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#1291 bmelko

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    Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:37 AM

    Originally Posted by Michellelepore1 

    Hi Ladies!

     

    I am starting to get a bit concerned, I have been reading Trip Advisor and it seems every day more and more negative reviews are posted. When we booked it says all taxes and gratuities are included but a lot of guests say that the staff is always looking for tips. I don't mind tipping but I hope they aren't making you feel like you have to tip!

     

    Another thing, people are saying the food is just OK. Has anyone been there recently? I just want to make sure the resort is amazing for my guests because they are paying to see my fiance and I get married and I want them to have a good time!!

     

    Thanks!

     

    Tipping is not required, but it is extremely appreciated (even a few dollars goes a long way for them) and most people do it.  The taxes and gratuities are included with the room rates, yes, and the tipping IS optional, but, honestly, you don't have to tip the staff very much, a few dollars each time won't add up to a whole lot of money.  Taxes for the add-ons to your wedding package, however, are not included and will only be indicated on your final invoice.  It's best to see what the taxes are (11%, etc.) ahead of time so there are no surprises.  The total amount for the Divine package, with tax, is $2999, but that includes no additional guests, services, decorations, etc.  Please keep that in mind so you don't end up over your budget. 

     

    As far as tipping the wedding coordinators, DJ, etc., which is also not required, it is very appreciated as well.  We will be tipping some them much more generously.  



    #1292 kitkat863

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      Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:22 AM

      Originally Posted by superlawyer87 

      Hey ladies,

       

      I am looking at photographers right now, and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations. I am really working within a tight budget but to me, the most important part of the wedding is the photography and I'm not sure I'm satisfied with Adventure Photos. I did contact Del Sol which was WAYYYY out of our price range. I also contacted Derek with Photos in Cancun and Gonzalo Nunez who were a bit more affordable.Does anyone have any recommendations? I just contacted Sascha Gluck as well.

       

      I would like to do about six to seven hours of photography on the day of to cover getting ready all the way through most of the reception. I was also thinking of doing a TTD the next day. My budget for this is probably about $3500.

       

      I also have the Divine package which includes photography, but I'm not sure what that covers. The only info it provides is that you get 24 photos. Does this just cover photography for the actual wedding ceremony? I was confused about that as well. Anyone have prior experience with using both an outside photographer and the resort photographer since it comes with the package??

       

      Does anyone know what NOW Jade charges to bring an outside photographer? Is that the same as the wedding day pass ($55 I think)??

       

      Also, has anyone had an experience with Adventure Photos (the resort photogs)?? I can't find any links to weddings they've done, and if I can't find anyone within my budget, I may just end up using them!!

       

      Thanks girls

       

      I HIGHLY recommend Gonzalo Nunez! His work is amazing and he is awesome to work with!



      #1293 kitkat863

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        Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:24 AM

        Originally Posted by Michellelepore1 

        Hi Ladies!

         

        I am starting to get a bit concerned, I have been reading Trip Advisor and it seems every day more and more negative reviews are posted. When we booked it says all taxes and gratuities are included but a lot of guests say that the staff is always looking for tips. I don't mind tipping but I hope they aren't making you feel like you have to tip!

         

        Another thing, people are saying the food is just OK. Has anyone been there recently? I just want to make sure the resort is amazing for my guests because they are paying to see my fiance and I get married and I want them to have a good time!!

         

        Thanks!

        I never felt that they were looking for tips, but it is nice and you might get better service if you tip. 

         

        We thought the food was good. It wasn't anything spectacular but it was good. The food we had at the wedding was actually the best food that we had the whole time we were there.  You have to take the reviews with a grain of salt. Most people are quick to write a review if they are going to complain. 



        #1294 Vika

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        Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:37 AM

        Originally Posted by kitkat863 

        I never felt that they were looking for tips, but it is nice and you might get better service if you tip. 

         

        We thought the food was good. It wasn't anything spectacular but it was good. The food we had at the wedding was actually the best food that we had the whole time we were there.  You have to take the reviews with a grain of salt. Most people are quick to write a review if they are going to complain. 

        What food did you guys choose?



