I'm going with the El Dorado Royale, and November 5th - the day before you!! welcome to our little group - we're now 3 November 2012 brides lol
I haven't read much about the Grand Riviera Princess Resort. Tell me what you liked about it - I'm curious!! Where are you with the rest of your planning? (see, I'm soooo nosey)
Nikki - so the 25th is your surgery date. got it!!! You will be fine. Just fine. I love your idea about the bridesmaids - such a cute idea. and so glad they will be with you after your surgery. good luck with that!
The Now Jade was on my list - I loved the patio with the pergola on it as a setting for the ceremony. Still in view of the beach, but not in the sand sounded perfect to me. I read a lot of those reviews too, and I don't think they were any worse than some of the other resorts. I really tend to take them with a grain of salt - if they are ALL bad, then that's concerning, but there are more than enough positive ones. What I use the reviews for is to set my expectations. As in "ok, this bride had a tough time with check in, so now I know that this will be a challenge for me. I'll be prepared with the email correspondence, documentation, etc to get through it". that sort of thing.
So far we have 10 rooms booked - 19 people!!!!! We've heard from a number of others that they will be booking, so I think we may end up around 30 people total. I get daily updates from my travel agent (I love her, just love her!). I'm so freakin excited about it. As others have said, there are people I expected to go who aren't (my sister, and a couple of my closest friends), and others who are gung-ho about going that I never anticipated would join us.
We've decided where we're going to register, and my fianc© is bailing out on going to register in person. He's going to take charge on the online registry we'll do. I can't wait to go shopping!!!