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#1 Kseif

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    Posted 02 July 2007 - 12:15 AM

    I have to first say THANK YOU to all you wonderful ladies for helping me out through this process. I did not post very much, but I was a silent observer :-) I read a lot of your posts and got so many great ideas from all of you - Thank you and i'm totally going through wedding withdrawals now!! I'm helping plan my husbands sisters wedding to help fill the void.

    I had the best time of my life!! For those getting married at Dreams Cabo, sit back and relax - it will be a perfect day for you too.

    Thursday night
    Welcome Dinner - Ediths A++
    This was a nice getaway from Dreams. Food was unreal!! My husband really wanted this - I was pushing for a welcome dinner at The Office, but I had to give him one decision in this whole thing.
    We went to the Office on Thursday night after dinner and it was the best time, live music and dancing.
    We paid $4k for 47 guests.

    Dreams Cabo A-
    This is really an amazing resort. Not only was it the perfect setting but the staff was all very nice/food was great/fun atmosphere. The Honeymoon suite is huge.
    I absolutely would recommend it to anyone. I had very critical guests in my party that were pleasantly surprised at how great dreams was.......We did have an issue with security though....***Please note if you are staying at Dreams, DO NOT put anything in the safe! We had $600 stolen out of there. Thank god it happened to us and not one of our guests. When we talked with security and hotel manager, i was not impressed at how the situation was handled at all. They offered us a free massage in the spa to make up for it.
    I had to laugh at that.......oh well.

    We got married at the Gazebo, had cocktail hour on the patio right behind it -then had reception at the Oceana Terrace. I wouldnt have had it any other way. I loved the seclusion of the Oceana Terrace.

    Marianna (Wedding Coordinator) A+
    She always responded quickly to my emails, and the day went smoothly.

    DJ Ricardo Patino B+
    He asked for music suggestions before I got down to Cabo which was great. But he didnt say anything at the wedding! he was very quite, I could have just played an Ipod with speakers. I wanted to hire a DJ for the entertainment value.
    We paid $650 for DJ

    Photographer Daniel Jireh (works with Manuel Burgoin) A??
    I havent seen anything yet - but he took a million pics. I will post once I get them.
    Videographer (also works for Manuel) A?? havent seen it yet, but both were very nice.

    We had the photographer/videographer for 5 hours....I think the timing was perfect.
    We paid $4160 for photog/videographer

    Cigar Roller (Marianna hired them through the resort) A+++
    This was a huge hit.....everyone loved it. But it got kind of pricey b/c we paid $15 per cigar and our guests did not realize we were paying for each cigar so they were walking away with bags of cigars! i had to laugh at that....in total we paid $860

    Desserts - French Riviera Bakery
    DO IT! We had eclairs/cookies/brownies brought in.....this was truly great.
    $400

    Dreams Spa - A+ Loved my hair!
    $65

    ATV Rentals - ok, i know a ton of people said this was dangerous - but I had no idea! My father in law got hurt pretty bad - and had to pay $500 because he damaged the ATV.....plenty of other activities in cabo.

    Video Montage - A
    I made it on my own through photo story 3 (which was easy) but had a huge problem right before I left and couldnt add music to the DVD. I just had the DJ play music in the background which was fine.
    We paid $500 I think to rent screen/dvd

    DIY Projects
    Candle Placecards - huge hit! But bring extras with you, 3 of my candles broke in transit.
    FANS for the ceremony. (from OTC) These were actually very nice. We had our ceremony at 6pm, sun was still out and the fans came in very handy. I wrapped the handles in our colors.
    Table Numbers - I did the pictures frames that light up with the candle - this was the easiest DIY ever and was a nice personal touch.
    COASTERS - Had monograms made through creativemontage.com and ordered coasters on the site. Loved these.

    Welcome Bags - Jiffyshirts.com A+++
    Harriton Poly Zipper Bag
    I had a logo printed up on them....the bags came out really nice.
    They included:
    Welcome Letter
    Pashmina
    travel tin candles
    matches
    sunblock
    lotion
    cosmetic bag
    hand sanitzer wipes
    chips
    candy
    crystal light

    Regrets/Suggestions:
    *I wish there was more choreography for speeches/dances. I had to keep running over to the DJ to tell him to play our song/father daughter song.
    A day of coordinator would have been very helpful.
    *We had about 13 guests (out of 50) stay at different resorts. I wish everyone stayed at Dreams b/c it was a pain in the ass trying to meet up with everyone.
    *We rented a van for the week and only used it once. huge waste.
    *I didnt look at my table set up prior to the reception. I wish I did b/c I would have changed a few things.
    *I didnt know this going down there, but Marianna had menu cards printed up for us. It was a nice surprise.


    I ran into Janetta and her crew the whole week - she was a BEAUTIFUL bride!! Her wedding was truly amazing.

    I need to figure out how to post pictures!!!

    #2 TammyWright

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    Posted 02 July 2007 - 12:20 AM

    great review kristen!

    i do recommend all brides understand that it is very important to have a timeline of your event to give to your day of coord or even your dj. we got lucky that juan helped our even run on schedule.

    also, be careful what you lock up in the safe. i have been to dreams cabo 3 times and have never had a problem but better safe than sorry...do not travel with anything that is irreplaceable....get insurance on your rings...do not keep a large amount of cash in one area (i hid alot of my stufff)

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    #3 jesswins

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      Posted 02 July 2007 - 12:24 AM

      Thanks so much for your review. I am getting married at Dreams next July and it helps relieve some anxiety knowing things went well. Congratulations!!
      Jess

      #4 Kseif

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        Posted 02 July 2007 - 12:26 AM

        I forgot we had Mariachi band (booked through Marianna)
        They played during the cocktail hour - Its definately a must have!

        #5 michelle08

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          Posted 02 July 2007 - 01:19 AM

          Great review Kristin!!! That is all great info and I can't wait to see pics! :)

          #6 TammyB

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            Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:39 AM

            I can't wait to see your pictures. You too look so adorable in your sig pic that I can only imagine what you looked like on your wedding day.

            #7 cessyboston

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              Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:51 AM

              great review ...hurry i want to see pics....
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              #8 ajncooter

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                Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:53 AM

                great review Kristin! I cant wait to see your pictures!

                #9 LadyP

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                  Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:53 AM

                  Glad Your Day Went The Way You Wanted

                  #10 TATrisha

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                  Posted 02 July 2007 - 11:02 AM

                  Great review Kristin! It sounds like you had an amazing wedding! Now hurry up and figure out how to post photos :)

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