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#1601 ElDorado2012

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    Posted 11 January 2012 - 12:15 PM

    Yay! Congratulations!
     

    Originally Posted by Jnadair 

    My date is NEXT February 23rd (2013)...I love getting these tips and "insider information" from you ladies to help me with my planning stages!  Re: the floating candles...you can purchase those at Michael's ahead of time if you want to save $... but just make sure the size is large enough. :)  Congrats ladies and can't wait to hear more about your big day!!!



     



    #1602 AllieH

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    Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:35 PM

    Hey neighbor! I'm in Fort Worth too. 
     

    Originally Posted by Stina9562 



     We are all so very close! I like the floating Candle idea, I liked how they wrapped the lighting around the poles at the Tucanes but ir seemed to pricey as well. Everyone seems to be going with the BBQ I might need to look into that. I don't have as many guests though, I don't think.

     

    Just curious, where is everyone from? I am from Fort Worth, TX.



    We haven't decided what we're doing with regards to the dinner. We're both ok with just doing dinner reservations at the restaurant and going super low key. 

     

    I like the floating candle idea too - but will they stay lit? or is it the LED lights that will float? I was thinking about getting some tea light candle holders and the little LED "candles" that flicker for decorations, then throwing some shells, starfish, etc. for the tables. 

     

    For the ceremony, I am thinking ribbons for the chairs, small chinese lantern for the aisles, and a few medium/large ones on the chuppa w/ the white fabric. And parasols (paper/chinese) - two of those. dang, even that's a lot of crap to haul to Mexico! 

     

     

     


     

    Official El Dorado Royale/El Dorado Casitas Royale Thread <---check here for all info about EDR/EDCR

    Wright Travel Agency <--for all your Destination Wedding needs! Contact the experts and reduce your stress. 

    El Dorado Royale Brides Thread <---come chat with other EDR brides

    AllieH's EDR 11-5-2012 Planning Thread <--because it was so awesome


    #1603 AllieH

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    Posted 12 January 2012 - 04:52 PM

    how did you guys handle having to hold a certain # of rooms? did you hold less than what you thought would be filled, or more? we're trying to guess the # in order to do the contract on the room block. we could have 10..we could have 30... 


     

    Official El Dorado Royale/El Dorado Casitas Royale Thread <---check here for all info about EDR/EDCR

    Wright Travel Agency <--for all your Destination Wedding needs! Contact the experts and reduce your stress. 

    El Dorado Royale Brides Thread <---come chat with other EDR brides

    AllieH's EDR 11-5-2012 Planning Thread <--because it was so awesome


    #1604 alison04

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      Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:27 PM

      Hey Allie,

       

      Its better to hold more rooms then less because although you have to put the deposit down for the seats/rooms that will go towards your cost of your trip if you don't have that many guest. It's not the rooms at the resort you have to worry about its the seats on the plane. We reserved 30 and our travel agent gave us an additional 20 for booking through their travel agency and an additional 10 for booking through air Canada vacations. That gave us 40 but we lucked out because we have 52 confirmed but seats were still open when they booked... That said I just found out today three more guests tried to book and our plane is full, so they have to fly out with another carrier that's more money or on another day that is also more money..so it's better to be safe then sorry... I hope that helps!



      #1605 AllieH

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      Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:34 PM

      well our flights aren't wrapped in - all of our guests are coming from different places, so it wasn't possible to get a flat rate. we're only trying to lock down the resort. the guests will have to pay for airfare in full whenever they decide to book the air (plus it's really high this far out). 


       

      Official El Dorado Royale/El Dorado Casitas Royale Thread <---check here for all info about EDR/EDCR

      Wright Travel Agency <--for all your Destination Wedding needs! Contact the experts and reduce your stress. 

      El Dorado Royale Brides Thread <---come chat with other EDR brides

      AllieH's EDR 11-5-2012 Planning Thread <--because it was so awesome


      #1606 alison04

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        Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:22 PM

        Allie, That's a tough one, I don't know what to say this whole thing stresses me out!!!!

         

        HELP!!!

        Also I'm starting to read forums from way back and I'm getting stressed out!!!! I picked the Fuentes Gazebo for my ceremony, because I lived the greenery around it...but now I'm thinking I should have picked Gazebo 55...also I choose Tucanes for my private reception but I'm concerned it may be too hot and the health bar might be better????? I need someone to help me that's been there PLEASE!!!!



        #1607 ElDorado2012

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          Posted 13 January 2012 - 08:14 AM

          We held only the amount of rooms that we thought we'd be able to fill. Now that those have filled up, I am telling guests that there is no rooms being held for them, so they need to get on making their reservations ASAP. It's kind of a bummer to have to bug people about it, but I didn't want to get stuck paying for rooms we couldn't fill. My guests are also taking different flights, so everyone is doing their airfare on their own.
           

          Originally Posted by AllieH 

          how did you guys handle having to hold a certain # of rooms? did you hold less than what you thought would be filled, or more? we're trying to guess the # in order to do the contract on the room block. we could have 10..we could have 30... 



           



          #1608 Stina9562

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            Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:18 AM



            Originally Posted by AllieH 

            how did you guys handle having to hold a certain # of rooms? did you hold less than what you thought would be filled, or more? we're trying to guess the # in order to do the contract on the room block. we could have 10..we could have 30... 


            We asked close friends and family if they would be attending and added a few extra. We did ours through Destinationweddings.com. She wasw able to adjust rooms as needed. Everyone else that is wanting to go now as it closer, I have told them they are responsible for booking.
             

             



            #1609 Stina9562

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              Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:19 AM



              Originally Posted by alison04 

              Allie, That's a tough one, I don't know what to say this whole thing stresses me out!!!!

               

              HELP!!!

              Also I'm starting to read forums from way back and I'm getting stressed out!!!! I picked the Fuentes Gazebo for my ceremony, because I lived the greenery around it...but now I'm thinking I should have picked Gazebo 55...also I choose Tucanes for my private reception but I'm concerned it may be too hot and the health bar might be better????? I need someone to help me that's been there PLEASE!!!!



               I chose the Presidental and no one seems to talk about that one. I am a little worried myself! Is it called something else and I am just not aware?



              #1610 TheWolferts

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                Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:44 AM


                AllieH-

                 

                We had trouble deciding how many rooms to book, so we looked at our master invite list and went through each person and asked ourselves "is this person, without a doubt going to make it to the wedding?". If the answer was yes, we counted that as one room (for couples, we made sure to only do one per couple). We ended up reserving 30 rooms and had to put $6,000 down to hold the rooms. Be aware though that if you do not book at least 75% of the rooms you held, you will be penalized I believe $50 a person, so $100 per couple/room. So, basically you can reduce up to 25% of your total rooms held (for us, it comes out as 7 rooms, so we would only be holding 23 rooms) no later than 10 weeks before your wedding date free of charge. If we dont have at least 23 rooms booked by March 1st, we are charged $50 a person. Unfortunatly, some of our guests we counted on coming cannot attend for various reasons, so we will likely only fill 20 rooms, meaning we will owe $300.

                 

                 

                 

                 

                Originally Posted by AllieH 

                well our flights aren't wrapped in - all of our guests are coming from different places, so it wasn't possible to get a flat rate. we're only trying to lock down the resort. the guests will have to pay for airfare in full whenever they decide to book the air (plus it's really high this far out). 



                 




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