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The new Dreams Tulum thread! (Post all DT Qs&As here)

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#1 SunBride

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    Posted 20 July 2008 - 10:50 AM

    Alright ladies, it's here!!!!! As previously discussed last month, I have gathered tons of usefull information from our old thread and started this new one with all the most useful information and frequently asked questions in the first few posts.

    I worked really hard on this but there are still a few blanks that need to be filled in. I will update this regularly!


    This thread replaces our old thread http://bestdestinati...com/forum/t7767 (if you are crazy enough, feel free to read through all 100+ pages for more info!) as well as the thread with the http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t14762 since that list is added at the bottom of this page.

    A new thread was created so that all the most useful information from the old thread would be on the first page, in order to (1) hopefully reduce some of the repeated questions in the thread (2) help brides who find the information in the official Wedding Guide confusing and (3) reduce the number of questions being asked to the coordinators and provide answers to stressed out brides who are frustrated with the lack of response from the Dreams Tulum coordinators.

    If you have any important information (or photos) you think should be added to the front page, please send me a PM.


    1)Please take a minute to introduce yourself and tell us your wedding date. We love meeting new brides!

    2)PLEASE READ FULLY THROUGH THE FIRST FEW PAGES OF INFORMATION BEFORE POSTING ANY QUESTIONS IN OUR THREAD. Once you have done so, if you are still confused or your information is not here feel free to post questions!

    3)If you have questions that are not directly related to Dreams Tulum, it would be better to post them either in the Mayan Riviera Forum (if it’s something about the airport, activities in the area, finding a local photographer/videographer or other vendor etc) or in the BDW General forums (for stuff like dresses, do it yourself projects, etc)

    4)Be aware that the wedding coordinators are very slow at responding to emailed questions. That’s what we’re here for! We’ll do our best to help you plan. But know that once you arrive there, you will be so impressed with the coordinators. So just try to relax during the planning process. Every bride who’s posted a review was really amazed at how organized the wedding coordinators are and how everything comes together at the last minute. They all say they wished they had relaxed more because there was no point in worrying before hand.

    5)When you come back, please please please POST A REVIEW!!!! If you’ve benefited at all from this community the best thing you can do to give back and keep it going for future brides is post a review and pictures. Tell us everything that went right, and more importantly, everything that went wrong (there is rarely anything that goes wrong at this resort so it's pretty rare we get to read about such experiences) so that we can learn from your experience.

    DISCLAIMER: This information was collected from my/our interpretation of the Dreams Tulum Wedding Guide (link below) and from various brides. Some of the information could be inaccurate and may change over time. Don’t blame us, we’re just trying to help you!!!

    (in order to seperate the resort info from personal comments/opinions I have usually marked the later with an "*", not to be confused with "***" which is sometimes used to indicate important notes)

    #2 SunBride

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      Posted 20 July 2008 - 10:50 AM



      1. Wedding Coordinators
      2. Wedding Guide
      3. Wedding Packages
      4. Legal Requirements
      5. Ceremony (Location, Type of Ceremony, Sound/Music, Timing)
      6. Reception (Groups policies & costs, Location, Dinner Menu, Hors d'oeuvres, Cocktails, Dancing/Music/Speeches, Other options)
      7. Photographer/Videographer
      8. Flowers
      9. D©cor
      10. Esthetics (hair, Make-up, etc)
      11. Payment
      12. Other


      Post #5 ATTACHMENTS



      Post #10 LINKS

      Page 2 Pictures!
      Resort photos and pictures of the ceremony / reception options and set-up (for actual wedding photos with people in them, see the links in post #4)

      #3 SunBride

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        Posted 20 July 2008 - 10:51 AM


        ***last updated March 2010***


        As of mid 2009, the current wedding coordinator s are:

        Landy Cahum (main coordinator) : weddings@dreamstulum.com.mx

        Anabel: weddings1@dreamstulum.com.mx

        Natalia: weddings2@dreamstulum.com.mx

        The coordinators are extremely busy people and response time is usually very slow. For important and urgent questions (for example confirming ceremony date & time) it may be useful to phone the coordinators for a response 52 984 871 3333 (that is the main hotel number, ask the reception to transfer you to the wedding coordinators. It may take several tries before you reach them as they are often out of the office, and they likely won’t phone you back if you leave a message, so just keep trying several times a day until you reach them ). As much as the planning can be frustrating due to lack of email responses, all brides have been extremely happy with the service received by the coordinators once they arrived at the resort.

        Approx one month before your wedding you will get a form to fill out for you to indicate your choices with respect to dinner, music, photographer etc. All these decisions can be changed once you arrive on the resort (availability of musicians and photographers is not a problem, even at the last minute).

        You will meet with the coordinators when you arrive at the resort (usually the 2nd day) and go over all aspects of your wedding. This is the time to choose your flowers and cake, confirm reception location and everything else.


        Dreams Tulum has a wedding guide (PDF document) with all their info, it is attached below. The newest version (2010) was released in mid 2009.


        There are 3 wedding packages below.

        DREAMS WEDDING IN PARADISE PACKAGE ($796 USD or free with honeymoon suite for 7 nights or 5 rooms (any category) for 3 nights). I have highlighted the inclusions that differ from the previous package.

        •Service of Judge or Minister
        •Wedding organization and personalization of our wedding coordinator
        •Preferential location of the room in the category reserved
        •Preparation and ironing of the wedding dress and grooms tuxedo/suit
        •Complimentary room for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)
        •Bride’s bouquet
        •Boutonniere for the groom
        •Wedding cake and sparkling wine for 10 guests
        •Special turn down service at night
        •15% discount on all Spa treatments (product purchases not included)
        •Honeymoon Package
        •Late check-out for bride and groom (based on availability)
        •Silver framed photo of choice from stay (through end of 2009)
        •Earn free nights stay towards your first anniversary

        *use of the “gazebo/arbor” is included even though it’s not indicated like it is in the other packages. It is decorated with a flower arch. You get white chairs with covers and table with white tablecloth. (all free)

        *although dinner is not listed, a special table will be set up at any of the restaurants free of charge for a group of 10 or less. For a group more than 10, this would be considered a “group” and costs extra (see receptions section below).


        •Services of justice of peace or minister
        •Wedding Organization and personalization of our Wedding Coordinator
        •Preparation and ironing of the Wedding dress and grooms tuxedo/suit
        •Complimentary room for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)
        •Personal dressing assistant
        •Use of the beach front or chapel location in a romantic setting
        •Bride’s Bouquet
        Two boutonnieres & two corsages for parents or witnesses
        Special Silver Wedding Dinner party (for up to 20 guests staying at the hotel)
        1 natural floral centerpiece for bride and groom dinner table
        •Wedding cake and sparkling wine for 20 guests
        One hour Silver Cocktail Party with hors d’oeuvres (for up to 20 guests staying at the hotel)
        •Special turn down service
        Bride’s hair styling for ceremony
        Make-up application for bride
        •15% discount on all Spa treatments (products not included)
        36 full color professional photos and wedding album
        •Honeymoon Package
        •Late check-out for bride and groom (based on availability)
        •Silver framed photo of choice from stay
        •Earn free nights stay towards your first anniversary

        *The beach location is decorated just as indicated in the ultimate package even though it’s not mentioned (i.e. chairs with white covers, table with white tablecloth and flower arch). Unsure about whether carpeted aisle is included.


        •Services of justice of peace or minister
        •Wedding organization and personalization of our wedding coordinator
        •Preparation and ironing of the wedding dress and grooms tuxedo/suit
        •Complimentary room for the groom the night before the wedding (based on availability)
        •Personal dressing assistant
        •Use of the beach front or chapel located in romantic setting
        •Bride’s Bouquet
        •Two boutonnieres and two corsages for parents or witnesses
        •Special Gold Wedding Dinner party (for up to 20 guests staying at the hotel)
        •One natural floral centerpiece for bride and groom dinner table
        One natural floral centerpiece for ceremonial table
        •Wedding cake and sparkling wine for 20 guests
        •One hour Gold cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres (for up to 20 guests staying at the hotel)
        •Special turn down service
        •Bride’s hair styling for ceremony
        •Make-up application for bride
        •15% discount on all Spa treatments (products not included)
        50 full color photos and wedding with album
        •Honeymoon Package
        •Late check-out for bride and groom (based on availability)
        •Beach Front Wedding Set-Up d©cor - chairs with white covers, ceremonial table, and carpeted walkway
        Live Mexican music trio (1 set)
        •Video of the ceremony (30 min. DVD edited)
        •One Spa treatment to choose from: One Swedish massage for two or one European facial for two or one Salt Glow Body Scrub for two

        •Silver framed photo of choice from stay
        •Earn free nights stay towards your first anniversary


        There are no requirements for a symbolic ceremony (although the resort may require you arrive a few days before for planning purposes)

        For a legal ceremony the bride and groom and witnesses must arrive FOUR business days (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays don’t count) before the wedding. This means you don’t count the day you arrive but you do count the wedding day ( Note that some brides have gotten around this rule, i.e. for Sunbride they also counted the arrival date even though she only arrived at 3pm and for another bride they only required 2 days!)

