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#2311 tricia-m

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 06:11 AM

@samantha2 CONGRATULATIONS to you and your new husband! Thank you for the wonderful review and beautiful pictures.  What a lovely intimate ceremony and reception!  Great tip about the welcome drinks on the roof top.  By chance, do you know if they allow children there?



#2312 Adrienne Lauren

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    Posted 20 November 2013 - 07:37 AM

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    Originally Posted by samantha2 
     

    We got married there last week and used HDC Photography.  We did pay the $1000 vendor fee and it was still cheaper to pay the cost of the photographer plus the vendor fee than using Tropical pictures.  We are soooo happy that we went with HDC.  If your photographer is a guest that you are bringing with you and they are staying at the resort I believe there is no fee.

    First off, Congratulations! You looked beautiful! Do you know how long the photographer has to stay as a guest? We aren't actually getting married at the resort, so really, all of the pictures the photographer would be taking would mostly be of us getting ready, I think.



    #2313 MissJali

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      Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:22 AM

      Samantha congrats!!!! I'm so happy to hear you used HDC also. I'm using them as well. You look beautiful in your photos. I have a couple of questions if you don't mind.

       

      1. How many guests did you have?

      2. Did Aris offer you the option to take down everyone's food choice before the wedding or did you just choose the beef before?

      3. Did they print menus for you? Day of Itineraries?

      4. Did you use the dj?



      #2314 Trish Upshall

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        Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:47 AM

        Thank you so much Samantha for your review! and congrats! I am so glad your wedding turned out perfect!!

         

        I was also wondering about the whole itinerary thing - like did you know in advance of your menu choice and wedding day itinerary, so that you were able to provide an itinerary to guests? I am the WORST wedding planner ever and i am so confused as to how all of this operates etc. Like I dont want to assume an itinerary and create one to hando ut to all my guests and then it change according to what the wedding coordinator says it should be.

         

        Also - does anyone know how it works with rehersal dinners? do you have to pay extra or can you just reserve a spot at one of the restaurants? or is there a limit as to how many guests?

         

        I have emailed Aria (my wedding coordinator most of these questions and she has still not gotten back to me yet)

         

        Thanks Ladies!



        #2315 samantha2

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          Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:51 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by tricia-m 
           

          @samantha2 CONGRATULATIONS to you and your new husband! Thank you for the wonderful review and beautiful pictures.  What a lovely intimate ceremony and reception!  Great tip about the welcome drinks on the roof top.  By chance, do you know if they allow children there?

          Hey,

             We never saw any children there but no one was monitoring who was up there.  It is an open area of the resort (not part of the adults only) so I'm sure children would be allowed!  



          #2316 samantha2

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            Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:54 AM

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            Originally Posted by Adrienne Lauren 
             

            First off, Congratulations! You looked beautiful! Do you know how long the photographer has to stay as a guest? We aren't actually getting married at the resort, so really, all of the pictures the photographer would be taking would mostly be of us getting ready, I think.

            I would think just the one night but I am not 100% sure.  You have a bit of a unique situation so I'm not really sure how that would work for you.  If your friend was there with you I don't think you would even need to let the resort know...  Sorry I can't be more help!



            #2317 samantha2

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              Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:59 AM

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              Originally Posted by MissJali 
               

              Samantha congrats!!!! I'm so happy to hear you used HDC also. I'm using them as well. You look beautiful in your photos. I have a couple of questions if you don't mind.

               

              1. How many guests did you have?

              2. Did Aris offer you the option to take down everyone's food choice before the wedding or did you just choose the beef before?

              3. Did they print menus for you? Day of Itineraries?

              4. Did you use the dj?

              We had 20 guests (so 22 total with my husband and I).  We filled out a questionaire form before we even left for the wedding, you get it about 1-2 months before the wedding.  That is where we wrote down our food choice.  We just had everyone eat the beef tenderloin (plus one vegetarian option).  They did print menus for us, which was a nice surprise.  They were on everyone's plate when we walked in to the reception site.  They printed them on nice paper and in our wedding colours.  There was no day of itinerary though.  We meet with Aris before our welcome drinks and then just told our group where they needed to be and at what time for the wedding day.  Then Aris was with us the rest of the time on the wedding day and just coordinated our guests.  We did not use the dj.  The presidential suite has speakers on the balcony with a system that you can plug an iPhone into.  Aris also brought a portable speaker for us to use if we needed.   



              #2318 samantha2

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                Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:04 AM

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                Originally Posted by Trish Upshall 
                 

                Thank you so much Samantha for your review! and congrats! I am so glad your wedding turned out perfect!!

                 

                I was also wondering about the whole itinerary thing - like did you know in advance of your menu choice and wedding day itinerary, so that you were able to provide an itinerary to guests? I am the WORST wedding planner ever and i am so confused as to how all of this operates etc. Like I dont want to assume an itinerary and create one to hando ut to all my guests and then it change according to what the wedding coordinator says it should be.

                 

                Also - does anyone know how it works with rehersal dinners? do you have to pay extra or can you just reserve a spot at one of the restaurants? or is there a limit as to how many guests?

                 

                I have emailed Aria (my wedding coordinator most of these questions and she has still not gotten back to me yet)

                 

                Thanks Ladies!

                 

                 

                The only thing we really told our guests for the day of the wedding was what time and where they needed to be.  Then Aris took them all to the ceremony site and then ushered them around after that as well.  We made an announcement at our welcome drinks so that everyone knew the information for the wedding day.  We did not have a rehersal dinner so I didn't ask any questions about that.  Depending on how big your group is though you can make reservations for a certain restaurant.  I would recommend doing that early though so that you can get enough seats.  Not sure on the limit of how many guests a restaurant can hold.  

                You will become a priority as your wedding day gets closer.  I didn't start to email Aris until 2 months before my wedding day and never had a problem getting information from her asap.  



                #2319 Trish Upshall

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                  Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:08 AM

                  Thanks Samantha!!



                  #2320 OCT 2013 BR

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                    Posted 21 November 2013 - 06:22 AM

                    OCT 2013BR, You look so beautiful. I love your centerpieces and lighting. Thanks for sharing! Glad to hear everything went well.

                    Congrats and welcome back!!!! So glad to hear everything went well and I'm happy to see another bride who used the ballroom. Just wondering, how many guests did you have? Your party looked pretty big and I'm expecting at least 100! Also, I've never seen that lighting in the ballroom, did you have to request or pay extra for that??

                    Thank you ladies, we had 120 adults & 6 kids. We did request to cover all the walls with drapes & spot lighting. We also had the photo booth for an hour & a live band all in the same room . The space was perfect.




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