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  1. We had less than 40 ppl at our poolside reception and paid $11 pp for 3 hours... And hired dj bijan on top of that ( cheaper than the resort dj and really good!)
  2. We brought the vases and the blue sand down with us, you can buy really beautiful vase sets (at Michaels). TIseege the vase picture sounds amazing!! I've never seen one before..
  3. Hey Emily, Some of the pictures are from Diego from arricife ( we ended up spending $150 extra for ten more pictures) and some our from one of our photographers... We had the symbolic package ($1175) we were legally married in our hometown before we went to Mexico.. Also men must wear long pants to a la cartes, but can wear shorts to the buffet,
  4. Hey girls, I posted my review here =) http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/products/gran-bahia-principe-coba-all-inclusive Hope it helps, feel free to message me if you have any questions about it! Hope the planning is going well.. about the CD player at the resort, if you have an ipod or iphone they can hook that up, just make sure your music is actually downloaded from Itunes.. I was panicked about that because I could not get the CD to burn, but maria assured me it would be fine to use my phone, and it was! =)
  5. Villa 25 in Coba.. Sorry forgot to say that..
  6. We stayed in Villa 25 (golden section) and it was ideal, close to everything. On the wedding night we had our dinner at Portofino, followed by the poolside reception at the arrecife jacuzzi pool and it was perfect being so close to those. The golden section rooms are the same as all of the others, we had a mini fridge that was stocked daily (maybe that's the extra) and you have access to the golden lobby (which serves the best drinks and is a great place to sit around for a few drinks at night - much quieter and less crowded than the main lobby.) I would HIGHLY reccemend the welcome brunch. For us they set aside tables in the corner of the main buffet (you'll never get them all together if you don't have them reserved) and they gave us our own waitress. We gave out our OOT bags and we brought down scrapbooking letters and stickers to decorate the cups (they were all the same, and we didn't want them getting mixed up) and this brought the group together completely. It was one of the highlights of my trip! Quote: Originally Posted by Adel Thanks Tlseege! Your a wealth of great information! Any ideas as to which buildings are the best to stay in for Coba? I think the rooms over looking the pool would be best since none of them have ocean views?? Have you been to the Golden Selection, any idea what those rooms are like? My wedding is also at 4pm...on the beach but Maria didn't say which one..I'm hoping it's the Hammock location. I should probably get Maria to confirm that! So I'm thinking I won't have the cocktail hour...but maybe have everyone meet at a specific bar or location after the pictures are taking and then the meal would follow shortly after at the Portofino. Also any ideas for people to get to know one another? Most of our guests will be coming from various hubs in Canada and most will not know one another. I was thinking of asking Maria to set aside a few tables for our group and have a brunch the next morning so we can hand out the OOT gift bags/ mugs and give everyone a guide of a few events that we have planned. That way if people want to come they are more then welcome, but it's their vacation too Thanks, Adel Also Fraggle42 - If it is in your budget.. have the poolside party, it is very worth it.. We had the cheapest bar option ( $11 pp for three hours) and they served us everything except red and white wine (only sparkling). It was amazing, many of our guests told us the next day that they were so happy we did that, and they loved it as much as we did! Also Dj Bijan is cheaper than the resort DJ, speaks English perfectly and did a great job for us!
  7. They pick up all if your guests at the Main lobby! And they pick up you at your room! And yes they pick up everyone at the lobby about ten minutes before your dinner to take them to the lobby.. They actually make sure the day flows very nicely and have all transportation arranged!
  8. Hey girls, We arrived back home from Mexico yesterday and I will definitely be posting a review soon, but i read a few of the recent posts and wanted to let you all know that our dinner was at the portofino, we had 3 tables of 10 and we had a few people get up and speak there (fathers, MOH and best man) and it was hard to hear, we decided to wait until our poolside reception with the microphone to do ours. Also I would highly recommend DJ Bijan, we had him for three hours and even after paying for his guest pass we saved money compared to the resort DJ, he also announced us, and the first dance and the father daughter dance, not just played them.. He took requests and would probably say, announce anything you would want. He also speaks perfect English and you can send him a list of songs before hand to make sure he has them. As far as our music for the ceremony, we just brought my iphone with the songs on it and they played it from that! Bridesmaids walking - Guitar Tribute players - I'm yours (the Jason Mraz song without the lyrics) Bride Walking down - Somewhere over the rainbow - Jason Castro Sand ceremony - wonderful world - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Recessional - Lucky - Jason Mraz/ Colbie Callait As far as the 1 o'clock ceremony, I was actually kind of upset about having it at this time but in hindsight I am so glad we did. We we're at the Akumal beach location, and although it was really hot there was a beautiful breeze to cool everyone off, and the symbolic ceremony is only a half an hour. We took Picture of the entire group for about 30-45 minutes, then had time to take wedding party pics, have a drink with the group, take just bride and groom pics at the haceienda and a few other locations and still just made it to supper on time! wow long post! haha but i hope this helps someone!
  9. We are having a poolside reception and we are paying for the cheapest options ($5 per person for the first hour $3 pp for each additional hour). Were hoping they serve everything though, that happened to a few past brides... For the dj we were quoted $210/ hr, but we went with dj bijan, for our 3 hour reception we are saving almost $100 by going with him... + we are emailing him a list of songs to make sure he has them. Hope this helps!
  10. Hello I'm getting married in 2 weeks at the akumal hammock location! Getting very excited... Im canadian and am going to get USD to take with me, I'm just wondering if anyone knows if the spa, photographer and most excursion tours accept visa? I'd like to bring down as little $ as possible.. Also I have the Portifino booked for 5:30 and the jacuzzi pool at 7:30 for the poolside party, I know a few of you have had a similar layout so I'm just wondering is two hours too long for dinner? Or will this flow smoothly? Thanks!
  11. Hello, I am new to the forum but getting married at GBP on Feb 15th!! I was just wondering if anyone is having trouble contacting their coordinator? I emailed Maria almost 2 weeks ago and have not heard anything back, I have emailed her twice in between then and now. I am getting somewhat frusterated. Is this normal or does anyone have any advice? Thanks
  12. Heather's GBP Coba wedding review - 02-15-12