        Legal requirements:
        •Valid passport
        •Tourist Cards (blue sheets that you receive at the airport)
        •Blood test provided by a Mexican Official at the resort (organized by wedding coordinator). Cost of 175$ must be paid to the paramedic in exact cash.
        •Four witnesses (family members are allowed) (if you don’t have witnesses the resort will provide them).
        *note: although the website lists “apostille certified birth certificates” this is only for couples who are divorced.

        Additional legal requirements (depending on circumstances):
        If divorced:
        •Apostille certified birth certificates for Bride & Groom (translated by the resort or at Mexican embassy)
        •Final Record of Divorce (translated by the resort or at Mexican embassy)
        If widowed:
        •Death Certificate
        (not sure if apostille certified birth certificates needed in this case)

        Note that in order for your marriage certificate to be legal, some countries require that you have the document “apostille certified” (i.e. special stamp verifying the authenticity). This is not required in Canada (not sure about the US). The wedding coordinators can do this for you for 100$ and your certificate will be mailed to you afterwards (will take a couple months) or you can do it back home at the Mexican embassy.


        (5.1) Locations

        There are 3 locations for the ceremony:

        a) The chapel

        The chapel is very small and fits only 20-40 people. There are 5 rows of small benches (one bench on each side of the aisle, 5 rows, 10 benches total) which seat approx 2 people each, thus approx total 20 people seated. Some people could stand in the back.

        The chapel is VERY HOT as there is only one small window in the back and the open door for air circulation.

        B) Beach “gazebo”/arbor located next to seaside grill (south end of beach)

        The beach behind the gazebo is quite clean (the least rocky area of the whole beach) and there is a beautiful rocky area slightly farther south which is nice for pictures.

        c) Beach “gazebo”/arbor located next to the aqua center (north end of beach)

        The beach here is slightly more rocky than the other gazebo.

        Both beach locations are at the end of the beach. There will be people sitting nearby (usually only on one side since the locations are at the ends of the beach) but not surrounding the site. Nobody has reported any problems with hotel guests being intrusive. The wedding coordinators will ask people to move if their lounger chairs are set-up to close.

        For beach locations, chairs with white covers are included in all packages, as well as a flower arch on the gazebo. Chair bows are extra and available in several colors. You can also bring your own bows (or tulle) and they will put them on for a small fee (cheaper than using their stuff).

        *** In case of rain, the back-up location is the convention center.

        Although these are the official locations, you could speak to the wedding coordinators about other locations. Likely the convention center can be used as your location (not just for a rain back-up) and one bride is doing her wedding near the lobby, between the big staircase and the fountain.

        (5.2) Types of ceremony

        a) Civil ceremony

        Only the civil ceremony is legal.

        The ceremony is performed by a judge (usually female) who speaks Spanish and your wedding coordinator will translate.

        The ceremony text is always the same (see link below) but you can add your own vows, readings, sand ceremony, etc.

        B) Religious or symbolic/renewal of vows

        For both the religious ceremony and symbolic/renewal of vows you need to have a legal ceremony performed back home to be considered legally married. Some people choose the symbolic/renewal of vows ceremony to avoid the 4 day waiting period, the blood test, and the extra paperwork if widowed/divorced. Some people choose the religious ceremony for obvious personal reasons.

        For symbolic/renewal of vows the ceremony will be performed by a minister. The resort provides the minister but you are allowed to use somebody else if you prefer (i.e. family member, guest or other).

        Some people have complained that even the symbolic (i.e. non-religious) ceremony has some religious parts to it. If you do not want any religion at all, you may be better off writing your own text (or at least be very clear to the coordinator, and maybe even speak to the minister a couple minutes before the ceremony if possible to clarify with them)

        These types of ceremonies are more flexible than the legal one, you can pretty much do anything you want for the ceremony itself.

        You can write your own ceremony text if you prefer to do so rather than using the normal resort one. Or you can use the resort one but add your own parts to it such as vows, readings, sand ceremonies, etc.

        Here is the typical symbolic ceremony (approx 20 – 25 minutes):

        Opening prayer


        1st. Reading (Mark 10:6-9) Institution of marriage

        Reflexion on the scripture

        2nd. Reading (1st. Corinthians 13:4-8a) Love

        Meditation on the reading

        Prayer for the rings (your hearts)

        (Bride/Groom´s name) I give you this ring.
        Wear it with love and joy
        I choose you to be my (wife, husband)
        From this day forward
        For better or for worst
        For richer or for poorer
        In sickness and in health
        To love and to cherish
        For as long as we both shall live

        Presentation to the congregation as Mr. and Mrs.

        Signing of the certificate.

        (5.3) Sound / Music

        As of late 2008 / early 2009, you now have to pay 150$ to rent the sound system for the ceremony (one large speaker and a microphone). It is highly recommended you get this for beach ceremonies, otherwise your guests can’t properly hear the ceremony and your vows. It can also be used to play music for your entrance, exit, and signing the certificate.

        You can bring your own music on a CD or on your ipod or the resort will provide the music (not sure about all the options, but the "default" song they use if you don't bring something else is the instrumental "Canon in D" by Pachelbel).

        Alternatively you could get a live musician. See the prices below in the music section for receptions.

        Note: Recently, brides are being charged the sound system fee for twice if they use the sound system for both the ceremony AND for the reception.

        (5.4) Number of weddings per day / Timing

        The resort will only schedule one wedding at a specific time, but up to 3 weddings on the same day. Most of the brides on here haven’t had problems with another wedding taking place at the same time/day as theirs, in fact several brides have said they hardly noticed there was another wedding the same day. (One exception (enter bride’s name) complained that it felt like a wedding factory. She wrote a review if you want more info).

        The question of what time to have your ceremony is a matter of personal preference. Make sure to leave sufficient time for photos afterwards (unless you plan on seeing the groom before and do that before). See the following links for discussions about preferred timing of the ceremony (there are way more threads, these are just a few ideas).


        (6.1) Groups policies & costs

        Dreams Tulum defines a “group” as being more than 10 people. Group dinner policies and extra charges apply for any event (wedding, welcome dinner, etc).

        If your group is 10 or less people, none of the below apply as these are policies for groups only. So you can eat in any restaurant, using the regular menu, for no extra fee. They will set-up a nice table for your group to be together.

        Any group event will have a service charge of 20$ per person for the regular restaurant menu. The service charge is to cover to extra service required to serve a large group.

        If a special reception menu is desired, the cost is 55$ for the silver menu or 65$ for the gold menu.

        Lobster menu is 30$ in addition to the dinner charge (not sure if this means on top of the 65$ or on top of the 20$ menu).

        For all group events, the official policy is that the menu must be chosen in advance and must be the same for everyone (i.e. one menu item only). Exceptions will be made for vegetarians and children. Many brides have reported being allowed to give their guests 2 choices even though the official policy is 1.

        Wedding in paradise package does not include dinner officially (i.e. not listed in package) but they will set up a special large table for a group of 10 or less (because less than 10 is not officially a “group”) and you can eat off the regular restaurant menu for free. If you have more than 10, you pay 20$ per person for everyone (so technically if you are 11 people you pay 20$x11). If you want to upgrade to silver or gold menu, you pay 55$ or 65$ for every single person.

        Dreams of love package includes silver dinner for 20 people. Each person above 20 will 55$ for the silver menu (i.e. if you have 25 people, you only pay 55$ for 5 people, not all 25). If you find this too expensive, you could forgo the silver menu and just use the normal menu for 20$ (the first 20 will still be free, so in this case with an example of 25 people, you pay 20$ for 5 people, not all 25).

        Ultimate Wedding package includes gold dinner for 20 people. Each person above 20 will be subject to a charge of 65$ for the gold menu (i.e. if you have 25 people, you pay 65$ per person for 5 people, not all 25). If you find this too expensive, you could forgo the gold menu and choose the silver menu (55$) or normal menu (20$) and just pay those fees for each person above 20 people (the first 20 are always free).

        All receptions last 3 hours and end at 10:30pm unless you pay an extra fee beyond that time (only possible for ballroom and possibly private restaurants, not allowed later for outdoor options). Keep in mind that you can continue the party at another location such as Desire or Sugar Reef Bar.

