Jump to content
jfwolfe72

El Dorado Royale (EDR) Brides - POST HERE!

Recommended Posts

700

700

700

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by JenniferM View Post
 

Does anyone know for the BBQ menu that is offered for private events, are all of the items listed included or is it pick and choose? So for example will we need to choose to meats and two veggies, etc.

 

We did the petit gormet which is very similar to the BBQ and it was fantastic!  There was as TON of food!  We did not do a cake either because we already had so many other choices.  I loved that they were there cooking the meat and it was not precooked!  My favorite thing was the choclate cups filled with fruit!  They were so good!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote:
Originally Posted by bonom2d3 View Post

Thanks for the info! I love your setup! We're getting married at Gazebo 55, so we'll probably have them hanging over the sides and tied towards the bottom. Your sheers are setup beautifully. I asked our WC about them, and all I've been able to get out of her was the size and that she recommends "organza". A little more prying will probably get me farther :-)

If you look through the past posts, somewhere in there I posted pictures that my WC had given me of different types of fabrics and what they look like on the gazebos.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Ladies,

 

Does anyone have any advice on communicating at the resort with eachother?  I know some people mentioned hey tell- but doesnt that use wifi?  I know it was mentioned that the wifi is spotty so did anyone come up with a system that works if our guests dont want to pay for wifi?

 

Also, if you turn off your cell data on your iphone then will the text messages still go through?  Is that also based on wifi?

 

And another question is about high heels in sand!  We are having our ceremony at gazebo 55 and we will have the bamboo runner.  Does anyone have any input on how difficult it is to walk in heels over there?  We also have our cocktail hour right there too in the sand...

 

Lastly, did anyone bring string lights for decor at tucanes?  we have a lot of those but i am wondering if there are ample places to plug them in??

 

Thanks!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi there!

 

If you use the wifi, then text messages may go through - it totally depends on the phone. I think we communicated using the wifi and then via Facebook messages most of the time. Or we'd just call room to room. There isn't 1 easy way unless everyone is willing to use an international data plan or something. the resort is too large for walkie talkies to really do any good either.

 

You will have to walk in the sand quite a bit from the sidewalk to where the runner starts at Gazebo 55. It was difficult even in wedges. Unless you're a ninja in those heels, I wouldn't recommend them!!

 

here's a photo to give you an idea of the distance from the sidewalk to the runner: my dad & I are at the end of the runner. the sidewalk is back behind the lady in the purplish dress, by that other palm tree. it's probably a good 20-30 feet.

 

700

 

We didn't do the string lights at Tucanes. We did paper lanterns with battery operated lights inside. I don't really think there are outlets for the light strings - they'd have to use extension cords. Here's a shot of our set up inside Tucanes:

700

 

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by jennifandr5 View Post
 

Hi Ladies,

 

Does anyone have any advice on communicating at the resort with eachother?  I know some people mentioned hey tell- but doesnt that use wifi?  I know it was mentioned that the wifi is spotty so did anyone come up with a system that works if our guests dont want to pay for wifi?

 

Also, if you turn off your cell data on your iphone then will the text messages still go through?  Is that also based on wifi?

 

And another question is about high heels in sand!  We are having our ceremony at gazebo 55 and we will have the bamboo runner.  Does anyone have any input on how difficult it is to walk in heels over there?  We also have our cocktail hour right there too in the sand...

 

Lastly, did anyone bring string lights for decor at tucanes?  we have a lot of those but i am wondering if there are ample places to plug them in??

 

Thanks!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote:
Originally Posted by jennifandr5 View Post
 

Hi Ladies,

 

Does anyone have any advice on communicating at the resort with eachother?  I know some people mentioned hey tell- but doesnt that use wifi?  I know it was mentioned that the wifi is spotty so did anyone come up with a system that works if our guests dont want to pay for wifi?

 

Also, if you turn off your cell data on your iphone then will the text messages still go through?  Is that also based on wifi?

 

And another question is about high heels in sand!  We are having our ceremony at gazebo 55 and we will have the bamboo runner.  Does anyone have any input on how difficult it is to walk in heels over there?  We also have our cocktail hour right there too in the sand...

 

Lastly, did anyone bring string lights for decor at tucanes?  we have a lot of those but i am wondering if there are ample places to plug them in??

 

Thanks!!

