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#221 maylin6282013

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    Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:56 AM

    Hello ! i am having a wedding in june 2013 too ? what date did you decide on ?



    #222 KK2013

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    Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:14 PM

    Originally Posted by ChilliPeppa 

    Looking forward to your feedback when you get back imnotarunner!!  Hope you have a lovely time.

     

    I have just emailed Lauren and asked her to change our location from the beach to the gazebo.  I'm not sure why, it's just a gut feeling that we will feel a bit odd standing next to people in swimwear getting married, whereas in the gazebo it is more private.  I hope I've made the right decision!!

     

    Sharon


    Don't worry, the gazebo is beautiful and you will have an amazing wedding anywhere on the property :)  Go with your gut!



    #223 KK2013

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    Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:15 PM

    Originally Posted by imnotarunner 

    Hello ladies, I am flying next week to Paradisus for our tasting and will be finalizing our wedding details for our July 6th wedding.  Any tips you care to share or questions I need to ask for this trip? I am so worried I am forgetting something.

    Is having a reception at Hadar extra?

     

    Thanks chicas!


    Don't worry!  If you forget anything they are extremely quick to respond!  :)



    #224 ladybugg

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      Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:10 PM

      Originally Posted by ChilliPeppa 

      Hi

       

      Our date isn't until April 2014 and there will only be around 16 of us including 4 children.  We weren't told of there being a maximum number of children to get married in the Gazebo on the La Perla side.

       

      Currently we have booked the beach for the wedding and poolside for the reception as we were only given the options of the gazebo, beach or boardwalk for the wedding and ballroom or poolside for the reception.

       

      Based on the fact that there won't be many of us and we have booked the Chill Out Package without any extras at this time as I'm not sure how far our budget will stretch, do you think we have chosen the best locations for our wedding and reception or should we change them?  All advice and comments will be VERY welcome as I haven't really got a clue what I'm doing!

       

      Because we are planning to have a large sit down meal and evening party for all our friends and family when we get back to the UK, I don't think we are going to be able to afford many of the wedding extras on top of the Chill Out Chic package, but all ideas are very welcome.  I was worried that the gazebo for the wedding might look a bit plain and boring if we don't pay out more to decorate it?  I'm also worried about not being able to wear heels on the beach as I'm only 5ft 2" and my partner is 6ft 3".  I worry that we are going to feel a bit silly sat by the pool having our reception with so few of us.  Also if we get married on the beach are we going to have people in swimwear walking by and staring.  Hopefully my husband to be won't spot a bikini babe on the beach and marry her instead...haha!

       

      If anyone can help me as I keep going round in circles I would really appreciate it.  With the beach being so short and all the negative press about it I even started to consider changing to a different hotel, but no other hotel seems as nice as the Paradisus La Esmeralda....arghhh..this is hard work and I am rubbish at decisions.  Someone please help me!

       

      Sharon

      Sharon, 

       

      Hopefully you found the package info I sent you helpful!! As far as the decor, the Chill out Chic package comes with 3 sets of bamboo with orchid accents on them - so 6 in total as far as I know. You do get some draping, just not sure how much of the draping is included. As far as other decor elements you will get brown or ivory table clothes, I think it is brown or bamboo napkin rings and charger plates but there are no centre pieces included.

       

      As I mentioned before we chose the Aqua package, but are going to use the decor more from the Chill out Chic because of our colour scheme. 

       

      Have you considered using the Gabi bridge for your ceremony? It is the boardwalk that goes from the pool to the beach - you should be able to find lots of pictures. Don't be discouraged about the reviews - I too have kinda been worried but my travel agent just had 3 couples get back and do nothing but rave about the hotel!

       

      Hope you aren't too stressed out - I know I am getting a little bit annoyed with their events company regarding centre pieces - I was hoping she would have had more pictures and costs listed, but I think you just have to be very specific and send emails with pictures of what you're wanting to get an accurate price. In the Paradisus info I received it says that they START at $35USD per table. 



      #225 ladybugg

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        Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

        Originally Posted by susana217nyc 

        Hi fellow future brides & past brides!!!  This is my 1st time on a message board & I am super excited to have my wedding at Paradisus NOV 2013 !!  This thread has been superrrr helpful!

        We've opted to go with the tailor made package & chose to do our ceremony on the Gabi Bridge & cocktail hour/reception at the Gabi  :)

         

        We are pretty early in the planning process, but are expecting between 40-70 people to attend.  I would LOVE to get info from you ladies on the prices & packages from their preferred DJ, photographer & florist as I havent rcvd this from the Miami office yet.  One of my biggest concerns is the outside vendor charges everyone is talking about!!  I saw someone say $1000 per day which seems crazy.  I was hoping to have a local photographer friend of ours do the wedding but not with that fee :(  Also, I'm really worried about the DJ.  We are from NYC, as is almost everyone attending & we take our music & partying pretty seriously, LOL....... so I hope the DJ knows & has the music we are accustomed to

         

        If anyone could send me the package info w prices for their DJ, photographer & florist that would be great.  Also does anyone have info on a mariachi band for the welcome dinn/rehearsal ?  How about cigar roller for the reception??

         

        Hey!!
         
        If you want to PM me your email I can send you everything I received from the resort - menus, prices, etc!!


        #226 ladybugg

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          Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

          Originally Posted by imnotarunner 

          Hello ladies, I am flying next week to Paradisus for our tasting and will be finalizing our wedding details for our July 6th wedding.  Any tips you care to share or questions I need to ask for this trip? I am so worried I am forgetting something.

          Is having a reception at Hadar extra?

           

          Thanks chicas!

          Ola!!! Hope you have a fantastic time down there!!!

           

          Hadar is no extra charge for receptions - I have a few pictures of what they did decor wise for receptions in Noas which is the exact same only on the Esmerelda side - Hadar is a bit more neutral because the chairs look to be in a more neutral colour!!



          #227 ladybugg

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            Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:21 PM

            Also ladies - if you are looking for outside people to do anything (someone posted about a photographer??!!) My fiance and I are using Samuel Luna because we were fortunate enough to win one of the runner up packages from the contest that was posted a few months ago!! The resorts off vendor fee is RIDICULOUS and since we would need him to come back a second day for our other photo session we are getting them a room.

             

            I would highly suggest this as an alternative so they have unrestricted access to the resort etc while you need them - and also as your travel agent to look into pricing!! Mine came in about $300 less overall than using Cecilia who is the groups coordinator Jessica put me in contact with!



            #228 ChilliPeppa

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              Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:32 AM

              Ladybugg I can't even begin to thank you enough for all the info you sent me!!

               

              It has really helped me to plan everything...you are a star...thank you!!



              #229 ChilliPeppa

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                Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:35 AM

                Haha...now I'm wondering whether the Gabi bridge will be a better location for us to get married at rather than in the gazebo!!  So hard to choose without having actually been there!

                 

                What do you think ladies??

                 

                Sharon



                #230 susana217nyc

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                  Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:11 AM

                  Hey ladybugg! I actually have all the resort's standard package info, menus etc but do you happen to have info from their recommended vendors for DJ, florists & photography?? That's what I really need help with




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