        (6.2) Reception locations

        Indoor options

        a) buffet

        obviously not private but the only completely free option for more than 10 people (if using the free package) or 20 people (if using the ultimate or dreams of love package). They will seat you together in one section. The restaurant is divided into several sections so you may be off to the side for a little bit of privacy. Not many brides have chosen this option, but those who did said it was great as a cheaper option.

        B) ballroom

        The resort opened a convention center in early 2008 with three ballrooms:

        the Coba room (smallest - 20 people)
        Uxmal (medium)
        Chichen Itza (largest room, fits 200, can be divided to make it smaller though). Chichen Itza has a stage and grand piano in the 2nd section.

        c) wine cellar of Portofino

        The wine cellar is a private room within the Portofino restaurant. It is small, maximum number of people is 40. No private event fee. There would be no space for dancing as the room is quite small.

        d) Portofino, Bordeau, Gohan/Himitsu

        Only if your group is under 25 people. This cannot be a private event (there will be other guests in the restaurant) thus no music allowed. Cost will be 20$ per person to use the regular restaurant menu.

        Open air restaurants (indoor/outdoor combination!)

        The following two restaurants are “open-air”, i.e. few or no walls, but ceilings and floors and are located on or directly next to the beach.

        e) Seaside grill

        f) El patio

        The new policy is that you can only reserve Seaside Grill or El Patio for a private event if occupancy is less than 70% (can only be confirmed one month in advance).

        Cost for private event in these restaurants is 750$

        Groups less than 25 can eat in these restaurants for a non private event anytime (i.e. same as for Portofino, Bordeau, Gohan/Himitsu above)

        Outdoor options

        ***in case of rain, back-up location is the convention center ballrooms

        g) Terrace of El Patio

        While only your group is on the terrace, other people will be in the restaurant right next to your group. No private event fee for dreams of love or ultimate package (not sure about wedding in paradise package)

        One bride said she was told 100 people is the absolute maximum

        h) beach

        No private event fee for dreams of love or ultimate package (750$ for wedding in paradise package)

        i) next to the activity pool (between bridge and pool bar)

        No private event fee for dreams of love or ultimate package (750$ for wedding in paradise package)

        j) at the end of the quiet/adults pool

        No private event fee for dreams of love or ultimate package (750$ for wedding in paradise package)

        (6.3) Dinner menus

        SILVER MENU (select 1 of each option)

        - Spicy chicken wings with carrots
        - Voul au vant filled with mushrooms gratinated with mozarella chesse
        - Azteca fried tortilla with shrimps and cream

        - Mushrooms Cream Soup with a touch of truffle oil
        - Minestrone Soup with basil
        - Mediterranean Seafood Soup

        - Caesar Salad with blackened chicken
        - Grilled vegetables with a aged Balsamic Vinegar
        - Mixed Salad with a house dressing

        Main Courses
        - Grilled Flank Steak with a little spicy sauce of “adobo“
        - Chicken Breast filled with spinach and cream chesse with peppers sauce
        - Fish Steak with vegetables fettuccine

        - Milk Mousse with chocolate sauce
        - Three milks cake filled with strawberries flamb©ed
        - Fruits tart with Amaretto Mousse

        ***Buffet style for groups over 50 people. The menu for buffet style would be 01 appetizer, 01 salad, 03 Main courses and 03 desserts.

        GOLD MENU (select 1 of each option)

        - Shrimp in puff pastry in a coriander and tomato sauce
        - Bruschetta with proscuitto, tomato and fresh basil
        - Portobello mushroom with a truffle mousse and mozzarella cheese

        - Shrimp bisque with artichokes
        - Onion Soup with a Red wine touch
        - Tortilla Soup

        - Caribbean Shrimp salad with mango dressing
        - Fresh Green Asparagus salad with a dijon mustard dressing
        - Mixed Italians lettuce with citrus vinaigrette

        Main Courses
        - Surf & Turf, Mignon and Shrimps with a gravy sauce and malted butter
        - Fresh Salmon in a Puff Pastry with a delicious peppers sauce
        - Pork medallions with potato souffl© and Oporto sauce

        - Vanilla puff pastry cake with Cognac sauce
        - Dark Chocolate Cake
        - Tiramisu


        Salad Bar:
        Shrimps cocktail
        Squid ceviche
        Fish ceviche
        Cold beef meat Yucatan style
        Mexican Sauce
        Guacamole and chips

        Hot Bar:
        Fried Chicken tacos
        Mixed Fajitas
        Rice Mexican Style
        Chicken in mole sauce
        Turnips with butter
        Lime Soup
        Tacos pastor style
        Grilled flank steak

        Mexican candies
        Sweet rice dessert

        *** Buffet style for groups over 50 people The menu for buffet style would be 01 appetizer, 01 salad, 03 Main courses and 03 desserts.

        KIDS MEALS

        kids meals are 20$ (chicken nuggers, hot dog, etc)

        (6.4) Hors D'oeuvres & Cocktail hour

        Some people chose to have an Hors d'oeuves / cocktail hour between their ceremony and reception. There is an extra charge for this as it is a special service to have waiters exclusively for your group. Alternatively, you could just organize your own cocktail hour at one of the bars for free (lobby bar, sugar reef bar) but you will be with other guests of the resort.

        Hors d’ oeuvres (per hour per person) $10.00 (was 8$ in 2008-09 guide)

        Cocktails (per hour per person) $15 (was 12$ in 2008-09 guide)

        Optional: you can choose a "signature drink" for your cocktail hour (either something off their menu or bring a recipe for you)

        (6.6) Dancing / Music / Speeches

        Note: the guide says "“music and dancing only allowed for private events or ballroom” which means you cannot have your own music in a restaurant unless you rent out the restaurant privately. For beach and pool receptions, music is allowed until 10:30pm (one bride was told 11pm was okay but most brides had to end it at 10:30pm).

        This disco is a free option some brides use for dancing after the dinner, but it is not private (although usually there are very few people or it’s completely empty).

        Dance Floor for Reception (2-50 pax) $800
        Dance Floor for Reception (50-100 PAX ) $1000

        Sound System equipment $150$ for ceremony and/or 240$ for reception (NOTE as of late 2008 you have to pay both the ceremony and the reception if you want to use it for both. In 2008-09 it was 150$ for each but as of the 2009-10 guide the charge for the reception has been increased to $240)

        DJ services (per hour) $235 (was $150 in 2008-09)

        All music options below prices are for one 45 minute set

        Live Music Band (45minutes) $780
        Caribbean Trio or Romantic Trio or Mariachi Trio (45 minutes) $450
        Guitarist (45 minutes) $300
        Violinist(45 minutes) $470.00
        Saxaphonist (45 minutes) $420
        Mariachi band (7 person band) (45 minutes) $750

        In lieu of renting the speaker system, you could bring an ipod docking system, but make sure it’s loud enough to suit your needs. (for the ceremony, it’s better to use their system as it also includes a microphone so your guests can hear everything) NOTE: if you rent the speaker system you do not need to bring a docking system, this is for the people who did NOT want to rent the speaker system and were okay with just using a small portable speaker.

        (6.7) Other reception options (Fire dancers, bonfire, etc)

        Some brides have looked for additional options for the reception:

        Fireworks – Not allowed!

        Bonfires – Used to be allowed, but not anymore (as of 2010) due to environmental regulations

        Firedancers - $600 for 15 minutes of fire dancers (updated august 2009)

        Renting lounge furniture - 450$ two small white sofas/benches, 4 white cube seats, and a small table


        7.1) Resort photographer

        30 pictures and digital cd $470
        50 pictures and digital cd $695
        80 pictures and digital cd $950

        See the attachments section below for samples of the photographer's work.

        You can contact the photographer at: filepictour@hotmail.com.

        If you use the Dreams of Love or Ultimate package, you only get the photos, not the CD. The CD is an additional 300$.

        If you are using the Dreams of Love or Ultimate package (which includes photography) but you are using an outside photographer for your wedding, you cannot be reimbursed for the value of the photography, but you MAY be able to for something else (i.e. more time with the videographer, use the photographer for a trash the dress session or for a rehersal dinner or other event instead) UPDATE (May 2009) : Teesha was told that switching photography (if you have your own) for videography is no longer allowed, so if you were told you were allowed to do this bring your emails that say it's okay as proof. You are still allowed to use the photography for another event (i.e. rehersal dinner).

        *While some brides have been very happy with the resort photographer others have been unhappy. Brides for whom photography is extremely important (and are willing to spend more) often get an outside photographer from the mayan riviera or bring one from home. It's a very personal choice and depends on expectations of the bride. See the list of brides (below) to find out who has used the resort photographer and look at the links for their pictures and read their reviews to find out more. One complaint about the resort photographer is that they take pictures for a very limited amount of time. Some brides have said that although they managed to get 30-50 great pictures, all the rest were awful. Some brides have made prior arrangements with the photographer for them to come to the room to take getting ready pictures, but they don’t show up.