        #1295 Happy2BMrsMills

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          Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:59 PM

          Originally Posted by superlawyer87 

          Question-- How many bridesmaids is too many bridesmaids?? My girls are super important to me, and I think I have more than the average number of bridesmaids. I wouldn't be concerned but we are going with the Pergola, and I was wondering if anyone knows how many will fit on my side without looking insane? I will probably end up with 8. 

           

          Thanks ladies!


          This is an excellent question!! TBH I think 8 bridesmaids would be a stretch at the pergula. We had a hard time getting 5 on each side of us! The issue is the left side there is a wall and you really can't extend beyond that. And the other problem is if we had to push them under the pergula, there would be shadows on them and the pictures wouldn't turn out. i like the suggestion from khunt about maybe only having your MOH and BM standing up while the other sit in the first row. There will be plenty of pictures of you and your wedding party on the beach afterwards!!!! We've loved the pergula location! It just felt more classy/intimate than the beach. I hope the pictures below help!

           

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          #1296 shannonmarie

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          Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:49 AM

          For those who used round tables, I know it says it seats 6-10 people but I am so confused how many to put at each table? Would 10 be too crowded? What did you do?


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          #1297 bmelko

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            Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:59 AM

            Originally Posted by shannonmarie 

            For those who used round tables, I know it says it seats 6-10 people but I am so confused how many to put at each table? Would 10 be too crowded? What did you do?

            We are hoping to only seat 8 per table, maybe 6, depending on how many guests we have.  We are not doing 10 because we feel it would be crowded.



            #1298 khunt29

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              Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:03 AM

              Originally Posted by shannonmarie 

              For those who used round tables, I know it says it seats 6-10 people but I am so confused how many to put at each table? Would 10 be too crowded? What did you do?

               

              Hi Shannon,

               

              I emailed Pilar about that, and she provided me with a 54" diameter of the tables.  I googled and found that standard banquet seating guidelines are 4-6 people at a 48" round and 8-10 people at a 60" round.  I will probably go with the former and keep the guest# small at each table, because I've been to weddings where it's elbw to elbow, and that's not comfortable at all!  I'd stick with 6-8/table, which is right in the middle.   

               

              Do you happen to have the dimensions of a head table? She responded with "8.36 cm length* 4.60cm width". That can't be right!?

               

              Hopefully that helps!

              Kristen



              #1299 shannonmarie

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              Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:07 AM

              Originally Posted by bmelko 

              We are hoping to only seat 8 per table, maybe 6, depending on how many guests we have.  We are not doing 10 because we feel it would be crowded.

               

              Thanks! I was thinking the same but the less people at each table means more tables, which means more centerpieces! haha! Oh well! 

              Originally Posted by khunt29 

               

              Hi Shannon,

               

              I emailed Pilar about that, and she provided me with a 54" diameter of the tables.  I googled and found that standard banquet seating guidelines are 4-6 people at a 48" round and 8-10 people at a 60" round.  I will probably go with the former and keep the guest# small at each table, because I've been to weddings where it's elbw to elbow, and that's not comfortable at all!  I'd stick with 6-8/table, which is right in the middle.   

               

              Do you happen to have the dimensions of a head table? She responded with "8.36 cm length* 4.60cm width". That can't be right!?

               

              Hopefully that helps!

              Kristen

              Thanks Kristen! I'm agreeing with 6-8 people. I'm going to have more tables than expected! Oh well :) I was wanting to squeeze 9 at some but I don't want any one to be uncomfortable. I am not sure about the head table, we decided to do a sweet heart table and let our wedding party sit with everyone else.. It's only 3 people anyways! 


              62 guest booked, plus Bride and Groom!


              #1300 Mlite83

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                Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:16 AM

                We are using the rectangular tables and putting them together to make 2 long tables (14 people at each) and then 1 long table for the wedding party...It will sort of be a U-shoe shape I'm thinking (but with space between tables for movement.)  We had an exact split of 14 family members and 14 friends coming (plus 8 at the head table) so that worked out best.  Plus it avoided any uneven tables for family since his side has way more members in attendance.






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