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Thanks!  I brought the robes - As gifts for the Bridesmaids... Totally worth it for the pics I think!
where did you find them Donna? they are really pretty!!

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Hi Ladies!! This is my first time to this site.

Donna, your pictures look absolutely amazing!!

 

We are getting married at Now Larimar on October 19, 2013. So just under 6 months. I'm not much of a planner usually, but I wanted to check in with others' experiences and take any advice y'all have!

 

I'm from Seattle, he's from Atlanta, but we live in Tennessee together. We thought a tropical destination would be best way to "meet in the middle."

I'm excited to look through this forum and hear about how everything is going for everyone.

 

We're doing a ceremony on the beach at 4:30pm, followed by cocktail hour, and dinner reception- I'm leaning towards the dinner and dancing at the quiet pool. Any suggestions?
 

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Hello All...

I am back and I have to say the wedding was amazing :-) A few minor things but nothing we never laughed off...
I wil do a full review of the whole planning/trip soon :-)

Any questions feel free to PM me as I may not get to check the forum too much as I try to catch up at work .

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Originally Posted by Donna Hewitt View Post

 

Thanks! I was really happy to find them, after looking FOREVER!  I found them on DHGate I think, and for a reasonable price, less than $20 each I think!

 

Thanks Donna!

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@meganjune- I just got home from our wedding at Now Larimar and it was amazing!!  I had 4 pm ceremony at the fountains with cocktail hour to follow and 7 pm dinner by the quiet pool. It was absolutely perfect. Having it by the quiet pool gives you a little more privacy, which was perfect for us.

 

If you have any other questions feel free to message me.

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I'm right with you.. our wedding is Nov 8 2013... haven't done much as far as planning, so far we have 54 people booked. debating between the in house DJ or hiring an outside company. then how to decorate light weight in the suitcase for the travel and light weight on the wallet lol

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated 

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@Rachel- We used the DJ through the resort and he was awesome! Plus you don't have to pay for entry fees using the resort DJ. I brought all my decorations with me. Like I've said before this resort is gorgeous and there's not much more you can do to make it more beautiful. I found buying decorations online was a lot cheaper too!

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May 15?!  You are very patient!  I have wishy washy family members that need to make up their mind already lol.  One of my bridesmaids used to be a wedding planner and she warned me that people for some reason are really bad about rsvping for weddings.  What's worst is you stamped your rsvp's.  I feel your pain :) So funny I feel like you and I are on the same page regarding our weddings.  I just asked Syliva what we could do about a rehearsal dinner.  Here's what she said: We can offer a private event or a non-private event: Private Event: For a private dinner we can offer one of our Cocktail and Dinner packages, Silver, Gold or Platinum, with standard set-up that includes: Private location, open bar, basic white linens, flatware, silverware and glassware. Non-private event: We can reserve a space in one of our open restaurants a la carte (upon availability), for groups up to 25 people. In case that you have more than 25 people for your rehearsal dinner, we can offer you a reservation in our Carnival International Café (buffet style restaurant). In both cases, the set up will be individual tables, for up to 8 people each one. I have to find out more about it but if she can gaurantee that the group will be sitting in the same section (I've heard other brides complain that they didn't) I will most likely just do a private event. Which package did you go with?
sorry I didn't get right back to you!! we are going with the middle package and adding some extras, like the dj and 2 fire dancers :) hopefully will be a nice surprise for everyone! what package are you going with?

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Originally Posted by Donna Hewitt View Post

 

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!

Hi Donna,

Can you tell me who you were emailing to get the accomodations squared away?

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