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Finleys7 (Shannon)'s Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar Review: 5-1-2010

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Hi Shannon! Thank you for your thorough review. I just joined the BDW forum this week to find out a little more about things like flowers and photogs. I am getting married at the Maya on October 8th and thanks to your review, have booked Claudia Rodriguez' as my photographer. I damn near died when I saw the hotel's photoshop - photocaribbean's - work. Nothing creative and total cheese. They are def laughing all the way to the bank. So, thank you for your review. I wanted to inquire further about your centerpieces. You mentioned going with a local floral shop that contract with Iberostar. Was the hotel not able to provide flowers for your centerpieces, or did you just feel comfortable using an outside resource? Also, did you reach out to them prior to your wedding week arrival, or when you arrived? How was their pricing? Thanks in advance.

 

Best,

 

Amy

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Hi Shannon! Thank you for your thorough review. I just joined the BDW forum this week to find out a little more about things like flowers and photogs. I am getting married at the Maya on October 8th and thanks to your review, have booked Claudia Rodriguez' as my photographer. I damn near died when I saw the hotel's photoshop - photocaribbean's - work. Nothing creative and total cheese. They are def laughing all the way to the bank. So, thank you for your review. I wanted to inquire further about your centerpieces. You mentioned going with a local floral shop that contract with Iberostar. Was the hotel not able to provide flowers for your centerpieces, or did you just feel comfortable using an outside resource? Also, did you reach out to them prior to your wedding week arrival, or when you arrived? How was their pricing? Thanks in advance.

Best,

Amy
Amy, you made the right choice with Claudia...she's GREAT! The hotel service is definitely making out...$300 every time they DON'T do work...HaHa

The centerpieces would have been a little smaller and I wanted the tall vases. The Del Mar only had 5 and we had 10 tables. So rather than mix and match with tall and short, I went outside. So easy to work with, it was $50 a centerpiece @ 10 tables, so $500 not so bad =)
And they were just how I pictured...he sent a prototype and everything, with details of the flowers...so we knew what to expect.

I emailed prior to arrival about 2 months ahead of time. And no deposit was required, but we signed the contract (electronically) of course.

Good luck and ask away...that's why us Married ones keep coming back to the site idea.gif

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Shannon I love it!!! Sounds like you had a blaaassssttt!

 

It's funny my one complaint was that it was sooooo freaking hot and we were all sweating a lot. We had the exact same open air but covered patio type of thing for our reception. When talking to everyone later they said they embraced it and didn't even care! Amazing how people just have fun, I love it :)

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$500 is not bad at all. Thanks again for the info. I'm sure I'll have many more questions for you/the other hitched gals on the site. Thanks again!

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Shannon I love it!!! Sounds like you had a blaaassssttt!

It's funny my one complaint was that it was sooooo freaking hot and we were all sweating a lot. We had the exact same open air but covered patio type of thing for our reception. When talking to everyone later they said they embraced it and didn't even care! Amazing how people just have fun, I love it :)
Amy - Welcome back..love the siggy pic of your first dance.
I, like you, are dying for the pro pictures. I left the day before your wedding...but the weather was FANTASTIC leading up to Saturday. I totally understand the heat...Joe was just drippping...but it is what it is =)

Congrats again!

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