        *There has been some discussion on the forum about the fact that there is more than one photographer working on resort grounds, and that perhaps some are better than others. Starting in early 2009 brides are trying to get the name of their resort photographer and note in their review.

        *The amount of photographer’s time you get here is not specified but is approximately 2 hours. They do not have a set charge for additional hours, you will have to negotiate with them directly. I emailed them for fun in the fall 2008 for more rate info because a bunch of brides wanted to know. It was very challenging to get an answer from them, and sometimes my emails were answered by a different person who said something completely different. I was told the rates for a trash the dress session are the same as the wedding package rates (perhaps you can negotiate something better)

        7.2) Resort videographer

        The videographer’s website is: Oscar Video - Cancun - Riviera Maya. See a sample of his work here: Wedding on the Net!

        Video Filming 1hr , for 2-30 pax ( Ceremony and family shoots) $480
        Video Filming 6hr , for 30-80 pax (Ceremony , video studio and reception) $950
        Video Filming 8 hrs , for 80 or more (Ceremony , video studio and reception) $1300
        Video Filming 10 hrs , 2 cameras $1650

        We don't yet have a sample video from a Dreams Tulum bride who used the videographer (if somebody can upload theirs to youtube that would be awesome!).

        *The sample video on the videographer's website is not the same as what is received at Dreams Tulum. Generally it is a video with the full length ceremony (real sound, nothing edited) and then an edited part with shots from the picture section set to a song.

        *Most brides have been happy with the video, but several have been unhappy, many (whether they liked it or not) commented that it was a bit cheesy.

        7.3) Outside photographers & videographers

        Until the 2009-10 guide, the resort allowed outside photographers and videographers for no fee, unless a meal is required for them in which you case you must purchase the day pass (see below in “other”). There are many great photographers in the Mayan Riviera (do a search of the forum). You can also bring a photographer with you from home as a guest of the resort.

        In the 2009-10 guide, it says you must notify the resort if you want to use an outside photographer and there will be a fee. We have not heard more information from anyone about this fee.

        ( 8 ) FLOWERS

        Basic Brides Bouquet $70
        Deluxe Bouquet $90-350
        Bridesmaids Bouquet $55
        Corsages (wrist or shoulder) $30
        Boutoniere $18.00
        Deluxe Boutoniere $20-40
        Dinner Centerpieces $65
        Dinner Centerpieces with candles $75
        Medium dinner centerpiece $80
        Large dinner centerpiece $95
        Ceremony Centerpiece $40
        Columns and Arrangements(2) $190
        Flowers for walkway $200
        Flowers for pews in the chapel $200
        Flower Wedding Arch $550
        Single Flower $10.00
        Bag with Petals $18
        Basket with petals $40
        Crown of flowers for flower girl $45

        There is a flower guide (see attachment below) but the selection is limited so many brides bring their own picture and they will copy it if possible. There are some things they may not be able to copy due to availability and also because the flowers are delivered to the resort early morning and would wilt (for example hibiscus). Bring back-up photos of other options.

        The flowers will be delivered to your room only a few minutes before the ceremony. If you want them earlier (for pictures before the ceremony) just tell the coordinator (the flowers are always delivered at the resort in the morning so it shouldn’t be a problem).

        Here are the flowers that are usually available at regular price (no surcharge):

        Roses: Yellow, Orange, White, Purple, Ivory, Pink, Red.
        Mini-Roses: White, Red, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Ivory.
        Gerber Daisies: Yellow, Orange, White, Purple, Ivory, Pink, Red.
        Lilies: White, Yellow, Orange, Pink.
        Callas: White
        Lisiantus: White, Purple And Pink.
        Iris: White And Purple.
        Alstromerias: Red, Orange, White, Pink, Yellow
        Dephiniums: White And Blue.
        Bird Of Paradise: Orange.
        Gingers: Red And Pink.
        *Orchids and colored callas must be imported and are very expensive.
        Some brides choose to use high end silk flowers (real touch) and bring them with them to save money and/or to ensure that they get exactly what they want.

        Most brides have been very happy with their flowers even though they do not have any communication with the florist.

        (9) DECOR

        Tikki torches decoration (per event) $150 (includes 5-6 torches)
        Linen (per table) $18 (white is free)
        Overlay (per table) $18
        Overlay decorated(per table) $20
        Special Color napkin (per pax) $4 (white is free)
        Bows for chairs (per chair) $5
        Carpeted walkway $60
        Luminaries $2
        Aisle runner 80$

        A small vase is $12; large vase is $16
        Candles are $6
        Steam with orchids (submerged in water) $18 each

        Tiffany Chairs are available through the resort from an outside vendor for $18 per chair (price updated august 2009)

        Reception tables are 60" and fit 8-10 people. A rectangular table is allowed for the head table only.

        Many brides choose to bring their own d©cor but this can take up lots of space in your suitcase so choose carefully! However doing so can save you a lot of money.

        It used to be that you were not be charged for the coordinators to set-up any decor items you bring with you. As of 2009 they have been charging a fee for the set-up of some items that you bring yourself such as paper lanterns, material for ceiling of seaside grill, but many items you don't get charged a set-up such as table overlays, centerpieces etc. *I think probably stuff that is quick to set-up (i.e. placing an overlay or centerpiece on the table) is free but things that are more complicated/time consuming there is a fee. It’s usually much cheaper to bring your own things and have them set it up then to rent their things.

        (10) Esthetics (Hair, Make-up, etc)

        Dreams has a great spa to make you beautiful on your wedding day! See the attachments section for a menu and price list (2 documents).

        Brides get 15% discount on spa services.

        *Your whole bridal party will get the 15$ discount (it’s possible that the bride may have to pay for everyone for the discount to be applied, not sure).

        Hair: 35$+ (usually 45$)

        *It seems almost all brides are very happy with their hair. One of the stylists used by several brides is Trinidad and she is great.

        Make-up: 45$+

        *Most brides are very happy with their make-up, although I think one or two may have mentioned not being completely happy.

        Full Manicure: 65$
        Full Pedicure: 75$
        polish only (hands or feet): 25$

        *none of the brides have been happy with their mani or pedis

        Massage 50min (various types): 125$
        Stone Massage 50min: 145$

        *everyone says the messages at Dreams are the best ever!

        The wedding coordinator can make the appointment for you after your meeting with them, or you can make it yourself when you arrive.

        However if you have a very strict wedding day schedule and worried about not getting the exact time you want and you have several people who want their hair done at the same time (like me!) then you can book it in advance by email: spa@dreamstulum.com.mx

        (11) PAYMENT

        Cash, credit card or travelers checks accepted. For credit card payments, your card will be charged in Mexican pesos (i.e. the prices listed in the wedding guide will be converted to Mexican pesos and will be charged to your card this way, your credit card company will charge you a small fee to convert it to your local currency).

        Some brides have noted not being charged for some items they should have been charged for (exp: upgrade to deluxe bouquet, additional flowers or bag of petals, 2 tier cake with Wedding in Paradise package, etc).

        11.1 TAX/GRATUITIES

        You will pay an additional 10% tax and 15% gratuities on everything. Many people choose to tip the wedding coordinators (and others involved in the wedding) for all their hard work.

        11.2 DEPOSIT

        As of summer 2008, the resort is taking a deposit for all wedding packages. The deposits are as follows:

        100$ for Wedding in Paradise package
        500$ for Ultimate OR Dreams of love packages

        If you reserved your wedding BEFORE the new deposit policy, you will not have to put a deposit and you will not get a confirmation number. Your email from the coordinators confirming your date is the only confirmation you will receive.

        (12) OTHER

        12.1) Guests Staying at Other Resorts / Day Passes

        If you have guests staying at other hotels they have to buy a guest pass. This is in addition to the cost you have to pay for their dinner as part of the group charges. While it may seem ridiculous you are being double charged, remember that your guests at the hotel have paid for all-inclusive meals, and you have paid for their special dinner as an upgrade option so buying the guest pass (i.e. paying for the use of the all-inclusive facilities) and then dinner charge is the same idea.

        Day Pass (Lunch and Dinner)(per person) $55
        Full Day Pass(Breakfast , lunch and dinner)(per person) $90

        #4 SunBride

        • Sr. Member
        • 1,499 posts

          Posted 20 July 2008 - 10:52 AM

          How to post a review:
          Some people post their reviews in this thread, which is okay but they can be hard to find later (even if I provide the link, sometimes it just links to the first page of this thread). It's better if you start a new thread (also, then other brides not from DT can see it too).
          When writing your review, be as detailed as possible, the longer the better. Good details to include are things such as how much things cost, whether you brought the items yourself or the resort provided them (brides ask these 2 questions all the time), and all the things that went perfect and the things you wished had gone differently (especially the latter) and how to prevent those mistakes (if any).

