Originally Posted by brookesileo
Hi Ladies, 1Pris I have all the same concerns you have, I have no idea if I should do a trial on my hair, do I really want to spend the extra money to do that? I didn't even think about a rehearsal dinner until now? My package that I choose comes with a free one hour welcome cocktail party per 10 guests that I am having, do you think it would be fine to use that as my rehearsal dinner? Are you using the in house decorations place? I got a quote of 85 plus tax(which their tax rate is crazy expensive, so it comes to 107 per centerpiece). It seems expensive for a centerpiece so basic. But is it worth all the extra headache of bringing down my own centerpieces? What have you decided on?
Krissta, your photos are beautiful, did you use Arrefice? What month did you have your wedding in? Any advice for welcome bags do's and don'ts?
I got a trial hairstyle done in Toronto which cost me $45. I wouldn't pay to get the trial at the resort as they quoted me $80 - and that would also take time away from your vacation! Just make sure you bring pics of what you're looking for, the hairstylist is really good at recreating it!
I had the Chill Out Chic package, which did not include a Welcome Party. I had one anyway on the Nova Terrace. There I handed out my Welcome Bags. It was a great idea because everyone got to see who is in our group! It was an hour, which was more than enough time.
I did not do a Rehearsal Dinner, and if you want to save money, I would skip it. The day we met with Miguelina to finalize our wedding (the day before), she drove us around the resort and we looked at the ceremony location (the beach) and the reception area (the pool). Miguelina is really organized and on the day of, everyone knew where to be. I told the girls to meet in the Bridal Suite at 1:30 and my husband told the groomsmen to meet in my brother's room for 2pm. No worries about walking down the aisle and stuff, it's not a huge walk, so not having a rehearsal was no big deal.
I chose not to pay for the $100+ centrepieces ... I paid $5 per glass tea light holder through Lara. I brought my own tea lights. My reception was poolside which was ambience enough. It looked amazing. I went for simple and it looked beautiful with the palm trees and the pool.
I got married on November 11th of this year. We did use Arrecife and I cannot say enough about how wonderful they are. Joaquin was our photographer and Taimir helped us organize everything. Our photos are amazing and we have so many. We chose the Silver package which include videography. We ended up with a 1.5 hour long wedding video! They are truly amazing.
In my Welcome Bags (80 people, 1 bag per couple + bags for the tween girls and children) were flip flops (from Old Navy's $1 sale back in June), packages of advil, tums, pepto, mini aloe, door hangers (from Etsy), Timeline (strongly recommend, also from Etsy), etc. Kiddies I got them sand pails, flip flops, sunscreen, crayons and colouring book, etc. Tween girls - magazine, nail polish, hair clips, etc. The Welcome Bags cost me quite a pretty penny, but everyone enjoyed them!
Hope this helps! Let me know if you want to know anything else!!