 

I've been looking into an international data plan and it looks like its $10 for texting through sprint.  BUT...everyone I would text is gonna be there, so I don't think that'll be meaningfull! : ) Went a week on a cruise with NO phone access at all and it was so liberating, will likely do it again!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote:
Originally Posted by jennifandr5 View Post
 

Hi Ladies,

 

Does anyone have any advice on communicating at the resort with eachother?  I know some people mentioned hey tell- but doesnt that use wifi?  I know it was mentioned that the wifi is spotty so did anyone come up with a system that works if our guests dont want to pay for wifi?

 

Also, if you turn off your cell data on your iphone then will the text messages still go through?  Is that also based on wifi?

 

And another question is about high heels in sand!  We are having our ceremony at gazebo 55 and we will have the bamboo runner.  Does anyone have any input on how difficult it is to walk in heels over there?  We also have our cocktail hour right there too in the sand...

 

Lastly, did anyone bring string lights for decor at tucanes?  we have a lot of those but i am wondering if there are ample places to plug them in??

 

Thanks!!

We didnt do any extra lights for Tucanes.  There was plenty of light and I never thought I needed some.  Also one thing to remember with Tucanes is there are some kind of bugs once the sun goes down!  We had someone leave the reception and go to the gift shop for bug spray!  I would highly recommend either having someone bring some or having it on the tables.  Another option would be if you use candles in the center pieces then use the citronella.  That was the ONLY complate i had about Tucanes!

The wifi is only free for the bride and groom so most of my guest did not buy it.  We just communicated by calling room to room.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Jen,

I know Allie said that the resort is too big for Walkie Talkies... but we got some long range ones and they worked fine.  I actually could communicate from the La Isla pool to the Casitas Spa, which was on the far end of the Casitas.  There were very few times we were that far apart though.  Most of the time we were communicating from the pool to our room, like when we were getting ready for the welcome dinner and I didn't want my husband to see my make up and hair from the rehearsal updo..so he stayed at the pool until I radioed him that the coast was clear to come up.  I found them useful.. other than that we just usually bumped into people we meant to find, plus you can leave messages for people on their room phones or with their concierge.   To avoid cell phone charges just keep your phone on airplane mode... nothing will go through and you won't get any unexpected charges on your bill later.  Plus, when it's on airplane mode you can still use WIFI, so if you want to call home you can use Skype or Facetime still.   You only get 2 Wifi codes, so choose your devices carefully.  I tried to talk them in to giving us one for each of our phones, my Husband's laptop and my IPad and they wouldn't do it for us.

 

For shoes.. forget the heels.  They pack the sand down, but by the time you get to it all of your guests, hotel crew, and your bridal party have walked on it.  I think if you look back I put in a review pic that shoes my shoes in the sand.  I was wearing 3 inch wedges and it looked like I was wearing flats they sank in so much, although in honesty that was in unpacked sand... but even with the wedges it was much harder to walk on the sand that I expected it to be.  I was so afraid of tripping or twisting something that almost my entire walk down the aisle I was looking down.  I only have 1 picture of me looking up during that walk.  In fact my first words to my husband when we made it to the side walk after the processional was "Who's idea was this getting married on the beach thing!"... I was joking of course, since it was me and all I did for 2 years was talk about getting married on the beach.. and it was just funny me falling all over myself in the sand.  I still think it's the most beautiful place on earth to have a ceremony... and I'd probably still pick the same gazebo if I had to do it again... I'd just do it in flats.  I'd also warn your guests not to plan on heels for the ceremony and cocktail hour.

 

I considered doing the lights at Tucanes, at the very end I scratched it for cost and space in my luggage... not to mention the weight they added. In all honesty I scratched the lights and the lanterns from my list of decorations...and I didn't miss them at all.  The place is beautiful on it's own, it really doesn't need anything extra to make it beautiful.  I tried too hard too make it seem "special", spent extra money that I didn't need to... if I could do it again I would scrap half of the stuff I added to dress the place up.  Just my opinion...  the one thing I did love were my tables set ups though...don't think I would cut anything from them. 

But I digress,  here is what my WC sent me for a pic of the lights.   When I asked him about bringing my own lights this is what he said ... granted this was December, the price may have increased since then... but feel free to say Alejandro quoted another bride $15.

Here's what I asked him and his response:

"For the Christmas lights, if I were to bring my own, would I also need extension cords? If so how many would you suggest. Is one strand of lights enough for a single pole, or would 2 be better.  Christmas lights at this time of year are pretty inexpensive to buy, especially after Christmas when everything is 50% off. 

If you bring your own, there will be a charge of $15 USD per pole or set that you bring. I would suggest to bring at least 4 or 5 of them to cover the main poles of the Tucanes Palapa, this way we can make it look very nice and not that empty."

