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Iberostar Ensenachos - Jan 2013

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Ladies it is so hard to get a lot of information off this site about wedding sin Cuba there are a few!!! I have been stocking Trip Advisor as well, I did find a couple posts from people that were married at my resort and then just sent them a message right there on TA! Congrats

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Hi Girls! Would love to hear how it went with your wedding, Corra!  Hope it was everything you've dreamed of :)  We are planning to get married there in April 2014, but the response from the resort has been slow thus far.  We have been to the resort twice and LOVE it, so it's definitely where we want to get married but I guess what we want isn't typical of what they offer.  Anyhow, would love to hear of anyone's experiences either with the prep or how their actual wedding day went.  All the best to all the IE brides :) 

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Hi Ladies!  Would love to hear how your experiences are going thus far and Corra, would love to hear how your wedding was! I hope it was everything you dreamed of :)  

 

We are planning to get married at IE April 2014...have been there twice and are pretty much dead set on having it there, but I guess we want a reception that's not typical so they have been very slow to get back to us.  I understand that it's over a year away, but just want to know if they can do it...and also to know how long you typically have to wait for a response from the wedding coordinators.  No doubt that any wedding at this resort would be absolutely gorgeous! 

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Hello, I have returned from Iberostar Ensenachos. It was a fantastic vacation and a beautiful wedding! The resort is beautiful, the beaches are breathtaking and the staffs are so warm and helpful. It was quite blustery when we were there and the weather was very unpredictable but luck was on our side so the sun came out strong on our wedding day and allowed us to have our wedding along the beach.

If you are going to have your hair and makeup done through the resorts salon, I would suggest booking your appointment about four hours before your scheduled wedding time. Our wedding coordinator booked me in for my hair appointment at 2:30 and my wedding was to be at 4:30. I showed up a half hour early to find out they forgot about my appointment and had to actually get a lady in from a completely different hotel to do my hair. By the time they got me in for my appointment, it was 3:00 and completed my hair at 4:10. So that only left me with 20 min to throw on my dress and put on my makeup. However, I was really impressed on how well she did my hair. I provided her one image of what I wanted and she managed to recreate it perfectly!

I was staying in the villa section of the hotel, which is 2 km from the rest of the resort so it takes a bit of time to commute. Since my hair appointment was pushed back, I had to rush back to my room to get all suited up for the ceremony and was not as fun or relaxing as I had hoped getting ready. Sadly, my Mom was held back in the mad scramble to get ready so I missed getting ready with her. So my point is, ensure you book your appointments well in advance and start getting ready early in the day to avoid stress.

I would also suggest having your coordinator clearly define all the things required for you to do/have on your wedding day. When there is a language gap, things are perceived differently. Leading up to our ceremony, another funny thing occurred. We were having a civil ceremony but we were not advised we needed to present our passports to the judge, as well as our witnesses. We had previously provided photocopies to our coordinator earlier so thought that was all they needed. However, as we were about to start with the ceremony, the judge informs us he needed the passports, so our coordinator made a mad dash to retrieve them, when she returned she then found out we needed our witnesses passports as well so back she went along with our guests to retrieve the passports. It all came together eventually though and was a beautiful ceremony and fun night. We booked the photographer directly through the resort and purchased his wedding video too and we thought he did a remarkably good job and was a fantastic deal! I would recommend the photo and video package. I was also very happy with the flower arrangements they provided.

Hope my review has provided you with some good insight and settled your nerves a bit. Feel free to ask me some questions and I'll try to provide you with some answers.

I wish you all the best and most beautiful Cuban wedding! x

 

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Thanks for sharing Corra! Always good to know those little things that might be forgotten! I haven't heard from anyone else that the judge needed their passports at the ceremony. Anyhow we will be having a symbolic ceremony as we are going to legally get married in Canada just to make it easier! I have decided not to get married here but another resort we have vacationed to last year. But I always like to hear how others weddings went in Cuba.

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Wow thank you so much for the review...it's a huge help! I am getting married there in less than three weeks and also around the same time as Corra14. I will definitely take your advice about doing the hair appointments early :)

 

Overall did you find Yennys and Yoanka helpful? It's hard to tell through emails sometimes! I saw a review on TripAdvisor by a groom's mother that said they didn't help with much.

 

Where did you do your dinner? We've booked the Asian restaurant for our wedding dinner for our 25 guests. We're told it will be re-opening after renovations just before we arrive on March 28.

 

We are bringing a photographer who is a friend, but were interested in the video package so hearing that you're happy with the results is very reassuring. Your cake was very pretty - I wasn't sure what to expect.

 

We made silk flower bouquets for the wedding as I have an exact look I wanted.

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Are there any other tips you would suggest to a laid back but slightly nervous bride?

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Jackie You made those?? They are awesome where did you get the flowers? Im not getting married here but I am getting married in Cuba I cant wait to see pictures and hear all about it!!!

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Yes! I made them with my sister-in-law and mother-in-law who are both pretty crafty (I am not). It wasn't that hard though. I had found similar ones online but they were very expensive. We got the flowers at Michaels craft store (usually $8 each but I got them half-price). We also got the ribbons at Michaels. We found florist tape (really sticky stuff) at a dollar store and wrapped the stems together really tightly before gluing the ribbons to them. I'm also going to add a charm to my bouquet of my grandparents on their wedding day because they cannot be with us at the wedding.

 

We leave two weeks from today and I am SO excited!

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Jackie those flowers are really nice!!! Its really making me think that I should make my own! It doesn't seem to be that hard. I am also afraid I won't be get the flowers I really want!

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