Jump to content
jfwolfe72

El Dorado Royale (EDR) Brides - POST HERE!

Recommended Posts

Hello all! Sorry it has been so long since I have posted on this thread. I am counting down the days until we leave for Mexico!! I got my final spreadsheet from Valeria today. There were quite a few things she forgot to add, so I had to send it back to her.

 

Things are falling together nicely. I'm trying not to stress over things too much and just let things happen.

 

I asked Valeria about the sand ceremony, and she said that I could bring my own sand ceremony supplies and the minister would still perform it for us. I was a little worried after I saw the post from BandE2008 that said they were charging them if they didn't buy the supplies from EDR. Valeria assured me this was NOT true and that they would still incoorporate the sand ceremony as part of our wedding and the minister would do it for us.

 

Here's some of our wedding details:

 

Welcome/Rehearsal dinner at El Cocotal night before wedding

 

Wedding ceremony at the Presedential Gazebo

 

Wedding reception at Tucanes Bar - we are having the family style dinner, and the Ipod station with speakers for this event.

 

We have 16 guests coming.

 

Our photograper is Kristi Klemens (I won this free photography/videography package here on BDW!!) Her fiance Paul Bennet will be the videographer. Kristi is amazing.........I can't wait to work with her! They are staying at the resort for three nights, so I don't have to pay the outside vendor fee!

 

Let me know if you have any questions about my final details. I am trying to keep things pretty basic.

 

Thanks for your review pryzeless!! I can't wait to see your pro pics!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello KristenRN6,

 

How exciting, your only days away!!!

Thanks for clarifying the ceremony confusion we've been having. I just e-mailed Valeria too asking her what I should know about the "Sand Ceremony". So if I'm understanding correctly, You can bring your own Sand Ceremony Supplies and have them do it for you at NO COST??

 

BTW I'm just curious to know, why did you choose to go with the Presidential Gazebo V. Gazebo 55? Is it because of your small group size? Because I'm going to have a small group too.

 

Oh, and how LUCKY are you to have won a free photography/videography package, good for you, your pretty much set to go!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, per Valeria, they will do the sand ceremony for you at no cost. That was a huge relief for me too. We choose to go with the presidential gazebo after I saw the recent slideshow Elizabeth Medina posted here ( Lauren and Ryan). It just looked more lush. Also, it seemed to be more private. The only reason I was going to use Gazebo 55 at first is because there is no sandbags behind you. But in the pics of the presidential gazebo, you couldn't really see them. We have an amazing photographer, so I'm sure she will get shots at the right angles to hind the sandbags.

 

I'm getting excited......only 4 more weeks....yay!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I HATE how EDR does this

Tells people all different things ...

Especially when im on the crap side! hahaha.

This has happened to me sooo many times -

Other people were quoted less for the walkway - so when I confront them they always have an excuse (for the walkway it was they "just" increased their prices).

Oh well - this will soon all be over

I just sucked it up and wrote my own sand ceremony and have asked a family member to do it - I hate that it is going to feel separate from the actial ceremony this way - but thats how Carolina told me it had to be - the only other way was if I paid money.

You guys are lucky!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How many people does the the other ceremony location hold?

Now im re thinking Gazebo 55 ...... Help!

Where did you see the photos?! Sorry Im losing my mind - one week to go!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not sure how many people the presidential gazebo location will hold.......I'm guessing at least 30, maybe more. We really only have about 12 seated guests. There is no way they should be making you pay for the sand ceremony......that is just WRONG! I've never heard of Carolina, but Valeria is very good and is very on top of things. So I trust what she tells me. When you talk to the coordinators onsite at EDR, maybe they can help straighten things out for the sand ceremony. But for now, at least you have a back up plan.

 

The slideshow from Elizabeth Medina was posted about a month ago on this thread. I saved it on my favorites.......I loved it so much. Probably because this couples wedding party and guest size is similar to what we are having and the same locations as us...etc.

 

Here is the slideshow: Lauren and Ryan

 

Good luck! Don't worry......everything will fall together!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Okay, so I'm a little irritated. My wedding is 2 weeks away.

 

We are using our free group dinner reservation for the night that all of my guests arrive. Kind of a welcome dinner, I suppose. We are only going to have 13 people total (including me and my husband).

 

So, for the wedding ceremony... it'll be very small, very intimate. We're just renewing our vows (we got married at a civil ceremony at the courthouse last year, and got robbed of an actual wedding ceremony and honeymoon). So, we've been married for a year already. The jig is up. We don't need anything really fancy. We didn't want to have a big elaborate dinner afterwards and since we're all pretty laid back, we figured that after the ceremony, we'd go over to one of the restaurants and try to get some tables near each other for dinner. That way, we could have free reign over the entire menu, and not be limited to some less-than-desirable looking menu options.

 

Apparently that's a no-go. The resort won't let us do it, (so says Carolina, my WC) They said that they can't accommodate groups larger than 6 people. That's fine, we said. No big deal. We have all week to hang out together. If we can't sit directly beside each other, we can live with it.

 

Nope - they won't even entertain the idea of 13 people arriving at one restaurant at the same time. They said that I'll have to book a group reservation and have to choose items from the crappy limited menu. Not to mention that the group reservations limit the restaurant selection to either EL Cocotal or Las Fuentes. No option for any of the other restaurants.

 

So, I'm kinda pissed. It doesn't seem like we're making ridiculous requests here. I would like to remind them that we picked EDR because we had heard good things about it, and the only reasons that our guests are coming and paying a lot of coin to stay at this place is because WE picked it. So, they should try to make us happy.

 

I'm starting to wonder if choosing EDR was an unwise descision....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My suggestion would be just do it. Don't plan ahead with the wc. Plan it when you get down there. They will accommodate large groups if you plan ahead a day or 2 in advance when you get there. Understand the wc are not part of the resort and sometimes do not know all the rules. Good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't worry about what they tell you mellowdrama. If you don't want to use the group dinner, just tell them you changed your mind. if they ask, just say you are each going to do your own thing that night.

 

Then, show up where you want, when you want... You may not get seated together at a large table for everyone, but you can all eat there. We even had success getting a few tables right near eachother a few nights at Fuentes.

 

We'll be down there celebrating our 1st anniversary while you get married. I hope that we get to meet you and congratulate you both!

 

You might even try talking to someone the morning of, to see if they can make even more definitive arrangements.

 

Whatever you do, don't stress about it. I know that's tough, but you have to take it from those of us who have been married down there! it will be amazing!

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

×