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#1 AmyandRich

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    Posted 18 May 2010 - 09:17 PM

    Hi everyone! My husband and I were married on May 7, 2010 at Dreams Tulum. Here is the recap:

    -I'm not going to get into the airport and transfer service to get there... everything went smooth....

    - Check In: We reserved a beahfront room. When we checked in, we were told that none were available until the following day. They put us in a honeymoon suite, which was really nice. We moved to the beach front room the next day as I really wanted it!! It was close to the ceremony site. We were in Room 1614... the room was really pool front, with the beach behind the pool, but still nice. The noise level was pretty low for being right next to the pool.

    - Wedding Coordinator: Natalia She was great. We met with her on day 2. She took us to a quiet area in the lobby and we went over all of our details. She had copies of my previous emails already printed out. I made last minute changes and she didn't blink an eye. I highly recomend PICTURES!!! If you want certain colors in your bouquet, bring a sample... things can get lost in translation! If you want your reception set up a certain way, bring pictures... I brought a photo AND drew a diagram for her!!

    - Wedding Package: Ultimate (we had 16 guests so this worked well)

    Bows on the chairs. Natalia knew in advance via email that I wanted fuschia bows. She had a fabric swatch at our meeting.
    Black runner for reception table. Natalia had a sample swatch of a sheer blck fabric. I asked her for an opaque black... not a problem.
    Flower petals: I bought 12 bags of petals and had the resort carpet them on our reception table on the back table runner... looked AWESOME!!
    2 Extra flower arangements. The package came with one centerpiece for the receptions.... I used 1 long table and added the 2 extra flowers and 6 candle holders that I brought myself.
    Guitarist. We had him play during our reception...more later
    Photos - we upgraded to the 100 photo package. More later.
    Extra boutinere
    Sound System for the Ceremony
    Total, including package: $3250
    Natalia presented us with an itemized bill before we paid. Everything was correct. TIP: One month prior, I sent Natalia an email in which I itemized all of our costs, and added the 11% tax. We reviewed this together via email and came to an understanding. I believe this really help billing accuracy!!

    Day before Wedding: We took our guests on a sailing/snorkeling trip. We charted a private excursion through FatCat. We had a great crew and a GREAT time!!

    Wedding Day... May 7th!!

    9 am: 3 of us girls went to the spa for massages. We scheduled these via email about 2 months prior. The spa was really nice, really relaxing. It was an Awesome way to begin the day! I did tell my massuese that I was having my hair done later and asked her to please keep any oils away from my hair. She did a good job.

    12 pm: 4 of us were having hair and make up done.. the first appointment was my sister and law at noon. I got sandwhichs from the Coco Cafe for the two of us and sat with her at the salon while she got started.

    1pm: My hair appointment. I brought a photo of what I wanted and she got pretty close! I went with an up-do. I used a ribbon and flowers instead of a veil.

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    2Pm: The stylist did my make up. I asked for "hollywood" and got bridal. I did not have a photo... did not get what I wanted. I found a Glamour magazine in the sitting area with a photo I liked.. I brought it back to the stylist and she did her thing... I was sooo happy with the results!! Again... bring PHOTOS.

    I paid for Mimosas and chocolate fruit and cheese platter fro everyone in our party. I was in the stylist chair when they were brought so the chocolate was hardened by the time I got to it. I chowed down anyway... I did not want to pass out walking down the aisle!!

    4PM: In my room... fidgeting! My dress had been delivered and was hanging up. I had folded my dress up and crammed it into a carry on to get it down there. The resort picked it up the day before to steam it.. Came out beautifully. (On the other side of the resort... We took advantage of the free groom's room the night before.. we gave it to my brother and his girfriend to use as they had brought kids with them. The resort delivered my husbands suit to this room.. which the resort only let him have until 2PM. The suit was locked in a room that we had no key to. Rich tracked down Natalia who fixed everything.)

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    4:30PM: My Mom came to my room to help me into my dress. Her and my Dad sat with me until Natalia came to get me. My bouquet was delivered... everything I wanted!!

