We just got back from the most AMAZING 10 days EVER!! I can not even begin to tell you how fabulous our Wedding was! My new Hubby and I finally got to watch the video yesterday and we both cried (and he is not a guy that sheds many tears ) Simply beautiful. I have no idea why I was stressing over things. The wedding staff is outstanding! We were married on 11-11-11 which happened to be a record setting day at the resort for weddings ~7 total!!
I was kinda of nervous that some of our details would be missed with that much going on, BUT no! We never knew there was another wedding happening besides ours! We were treated like Royalty! Even up graded to the presidential suite!! AWESOME!! The resort also up graded some of our other guests!! So, please DO NOT Stress! Don't worry about all the details of packing alot of extra decor. This place is beautiful. I packed one smaller suit case with a few extra wedding items and that is it. Then I used the suit case to pack my wedding dress for the trip home. Everything made it fine. We did not have OOT bags. Again did not want to pack all that extra stuff or spend $$ on things our guests brought with them anyway. Instead, we had a welcome dinner at La Isla, at each couples table place, we put a small beach themed photo album with a "Thank you" note inside and a cute gel beach themed candle. The resort makes up a personalized menu card for each guest as well. Very nice! The next day we took all of our guests on a "Reef Snorkel Adventure" thru Lomas travel at Maroma beach. (20 mn bus ride from EDR) It was honestly the best $$ we spent on the wedding! We & Our guest had the time of our lives and the snorkeling was beautiful! And even better....It was completely private!! A perk I did not know about til we arrived! We had our own Catamaran and crew! It was a special afternoon that our guests are still talking about! I can Highly recommend this!
Gazebo 55 was beautiful! I can highly recommend the Mexican Cocktail Hour with the donkey & the beach BBQ. Our guests said it was the best meal they ever had and the food just kept coming! We did not spend $$ on a wedding cake, but instead just enjoyed all the different dessert options on the BBQ menu. Honestly, I was stressing over the table center pieces as well, but at the last minute decided to save $$$ and the stress of packing items~ I choose a Tiffany blue table runner ($7) over a white table cloth with a rented white beach lantern ($20) and 3 votives around it with flame less LED votives I brought from home. With the table settings it looked sooo pretty! The bartenders & wait staff were great and even joined in the fun! We used our IPOD music for everything. We purchased a wireless BOSE speaker ($299) from Best Buy. It connects to your IPOD with blue tooth and it was perfect for the ceremony & cocktail. At the dinner/reception we rented the amp speaker system with mic and used our IPOD. The staff supplies a guy to help operate it and be the "DJ" if you like.
The photographer was great!!! We used Caribe Photo, which happens to be the resort photographer. They were awesome and took some amazing pictures. To save $$, We choose the $500 dollar package. We ended up with over 350 photos!!! He was suppose to take pics for 90mn total but took pictures for over 2 hours! My husband finally cut him off so we could join in the party, but then he came to our cocktail hour and took a few more of us on the donkey! Soooo much fun! Tip: Save some $$ and have a friend video the wedding ~ it ended up being so much more personal. Like I said, we cry when we watch it!
These are just a few of the details, I am planning on posting a review with pictures as soon as I have some more time. PLEASE do not hesitate to ask me any questions!! I will be glad to help!
No worries ladies!! I'm still floating on cloud 9 one week after!!