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#451 Rotha Penn

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    Posted 21 March 2013 - 05:43 PM

    Yeah, Katya is awesome, she was going to be Cole's second shooter but will not be there so he had to find someone else. I would have had my top two choices, getting the best of both worlds...too bad it's not going to happen. Oh we'll, Cole is amazing and he literally travels around the world for weddings. Some life - I'm so jealous. Do either of those locations have cliffs? I really want a landscape shot. We might end up going to the same place he shot Katya for her wedding. He's going to work on a plan and let me know in case I need to book a car or something.

    #452 Rotha Penn

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      Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:10 AM

      Did anyone not hire a DJ and just used the iPod music station?  Some of our friends are telling us they can't make it now and now our guest count is 22 and 4 of them are our parents.  Given this update, not sure if it's worth having a DJ and would rather spend money on entertaining the guests, like the fire entertainment. 

      #453 AnaSteele58

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        Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:42 AM

        Did anyone not hire a DJ and just used the iPod music station?  Some of our friends are telling us they can't make it now and now our guest count is 22 and 4 of them are our parents.  Given this update, not sure if it's worth having a DJ and would rather spend money on entertaining the guests, like the fire entertainment. 

        I personally wouldn't spend money on a DJ in this case. As a matter if fact...I'm hoping to be at 22-25 so that I can skip paying for one. An ipod and fire dancers would be perfect for your intimate crowd.

        #454 deanna1

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          Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:14 PM

          HI Rotha, could you send me additional pics as well. I'm getting married on November 18th!!



          Thank you,


          #455 TaraRae

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            Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:00 PM

            Hey ladies!! Getting married at the Palma Real in 2013! What is everyone doing for the rehearsal dinner when the number of your guests is over the limit of people they will allow for a reservation at one of the restaurants?


            - Are you cutting people out? Or trying to set up something else. Ideally I would love to include everyone, but need suggestions. 

            #456 EVKnowsitall

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              Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:04 PM

              I have a question for everyone planning rehearsal dinners. Traditionally- they are only meant for the bridal party and the parents, but it seems many ladies on this thread are having them for their entire guest list. Is there a particular reason? Why not just have bridal party for rehearsal dinner and then have a thank you brunch the day after the wedding for everyone at the buffet where everyone will fit? Or have a rehearsal dinner with just the bridal party and meet everyone else for drinks at one of the bars. It just seems like organizing a rehearsal dinner is a nightmare with too many guests and once you invite more guests than the bridal party- it really isn't a rehearsal anymore- it's a pre-wedding party/ dinner. 


              Just some options to think about since the resort does not seem to be able to accommodate large groups. 

              Happily married to the love of my life- since July 5, 2013

              #457 LL117

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                Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:52 AM

                Hi!! We are doing a rehearsal dinner at one of the restaurants for the bridal party and parents. We decided to do drinks at the lobby bar for everyone to meet and welcome. It was too complicated to figure out a welcome dinner for everyone attending the wedding! Plus everyone is arriving on different dates before the wedding so I'm sure we'll have had dinner and drinks with some of the guests prior to the night before the wedding. I hope it's a good plan! :)

                #458 Suzhen

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                  Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:42 PM

                  Hello Fellow Brides!

                  Our wedding date is May 19th and quickly approaching! We are getting so excited and finalizing all of our decor and details so I thought I'd share what we have planned thus far....


                  4:00 p.m. - Gazebo ceremony (We booked a violinist) and are going with Chill out Chic decor

                  5:00 p.m. - Cocktail hour on the Beach Terrace (Last minute location change b/c they overbooked the plaza colonial)

                  6:00 p.m. - Beach Reception


                  We have a total of 27 adults and 3 kids coming. Our main color accent is light peach and we are going with a Rustic / Burlap Theme. See pictures attached to get a feel of our upcoming wedding day! We are doing white linens with burlap table runners, and flower centerpieces with Light pinks, light peaches, and off-white flowers including some green leaves and ivy....We also chose brown tiffany chairs. For lighting on the beach we chose a string of Round Chinese lanterns...I think it will be really pretty. We are also getting sparklers for our guests to light once it gets dark. : )












                  My dress is Roses by Reem Acra Laurel Gown. I found it in Nordstrom and fell in love.... We have hired their DJ but really are bringing cd's with all of our own music prepared....For the rehearsal dinner... I was told by Bianca to wait until 2 weeks before our wedding day to make a reservation at once of the restaurants... i don't know how it will go considering some of the posts I have read. I am hoping we can all sit together but maybe not??


                  Oh and FYI for the cake topper, I found it on Etsy and they personalize it to the dress you are wearing and flower choices. Its really neat!


                  Well I hope you like my wedding theme and selections. Any feedback, questions or suggestions are welcome!


                  Thanks Girls.
                  Suzanne (From Northern NJ)

                  #459 Kel123073

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                    Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:05 PM

                    I'm still deciding on who to invite to rehearsal dinner!  A welcome party was too exspensive for our budget so I think a lot of brides are considering using the rehearsal dinner because I believe it is up to 15 guests! So why not maximize this opportunity!! 

                    #460 engaged1230

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                      Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:33 AM

                      Originally Posted by Rotha Penn 

                      I had a good call with Bianca today and she sent me some helpful photos of the garden. I didn't like the gazebo, but like you I wanted to wear my heels. Also, I didn't like how the bride entered when using the gazebo. However, we can have a canopy setup in the garden, which makes me so happy since I think it so much more romantic because the gazebo was too high.

                      I also have better photos of Olympic Terrace if anyone is interested.

                      Is anyone planning to do a photo shoot outside of the resort? If so, where and how were you planning to get there? My photographer is from Canada, but is friends with Katya (he shot her wedding) so he can ask for places, but I have no idea how we'll get there.

                      I have a meeting with Lara next week, any tips to keep costs down?

                      Also, anyone upgrading their cake? Bianca doesn't recommend cakes/flavors that are US because DR chefs have a different palate so it will taste different, so bummed because I was looking forward to an amazing cake.

                      Hi could you could you please send me any pictures that you have of the garden gazebo and olympus terrace? Those are my two locations! my email is mgetsin@gmail.com thank you !!

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