 

cid:image009.jpg@01CDDEA6.2B3DF2F0cid:image003.png@01CDCBFC.0C2A0550

Sorry for talking forever... but I hope it helps.....

-Jen

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by jennifandr5 View Post
 

Hi Ladies,

 

Does anyone have any advice on communicating at the resort with eachother?  I know some people mentioned hey tell- but doesnt that use wifi?  I know it was mentioned that the wifi is spotty so did anyone come up with a system that works if our guests dont want to pay for wifi?

 

Also, if you turn off your cell data on your iphone then will the text messages still go through?  Is that also based on wifi?

 

And another question is about high heels in sand!  We are having our ceremony at gazebo 55 and we will have the bamboo runner.  Does anyone have any input on how difficult it is to walk in heels over there?  We also have our cocktail hour right there too in the sand...

 

Lastly, did anyone bring string lights for decor at tucanes?  we have a lot of those but i am wondering if there are ample places to plug them in??

 

Thanks!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you so much for the reply!  I really appreciate you taking the time :)  its a shame about the heels since my fiance is like a foot taller than me.  Maybe ill just be barefoot at the ceremony and cocktail hour and then i can wear them at tucanes afterwards.

 

thats great info about airplane mode and wifi! i didnt know that.

 

Allie thanks for your info too and the pictures!! :)

 

Also- did you girls run into any trouble at customs? im so worried they are going to tell me i cant bring my decor through.  any advice on that?  Im actually using one of those large hard covered golf bag cases for most of the breakable items but its going to be huge!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jn - I didn't realize the long range walkie talkies worked so well! great tip!!! 
 
we had no problem with customs - green lighted all of our wedding stuff through. And we had a lot - 2 checked bags each, 1 rolling carry on, my dress, and each of us had a back pack. Plus my mom brought a checked bag of decorations for us. Just be sure to have receipts for anything that is gifts - wedding favors, wedding party gifts, etc. and that the maximum amount for gifts is $200 per person ($400 per married couple). The rest is "personal belongings", and it should be good. it sounds a lot worse than it is, though I have heard of a few brides who got a secondary search and interview with Mexican customs agency. once they showed receipts, it was good. 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jennifandr5 View Post
 

Thank you so much for the reply!  I really appreciate you taking the time :)  its a shame about the heels since my fiance is like a foot taller than me.  Maybe ill just be barefoot at the ceremony and cocktail hour and then i can wear them at tucanes afterwards.

 

thats great info about airplane mode and wifi! i didnt know that.

 

Allie thanks for your info too and the pictures!! :)

 

Also- did you girls run into any trouble at customs? im so worried they are going to tell me i cant bring my decor through.  any advice on that?  Im actually using one of those large hard covered golf bag cases for most of the breakable items but its going to be huge!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When you get to customs they have this random light button you push, so they're stopping people at random and not profiling... and if it lights up green you go through and if it comes up red then they check you.  My husband pushed green and I pushed red... they were pretty good tho, brides go through all the time... seriously I think I spotted at least 5 wedding dresses while waiting in line.   But, they checked all the bags anyway.  for the dress they unzipped the bag, but didn't pull the dress out or man handle the dress in any way.  My decor bag they just opened and looked a bit in it, waved the magic drug/explosive wand around inside, and the bag with the gifts and OOT bags they didn't seem to bother with checking at all.   All in all they were very cordial and didn't seem to care that I had 15 identical bags or 5- 15 ft sheers and a bubble machine.  So, I'd say don't worry about it.  Although remember that when you travel out of the country you need to have prescription info with drugs and/or original packaging.  So just in case we got stopped I didn't put advil or immodium into individual baggies... I was afraid they'd be curious about individually portioned out pills.  They did at one point check all of my prescription bottles though to make sure they were legit prescriptions and that the vitamins I brought were really vitamins.

 

Also... Change of shoes is totally a possibility.  The ground in Tucanes is nice and flat, very heels appropriate.  I know that I needed at least a bit of a heel to dance and feel dressed up.  Wedges will still work, just be prepared not to walk on solid ground.  I think wedges would also be fine if you had the wooden runner... with the walk to the runner while long, I don't think would matter if you were looking down the whole time watching your step.   I'd keep the wedges and get the wooden runner personally, if I got my do over.

Quote:

Originally Posted by jennifandr5 View Post
 

Thank you so much for the reply!  I really appreciate you taking the time :)  its a shame about the heels since my fiance is like a foot taller than me.  Maybe ill just be barefoot at the ceremony and cocktail hour and then i can wear them at tucanes afterwards.

 

thats great info about airplane mode and wifi! i didnt know that.

