So I have Susana as my WC, and have heard she will not be there....so did the things you reserved/discussed with Susana take any like showing of emails, records keeping to have Marlene agree? I would say that 95% of the things I discussed with Susana, Marlene knew about. Such as selections of cakes and stuff like that. I didnt have anything out of the ordinary. The only thing that was not honored was the cost of the second chair sash. I would say to have readily available your email chains. Marlene has been monitoring all the emails so it appears shes on it.
Would you say the Lobby Bar is a good and fun place to meet up for the first night just to welcome everyone? Is there food there (snacks)? The lobby bar (Bar Carey) is a beautiful bar with a nice white piano in the center. It however does not have food/snacks. If your looking for a nice spot to meet that has food I would suggest Strikers. Its a 24 hour sports bar that has a full bar and serves buffett food, wings, pizza, salad bar, ribs, fries, etc. We had our welcome party here since it was the only place that served alcohol and food and could accomodate our group of 45 for no additional fee. Additionally, they have pool tables and a huge theatre type screen with leather seats that plays the games in a back area. It worked out perfectly. I arrived early and had the waitress pull some tables together for us and just held down the spot until everyone arrived. It also has outdoor seating, not a big area but its available. Its located directly across from the casino/night club.
Did you ever eat at Hoya 19? We tried to have lunch here but the wait was always atleast 20 minutes. Its a really nice ala carte restaurant that overlooks the golf course. Its located about 5 minutes from the main area. We did however have breakfast here and the service sucked! It took entirely too long for us to get our food.
Did you guys do any excursions? Anything fun on resort that shouldnt be missed? We did a speedboat and snorkeling excursion. Awesome! It was alot of fun and the snorkeling was amazing! We even saw a baracuda...dont think I hauled ass that fast in all my life LOL. We also took the lil kids to the Manati Zoo, was also an excursion. They had a dolphin and sea lion show, with a few other animal shows. I wasnt impressed. The pool area for the shows seemed run down and they didnt have animals that I would expect in a zoo. Mostly birds and reptiles, nothing exotic and nothing big like elephants, lions, giraffes. It was definetly no Bronx Zoo thats for sure LOL. They have the dance lessons on the beach everyday at 4:00 which is nice, as well as water polo, volleyball stuff like that. We also utilized the free Kyacks and those pedal boat things. They have a big calendar of activities in the main lobby that lists everything they have going on. I will upload that pic tonight. The shows in the theatre are quite entertaining, of course some better than others but its everynight at 10:00 nice thing to do.
For the day of and decorating, do you leave it completely to them and dont have any family or yourself helping decorate anywhere? Just want to make sure I am where I need to be. The day of I did nothing in terms of decorating nor did anyone in my family. I went the day before and did another run down of what I wanted and where I wanted everything. As well as filled up the centerpieces. Ramona took pictures of everything and I left that day feeling confident they knew what I wanted. I really wanted to keep the wedding day to myself and not burden fam/friends with tasks although they were willing. It all worked out.
Did you guys get vouchers upon checking in? I see online where you can get coupons for the spa/waterpark etc, but my TA wont confirm it. Upon checking in every room is given a coupon book. This contains the vouchers to just about everything, water park, spa, golf, upgrades, etc. Just FYI the internet cost is $12 a day and you can have up to 2 users on it. They also offer it in 15 minute incraments, ie: 15 minutes for $3 and so on. Guest services has computers that you can use if you dont have access on your phones. And if your in a jam you can also print things here. The golf was rather expensive, although it says a free round with every room. They dont say that each person has to rent the cart for $40 and the clubs for $40 so it averages about $80 pp for a round of golf which was steep. The course is beautiful and well kept. Oh and in terms of the water park for the kids, there is the one you pay for (Pirate park) $10 per day with voucher but there is also 2 others that are free. Served its purpose and the kids didnt know any difference.
We have the DJ with the MC as well, and I know you missed most of your reception (SUCKS!) but from a few past reviews it sounded like the reception was basically just dinner, toasts and a dance...I was hoping to have like two hours of dancing...and it sound slike your party was able to do that...did you opt out of things like father-daughter dance and toasts or was it just more organized with the MC so faster? We did entrances for us and the entire wedding party to different songs, we had our first dance, father/daughter and groom/mom as well as 4 toasts. With all that we still had about 2 hours of dancing, keep in mind we extended the reception though. I think that if we would have stuck to the 3 hour reception we would have probably left feeling like we could have used another hour of just dancing. The first hour and a 1/2 easily goes to all that dances, toasts, and food. Then you also account for the bouquet and garter toss as well as the cake and of course dinner. THe MC was full of energy and quite funny, I'm gald we had him as he was really on point in terms of timing and scheduling.
I know you brought two dresses with you? Any problems carrying them on? I rbought 3 dresses with me (Wedding dress, club dress night of the wedding and my TTD) all 3 I managed to get in one garment bag and had no problems. We flew JB there and US Air back and both were accomodating and allowed us to board first to ensure we fit the dress in an overhead bin. Unfortunately neither one of those airlines had closets but nonetheless laying it down worked perfectly.
About how long did it take you guys to go through customs at PC airport? My FI keeps saying its going to take two hours, but I just cannot believe it!! No way, it was super easy. The longest part was probably waiting in line to pay the $10 entrance fee that is only accepted in cash. I would say in total maybe 15-20 minutes at most.
Okay, sorry I know that is so many questions! And I have more sadly hahah! My wedding is in three weeks and with Susana gone and a couple bad reviews im getting a little more nervous, so thank you for your review! Made me feel better. And your cake is the prettiest I have seen there! I was hoping to get that big bottom layer like you, but wasnt sure if they would be able to do it! But thanks again for all the info and you guys all looked wonderful!! Your son is just too cute! LOL thanks love, I would say that the bottom layer is foam, LOL. We learned the hard way when we went to do our cake cutting and were like WTF its so hard...they must use some serious fondant LOL. Needless to say we pulled the cake knife out and saw the styrofoam pebble things lol. We laughed it off and "gracefuylly" moved to the second tier that was actually cake. We brought our personalized glasses, cake serving stuff and monogram topper.
My pleasure to help you guys out so ask away =)