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Originally Posted by SusanMike2013 View Post

 

No there is no credit for the free wedding if you upgrade.

Outside vendor fee is 150 a person ( so if you get outside Dj and there is two guys.. thats 300 dollars)

 

If you want to PM me your email i can send you the info and cost sheets I have and put together myself to help me decide

Hi Susan - Just got back and going through messages - I thought that this was the case as well - But, when I was there it was actually on $150 per vendor - So we had 2 photographers from the same company and it was $150 for both.

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OK - I'm back!  Wedding all over :(  I'm a wife! haha  ANYONE have questions - Ask away!  I have a desk job and LOTS of time on my hands!

 

I had the ceremony at the beach and the reception at the pool.  There were goods and bads...

 

The one MAIN piece of advice that I can give is to RELAX and ENJOY it... I read other brides write that and I didn't take their advice - and I wanted everything to be just perfect - I spent so much time worried and planning that I have to say I didn't have enough time enjoying it... and before I knew it - it was all over!  LOVED the resort though - don't worry about that part - all your guests will have a blast!

 

So yes, any questions - let me know!

 

Here are a couple pics - Haven't gotten the ones from our photographer yet!*

 

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Hi Donna,

We never spoke but I followed the forum and finally joined it just a couple of weeks ago.  You look so beautiful!  I'm so glad you are back and willing to help us out!  I hope I don't overwhelm you but here goes :)

 

* Who was your wedding coordinator?

* Upon arrival, what was it like? 

* Did you spend so much time going over details that you had no time with your group?

* Did you lug all your goodies down there with you or ship them ahead of time?

* Did you use any outside vendors?

 

* I was thinking of doing the wedding on the beach but I've seen so many pictures with random people in swimsuits that it turned me off.  What was your experience?

* What time was your ceremony and reception?
* Did you feel like you had enough time for pictures?

* Which pool did you have your reception at?

 

* I'm concerned that the garden view rooms are going to be so far.  Did you have anyone in your group that stayed in those rooms?  I've upgraded our parents but the remainder of the group will be in garden view rooms.

 

My wedding will also have the same color scheme as yours.  I'm so glad to see what it could look like :)

 

* What are the best buildings to stay in?

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Originally Posted by mvee1025 View Post

 

Hi Donna,

We never spoke but I followed the forum and finally joined it just a couple of weeks ago.  You look so beautiful!  I'm so glad you are back and willing to help us out!  I hope I don't overwhelm you but here goes :)

 

* Who was your wedding coordinator?

* Upon arrival, what was it like? 

* Did you spend so much time going over details that you had no time with your group?

* Did you lug all your goodies down there with you or ship them ahead of time?

* Did you use any outside vendors?

 

* I was thinking of doing the wedding on the beach but I've seen so many pictures with random people in swimsuits that it turned me off.  What was your experience?

* What time was your ceremony and reception?

* Did you feel like you had enough time for pictures?

* Which pool did you have your reception at?

 

* I'm concerned that the garden view rooms are going to be so far.  Did you have anyone in your group that stayed in those rooms?  I've upgraded our parents but the remainder of the group will be in garden view rooms.

 

My wedding will also have the same color scheme as yours.  I'm so glad to see what it could look like :)

 

* What are the best buildings to stay in?

*

Hey Mvee!  I really don't mind! Love to bask in the Bride light a little longer!! haha

 

So for the past year, I dealt with Silvia - all the ins and outs... and then the morning that I went for my meeting - I found out that Silvia was ill, and that I now had Luisa... Of course I was a bit stressed... But they had all my emails in a folder - so it just meant going back over them.  I brought all my decorations (bit of stress getting it all down there - but had fam help pack them) and had to go through each thing with her...  I have to say that I didn't feel so confident that she was going to get it right...  I would suggest that if you have things that need to be put together by the coordinator on the day of - Take photos ahead of time - Draw a detailed photo of exactly what you want and where.  Things did look beautiful, but they weren't exactly how I pictured...  And if you need things hung, like lanterns or pomanders - be prepared to pay an extra fee - they wanted $25 cash for every 10 lanterns.  And I never saw the majority of my decorations again...

 

We hired an outside photographer - which was $150 for both people... even though I've read that this has changed now.  We did photos before the wedding - so there was plenty of time.

 

We had our ceremony on the beach... and I was just reading someone else saying they would never do that because of the privacy... And yes, there were a lot of onlookers - BUT - I didn't even notice them... You are so in the moment... They were the last thing that I saw... I haven't gotten all my photos yet.. But I think a good photographer would know how to avoid them, and blur them out... I don't think you can replace the feeling of being stood on the beach... It wasn't that windy on my day either... But, the fountain also looked gorgeous!

 

We had our ceremony at 4:30 and the reception at 7 at the quiet pool (I didn't know there was an option to use any other pool - I only saw weddings there)... Unfortunately we got a bit of a rain... (good luck - right?!) So the ceremony didn't start till 730 - and they don't extend it later - 10 is the cut off time - One thing I would change, would have been to extended the time, which was Ridiculously expensive - But, 10 was WAY too early - especially with speeches and everything - there was really not much time for the party.. and we did go to the night club after - but it was really busy, just not the same.

 

So about the garden view rooms.  That's also where I initially feared where we were staying, I had heard they were so far away... I sent many MANY complaints and requests to have our entire group upgraded, and they said it was not possible... but then when we got there - EVERYONE had been put into the 2 buildings closest to the ocean - I didn't complain... We had a few people who were not with our package and they were in the Garden view rooms - they said they were really nice... But they were REALLY far - You had to take a cart to that part of the resort... The resort is quite big to begin with - So its a bit of an effort... But, if you have to - pack a beach bag for the day!  I suggest start sending emails - worked for me!

 

Biggest advice is to ENJOY EVERY second of it... I feel like I spent SOO much time running around and trying to organize stuff, that I didn't have much time to just sit and relax with my group - It FLIES by so quickly - You are having a destination wedding for a reason... Don't over complicate it!

 

Happy planning!

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Originally Posted by Donna Hewitt View Post

 

Hi Susan - Just got back and going through messages - I thought that this was the case as well - But, when I was there it was actually on $150 per vendor - So we had 2 photographers from the same company and it was $150 for both.

OO Awesome!!

My SS states per person.. maybe they changed it? Either way thats awesome to know thanks! :-)

You had Phil Steingard right?

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Congrats Donna!!!! Can you post some more pics? from what I saw you were a beautiful bride and had a lovely wedding!!!! Did you have your hair done at the spa?

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Thanks Ladies!  Yes, I did have my hair and makeup done at the spa - They did a great job - I brought pictures with me, that helped... I would suggest not going for anything too curly... they just wouldn't hold... And perhaps bring your own hairspray - theirs was not so good...  But they had MAC makeup, and I loved what they did - I brought fake lashes and they applied them.  I would also suggest splurging on the Bridal Suite - Best $150 we spent... The bridal party hung out there all day and its a great spot for pics!  They set is up very nicely with champagne and snacks...  Happy Planning!

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