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#11 maria1488

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 11:18 AM

@brittneyo2 aw thank you!! I ordered my frame from here: https://www.etsy.com...tion/1067703544and my sand here: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1110052503

I had no issues with the set at all. the coordinator forgot to put the funnel on the ceremony table though, so we only poured it for a few seconds so it wouldn't spill during the ceremony, and than we poured the rest in once we got home. 

 

we stayed at the royal service section and all of our guests stayed at the royal service or regular rooms at the main resort, none at the reserve. we wanted everyone to be at the same place. we had dinner at the reserve a couple of nights though (by far the best restaurant at the resort is called Aqua at the reserve). but we really liked how everyone stayed together and there is definitely a lot more to do at the main resort - our group was pretty young so everyone wanted some nightlife. 

 

we did the tailor made package, we upgraded the location to Fuego and added 1hr of reception, so in total our reception was 4 hours. the package came with 1hr "la hora loca" which was the entertainment you are probably referencing? We only had them show up for 10 minutes and pass out props (i brought a lot of my own props too) because our group did not need any help getting on the dance floor and i am not a big fan of the train and all those set up dances (which is what those entertainers do). but if you wanted to, they would stay for a whole hour and do all of that stuff. 

 

our ceremony stared at 5:30pm and as you could see, the sun set over us. I was hoping we would start the ceremony when the sun was behind the building to avoid shadows and people staring into the sun as i walked down the aisle, but it went behind the building towards the end of our ceremony. Now im glad we didnt start later because we cut it really close with pictures (and we were VERY fast and efficient). i would look here: http://www.timeandda...blic/punta-canaand plan out your ceremony accordingly. We did not do a first look but we did group pictures that did not include the 2 of us before the ceremony. so after the ceremony we did 1 full hour of pictures (6pm-7pm). 30 mins with groups and 30 mins just us. but that included finding people, getting in position, stuff like that. So i would recommend starting your ceremony at 5:30 - its also good luck to start your wedding ceremony at half hour past :)



#12 brittneyo2

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 10:22 PM

Hi @maria1488 I read that you did use the tropic one photo booth. Was it worth the $900? Were you able to talk the prices down on anything? Also did you pay to have lighting hung for the welcome BBQ? I'm still unsure about table toppers as well.

#13 maria1488

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 09:00 AM

@brittneyo2 the photo booth was a big hit and definitely worth it. i negotiated almost everything, for paying in full I got 10% off with tropic one, i also negotiated all the decor as much as I could by bulking things together. But we did get a lot of extras on top of our tailor made package so they  knew we were spending a good amount of money already. With the tailor made package you get 1 set of lights included, we used ours towards the welcome BBQ since Fuego has its own lighting. However, we ended up adding extra lights for the cocktail hour which was on the beach in front of Fuego. I am attaching some pictures of our set up for both nights so you guys can get ideas. 

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#14 brittneyo2

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 11:13 AM

@maria1488 that looks amazing! I definitely want the lights for the beach BBQ! Do you happen to have any pictures from the photo booth? I'm trying to decide between the led dance floor or photo booth .. Or both if I'm feelin spoiled it just adds up quickly. We are also doing the tailor maid package. Or reception is on the Olympus terrace, do you think I could do without a dance floor? Also currently we have it set that the cocktail hour is at Plaza Colonial. I'm starting to think we should just do both cocktail and reception at the same place. Would you recommend that? Thank you so much for your help

#15 vancouverpetunia

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Posted 01 May 2016 - 06:54 AM

Wow. Your wedding was beautiful! Congrats


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#16 tiffanyt

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 06:44 AM

@maria1488 everything looks beautiful! Did you use the template from weddingpassports.com or did you have them design and print for you? I'm using their templates but I'm debating if I want them to print for me or print them on my own.



#17 maria1488

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 10:19 AM

@brittneyo2 I dont have any pictures but if you go to the reception part of the video, theres a few clips of people taking pictures in the photo booth! i would definitely recommend doing a cocktail hour at a different location from the reception, so the guests get the first "wow" when they walk in to your reception area :) I didn't have any events at the Olympus terrace so i cant really recommend the dance floor. we had rented out Fuego and that has marble floors, we added LED lights and robotic lights, as well as draping on the ceiling and used the whole top level as the dance floor (with tables set up only on the bottom level) so a dance floor wasnt really necessary or an option for us, since it would have covered only a small area of what we needed. 

 

@tiffanyt I used the template but change it quiet a bit, and then they printed everything for me. I loved how they turned out!






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