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Thanks ChocoTaco7568!

 

Do you know if the sound system comes with one speaker or 2?

 

We are having a DJ come in and he is going to connect his equipment to the sound system.  We are trying to figure out if we need to get 1 or 2 speakers.

 

Thanks so much!

Honestly, this was a detail that I did not pay attention to...sorry

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We are back home and I'll eventually write a review, but for now I just wanted to share some pics and just say a few things....

 

As everyone says when the return, DO NOT worry about a thing. If you are more than 4-6 months out, I would not even bother Pilar or Deisy. They are soooo busy and everything will be amazing. I believe I emailed them maybe 3 times since we put our deposit down in December 2011... I'm so happy I didn't bother them, I just asked most of my questions on this thread and the majority of you past brides were able to help me :) Thanks a bunch girls!

 

A few more things...

 

1) I was impressed with the resort photographer. We had Veronica and upgraded to the full day coverage. I love all our pics. I'm not sure why there was so many negative reviews about Adventure Photos. 

 

2) We had 60 guest.... Not one person got sick... If they did, we heard nothing about it. I was terrified of myself or our guest getting sick, but thankfully it wasn't the case for our group!

 

3) I highly recommend having your wedding early on in your vacation. We arrived on the 12th and the wedding was on the 14th. I feel like I was able to relax and enjoy my vacation after the wedding, didn't have to worry about getting sun burned or sick! (thankfully, neither one happened!)

 

Oh and one more thing... I am still trying to decide if the preferred upgrade is worth the cost. We were upgraded for free to preferred ocean view as a part of our package. It was nice having access to the preferred lounge, but a few of our guest, my parents included payed anywhere from $50-$70 per day for the upgrade and I am not sure if it's worth that price. The wi-fi is spotty and you can only have 1 device, it expires after 2-3 days and you have to keep going to get a new password, the hot tub on the balcony is filthy, I often saw housekeeping cleaning others across the courtyard, but they always looked dirty.I would not get in it. The rooms are really no different than the regular suites, with the exception of the bathroom area being a little different. Having access to the preferred lounge was nice, but not worth the extra money (in my opinion)

 

If you have any questions, please ask away! I'll work on a review sometime soon :)

 

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Originally Posted by tccjem View Post

 

Thanks ChocoTaco7568!

 

Do you know if the sound system comes with one speaker or 2?

 

We are having a DJ come in and he is going to connect his equipment to the sound system.  We are trying to figure out if we need to get 1 or 2 speakers.

 

Thanks so much!

I am not sure about this either. I can't even remember hearing the ceremony music, but everyone assured me that it was playing. If I had to put money on it, I would say there's one speaker... Don't quote me on this though!

 

Note that if you are having your cocktail hour at the Mix Beach Bar, they already have music playing for you.

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Shannon,

 

You are a beautiful bride!  Thank you for the pictures.  If you don't mind me asking, how much was the upgrade for the full day package?  Did you get any extras with it (all of your pictures, etc)?

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I am not sure about this either. I can't even remember hearing the ceremony music, but everyone assured me that it was playing. If I had to put money on it, I would say there's one speaker... Don't quote me on this though!

Glad I'm not the only one this happend to, Justin and I both had tunnel vision.

 

Anywho, welcome back and congrats... you were a gorgeous bride!  I'm glad your photography experience with Adventure Photos was a positive one. I was a bit worried about your coverage seeing how mine was god-aweful.  I actually have a negative review pending. I think it all comes down to the photographer you're assigned and hours of coverage added.

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Hi Shannon, Congratulations!!!! We are booked for Castaways in November. Is it a nice place just too hot? Do you think it would be okay in a cooler month like November? Thanks, Trisha
I have no idea. I've never been in November, I can only say it was HOT HOT HOT in June. No air flow what so ever.
We're booked for Castaways in December and I have the same concerns! I saw that they rent fans for Castaways, wonder if it's needed in the fall/winter months? Other than that, how was the space? I'm worried it will be too big of a venue for the group we have (approx. 35 kids/adults).
Honestly, not only was it extremely hot, but I did not like the set up at all. Probably because we had a larger group but at Castaways, there were 3 different areas. We had 8 round tables with the dance floor being in the middle. Tables 1-4 were on the side with our sweetheart table and 5,6,7,8 were on the other side. I felt like they were soooo isolated. It really felt like they were in a different room. I hated it. My dad didn't even realize they were over there until like 30 minutes into the reception! Choosing Castaways as our reception location is my biggest (actually only) regret. Once dinner was over and dancing began, it got a little better since everyone was up. It may be different with a smaller group that way you are all on one side. I also dislike the dance floor. In the very center, it's really rocky on the floor so it was difficult to to our first dances right in the center, we had to do them off to the side & i felt like it looked kind of awkward. After seeing the bamboo room, it felt more "wedding-like" to me & if its possible to change your location, I would look into it. We were the only wedding that day so we tried to change it, but unfortunately, there was another event going on in there at the time we needed it. Part of the reason I originally chose Castaways was to be ocean front, but it's so dark, you can't even see the ocean.

