-I will upload my centerpiece asap! I bought a lot of the things at the dollar store and in bulk and they did not look cheap at all and ended up costing $75-$100 for all of the centerpieces!
-We made specific playlists for our reception and told the DJ what songs we wanted played and told him to start his music for the dancing and he had really could music, the dance floor was full! We loaded over 3 hours worth of music and put it on shuffle. Put your walking in song on one playlist, first dance on another, etc. Worked out very well and he knew what he was doing
-The Ibiza rooms are small ballrooms on the top level and near the Sante Fe steak house. No other resort guests would be in there, it was just our wedding guests. So great. We gave out our gifts then.
-If you are paying for club premium (Which I highly recommend you do) you do your checkin in a completely separate area than everyone else and they upgraded us to an oceanfront club premium mastersuite. IT WAS HUGE! 2 bathrooms, livingroom, king bed, just amazing. I just asked if I could be upgraded and they said we already were.
-We did not have a cocktail hour and I promise it isn't worth the extra $15 per head! Susana printed out an itinerary for my guests once we finished meeting and we just put a place for our guests to go for drinks while we waited for the train to take us to the bar higuey! The Bar Carey was where everyone went and it was perfect. I promise it isn't worth the extra money, if you are on a budget that is.
-I paid for a hair trail $71 and it was well worth it. Just to put your mind at ease and I had the same girl do my hair on my wedding day and it was perfect. The girls don't speak great english but bring pictures and they can do anything, HONESTLY everyone of my bridesmaids were really happy!!! I did my own make-up.
-The robes were really comfortable and a perfect touch!!!
-We didn't do any excursions as a group but a few of our friends did go on a catermeran for the day and a day trip in to the town to see their way of life, they loved it. I went scuba diving! If you do book an exursion make sure you book through the transat office in the hotel, not through someone off the beach. It was considerably cheaper through transat.
-No surprise costs, just make sure you have your deposit receipt because they tried charging us $600 extra when we already paid it.
-No international costs, but just got home so if I notice anything I'll keep you posted
-I told them I wanted white lilies for me and purple for the girls! They didn't have purple lilies so they ended up spraying them purple and they looked really good!!! I was sooooo happy with how the purple looked on everyone! It was so complimenting. I am so excited for you too!!!
-I didn't get a confirmation for the private rehersal dinner until a week before I left!!! They were so annoying in that way. Just email them now and ask for it!