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  1. Hi Sandy, I got married at the Santa fe in February on the beach, and between time there is the bars at the beach open till 6 and there is snacks usually at the steakhouse restaurant by the beach till about 4. Our guests sat at the bar and pulled tables together in between the ceromony and reception, the best part is its Free! you kind of just do it and no one questions it! good luck and congrats
  2. Hi all, I have a review on the santa fe on resort reviews but here are some photos from Gilda Billado from our February 11 wedding. Absolutly great Photographer so glad we chose her!
  3. Good Afternoon Ladies, I wanted to give you my review on the Riu Santa fe as I just got back from Cabo and was married there on February 11, 2013. We were all together in Cabo for 3 weeks which was great because the first week( wedding week) is crazy! I think we enjoyed the pools and the beach for maybe 4 out of the 7. So a tip would be to stay longer cause the wedding makes everything crazy. For this Wedding I did hire a wedding planner to deal with the planning. This made it very easy for us not having to worry about the details as she had planned weddings here before. She was a local from Vancouver Sarah from Mason Horvath travel. Another godsent decision on our part! Arrived Thursday the 7th everything was great Rooms are beautiful. We Paid for an ocean view suite and got one on the Corner of building 7 which gave us a 180 view of the arches,beach and downtown Cabo. We could actually lay in our bed and look at the arches through the window! All my guests’ rooms, even though they did not pay for the ocean view rooms, got to be in building 7 and had a good view as well. We did all book together and this could have been the factor in this because they put wedding guests and party together. Friday 8th- Had a meeting with our outside Photographer Gilda Billado, She is amazing! Great attitude and saw some of the pictures from the day on her camera and they were amazing! Then a meeting with the wedding planner at the resort. That meeting went well they go over how the day will go and all the details needed. We had a very simple ceremony so not much to go over. The one problem was they did not book us a minister. This was a problem. We ended up calling our wedding planner in Vancouver after that meeting to figure things out. Even thou my wedding planner in Vancouver had asked them about this in particular, they emailed her and said it was included! She thank god figured everything out for us which helped us enjoy a little bit our day in the sun! Otherwise we would have had that stress! We ended up paying the extra fee but my wedding planner is trying to get the $700 back because they had told her no cost! With all the mix-up we got a free bottle of champagne that day in our room! And on the wedding day we got breakfast in bed which was great also. Monday the 11th – Wedding Day Renvova Spa- all us girls got our hair and makeup done at the spa on site and it was great! We all had hair pictures of what we wanted. They also had a book of hair designs in the studio. Everything looked exactly how we wanted. They use MAC makeup and did an excellent job no complaints at all. And when you book in advance before you go you get an extra 10% off. I ended up spending $596.00 to get 3 bridesmaids hair and makeup and the brides makeup and Hair. Flowers- excellent, colorful absolutely worth the money. Because we were there an extra 2.5 weeks after the wedding we brought them to our other hotel and they lasted till we left Mexico after keeping them watered! Setup- everything was how we wanted it on the beach Marachi band 3pc- we got this for 45 minutes for the ceremony was great for a mexican wedding! Minister- Amazing even with the hiccup He said very kind words and just had a meeting for like 30 minutes prior to the ceremony to ask about us and it was perfect. In between we got pictures done and all the guests just went to the pool bar and waited for us or till dinner. Reception 630 semi private at the steakhouse. –This was very private. There is about 6 other tables in the restaurant but on the other side so it was absolutely perfect no need for a private dinner. Everyone’s food was good and cake was good too! The only thing is there is a time limit and they defiantly got us out of there at 8. We also played our Ipod dock right in the restaurant and there was no issue. We did our first dance at that time too! After dinner- we walked with all our guests back to the main square where all the restaurants , club, bars are and pulled some tables together right by the bar and did the bouquet and garter toss then played our ipod a little more until the club opened at 10 and then danced in there all night! It was a great free alternative. Basically the whole wedding was great exactly what we wanted. We ended up paying $2630 for the "Free wedding" at the riu including flowers, mariachi, the extra 21 people setup, outside photographer cost and an extra 20 bottles of champagne. I hope that helps some people decide on the riu. Please let me know if you have any questions.
  4. Hi I am A sante fe bride, for February 2013. Ihave my wedding booked and now I wait for the time to pass till about 2 months before. I Do have a wedding planner so she will take care of everything when it comes to the wedding planning. As far as I know the Riu Palace shares a site with the Sante Fe. You can use both facilities when there so using the threads from the Palace is a great help too! I am supper excited, when is you big day? Happy Planning!
  5. Congrats on your wedding! Love all your info, thanks very much. I am getting married at the santafe in feb! love the ideas of bringing down your own supplies for the chairs and tables. I do have questions for you Jess, what did you put in your gift bags?and did you have a reason why you had dinner at the steakhouse then moved to the baja norte for the reception? I was thinking of just going to the steakhouse for all the festivities. Also Did you like the riu photographer? the one picture looks good of you too on the beach. thanks for your info again!
  6. Hi we are getting maried in feb 2013 and i was wondering if you could tell me how much you paid for this. and where you got married? still doing reasrch and trying to find our photographer. that would be helpful and congrats on your wedding!
  7. Hello Sam, I am getting married in Cabo in February 2013 and I hired a wedding planner to keep it less stressful. I am about a month into planning and wow it is great! she takes care of everyones booking,deposits, questions. also she will take care of all the wedding details when the time comes to start planning that. I definatly recomend a destination wedding planner to take the stress off! I am using Blue Petal weddings they are based out of Vancouver BC canada. I am not sure where you are from but I believe they are based to plan anywhere. good luck!
  8. This is a review of:

    Riu Santa Fe All Inclusive

    Great Wedding Resort for the partyin Kind

    Pros: Great food, rooms,property!
    I wanted to give you my review on the Riu Santa fe as I just got back from Cabo and was married there on February 11, 2013. We were all together in Cabo for 3 weeks which was great because the first week( wedding week) is crazy! I think we enjoyed the pools and the beach for maybe 4 out of the 7. So a tip would be to stay longer cause the wedding makes everything crazy. For this Wedding I did hire a wedding planner to deal with the planning.  This made it very easy for us not having to worry abo
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