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#1 Kay6356

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:08 AM

Hi Ladies

I thought we could have a fresh thread that wasn't started in 2009 or something to post our DIY projects, tips of the resorts and just ideas in general.  Happy posting, I cannot wait to hear all your ideas and tips! Kay xo



#2 csho

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:31 AM

Hello Kay!

 

I am not confirmed yet, but am fairly certain this is where I am going to get married in May 2014! I have been debating between ILA and the Playa Pesquero, Holguin (which I have been too) but am thinking Varadero is a better location as there is more to do for our guests! The resort looks so beautiful! Have you been there before?



#3 Kay6356

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:23 PM

Hey csho, Congrats:) I am going to the ILA this month, so I will deff let you know everything I find out. FI and I goto Varadero every January and we LOVE it. I have herd nothing but good things about this resort, my travel agent said it is a great price point resort. group tons of brides have reviews from their wedding on it and pictures etc. :) I will keep you posted! Kay xo



#4 csho

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:38 AM

Thanks!!! I am on it and have found tons of info! Its great! Now I have just been looking at the Melia Las Dunas which I have heard is amazing for weddings, but I am concerned its too out of the way... and my FI is not very helpful in picking a place.... he basically says he wants it in Cuba and thats about as much input he gives me. Anyway I am still leaning towards Varadero just because its more conveniently located and close to more action for people.



#5 jaimed789

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    Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

    Ok one piece of advice that I have learned. Don't get married on the spa terrace at 4pm. This is the original time I chose for my wedding but after watching a horrid youtube video I am going to see about getting this changed. The noise from the main pool activities is so overbearing and takes away from the ceremony. Many brides have been able to change their time to 3pm, I haven't requested this myself yet but I am going to see if it's possible.



    #6 Kay6356

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    Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:08 PM

    Originally Posted by jaimed789 

    Ok one piece of advice that I have learned. Don't get married on the spa terrace at 4pm. This is the original time I chose for my wedding but after watching a horrid youtube video I am going to see about getting this changed. The noise from the main pool activities is so overbearing and takes away from the ceremony. Many brides have been able to change their time to 3pm, I haven't requested this myself yet but I am going to see if it's possible.

    Yes I have herd this as well jaimed789 ... from a lot of past brides.  We are getting married on the beach 4pm.



    #7 jolene028

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    Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

    Originally Posted by csho 

    Thanks!!! I am on it and have found tons of info! Its great! Now I have just been looking at the Melia Las Dunas which I have heard is amazing for weddings, but I am concerned its too out of the way... and my FI is not very helpful in picking a place.... he basically says he wants it in Cuba and thats about as much input he gives me. Anyway I am still leaning towards Varadero just because its more conveniently located and close to more action for people.

    This is why I picked the Iberostar Varadero, it is 14 km's from Varadero so I figured that will give people the opprutunity to go to Varadero if they want! We went to a wedding in Varadero 3 years ago and it was at the SLS (name has changed now) but it was at the end like 30 minutes outside of Varadero, we did make it to town once, we went with another couple and split a cab ride, but it was still expensive, we may have gone more if we had of been closer! Good luck

     

    I am happy to see a few more Cuba Brides there doesnt seem to be very many of us!!!



    #8 Kay6356

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    Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:31 AM

    This is why I picked the Iberostar Varadero, it is 14 km's from Varadero so I figured that will give people the opprutunity to go to Varadero if they want! We went to a wedding in Varadero 3 years ago and it was at the SLS (name has changed now) but it was at the end like 30 minutes outside of Varadero, we did make it to town once, we went with another couple and split a cab ride, but it was still expensive, we may have gone more if we had of been closer! Good luck Yes you can take the bus into Varadero which runs all day and goes by every resort every 30 ish min. -it makes stops at the Varadero mall, flea markets and it's a nice cheap way to see some sites. It costs 5 CUC per person for the whole day I believe it's runs from 9am-8pm and you feel completely safe without a travel guide or anything. I am happy to see a few more Cuba Brides there doesnt seem to be very many of us!!!



    #9 Kay6356

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    Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:32 AM

    Ohand ps ladies we are sitting in the lobby right now at the ILA heading to the pool soon -you are all going to LOVE this resort :) home tonight so I will post pictures and info I have lemme know if you have any specific questions:)

    #10 Kay6356

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    Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:12 PM

    Hey Ladies,
     
    We visited the resort from January 17-25.  We had an amazing time, out of our 3 trips to Cuba - this has been our favourite resort wise.  The grounds are very well kept, very well staffed, entertainment was always getting people going, best food we have had in Cuba too.
     
    We met with Giselle and she is very sweet, answering all of our questions and showing us the binder with all the options in it.  There are a lot of options for decor, flowers, etc.  - The terrace and beach area for wedding are both beautiful!
     
    The Al La Carte's were amazing... I know most of you are doing the Cuban or Paplas and the chicken dinner was SO good.  The main buffet was also good (like I said best we have had in Cuba).  Im positive there is always something for anybody to find that they will enjoy.
     
    We had our engagement photos done by Alexis Delgado who is a private photographer in Cuba but actually works closely with the resort photographer when 2 photographers are needed.  They were both absolutely amazing and very good at directing your photos.  (I will post some of our pictures from that).
     
    Overall we cannot wait to have our family and friends come down to resort next year for our wedding.  You are all going to have an amazing experience and love every moment of it!
     
    Oh I almost forgot, the theatre entertainment starts around 9:45pm every night, and they were different every night throughout our stay.  All shows were very amazing and entertaining.
     
    Let me know if you have any questions! Kay xo





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