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#2771 TheWolferts

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    Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:28 AM

    Glad you had a great experience. We filled out his excel sheet with specific times we wanted all the events to occur so that he could keep track of everything. Apparently he wasnt watching the clock very well because I had timed our reception based on when our photographer and videographer time was up... our videographer came up to me and said he was leaving and we hadnt done the bouquet or garter toss, so I had to beg the videographer to stay longer.

    Originally Posted by msbritbrit57 

     

    I actually can't remember his name. We need to e-mail Ivan to find out because we really enjoyed him. He was a younger guy. We did have to somewhat decide when to do the bouquet toss/first dance/etc., but we liked the flexibility of deciding when seemed to be a good time for us. We just had my sister-in-law run up and tell him when we were ready to do a certain event. Granted, we did our dinner playlist, right into the first dance/mother-son/father-daughter dances, so we really just had to tell him when to do the bouquet toss and everything else was pretty scripted.



    #2772 AllieH

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    Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:25 AM

    Amanda, this is how we feel it will go too. Our guests are only there for 3 nights - arrive sometime on Saturday, there all day Sunday, Monday is the wedding, and most leave on Tuesday. We get in the Wednesday before, and leave the following Saturday, so we'll have several days to ourselves before & after the wedding. The two full days we'll have with everyone - we can go over to the Royale side and hang out with them by the pool.

    Originally Posted by amanda50388 

    Allie H- We used our swim up a lot, our guests came by us and we came by them. The day of our wedding us girls used it it was nice. The walking part and shuttles were not that long of a wait, so everything for us worked out smoothly. I just loved the feeling after being married and feeling some what private away from our guests though we did see them every day. Just nice privacy.

     

    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


    #2773 amanda50388

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      Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:58 PM

      Allie H- you got lots of time then. Enjoy yourself and it's coming up soon, your goin to have an awesome time. I can't wait to hear all about when you get back.

      #2774 AllieH

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      Posted 14 September 2012 - 11:38 AM

      thanks Amanda! I'm so excited. I pick up my dress in 2 weeks, and have a bridal shower that weekend too. Time is (finally) flying by.

      Originally Posted by amanda50388 

      Allie H- you got lots of time then. Enjoy yourself and it's coming up soon, your goin to have an awesome time. I can't wait to hear all about when you get back.

       

      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


      #2775 mstigger

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        Posted 15 September 2012 - 09:25 AM

        Flight leaves at 7:45 am tomorrow.....SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!!



        #2776 AllieH

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        Posted 15 September 2012 - 10:02 AM

        enjoy!!!!!! 

        Originally Posted by mstigger 

        Flight leaves at 7:45 am tomorrow.....SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!!

         

        did past EDR brides do place cards? if so, did EDR do a set up for you, with a tray and sand or anything? I'm a little worried about them blowing away, but I don't want to haul a tray down too. Appreciate any input! 

         

        here's what I've made for our place cards: 

         


         

        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


        #2777 TheWolferts

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          Posted 15 September 2012 - 10:36 AM

          We had the onsite WCs set up our place cards as part of our set up, so we were charged. We just had to tell them how we wanted it set up and it worked out fine.

           

           

          Quote:

          Originally Posted by AllieH 

          enjoy!!!!!! 

           

          did past EDR brides do place cards? if so, did EDR do a set up for you, with a tray and sand or anything? I'm a little worried about them blowing away, but I don't want to haul a tray down too. Appreciate any input! 

           

          here's what I've made for our place cards: 

           



          #2778 chiquita8302

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            Posted 16 September 2012 - 03:50 PM

            Thanks, Mrendic!

             

            Super helpful!!

             

            I've heard about using the girls flowers for the centerpieces... My only question was how to pull it off without coming off tacky? Did you go put them in at the end of the cocktail hours like before the entrance... or what did you do to make it not-so-obvious?

             

            I love the idea of the menu wtih the wrap around it. :) Great job with everything.

             

            Lastly... It wasn't a huge pain lugging down vases? Thats another thing I was wondering about!

