Hi everyone! We got back last night and I am already so sad it is over haha, I want to do it all over again every year! The weather there for our trip was a bit disappointing as it rained and was cloudy pretty much every day, and a few days it was a downpour for most of the day. I was very very lucky that the ONLY day it did not rain was on the Saturday we got married! My heart went out to the bride I saw get married Friday night in the light rain and she was having her reception by the pool and the downpour drenched their reception and they were all running into the lobby. I know this is not normal for Turks so I was hoping it would pass and it did for our wedding. It was soooo pretty and an amazing wedding on the beach.
Resort- we stayed in the French Village luxury walkout room. When we got there they gave us two beds, so we switched with another guest on our trip. French village was perfect for us, very pretty pool/swim up bar and REAL close to the amazing coffee shop and AMAZING Sushi bar. The room was nice, like everyone has already said they are just "nice" nothing spectacular. If I had it to do over I would not do the "walkout" as it was literally just a few blocks of tile surrounded by bushes and yes we had tons of mosquito's in our room, I had a pretty bite on my face after night one. Our guest that were on floor 2 and 3 had NO mosquito's at all. The resort is amazing, very clean, very very nice. The only thing I could see they need to revamp is the Caribbean village pool. Our resort was booked to capacity and it never ever felt crowded at all. It was perfect.
Food- the food was sooooo good!! There is sooo much food everywhere and is very very good food. The Sushi bar, Kimo's Le pitit Chatea were are favorites. The coffee shop serves melted chocolate every day at 5pm and tons of fruit, warm cookies, marsh mellows and muffins for dipping. Oh and at Schooners if you order crab legs 24 in advance you can have a HUGE tray of crab legs for everyone.
Wedding- we had Comanaci ( I think thats how you spell her name) as our wedding coordinator. She was nice but I was NOT impressed with her work. She forgot the sand ceremony, had the wrong color rose petals that I purchased. Didn't call me to let me know that the large boardwalk was open or not after I requested it. Never called me back after I called to see if we could get the rain parasols they have for sale there. (they sell them for 20.00 each in the wedding office I knew this because I saw another bride and her wedding party using them in the rain Thursday night) Then she told me she would pick me up from my room at 345 because the wedding was at 4pm. At 4pm I was calling around trying to find her, the sales office finally had her call me back and she told me just to walk to the lobby and she would get me there. Wow. Anyway, I didnt sweat all of this stuff because it was just little stuff and I was not about to get angry at a thing on my wedding day. But I did have her refund my sand ceremony. She also played one song after the ceremony and thats it even though we gave her a playlist. The other weddings I saw played music during the signing of the paperwork and picture taking. Anyway, just be prepared to go with the flow, thats what I did and it was fine.
Ceremony was GREAT, Pastor was GREAT, the vision in white arch was Sooo pretty and worth every penny.
We did our own dinner at Schooners the night before the wedding, they set up a large table for us and it was perfect all you have to do is make a reservation. With 19 people the latest we could do it was 6 and it worked great.
Reception - we did a 2 hour private reception on the large boardwalk. They NOW HAVE GORGEOUS WHITE FABRIC DRAPING FROM THE SMALLER BOARDWALKS/GAZEBO'S, it is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo pretty, and it is brand new. They didnt have it in yet for the large boardwalk so I couldnt have it because our party was too large for the smaller locations. We had 19 total. If you have a smaller party and can use those locations its gorgeous. Reception food was super super super good and Brandy was right, 2 hours was plenty for us, after that everyone was ready to party party party. The cake was great as well. After the reception we partied it up at Cricketers and then carried it on to Liquid. TONS of fun, I stayed in my dress because I LOVE my dress and the bottom was nearly black in the morning haha.
Photos- Beaches photography is the same as Sandals photography.... BLA.. no good. Pretty sure they just grabbed the first person that came to work that day and gave him a camera and said go shoot the wedding. He could hardly speak English. I bought some of the pictures because of course I wanted to have some official wedding pictures but my guest had great cameras and their pics are just as good if not better. Luckily I knew this going into this vacation because I have had pics done at Sandals before so I did not purchase a big package and booked with Tropical Imaging for a TTD that following Monday which was so fun and I should get those pics back in a few weeks. Anyone have any good tips on how to clean the dress? The ocean didn't do as much damage as my reception dance a thon at liquid.
I am not real good at loading pics but they are on my facebook, possibly this link will work?
Let me know if you guys have any questions!! Hands down the best all inclusive I have ever ever stayed at!!!