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#1 staceyg

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    Posted 04 November 2009 - 08:49 PM

    Hello fellow IV brides!

    We are in the process of planning our wedding at the Iberostar Varadero for April 2010 and need some help! I've been scouring the site for answers but can't seem to find what I'm looking for. Perhaps my searching skills are a fail and if so, I apologize for the repetition. If any brides out there can help answer my questions or lead me to the answers, it would be greatly appreciated! :-)

    Here goes;

    1. We are booked to be married on April 27th at 2pm, I wanted to be married later in the day but unfortunately, another couple beat us to the later available time. Has anyone else been married at 2pm? Was it still scorching hot?

    I wonder too about the length of time between the ceremony and the dinner/reception. From my understanding the dinner isn't until 7pm. That's 5 hours! What did everyone do in between? I'm sure pictures will take up a few hours but is there anything else we should be considering doing during that time?

    2. Where? There are the 3 gazebos to choose from and my understanding is that the garden is for small intimate groups (less than 10) and both the pool and beach can accommodate larger groups. I really like the what I've seen of the beach gazebo and am thinking this is our choice but want to ensure that it is still private and there will be minimal strangers in speedos around! Has anyone on here chosen the beach gazebo?

    3. Dinner. What has been the favorite restaurant to go to? I hear that the Mediterranean is really great and have requested it but want to be sure that it's the right choice. We have a guest list of about 20-25 so accommodation wise I don't think there would be an issue an any of the 3 choices.

    4. Dance!! We're debating between the pool party and the disco. FI wants pool and I'm drawn more to the Disco. Of course, this will depend too on what the price is - currently am awaiting an email from Belkis to confirm costs but I've read that its 20 CUC/person? Has anyone done either and if so, what are the reviews?

    5. Pictures! This may seem like a silly question but when looking at the pics online, I see a lot of couples who had their pics taken in Havana. I def want pics taken in Havana but my question is this - are they taken on the wedding day or as part of the TTD sessions??

    Thanks so much for all your help ladies!

    Stacey
    Looking to share a Photographer...
    We will be in Varadero, Cuba the end of April 2010 and are getting married at the Iberostar Varadero on April 27th. If there are any brides interested in sharing a photographer PM me!!



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    #2 AnyafromCineart

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      Posted 06 November 2009 - 02:45 PM

      Hi Stacey,

      I will try to answer your questions:

      2pm ceremony - yes it will be hot but gazebo will give you a shade. You can check on the slideshow - ceremony was in the beach gazebo, reception in Mediterranean and night pictures in Gazebo at the pool.

      Jessica and Brandon


      5 hours sounds a lot but it will fly. You may need to refresh before the the reception (most of my Brides do this). Is getting dark at about 6:00 pm so you will probably be done with the pictures until than.

      Dinner - Mediterranean is most intimate and food is really great! Check how it looks like on the slideshow.

      Dance- If you have enough people to keep party going for sure pool party will be fun. Hoverer disco is great and paying extra may not be necessary.

      Pictures- Havana is almost 2 hours away from Iberostar, so most of the pictures taken there happen on the other day.
      Matanzas is little bit closer (30 min)and has real Cuban feel.
      Taking big taxi (10 people) to Matanzas will cost you about 100 CUC (after bargaining).
      You can also go to Cardenas which is pretty close.

      I'm leaving for Cuba on 22nd of November and for sure I will post some more pictures after.

      All the best with planning!

      #3 Blooroze

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        Posted 06 November 2009 - 04:20 PM

        Hi Stacey,

        I'm getting married at the Iberostar Varadero in 2 1/2 weeks, so I'll probably be able to answer most of your questions when I get back!! But we're having our ceremony at 2pm as well, and I chose that so that there would be more daylight for pictures. Our ceremony is going to be on the beach itself, not in any of the gazebos. Our dinner will be at the Mediterranean restaurant, as I've heard it's the most intimate (and dinner is at 6:30pm for us). We're not doing the private pool or disco party, so I can't answer that question. We're just going to the disco when it opens for everyone at 11pm.

        Anyway I'll write a review when I get back in December, so stay tuned!

        #4 staceyg

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          Posted 06 November 2009 - 05:43 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by AnyafromCineart
          Hi Stacey,

          I will try to answer your questions:

          2pm ceremony - yes it will be hot but gazebo will give you a shade. You can check on the slideshow - ceremony was in the beach gazebo, reception in Mediterranean and night pictures in Gazebo at the pool.

