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  • Wedding Date
    July 24, 2014
  • Wedding Location
    Rivera Maya
  1. Hey!! I'm back from my wedding and did end up using the Best Moments. My experience with the team was awesome EXCEPT for the lack of communication with Martina. That whole vendor fee is a big mix up and they need to get it together. Martina does not make it clear to the bride how the vendor fee works. She did tell me that they have a contract with Barcelo and of course that's not true because Barcelo has their own spa!! So basically what ended up happening is I only paid the deposit and the balance gets credited because that's the "fee". In the end you pay for the outside fee which is only $150 not $500. But like I said, my experience with Alexandre (hair) and Zoe (make up) was great so I'm glad I used them. Hope that helps! Hello, I got married 3 weeks ago and I used Ivan Luckie. Although I have not seen my pictures yet, I know they came out awesome! He was so down to earth and great to work with. His prices were also very reasonable. If you are interested shoot him an email to see what his prices are (I booked him in 2013 so his prices MIGHT have gone up, not sure). Also if you are not aware, Barcelo charges a $500 fee for bringing an outside vendor. Before there were ways you could get around that fee by booking the photographer a room, but that's no longer the case. Unless you are flying your photographer in, you have to pay that fee. Hope that helps! Unfortunately, they do not offer a free cocktail hour unless you have 70 ADULT guests booked. I had 60 guests for my wedding and I tried and tried to get the free cocktail hour and they said NO. But you can try and see what they say.
  2. Congratulations!!!!! I'm totally with you!!!! Can't believe its been 3 weeks already since I got married!!! I had the best time of my life!!!!
  3. I'm back from my wedding!!!!!! I stayed at the Barcelo for 7 days got there on a Tuesday got married last Friday and got back yesterday!! Everything was PERFECT!!! I will be posting my review in the next few days and also posting pictures on my planning thread. Feel free to ask questions!!!!
  4. Hello! I did not negotiate guest rates with hotel. I went thru a local travel agency in my town which worked out a lot better. I did ask for the incentives and they didn't budge on that. My WC told me I would receive a complimentary cocktail hour only if I had 70 Adult guests only. That's the only con I have regarding Barcelo. They don't offer many incentives. Hope that helps. Good luck planning! I'm getting married on next Friday and I hired Best Moments. I thought I was the only one!!!!! Their response time has been awful!! When I first booked back in October I emailed back and forth with Martina but now I don't even receive responses. I found that when I message them on Facebook I get a quicker response until my last message which they have not responded to! I'm a bit annoyed by them at this point.
  5. Was it absolutely necessary to take copies of emails between WC and outside vendors??
  6. How exciting!!!!! 14 days left for me to leave!! I'm still working on welcome bag tags, just finished my menus yesterday and then we have to pack everything as well! Best wishes to you and your very soon to be husband on your wedding day and enjoy your honeymoon.. 3 weeks off of work sure sounds nice!
  7. Thank you ladies!!! I will definitely consider it especially since I have 56 adults and 4 children attending so it will definitely add up!
  8. @@cvincent84 Thanks!! I can't wait! I am starting to get nervous it's coming up so soon! I am not doing the TTD at the cenote, it would be at the resort, that is why I am freaking out a little bit because I would REALLY be pissed off if I have to pay $500 again! I'm really going to try to sneak him in with just a guest pass see how it goes. Would love to see pictures your wedding pictures!! Did anyone extend their wedding reception? Was it worth it? I am debating if I should at least by 1 hour. I feel like the first dance, mother-son, father-daughter, speeches, dinner, cake cutting will take up a lot of time and will leave very little dancing time. I know we can go to the disco afterwards but would really want to have more time at the reception. Thanks!!
