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  1. Quote: Originally Posted by leo17 amdecker, I would love to hear how your wedding went once you get back and have time. im still trying to figure out the translation of our birth certificates. Wow, sorry I have not checked this site in awhile. Here is the link to my wedding review. http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...e+Las+Americas Let me know if you have any additional questions. I'll be happy to answer them (in a more timely fashion, I promise!)
  2. Quote: Originally Posted by 2010 Bride! Thanks for your help everyone. Last night we were able to trim the list to 3 resorts. We are now looking at Secrets Maroma, Excellence Playa Mujeres and Dreams Riviera Cancun as our child friendly option. Time to hit these specific threads! Good luck with your search! I think picking the hotel was one of the most stressful part of planning the wedding for me. I just ended up picking one without ever having visited and it worked out great in the end.
  3. Quote: Originally Posted by michellemon Great review sounds like you had a great time cant wait till sept when we go ! Would love to see more pics! Thanks for great review it gives us a good idea of how our day will go . What time was your wedding ? Did you use the hotel salon for hair/make-up/nails ? I will definitely post more pictures. Just have to find them since I recently moved The wedding was at 5pm and I did use the hotel for my hair. Everyone else did their own. I didn't have any idea what I wanted to do with my hair so I picked something out of one of the books the hotel salon had. I think she did a good job. There were so many bobby pins holding it up!
  4. OK, I finally posted my RPLA review! Sorry it took so long, but in the last 2 months I got married, moved and changed jobs so I have been a little crazed! Enjoy and let me know if you need any other details or would like to see more pictures! http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...ght=Riu+Cancun
  5. Food- Fantastic! No one in our group ever got sick (at least not from food). In fact, most people raved about the food. Unlike Mrs. Martin, I was not able to get our entire group reservations for a “welcome dinnerâ€. I was a little irritated by that but that evening everyone showed up at different times so the buffet ended up being a good choice. For the wedding day, we reserved El Romero steakhouse. It was so beautiful to be outside for the dinner. It was a little warm at first but once the sun went down it was perfect. The food was great, especially the flaming dessert! We also had wedding cake which was excellent. After that night, most people made reservations for dinner in smaller groups. My husband and I ate at every restaurant but our favorite was Tio Pepe. You do have to make reservations ahead of time for the restaurants, but I figured out their schedule. Hint: one night there were 7 of us and we had no reservation and wanted to eat at Tio Pepe. We slipped them some money and they let our entire group in! It was worth it! There is 24 hour room service but we only used it once. I loved having breakfast at the buffet overlooking the pool and the ocean. It was so beautiful! (Shout out to Nicolas! He knew us and had the perfect spot waiting every morning!) WC- I started with Lizette but was later changed to Pamela. I didn’t really ask her many questions before arriving in Cancun but at one point there was some confusion as to where I was having the cocktail reception after the wedding. It was all straightened out before I arrived though. When I arrived at the resort and met with Pamela, she seemed nice enough and went over all the details. Everything was fine except that she was trying to talk me out of having the wedding on the beach. That was one thing I would not budge on. No one in my group brought shoes! Pamela said they were concerned someone might trip on the rocks and fall and they didn’t want to be liable. It turned out completely fine. I didn’t bring additional decorations for the wedding but I did bring the cake carving set, guest book, etc for the reception. Everything was set up on the terrace when Clint and I arrived. One issue I did have was Pamela’s attitude toward the photographer, Cecilia I hired. I knew I had to pay for outside vendors but I thought it would be $75 not $100. Cecilia was a bit late and Pamela wouldn’t let her come to my room to take getting-ready pictures. Also, Cecilia was coming back the next day to take TTD pictures and I wanted to take them on the PUBLIC beach in front of the hotel. Pamela argued that I would have to pay another $100 for Cecilia to come back. She wasn’t even using the facilities! I was definitely irritated but thankfully Cecilia found another place for us to take pictures. Overall, I would say Pamela was ok, she didn’t ruin my wedding or anything, but I thought she could have been better. Wedding Day- It was awesome! It rained for a few minutes earlier in the afternoon but only out at sea. It made everything much cooler and made for some gorgeous pictures! The arch we ordered with the tropical flowers came out so gorgeous! A bunch of people hanging out at the pool stood around and watched but they were all very respectful. A few people from my wedding party made friends with them and got some great pictures from a different angle. The entire wedding could not have gone better. I absolutely loved the minister! She said the sweetest things. We didn’t get a professional videographer so our video is a bit hard to hear, but the guests heard everything clearly. We took pictures for a bit after the wedding and then everyone headed to the terrace for the reception. We took some pictures cutting the cake before the photog left and she also took some pictures around the hotel with just me. Those pictures came out so awesome! I really can’t say enough good things about Cecilia Dumas. I loved her! Anyway, we didn’t have appetizers and it wasn’t necessary since we were going to dinner right after. Pamela did arrange for me to set up my iPod and dock which worked out nicely. The reception wasn’t private but there was no one else around. For dinner, we ate at El Romero steakhouse which is outside. It was so beautiful to watch the sunset while eating dinner. We had both the flaming dessert and the wedding cake. Both were delicious! The dinner wasn’t private either, but this really wasn’t an issue at all. We had people give speeches and toasts and there was never a problem hearing them or other guests talking over them. After dinner, everyone was pretty beat. Some of us did try to go over to La Pacha, the club in Riu Cancun next door, but at 11pm it still wasn’t open yet and we didn’t feel like waiting so we left. I guess in retrospect I could have paid to reserve the club, but I thought that was a lot of money and for our group, only 25 people, it wasn’t worth it. So we didn’t do a first dance or throw the bouquet or any of that, but let’s be honest, nothing about this wedding was traditional so who cares? We all had a fantastic time. My guests loved it, we loved it, and if I had to do it all over, I would still pick this hotel. Let me know if you want any further information or have any questions.
