Hi Ladies! I had my wedding at El Dorado Royale almost two months ago. And now, finally, I feel that I am ready to share some of my emotions:)
First of all, I would like to thank you all for your good advices and tons of useful information!!! THIS IS SUCH A GREAT THREAD!!!
I can't say that everything in El Dorado Royale worked out for me. I can't say that I had exactly "my dream wedding" there... I guess this was just the way it meant to be)))
The day of my wedding happened to be the one of the "tropical depression" days, and it was raining like a crazy. In my country people saying that rain on wedding day is for good luck, but on my wedding day it didn't make me feel any better))) It started raining the day before so I had enough time to freak out and calm down like 100 times)))
We had to move our ceremony to different location. The back up locations that they offered to us we didn't like at all, so we decided to move our ceremony and reception to one place - Tucanes bar.
Wedding coordinators in El Dorado - the sweetest people and they tried to help us as much as they could. They did really a great job.
At the end we had the funniest ceremony and really great reception. Wedding coordinators decorated everything beautifully and were at my wedding almost until the end of the reception. All my guests had a blast. We were dancing like a crazy))) By the end of reception, best man and father of the groom jumped into the pool ))
Right after the ceremony, the rain stopped, and we had beautiful weather until the end of our honeymoon there.
I am really blessed to have such a good friends and relatives that were able to have fun and enjoy 100% our celebration despite the weather condition. Some of them came just for 3 days and 2 of these days they had to stay in their rooms((
Besides the weather, the thing that made me really upset was our welcome dinner. Grrrrr... It was horrible. I don't know guys, maybe I expect too much, but I think that welcome dinner is one of the important parts of the wedding celebration. This suppose to be like " ice breaker". I think that the main idea is to introduce guests to each other and make them feel more comfortable...
Our welcome dinner was the day before wedding. This was when most of my guests arrived and, as I told you, it was pouring out.
So many of my guests were not in a good mood cause they felt bad for me and for themselves as well. We really hoped that welcome dinner would help people to relax and mucho tequila would help them to relax..
We had our welcome dinner at El Cocotal. We had group of 16.
I will try to draw you the whole picture. It is 9pm, getting dark, pouring outside. The place is 3/4th empty... and really quite. The music there is so quite that you can hear the sound of the forks hitting plates..
Maybe if we would have great day under the sun before that, we would really enjoy this atmosphere. But in our circumstances, the atmosphere of this restaurant was like we should lay down on the floor and die)))) It was just 16 of us, and waiters prepared 3 separate tables. Because it was hard for us to separate people, we asked waiters and moved all tables together making one big table. We tried to joke and cheer each other up, and everybody was doing their best to improve the mood of this evening.
I remember that some of the girls here complained that waiters there forgot to prepare personalized menus for the dinner... We had the menus, but it didn't really help us...
Waiters brought drinks to half of my guests and disappeared... Actually they were running around, but they stopped bringing drinks to us. Nobody could drink, cause one half of the table waited for the other half. After 15 minutes of waiting we asked waiters if they can bring shot glasses, so we can share the drinks that half of the table had. We really wanted to start drinking!)) Waiters said that they don't have shots at that restaurant and they sent somebody somewhere to bring it.. Guys, besides us, there were 4 more tables with couples and 3 waiters running around. However, the number of drinks on our table didn't change.
We kept waiting...I can't explain to you how terribly I felt. I invited people for my wedding to one of the best resorts. Here they are: cold, tired, shocked(they spent the whole day at the luxury resort but were able to see only lobby and their rooms) and not able even to drink..!
To make long story short, we were able to get good service only when all other tables left..it was really long time waiting..like 40 minutes ( or even more?) without drinks and food..As waiters were explaining to me, this delay was cause we moved our tables together....Come on! even if they would give us just one waiter who would keep taking care of us, we wouldn't complain. Before they brought the other half of drinks, I had to go to hostess and complain few times. Couple of my guests asked for juice, but after they realized that additional orders confuse waiters, they gave up.
Is it the way the dinner that I planed a head of time suppose to be like?It was the worst dining experience in my life... !
Thanks God other dinners in El Dorado Royale were really good and my guests were very happy!
I know that many other brides loved El Cocotal. Maybe I just got bad luck with this restaurant)
General advise for the all future El Dorado Royale brides:
If you are planing to go for dinner as a group, be ready to wait a long time for your get your order. Don't make groups of more then 6 people. Waiters cannot serve large groups (large: 7people and up). They get really confused and can mess up your order.
When we went for dinners as a couple, the service was EXCELLENT!!!!!!!.
As a group we had to wait pretty long time for food, because waiters were trying to bringing food for the whole group, and it took awhile to cook. However, they kept our drinks coming))) so here is also risk to get drunk before you start your appetizer)