  9. @@cvincent84 WOW!! Thank you for your review!!!! So glad to hear everything went well!!! I'm glad I didn't pay for the cocktail hour and I'm not stressing over that either since you mentioned they can go to the lobby bar. Today I am exactly one month away from my wedding day!!!! I'm starting to get a little stressed out and anxcious! I pretty much have everything set and worked out with WC. The only thing I'm still stressing over is Ivan! I didn't book him a room, I'm just going to pay the $500 fee, however I don't know what to do for the TTD. He's scheduled to come on Monday (i'm getting married on a Friday) and I don't know if I can get away with just paying a guest pass.
  10. Hello Ladies! Any one with an upcoming wedding? How is your planning going? I am one day shy from the one month mark!
  11. Hello Ladies! My wedding day is vastly approaching and I feel like it's crunch time! I wanted to ask how did you pay for all your fees? Cash, check, credit card? Thanks!!
  12. Hello Ladies!!! OKAY!! So Barcelo is really starting to annoy me and with all the money we are spending I'm starting to think maybe we should have just gotten married in NJ!!! First off, I'm still having scheduling issues regarding my photographer! My original plan was to book him a 2 night stay (in order to save on the vendor fee) have him photograph my wedding (Friday) and do my TTD session the next day. Turns out he's got a wedding the following day so he would have to meet me at 7am and it would be at the cenote! 1) that's way too early especially after partying at the wedding the night before 2) I have already booked a particular TTD package, and I am not paying extra for the cenote because my FI doesn't swim so a TTD at the cenote would be a waste! He also said he doesn't recommend TTD the next day b/c brides' face will look tired in the pictures! OOOH and on top of that, it doesn't matter if he's on my guest count and has a room booked, I would still have to pay vendor fee unless I"m flying him from the States!!!! Any who, he says he will come do my TTD on that Monday! So now I don't know what the heck to do! Should I not book him a room and just pay the $500 vendor fee for wedding day? BUT now does that mean I would have to pay a vendor fee again or I can't try to sneak and just get him a day pass??? I don't know what to do!!! Second, @@KLA1220 you had mentioned that there is a complimentary cocktail hour if you have 15 rooms or more booked! I asked my WC (Aurea) and she said it's only if you have 70 Adult guests booked. Of course I don't have 70 guests booked!! Could they have possibly changed that in these last few weeks???? What's really annoying me is that I have 60 people coming and I"m yet to get offered any type of incentive and I'm sure they won't offer unless I ask!! OK so now that I"m done venting...are any of you ladies experiencing the same thing?? What incentives are you getting?
  13. Woohoo June is here!! It's crunch time... Now I'm starting to freak out because I feel like I have tons to do and still so many ideas floating around and now even more!! My bridal shower was yesterday and my sister did such a phenomenal job with decorations that I'm afraid she'll outdo mine Then I possibly have 3 more people coming which will put me to 60 guests!!!!! OMG we are totally on the same boat!! I've already filled up a suitcase! We will definitely need my sister to check in some bags for us too! We are also taking a serving tray for star fish escorts!! Lucky you! That will be an awesome trip.. I love to go on a honeymoon but we are just staying at the resort a few extra days!
  14. I'm sooo excited to be using Ivan Luckie for my wedding in July! I have been in contact with him via email and he always responds very quick! I also have a TTD session with him a few days later. In addition he works with a videographer and you save on paying 2 vendor fees. Can't wait for my big day!!!
  15. Hi girls!!! Thanks for all your responses. I've had time to think it through and although it kinda still bothers me I'm over it. Just as @@BusyBee280 said everyone is different and not everyone will see why it's rude. The girl that invited her friends is not traveling alone. Her significant other, her 2 sisters and some of her family members are coming to the wedding because they were invited by me. I just didn't understand what the point of inviting more people was. I have never met these people which makes it a bit awkward. @ you are exactly right, I don't want to seem like a mean bride, I've been far from that and have not been a bridezilla throughout my planning and don't plan on becoming one 2 months before my wedding LOL. I just hope she knows they won't be included in the wedding events.
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