    Details
    Resort: Grand Bahia Principe Coba
    Wedding Package: Symbolic
    Ceremony: Akumal Hammocks 1pm
    Dinner: Portofino, 5:30 PM
    Reception: Arrecife Pool, 7:30-11 PM
    Number of guests: 30


    Planning
    I am from Halifax, and booked through trip central, and would warn other Halifax brides not to book through their Bedford office, my TA was nothing short of awful!

    Maria was my WC, she is wonderful, although there was three weeks before I received responses to some emails she always responded and was quick to book things and had everything ready for me. While I was at the resort I realized why she was delayed with the emails, she works SO hard!! There are weddings almost everyday and for mine she was there from 9am until at least 8pm!


    Arrival
    The airport was quite busy when we landed which was a little chaotic, I had made luggage tags for all of our guests bags and this helped greatly as there were two buses from the plane to the airport, so by the time our group made it through the immigration line we had gathered everyone's luggage, customs were fine, three people hit the red button and their bags were opened, but it was quite quick actually. Once you leave the airport you are not permitted to reenter, so make sure your whole group goes together!


    Check In
    We arrived at the resort 5 hours later then expected, and the service was still excellent at 8 pm! We checked in at the golden lobby, and the drinks were flowing and the service was great. We were met there by Felix, who was very welcoming and informative. The entire group was in villa's 24 and 25 (a and b) which was perfect, very close to the jacuzzi pool where the poolside reception was!

    Welcome Brunch
    We had originally booked table for a welcome dinner the first night there, but due to delays we arrived too late, however we talked to one of the ladies at the buffet that night and they fixed everything up for the next morning! We had three tables at the main buffet roped off, they were in a corner and quite private! They had even set up a table for me to lay all the OOT bags on before we handed them out. The breakfast was one of my favorite parts, we decorated the cups in the OOT bags with scrap booking stickers and everyone in our group really started getting to know each other, from there we went to the pool and spent the whole day as one big group, it was awesome!  

    Room
    Our room was wonderful, we were one the second floor and our room was clean and smelled great! my parents room on the first floor did smell a little musty, but it was hardly noticeable. We had fresh fruit, rode petals and a bottle of champagne in our room when we arrived.  

    Meeting with Maria
    Our meeting time was scheduled for a time when we had prebooked an excursion, which was fine, we ended up meeting as soon as we arrived back to the hotel. The only problem was I was less prepared than I had planned to be and had nothing with me (cake topper, fabric, ribbon etc.). Maria had said to drop it off at the front desk by the morning. I had forgotten to mention I wanted my dress steamed during this meeting, and if you dont tell your WC then you basically cannot get this service. I had also forgotten to mention that I had fabric to hang over the hammocks. I put it in my bag of supplies but it did to get hung ( I was a little disappointed, but it still looked beautiful!). Please make sure you are prepared for this meeting, it is the only time you will be able to get a hold of the WC before the wedding, they are VERY busy!

    The Wedding Day!!

    My wedding was Amazing, exactly how I dreamed it would be! Maria really has things organized, and I had planned everythign beforehand, so it went very smoothly!   Flowers I actually seen these flowers in another brides pictures and completely fell in love with them, modified the brides bouquet and they were perfect! I love the bright orange against my bright blue bridesmaid dresses!  
    Morning
    The great thing about the resort being so big, it is easy to avoid seeing the groom before the ceremony! I had breakfast at one of the smaller buffets and he ate at the main one. My hair appointment was at 9:00. My hair turned out great, not exactly how I wanted it, but I actually loved it anyway!  My new sister in law was an esthetician and did my nails and makeup for the wedding! We ordered room service for lunch, but I was too nervous to eat! I just kept drinking alot of water! By 12:15 my bridesmaids and I were ready and took pictures for about 30 minutes before the tram arrived to take us to the ceremony.