 

Allie thanks for your info too and the pictures!! :)

 

Also- did you girls run into any trouble at customs? im so worried they are going to tell me i cant bring my decor through.  any advice on that?  Im actually using one of those large hard covered golf bag cases for most of the breakable items but its going to be huge!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Best Destination Wedding Sponsors



    Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter
  • Posts

    • After the wedding, the wedding dress purchased at a high price can be kept in the wardrobe, or it can be sold as a second-hand wedding dress for some cash. If you're in the market to sell your wedding dress or looking to buy a used one, you may be tempted to turn to large online marketplaces like Ebay and Craigslist. While these popular websites are great for listing and buying everyday purchases, a website specifically for used wedding dresses can probably offer you a better deal and a more user-friendly service for this very niche (and important) wedding day purchase.  Tips for Selling Used Wedding Dresses
      Whether you aren't the sentimental type or you're just savvy, selling your used wedding dress is an easy way to recoup some money from your wedding. If your dress is in good condition, consider listing it online over selling it to a thrift store, where your listing will reach a greater volume of potential buyers and can be more easily shared and promoted. A used wedding dress in great condition and under two years old can usually sell for 50 percent of the retail price. And, if your dress is a more recognizable brand like Oscar de la Renta or Vera Wang, you could make closer to 60 percent of its retail value. Even if your gown isn't designer, don't give up hope—since there's a large demand for all kinds of second hand wedding dresses, a designer label doesn't necessarily mean your dress will sell faster. Not to mention, mermaid dresses are also in high demand, so you shouldn't worry if you're not a sample size. Tips for Buying Used Wedding Dresses
      Buying a used wedding dress can be a bit of a gamble, but as long you're cautious, it's a thrifty way to snag a designer wedding dress for half the retail value. Plus, if you get lucky and buy a wedding dress from someone with a similar body type, you may not have to make too many alterations, which also cuts down on your costs. As long as the gown you found looks to be in good condition (if you can't see it in person, make sure photos show it clearly from all angles or ask to Skype with the seller to get a better look), a used wedding gown can be a terrific deal. A few tips: Since your dress will have to be custom-tailored to your body regardless, a larger size is easier to work with where alterations are concerned. Fabric can always be subtracted, but adding more fabric that perfectly matches the rest of the gown can be difficult (not to mention expensive!). And because you're getting the wedding dress for a steal, you can put some of the money you save toward making sure it fits like a glove (and some extra dry-cleaning if necessary).
    • When brides takes off her wedding dress and begins her marriage life,the first problem after wedding is to modify her name. You have a marriage license with your new last name, doesn't mean you've officially changed your name. Which aspects should be paid attention to to change the surname?
      1. Get your marriage license.
      Before you can change your name, you'll need the original (or certified) marriage license with the raised seal. Call the clerk's office where your license was filed to get copies if one wasn't automatically sent to you. 2. Change your Social Security card.
      Visit the Social Security Administration's website and fill out the application for a new Social Security card. You'll keep the same number—just your name will be different. Mail in your application to the local Social Security Administration office. You should get your new card within 10 business days. 3. Change your license at the DMV.
      Take a trip to the local Department of Motor Vehicles office to get a new license with your new last name. Bring every form of identification you can get your hands on—your old license, your certified marriage certificate and, most importantly, your new Social Security card. 4. Change your bank accounts.
      This one's a biggie, especially if you're setting up a joint bank account, or if you have one already set up. The fastest way to change your name at your bank is to go into a branch location, bringing your new driver's license and your marriage certificate. You should request new checks and debit and credit cards on top of changing the name attached to your accounts. Something to note: You might get hit with fees for requesting a new debit card. 5. Fill in the blanks
      Once you have a social security card and driver's license in your married name, other changes should be fairly easy. Some places only require a phone call; others may ask for a copy of your marriage certificate or social security card. Be sure to notify: -Employers/payroll
      -Post office
      -Electric and other utility companies
      -Credit card companies
      -Schools and alumni associations
      -Landlord or mortgage company
      -Insurance companies (auto, home, life)
      -Doctors' offices
      -Voter registration office
      -Investment account providers
      -Your attorney (to update legal documents, including your will)
