I just got back from our April wedding at El Dorado Royale. It was absolutely incredible! We had 100 guests--our welcome party was at Tucanes, ceremony at Tucanes, and reception at Salon Royale. As many of you have mentioned, the planning process is completely overwhelming. Communication with the resort was impossible and 4 months before my wedding I was at my wits end and desperate for help. Through the recommendation of a past EDR bride on this blog, I reached out to Stacy at Extraordinary Destination Weddings hoping she could work a miracle. She dove in headfirst, took the reins, communicated daily, fought for my vision, and enabled me to enjoy the wedding process. As my husband can attest, Stacy proved herself invaluable and was the single best investment we put into our wedding. I can't even begin to tell you all the things that could have gone wrong and the resort flat out didn't do; having an advocate during the planning process and onsite was the sole reason we had an amazing experience. If I could change one thing I would have hired her from day one so she could coordinate the reservations as well! A couple other notes, the resorts decor prices are exuberantly inflated so we brought our own. Stacy brought the majority down for me and did the set up/take down to avoid their inflated fee's. This was HUGE money saver! Plus after the reception we could keep the party going with our guests and not have to worry about anything. I also made all my own real-touch bouquets since the resort was quoting me $250 a bouquet. DJ All Music did an incredible job and turned the reception into a massive dance party, I highly recommend him if you have it in your budget. Our welcome bags were a total hit. They had the schedule for the weekend, koozies, sunglasses, a hand painted shot glass etc., but the biggest hit were the personalized tumblers. Our guests used them all weekend for their drinks and loved them! It's a huge resort so it was a great wedding guest identifier throughout the week. I'll post some pictures when I get them back from our photographer. And for anyone who might be interested, below is Stacy's info. It was the best week of our lives and we absolutely couldn't have done it without her; I give her my highest recommendation!
Stacy Norell (774-213-1850)
Please feel free to message me with any questions, good luck to all future brides!