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Iberostar Laguna Azul - Varadero, Cuba 04/17/10

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We returned home last Saturday from our wedding in Varadero, Cuba and the entire experience was much more than we ever could have imagined!

 

Our wedding coordinator Yahimara wasn't always the best at returning emails so we were slightly concerned that things would be missed. This was not the case at all, she had every email I'd ever sent and was very organized.

 

Shortly after we arrived at the resort, we met with Y to discuss some basics. Y needed a few things from us at this time as well, so be sure to have:

 

You and your fiance's tourist cards (you get them on the airplane)

Your two witnesses tourist cards

Your seating plan, with table #'s and placecards if needed

Your meal details (how many for lobster, how many kids meals)

 

Also bring at this time:

Cash for the BM bouquets ($15 CUC each, $10 for flower girls)

CD with your ceremony music

 

I should note that the bouquets are awful. Easter lilies!! All the beautiful flowers that grow wild and our bouquets were Easter lilies! It was weird. I did tell Y I wanted a TROPICAL bouquet but it clearly had no impact. My BM's actually ran around the resort picking some of the beautiful local flowers and jazzed up my bouquet a bit...but it was still ugly lol The flowers were also near death so I'd highly recommend bringing your own silk flower bouquet.

 

The rest of the wedding is paid for when you checkout. ($700 wedding fee, private dinner charge if applicable and lobster dinner charge if applicable)

Keep in mind there is a 10% surcharge if you use a credit card.

 

We had originally planned on having our ceremony on the beach so Y took us to see the site the day we arrived. It was scorching hot that day and we definitely starting worrying about melting in my dress and his suit. There is also an ugly old boat shed type building really close by that was a turn-off. Y suggested we take a look at the 5th floor gazebo overlooking the resort so we did and it was so much larger than it looked in all the photos I had seen! She assured us 80 people would fit so, once we saw the photos she had of other ceremonies up there, we were sold. I should note that my good friend got married the day after me (we planned together!) and she stuck with beach which did turn out very nice. There was a nice breeze so she lucked out. We saw a wedding the day after we arrived and the beach was so windy the champagne glasses were all falling over, so it's hit or miss!

 

Y also lets you know at the first meeting about an old car you can hire to do wedding photographs with. It costs $60 CUC and I thought it was $60 well spent. Right after the ceremony we did our hugs and thank yous and loaded into a beautiful old white car with our photographer. We had no clue where we were going but soon arrived at the Varadero Golf Club. BEAUTIFUL! There is an old yellow plantation-like building with dark banisters and gorgeous wood staircases....we went up to the top floor and had photos done, then went out on a balcony while our photographer went down below and got more pics. The course is right on the ocean so we were also able to go out on the rocky pier type thing for more pics...it was great. After about 45 mins we headed back to the resort. This is when we did our wedding party and family photos. We were very, very late for dinner!! If you have booked a 4pm ceremony with a 6:30 or 7pm dinner, CHANGE YOUR CEREMONY TO 3PM! We were an hour late for dinner (at the steakhouse) and everything was pretty overcooked. I wished I had done the ceremony at 3pm as our group photos were pretty rushed.

 

Hmm, what else.....splurge on a junior suite!! I would recommend our exact room, 11226. It had an ocean view, was close to the main pool, the all night snack bar and the beach. It was perfect. It also came in really handy when my bm's and I were getting ready and the huge balcony overlooking the ocean is where we did almost al our pre-ceremony pics.

 

Definitely bring insulated travel mugs, they are so handy. I must have had a dozen people tell me to bring one and I still didnâ€t!

 

Guard your towels like gold! $10 CUC if you lose one, aka someone steals yours!

 

Bring a jar of hot sauce, peanut butter and Heinz ketchup. Youâ€ll be the most popular girl around wink.gif

 

I can't think of anything else right, but let me know if you have any questions! Rest assured, ILA is a beautiful, clean friendly resort and we had so many guests approach us to say "wow, you guys picked an amazing resort! This is incredible!"

 

We loved every single minute :)

Siobhan

 

 

 

 

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Great review!!! Will probably have questions to ask later, can't think of any right at this moment.

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I did think of one question. :)

 

For the flowers, were the Easter Lillies the ONLY choice offered? Though flowers are really not a huge deal to me, I have to agree with you. It is disappointing when you see all the beautiful tropical flowers that grow freely all around the resort. sad.gif

 

Also, can you describe the ceremony a bit more in details? Like, how do everyone know when and how to enter, where to be placed, etc.? What about the music? It's from a CD? Can you hear it well?

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thank you for the review.

 

I will consider gettting silk flowers to take down with me for myself and my 5 bridesmaids. I just have to figure out how i'm going to transport them.

Anyone else doing this?

 

Alicia

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I did think of one question. :)

For the flowers, were the Easter Lillies the ONLY choice offered? Though flowers are really not a huge deal to me, I have to agree with you. It is disappointing when you see all the beautiful tropical flowers that grow freely all around the resort. sad.gif

Also, can you describe the ceremony a bit more in details? Like, how do everyone know when and how to enter, where to be placed, etc.? What about the music? It's from a CD? Can you hear it well?


Nope, not the only choice...you can also have carnations or roses! LOL It's SO strange that the local flowers are not an option. I even brought pictures of 3 tropical bouquets I liked, but Y barely even glanced at them. She shows you a piece of paper with 6 or 8 bouquets and asks "which one do you like the best".

Y does ask the first day if you want a rehearsal. I'm not sure if there is a charge for this. We had gone into it thinking we would be winging it, so we figured let's just go with the flow.
For the gazebo, Y brought my parents, my flower girls, my BMs and me up to the 5th floor. No one can see you when you first get off the elevator. She explained to the little girls where to walk to and told my BMs where to stand when they got up there too. She also explains that the music is your cue. The girls starting walking when the first song starts, I started with the second. Music is very clear.

For Sam's beach ceremony, Y picked us all up in a big golf cart and drove us over the start of the wooden walkway (I attached a pic) She signaled us to start walking because you can't hear the music from back there. The guests can hear it no problem though on the beach.

One more thing I just thought of, I would bring your own vows of some sort. As we all know, it's very legal sounding (Article 26, you must co-habit under the same roof, article 27, you are each allowed your own profession LOL) and it's nice to add your own personal touch. Give them to Y when you first arrive so she can practice reading them...Samantha gave hers to Y right before the ceremony and she stumbled over a lot of words.

Hope that helps!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for the beach pictures and the additional information. Nice to know there is an option for a rehearsal for those who want it.

 

Alicia

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Thanks Siobhan!

 

One more question. LOL

You mention bringing the seating plan, but did you know before hand how the tables were going to be set up? It makes a difference if they are tables of 6, 8, 10, round, one long rectangle, etc.

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