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#11 Jaime

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    Posted 07 June 2008 - 07:46 PM

    EmmaB asked for some tips and here is my reply to her.

    Emma-

    Hello and congrats on booking your wedding. I really thought that the RM Princess was beautiful and it is a great deal to stay there. I'm sure your wedding will be wonderful. Here are a few tips hopefully they will help.

    1. Depending on if you want to have your guests close together or not (both options available) try to arrange their rooms either by the beach (platinum area) or middle of the resort. That way they can walk either to the beach or the restaurants fairly quickly. Also if you call and or wait (we waited up to 15min) a shuttle does run along the outside of the property. You can get it if you walk past the gift shop to the outside road way. (Depending on when your wedding is this may change due to the current additions being made to the resort) The shuttle does run sporadically but can give you a ride to the beach or to the restaurants (pick up at the platinum lounge at the beach end).

    2. The Mexican and Italian restaurants were excellent and the waiters were great! The seafood restaurant was very poor food (the only night I got sick -and the men had to order room service right after dinner), the sushi and toppanaki (sp?) places were good food but long long wait for the food (hours). Our friends went to the steak house/grill and they said the food was good there as well. The buffet offers a good variety and was always consistent especially for breakfast. (we ate down by the beach/platinum area for breakfast as the crowds were smaller). My FI said the lunch buffet was also good (I never needed to eat lunch, still full and wanting the sun time)

    3. The pool was fun, there was the party pool with the staff doing dance lessons, volleyball, and handball etc.. that was always full of people and excitement. We chose the pool up near the beach next to the restaurants, it was less crowded and they had a great swim up bar we enjoyed. Depending on what you want it is available.

    4. If you can get a room on the second or third floor it is worth it, as both of my friends who had first floor rooms near the beach had issues with mosquito's. We stayed in the middle area on the second floor and didn't even see a mosquito in our room. The others got lots of bites at night.

    5. Make sure to order your drinks just the way you want them. We learned fast to order the top shelf alcohol's as the well liquor gave everyone heartburn the first day. At times you have to watch the bartender make it to make sure he uses the alcohol you choose, especially in the bar in the courtyard up front by the restaurants. Also, the swim up bars were running out of ice and mango puree mid-day. So if you like mango get the Mango margarita with Hornitos early on (the best!) Also the drinks in the platinum lounge were better made then the others we got.

    We really enjoyed our day at Coba and heard Tulum was great as well for the ruins. We also liked the ecopark at Xcaret (they had great lunch food in the Mexican restaurant).

    If you have any other specific questions or I can be help let me know. Good luck.

    #12 EmmaB

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      Posted 07 June 2008 - 07:59 PM

      Thanks so much Jaime! I can already tell I'll be having a ton of those mango margaritas!!

      I'm having a hell of time getting anything out of my coordinator though. I'm trying to arrange a private welcome reception for my guests (thinking about 50) and a private last night send off dinner too.

      Haven't gotten any info whatsoever about flowers, music or the in house photographer there either - does anyone have any info

      #13 dinzers

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        Posted 08 June 2008 - 12:51 AM

        Hi Emma B...I was wondering what type of additional costs you incurred for having more than 20 ppl at your wedding? I noticed on the Grand Riviera's site that they have a package for up to a max of 20 ppl, but we are thinking we're probably going to have close to 40.

        Also, I'm from Toronto too...which travel agency are u going thru? Are you booking through Air Transat?

        Please help...we are still trying to decide on a location.

        Thx!!!
        Josh & Denise
        May 2009

        #14 nylalany

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          Posted 08 June 2008 - 02:38 PM

          Private event meals cost between $35 and $85 per person, depending on the menu choice. I can post the menus here if people are interested? Open National Bar is included in the first hour. You can upgrade to International for another $5 per person. Additional hours cost $15 per person for National and $20 per person for International per hour.) Please heed my review about only having wine served despite having International Open Bar during my private event in a conference room.

          Here are the service prices I received, but didn't use, because I was only having a private event.

