Hi! I was the bride that was told that it would be too hot. We had our ceremony at 1 pm, cocktail hour at 2pm and reception at 4 pm. We stayed at our cocktail hour for about a half hour and then went and took pictures until shortly before the reception started. As for the ceremony, Courtney is right...the wind keeps you nice and cool if you are having your ceremony in the gazebo. I have curly hair and I had my bangs to the side and straightened and they actually stayed straight! It was after the ceremony that it gets really hot. We had our cocktail hour on the terrace and some people were putting their feet in the shallow pool in front of the terrace and some were in the lobby area of the tower at the bar (where the terrace is). That is when I found it the hottest. When we went to the lighthouse to do pictures it was super hot and really sunny. We didnt get a lot of good close up shots because we were so squinty but that being said our pictures still turned out amazing!!! The ceremony pictures are awesome too....Our wedding party was done with pictures a little earlier than us so they just went up to our room to cool off. When we got back to the room the guys had their shirts off and the girls changed out of their dresses to let them dry a bit. I fixed my makeup and re-straightened my bangs. Once we got to the reception at 4 pm (on Caribe beach), it had already started to cool down and I didn't find it at all too hot.
When I first found out that it was "too hot" to have everything outside, I was furious! But I decided I had to figure something out and having my reception inside was not an option (unless it rained). They will let you have your coctail hour and reception at whatever time you would like. Claudia had told me I could also have my cocktail hour at himitsu restaurant. Now, having been there, it is actually quite nice and it is an open restaurant and close to the ocean. If I had to have it at Himitsu, I would not have been dissapointed. The biggest thing for me was the color scheme. I wasn't sure what Himitsu looked like and my colors were purple, grey and black. The restaurant is black and red, so it would have been fine.
All in all, everything turned out awesome and I was actually happy with the times that I chose, even though it wasn't my first choice. I know if you choose to have your ceremony at 2 pm, you will not be disappointed. Keep us updated on what areas you can have your cocktail hour and reception. I haven't been on lately as we've been so busy with planning our at home reception and in the middle of building a house, but I will try to get on here more often!
Originally Posted by GabbyAbi44
Hello ladies! I'm new here (I don't feel new though since I've been lurking on here for the past couple of weeks!). My wedding date is Friday 12/14/12. I am pretty set on that date because it is my parents' wedding anniversary and I thought it'd be special to make it ours as well. I haven't officially decided on a resort yet, but I'm leaning very strongly towards Dreams Cancun. Up until yesterday (when I heard from Cecilia), I was absolutely sure that Dreams Cancun was where I wanted to have my wedding, but it turns out that the time we requested (4pm) is already taken (the sun will set at 5:09pm). Cecilia said that 2pm is still available. I've read some of the posts on this thread, and it seems like the resort is fairly flexible on the starting times for the cocktail hour and reception, right? I read a bride's post about how she was told by the WC that even in January a cocktail hour and reception at 2pm-5pm would be too hot. So now that has me worried about a 2pm ceremony in December! I get hot very easily and sweat really bad and am horrified at the thought of me sweating like a pig during our ceremony.
Anyway, I emailed Cecilia a couple of questions and told her I would like answers before deciding on them 100% (I was 100% until she said 2pm). I asked if it would be possible to begin the cocktail hour and reception later in the day when it's cooler, rather than immediately after a 2pm ceremony. I also asked if a reception at Himitsu Beach is still available. I'm hoping that whoever already has the 4pm wedding that day hasn't already reserved Himitsu Beach...keeping my fingers crossed...