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#1761 LindsayOO

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    Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:13 AM

    Originally Posted by cinnagirl 

    Thanks Lindsay! Do you have to set up the day pass prior to getting to the resort, or can it be bought on the day off?

    We set it up the day before..and she still had a bit of a hard time getting in...just make sure you talk to the front desk and confirm the day off..then you should be ok!

    #1762 LaurenFysh

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      Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:50 AM

      What colors are you girls planning on going with? We are using navy and fuschia.

      We are using yellow, chocolate brown, and white. We're plan on incorporating a lot if wood, burlap, and lace. Very rustic

      #1763 MissyBee

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        Posted 31 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

        Pretty! I love yellow- such a happy color

        #1764 mimiq

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          Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:24 PM

          I actually never paid a deposit.  Mayte confirmed the date with me and that was that!

          #1765 inloveinkorea

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            Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:19 PM

            I don't think a deposit is 100% necessary, but it sure made me feel better about the whole process. :) 

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            #1766 april4884

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              Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:34 PM

              Hello everyone!  I just got back from our wedding at Jellyfish....


              I have read many reviews in the past and heard MANY times that Mayte is busy and to just trust that it will work out.  Being that I am the type of person who has an 11 tab wedding spreadsheet that has always been difficult to understand.  Let me tell you though, once you get there it will all change.  I don't know how she does it all but the day felt perfect.  Mayte does so many weddings that she is beyond a pro and will anticipate every possible detail you can imagine. 


              There were 20 of us total and we stayed at Dreams Palm Beach.  Great resort for our party.  Not too big that you can't find anyone but not too small either.  The night we got there we took a cab to Jellyfish to go over details and drop off some cash.  She brought us a huge plate of appetizers and like 7 full sized drinks to help us choose our signature cocktails.  We decided on 3 appetizers-bacon wrapped shrimp, spinach ricotta hot pockets, and chicken skewers.  All were amazing.  For drinks we did a Pina Colada for guests as they arrived and both a Caipirinha and Coco Loco for cocktail hour.  For the main menu we chose a Cesaer Salad or Caprese Salad and then had a menu that included all their regular items but with everything about $30 removed. 


              The day of, I got my hair and makeup done at the resort.  I brought pictures I had taken when I did my dry run back home and allow she didn't seem to look at them greatly and there was a huge language barrier, she did amazing.  A van picked up our guests and the groom in the lobby (Mayte setup) at 4pm and another one came for my dad and I 15 minutes later.  When we got there I stayed in the van and went immediately down the aisle from there (about 5:00).  We had Jorge Allocco do our photography for 3 hours-which started as our guests arrived.  The restaurant and beach looked AMAZING!  Although Mayte does an insanely wonderful job, the setting is so picturesque that anything would do. 


              We had Pastor Rick do the ceremony and I didn't even meet him until I got down the aisle.  The ceremony was wonderful.  I walked down to What a Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, which Mayte had perfectly cued.  We did not have a DJ but did pay for sound.  I did the entire playlist myself on iTunes (which had a very Caribbean vibe-I did TONS of research and this was probably the most stressful aspect of the day.  Anyone feel free to ask for my playlist if interested.) and was very pleasantly surprised when there was an emcee there to coordinate it all.  I also didn't pay extra for any form of dance floor yet the restaurant had something set up.  Originally, we had the ceremony scheduled for later but moved it up when I realized when the sun was going to set.  I'm really glad we did because we ended up losing light for pictures.  Dinner was amazing and the atmosphere was priceless.  We didn't rent out the whole resort but honestly did not see anyone else that was eating there because they were escorted to another part of the place at the door.  We were planning on doing wish lanterns but it ended up being too windy.  The staff there really was willing to do anything to make our guests happy and were extremely flexible.  We ended up having buses come back around 10pm for our guest which allowed some of the older, and younger, people to get some sleep while the rest of us just hung out at the resort bar. 


              All in all, it was nothing short of perfect.  My husband and I had disagreed with my wanting to do the wedding and reception at Jellyfish instead of the resort but after seeing everything he was beyond grateful he trusted me.  We saw many resort weddings and thought they were incredibly impersonal and cookie cutter.  One of our guest actually almost ate at a wedding the first night because he thought it was just a buffet on the beach!  It was the greatest decision we made!  I have no doubt that every single bride was does there wedding at Jellyfish will me ecstatic with the results!  I know it's extremely difficult but seriously trust that everything will be amazing and let it go, you will enjoy it way more that way.