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Previous Brides can you tell me how long the ride was from the airport to the NJ?  Also, were you able to purchase excursions from the resort(concierge) or did you use  an outside site; like viator.com. I would like to have a raffle during my welcome for my guests and purchase jet skiing, snokeling outings. 
The ride took about 25-30 min from airport. We booked our Zip Line/ATV excursion right at the resort--by the way, I highly recommend! It was great. You can rent jet skis near the pool.

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Shannon, You are a beautiful bride!  Thank you for the pictures.  If you don't mind me asking, how much was the upgrade for the full day package?  Did you get any extras with it (all of your pictures, etc)?
Thank You! The upgrade was $850. Not cheap, to us it was worth it. Veronica came to my room first, then to the guys room. Took pics during the ceremony, cocktail hour, family pics & reception pics. We had to choose 100 which was nearly impossible out of the 1,026 pics she took. We ended up narrowing it down to 215 and paid extra for them.. I'm happy we got the pre-ceremony shots, but if I could do it again, I wouldn't have had her at the entire reception. I would have just had the 1st dances shot. The party pics were good, but everyone was so dang sweaty. Plus, all of our guest were taking candid shots during the dancing.

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Originally Posted by shannonmarie View Post

 

We are back home and I'll eventually write a review, but for now I just wanted to share some pics and just say a few things....

 

As everyone says when the return, DO NOT worry about a thing. If you are more than 4-6 months out, I would not even bother Pilar or Deisy. They are soooo busy and everything will be amazing. I believe I emailed them maybe 3 times since we put our deposit down in December 2011... I'm so happy I didn't bother them, I just asked most of my questions on this thread and the majority of you past brides were able to help me :) Thanks a bunch girls!

 

A few more things...

 

1) I was impressed with the resort photographer. We had Veronica and upgraded to the full day coverage. I love all our pics. I'm not sure why there was so many negative reviews about Adventure Photos. 

 

2) We had 60 guest.... Not one person got sick... If they did, we heard nothing about it. I was terrified of myself or our guest getting sick, but thankfully it wasn't the case for our group!

 

3) I highly recommend having your wedding early on in your vacation. We arrived on the 12th and the wedding was on the 14th. I feel like I was able to relax and enjoy my vacation after the wedding, didn't have to worry about getting sun burned or sick! (thankfully, neither one happened!)

 

Oh and one more thing... I am still trying to decide if the preferred upgrade is worth the cost. We were upgraded for free to preferred ocean view as a part of our package. It was nice having access to the preferred lounge, but a few of our guest, my parents included payed anywhere from $50-$70 per day for the upgrade and I am not sure if it's worth that price. The wi-fi is spotty and you can only have 1 device, it expires after 2-3 days and you have to keep going to get a new password, the hot tub on the balcony is filthy, I often saw housekeeping cleaning others across the courtyard, but they always looked dirty.I would not get in it. The rooms are really no different than the regular suites, with the exception of the bathroom area being a little different. Having access to the preferred lounge was nice, but not worth the extra money (in my opinion)

 

If you have any questions, please ask away! I'll work on a review sometime soon :)

 

Here's some photos!

 

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Wow! you look totally stunning!!! congratulations!

 

My colour theme is Hot Pink and Lemon and looking at your pics the colour stands out beautifully.  We too are using the resort photgrapher and looking at your pictures I can see we have nothing to worry about.

 

Cant wait to read your full review, shame about the hot tubs I was quite looking forward to using them but hey ho i guess thats only a minor issue.

 

I get married on 1st Nov 13 and decided that I am not going to stress myself out too much......I have had very little contact woth Pilar but we know what we want and have jotted down ideas and costs and will wait until we arrive, and then give them our budget and plans and I trust from reading info on here that the wedding team will ensure everything is pulled off.

 

Once again many congratulations you both looks so happy!!!!

 

xxx

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