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  1. I just got married at The Beloved Hotel/La Amada on April 14! I am happy to help in any way I can, since this website bascially planned my wedding for me! Everything about my wedding day and the stay before and after was absolutely perfect. I had 31 guests, which they said is a lot for that resort. It is such a small resort all the staff knew who we were and all of the guests. They were so accommodating when we all ate at Aroma the first night and overwhelemed them! They are definately not accustomed to large groups, but they work with it. One thing about the WC's I had 3. Which was annoying, but actually worked out. Alejandro is super nice and competent. The e-mail respnoses will get faster the closer to the wedding. My wedding was on the beach, followed by a cocktail hour, and reception at Natura bar. Natura bar is not a usual restaurant or bar, they only use it for "special occasions" so it is out of the way of other guests, private, but not on the beach. The only con to that is the "kiddie park" is right behind it. Initally thought that would matter but when it was dark you couldn't even see it, and the playground was not in any pictures. When you have your wedding there, a company called Planner 1 does the flowers, dance floor, etc. It was confusing on what the hotel handled and what planner 1 handled. The dance floor was expensive and totally worth every penny! We also paid extra to extend the reception an hour (We have friends who love to dance). We used DJ Mannia for the music, they did a great job. I sent them a list of songs we liked, and they played many of them. They did not however play any slow songs. It was all fast dancing music, which we loved but people were getting a bit tired! They didn't have our first dance song, so they just downloaded it and said we could request any song and they would get it. For photography we used Photos in Cancun. I HIGHLY recommend them! Derek and Lorena are wonderful photographers and really fun to be around! They took amazing candid shots, "artsy" shots and the regular ones too. They had a mini photo shoot with each couple/family that was there, and my guests loved that! Even with the vendor fee at the resort, it was still a better deal than many other photgraphers. You get all the pictures right then, and you own them all. (Which is different from many photgraphers). I hope that helps, please feel free to ask any questions! Oh yeah, and don't worry they are great at weddings and will get it done. I forgot to ask for some things, and they just made it happen. Perfection!
  2. They look great! I am doing research for mine, and seeing this great review helped me decide to use them! Thanks!
  3. I just booked Derek for my April 2012 wedding! I'm so excited!
  4. WOW that does sound amazing! Thanks for sharing so much detail, I am planning my wedding there for April 2012. So your info will help so much!! Rachel
  5. Future MrsO

    2012 Bride

    Good Suggestion! I will look into the Riu hotels.
  6. Future MrsO

    2012 Bride

    I think we are now looking at Mexico. Maybe NOW Jade or one of the Azul resorts.We are from Texas, so going to Mexico is cheap and easy because it is so close. At first my family was reluctant because of the violence in Mexico, but the Riviera Maya is safe so they finally agreed. I too thought this would be low stress, but it is totally worth it! JenniferLeigh77- I love Zoetry too! We might honeymoon there. It is too chill for our rowdy wedding group though! Deesanders33- Thanks! I am really considering using destinationsweddings.com too. Glad you are having a good experience! Jamaica looks great, we can't find a resort that really fits all our needs. For example- having several children under 4, and 2 17 year olds coming. Plus every other age range you can think of! hard to meet everyone's needs and ours! BusyBee123- You are right about reviews of places, it seems everyone has had bad experiences everywhere, so which to listen too and which are flukes. Sounds like a crazy trip to DR you had!! Flying from Texas the DR is at least 7 hours, where Jamaica and Mexico are much much shorter. That is one big reason we decided not to go to DR. The Gran Bahia Prinicpe looks awesome! I hope your wedding is amazing there!
  7. Future MrsO

    2012 Bride

    Thanks for that reassurance I am not the only one By the way who is your travel agent?
  8. Future MrsO

    2012 Bride

    Hey! I am new on the site, have been looking around but not posting too much. I am having such a hard time deciding on a resort! We technically have a spot booked in the Dominican Republic at Majestic Colonial on April 14,2012, but now I am thinking Jamaica is better . Any advice, or suggestions on choosing a resort would be so great! I am getting pretty stressed out about it because the save the dates have to go out soon!
  9. We are planning to get married in the "Carribean area" (haven't decided yet where) but I was looking at Azul Beach, looks great but some REALLY BAD reviews on Tripadvisor.com about them moving people to another resort at the last minute. Do you know anything about that, would you recommend that resort based on what you saw? We won't have time/money for a trip to scout places, so any help would be much appreciated! Thanks R
  10. Perfectly Amazing!