  6. Amy’s wedding review-Riu Palace Las Americas 9-11-09 I have to start off this review with a shout out to BDW forum. This website has been instrumental in my wedding planning and I can’t thank everyone enough for all the helpful comments and for posting the DIY projects. I especially want to thank Mrs. Martin, I took your advice and picked this hotel without ever having visited it beforehand and I couldn’t have been more pleased! (I’m also following Mrs. Martin’s review layout). Hotel- I love this hotel! It was so nice and conveniently located in the hotel zone. It’s close to shopping, the clubs and bars and is right beside its sister resort, Riu Cancun. (In my personal opinion, it is also the nicest of the 3 Riu hotels in Cancun.) Like Mrs. Martin, we were upgraded to a bigger suite when we arrived which was so nice! That first day we walked around the entire hotel. Our trip to Cancun was at a great time of year because the hotel was not crowded. The grounds were beautiful and the cleaning staff did such a great job keeping everything looking shiny and new! The pools were clean and so refreshing! The party pool was a lot of fun with activities and music but if you wanted a more peaceful setting there were plenty of chairs on the opposite side of the pool near the Jacuzzi. The only thing that was hard to get were the cabanas near the main infinity pool. There are only 8 and they are taken right away but there are plenty of chairs in so many different areas that it really wasn’t a big deal.
  7. I have had this same issue as other brides have mentioned. My biggest gripper was my grandmother. She went on 2 vacations out of the country right before my wedding but didn't want to come to the wedding because it was "too expensive and she didn't want to do an all-inclusive because she didn't eat that much". REALLY? I guess there is always one in every family. It irritated me but at the end of the day, I had a great group of people who came to the wedding and it was the best day. I wouldn't change a thing. All I can say to the naysayers in my family is this, "No swine flu, no terrorists, no hijackings, just the best time ever!"
  8. Quote: Originally Posted by michellemon Amdecker great to hear your wedding went well . Have you put a detailed review on here anywhere yet ? Cant wait to read it ! I swear, I am about to do it! I have been crazed since I got back. I plan to get it done with some pictures this week.
  9. We were in Cancun from September 8-18, 2009. It was such a great time and we had beautiful weather. It did rain hard in the middle of the night the last night we were there, but that was no big deal. On the day of our wedding, Sept 11, it clouded over and rained out over the ocean but not on land. We had the wedding at 5pm and the clouds had cooled everything down a touch so it wasn't so hot. Plus the clouds made for some really awesome pictures. I could not have asked for a better day! So my advice is to plan your wedding whenever you want and don't worry about the weather!
  10. So everything went so well with the wedding in Cancun! Yeah! This is to everyone on this forum who helped out so much! I will post a detailed review soon but right now everything is so crazy. I have to put together the at-home reception that we will doing this weekend, plus we are in the middle of buying a new house! Its complete craziness right now. I'm so glad we decided to stay at the RPLA though. I can't say enough great things about. Everyone had a fantastic time. Thanks again to everyone, especially Mrs. Martin, you have great taste! P.S. Your baby is too cute! Congrats!
  11. Quote: Originally Posted by michellemon hi . hope hope everything was perfect for you amdecker ! cant wait to see your pics and hear a run down of your day . i have just been reading through our wedding brochure and it says included in our packege are the marrage certificate, marrage licence and all registrar fees and there is no need to register our marrage once home ! Does this mean we are legally married or not ? it will be a civil ceromony what we will be having and says it is completely legal under british law. why do you have to make yours legal one home ? I am a bit worried now . I thought one married there that was it ! xx Don't worry, yours is legal because you are doing the civil ceremony. I did the symbolic ceremony because I wanted to do the paperwork back in the US. So I didn't get a marriage license, I just got a certificate.
  12. I just returned from my wedding and we used both, but not in the way I thought. We used the petals to line the aisle on the beach and noone used the bubbles until the reception. But the whole wedding went so well that I don't have a single complaint. In fact, I was so preoccupied, I don't think I would have even noticed.
  13. Just an FYI... I just got back from our wedding in Cancun (symoblic ceremony) at the Riu Palace Las Americas. It went so well! The officiant was fantastic. She said the nicest things and at the end, had us sign a document (a certificate that is not official but looked like it was). Those in our party that didn't know it wasn't legal were none the wiser. I wish I knew the name of the officiant, she was fantastic and I didn't get a chance to thank her. We didn't have to show anything and aren't getting legally hitched until later on. But to us, its just paperwork. We will always consider that day our wedding day.
  14. Quote: Originally Posted by JT3 Has anyone done sarongs? If so where can you purchase them? Thanks Cute idea. You can actually get them cheap in Cancun. I was just there and they were selling them everywhere!
  15. I hope we don't have to have any documentation for the symbolic ceremony because I don't. I guess I better check with the WC!
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