Originally Posted by mollyes
here was my experience:
Day of coordination. I came down Monday to Monday (wedding was on Saturday). I met with Anel on Monday to review everything and even change some orders (e.g., flowers). We met for about an hour and walked through everything. I also went to see her to check in on a few things throughout the week. We scheduled a rehearsal the evening before from 5:30 to 6. She totally took that over and managed everyone (Anel knows what she is doing!). On the day of, she called me throughout the day to check in. She had the flowers delivered to my room and the groom's to his room. She made sure the photographers got to us. She also organized the transportation and ensured that all of the guests were there before sending it to come get me. She then completely managed the whole processional process and then managed the event. She was invaluable and 100% on top of everything. BTW, we also asked a friend to MC the event, which was AWESOME. It made it very personal. However, even after he told everyone to leave the cocktail hour and head to the reception, it was Anel and her staff who really ushered everyone in.
Phone calls. I spoke to Anel on the phone once. I was sort of freaking out that she wasn't responding to my emails and asked her to call me. We set up a time that week, she called and we chatted for about 30 minutes just reviewing what I had submitted and that was it.
Menu. You pick from their extensive options. I picked off both the Divine and Eternity menu (paid for the Divine) and then they offered up a special gluten free vegetarian option for us when I asked for it.
Ceremony. Can't comment. We brought our own minister. We were married in the U.S. the day before we left. We did everything just like a normal wedding so unless people asked, they didn't know. My husband is Jewish so we did sign a ketubah during our ceremony.
Changes in 2014. I have no idea, but doubt it as the brochure was the same in 2013 as it was in 2012.
Customization. Absolutely. I sent in pictures of my bouquet and chuppa flowers - totally not in the brochure at all - and it was no problem. In fact, our table flowers were also not from the brochure but something another bride had done there in the past. Anel showed us a picture and we picked those. We customized the cake slightly to match with our colors but based on pictures here, I saw all sorts of different cakes.
Hope this helps! I'm still on a bit of a wedding high so happy to answer questions! ;-)
Wow thank you for this!! Im glad I dont have to worry about Anel as she sounds fantastic as far as making the day flow together and managing the ceremony and timeline of events, sets my mind at ease a little! Do you see her much that day or is she more behind the scenes?
Im a little anxious about it all as we will be arriving on the Wednesday and getting married on the Friday! So it doesnt give me alot of time to relax before the wedding, I want to have basically everything finalized and my mind at ease before I arrive.
I am going to do the same and send detailed pictures of how I would like things customized? Was there additional charge for slight customizations like the colors for flowers and the cake?
I planning to get married a few days before as well but would like the ceremony to be traditional with the vows and signing after we say I do! I will ensure to create my own documentation for keeps
Did you use the resort photographer? If so how long did you book them for. I see in the divine package they are only included for the hour not long enough!
I am going to ask a friend to more less MC or lead the events during the reception as well like announcing the toasts, speeches, dance, cake cutting. I plan to have the reception pretty low key and casual as we will be a small group around 25. Did you have a large or small group?
Any other advice or suggestions you would like to share! Thank you sooo much for your review hope to see some pictures of yourspecial day!