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#1 mexicobride

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    Posted 20 February 2007 - 05:14 PM

    What are you doing/did you do for ceremony and dinner music?

    Where are you having/did you have your reception dinner?

    Are you having/did you have dancing/dj?

    Are you having/did you have a translator for the ceremony?

    How was the photographer? What photo/video package did you buy and why?

    It's getting down to the wire for me and they are asking me for decisions! Yikes!

    #2 BEACHBRIDEMA

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      Posted 20 February 2007 - 05:27 PM

      Hi I am getting married at Riu Palace Los Cabos
      1. We are using and IPOD for all our music we just downloaded the songs and are using the hotels speaker system. There are lots of great ideas for music in a thread on this forum. For dinner music we are having a marichi band and then just downloaded salsa type music
      We are not using a DJ just the IPOD. We will only some dancing
      I am using my cousin as my translator, I felt this would be more personal than the WC translating the ceremony
      We went woth an outside photographer and are not getting a videographer
      Hope this helps
      Sarah
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      #3 mexicobride

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        Posted 20 February 2007 - 07:21 PM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by BEACHBRIDEMA
        Hi I am getting married at Riu Palace Los Cabos
        1. We are using and IPOD for all our music we just downloaded the songs and are using the hotels speaker system. There are lots of great ideas for music in a thread on this forum. For dinner music we are having a marichi band and then just downloaded salsa type music
        We are not using a DJ just the IPOD. We will only some dancing
        I am using my cousin as my translator, I felt this would be more personal than the WC translating the ceremony
        We went woth an outside photographer and are not getting a videographer
        Hope this helps
        Sarah
        This does help - thank you!

        This is what I want to do but am not sure if we will be able. Haven't heard back yet from the WC about it:
        1. Ceremony in the courtyard/kiosk. Friend playing guitar for ceremony or recorded music
        2. Dinner also in same courtyard (not sure if they'll let us set up there or if we have to go with one of the restaurants), mariachi band at dinner
        3. Dancing to IPod after dinner, also in courtyard, not sure if our resort is equipped for this- waiting to hear from WC on that one
        4. Most comprehensive photo and video package (expensive, but we want to have lots of footage!) As far as I understand, we can not bring an outside photog to the Riu Palace Mexico.
        5. Don't have any friend to translate so will have to use WC I guess

        Also, our guest list is at about 40 ppl. they said the resort can only bake a cake for up to 30 and if you want a bigger one an off-site baker can do it. Of course, the larger the cake, the more expensive. Anyone having an outside baker do their cake? how much is it costing?

        #4 Nrvsbride

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          Posted 20 February 2007 - 07:25 PM

          Okay sorry to interject. I ran into an old friend in court today and we started talking about my wedding. She told me she had just been in cabo this past summer. She stayed at the RIU Palace in cabo. She said she loved it and it was so much fun. Big party atmosphere and she thought the food was great. She also said she saw a wedding take place there (although she did not attend it) and everything looked really nice. She did however say that the rooms smelled like humid mold and they had to ask their room to be changed. But, she did say that the staff was really nice and they had no problems switching rooms. However, she mentioned that a lot of people complained of the smell. Just thought I would let you know. She mentioned that even though it smelled at times it really wasn't bad like they make it out to be on trip advisor and that all the pros outweighed the cons. Plus it doesn't smell in all the rooms, just some rooms.

          #5 mexicobride

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            Posted 20 February 2007 - 07:29 PM

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            Originally Posted by Nrvsbride
            Okay sorry to interject. I ran into an old friend in court today and we started talking about my wedding. She told me she had just been in cabo this past summer. She stayed at the RIU Palace in cabo. She said she loved it and it was so much fun. Big party atmosphere and she thought the food was great. She also said she saw a wedding take place there (although she did not attend it) and everything looked really nice. She did however say that the rooms smelled like humid mold and they had to ask their room to be changed. But, she did say that the staff was really nice and they had no problems switching rooms. However, she mentioned that a lot of people complained of the smell. Just thought I would let you know. She mentioned that even though it smelled at times it really wasn't bad like they make it out to be on trip advisor and that all the pros outweighed the cons. Plus it doesn't smell in all the rooms, just some rooms.
            Thank you, actually I am not a Cabo bride but a Playa del Carmen bride where there are also Riu Palaces. The one we are going to be at is in Playa del Carmen called the Riu Palace Mexico. I have heard about the smell in the Cabo rooms, but haven't heard anything negative about the smell in the Playa del Carmen Riu resorts. Every resort has its pros and cons however, and you can't please everyone. IMO you gotta know that going down to Mex you're bound to have different standards than in US and just go with the flow, so I wouldn't worry about it too much, Sarah.

            #6 Nrvsbride

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              Posted 20 February 2007 - 07:32 PM

              Yes I saw in the post that you are staying at the Playa del Carmen one. I have heard nothing but good things about this location. I was more posting it for Sarah and anyone else that is getting married at the cabo location. But aside from the smell I wanted to let the cabo riu brides know that it is a fabulous place and I think they will have a great wedding!!



              #7 mexicobride

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                Posted 20 February 2007 - 07:43 PM

                Quote:
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                Yes I saw in the post that you are staying at the Playa del Carmen one. I have heard nothing but good things about this location. I was more posting it for Sarah and anyone else that is getting married at the cabo location. But aside from the smell I wanted to let the cabo riu brides know that it is a fabulous place and I think they will have a great wedding!!

                You're right, I'm sure it will be great in Cabo! It was nice of you to include what your friend said about how much fun she had.

                #8 MagsieMexico

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                  Posted 21 February 2007 - 01:40 PM

                  Hi Riu Brides, Another question for you!

                  I was thinking that the Riu could be the perfect compromise (for those of you that don't know, I cannot pick a location!), people who wanted something nicer could stay at the Riu Palace Mexico, my FI and I could stay there, and have the wedding there (I believe they have beach ceremonies and private receptions - right?), then people who wanted a more affordable option, could stay at the Riu Yucatan or Playacar right next door.

                  Now, I understand that people from the palace can go anywhere, and from Yucatan and Playacar can't. So, I know that I would have to pay for a day pass for those folks to come to the wedding, but my question is, the Riu Palace also specifies that 80% of guests have to be staying at the hotel. Does that mean the Riu Palace, or could that be any Riu hotel?

                  So, basically, 2 questions:

                  1. If for example, we had 50% of our guests at Riu Palace, and 50% at Riu Yucatan, would that be fine, (we would just have to pay for guest passes for the day for those at Riu Yucatan)? or is that not allowed because of the 80% rule?

                  2. Do you know for sure if they do private receptions in a terrace or some kind of outside space in the Riu Palace Mexico?

                  Thank you ladies!
                  Margaret & Eric

                  #9 MagsieMexico

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                    Posted 21 February 2007 - 07:10 PM

                    Tammy answered my question about the people staying in the Yucatan, but my other question is just about the private reception, I've heard posts saying that they don't organize that very well.

                    Are any of you having a private reception? Did you book out another room or an area on the beach?

                    Thanks.
                    Margaret & Eric

                    #10 Nrvsbride

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                      Posted 21 February 2007 - 07:37 PM

                      Ooh Margaret I hope this works out for you! This is such a nice place and this way it works out perfectly for all your guests.



                      -Glenda




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