Hey ladies! Jumping in on the forum fun I've been creeping around here for months and have so appreciated everyone's contributions to this board, so I thought it was time to contribute a bit, especially since I visited the resort in June. We stayed at El Dorado Royale and went to see the wedding set up at Generations.
So, here's my brain dump.
I'm getting married at GRM on March 7, 2015. We're doing the pier for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and the sky deck for our reception.
We visited the hotel in June of this year and absolutely loved the set up for weddings -- the pier is insanely beautiful! I think I saw someone mention earlier on the forum that the pier looks like it could be claustrophobic - noooo way! It's so, so much bigger than I thought from the photos. This is a total guess, but I'd guess that the roof of the pier is 20' high so it feels really spacious.
The sky deck wasn't done yet but based on the quality of the rest of the hotel, we left with no doubt that it would be amazing. All of the restaurants are in one tier of the hotel, and as you get higher and higher the view just gets more beautiful. So, the Sky Deck should be pretty good We're doing our wedding a little earlier to take advantage of that view - the ceremony at 4, so by the time we get to the reception up there, we're hoping to have the sunset for dinner so that we can still see the ocean. Our wedding planner is Marisol, and she said she'd send me pictures of the first reception at the skydeck after it happens in October - it didn't seem like there were any plans for it to be completed before then. (Mentally willing that girl to join this board!) Has anyone seen any renderings of it or anything?
Though we were staying at El Dorado Royale, they gave us tours of the rooms and we had dinner at the Asian restaurant at Generations, Jade. Generations reminds me of a really nice Vegas resort in Mexico - the rooms have to be seen to be believed - they are HUGE! And so nicely done. The restaurants literally made our jaws drop with the decor, food and views, and it's really cool how they light up the pool at night and all of the balconies.
The only downsides:
1. I am not at at all confident that the bricks in the ocean will sink by next year. There's absolutely no control over that and we were asking some of the guys working on the project and they looked at us like we were nuts when we were like, "soo, are you thinking 6 months to a year?"
2. The whole resort is oriented so that it faces the ocean, so this sort of does not matter -- BUT, good to have a heads up that the other side that you enter on is pretty much a swamp right now. And by pretty much, I mean 100% is. It's really jarring, especially because we entered through El Dorado, which is so nicely landscaped. We were told that they have plans to do a lot with that area, including adding walking paths and even kayaking. I'm not a landscaper so I have no idea how long that will take, but it seems.... ambitious This is another thing that I'm not holding my breath will be completed by the time I get married there in March and plan to let the guests know... the entrance is your first impression so I don't want them to have a huge WTF moment on the way in!
Eeeeeven with those two things though - the positives of the resort so far outweigh both of those that we're totally confident and so, so excited to bring all of our loved ones here to celebrate with us!
So, all that said, we really liked the adults-only, romantic vibe at EDR/Casitas - it's quite different than Generations. So, we're having our cake and eating it too and staying at EDR with the wedding happening next door at Generations. I think our guests will be split between the two resorts. It could get a little tricky because EDR guests don't technically have access to the restaurants at Generations because it's a tier higher, but we're not anticipating that being a big problem. We've gotten the OK for the wedding and rehearsal dinner, of course, and we'll just plan the other group activities at EDR. We don't have many kids in our party, which would probably make this much more complicated if so.
Here are links to the photos that we took at Generations of our dinner at Jade, the pier, and the weird swamp thing!
Hope this helps someone out there! Glad to "meet" all of you
Now my turn for questions!
@nicatella @ChiTiff @Christinagiovanni - I'm with you guys on wanting to customize one of the decor packages. None of the Memorable Moments are quite right. I'm not planning on doing the Brides Dress Rehearsal, so any idea how I can see what the options are? A PDF floating around or anything? I found some of the stuff on the Lomas site but its hard to envision it all working together.