              If anyone has questions, don't hesitate to ask.  I got a lot of good information from other people's experiences.  Sorry my review is so long!  Here's a few pictures...


              With Mayte


              #1767 cinnagirl

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                Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:34 PM

                April, it looks like your wedding was amazing! I love the decor set up for the ceremony and reception. It's so colourful! Thank you so much for posting your review! They are always helpful for everyone else waiting their turn. :)


                I really like that you took the van with your dad to the restaurant. I think I will do that as well, seems like a nice way to spend some moments together before the ceremony. I would love to see your playlist if you don't mind. Music is something I've been struggling with lately. Do you mind me asking, how far in advance did you set up your meeting with Mayte?  

                #1768 inloveinkorea

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                  Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

                  Yay!! Your wedding looks beautiful and so do you!! 


                  I would love to see the playlist as well. :)

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                  #1769 laraandshane

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                    Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:13 PM

                    Does anyone know the church requirements for Nuestra Se±ora del Pilar church??? Mayte sent me the requirements but are not able to open them. Also I have been trying to get her to respond but haven't heard from her :/


                    Any luck fellow brides??

                    #1770 april4884

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                      Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:25 AM


                      I was really worried about my meeting with Mayte since she wasn't responding to my email to set it up and honestly, it wasn't scheduled till right before we left.  She had another wedding that night but we were escorted upstairs and she came and met us.  Although we hung out drinking and eating free stuff :-) it was pretty quick and painless.   


                      I struggled greatly with the music too.  I thought doing it myself would help the budget and we didn't really view it as a DJ-type reception.  Plus, being crazy, it was nice to know all the music that was going to be played.  After researching the topic, I discovered the style of music in the DR is more of a spanish speaking Soca and Merengue and less Calypso/Steel Drums.  For us, we decided to make it what ever made us happy. With the music I already had on my computer it only ended up being about $70 and I asked my mother for an iTunes gift card for my shower so it didn't cost us anything.  We just used an ipod and had another one loaded up as a backup.  Keep in mind two that it helps to number the playlists so they are in order for the person controlling it.  Also, there are settings you can set in iTunes to help adjust all the songs to the same sound level as well as do fade-ins.  Here's two websites that helped me:




                      Going into this I had no idea what the vibe of the night would be (people crazy and wanting to dance, just chill, etc.) so I tried to be prepared for everything.  Turns out everything was perfect and I got many compliments on the music.  Sorry the list is so long, hope it helps.


                      01 Procession-
                      Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World:  Israel Kamakawiwo’ole  (I just used the What a Wonderful World portion)
                      02 Recessional:
                      Ultimate Party:  Krosfyah & Edwin Yearwood

                      03 Cocktail Hour (1 Hour):
                      Boo-Boo Man:  University of Akron Steel Drum Band
                      Caribbean Pirates:  Caribbean Party Music:  Jamaican, Calypso, Steel Drums, and Other
                      Everybody Loves a Saturday Night:  University of Akron Steel Drum Band
                      Festival Steel Drums:  Caribbean Party Music:  Jamaican, Calypso, Steel Drums, and Other
                      In Your Eyes:  Wayne Wonder
                      Island Song:  Zac Brown Band
                      Jamaica, Farewell:  University of Akron Steel Drum Band
                      Jamming:  Bob Marley
                      Jouvert Barrio:  University of Akron Steel Drum Band
                      Now or Never:  University of Akron Steel Drum Band
                      One Love/People Get Ready:  Bob Marley
                      One Woman Man:  UB40
                      Outcast    :  University of Akron Steel Drum Band
                      Rhythm of Love:  Plain White T’s
                      Rum and Coca-Cola:  Gene Mitchell
                      Sweet Calypso Woman:  Steel Tropics
                      Toes:  Zac Brown Band
                      Want Fi Charge:   Gramps Morgan
                      Yellowbird:  University of Akron Steel Drum Band
                      04 Reception Dinner (1.3 Hours):
                      Where the Boat Leaves From:  Zac Brown Band
                      Gotta Tell Someone:  UB40
                      Plenty More:  UB40
                      Golden Eyes:  Tony Curtis
                      Love’s Contagious:  Tarrus Riley
                      Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy:  The Tams
                      Perfect One:  Sizzla
                      Loving You Forever:  Roger Robin
                      Like An Angel:  Maxi Priest
                      Love Stomach:  Khago
                      That Girl:  Jah Cure
                      Nothing:  Jah Cure
                      Better Together: Jack Johnson
                      You’re Just Right:  Kashef Lindo
                      Jah Love:  Iration
                      Darling It’s You:  Gramps Morgan
                      Heaven In Your Eyes:  Glen Washington
                      The Sun and the Wind:  Gene Mitchell
                      Your Love:  The Dirty Heads
                      Cabin By the Sea:  The Dirty Heads
                      Love Stories:  Beres Hammond