          Live Caribbean Trio……………………………………US$350.00 per45 min.
          Mariachi………………………………………………US$700.00 per 45 min
          DJ Service…………………………………………….US$600.00 per 45 min
          Video Coverage Ceremony only…………………………US$500.00
          Private Beach Party …………………………………..US$60.00 per person +15% service
          Additional Bouquets…………………………………...US$45.00 each
          Additional Boutonnieres……………………………… US$15.00 each
          Additional Corsages……………………………………US$25.00 each
          Basket of Petals……………………………………… US$30.00 each
          Center Pieces………………………………………….US$50.00 each
          Wedding Cake and Toast Time…………………………….US$14.00 per person
          Canap©s………………………………………………….US$ 12.00 per person/hour
          Open bar with Internationals drinks ………………………….US$ 20.00 per person/hour
          Open Bar With National drinks...........................................U S$15.00 per person/hour

          #15 EmmaB

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            Posted 08 June 2008 - 07:30 PM

            Hey dinzers,

            Yup, we're going through air transat. I actually booked through a travel agent in oakville since i had used her before, and she ended up gettin the best rate by far - $1500 a person taxes in and this includes an upgrade to the regency platinum club for all guests. Her name is Sharron Harrington from Upper Oakville Travel. other travel agents quoted me $1800 and up (itravel said $2000!).

            the GRP is charging me $14 per person for each guest over 10, and that includes the champagne toast, wedding cake and chair at the ceremony. the beach party is $60 pp, minimum of 40 people, and includes private dinner, booze, DJ, decor and dedicated wait staff. debating renting a dancefloor on the beach for $600 for the older peeps.

            The down side to this place is with over 40 guests your only option for the reception is the beach party or a conference room. a la cartes can't accomodate more than 40. but i think a beach reception will be super fun! and the WC is organizing a private welcome reception margarita party for us by the pool for $16 pp that includes "canapes".

            hope this helps! good luck deciding! let me know if you have any others Qs. Is great to find another Toronto DW bride.

            #16 EmmaB

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              Posted 08 June 2008 - 07:32 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by nylalany
              Private event meals cost between $35 and $85 per person, depending on the menu choice. I can post the menus here if people are interested? Open National Bar is included in the first hour. You can upgrade to International for another $5 per person. Additional hours cost $15 per person for National and $20 per person for International per hour.) Please heed my review about only having wine served despite having International Open Bar during my private event in a conference room.

              Here are the service prices I received, but didn't use, because I was only having a private event.

              Live Caribbean Trio……………………………………US$350.00 per45 min.
              Mariachi………………………………………………US$700.00 per 45 min
              DJ Service…………………………………………….US$600.00 per 45 min
              Video Coverage Ceremony only…………………………US$500.00
              Private Beach Party …………………………………..US$60.00 per person +15% service
              Additional Bouquets…………………………………...US$45.00 each
              Additional Boutonnieres……………………………… US$15.00 each
              Additional Corsages……………………………………US$25.00 each
              Basket of Petals……………………………………… US$30.00 each
              Center Pieces………………………………………….US$50.00 each
              Wedding Cake and Toast Time…………………………….US$14.00 per person
              Canap©s………………………………………………….US$ 12.00 per person/hour
              Open bar with Internationals drinks ………………………….US$ 20.00 per person/hour
              Open Bar With National drinks...........................................U S$15.00 per person/hour
              btw, nylalany, i would love to see the menu! i haven't gotten that info out of my WC yet!

              Thanks so much!

              #17 nylalany

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                Posted 08 June 2008 - 08:57 PM

                Ok, here are the English menus. They are not in order of price, for some reason. Also, the creative spelling is not mine - it is direct from the resort. They are somewhat inflexible with their menu changes - although they came up with a new entree choice for me, it was definitely on their terms. Again, I'd say save your $ and take your guests to Playa del Carmen for a meal instead, or something - or if you do plan to have 2 events, try to get off property for one. You're bound to have better service that way, and better value in the long run.

                MEN™ No. 1

                APPETTIZERS:

                Colds and hots

                ______________ ______________

                Puerro and potato cream soup perfumed with coriander and crunchy chaya and fresh fruit kebab
                ______________ ______________

                Shrimp carpaccio with tomato, baby onion and olive extra virgin oil
                ______________ ______________

                Grill T Bone with salt and garlic

                Thousand leaves with cheese

                Potatoes and beans refried mashed

                Jamaica semi cold garnished with fruits salad and white chocolate cream

                ______________ ______________

                $ 55 USD per person

                Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour


                MEN™ No. 2

                APPETTIZERS

                Colds and hots
                ______________ ______________

                Tomato and panela cheese pastry with mango vinagrette

                and tousted pi±on with tamarin and orange
                ______________ ______________

                Duck Xochilt soup with crunchy vegetables, tomato and coriander
                ______________ ______________

                Grouper fish supreme with veoulote, tropical papaya

                and spinach cream with sweet potato nuggets
                ______________ ______________
                Three milk cakes with creamy caramel au tequila and meringue glass

                $ 40 USD per person

                Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour


                MEN™ No. 3

                APPETTIZERS

                Colds and hots
                ______________ ______________

                Lima cream soup perfumed with Xtabentun

                and beet chips
                ______________ ______________

                Avocado stuffed with shrimps, curry sauce, green tea and huitlacoche steam
                ______________ ______________