             

             

             

            Originally Posted by mrendic 

            Hey! Yeah, I didn't care too much about centerpieces so for my main centerpiece (which you don't see in the pic) we used the bridesmaids bouquets, which were just fuchsia roses, in vases we brought down and tied raffia and a starfish around. They looked really nice on the table and it was good to be able to use them for something else. The table number was a picture frame from michaels that had little shells in it. It was actually supposed to have these photo numbers in them but I forgot them at home so we had to improvise and make new numbers on the fuchsia paper that I had on hand- not exactly what I wanted, but oh well. We did maracas for favors (The guests LOVED those- they were cheap and I put little sayings on them, that I found from another bride, that read "Instead of tapping on your glass, here's a system with Mexican class. Stand and shake with all your might, to see the groom kiss his bride tonight." My mom made little bags with pink jelly beans and white jordan almonds (those are the little candy favors you see). Our menus that I made are what have the pink ribbon around it- they are rolled up and my mom made these little net/ starfish ribbon things- hard to explain, i'll post a pic. And yes, we had starfish on the tables along with a few candle votives on each table. I already had too much to bring down so I didn't want any big centerpieces, so it worked out really well what we had. Oh and we also had these little disposable cameras on each table for the guests to take random pictures with, everyone had a blast with that! Here are some photos so you can get a better idea.

             

             

             

             

            This is after the fact, so they look a little beat up, but you get the idea. 

             

             

             

             

            The vases that held the roses

             

             

             

             

            The little net that was tied around the menus

             

             

             

             

            the little baggies that had the jelly beans & jordan almonds

             

             

            The cameras that were on each table!

             

            Hope this helps! :)

             

             

             

             

             

             

             
             


            #2779 chiquita8302

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              Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:19 PM

              Hey girls,

              So I'm back to thinking about DJ's (or lack therof)... How much did DJ Doremixx cost? I'm thinking I might be able to swing the DJ thing in the budget if it's really necessary... I'm really worried about not having one... or paying and having one who doesn't speak english or doesn't play the music I want. :( It doesn't sound like Nikki's experience really warrants having one- the whole point is that they run the reception.

              As for the vendor fee... you can either do that or put them up for 3 nights... what about paying for a room for the 3 nights (which is less than $800) and just not having him use the room... like letting someone who's sharing a room go in there, or something like that? or our grandmother wants to come but her budget is tight... if we paid for a 3 night stay for the DJ and then she pays for her stay like in the same room, but in essence she gets her own room? Does that sound silly? I guess I just don't like the idea of paying a flat fee for nothing. I'd rather pay it towards a room and have the empty room just sit there on principle lol.

               

               

               

              Originally Posted by TheWolferts 

              We used DJ Doremixx as well, though he isnt on the approved vendors list, he is still cheaper than their approved DJs even with the $800 outside vendor fee.

               

              I have to say, I was a little disappointed with how our DJ services went. Perhaps it was because I went in to it expecting a lot after reading all the reviews, but our onsite WC even mentioned that he was not at all helpful with helping with the flow and schedule of the reception. We specifically asked for Sinatra/Louis Armstrong type music during the meal and I believe they played maybe 2 songs in that genre, then random music that included Justin Beiber and radio pop music came on... ??? Our best man had to go over and ask him to play what we requested and he told the best man that he did play what we requested.

               

              I provided him with the spreadsheet of requested songs and do not plays (however a do not play "I like big butts" was played... UGH!) but it just seemed like I kept having to ask him to play things or to do specific things that were clearly outlined in the spreadsheet as to what times we wanted to do certain things. I put the schedule in his hands and the WCs hands and I was bombarded all night with questions about when we wanted to do things. It got to be quite annoying and guests even noticed that I seemed to have to run the whole reception.

               

              I think it really depends on what DJ you get from the company. We requested Ivan, the owner, thinking he would be the best, but I have noticed that several people who had great experiences had another DJ from teh same company. MsBrit, what specific DJ did you have?



              #2780 chiquita8302

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                Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:25 PM

                Originally Posted by AllieH 

                WOOHOO!!!! I'm so excited for you! Good luck with all the last minute errands. I have a feeling I'll be that way as well...

                 

                My TA called last night to let me know she upgraded us to a swim up casita as our wedding gift. I'm soooo excited!!!

                OMG Allie!! That is SOO exciting! That is a huge upgrade! :-) YAY!






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