          Jessica and Brandon


          5 hours sounds a lot but it will fly. You may need to refresh before the the reception (most of my Brides do this). Is getting dark at about 6:00 pm so you will probably be done with the pictures until than.

          Dinner - Mediterranean is most intimate and food is really great! Check how it looks like on the slideshow.

          Dance- If you have enough people to keep party going for sure pool party will be fun. Hoverer disco is great and paying extra may not be necessary.

          Pictures- Havana is almost 2 hours away from Iberostar, so most of the pictures taken there happen on the other day.
          Matanzas is little bit closer (30 min)and has real Cuban feel.
          Taking big taxi (10 people) to Matanzas will cost you about 100 CUC (after bargaining).
          You can also go to Cardenas which is pretty close.

          I'm leaving for Cuba on 22nd of November and for sure I will post some more pictures after.

          All the best with planning!
          Thanks so much for the information! That's a huge help to me and a relief to know that the 2pm wedding isn't too early in the day!

          You're pictures are stunning!

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by Blooroze
          Hi Stacey,

          I'm getting married at the Iberostar Varadero in 2 1/2 weeks, so I'll probably be able to answer most of your questions when I get back!! But we're having our ceremony at 2pm as well, and I chose that so that there would be more daylight for pictures. Our ceremony is going to be on the beach itself, not in any of the gazebos. Our dinner will be at the Mediterranean restaurant, as I've heard it's the most intimate (and dinner is at 6:30pm for us). We're not doing the private pool or disco party, so I can't answer that question. We're just going to the disco when it opens for everyone at 11pm.

          Anyway I'll write a review when I get back in December, so stay tuned!
          Thanks Blooroze! Can't wait to hear all abut it when you get back! Hope you have an amazing trip and best wishes for your wedding day! :-)
          Looking to share a Photographer...
          We will be in Varadero, Cuba the end of April 2010 and are getting married at the Iberostar Varadero on April 27th. If there are any brides interested in sharing a photographer PM me!!



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          #5 crazy_veronica

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            Posted 20 March 2010 - 01:31 PM

            My friend is getting married at this resort in April and she asked me to do a photo display for her. Have anyone had a photo display at their weddings at Iberostar Veradero? How was it set up? I was hoping that there would be potted trees or columns in the dinner/reception area that I could wrap twine around and pin up the photos with clothespins. Can anyone tell me if the area has some kind of tall structure that would let me do that? Thanks! :)

            #6 Dmitri_Markine

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              Posted 21 March 2010 - 02:06 AM

              Actually sunset is around 8pm...

              #7 Mags

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                Posted 21 April 2010 - 09:40 AM

                Hi Blooroze!
                I saw that your are going to get married on the beach itself...are you going to have chairs for guest?? Do you have any pictures of the set up? I also want to get married on the beach but heard that the hotel is not providing chairs...have you heard about this too??

                Thanks!!!!

                #8 AngelaVaradero

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                  Posted 22 April 2010 - 11:08 PM

                  Hi Iberostar Varadero brides!

                  I originally had Iberostar Laguna Azul booked for April 2011, but have recently changed it to Iberostar Varadero, largely because of Belkis' helpfulness and timeliness. I'm so excited!

                  I recently got quotes from Toronto to Varadero which seem great, but I was wondering if anyone else could tell me what is reasonable and what they have been quoted? feel free to PM me if you like, or just respond to this thread.

                  Thanks!

                  #9 newflores

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                    Posted 29 April 2010 - 02:20 AM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by AngelaVaradero
                    Hi Iberostar Varadero brides!

                    I originally had Iberostar Laguna Azul booked for April 2011, but have recently changed it to Iberostar Varadero, largely because of Belkis' helpfulness and timeliness. I'm so excited!

                    I recently got quotes from Toronto to Varadero which seem great, but I was wondering if anyone else could tell me what is reasonable and what they have been quoted? feel free to PM me if you like, or just respond to this thread.

                    Thanks!
                    Hi!! What's the quote you got from Toronto to Varadero? I am still deciding where I'm still having our DW and I recently changed from Jamaica to now maybe in Varadero mainly becuz of costs... Do you have a really good TA?

                    #10 Shauntel

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                      Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:13 AM

                      Hello,

                       

                      I am recently engaged and just got a confirmation for July 4th, 2013 at the Iberostar Varadero......

                       

                       

                      Does anyone know if you can upgrade the bar to deluxe or international brands?

                       

                      Thanks!






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