          Start a new thread in this sub-forum

          Wedding Reviews - Best Destination Wedding Forum

          You can call it " (insert your user name here) Dreams Tulum review - (insert wedding date here)" or something like that.

          How to post pictures:

          To post pictures, you need to get a account with Photobucket. You upload your pictures to your photobucket account, then under each picture there will be a link (there are actually 3 links, you want the last one) and copy and paste the link into your thread. The images will show up in the thread, even though the photos are actually located on photobucket. If you have serious problems doing this you can always email me your pictures (send me a PM and I will send you my email address) and I will do it for you. Another option is to use any other photo website (picasa web album, snapfish, etc) and provide the link for the whole album. If you do that, the photos won't show up directly in the thread, it will be a link that
          brings people to another page to go see your photos.

          BRIDE LIST (NAME & DATE)

          Once you have decided on your date post it in the thread. Sunbride will note the information, and every month or two the list will be updated.

          ***list last updated March 2010***



          Tuluminjune - June ?? 2007: http://bestdestinati...com/forum/t6247 & Tuluminjune's photos
          Lucky_K72 and lambert13 - July 4 2007 : http://bestdestinati...com/forum/t6886 & http://bestdestinati...com/forum/t6896 & http://bestdestinati...com/forum/t7590
          Laura_b - July 7 2007: http://bestdestinati...com/forum/t7952
          LisaG - August 3 2007 LisaG's photos by resort photog
          David_and_Laura - October 26 2007: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t12951 & Trash the Dress pictures
          calyx6 - November 3 2007
          donandcorri - November 23 2007: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t12201 & DonandCorri's photobook
          DreamsTulumBride - December 12 2007: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t12905 & Link to Dreamstulumbride's pics on Elizabeth's blog


          bride_2_b08 - January 10 2008
          SunBride - April 1 2008 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t18711 & http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t19097 & Sunbride's Professional Photos & Sunbride's full length ceremony video part 1 Sunbride's full length ceremony video part 2
          SaharaTulumWedding - April 10 2008
          Leamil - April 19 2008 Leamil's photos by del Sol associate photographer Vincent
          Iowachik22 - April 26 2008 Iowachik22's photos & "I just got back" post (page 57 of the old Dreams Tulum thread)
          AmyInMI - May 10 2008
          Debla1 - May 10 2008
          babycow - May 17 2008 Babycow's photos by Vanessa Vargas
          Olive - May 20 2008
          Julieanddonnie - May ? 2008 - Julie's review (Page 98 of the old dreams tulum thread) & Julieanddonnie's professional photos (resort photog) & Other photos (non professional)
          chibi411 - June 4 2008 http://bestdestinati....da-long-23169/

          Ellsbells - June 14, 2008
          phalstead - June 18,2008
          Sannjn - June 23 2008 - Sannjn's review (Page 104 of the old dreams tulum thread)
          monikabrandon2008 - June 27 2008 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t24460 & Monicabrandon's pro pics by cecilia dumas
          tcole07 - July 26, 2008
          Theresa08 - August 18, 2008 Teresa08's review & a few pics (Page 35 of this thread)

          ***the following brides were moved to other resorts due to the temporary closure of Dreams Tulum***
          rabbitnow - October 7, 2008 – Dreams Cancun
          Piggy - October 9 - Barcelo Maya Palace
          Trisha0612 - October 10 - Paradisus Riviera Cancun Trisha0612's LONG Paradisus Review
          B&J2008 - October 11 - Paradisus Riviera Cancun I'm Back! A Few Non-Pro Teasers w/ few from Jean-Marcus! *Pics*
          cendcar - October 27 - Paradisus Riviera Cancun Carina's Paradisus Riviera Cancun Review- Part 1
          Jodylynn007 - November 1 2008 – Secrets Maroma Beach
          Mel88 - November 1 2008 - Paradisus Riviera Cancun
          Alin & Mako - November 8, 08 – Barcelo Maya Palace
          Nueland - November 12 - Barcelo Maya Palace
          Dreamstbride - November 13 - Barcelo Maya Palace
          MonoAmor - November 13 - Barcelo Maya Palace
          Meggzilla - November 14 - Barcelo Maya Palace
          ***resort reopened November 15 2008***

          Sisterofthebrideerica – Sister’s wedding November 22 2008
          can't wait! - November 28 2008 EXTRA long DT wedding review 11/28/08
          Bonita - November 29 2008
          amy706 - December 5 2008 Site visit review and pics - Dreams Tulum & Amy706's review & Amy706's DT Pro Pics: Citlalli Review
          Niels408 - December 7, 2008 - Niel's Video
          Callie - December 15 2008 Callie's Dreams Tulum Review and Eager Groom (Callie’s husband) Eager Groom's Review (Page 106 of the new Dreams Tulum thread) and their photos
          Tulum in December - December 18 2008
          Amesharp - December 20 2008 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t35146
          Amodew - December 30 2008


          SBlake - January 17 2009 SBlake's review and pics & http://craigwolfrom.....ott-tulum.html & http://www.printroom....n_name=cwphoto (look for sarah and scott and use password: Chicago)
          Neen - January 17 2009 (Neen's Q & A session with Landy)
          BC Bride2be - January 23 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t36186 &http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t36834
          Lauren & JT - January 24 2009 http://bestdestinati....160#post713103 (page 60 of the DT thread)
          Melissa24 - January 29 2009
          Lulu - February 3, 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t36809 http://picasaweb.goo....KCiIjntZKYxAE#
          Dollbird - February 18 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t39905
          Jeninvirginia - February 23 2009 No review but some info here: http://bestdestinati...orum/t25646-156 (our thread page 156) and Resort photographer pics: http://adobe.kodakga....localeid=en_US
          soontobeamrs - February 27 2009
          jennyjean7 - March 17, 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t39550 http://s26.photobuck......ng 03-17-09/
          Rachelannmartin - March 18 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t39425 http://delsolphotogr....phy-by-Vincent
          beachformeplease - March 20, 2009
          dazzled – March 26 2009
          Teesha - April 9, 2009 http://bestdestinati....185#post793625
          Photos: http://delsolphotogr....tos-by-Vincent
          Denise L – April 10, 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t42083 for photos go to http://www.momentsth...hotography.com/ (go to the “Dreams Tulum page”)
          MajikDreams - April 11, 2009
          411Bride - April 11 2008
          motorola_mascott - April 14, 2009
          WisconsinBride - April 15 2008
          Gina and Rusty - April 17, 2009
          April2009Bride - April 24 2009
          Dreams425 - April 25 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t41919
          Maxandkatie - May 1 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t42312
          Blkatz - May 2 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t42238, http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t44234, http://cancunwedding...dding/beth_jay/
          Ashjanbro - May 5 2009
          SGBrown - May 7 2009 *rescheduled to June and moved to Jamaica due to swine flu
          pamela0728 – May 8 2009
          Shelleq - May 9 2009
          Latinolocany – May 26 2009
          Krystalranee - May 29 2009
          Thedeanerswedding - June 3, 2009
          Veronica96 – June 6 2009
          KylesBrideToBe – June 12, 2009
          Lonna14 - June 20 2009 http://photo.walgreens.com/ Login: lonnaandmatt Password: dreamstulum09
          Lindz - June 23 2009
          Soon2beTWells – June 23 2009
          Ida – June 25 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t45249 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t47356
          Mixie23 – June 27 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t46270 (more on page 2)
          Starlitk - June 27 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t45462 http://www.leografia...ashversion.html
          Rebecca&George - June 29 2009
          Chanti – June 29, 2009 http://momentsthatma....tal&Nathan.htm
          (if the link doesn’t bring you to the album, click on galleries, then Chantal and Nathan)
          Wahmsuzanne – June 30, 2009 http://bestdestinati....652#post875270
          Amyc - July 18 2009 http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t46526
          Dee83 - July 29, 2009
          Sdtooley – July 31, 2009 http://michaelandsha...shutterfly.com/ (guest photos and resort photographer rehersal dinner photoshoot) http://claudiaphoto.....annon_michael/
          ERNurse - October 10 2009
          Freckle – October 16, 2009
          dolce328 - October 24, 2009
          alysalynn - October 29, 2009
          Bethanykd: Oct 30, 2009
          Nevasta – November 14, 2009
          Lolosmama - November 17, 2009 - http://bestdestinati....17-09-a-52437/
          Avagrace - November 18, 2009 at 4pm
          Toronto_Bride – November 19, 2009
          christie_danielle - November 20, 2009
          Carmen2009 - November 28, 2009
          jmb0902 - November 28, 2009 http://bestdestinati....c-heavy-53018/
          NeKal08 – November 2009
          Gimlori - December 4, 2009 http://bestdestinati....9/#post1101492 & http://s983.photobuc......lum Wedding/
          WindsorBride - December 11, 2009
          Angruck - December 12, 2009
          Maxwell123 - Dec 12 2009
          Tkolman – Dec 23, 2009 http://bestdestinati....amazing-53469/


