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I pulled them from work. :) -obviously, this isn't our wedding night and the photos aren't "professional"-- so hopefully this will help give you some feel of how it was-- but the pictures are slightly random...

 

This picture might seem kinda random, but if you look between me and my mom's shoulders, you can see the lights they have.. also, this is a picture of my "2nd" wedding dress I bought for this dinner! :) hehe...

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Wow that looks amazing! One question, the green and white lights behind the table in the second pic, were those extra or are they mounted to the rock wall? Odd question, it is bright enough to read the menu and see what you are eating? Also, did you purchase the centerpieces or were they left over from the ceremony/reception?

 

Thank you for the information

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Wow that looks amazing! One question, the green and white lights behind the table in the second pic, were those extra or are they mounted to the rock wall? Odd question, it is bright enough to read the menu and see what you are eating? Also, did you purchase the centerpieces or were they left over from the ceremony/reception?

Thank you for the information
Actually all the lights were white- there were no green ones- I think they just look green in the picture bc of the flash... But they had those lights out--I am like 98% sure they were brought out (not mounted) but I am not positive about that.
There was plenty of light to see menus, see what you were eating, to see and chat with the people at the end of the table ,etc-- there was plenty of light! It was cool, bc of where the table is-- you walk down little stone stairs, off the walkway- it kinda felt like you had your own little island- right at the ocean- but that might have just been me drinking some and just being happy! :) LOL...

The resort actually, without me asking, for this private dinner the day after our wedding day--- used BOTH our roses centerpieces from Fuentes and the medallions from the ceremony (and Tucanes).

So the flower medallions were used 3 times- during our actual wedding ceremony, at our reception at Tucanes and the next night at our dinner on the beach. Our short rose vases were used twice- at our wedding dinner at Fuentes and the next night at the dinner on the beach...They actuall suprised me with that!

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Wow, Shannon, we had requested that both the medallions from the gazebo be brought to Mandy's dinner at Fuentes, but when we got there they had only brought one. When I asked about it, they said they only bring one, period, no going to get the other one. I had to argue to get them to go bring the other one, and told them we were assured that they would be brought to the dinner to be used as centerpieces.

 

Then, we had paid extra to have the medallions cut into two pieces and floated in the pool at the Health Bar (this was Raphaela's idea along with floating lanterns). Again, they only did the one. I didn't bother arguing this time, but I did go in the next morning and got my money back for the extra lantern I had paid for that wasn't used.

 

So our experience was totally the opposite of yours as to their willingness to decorate using items we had already purchased. We were told if we didn't take the medallions with us at the end of the night they would go into the trash can, so we took them back to our rooms for the rest of the week.

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Wow, Shannon, we had requested that both the medallions from the gazebo be brought to Mandy's dinner at Fuentes, but when we got there they had only brought one. When I asked about it, they said they only bring one, period, no going to get the other one. I had to argue to get them to go bring the other one, and told them we were assured that they would be brought to the dinner to be used as centerpieces.

Then, we had paid extra to have the medallions cut into two pieces and floated in the pool at the Health Bar (this was Raphaela's idea along with floating lanterns). Again, they only did the one. I didn't bother arguing this time, but I did go in the next morning and got my money back for the extra lantern I had paid for that wasn't used.

So our experience was totally the opposite of yours as to their willingness to decorate using items we had already purchased. We were told if we didn't take the medallions with us at the end of the night they would go into the trash can, so we took them back to our rooms for the rest of the week.
I've experienced sort of the same thing. Monica told me they can only move decorations and/or centerpieces one time. I had to choose to have the hanging bouquets either moved to the dinner or to the reception at another location. Sounds like Shannon lucked out!!

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Hey ladies! I have a couple random questions about EDR and would appreciate anyone's feedback.

 

(1) Did your WC supply you with the symbolic ceremony script and timing, etc? I wasn't sure if we should be writing our own ceremony script.

 

(2) Did any of you have a vocolist at your ceremony?

Would that be weird? My 18 year old niece has an amazing voice and I really want her to sing at our ceremony.

 

(3) Do any of you have pics from the various bars on the resort?

We want to have a welcome reception, but just want to tell our guests to meet us a XXX bar at XXX time for a cocktail, etc. Something casual, not planned or secluded from everything.

 

Thanks for all of your feedback!! This link is SOOOOOO helpful!

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I've experienced sort of the same thing. Monica told me they can only move decorations and/or centerpieces one time. I had to choose to have the hanging bouquets either moved to the dinner or to the reception at another location. Sounds like Shannon lucked out!!
I would advise that if they won't take them from the dinner to the reception, that you designate a couple of people to take them for you. They are so very pretty, and it's a shame not to use them. They weren't going to take ours to the reception, but I talked to them after the dinner and requested they be taken. We also had people take the large seashell candles that we'd brought as I didn't want them just thrown in the trash.

You should have someone that is very familiar with what your vision is for the dinner and reception. I was that person for Mandy. Of course we arrived before they did, and I was able to see that the flowers weren't there, plus we had requested a special gluten-free menu for one of our guests. The waiters didn't know anything about it, but I was able to take care of all these little things before the newlyweds arrived and they weren't even aware that some of this was going on.

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Attached is a copy of the symbolic ceremony for EDR that we'd gotten from another forum member. It's not exactly word-for-word like what was used for Mandy, but it's fairly close. Everyone thought the minister did an outstanding job, and we were very pleased as we weren't sure what to expect.

 

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ED Religous Sermon.doc

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Wow, Shannon, we had requested that both the medallions from the gazebo be brought to Mandy's dinner at Fuentes, but when we got there they had only brought one. When I asked about it, they said they only bring one, period, no going to get the other one. I had to argue to get them to go bring the other one, and told them we were assured that they would be brought to the dinner to be used as centerpieces.

Then, we had paid extra to have the medallions cut into two pieces and floated in the pool at the Health Bar (this was Raphaela's idea along with floating lanterns). Again, they only did the one. I didn't bother arguing this time, but I did go in the next morning and got my money back for the extra lantern I had paid for that wasn't used.

So our experience was totally the opposite of yours as to their willingness to decorate using items we had already purchased. We were told if we didn't take the medallions with us at the end of the night they would go into the trash can, so we took them back to our rooms for the rest of the week.

WOW- that is interesting -I double-checked with the DH- and evidently he and his brother had a convo with the WC's the day of wedding about having the medallions moved to Tucanes ( I was in the spa getting my hair and makeup done! :) -so I wasn't aware of this convo!) --but the centerpieces that were used at Fuentes, being used again the next evening at the private dinner; and the flower medallions being used again the next evening at the private dinner--- those were "suprises"! -I guess I did just luck out!

Oh yea-- I did forget to mention this---- Valeria had originally told me that I could bring my own votives, placecards, menus for the dinner (in addition to the centerpieces I bought from them) and I wasn't told about an extra charge for those being placed. At the very end, right before we left- they tried to charge me- but I emailed that it wasn't on "the spreadsheet" for the extra charge and I had already paid and expected the setups to be done- so they agreed, since I wasn't told that before and I had already paid. Otherwise, I think I would have been charged for that too, I believe?!?!?

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