    Ceremony
    We arrived at the beach and Maria and Diego were there to meet us, explained how things were going to go, when to walk, where to go etc.. The the music started and it was time to go!

    Music - My husband brought my Iphone down with him and gave it to Maria when he arrived with a list of what to play when ( they were on their own playlist).

    Bridesmaid walking down the aisle - I'm yours by the guitar tribute players (The Jason Mraz song with no lyrics)
    Me and Dad walked down the aisle - Somewhere over the rainbow - Jason Castro
    Sand ceremony - wonderful world - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
    recessional - Lucky - Jason Mraz/ Colbie Caillat  
        The ceremony was beautiful! The minister did the same reading as by sister in law  ( Make sure to tell Maria if you have a reading which one you are using). It didn't bother me though, everything was so beautiful!!  Most of my guests cried! hehe.. we said our own vows and had a sand ceremony.. I brought blue sand frm home and used sand from the beach (able to sneak it back to canada too!)
    We had fans on each of the chairs for the guests, but it is so windy there nobody used them!

    In between the ceremony and dinner
    Honestly I was dreading the 1 O'clock ceremony, worried that everyone would be bored with a long wait time in between, but it worked out perfectly for us.

    After the ceremony we had a champagne toast and started taking pictures. We took an hour and did pictures with each of our guests, and families. We also had our guests have their pictures taken with their own families, or of the couple, everyone really likes having a professional picture of them all dressed up!
    this lasted about 45 minutes, at which point the tram came and took all the guests back to the lobby for a few drinks. The wedding party continued on to take pictures around the resort, eventually making our way to the coba lobby to join the rest of the guests.

    It was about 2:30 when the guest arrived back to the coba lobby, and they all went back to their rooms to freshen up (It was REALLY HOT and almost all the guest showered and changed!) and then made their way back to the lobby for  3:30, during this time the wedding party was taking pictures. at 3:30 we pretty much had the lobby to ourselves and sat around having a few cocktails and mingling for a little while, at four my husband and I went to the hacienda and the lookout tower for more pictures of just us two, but the other guests chose to stay together at the lobby drinking and chatting (from what I heard it was quite fun, my sister and cousin are quite the story tellers, and entertained everyone fully)! An hour later the tram picked us up to take us to dinner!


    Dinner  
    We ate at the Portofino, and it was delicious!! We started with the appetizer buffet which was the best part, many people filled up on this and could barely eat the rest of the meal (me included). We had mushroom soup (really good as well) and then a choice of chicken gorgonzola or salmon which were both amazing! for desert we had an ice cream, and by the time we cut the cake literally nobody had a piece as they were all too full. (We had the three milk cake, and the next day we ate it, it was the best cake I have ever had!! )

    During dinner guests would ring a bell and tell a story about either my husband or I to get us to kiss, however the layout does not lend well for speeches, they stood up on the statue thing in the middle of the floor, but for most it was hard to hear, we waited to say our speech at the reception with the microphone.

    Poolside Party
    Amazing! if it is in your budget, do it! even with only 30 guests we all had a ball! We payed for the cheapest bar option and were served basically everything (no red or white wine.. only sparkling).  I was worried about getting the party atmosphere going so I brought down sparklers, glow sticks and a ton of funky sunglasses for a photoshoot (big hit - we played I wear my sunglasses at night and every one was snapping pictures left right and center!) we were a little worried this would be tacky.. but it really got the party going, after that everyone was in the pool dancing!

    We hired DJ Bijan, and it was not a hassle at all!! we emailed him to see if he was available, he was, sent him a deposit and a song list. He was willing to say/announce anything and he speaks perfect English! He was also $90 cheaper than the resort DJ (even with the guest pass!) He took requests from guests and was really wonderful!

    At 11, everyone still wanted to party so we headed up to the hacienda, there was a band playing and so we danced some more and ended the night at the disco! After that My husband and I went back to the room, but all of the other guests went to the snack bar and ended up staying there until 4 in the morning!!


    A few Downsides

    We did not get our fabric or wedding certificate back, I went to the front desk twice and they could not get a hold of Maria, and said it was locked in her office and only she had the key.. even the morning I was leaving the still said there was nothing they could do! I emailed Maria and asked her to mail it and I still haven't received it, It isn't our real certificate but I still would really like to have it.

    Four of our guests became quite Ill while we were there, possibly because of the food or water? I took two tums and a pepto every morning and it seems to work for me! Also drink alot of water!!

    My best advice, do not let the little things ruin the big picture! Its your wedding day after all! Dig your toes in the sand during your ceremony, look at your husband to be and then out to the water! Its truly beautiful and goes way too quickly!
         
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