          Cyntherella - January 7th, 2010, 4pm http://bestdestinati....1/#post1161227
          Butteflyf369 – January 20, 2010 at 2:00PM
          snicker_doodle53 – January 20, 2010
          crazyldy – January 26, 2010
          danispence13 - February 26th 2010 3pm
          michelleK03/10 - March 17, 2010
          sunprncss85 - March 19th, 2010
          northernflasher - March 26 2010
          Loegurl - March 2010

          Upcoming brides

          Sophie - April 6, 2010
          Dannah - April 19, 2010
          jerzygirl85 - April 24, 2010
          Clairisse April 28, 2010
          TaraLeanne – April 29 2010
          honeybear - May 4, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
          Trulystarr - May 12, 2010
          Oasisgirl – May 13 2010
          DTurner51410 - May 14, 2010
          MnM2Mexico – May 17, 2010 @ 4pm
          Amymarie - May 19th, 2010 4pm
          AchiCAp0547 - May 21st 2010, at 4 pm
          TeamTejeda - May 22 2010
          ems4 - May 22, 2010 3PM
          Cheri - May 25, 2010, 6pm
          NicoRuskies - May 28th, 2010, 4:00pm
          LeNell - May 29,2010
          VioletVixen- June19 2010
          BarbieBride – June 22, 2010
          Royal Lady10 - June 26, 2010
          Clinicalgal - June 28 2010 6pm
          RCBlondie - June 2010
          Tisha316 – July 31 2010
          Taranyc - Saturday, September 25th, 2010 at 5p
          Kacelb - October 9, 2010 at 2 PM
          angie_tx - October 16, 2010 @4pm
          L&A2010 - November 1, 2010
          OceanWonderland – November 15, 2010 at 3pm
          Kenaharmony – November 2010
          Amyboerema - Dec. 4, 2010


          Vlynnw - May 6, 2011


          *note, the above short list has ALL BDW Dreams Tulum brides (well at least all those who asked to be posted) whereas the list below only has the detailed info for the brides who have posted a review.

          This list helps upcoming brides search for reviews from other brides who have had a particular vendor, location, date, etc

          After you post your review, please send me the following info to add to the list:

          Date & Time:
          Wedding package:
          Wedding extras (through the resort):
          Outside vendors (cost charged by vendor and any fees charged by the resort):
          Type of ceremony:
          Number of guests:
          Ceremony location and time:
          Cocktail hour location and time:
          Reception location and time:
          Review (link):
          Photos (link):
          Video (link):
          Planning thread (link):
          Wedding website (link):
          Special arrangements / activities:
          See my review for ….


          Username: Lucky_K72 and lambert13
          Names: Karen & Jason
          Date & time: July 4 2007, 10am
          Coordinator: Sandra
          Number of guests: 0 (eloped!)
          Photograpaher: Vanessa Vargas
          Videographer: Juan Alfredo Salcedo
          Review: http://bestdestinati...com/forum/t6886 & http://bestdestinati...com/forum/t6896 & http://bestdestinati...com/forum/t7590
          Photos: jnklambert - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

          Username: Laura_b
          Date & time: July 7 2007, 10am
          Ceremony location: Gazebo next to aqua sport center
          Photograpaher: Sasha Haagensen Photography (texas)
          Review: http://bestdestinati...com/forum/t7952
          See my review for... to learn about how they painted my flowers and the color leaked!

          Username: LisaG
          Name: Lisa
          Date & Time: August 3, 2007 @ 5pm
          Wedding package: Dreams Ultimate Wedding Package
          Type of ceremony: Symbolic
          Coordinator: Sandra
          Number of guests: 35
          Ceremony location: Beach - by the dive/surf shop
          Reception location: Terrace of El Patio
          Photographer: Resort
          Videographer: Resort
          Photo link: LisaG's pics (There's a random non-pro dancing pic in there, ignore it.)

          Username: David and Laura
          Names: (see username!)
          Date & Time: October 26, 2007, 4:30pm
          Number of guests: 40
          Ceremony location: Gazebo next to Aqua Sports Center
          Reception location: El patio
          Photographer: Jean-Marcus Strole (BDW member)
          Review: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t12951
          Photos: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t12964
          Special arrangements / activities: Rehersal dinner at portofino
          See my review for... to read about my disappointment with disorganization of wedding/reception, cocktail hour, DJ

          Username: donandcorri
          Date & Time: November 23, 2007 Ceremony 3:00pm, Cocktails 5:00pm Dinner/Reception 6:00pm
          Wedding package:Ultimate
          Wedding extras (and cost charged): 2 extra boutonniers, 1 BM bouquet & 1 Hair Flower (got 2). (was not charged for any of them)
          Type of ceremony: Civil
          Coordinator: Sandra & Landy (I communicated with both prior to the wedding, dealt with Sandra @ the resort & both assisted me on the wedding day - I was a lucky girl & was the only wedding on that day!)
          Number of guests: 17
          Ceremony location: Gazebo next to Seaside Grill
          Reception location: Wine Cellar in Portofino (was actually supposed to be on the beach beside Seaside Grill but weather didn’t cooperate – we hadn’t discussed a backup plan & I was extremely impressed with how quickly they rearranged everything)
          Photographer: resort photographer - 36 5x7 pics in an album free with package + 350$ for CD of all 200 (and also BIL)
          Videographer: resort videographer
          Photos: DonandCorri's photobook(see her post here which describes which pages are pics from the resort photographer and which were done by her BIL: http://bestdestinati....-30#post508305)
          Review: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t12201

          Username: SunBride
          Names: Stephanie and Jean-Yves
          Date: April 1 2008
          Wedding package: free one (wedding in paradise)
          Wedding extras (and cost): none!
          Type of ceremony: Civil
          Coordinator: Landy
          Number of guests: 10 (8 + us)
          Ceremony location: gazebo next to seaside grill
          Reception location: seaside grill
          Photographer: brought my own from Ottawa
          Videographer: Playaweddings
          Review: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t18711
          Photos: Sunbride's Professional Photos Video: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t19097 & Sunbride's full length ceremony video part 1 Sunbride's full length ceremony video part 2
          Special arrangments: My gazebo set-up!
          See my review for... The longest Dreams Tulum wedding review ever! Details on my special gazebo set-up, link to review and video by playaweddings, detailed info about beach, rooms, timing of my day, trip to dos ojos cenote, and to hear about how I was not allowed to do my TTD photo session at the ruins

          Username: leamil
          Names: Leah and Jeff
          Date: April 19
          Wedding package:Ultimate
          Wedding extras (and cost): private reception (free!) Exchanged the photo services for extra time with the videographer because we had our own photographer
          Number of guests: 42
          Reception location: El Patio (buffet style)
          Photographer: Del Sol
          Videographer: Resort
          Review: http://bestdestinati....-56#post370759 (page 56 of the old dreams tulum thread)
          Photos: http://www.delsolpho....ngs/leah&jeff/

          Username: IowaChik22
          Names: Michelle
          Date: April 26 2008, 7:20pm
          Wedding package: Dreams of Love
          Wedding extras (and cost): Speaker (150$), CD of pictures (350$)
          Ceremony location: Chapel
          Coordinator: Sandra
          Reception location: beach next to seaside grill (buffet style)
          Photographer: Resort
          Review: http://bestdestinati.../forum/t7767-57 (page 57 of the old Dreams Tulum thread)
          Photos: http://www2.snapfish....28/g=108883811

          Username: Babycow
          Date: May 17 2008
          Number of guests: 15
          Ceremony location: beach next to seaside grill
          Photographer: Vanessa Vargas Videographer: Juan Alfredo
          Photos: http://s206.photobuc....ICS/?start=all

          Username: Julieanddonnie
          Date: May ? 2008
          Wedding package: Ultimate Reception location: El Patio
          Review: Julie's review (Page 98 of the old dreams tulum thread)
          Photos: http://picasaweb.goo....ssionalPhotos# and http://www.donniefranzen.com/

          Username: Chibi411
          Date: June 4 2008 Wedding extras (and cost): Bonfire (30$) Speaker (150$)
          Coordinator: Landy
          Ceremony location: chapel
          Reception location: Convention center
          Photographer: del sol
          Review: http://bestdestinati....da-long-23169/ Photos: (posted with the review, check all 3 pages)
          Special arrangments: tour of Coba and grand cenote through Sinal Tours

