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the ceremony was amazing. everything looked great and the minister was so good. we didn't meet with him before but he looked through our notes and personalized it which was really nice. honestly i feel like i don't really remember it!!! almost like i zoned out or something but everyone said it was perfect! the cocktail hour was set up in the gardens which was also perfect. we had the mariachi band and cold apps and champagne. we took a few pics but weren't really there for it cause we went to the beach area to take our pics. the beach was super windy so we mainly did pics in the surrounding areas. the reception was awesome! we had it at the don alfredo which is right outside building 10 and close to the pools and beach. there was a little drama saturday morning. on some of the maps it looks like the italian restaurant is located in a different spot so for a few hours we thought they set up everything at the wrong place. my parents went off! of course karla wasn't in yet so my dad went all the way to the lobby, which is far, and flipped out!! whatever everything ended up working out and it was the right place but there was a huge lack of communication about it. karla's boss ended up coming to the suite to explain everything b/c he knew how upset my dad was. he said from that point on if we had any questions/concerns to contact him. he was really nice about it but at the time we were all kind of freaking out. everything was set up great and looked awesome! def have your reception there if you can. there was a nice breeze too. i mean it was still hot but it was nice to be outside! all the wait staff was awesome! they were even dancing at times haha. we def showed them our appreciation though. they made out like bandits. jeff and i tipped them all and so did a lot of our guests. they were really good and deserved it! i had the salmon which was delicious and jeff had the steak. it was good but the salmon was def better. some people said their steak wasn't great. we did notice that you have to order things rare/med rare cause they tend to cook the steaks too long but still had a good taste. we did all our first dances in the beginning after being introduced to kind of get them out of the way. then we ate and then danced the ENTIRE night. i was so sweaty hahaha but it was so fun! dj doremixx brought out balloons and masks and it was soooo fun!! we cut the cake around 10. they did a great job on the cake and our bouquets. i know a few girls didn't give great reviews about the flowers but ours were prefect. i sent a picture and they duplicated it exactly minus the orchids b/c the price is ridic! we hired an outside florist to do our centerpieces. i got the idea and info from tara b/c i loved the way it looked. ours were just as pretty too! the reception ended a little after 11 and off the the disco we went!! i actually wore me dress which was fun but it got so dirty...whatever i'll never wear it again!
after the wedding the next days we just partied it up!!! seriously we drank and ate all day long either at the pool or beach. it was so nice not having to worry about anything anymore. i actually never saw karla after saturday night. she was very organized for the most part but her availability and communication wasn't that great. but overall she was really great! sunday we spent all day at the beach/pool. sunday night we made reservations at the mediterrean rest. it was really good! def make the reservations early cause some people were having lots of issues with that. although they would tell you there are no more reservations but then the restaurant would be half empty. so really push for them if you want it! thats another thing i learned. be strong when you really want something. we all paid a lot of money to be there and we paid A LOT of extra for the wedding so we should get whatever we want hahaha!!!! monday night we went to the mexican. i thought it was good but some people weren't fans of it. tuesday jeff and i had our couples massage which was awesome!! so nice and relaxing!! that night we had our romantic dinner on the beach which was also perfect. they set up this whole area on the beach and had it decorated with flowers and music. we had our own waiter who was really nice. the meal was prob the best i had there. the only thing was it was SO windy but it made it funny cause everything was blowing over. our candle blew out at one point and we couldnt see a thing. also we both had soup all over us from the wind blowing it off the spoon!!!! after most our guests left we went snorkeling. def try to do this. so many fish!!! ive been snorkeling a bunch of times and this was def one of the best. we wanted to do so much more but just didnt have time. we wanted to spend as much time with our guests as possible and i wouldnt change that. we had SO much fun!
-you dont realize how much you will be tipping so bring lots of $1 and cash for every day tipping like the bell boys, shuttle drivers, etc. everyone is very helpful!
- i know i was having questions about tipping for the wedding...we tipped the photographers, dj, mariachi band, wait staff, karla, and a few others. if they did a good job then we tipped which was pretty much everyone
- lobby bar is a good meeting place
- it's A LOT of walking. the trolley really doesnt run as much as it should so leave enough time if you have appts.
- try the coconut and nut ice cream...so good!
- the pool and beach buffets are very convienent during the day cause they're so close but the main buffets are def better with more options
- def go to the disco with a big group!!!!!!!!!!
all in all everything was prefect!!!! the ceremony and reception were amazing and everyone kept saying it was the best wedding they've been to. the resort was so clean and beautiful just a little too big for me, very overwhelming but still gorgeous. a lot of people have put pics up on my FB: katie iannucci. if you want to see them just friend me. also my email is
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. i know the few girls that answered a lot of my questions and gave me help were life savers!!!
you won't be disappointed...the iberostar is a great choice!