We had the Dreams of Love Wedding package on April 17th with the ceremony at 5:30 pm on the North Beach, cocktail at the Jacuzzi, and reception at the deck.
Travel: We had the same experience as Natalie. We flew with Apple vacations/Frontier Air. We had no problem taking our wedding outfits on the plane (the biggest pain was carrying it through the airport!) and we got a private overhead compartment to lay our clothes down in. No problem with customs. We were over-weight with all three pieces of luggage, but when we checked our bags, the person at the counter let it “slide” because it was for our wedding (I think wearing a “Bride” shirt helped).
Arrival: We arrived to DRC and were greeted with cool towels that smelled amazing. We were then taken to the preferred club to check-in and provided champagne. Our wedding coordinator met us there and walked us to the wedding office (more on that later). In the room we had a good-size flower arrangement, champagne, and fruit and a welcome letter waiting for us. We were in room 1551, which had an AMAZING view. We had the largest deck in the building.
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Pre-wedding meeting: Our meeting with Maira (wedding coordinator) occurred immediately after checking in. I will say this – I was extremely disappointed. Maira did not have the most current Wedding Planner form (I should have trusted my instincts and brought a print out, but in an email she told me she would take care of it), so that made things a little challenging. But, I remained calm and positive, until… we started discussing the events of the wedding day. She said, “You didn’t tell me you were having a first look.” *Um, what?!* We had corresponded several times about this. So, by then I started to panic a little because it became apparent that she was not with it. Also, in an email, she told me she would cancel the bridal appointment with the spa (I hired outside stylists), well she didn’t. So, in the meeting had to remind her of this. She then wrote herself a note to cancel the appointment. Unfortunately, the day of the wedding, the spa called my room and said that I was 9 minutes late for my appointment! Luckily, my MOH had answered the phone and let them know that the coordinator was supposed to contact them the previous day. During the pre-wedding meeting, my fiancé also noticed that the WC was not on the ball, which says a lot because he is a very calm, easy-going guy. What I am trying to say is this proves that I was not over-reacting. Basically, I had my MOH and girl friends take charge – the day went perfectly.
Complimentary Room: Jake checked-in to his complimentary room @ 3pm on Thursday and was required to check-out on Friday @ 12pm. He got ready in a friend’s room.
The Best Moments: I was VERY happy with my hair and make-up, as well as my MOH and mother’s looks. I do recommend them, but I will say that I had a few communication issues with Martina at the beginning, but everything worked out wonderfully.
WEDDING DAY – The Best Moments: Natacha (hair) and the make-up artists (I can’t remember her name for the life of me) arrived 12:30. They were so sweet and fast! My mom, MOH, and I were finished by 3 pm, which was perfect. It gave us enough time to just relax and visit with each other.
Del Sol Photography: Debora arrived to my room at 4 pm and her assistant (Jorge) went to my husband’s room for getting ready photos. Debora was FANTASTIC!!! I have yet to see photos, but she was so fun, outgoing, and full of life. In fact, even my guests commented on how great she was!
Getting ready robe from etsy - it photographed very well and was very comfortable!
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Ceremony: Symbolic ceremony (legal wedding at home before). We had a man who was very nice but did have a heavy Mexican accent that made it a little hard to follow what he was saying. On the plus side, we had a bilingual ceremony, so that was nice. However, I did feel like he didn’t read our preferred ceremony script before the actual ceremony. Oh well.
My husband’s cousin and uncle performed the processional. It was PHENOMENAL. They played “A Love Idea” by Mark Knopfler. Jose walked down the aisle playing this piece on his violin and Uncle Gus played the accompaniment on the electronic piano on the left side.
Our guests tossed mini beach balls as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife.
Décor: I brought fans, mini beach balls and two baskets, a chalk board, and starfish garland. The resort decorated the arch with white and coral.
Honestly, the fans were not needed. There was a nice breeze blowing and the ceremony time we had chosen was perfect – it was not hot at all and the sun was not in our eyes.
The sound system we brought was PERFECT – everyone could hear without a problem (best $150 I have ever spent).
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I didn't upgrade my bouquet, but I thought it was beautiful. And, man, that sucker was heavy!!
Cocktail Hour: We didn’t get to enjoy too much of this, but of what food I had, it was delicious.
Reception: We were on the deck and it was gorgeous. We had the Mexican Buffet and the food was amazing…Probably the best food all week. We brought the cake topper and we had a marble cake. You can't take the cake home with you or back to your room because it's sitting out for so long.
Just like Natalie had posted in her review, we also we went to the disco and danced after our reception.
Any questions about the resort, other wedding locations, restaurants, etc??
Edited by pddcmc, 25 April 2015 - 08:38 AM.