          Username: Sannj
          Date: June 23 2008, 5pm
          Wedding package: Dreams of Love Number of guests: 35
          Reception location: Next to the pool Photographer: Poise Photography (from home)
          Review: Sannjn's review (Page 104 of the old dreams tulum thread)
          Special arrangments: Welcome party in the ballroom

          Username: monicabrandon2008
          Date: June 27 2008, 3pm
          Wedding package: free (Dreams of Paradise) Wedding extras (and cost): 18$ for basic menu for extra 4 people
          Coordinator: Lizette
          Number of guests: 14
          Ceremony location and time: Beach next to seaside grill 3pm
          Cocktails location and time: Main Lobby 4pm
          Reception location and time: Next to seaside grill 6:30pm
          Photographer: Cecilia Dumas
          Review: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t24460
          Photos: http://picasaweb.goo....roWeddingPics#

          Username: Teresa08
          Date: August 18, 2008 3pm
          Number of guests: 43
          Ceremony location and time: beach 3pm
          Cocktails location and time: 4pm
          Reception location: Seaside Grill 6:30 (buffet style)
          Photographer: Resort
          Review: http://bestdestinati....-35#post515993 (new dreams tulum thread page 35)
          Photos: (posted with the review)
          Special arrangements: hired DJ Mannia (outside vendor)
          See my review for... why I was unhappy with the resort photographer (photos good but not enough time!)

          Username: Can't Wait!
          Names: Carla
          Date & Time: November, 28, 2008 @ 4:30pm
          Coordinator: Landy
          Number Of Guests: 55
          Ceremony Location and time: Chapel 4pm
          Cocktails location and time: Verandar Bar
          Reception Location and time: Seaside Grill
          Photographer: Resort for wedding, Cecelia Dumas for TTD
          Videographer: Resort
          Review: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t33455
          Photos: a few in review, non pros to come
          Special arrangements: Decorated Seaside grill with material, firedancers, bonfire, DJ Mannia, trip to Coba and Cenote
          See my review for... Bad experience with the florist, check-in and spa, why I would hire an off-site wedding coordinator

          Username: amy706
          Names: Amy & Michael
          Date & Time: December 5, 2008 at 4pm
          Wedding package: Ultimate
          Wedding extras (and cost): DJ Mannia ($1000 for 5 hrs), Fire Dancers ($400 for 20 minutes), tequila & cigars tasting (cost of buying it), took guests to Tulum ruins, took guests on welcome sunset catamaran cruise
          Type of ceremony: symbolic
          Coordinator: Sandra then Landy
          Number of guests: 70
          Ceremony location and time: Seaside Grill Gazebo 4pm
          Cocktails location and time: Plaza outside the chapel - about 4:45
          Reception location and time: Seaside Grill - 6pm
          Photographer: Citalli from Claudia Rodriguez
          Videographer: resort with extra time
          Site Visit Review and Pics: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t14954
          Review: http://bestdestinati....-w-pics-33518/
          Photos and photographer review: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t35843
          Video: No link but see page 6 of her review for review of the video
          Planning: http://bestdestinati...m/forum/t31997
          Special arrangements: took guests to Tulum ruins, had sunset catamaran welcome cruise, surprised guests with fire dancers, had fabric draped around the Seaside Grill, see planning thread and review for details
          See my review for... WHY I LOVED: Dreams Tulum, DJ Mannia, my flowers, my reception set up, fire dancers, tequila tasting, catamaran trip...EVERYTHING!

          Username: Callie (husband’s user name : Eager Groom)
          Names: Callie and Paul
          Date & Time: Dec 15th, 2008 3pm
          Wedding package: Ultimate wedding package
          Wedding extras (and costs charged): Under table lighting ($10 per table), birthday cake for 40 ($130), projector and screen at reception ($150)
          Type of ceremony: Symbolic
          Coordinator: Lizette
          Number of guests: 35
          Ceremony location and time: beach next to seaside grill 3pm
          Cocktail hour location & time: outside the lobby bar 4pm
          Reception location: adult pool 6:30pm
          Photographer: resort
          Review (link): Callie: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t33899 Eager Groom (post #1058 of the DT thread, which is page #106 if your settings are 10 posts per page) http://bestdestinati....106#post635824
          Photos (link): http://picasaweb.goo..../WeddingAlbum#
          Special arrangements / activities welcome dinner in the buffet with birthday cake

          Username: Sblake
          Names Sarah and Scott
          Date & Time 1/17/2009 @ 3pm
          Wedding package: Custom and added extras
          Wedding extras (and cost charged):
          flower arrangements per table: $60
          mexican trio: $450
          Guitarist: $300
          dance floor: $700
          Chair Bows: 2$/chair
          Lantern Set up: $150
          Outside vendors:
          Band: $950 per 45min set with 15min breaks (www.kikocarlosband.com)
          Photographer: $3400 plus hotel (www.craigwolfrom.blogspot.com)
          Type of ceremony: legal
          Coordinator: landy
          Number of guests: 62
          Ceremony location & time: seaside grill @3pm
          Cocktail hour location and time: end of relax pool 5:3-6:30
          Reception location: beach
          Photographer: see above
          Videographer: none
          Review (link): http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t37716
          Photos (link) see review
          Special arrangements / activities: rehearsal dinner, see review

          Username: BC Bride2be
          Names: Tracy & Jeff
          Date & Time: January 23/09 4pm
          Wedding package: Free
          Wedding extras: Photog/extra flowers/reception $1800
          Type of ceremony: Legal
          Coordinator: Landy/Anabel
          Number of guests: 25
          Ceremony location & time: Chapel 4pm
          Reception location: Portofino's
          Photographer: Resort
          Photos http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t36186 Review http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t36834

          Username Lulu
          Names Lisa & Mike
          Date & Time Feb 3, 2009 @ 4pm
          Wedding package Dreams of Love
          Type of ceremony Symbolic
          Coordinator Natalia
          Number of guests 17
          Ceremony location & time Beach, 4pm
          Cocktail hour location and time Terrace by lobby, 5:30pm
          Reception location El Patio, 6:30pm (Was suppose to be dolphin pool but changed due to wind)
          Photographer Citlalli Rico
          Videographer none
          Review (link) http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t36809
          Photos (link) http://picasaweb.goo....KCiIjntZKYxAE#

          Username: jennyjean7
          Names: Jenny & Robert
          Date & Time: March 17, 2009
          Wedding package: Ultimate
          Wedding extras: Hair Flower: $6, Flower Girl Basket and Flowers: $10 (or so), Speakers: $150, Bonfire on Beach: $60
          Type of ceremony: Civil
          Coordinator: Landy
          Number of guests: 11
          Ceremony location: Beach
          Reception location: Beach
          Photographer: Resort
          Videographer: Resort
          Review: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t39550
          Pictures: http://s26.photobuck......ng 03-17-09/

          Username: rachelannmartin
          Names: Adam and Rachel
          Date & Time: March 18, 2009 4pm
          Wedding package: Utlimate
          Type of ceremony: Civil
          Coordinator: Natalia
          Number of guests: 30
          Ceremony location & time: Beach 4pm
          Cocktail hour location and time: Beach 5pm
          Reception location: Seaside Grill 6pm
          Photographer: Vincent from del Sol
          Videographer: Fabio from Dreams
          Review (link): http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t39425
          Photos (link): http://delsolphotogr....phy-by-Vincent

          Username: Denise L
          Names: Denise & Kirk
          Date & Time: April 10, 2009 @ 3:00 pm
          Wedding package: Ultimate
          Wedding extras (through the resort) and cost charged: 3 overlays ($15 ea), Dinner 11 ppl @ $65, Sound System Set Up ($200) Lantern Set-up ($70) 4 Bouquets ($45 ea), 6 Lillies for Hair ($5 ea), 4 Boutineeres ($18 ea)
          Outside wedding vendors: Moments that Matter Photography - 1/2 day package
          Type of ceremony: Civil
          Coordinator: A nabel
          Number of guests: 31 (including us)
          Ceremony location & time: Beach Arbour - Seaside Grill 3pm
          Cocktail hour location and time: Beach by the Seaside Grill: 4:00 - 6:30 (Caribbean Trio at 5:30)
          Reception location: Beach
          Photographer: Moments that Matter Photography (used the resort photographer for the rehearsal dinner)
          Videographer: Resort
          Review (link): http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t42083
          Photos (link): click “dreams tulum” on the momentsthatmatterphotography website: http://www.momentsth...y.com/index.htm
          Special arrangements / activities: Rehearsal dinner at the world caf©

