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#2981 danandjamie

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    Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:14 AM

    I think the sun sets around 7:15-7:30 so you should be fine. Ceremony lasts about 25 minutes

     

     



    #2982 knootbaar

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      Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:05 AM

      We are having the same issue with guests! My FI is a fire fighter/paramedic on 2 different departments and invited a ton of people. I am trying to cut back in different areas to save some money. I think we decided on just going with the resort photographer. Are all of your guests staying at the Palace or are they spread out? quote name="MexicoHereICome" url="/t/21746/barcelo-maya-palace-brides-post-here-d/2900#post_1749389"]


      We are trying to pick the photographer as well, I am finding it nerve racking to plan a destination wedding as well. So far we have about 50 guest but I'm thinking when its all said and done we will have anywhere between 70-90. I am overwhelmed by how many guest are actually willing to travel to Mexico for our wedding we were thinking originally 30 people TOPS!! The amount of people are kinda blowing my budget right out of the water but hey, the more the merrier I suppose.

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      We are having both the ceremony and recepetion at the Coral Beach.  I am so excited, but nervous at the same time.  We are trying to decide on photographer right now.  Hopefully we will see you there!  How many guests are you having?

       



       



       

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      #2983 SandRWedding

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        Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

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        Just a quick review from our wedding on the 4th :)

        We had our ceremony at 4pm at the coral beach, a cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 at the rooftop terrace and the reception from 7-10 at the coral beach. Our WC was Gabriela, and she was fabulous! Everything went perfectly and I was able to enjoy the day without worrying about a thing. So many of our guests commented that I was the happiest bride they had ever seen, I just had a huge smile on my face all day long and I give a lot of that credit to Gabriela and everyone else that made our day so perfect. I had selected flowers that were of extra charge (orchids and something else....) and the resort did a great job of re-creating the bouquet. It was not identical, but it was very close. Quite a few people actually thought they were fake, including the photographer!!! My sister and mother in-law had their hair and make up done at the spa, there were no issues with appointments and they did a very good job. I hired Adrian for my hair and make up, and he also did my moms make up and one of my bridesmaids hair and make up. Adrian and Alex were FANTASTIC!! I could not have asked for anything more, they were so friendly and fun to be around and they are so talented!! They were worth every single penny and more!! Adrian even went to my husbands room and made him up a little bit, just to make sure that everything was perfect for our wedding. I can honestly say that at 3am my hair and make up looked just as good as when they first finished at 2 in the afternoon. My mom cried (a lot lol) through the entire ceremony and you could not tell, nothing ran or washed off! I had an allergic reaction to a sunscreen that my husband purchased, and I had a rash and bumps all over my face and neck and you could not tell at all. Like I said, the spa did a great job BUT Adrian and his team are in a league of their own!! We hired Ivan Luckie as our photographer and I can honestly say that the $300 we paid to Kodak in order to have Ivan there was some of the best money we spent on our wedding. Kodak still showed up to photograph the ceremony (our package included pictures which is why) and the pictures were ok, but out of 150 pictures we had to look through them about 3 times to pick just 24 decent pictures. They also kind of get in the way of the hired photographer. I never once noticed Ivan or Anell through the ceremony or cocktail hour, and hardly through the reception but I did notice the Kodak photographer. Our pictures from Kodak have Ivan and Anell in them, and it is hard to get good pics when there are so many photographers getting in the way. Kodak was asked to shoot the cocktail hour instead of the ceremony, but they ignored our request and now we have no pictures from the cocktail hour. Even when Ivan was shooting us in the room (getting ready) I hardly noticed him there. We can hardly wait to see our pictures from Ivan!! I told him what I wanted and let him run with it, he is so creative and was not shooting the same locations and poses as the other wedding pictures that I had seen of his that were done at the palace. My only regret through the entire wedding was that I would have liked to have more time with Ivan. My husband was very skeptikal to say the least about the whole photography business, he does not like to have his picture taken and makes a weird 'camera face' whenever there is a camera around him. Ivan made us both feel so comfortable and let our personalities come through in what we were doing. By the end of the day my husband was raving about him and is extremely excited for the pictures - and that says A LOT!!!!!!

        All of our guests were so impressed with the resort and with the wedding. It exceeded everyones expectations. The judge did a fantastic job, the ceremony was funny, sweet and serious when appropriate. Very good especially being that neither one of us had ever met him. When I was walking down the aisle from the gazebo my husband had his back to me and I kept saying 'what is he looking at? Why isn't he looking at me??' but the judge made him turn his back and he wasn't allowed to look until he was told so lol. There were a lot of tears and even more laughter and we could not have asked for anything more. We would do it all over again in a second and not change a thing.

        Not as short as I thought, but it is so easy to get carried away because everything was so wonderful :)

         



        #2984 JoanneIreland

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          Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:30 AM

          We stayed at the Palace for 2 weeks in November and all of our guests rooms were located very close together (practically one room after another!) in the building closest to the beach.

          For the first week we were in a regular room, but with our premium wristbands we had free WIFI, room service, lounge access etc.

          For the second week they moved us to an ocean view room on the ground floor. It was exactly the same room, just facing out to the beach.



          #2985 Mikecantarell

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            Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:10 AM

            Hi there,

             

            Here you can take a look ate some Barcelo locations, it is one of the best resorts at the Riviera Maya. take a look.

             



            #2986 chrisdior

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              Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:29 AM

              does anyone have pictures of what the reception looks like at playa azul?



              #2987 chrisdior

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                Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:46 AM



                Originally Posted by JoanneIreland 

                We stayed at the Palace for 2 weeks in November and all of our guests rooms were located very close together (practically one room after another!) in the building closest to the beach.

                For the first week we were in a regular room, but with our premium wristbands we had free WIFI, room service, lounge access etc.

                For the second week they moved us to an ocean view room on the ground floor. It was exactly the same room, just facing out to the beach.



                Hi Joanne Have you gotten any of your professional pictures back yet? I was wondering how the reception area looked. How many people did you have?



                #2988 Kristina610

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                  Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:54 PM

                  Hey ladies, I have a question for those of you that did not have a DJ to provide extra lighting for the reception. How was the lighting for the photographer since it will be night and there are not many lights on the beach? Does the hotel provide that with additional cost??

                  #2989 danandjamie

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                    Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:57 AM

                    they'll provide big spot lights for the beach receptions (no charge)

                     

                    You can also have the lights on the trees ($5 per tree).

                     

                    The spotlight really illuminates things. Once dinner and cake cutting was done we had them turn it off. You won't be able to do this unless you have the lights on the trees because it would be pitch black.



                    #2990 Kristina610

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                      Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:05 AM

                      That's exactly what I needed to know, thank you!




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