    4:45PM - Photographer (Filemon) came to the room to snap a few pics

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    5Pm: Natalia called the room... our minister was in a car accident and would not be coming! She said they were finding someone else to officiate.

    5:30PM - Natalia came to the room and escorted me and my parents to the beach ceremony site. We had rented the sound system. The resort has a collection of classical/traditional music that they can play while guests are seated. I walked down the aisle to Canon in D.

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    The Ceremony: I believe another wedding cordinator drew the short straw!! She started by stating that we were "Gathered here today to join Amy and Aaron"... Aaron?! She then called my husband "Adam"... By the end, she got his name right. I found it all kinda humorous.. Rich wasn't as amused!

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    After the ceremony... group photos and Mr & Mrs photos. We paid for an upgraded package which got us picture on the beach, around the resort and during cocktail hours.

    More to come....

    #2 AmyandRich

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      Posted 18 May 2010 - 09:23 PM

      Samples of photos taken by resort Photographer Filemon:

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      #3 AmyandRich

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        Posted 18 May 2010 - 09:40 PM

        For brides worried about the resort photographer... Don't!! I LOVED the photos! We purchased the disk containing all 300 photos because we could not narrow it down to 100!!

        Continuing on........

        7PM: Cocktail hour. Lobby Terrace. We chose this location because of: 1. Close to a bar. 2. The lobby bar has a/c... wanted that incase it was too hot. Rich and I showed up for the last 15 minutes. We had a few more group photos and some photos with the Marriachi band. The band sounded nice. Guests seemed to like it.

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        8Pm: Dinner
        We originally had planned for our dinner to be at the Dolphin pool... Another wedding had paid for the SeaSide Grill and had booked a DJ. This resteraunt is only about 20 feet from the dolphin pool... I did not want their wedding to over power mine so Rich and I chose the beach. Only the far side of the Relax Pool is a small grove of palm trees on the sand.... it felt like we were on our own island!! It was romantic, intimate.... AWESOME!

        Lighting was good enough... We could see just fine. The breeze did not disturb any of the petals on the table. We had no issue with mosquites or anything else.

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        We went with the Golden menu... Bruschetta, citrus salad, surf and turf, chocolate cake and wedding cake! We made no special requests and were happy with everything. The wedding cake was Three milks, strawberry filling... Really good!!

        We hired the guitarist to play while we ate. He was wonderful. He played Mexican ballads, dance songs and a great rendition of "What a Wonderful World". We would get up and dance between courses... he really set a beautiful tone to the dinner. One of the best investments we made.

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        Afterwards: A few of us went dancing at the discotec... not a bad little club!

        Enough for now.... I will try to remeber more details and add them later.

        #4 wendyjd

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          Posted 18 May 2010 - 09:57 PM

          Great pics, sounds like an amazing day, except for the officiant/wreck but how amazing to find a replacement in 30min. Congrats on a beautiful wedding. LOVE your hair.

          #5 TLC4Rock

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            Posted 18 May 2010 - 09:57 PM

            I loved reading your review. Your photos were really nice, I can imagine trying to narrow down to 100 from 300 pictures. Thanks for sharing.

            #6 vlynnw

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              Posted 18 May 2010 - 10:09 PM

              Sounds like an amazing wedding, congratulations!
              Veronica & Adam - May 6, 2011 - Dreams Tulum

              #7 mimi73

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                Posted 19 May 2010 - 12:33 AM

                Love the review, and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the pics! You were stunning!
                Thanks for all the little tips.
                Congratulations on your wedding!

                Bride and Groom + 42 guests booked!

                #8 DiamondGirl

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                  Posted 19 May 2010 - 12:47 AM

                  congratulations on becoming a Mrs. Awesome review!!

                  #9 KarenM

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                    Posted 19 May 2010 - 05:44 AM

                    Congratulations Amy!! So glad they were able to find a replacement minister and that you had such a wonderful day (aside from DH being called the wrong name - lol)! You looked beautiful!

                    #10 AishaB

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                      Posted 19 May 2010 - 05:56 AM

                      Everything looks amazing! Congrats on a wonderful day!
                      BDW the best place for my TYPE A personality!

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