                      05 Reception Party (2.5 Hours):
                      All Aboard:  Atlantik
                      I Gotta Feeling:  Black Eyed Peas
                      Let’s Get It Started:  Black Eyed Peas
                      Marry You:  Bruno Mars
                      Just the Way You Are:  Bruno Mars
                      Forever:  Chris Brown
                      My Love:  Da Bhann
                      Tu y Yo:  Enrique Iglesias
                      Sweet Caroline (Reggae Version):  Freddie McGregor
                      The World is Ours Tonight:  Gloriana
                      Sweat (A La La La La Long):  Inner Circle
                      Down :  Jay Sean
                      Till My Last Day :  Justin Moore
                      Your Love is My Drug:  Ke$ha
                      Die Young:  Ke$ha
                      Guitars and Tiki Bars:  Kenny Chesney
                      Beer In Mexico:  Kenny Chesney
                      Pump Me Up:  Krosfyah
                      Ultimate Party:  Krosfyah
                      Say Hey (I Love You):  Michael Franti &Spearhead
                      Love Like This:  Natasha Bedingfield
                      Tonight is the Night:  Outasight
                      Raise Your Glass:  Pink
                      Always On My Mind:  Phantom Planet
                      Give Me Everything:  Pitbull
                      Don’t Stop the Party:  Pitbull
                      Gangnam Style: PSY
                      Umbrella:  Rihanna
                      We Found Love:  Rihanna
                      I Am a Bajan:  Rupee
                      Jump:  Rupee
                      Blame It (on de music)  Rupee
                      All Night Til Mornin’: Statement
                      Wanna Be (Right Dey):  Statement
                      Santeria:  Sublime
                      Don’t You Worry Child:  Swedish House Mafia
                      One of Those Nights:  Tim McGraw
                      Numb:  Usher
                      Knee Deep:  Zac Brown Band
                      06 Reception Backup Mellow  (58 minutes):
                      You and I:  Ingrid Michaelson
                      The Way I Am:  Ingrid Michaelson
                      Marianne:  University of Akron Steel Drum Band
                      I Got You:  Thompson Square
                      Sunshine:  Steve Azar
                      When the Sun Goes Down:  Kenny Chesney
                      The Life:  Kenny Chesney
                      Magic:  Kenny Chesney
                      Lucky:  Jason Mraz
                      You Make It Real:  James Morrison
                      I Do:  Colbie Caillat
                      Angel:  Shaggy
                      Kokomo:  The Beach Boys
                      Flip Flop Song:  University of Akron Steel Drum Band
                      Smile: Uncle Kracker
                      God Gave Me You:  Blake Shelton
                      07 Reception Backup Party  (1.1 Hours):
                      Kings and Queens:  30 Seconds to Mars
                      Telling the World:  Taio Cruz
                      Dynamite:  Taio Cruz
                      Got Your Back:  TI
                      Live Your Life:  TI
                      Stuck Like Glue:  Sugarland
                      Letting Go:  Sean Kington
                      Sube y Baja:  Los Hermanos Rosario
                      Mujer Prohibida:  Los Hermanos Rosario
                      La Duena del Swing:  Los Hermanos Rosario
                      Esa Muchacha:  Los Hermanos Rosario
                      Tik Tok:  Ke$ha
                      No Me Digas Que No:  Enrique Iglesias
                      One Day at a Time:  Enrique Iglesias
                      Club Can’t Handle Me:  Flo Rida


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