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Jaime

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  1. tylersgirl- The bouquet was standard, they let you choose from 4 different options. I wanted some color so that is the one I chose, also we got to pick the color of Garrett's rose. I did have to pay extra for the flowers for my hair and my flower girls hair. Travel mugs we got online (discountmugs.com) but in trying to save space we re-packed them and it was not good. 25 of them were broke when we got there, the airlines really beat up the luggage. Lucky for us we packed enough extras and it worked out fine. Garrett's mom designed the logo for us and we put on it, a palm treen and
  2. I got the sun dresses at JC Penny, oddly enough we looked all over and we liked those the best and they were on sale for $60 each. The guys shirts we ordered from banana republic online store- they also were on sale lucky for us $30 each, the guys pants including Garrett's we found at Macy's for $20 each on the sale rack. Overall we got super lucky with all of it and finding the right sizes. I think Garrett got his shirt at Macy's too. FYI...The Kiosk area is right where everyone walks in and out of the main lobby, bar, restaurants, etc. So depending on the time of your wedding and the s
  3. Nessa- They only extra money I spent was on the mariachi band and the flowers for my hair and my flowergirls hair. Other then that they give you lots of options to spend more, but I didn't need anything else. The package really does cover everything it says it does, no worries. We did also purchase a private snorkeling trip for the guys the morning of the wedding (12people) through scuba caribe. And as a gift to my bridesmaids I bought them a spa treatment and we all went to the spa that morning. but you will get an email from the lady at the spa about a month before your wedding t
  4. Yes we did a welcome dinner for all of our guests the night before the wedding at the Buffett restaurant. They had three long tables set for us and we had our own servers and it was set apart from the main area of the dinning room. It was perfect, the food was excellent and it was a good opportunity for everyone at the wedding to spend some time together over dinner, and it was free! You can pick your time I think we ate at 7pm. Actually on the restaurant info the buffett always had good choices and good food. I really liked the Krystal fusion specialty restaurant the best, Chilis and Bo
  5. http://www.fototime.com/inv/1B73F07FA798B4E Here is the other link to our friends pictures of the wedding.
  6. Ok my wedding was AWESOME!! Don't stress, it's not worth it and everything will turn out great. The wedding staff and hotel staff was on top of everything and helped so much. Garrett and I got married on Feb. 5th 2009 at the RIU RM Palace. Here is my quick review and a link to some of the pictures his mom took while we where there. Also the page that says RIU wedding was the photographer from the resort. We had the new girl and we found 24 pics we liked but not any more than that. She didn't use a flash so some of them had big shadows on our faces, but we were very lucky to have Garrett
  7. Hey girls- Regarding the TTD pictures, I actually won't be hiring the photographer from the resort b/c my man's mom and one of his friends are both photographers (not professional but excellent with all the good gear and stuff). Lucky me, they are planning to take lots of pics and the TTD pics the day after. Flexibility with the reception is questionable...they are flexible if you have a group of 27 or less, or 100 or more. If you are in between the choices are very limited, and you have to eat at 8:45pm. So make sure to ask before you decide to have a 12pm wedding (depending on yo
  8. Hey all- 1st to MrsV we are getting married at the gazebo at 4pm on the 5th you are welcome to join us if you want. We will be at the resort welcoming guests or at the pool bar on the 4th. When you arrive leave me a message at the desk or have them call my room. It is cool that we will be there the same time. My friends are tons of fun so you are welcome to join our dinner as well, I'll private send you my email and if you want to be on the guest list let me know. 2nd yes to the last post on the DJ and private dinner go together for $1700. I decided to go semi-private as we are goi
  9. I've been emailing with Ael and she has been pretty good (1-3 days) for responding. Although it has been 6 days since I last heard from her and we are still working on booking the dinner reception for my Feb 5th wedding. It is hard to coordinate when they are far away and don't respond. Anyhow I will keep posting as I find things out. Best wishes- Jaime
  10. Ok so far what I have gotten from them is that if you want a private reception and you have less then 100 people then it costs $500 (also you need 60 minimum). Chilis private you need 80 or more, Boga Foto can accomodate 27-60 people semi-private or 60+ private with the extra $500 fee. But be aware that it is only for the second dinner sitting which is 8:45 at Boga Foto and 9:00 for Chilis. That does mean that you have 4+ hours between the wedding and reception dinner. I didn't know this until last week when we finally got into conversation about the plans. I'm still waiting to hear on confirm
  11. Quote: Originally Posted by MrsV020709 Jaime, we are getting married at the same Riu two days later. ) Best of luck to you on your special day! Maybe I'll see you around. ;o) When do you arrive?? We are there until the 7th then we leave for Argentina-for the honeymoon. If you are there on the 5th make sure you find me and hang out at the wedding if you want, get the full experience so you know if there is anything else you want to change or have for your day. Please if you are there early leave me a message and we can talk. Jaime
  12. Hey all- Archie thanks for the info, we just got an email from our travel agent and she upgraded us to the jacuzzi suite for free, yeah! I was wondering if that means it will be the suite with the spiral staircase, I loved the pictures you had taken there. She said it was the highest room they had available so I'm hoping, but I wasn't sure of how many levels of suites they have? I'm going to check on the Ipod hookup as I don't want to have to travel with speakers and a system to play it. How many hours can you have the space when you do the private reception? Is the DJ for 3 hours
  13. We are getting married on Feb 5th, coming up soon Thanks for the info. We too got the Caprice package and are planning for Boto Fogo as the group size shrunk a little with the economy down turn. We are still very excited as it sounds great. Also did you hire the DJ for the dancing part- or was there sound equipment to hook up an Ipod or CD's for music?? Thanks again- reading your review and seeing your pictures puts me as ease and makes me wish it was time to leave now.