          Username: Dreams425
          Names: Tiffany & Josh
          Date & Time: 4/25/09 4:00 p.m.
          Wedding package: Wedding in Paradise
          Wedding extras (and cost charged): cocktail hour which included hors d' oeuvres $8 pp x 23 people and champagne $3 pp x 13 people (champagne is included for 10 people with the package)
          Type of ceremony: Symbolic
          Coordinator: Landy
          Number of guests: 23
          Ceremony location & time: on the beach by SeaSide Grill at 4:00
          Cocktail hour location and time: 5:30 - 6:30 on the Lobby Terrace
          Reception location: Dolphin Pool
          Photographer: Resort - Reuben
          Videographer: none
          Review (link): http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t41919
          Photos (link): http://s39.photobuck......edding Pics/
          Planning thread (link): hopefully coming soon I didn't get a chance to post it before I left
          Special arrangements / activities: Bonfire & fishing charter, welcome dinner with slideshow, bonfire.
          See my review for….: info about bad check in, good food (including reception food), welcome dinner and bonfire, review of resort photographer

          Username: Blkatz
          Names: Beth and Jay
          Date & Time: 5/2/09
          Wedding package: free
          Wedding extras (through the resort): none
          Type of ceremony: Symbolic
          Coordinator: Natalia
          Number of guests: supposed to have 43-but due to swine it was only 4
          Ceremony location and time: Wedding Arch at SSG was told it was 3 but ended up being 4
          Photographer: Erick Rodriguez from Claudia Photo
          Videographer: Mike from Cancun Wedding Video
          Review: http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t42238
          Photos: http://claudiaphoto....k/may/beth_jay/
          Video: http://cancunweddingvideo.com/wedding/beth_jay/
          Planning thread: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t41165

          Username: Ida
          Names: Yean & Kyle
          Date & Time: June 25, 2009 @ 6:00pm
          Wedding package: Wedding in Paradise (free)
          Type of ceremony: Civil
          Coordinator: Anabel
          Number of guests: 15
          Ceremony location and time: On the beach @ 6pm
          Reception location and time: El Patio @ 7:30pm
          Photographer: Vincent by Del Sol Photography
          Review (link): http://bestdestinati....25-09-a-45249/
          Photos (link): http://delsolphotogr....eries/?gal=147 & http://bestdestinati....25-09-a-47356/ http://bestdestinati....ography-47844/
          Wedding website (link): www.mywedding.com/kyleandyean

          Username: starlitk
          Date & Time: June 27, 2009.
          Wedding package: Ultimate
          Outside vendors (cost charged by vendor and any fees charged by the resort): Our own photographer was there on Friday for our welcome dinner and Saturday for the wedding. We were charged for one all-day pass.
          Type of ceremony: Symbolic
          Coordinator: Anabel
          Number of guests: 42 plus the bride and groom
          Ceremony location and time: The beach at 5pm
          Cocktail hour location and time: Convention Center Terrace at 6pm.
          Reception location and time: Relax Pool at 7:30 pm.
          Photographer: Josh Stephenson www.leografia.com
          Videographer: el gruppo digitale (the resort)
          Review (link): http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t45462
          Photos (link): don't have our pro photos back yet
          Video (link): not online
          Planning thread (link): http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t45414
          Special arrangements / activities: Welcome dinner at the Caribbean Party on Friday night
          See my review for …. how the minister did NOT read the symbolic ceremony that we wrote and the challenges we faced with three weddings on our day.

          Username: amyc
          Names: Amy and Michael
          Date & Time: July 18, 2009 - 5:00 PM
          Wedding package: Ultimate Wedding Package
          Wedding extras (through the resort): None
          Outside vendors (cost charged by vendor and any fees charged by the resort): None
          Type of ceremony: Symbolic
          Coordinator: Natalia
          Number of guests: 38
          Ceremony location and time: Beach - 5:00 PM
          Cocktail hour location and time: Beach - 5:30 PM
          Reception location and time: Beach - 6:30 PM
          Photographer: resort (Reuben)
          Videographer: resort
          Review (link): http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t46526

          Username: tkolman773;
          Names: Tina
          Date & Time: December 23, 2009 ceremony at 4 pm; reception at 6 pm
          Wedding package: Wedding in Paradise (free)
          Type of ceremony: Symbolic
          Coordinator: Natalia
          Number of guests: 30
          Ceremony location and time: Beach by seaside grill at 4pm
          Cocktail hour location and time: none
          Reception location and time: By Dolphin/activity pool at 6 pm
          Photographer: Citlalli Rico (Claudia Rodriguez group)
          Videographer: none
          Review (link): http://bestdestinati....amazing-53469/
          Photos (link): (will provide when we get them)
          See my review for …. how we changed to the free package and saved money!

          #5 SunBride

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            Posted 20 July 2008 - 10:53 AM


            ***** Make sure to save them on your computer, otherwise it will use up your points each time you open them again on the forum ******











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            #6 SunBride

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              Posted 20 July 2008 - 10:53 AM

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              ***** Make sure to save them on your computer, otherwise it will use up your points each time you open them again on the forum ******

              For the one called "wedding planning form" this is usually sent to you by the coordinators approx one month before your wedding and they ask you to fill it out and return to them. If ever you do not receive this email you could fill it out and send it a few weeks before.











              #7 SunBride

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                Posted 20 July 2008 - 10:53 AM


                So this section is for us to add random stuff that might interest people.

                Initially I was planning on going through the old thread to find good stuff, but it's way way too long (over 100 pages!) so if you guys have anything you'd like to add just PM me and I'll add your contributions here.

                Contributions from SunBride:


                I created the following Newsletter for my guests (these are just a few sample pages)

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                and then I deleted the personal info to make a version to share with you guys (also half of it was in french seeing as my family is bilingual). Go to the following link to download it
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                RESORT PHOTOS

                Here are a ton of photos I took of the resort (many are already on the next page, but there are more)
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                Contributions from Neen

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                Dreams 425

                Renting a projector


                Girls if anyone is interested in renting a screen and projector to show a slideshow I have received the contact info from Anabel. We are showing a DVD picture slideshow that my FSIL is making for us and surprising my fiance at the rehearsal dinner. I hadn't found this on here so I thought someone else might be interested.

                This vendor works exclusively with Dreams Tulum. I am bringing the projector from the states and renting the screen from them.


                Audiovisual equipment, AV products, Audio and Video System Design and Installation


                Re: shipping items to the resort in advance

                http://bestdestinati....168#post726392 (page 168 of this thread)

                Paid 245 dollars to send- it got to Mexico and would not clear customs- I had to pay another 215 to send back. They opened it up and since items were from China, India they said I woud have to pay taxes on it. $1400.00 in taxes. I suggest you put it all in a suitcase. If your wanting your guests to have the stuff before they arrive do what I did. I just sent each guest their bag by fed ex and they brought all their goodies along.

                #8 SunBride

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                  Posted 20 July 2008 - 11:02 AM

                  Members' contributions continued (because we can only post 10 pictures maximum per post)

                  #9 SunBride

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                    Posted 20 July 2008 - 12:20 PM


                    update July 23, 2008: I just had the idea of adding a "LINKS" section. This can be any links related to Dreams Tulum (or even the Mayan Riviera, like vendors and activities and stuff).

                    So this is a work in progress, I'm going to add links as I find them.

                    Mayan Riviera Wedding Vendors:

                    Mayan Riviera Activities

                    Mayan Riviera - Other

                    Dreams Tulum Wedding photos (not BDW members):
                    The Wedding Celebration of Alison McGraw & Wesley Cox
                    Elizabeth Medina Photography Dreams Tulum Weddings (all the Dreams Tulum weddings she's done)
                    Sol Tamargo Photography - Kristina&Jeremy - Dreams Tulum
                    del Sol Photographer Vincent Guihard - Robin&Michael - Dreams Tulum
                    Lisa & Grant's wedding picture slideshow on youtube
                    Daroline's wedding picture slideshow on youtube
                    Nizar & Heidi's Wedding @ Dreams Tulum Mexico - a set on Flickr

                    Dreams Tulum - Other

                    #10 SunBride

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                      Posted 20 July 2008 - 12:20 PM

                      Temporary closure of Dreams Tulum - End of September 2008 to November 15 2008

                      Many resorts in the tulum area were closed in 2008 as a result of government action (they accused the resorts of not having the proper permits and/or environmental violations)

                      Dreams Tulum was closed between the end of September to November 15 2008.

                      Please see the following threads for more info.

                      Dreams Tulum Closure (consolidated thread)
                      Dreams Tulum RE-OPENED!
                      All brides with wdding planned during that time were relocated to other resorts (see bride list above).

                      The resort has now reopened and there are no indications of any future problems.

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