                Pork loin with pastry leave, tropical fruit, carrot salted

                with bacon and dry chilli peppers
                ______________ ______________

                Bella Elena little pears saut©ed with tequila
                ______________ ______________

                $ 35 USD per person

                Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour


                MEN™ No. 4

                APPETTIZERS

                Colds and hots
                ______________ ______________

                Five nations salad with artichoke hearts, palmito,

                asparagus with caesar dressing and baby corn
                ______________ ______________

                Panela cheese pastry with mushrooms mousse

                and pate with Mexican red wine syrup

                ______________ ______________

                Duck confit with potatoes with steam perfumed au fresh rosemary
                ______________ ______________


                Bavaroise with pistachio curies and wild zarzamora

                $ 38 USD per person

                Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour


                MEN™ No. 5

                APPETTIZERS:

                Colds and hots
                ______________ ______________

                Tortilla soup garnished with avocado and tomato

                ______________ ______________

                Salmon stuffed with cheeses over mushrooms cream

                and marinated with balsamic vinegar

                ______________ ______________

                Grilled lamb ribs with epazote and vegetables ratatouille
                ______________ ______________

                Chocolate fondan with ice cream
                ______________ ______________

                $ 45 USD per person

                Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour


                MEN™ No. 6

                APPETTIZERS:

                Colds and hots
                ______________ ______________

                Jumbo shrimp dressed with fine herbs and tomato cherry sauce
                ______________ ______________

                Gazpacho Andaluz style with crotons, iberic ham and vegetables
                ______________ ______________

                Smoked fish with garlic mouselina with sanfaina Meshed and fried turnip
                ______________ ______________

                Pasion ice cream with dry fruits, tangerine and lichis coulis
                ______________ ______________


                $ 48 USD per person

                Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour



                MEN™ No. 7

                APPETTIZERS:

                Colds and hots
                ______________ ______________

                Hawaiian pineapple and Caribbean Mexican lobster carpaccio

                with marinated gulas in Jamaica vinaigrette
                ______________ ______________

                Citrics sorbette with sparkling wine, green pepper and orange caramelized

                ______________ ______________

                Beef fillet with grilled foie, oporto sauce

                Asparagus

                Mashed potatoes with olive oil and peppers mousse
                ______________ ______________

                Fantasy ice cream with fruits sauce and perfumed with casis liquor
                ______________ ______________

                $ 85 USD per person

                Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour


                MEN™ No. 8

                APPETTIZERS:

                Colds and hots
                ______________ ______________ z

                Watercress and pumpkin flower cream soup with potato, cream cheese perfumed au coriander, served with papaya kebab
                ______________ ______________

                Quail salad with salted escarola, garlic chips and japanese mushrooms
                ______________ ______________

                Pacific sol fish with meta, tomato and capers casse

                served with baked potato, baby coros and fried bacon
                ______________ ______________

                Black and white duo with coriander and anis seed crunchy
                ______________ ______________

                $ 60 USD per person

                Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour



                MEN™ No. 9

                APPETTIZERS:

                Colds and hot
                ______________ ______________

                Seafood cream soup dressing with dry fruits and pernod cream
                ______________ ______________

                Shrimp ceviche caribbean style with spanish serrano ham, fruits marinated with
                ______________ ______________

                Salmon with vegetables and eneldo sauce perfumed with tequila,

                green tallarin salted with porto bello mushrooms
                ______________ ______________

                Cheese cake with cookies, butter, banana chips and raspberry sauce
                ______________ ______________

                $ 62 USD per person

                Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour


                MEN™ No. 10

                APPETTIZERS:

                Colds and hot
                ______________ ______________

                Asparagus cream soup with spinach dressind with manchego cheese
                ______________ ______________

                Bread tostada with antipasta
                ______________ ______________

                Grilled deer loin with mushrooms and wild raspberries sauce
                ______________ ______________

                Casta±a Meshed and caramelized mandarine
                ______________ ______________

                Creppes with sweet milk and vanilla ice cream

                served with peach and orange sauce
                ______________ ______________

                $ 74 USD per person

                Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour

                #18 EmmaB

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                  Posted 08 June 2008 - 10:08 PM

                  you're awesome! thank you!

                  #19 courtney

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                    Posted 09 June 2008 - 12:16 PM

                    Does anyone know if they only do one wedding per day? Also if you don't care about a private reception will they let you make a group reservation in one of the a la cartes?

                    #20 nylalany

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                      Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:27 PM

                      When I was there, hanging out in the courtyard one evening, I saw 2 brides in their wedding dresses. I'm not sure if they had a double wedding, or if they both happened to have weddings earlier and both weren't having a private reception? And this was on a weeknight.




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