Well, we're back!! Our wedding was nothing short of perfect. It was a dream week. Every guest kept commenting on how the place is a paradise and they don't know how I planned such a beautiful wedding from hundreds of miles away.
All I can say is: any worries you ladies may have about your wedding here, throw it out the window. It will be more wonderful than you can even imagine.
I don't have time to do a planning thread or full review at the moment but I'll touch on a few points briefly:
First, if you're getting married at any of the Iberostar properties, have your reception at El Faro, the open air venue at the Del Mar. It is the best party atmosphere and perfect ambience. I cannot recommend it enough.
Second, whatever you do, GET DJ DOREMIXX!!!! Numerous guests were commenting that this was the best DJ they have ever heard. Our cousin was even inquiring what he would charge to fly him to Chicago for an event. He brings out props like masks, glowsticks and long skinny white balloons which sounds cheesy but really gets the party going. People that arent the most confident dancers like having a prop. I never left the dancefloor once. Not even to get a drink Haha. He's that good. Trust me. He transitions one song to the next in such a way that you never want to leave.
Third, tip your chef before the wedding. THe food at the resorts is GOOD but it's not GREAT. Hey, it's an all inclusive. the chefs here do so many weddings that if you want preferential treatment you have to give them an incentive. We really wanted our wedding dinner to be a bit classier than the food we'd been eating throughout the week so we asked Karla to meet with him beforehand and we tipped him $200. THe food was much much better than that which we had sampled previously. THe steak was served over some roasted potatoes with a really good sauce. It was the best steak I had all week. Everyone remarked that the salmon was delicious as well. We really fought for some different sides other than the corn on the cob and baked potato they were offering and I'm very glad we did. If you dont' ask for changes to the menu they won't offer it.
We also paid extra for hot appetizers to be served during cocktail hour and they were delicious. If you go this route, get the shrimp cocktail served in a martini glass with pico de gallo and lime, the chicken wings, empanadas, fried calamari, and mushrooms with cream cheese & caviar. They were all delicious.
What else?? Oh, the romantic dinner on the beach was simply phenomenal. Those of you who did the Mac Daddy Package are in for a real treat. it was the most romantic date we've ever been on. Make sure to bring your camera.
The Presidential Suite at the Del Mar is off the chain! We did not want to leave after our wedding night so we ended up paying the upgrade to stay in the Pres. Suite for our last two nights.
I stayed in the Suite with my sister the night before the wedding and we all got ready there the morning of the wedding. If you're seeking an outside hair/makeup artist go with Trevor from Waves Playa and Adrian of Stying Trio for your makeup. My makeup looked amazing and stayed put even through the following day during our (very splashy) TTD session! PM me for their info.
Lastly, If you havent chosen a photographer yet, Ivan Luckie did an amazing job. He is a true artist and takes very creative shots. I haven't seen any pro pics yet, but I am confident they'll be beautiful.
If anyone's interested in seeing some of our guests' photo albums, I will PM you our snapfish photo share site.
I wouldn't change a thing about our wedding. My best advice to you ladies is don't waste another minute stressing out about your weddingl Your guests will be telling you it's the most fun wedding they ever attended!