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Anyone who has been to EDR, did you need to bring an electric converter and what was the beach towel situation like, was it always easy to get a towel? Preparing a what to pack tips list for my guests and want to offer up some suggestions around these two things...

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Originally Posted by riz157 View Post

 

I'm trying to figure out what what type of room to stay in...we're planning on being there for a total of 10 days.  Is the casitas really worth it versus staying in the regular part of the resort?  Would love to hear what everyone else is doing or has done.  thanks!

From what I've heard, the casitas are worth it.  Just the seclusion alone (from your guests) seems worth it to me.  I know its a huge place but I really would like some privacy.  Its your wedding and most likely your honeymoon, DO IT! : )

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I would suggest either the martini bar (in/near the main lobby) or the beach bar (next to Jojos down on the beach). depending on the size of your group. Guacamayas is an option - but we found that the cigarette smoke bothered us so we didn't hang out there. the other bar we liked is down by the casitas - near Kampai. it's another beach bar, and was never crowded. it has great lounge furniture too - perfect for a group. it's only open until 10 though. the other 3 bars are open much later. 

 

the martini bar has more room I think. the beach bar does have tables and chairs, but only a few barstools (and swings). 


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Originally Posted by Maybeachbride View Post

I am using the free dinner for a welcome dinner/rehersal dinner Saturday night since my wedding is on Sunday.  I want to have everyone go to a bar after but I have no idea how to narrow it down.  Ladies who have been there which one would you recomend?

 

Originally Posted by nbateman View Post

Anyone who has been to EDR, did you need to bring an electric converter and what was the beach towel situation like, was it always easy to get a towel? Preparing a what to pack tips list for my guests and want to offer up some suggestions around these two things...

 

Riz - we stayed in the casitas for our entire 10 day stay, and LOVED it. I would do it again. the casitas are larger, and they are more private - better yet there are pools for every set of buildings, and they aren't super busy (although you don't have to stay in the casitas to use those pools). at the very least, move over to the casitas for the honeymoon portion of your stay. highly recommended! 

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Originally Posted by riz157 View Post

I'm trying to figure out what what type of room to stay in...we're planning on being there for a total of 10 days.  Is the casitas really worth it versus staying in the regular part of the resort?  Would love to hear what everyone else is doing or has done.  thanks!

From what I've heard, the casitas are worth it.  Just the seclusion alone (from your guests) seems worth it to me.  I know its a huge place but I really would like some privacy.  Its your wedding and most likely your honeymoon, DO IT! : )

 

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oops - quoted this one, and then forgot to reply!

 

no converter needed. they have the standard US plugs. a small power strip might be helpful though if they have lots of gadgets to charge. my husband & I would rotate charging our iPads each night lol 

 

we had beach towels in our rooms in the casitas every day - they would replace them in the evenings. And when we had guests visit with us at the casitas, housekeeping never hesitated to give us extra beach towels for them. 

 

I think it's the same way in the Royale side - unless your guests are taking excursions, a beach towel isn't really necessary.

 

We did borrow our beach towels from the room when we went snorkeling, but I was paranoid about leaving them behind - of course there's a huge charge for them. 

 

Originally Posted by nbateman View Post

Anyone who has been to EDR, did you need to bring an electric converter and what was the beach towel situation like, was it always easy to get a towel? Preparing a what to pack tips list for my guests and want to offer up some suggestions around these two things...

 

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Originally Posted by JEM236 View Post

 

Hi Ladies! 

 

I am new to this forum. I just booked our wedding on May 31, 2013 at the El Dorado Royale. I am really excited but a little nervous booking a place site unseen. My FI and I chose a destination wedding because we both have small families and most of our friends and family are spread all over the place. I also didn't want to be a bride that had to pick details from a million different vendors and I want to be able to party and see my friends for more that a few hours. Plus who doesn't love the beach?

 

Did you all use TA's? I found the rates to be better and we are only using her for the rooms, not airfare. I am super nervous because I have read some bad reviews about the site I used - destination weddings.com. I am also nervous about the how all the little extras from the resort will add up.

 

I guess I am looking for some reassurance and some wedding buddies.

 

Hey JEM I'm getting married the weekend before you on the 25th!!!!! so excited!  

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Originally Posted by TheWolferts View Post

 

jnitschke-

 

I liked the first one a lot! Are you bring your own faux flower petals??

 

We bought flower petals through Lomas and I think they pulled them from the roses wayyy to early because unfortunatey many of them were brown by the time our reception started angry.gif

 

If I were to do it again, I think I might go the faux route, especially because they are white. Other color flowers would probably fair better.

 

 

 

hmmm... I've always been anti-fake flowers... but maybe I can make a point of referencing your concerns so that they don't repeat them with me.   Thanks.

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Originally Posted by LKocelko View Post

 

 

Welcome! Definitely go the TA route - it will save you a lot of headache, and will make it easier for your guests to book. We were going to at first, but I'm so glad we did. Our wedding is May 11, so it looks like you're just a few weeks after me! Let me know if you have decided on decor or anything, and if it happens to be the same color scheme as mine, I can try to leave stuff behind :) We are also doing a small wedding, only about 25 people (max, including us and our 2 photographers).

 

 

 

I would like to second the color route..I'm the 25th of May!  My colors are peacock ones.. so teal, purple, and green.. with silver accents.. but mostly purple and teal.  I'm thinking teal tablecloths, purple runners, purple scarves...Finding teal that isn't turquoise is proving to be a bit difficult. With 5 tables.. with me thinking that I won't beat 30 people coming down.. if that. so if anyone wants to go in on a set with me I'm down for that.  I know I've seen other brides on here do that, where they split the cost and then they leave them with the WC for the next bride... I haven't ordered my linens yet.. or if someone who already has them wants to go halvsies with me.. I'm down for that.

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Originally Posted by amanda50388 View Post

 

Hi ladies, 

 

We are headed to Mexico on Monday because we were unable to go over our anniversary due to my husband's vacation time that had to be used by January. This time we are headed to Azul fives, we had to save on money since the trip was so soon. So we did funjet's deal ( Azul's fun for less) through our travel agent, where they e-mail you your resort a couple days before you leave, so you don't know which one you end up at. We are still very excited since we did tour all the karisma properties 2 years ago for our wedding. It however is a kid resort, but hopefully since kid's are in school we will not have as many. I will have to let you know how it end's up for future reference if anyone has kids. :)

 

HAVE FUN AMANDA!!!

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Originally Posted by JEM236 View Post

 

Thanks Ladies!  I'm excited. A little overwhelmed but one thing at a time right?

 

Since the date was just booked, my save the dates go out this week. If people will already be booking rooms, it seems redundant to send invitations but I think it is the right thing to do right?  For a regular wedding, I know you send invites around 2 months prior, but I feel like they should go out sooner? What was everyone's time frame? Was more information about the resort/wedding included or is that saved for a welcome letter?

 

For brides that already had their wedding, was the EDR cool about brides sharing decor and/or bringing their own? 

 

I mailed mine the middle of November... the idea I came up with was that I wanted people to be able to do payment plans so they could portion it out.. it came out to about 100 per month if they started in December.. with final payment due March 1st... we'll see though.

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