  14. Archie510 Your pics are so great, you are a beautiful bride! Thanks for sharing them. I'm gearing up for the big day and if you have any suggestions let me know. I to was looking at restaurants for the reception and since we are going to have about 60 people I think we will do the same as you did at Bogo Foto. Was the food good? Thanks for the unpdate on the cake. If you don't mind what wedding package did you pick and were the services (spa, hair, nails, massage) good? I'm so excited that the wedding is coming up soon. Jaime
  15. How many mugs do you have with the black writing? I have been looking for mugs for our guests. Let me know how many and how much you want for them. Jaime
  16. If there is anyone out there who has picked the RIU Rivieria Maya Palace please be in touch with me. We booked for Feb 5, 2009 and am wondering about the DJ/dancing after the reception dinner- if you did this why or why not and was the open bar included? Any other helpful tips are much appreciated. Thanks- Jaime
  17. I had the same problem out of Portland. We had our flights booked for 3pm arrival and they switched us to the 9pm arrival. I called american airlines and the lady I spoke with was very nice and after an hour plus on the phone with her she got us on a flight for the day prior (sunday in at 9pm instead of mon at 9pm) at no extra charge. It is still not ideal but better then missing the meeting with WC on Monday, or having to spend a night in the Dallas airport. Now we have to decided to either book an extra night at the RIU RM Palace (which is not cheap) or find a different place to crash for on
  18. YEAH!! So glad to read your review. We are getting married at the Riu RM Palace as well in Feb 09. We really loved the place when we did our site visits and everyone we talked to that was or had stayed there had glowing reviews. Thanks for the info it is always helpful to get first hand stories. One question for you Jenn where did you find the maracas for $1? We really wanted to do that as well and if we could buy them there it would be great. Ok two questions, do you know if we were to order tumblers (coffee mug style) would we be able to ship them to the resort, would they accept them?
  19. If you are legally married before you go I think you can have anyone you want do the ceremony. I asked at a few resorts because we are doing the same thing and I want my brother (who is a pastor in the states) to do our ceremony. All of the places (RIU RM Palace, RM princess, and catalonia) said it was fine as long as I was doing the symbolic ceremony. They charge the same if they provide someone or you have someone to do it for the wedding package, but all said my brother could do it for us. Good luck- Jaime
  20. EmmaB asked for some tips and here is my reply to her. Emma- Hello and congrats on booking your wedding. I really thought that the RM Princess was beautiful and it is a great deal to stay there. I'm sure your wedding will be wonderful. Here are a few tips hopefully they will help. 1. Depending on if you want to have your guests close together or not (both options available) try to arrange their rooms either by the beach (platinum area) or middle of the resort. That way they can walk either to the beach or the restaurants fairly quickly. Also if you call and or wait (we waite
  21. Make sure you call ahead to the Iberostar Lindo because if you don't have an appointment you will not get past the security gait. We tried a few weeks ago and they wouldn't even let us in to see the place. All of the other places we just stopped by and they allowed us to look around, gave us a tour, and or information packets. We stayed at the RM Princess while we were there so if you have questions on that resort feel free to email me. Good luck and have fun, it was beautiful when we were there. Jaime
  22. Not having my wedding there but i did spend a week there in May doing site visits. We booked our stay with the princess in hopes that we would want to have our wedding there but it didn't work out that way. The place is very big and very nicely done. We met with the WC -Damarys and she was very plesant and answered all of our questions. (she is very overworked) We liked the facility but after spending a week there we decided that it was too big, the food was sub-par, the service was hit or miss, and the drinks were inconsistent. The price however is very resonable and the rooms, pool, a
  23. I finally got the date and place all set. Feb 5 2009 at the RIU RM Palace. I was hoping if anyone else has stayed there or is getting married there they can answer a few questions. 1. I understand that the disco is at the RIU Tequila site - how far from the RM Palace is it? 2. What specialty restaurants are the best? 3. What location Beach or gazebo was the best for the wedding? And of course please offer any other suggestions or info you may have. Thanks- Jaime
  24. Just got back from my site visits and wanted to report that the Xcaret Ecopark is beautiful and very expensive. We loved the chapel but to rent it for the ceremony was $1500, and to have drinks after the wedding it would have cost $2100 plus the cost of all drinks ($4-6 each), dinner was $4000 plus $52 per person for food and $32 for open bar. It's too bad it is so expensive because it was an amazing place. If anyone wants pictures of the chapel let me know. Jaime
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