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@nicatella @ChiTiff @Christinagiovanni @@lauralane

 

Laura - Thank you so much for the comprehensive review!  I am surprised to hear about the swamp thing... no one ever told me anything about that!  As for the bricks in the ocean, I'm sure my FH is going to be a little annoyed.  Did it impact your experience hanging out at the beach?

 

I'm already changing some of the parts of the Pure Glamour package (I did not like the pink colors) - nor am I doing the food package they put in the brochure.  It was $13 less to do the "pick and choose" dinner, and our guests still get three courses.  I also think we're getting a very small cake for ourselves which is only $28, and then getting cupcakes for each wedding guests.  We have about 50 people coming, so that was cheaper than doing the big wedding cake.  

 

Does anyone else think the chair covers in the packages are a bit ridiculous?  Is all that really necessary?  I might try just customizing my own thing and having simple bows instead of the full covers that are in the pictures.

 

Congratulations Ladies!


Congrats @@nicatella

 

Thats so fun to meet my "twin"... we should all try to have dinner or lunch with our husbands once all the wedding celebrations die down!  How long are you having your guests stay?  I'm asking them to arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday.  We're staying Wed-Wed (7 days) on the GRM side.  We are having both our ceremony & reception at the SkyDeck.  

 

I don't think I'm going to bring all of my own decorations in a suitcase - that seems like it could be really cumbersome.  However we are incorporating both of our heritages, so I may be bringing my own decorative broom so we can "jump the broom" (it's an old African-American tradition).  FH is Jewish, so we'll be breaking a glass as well.  Does anyone happen to know if you need a special glass for that?  I can't imagine that a normal glass would break very easily - and that could be kind of a nightmare at the ceremony if we keep stomping on a glass and failing!

 

Please report back on what you see at the brides dress rehearsal!  So delighted to meet you!  

 

 

@@ChiTiff

 

Wow that's so exciting! You're right we are wedding day twins! Are you having your ceremony on the beach or the sky deck? I wonder if we are doing the ceremony in the same spot. We just booked the pier for our reception and the wedding is on the beach. I thought it would be a random spot but the WC said it's at the beach gazebo.

 

My FI and I are headed to the Brides Dress Rehearsal in November to plan the specifics. I don't think I'm going to do the memorable moments package because it's so expensive ($250 per table?), but I need to figure out the al la carte pricing for individual decorations. This is supposed to be less expensive than having a local wedding, but at this rate who knows. I'll probably bring some decorations from home but my wedding contract said they would charge me $5 per person to set up my decorations. I've read some threads and it seems better to deal with that price once we get there in cash.

 

Anyway I'm sure we will have a lot to discuss/compare notes on in the upcoming months! :)

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The swamp behind the hotel really didn't bother me. I thought it actually looked kind of cool lol-- I mean it has no interference with your wedding or your guests plus everything else about GRM is amazing so who cares about it.

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Hey @@kmk2016 another bride sent me pics of the sky deck under construction a few months ago. Send me your email & I can forward to you. I'm so excited for the sky deck wedding the photography will be flawless at that location

 

 

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Hey @@kmk2016 another bride sent me pics of the sky deck under construction a few months ago. Send me your email & I can forward to you. I'm so excited for the sky deck wedding the photography will be flawless at that location

 

 

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No need. We are getting married at Sensatori on the sky deck and are auper excited. But thanks for the offer! I agree sky deck is definitely the way to go if brides can afford the add on charge. It will definitely be stunning and should obstruct the cement pillars in the ocean at the right angle.

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@@Christinagiovanni - agree, the swamp isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things!

 

@@rtscent - would love to see your skydeck pics! I'm lauraleighnash@@gmail.com if you wouldn't mind sending my way.

 

@@ChiTiff - yes, totally with you on the chair covers!! I'm not understanding the value of those... I would love to see what just a plain chair looks like :) How are you finding the options of what you can switch things out for? Just through that planning section of the Lomas site, or are you literally finding pictures of other stuff altogether that you'd bring yourself, and asking them for pricing to put it up for you? I want like a book of things to choose from with a cost per piece, and I'm thinking it doesn't exist :) 

 

On the bricks/beach thing: 

 

Hearing other brides on the El Dorado board discuss the bricks in the ocean was my biggest hesitation in choosing this resort and one of the reasons we decided to visit to be sure it was the right choice. The bricks are not awesome, but everything else is so amazing, we both left feeling totally confident that the bricks were NBD and that our guests would have a great time. 

 

Here's two photos that I took with the bricks in the background so you can see them. They're definitely weird (and I am definitely crossing my fingers that they magically sink to the bottom in the next 6 months!) but again, the rest of the resort outweighed the weirdness for us. 

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El Dorado Royale next door, which you and your guests would have access to, has a nicer beach area with different style ocean barriers - they're more like sandbags so they look more natural. And we actually found that we kind of liked them, because they created these really shallow, calm areas to swim in (especially because we had a barracuda incident at another hotel!!) 

 

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@nicatella @ChiTiff @Christinagiovanni @@lauralane

 

Laura - Thank you so much for the comprehensive review!  I am surprised to hear about the swamp thing... no one ever told me anything about that!  As for the bricks in the ocean, I'm sure my FH is going to be a little annoyed.  Did it impact your experience hanging out at the beach?

 

I'm already changing some of the parts of the Pure Glamour package (I did not like the pink colors) - nor am I doing the food package they put in the brochure.  It was $13 less to do the "pick and choose" dinner, and our guests still get three courses.  I also think we're getting a very small cake for ourselves which is only $28, and then getting cupcakes for each wedding guests.  We have about 50 people coming, so that was cheaper than doing the big wedding cake.  

 

Does anyone else think the chair covers in the packages are a bit ridiculous?  Is all that really necessary?  I might try just customizing my own thing and having simple bows instead of the full covers that are in the pictures.

 

Congratulations Ladies!


Congrats @@nicatella

 

Thats so fun to meet my "twin"... we should all try to have dinner or lunch with our husbands once all the wedding celebrations die down!  How long are you having your guests stay?  I'm asking them to arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday.  We're staying Wed-Wed (7 days) on the GRM side.  We are having both our ceremony & reception at the SkyDeck.  

 

I don't think I'm going to bring all of my own decorations in a suitcase - that seems like it could be really cumbersome.  However we are incorporating both of our heritages, so I may be bringing my own decorative broom so we can "jump the broom" (it's an old African-American tradition).  FH is Jewish, so we'll be breaking a glass as well.  Does anyone happen to know if you need a special glass for that?  I can't imagine that a normal glass would break very easily - and that could be kind of a nightmare at the ceremony if we keep stomping on a glass and failing!

 

Please report back on what you see at the brides dress rehearsal!  So delighted to meet you!  

 

 

@@Christinagiovanni - agree that the swamp isn't really a big deal in the grand scheme of things! It's actually how the whole area would be if not for development, I guess, so authentic :) It's just quite different than some of the other hotels. 

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So I met with my travel agent today, and someone else from her company is out at a site visit to the GRM right now.  She told me that the skydeck is essentially completed, so yay!  

 

Are you all using a travel agent to arrange your trip?  Have you had any guests give you an issue with trying to book things?

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