Ok so it has been almost 2 months from my wedding and I am finally getting around posting on here. First off I will say I LOVED EDR. The resort was AMAZING! I would recommend it to anyone! We stayed in a swim up casita and it was amazing! The only thing that was kind of a drag was how far we were from the rest of our guests. We arrived the Thursday before our Sunday wedding and stayed until the Friday after. I decided just to stay the whole time at the casitas instead of trying to change rooms and avoid the hassle of checking in again. It was so worth it! We spent a lot of time at the main pools while we were hanging out with our guests and didnâ€™t really use the pool at our casita until people left after the wedding. We loved all the food and if there was something we didnâ€™t care for we just ordered something else!
Since our wedding was on Sunday we had a few days to enjoy the resort and our guests. Me and a friend did a dive excursion on Friday and it was great! Then after the wedding my friend and my new husband did another Dive excursion and it was awesome too!!!! We had originally decided on getting married at the presidential gazebo because they said it would be the best with the amount of guests we had. Once we got down there we decided we wanted Gazebo 55. They changed the location no problem and didnâ€™t give us any hassle over it. I decided against sheers on the gazebo and just went with two flower arrangements on the posts. They then brought them back to the reception and used them as the decorations on the bride/groom table and the guest book table which was perfect! We also had hot pink chair ties which I brought. They charged me $1 a chair to hang it them but still came out cheaper than renting them and I used them on the chairs at the AHR we had. I did not have aisle runner at all which was fine. I had decided on flip flops but I ended up kicking them off right before I went down the aisle which my guest found amusing. I had sent a script for the ceremony in beforehand and did not even meet the minister until I was up at the front. I donâ€™t actually think she followed the script exactly but I canâ€™t remember now what she changed. I found out later that she talked to my husband before and told him that if she went by just what I had the ceremony would only be like 6 min long! So he told her she could add whatever. It ended up fine!
We decided to take photos beforehand since our wedding was at 6pm and I wanted to make sure we had some good sun light plus I did not want to take forever after the reception. We booked with Sarani and just booked a 3 hour session. We ended up getting James Torres not Sarani. When she first emailed me I was a little bummed because I heard such good things about her but I was NOT disappointed. James was GREAT! He was so easy to work with and had such creative shots. We ended up getting 400 photos and 11X14 padded print as well. I was worried about not booking more time but it ended up perfect. He came around 4 and we did tons of shots before the wedding. Then he did the wedding and shots of our guests after. After the wedding we did another 45 min of shots beside gazebo 55 in the rocky area. They turned out great!!! He stayed for our first dance and to get some shots of the set up and food. It was plenty of time and I am so glad I went with Sarani! I would not hesitate to use her!!!
I took my own artificial flowers that I purchased from a girl on this site. They were amazing and no one even knew they were fake so I donâ€™t have any advice on ordering flowers from the resort. Although from what I hear I am glad I brought them. I also used them as decorations for the AHR and may possibly resell them!
For the reception we had 24 people including us. We had it at Tucanes. We had 2 tables of 6 and two of 5 then a small half heart for us. It turned out great! We rented glass bowels for $10 each and then paid $10 a table for them to set up the centerpieces for the 4 tables. I brought a candle and shells from home and they provided the sand. I really liked how they set them up. Then we had pink and orange bows on the chairs we paid $1 a chair to set up. We ended up going with the petite gormet instead of the bbq buffet since it was cheaper. They had a minimum of 30 people but we just paid that even though we only had 24 guests. The food was great and there was plenty!!!! We did not get a cake since there were like 5 kinds of deserts. No one seemed to miss it. We didnâ€™t pay for extra candles or anything and it was beautiful. We did rent the ipod speaker system and it was great! My friend announced us and I had a playlist for the music. It was simple and easy! If I had one complaint about the evening was the bugs!!! Once the sun went down I started noticing everyone was swatting. They bugs were so bad at the reception. Luckily two of the guest went up to the gift shop and bought some OFF. After everyone sprayed down it was fine! You may want to have some on the tables for your guests I wish I would have!!! I guess I just want to restate what most people are sayingâ€¦ KEEP IT SIMPLE! The place is so pretty and they will try to up sell you on items but it is not necessary! I am really happy with EDR and would recommend it to anyone!