      -Passport office
      -Airlines (to transfer over your miles)
    • Planning to get married? Let’s discover some great wedding venues in Bangalore. The increasing demand for the wedding venues in Bangalore makes it very difficult for both the bride’s and groom’s family to get hold of a marriage hall that is suitable for the marriage. As they say, marriages have to be organized in a grand fashion. The atmosphere and the ambiance of a wedding make it memorable for a lifetime. Though there are a plenty of wedding venues in Bangalore, there is only a handful of them that are really good, Offering the best possible experience.  Some of the most popular wedding venues in Bangalore are: THE TAMARIND TREE: Tamarind Tree has the old world charm. This is one of the best wedding venues in Bangalore that boast about its eco-friendly surrounding. Built in the middle of a few acres of garden filled with lush greenery and trees, which also includes the tamarind tree after which it was named, a pond, a stage for the band, classic looking pavilions for the guests to sit, and a lot of spaces around the area. The premise has two large kitchens with a very special fully stocked bar and a lot of space where the guests can dine comfortably. The place can accommodate up to 1000 guests. Customer Reviews : Address: 88, Kanakapura road, Anjanapura post, Avalahalli, Royal Park residency layout 2, 9th phase. JP Nagar, Bangalore 560062 THE COURTYARD HOUSE: The courtyard house is located off Sarjapur Road, the premise is a unique and unconventional property suited for various events, namely weddings. The outdoor space of courtyard house draws in people looking to get away from the traffic and noise in the city, well within the city limits. The green grass and tall trees make for great photographic backdrops making it popular for wedding events. Customer Reviews : Address: Janatha Colony, Gunjur Palya, Bengaluru 560087 RITZ-CARLTON:   The Ritz-Carlton has over 277 spacious rooms and suites and is one of the most luxurious hotels in Bangalore. Seven luxurious restaurants, the Ritz-Carlton spa, and tastefully appointed meeting spaces make it ideal to host marriage occasions. Customer Reviews : Address: 99, Residency Road, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru 560025 BALAN FARM CONVENTION CENTER: Balan farm is a green, wooded island of peace and serenity nestled quietly in the busy rapidly developing JP Nagar. Neighboring the Brigade Millenium Apartments and L&T South city it spreads across two acres of an old orchard retaining the ancient fruit-bearing trees and landscaped gardens. Balan Farm convention center JP Nagar has over 10,000 sq ft of the tiled canopy without any walls blocking and it makes for a really good view. Customer Reviews : Address: 99/4, Nataraja Layout, JP Nagar 7th Phase, Bengaluru 560078 HYATT MG ROAD: Hyatt a 5 Star hotels in Bangalore is located on MG Road. The guest rooms are colorful with a great view of the city, this makes it an ideal place for private ceremonies with 2300 sq ft of meeting and event space. The Hyatt MG road, Bangalore also has restaurants like the Pink Poppadom, Liquid Lounge, and Bar. Customer Reviews : Address: 1/1, Swami Vivekananda Road, Someshwarpura, Ulsoor, Bengaluru 560008 BUNGALOW 7 Bungalow7 offers a unique setting for a wedding, pre-wedding and post-wedding functions. The place hosts a variety of public and private events all within a stunning heritage setting of central Bangalore. Customer Reviews : Address: 7, Hall Road, Richards Town, Bengaluru 560005 GAYATRI VIHAR MANTAPA: Gayatri Vihar is one of the most luxurious wedding halls situated on Palace ground. It boasts of a massive one lakh sq ft area which can easily accommodate up to 5000 guests. The ambiance of the place makes it ideal for community gatherings and private parties. Customer Reviews : Address: Jayamahal Palace Ground, Bengaluru 560080
    • My best friend is getting married with his long-term girlfriend next month. As a best friend, I want to give them the best present they would ever receive on their special day. I am planning to buy them plane tickets and book them for a one week trip abroad. However, I am torn between Ukraine ski trip and a tour to Lima, Peru. My best friend loves skiing and his future wife is a chef, so I presume she would want to experience a Peruvian taste. Now, I am confused. Which is which? I would appreciate it if you guys will leave a comment to help me out with this. Suggesting a way better idea which will accommodate the two activities for the soon-to-be wedded couple is a big help too. Thanks!    
    • Hello all!! I'm getting married next week. Every arrangement has been done by my sister for my special day. When I joined in an MNC I was troubled with severe headaches and as per my colleague's instruction, I took an appointment in a nearby eye clinic. And after an eye examination in Toronto, the eye specialist diagnosed hypermetropia in me. And the doctor prescribed eyeglasses for me. The doctor suggested me to wear eyeglasses during the working time. But I used to wear it sometimes not every day. Then I was troubled with severe eye strain and headache and mom was scolding me to wear eyeglasses every day. I thought of saying goodbye to eyeglasses forever. I'm planning for a Lasik eye surgery soon before my marriage. I don't know whether I'm eligible for Lasik eye surgery. I'm tensed about its recovery time and its complications. Can someone help me by sharing your views?  
  • Topics

×