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  1. You might check into some of the big resorts, even if it's not your first inclination. Some of them do free weddings for the couple, with basically everything you said you wanted, if you just stay in a certain room class for a certain number of nights. They'll probably still charge you a fee for your photog, but if you go offsite to your makeup/hair artist, they can't charge you for that. For example, I got married at the Royal in Playa - they did have a free package, but they also charged $350 for an outside photographer. it would include your ceremony setup, coordinator, bouquet, dinner, etc. though: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/t/86106/playa-del-carmen-just-the-2-of-us Just something to consider!
  2. HI Chrystal - sorry I missed your comment earlier. We spent about $6500 through the resort. Then we added flowers, photography, decor through others!
  3. That's weird- they didn't charge me and I got a note from the DJ saying that they were bringing them for free!
  4. DoReMix djs thru the resort were great- and they bright all the props you were asking about, plus fireworks, free of charge. I brought the lanterns!
  5. DoReMix djs thru the resort were great- and they bright all the props you were asking about, plus fireworks, free of charge. I brought the lanterns!
  6. Unfortunately they aren't sold online - I looked too . I am glad the review helped!
  7. It sounds like your photog is staying at a different resort? If so, (based on my recent experience) you'll definitly have to pay for him, and the fee is currently $350 (or was 2 weeks ago!). In my case, I told my offsite coordinator my plans to use outside photography as I was making all the arrangements through her - a couple months out - when I provided numbers, meals, and other extras I wanted like dance floor. She then sent me a whole recap with all the fees I owed, broken down by each piece, which I paid before I was assigned my onsite coordinator (about a month out). I got a balance sheet back that showed everything paid, and my onsite had it when I arrived. She noted the outside photog with the front desk, and they had no issues getting into the resort to shoot from there! Does that help?
  8. I did - I prepasted photo corners into a scrapbook, so they could just slip their photo in and sign next to it. Surprisingly, wind wasn't an issue at all during my reception, even right on the beach!
  9. I got married there one week ago! Here's my review - maybe it will help you decide? We had a fabulous time - you can't beat the location (I highly recommend staying in Playa over just along the Riviera - gives your guests a lot more to do and see). Also, the resort is beautiful, and although I got a little tired of the food, all-inclusive is so much easier for a group, and it has the best I have had at any! Feel free to ask any questions. http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/products/the-royal-in-playa-del-carmen-all-inclusive-spa-resort/reviews/6866
  10. Hi! The DJ provided glow sticks that turned into bracelets, as well as ballons and masks - no charge! The lanters are these: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00219640/. Only $14 each and come dissasembled in a nearly flat box. There is a smaller one that Ikea also makes, but it comes preassembled so it is harder to bring down, and I also thought it was too small for my tables (I decided this after I bought 7, and then took them back). I hauled 7 to Mexico total (my FI and I each took a few and one friend took a couple). They were 8 lbs each and relatively easy to dissassemble. I did not take them all back after the event because I was over carrying them , but we took them all apart and guests took them home. We broke a couple plates of glass in the process, so ended up losing one lantern in dissassembly, but that wasn't too bad, and to be honest, if I'd been more careful we probably wouldn't have. I bought this camera: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002YOVF90/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00 with the film, and another 5 twin packs of film separately (for a total of 20 packs - 10 pics each). I brought 10 total film packs down with me (remember, you can't bring them thru x-ray though, so you have to have them hand-check them at airport security which is kind of a pain). I ended up coming home with three unused packs, which I will use, with the others, at my at-home recpetion. The camera and photo guestbook was a ton of fun! Let me know if you have any other Qs!
  11. Hi ladies, I just posted my review of my wedding last week - hope it's helpful! http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/products/the-royal-in-playa-del-carmen-all-inclusive-spa-resort/reviews/6866
  12. Sorry, I meant that the guestbook, escort card table was to the left of the sweetheart table, farther back. At the entrance to the reception from the Gazebo. Our reception is at Gazebo beach, so the Gazebo where the ceremony was, is directly behind the sweatheart table.
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