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  1. Hi Alana, I don't have a great pic but gives you an idea of what it looked like. I also brought my own tea lights. It was no problem bringing them. They come in packages of 6 from luna bazaar so I ended up putting them in a carry-on suitcase (I brought 54) and my parents brought some in theirs. The table number in the pic is a white bound book that I used as a message book (one per table rather than one for all) and I drew the table number on the cover. Pretty easy. Happy planning! C
  2. Hi all, Check out the resort review section for a more complete review (and others). Lindsey Marie, here is a pic of the huppa by the beach. The huppa from the resort was beautiful! Carol
  3. pacificarol

    Great wedding/vacation at Playacar

    I saw your event! I was eating in the buffet right next to it. My wedding was just a couple of days after.
  4. Hi all, Just back from our wedding in Playacar. I've included below a bit of info for all future PP brides but feel free to email me directly through BDW if you want any more details: Wedding Coordinator: Ours was Yazmin and she was fantastic. She was very organized and was able to really quickly find solutions to any glitches. Ex. It rained for one of our pre-wedding events we were hosting outside and Yazmin quickly organized the banquet staff and moved it to the ballroom and looked great. She had everything well under control and never said no to any requests. Photos: We decided to go for the resort photographer to save some money as we had over spent everywhere else. This is my only regret. Although the photographer was really nice, he didn't seem to know what he was doing. We haven't received the pics yet so fingers crossed. DJ: We went through the hotel and were great. Four guys came with tons of equipment including lights and did a great job. We gave the a few songs we really wanted but other than that, they picked the song list. Ceremony: We had ours on the beach and was stunning! We used the huppa from the hotel which was beautiful and had the ocean as the background. I walked down barefoot as did my two bridesmaids but did order petate mats for the walk down and had rose petals cover it (my flower girls held parasols). We held ours in the north side so had more privacy. TIP: Try to get a ground level governor's suite so you can walk from the room into the ceremony. Flowers: Went with an external company as Zuniga's flowers were super expensive. Got mine for about a third of the price. Didn't turn out exactly as I had asked but still looked great (although they delivered an hour late...yikes!) Cocktail Hour: They do a great job hear with an outdoor cocktail reception before dinner. Lots of great appies and two bars were set up with music playing in the background. Guests sat in their outdoor lounged chairs and was a great follow up to the ceremony. Other receptions: Because we had more than the minimum 75, we held 3 other events so ended up using most of the venues. Cielo lounge for the cocktail hour and the Italian restaurant for brunch were the best ones. Decorations: I brought most of my decorations from home and bought most of them at Luna Bazaar (great prices and really nice stuff). For tables I used mercury glass candle holders and instead of table numbers I created my own numbered guest books (one per table). For party favours which doubled as seating cards I made bottles filled with sand from Playa and from a beach a block down from where I live back home. Kids got a little box filled with candy and toys. Spa: This was the only area where I experienced problems (and major ones). Their booking system is not very organized. If you book by email before you leave then you have to deal with their central booking people. The staff on-site don't have access to the bookings. They screwed up some of my friends bookings and also had a really hard time getting decent hours from mine and my bridesmaids bookings despite try to book with weeks in advance. It was a mess! Also learned that the fine print reads that any changes/cancellations must be made 7 days before the date of service. Let your guests know so they don't end up having to pay for a service they decide to cancel when they arrive. The hotel is nice although a bit worn (needs a bit of a reno and new furniture) but overall was really nice. We picked it for its size, beach and location near 5th which was great for our guests. Service is fantastic throughout and our guests were treated extremely well. They loved the resort credits! We organized a golf game which also went really well. happy wedding planning! Carol
  5. Hello Playacar Palace! Wondering what you are doing for table decorations. Just checked in with Dulce, my coordinator, and she confirmed that we are able to decorate the tables ourselves (no additional cost) with items we bring from home. I'm planning on bringing candle sticks and buying a flower arrangement from Zuniga (although I have yet to receive pricing info from them). Some have posted prior that PP was charging brides a per table charge to allow you to decorate your own tables. Dulce confirmed otherwise though. Would any recent brides out there have any info on how you coordinated your own table decor and PP costs to do so? Hasta luego!
  6. Hi KJ, Here go my details so far. I'll make sure to report back after my Dec wedding. wedding date: Dec 10 ~ # of guests attending - approx. 80 to 90 Planning an at home reception? we had a small wedding at home with 20 ppl wedding website - have you created one for your guests? invites - did you do this? some do, some don't - any pics? I ended up getting mine at minted. Really affordable and creative: www.minted.com They even have some with a Mexican theme what themes are you doing (if any): no theme I think...will just play off the location (beach) wedding colors: using white, blush pink, plum and silver. Groom is wearing charcoal gray linen pants with a white linen shirt. # of peeps in the wedding party and what they are wearing: only 2 flowergirls and they will hopefully be wearing off-white raw cotton dresses types of private events: welcome dinner, a kids party and a morning-after brunch locations for your ceremony, receptions, private events: not sure yet but the wedding reception will be indoors and the ceremony on the beach (only option that can accommodate our size) flowers, bouts, etc.: don't know yet. Have contacted Zuniga many times but have never heard back. Any suggestions?? decor: not sure yet. probably just simple white linens. Would love to have lots of candles but not sure if I can. For ceremony will buy some paper parasols and fans. Anything else fun and festive?
  7. Hey Andrea! Looks like we are both at Playacar in Dec Mine's Dec 10. We also have a large group coming (although not as big as yours) - 70 to 90. I hear the terrace is too small but that they do have areas at either end of the resort that is still outside but more private than the beach. Would love to hear what you learn while you're there If you extend your reception, I hear you need to pay extra for the staff. They also suggested moving your party to one of the bars. have a great trip!
  8. Congratulations! Thanks for the post - it is great to hear that you had such a positive experience. I'm beginning to lay down plans for our wedding. We are expecting about 90 guests which limits our options a bit but also guarantees us the 75 room nights. And thanks for sharing your email - I might take you up on the offer Was your photographer on their lists? They said that I could only go with smile market but have since learned that Sol is also ok (otherwise they are charging $500 to bring your own photographer) Thanks
  9. Hello! I'm also planning a wedding at PP (Dec 2012) and have been reading posts in this forum about unexpected costs/fees - :-S I haven't yet started planning but getting a little nervous reading these posts. Hoping some of the brides here may be able to list some of the fees/costs I should be anticipating as I begin to deal with my WC. I'm going with the complementary set-up and will very likely have 75 room nights. Muchas gracias PP brides! PS: What a great forum - thanks for all the great advice so far!!
  10. Hello fellow Playacar Palace brides! What a relief to find this forum. I have just booked my wedding at Playacar for Dec 10th and have lots of questions. These postings have been great! I've noticed many have posted about unexpected costs. Wondering if past brides might be able to share a summary of the costs that they had to cover to have a sense of what to expect. I'll have a good size group so expect to meet the minimum 75 night room but looks like this still leaves you with lost of other costs to cover. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! C
  11. This is a review of:

