she was always good with hair. My hair turned out perfect just as I had imagined (Updo to the side, she hooked it up, fi real). I could not have asked for a better person to do my hair. As we were putting the final touch to my hair I saw my 2yr with this white thing in his hand, tearing it, yes ladies it was my bird cage veil. I thought I was going to die. We tried our best to fix it with glue but the best thing to do was to cute it some more.

    Makeup: A+
    She was hired by Magnolia to come in and do my makeup. She was very good I loved the job she did. She even had Mac products in her makeup case which was Perfect !!
    Ps. If you do wear fake lashes use water proof adhesive. Ladies the humidity just before the reception had me looking like a one eyed crook. I had to take them off totally, we were not able to fix them for the reception. They really enhanced my pictures, you have to have them..

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    Cake: B
    I’m not sure how the hotel cake was taste wise, because I only took a small piece for picture. I don’t like chocolate cake so I’m not the best judge of the taste. The decoration was nice, it had fresh flowers on the top. At the end of the night there was a big piece left. I asked them to put it up for us and they did.
    We had carried a rum cake from the USA but was unable to put it on the table. The decoration got smush on the trip down. We took it to the bakery to fix it but the icing they used could not stand the heat. We put it up for the next day, send off dinner.

    Ceremony: A+
    The officient spoke only spanish, so he spoke and Magnoilia translated in english for the guest. I messed up by giving 2 people the same reading but no one noticed. When my bro-inlaw found out he had the same reading he came up and did a prayer on his own. No one know the difference of the kind of wedding we were having. It all sound the same to them..

    Reception: A+

    I know I wanted to do a private reception because I wanted everyone to be able to dance and be loud. The steak house which was used for reception is close to the beach and is an open restaurant. We had used it the night before for our welcome but did not know that was the one we were using. I did not like the idea of using that restaurant because it was very hot out there. I spoke to magnolia after our meeting and told her I was not paying $600. to sit in the heat. She made some called and was able to reserve the Japanese restaurant which had air condition. They said we could not play the music loud because the restaurant was next to the main restaurant. The volume was just fine for us they even turned it up later on in the night.

    Music: B+
    We had first said we would bring our own music, but in the last week hubby decided to use the hotel DJ $400. His brother wanted to pay for it. I guest I should have told the DJ to get some reggae ready for us. We danced but I think my hubby had a better selection would have had the party going. Maybe I’m just bias… He was not worth $400.00 my brother in-law had to give him some music to play.
    The next day while we were at dinner the DJ was setting up for a reception at the outside restaurant and guest what, he was playing the music my brother in-law gave him.

    Photographer: A+
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    The Room
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    The way to get around
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    The area
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    ~The New Mrs. Myrie aka DTHSlove~
    Now I know why I have zero energy level, we are 2 ½ mths pregnant..

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    #2 Ginalyn

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      Posted 24 August 2009 - 09:16 PM

      Awesome review..thanks for sharing! Beautiful pics..congrats on your wedding and your pregnancy!

      #3 shoyum

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        Posted 24 August 2009 - 10:31 PM

        Congrats!! Thats so exciting.

        #4 Glamourina

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          Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:48 AM

          Great review and awesome pics! Thanks for sharing :)

          #5 FutureMrsTO

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            Posted 02 December 2009 - 11:54 PM

            great review! thank you so much. this was really helpful and insightful. I am getting married there in October next year and was concerned about the unknowns and your review was so through it helped put me at ease. thank you for sharing!

            #6 beachbum

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              Posted 03 December 2009 - 11:28 AM

              Great pictures!! Congratulations!

              #7 Woodsylou

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                Posted 03 December 2009 - 11:44 AM

                lovely congrats! x
                a UK bride :)

                35 fabulous people booked! 31 at The Moon Palace, 4 offsite! YAY!

                My planning thread! http://bestdestinati....k-bride-61178/

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