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Our wedding at Gran Porto Real
Hotel -Check in at the hotel was different because instead of making us stand in a long line at reception they placed us in a ball room and explained everything to us all at once to speed up the process. I was quite impressed with this as having 67 guests trying to check in could have been a lengthy process but it went smoothly and quickly. Our rooms were impeccable. We stayed in 127 which was nice but loud if you need an afternoon nap. My MOH stayed in room 354 which had the best balcony but two double beds. The rooms were really clean and the food was amazing. The staff at the hotel really knew how to make you feell welcome and special. Definately check out the roof top jacuzzi at the back of the hotel. This is where a lot of our friends liked to hang out. The couples massage and the spa itself was so relaxing. The romantic dinners were so nice. The beach was nice although I was too busy to actually lay down on a beach chair. The hotel has a great architectural style for photos - take advantage of the archways and greenery. El Piscatore was my favourite restaurant - great food, service and atmosphere. The resort had something for everyone which was great for a wedding with guests ranging from age 3 to 86! Everyone enjoyed themselves.

Wedding day - Perfect!
I had an appointment 3 days prior to the wedding to sort out the details with the coordinator and have the blood tests. The doctor was a really nice lady and her equipment was sterile and she knew how to keep my mind off of the needle in my arm. I liked her.
The salon at the Royal did a great job on my hair and makeup and they were really nice too. I brought my own make up for them to use and they knew how to apply. I received so many compliments about my makeup.

Zulma Dominguez was amazing. She does about 550 weddings a year and I could tell. She was great at her job and made me feel at ease. The other coordinators in the office seemed just as capable as her. Zulma had all of the wedding information organized and even made great suggestions. The flowers were beautiful.
The ceremony was beautiful. I went with the white decorations and it was perfect. Zulma had organized everything and the whole day went smoothly. The justice of the peace was very sweet and said a few words about love and marriage and family that was really touching. The harpist was a nice touch. A lot of people that were walking on the beach stopped on the pier to watch the ceremony which was neat to see.

We decided to go with a plated dinner and we chose the following for our menu
Salad - Caesar Salad - good
Soup - Princess cream soup with asparagus and mint - best  soup I ever had. All of my guests were commenting on how good it was.
Entree - Beef filet with mushrooms and the Salmon - both were delicious
Dessert - three milks cake - this was great but I liked the cannoli trio better (tried this at the romantic dinner)
We hired DJ Dorremix for the reception and we danced all night! Definately go with this company. The decorations were exactly what I pictured and I couldnâ€t have been happier.



I was really stressed out about having my wedding in another country and leaving the details to someone you have never met before but  I wouldn't have changed a thing. I am so pleased with how everything went and all of my guests had a great time. I have pictures and if you would like to see any of them or get more information you can contact me at slitwin14@gmail.com


Happy Planning!



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Miss Valarie,


Your wedding is around the corner. How are plans coming along?

Originally Posted by missvalarie View Post



I am a Gran Porto Bride as well-  March 31, 2012.  I am so glad to have found this blog and look forward to participating.




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Ladies I have a few reception questions...we are having about 40+ guest in a private beach reception.


  1. Did anyone do round tables for the reception? How many guest did you fit in each table? – Is 8 too tight or will I need to go with 6?


  1. Did your WC require a seating chart? How did the waiters know which meal option to give your guests? - I was wanting to use different colored Maracas as the  wedding favor and let the guest sit anywhere they wanted. The different colored maracas could signal what they were having either beef or fish.


Do you think this would work???


How is the planning going for you ladies?

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