    Pros: Beautiful location, small, intimate setting. Flexible and friendly staff
    Cons: Some slow service on the beach and at dinner
    This resort is small, 109 rooms, and it was the perfect place for me to get married. 31 of our family and friends came, which was a great amount so we could spend time with everyone and everyone else got to hang out with new and old friends. We couldn’t walk anywhere without running into someone we knew. The staff knew who we were from the beginning, and gave us excellent service most of the time. They said 31 is a big number for this resort, so we did overwhelm the dinner staff and kitchen one night when we all went together to dinner. The idea was to split up at different restaurants but everyone wanted to be together so as a result, some people didn’t get their food at all and the rest of us had to wait a very long time. The beach service was also slow in my opinion, often just one person working the beach and pool.  Room service is 24 hours which is nice, but it took did take a long time, and you didn’t always get everything you ordered. For example, my friend ordered a cheeseburger, and got a cheesecake instead.
    The food is amazing at all the restaurants! Small portions so you can order appetizers, and dessert! YUM! The staff at the Lupita Lounge, which is the only “bar” was so great we drank a lot as a group, and they made my friends fun and different drinks. They close at midnight but didn’t mind if we hung around there after. The mini-bar was always fully stocked with beer and liquor.   We stayed in the Ocean View Terrace Suite with Plunge Pool.The rooms are fantastic. There were three beds on the patio! Each room has a jacuzzi in the corner, ours obviously had a great ocean view. I personally didn't like the set up of the two story rooms, seems a bit awkward to me. Also, it is all very open in the bathroom, the shower is not frosted glass. Not a problem for couples, got a bit weird for our two single guy friends sharing a room! Wedding tip- having the big room was great for the wedding day as I was able to invite most of the female guests to get ready together and have a champagne toast. It was nice to get to hang out with them before the wedding. We also had a lot of people over for more intimate time with us so it was cool to have the plunge pool.
     
    We did the bonfire on the beach the night before the wedding. It was a lot of fun, they use the word “bonfire” liberally though it was a "smallish" fire on the beach. We were happy with that choice it was a special thing to do the night before the wedding. Everyone we know has been in lots of weddings so no need for a rehearsal. The food was excellent at the bonfire. Their ceviche is so good!! I couldn’t stop eating it the entire time we were there!!
     
    I was stressed about the wedding before it happened for a lot of reasons. As it happened though no need for that! It was perfect! The WC’s and Planner 1 know what they are doing, just trust them. They have great taste! I forgot to ask about some things, and forgot to add some things and they just did it. The flowers were perfectly amazing. Seriously gorgeous and exactly my style!
    One reason I was so nervous was that I had 3 different WC’s at the resort during the 10 months I worked with them. So I was concerned what I talked about with one wouldn’t get told to the new one but everything did. No problems. Alejandro is the newest WC. He is a sweet young man, and did a great job. The WC from Excellence was training him during my wedding. One thing that didn’t go as planned was they didn’t have the champagne toast ready after the wedding. We left the ceremony expecting that, but it didn’t happen. Luckily the best man asked Alejandro about it, and they started bringing it very quickly. No big deal.
     
    The reception was fantasticl! We hired DJ Mannia for the music, they were so much fun. The only issue here is they only played AMAZING, fast songs all night -which means we were exhausted from dancing so much! The dance floor was one of our “splurges” and wow, so glad we did that! It was a blast! We also extended the reception an hour, which I highly recommend if you have fun dancing people going. By the time dinner, first dance, and father/daughter dance, and cake was done it was already 9 or so. It was supposed to end at 10, and that would definitely not been enough dancing! We ordered the steak as the main course. I don’t recommend it. We are from Texas though so probably have a different standard for steak. My husband’s was overcooked and dry, but some of them were better than others. The other dishes were good, and so was the cake (or so I am told, I didn't have any)
     
    Our photographer was Photos In Cancun, Derek Campbell. He was so great! One of my favorite things is that at the end of the night we got 3 DVDs with every single picture on them. Many photographers have you choose a certain number that you get. We have over 2000 pictures. Then we choose 150 to be “touched up.” His partner Lorena was so great too. They interacted with everyone at the wedding, and really coached me on some things. They made sure I was where I needed to be on time, and had everything I needed. I really like the "journalistic" style, he took a ton of pictures in different settings and not a ton of posed pictures. So helpful and great pictures!
  11. Future MrsO

    Amazing Photography!

    This is a review of:

    Photos in Cancun Photography

    Amazing Photography!

    Pros: Easy communication, I have every single picture they took, DVDs day of the wedding, Competitive pricing, so much more....
    Cons: None
    Derek and Lorena are wonderful! They were so easy to work with before the wedding, and after the wedding. On wedding day, they were everywhere getting everyone's pictures and knew all the right shots to take. They were so great at telling me where to be, and giving me fun ideas of things to do (like faking out the single ladies during the bouquet toss). It was like having two extra super fun guests at the reception. They got along with everyone, and even managed my un-photographic family wonderfully! I just cannot say enough great things about them. One of my favorite things is they took over a thousand photos, and I have full copy rights to each of them and got them all on DVDs the day of the wedding. Most photographers I looked at give you "proofs" to pick a select few to keep. I get all of these pictures, and he is going to "perfect" 150 of them. Such a great deal! I highly recommend them to everyone getting married in the Cancun area!
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