    Playacar Palace

    Great wedding/vacation at Playacar

    Pros: location by 5th avenue, beautiful beach, great service and wedding coordinator, small and intimate
    Cons: spa reservations were a bit of a mess and construction
    Hi all,   Just back from our wedding in Playacar. I've included below a bit of info for all future PP brides but feel free to email me directly through BDW if you want any more details:   Quick stats: Size - 78 guests  Events: two dinners before wedding, wedding, brunch after wedding Venues: Cielo Lounge, Luna Lounge, Beach for ceremony, Riviera Ballroom, Italian Restaurant Coordinator: Yazmin (and Dulce at the beginning)     Wedding Coordinator: Ours was Yazmin and she was fantastic. She was very organized and was able to really quickly find solutions to any glitches. Ex. It rained for one of our pre-wedding events we were hosting outside and Yazmin quickly organized the banquet staff and moved it to the ballroom and looked great. She had everything well under control and never said no to any requests.   Photos: We decided to go for the resort photographer to save some money as we had over spent everywhere else. This is my only regret. Although the photographer was really nice, he didn't seem to know what he was doing. We haven't received the pics yet so fingers crossed.   DJ: We went through the hotel and were great. Four guys came with tons of equipment including lights and did a great job. We gave the a few songs we really wanted but other than that, they picked the song list.   Ceremony: We had ours on the beach and was stunning! We used the huppa from the hotel which was beautiful and had the ocean as the background. I walked down barefoot as did my two bridesmaids but did order petate mats for the walk down and had rose petals cover it (my flower girls held parasols). We held ours in the north side so had more privacy. TIP: Try to get a ground level governor's suite so you can walk from the room into the ceremony.   Flowers: Went with an external company as Zuniga's flowers were super expensive. Got mine for about a third of the price. Didn't turn out exactly as I had asked but still looked great (although they delivered an hour late...yikes!)   Cocktail Hour: They do a great job hear with an outdoor cocktail reception before dinner. Lots of great appies and two bars were set up with music playing in the background. Guests sat in their outdoor lounged chairs and was a great follow up to the ceremony.   Wedding Reception: It was held at the Riviera Ballroom. The space needs some renos (carpet is really worn and one of the wall curtains was missing and you enter through the gift shop). However, gives you more privacy than outdoors and you can have a much later end time.    Other receptions: Because we had more than the minimum 75, we held 3 other events so ended up using most of the venues. Cielo lounge for the cocktail hour and the Italian restaurant for brunch were the best ones.   Decorations: I brought most of my decorations from home and bought most of them at Luna Bazaar (great prices and really nice stuff). For tables I used mercury glass candle holders and instead of table numbers I created my own numbered guest books (one per table). For party favours which doubled as seating cards I made bottles filled with sand from Playa and from a beach a block down from where I live back home. Kids got a little box filled with candy and toys.   Spa: This was the only area where I experienced problems (and major ones). Their booking system is not very organized. If you book by email before you leave then you have to deal with their central booking people. The staff on-site don't have access to the bookings. They screwed up some of my friends bookings and also had a really hard time getting decent hours from mine and my bridesmaids bookings despite try to book with weeks in advance. It was a mess! Also learned that the fine print reads that any changes/cancellations must be made 7 days before the date of service. Let your guests know so they don't end up having to pay for a service they decide to cancel when they arrive.   The hotel is nice although a bit worn (needs a bit of a reno and new furniture) but overall was really nice. We picked it for its size, beach and location near 5th which was great for our guests. Service is fantastic throughout and our guests were treated extremely well. They loved the resort credits! We organized a golf game which also went really well.   happy wedding planning!
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