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  • Wedding Date
    April 16, 2016
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    Hyatt Ziva Cancun
  1. Hey ladies! I posted a review but in the wrong thread and I don't feel like doing it again so go here: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/79846-hyatt-ziva-cancun-roll-call/?p=1913721 http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/79846-hyatt-ziva-cancun-roll-call/?p=1913721
  2. Hello! My wedding was Saturday, April 16 at Hyatt Ziva Cancun at 4:30pm. I’m going to try to keep this short and to the point because I’m tired. I did the Lavish & Opulent package. 35 guests there. 3 people didn’t come due to family emergency. The hotel was lovely! Everyone loved it and so did I. They have something for everyone and the staff is super nice. I love their motto – service from the heart. They raise their hand to their heart when they greet you. Several of our guests were talking about coming back later with friends or other family members. The wedding was beautiful and more than I dreamed of. I was overjoyed with everything and would definitely recommend it to other brides. Don’t be discouraged by your initial wedding consultant that’s assigned. I had Elsa and didn’t always love her but Andrea, my onsite, was THE BEST. She’s the sweetest person and took care of everything. She went above and beyond. I took her my suitcase of items and she made sure everything was set up beautifully. Those items were – sashes, maracas, guest book and camera, a couple of other small things. We arrived to the resort on Wednesday and were blown away immediately when we stepped out of the van. The view breathtaking. There is a wide open view of the pool and ocean. Two of my friends rode with us from the airport and one told me that she loved it so much she could kiss me on the mouth lol (but she didn’t). We were given cold towels and a glass of some kind of sparkling beverage (non-alcoholic). Check in was easy and pretty fast. They give you the option of whether you want to put a credit card on file or not. On Friday night we had our welcome party at Tres Cervezas. It was PERFECT! My friends went early to hold a couple of tables. There was a Mexican party going on at the plaza so most hotel guests were out there. The bar was pretty empty which I was happy about lol. We took over! And there was a live band. I am so happy I didn’t pay for a private party. It wasn’t necessary. My friend handed out the favor cups as people arrived and we all just mingled, ate wings, and drank. Some of us even danced while the band played. So MUCH fun. So glad we did it. It was a chance to spend time with all of our guests and catch up with people we hadn’t seen yet. On Saturday morning (wedding day) we had rehearsal at 9am at the sky gazebo. It was EXTREMELY windy. We did a walk through and she rehearsed with the kids like 3 or 4 times. She promised them that if they listened and did well she’d have a surprise for them. It was 2 little girls and 2 little boys. They listened and did well at the ceremony. She gave them cupcakes during cocktail hour My mom, his mom, and I had our makeup done at the spa. They have a bridal suite. I also had my hair curled. They did a pretty good job. Everyone loved my makeup but I didn’t. I didn’t think my lashes were down far enough and she forgot to put blush on me. I called a friend down to the spa for a third opinion lol. She said the lashes were fine. They have lashes there but I brought my own. They move really slow and have a limited selection of eye shadows and lip sticks. I was happy I brought my own lipstick. My mom didn’t like the ones they put on her, they were all really light. She ended up wearing one she had in her room. Her makeup looked nice and so did my MIL’s. I forgot my lady’s name but I think it might have been Holly. I was there from 1pm until a little after 3pm. My photographer and videographers came in while I was in there (Ivan Luckie & Alex Gallardo). Also while I was in the spa, Andrea came and told me that it was still super windy at the gazebo so they were going to move the cocktail and reception to the punta vista terrace. I was fine with that. And actually very happy. It turned it really well and I loved the set up. Ceremony was beautiful. We did a sand ceremony that included my step kids. I ordered the kit from Etsy. The minister was great. The wind was really bad. My hair was all over the place! We attempted family photos after the ceremony but I’m sure they look crazy bc of the wind. I can’t wait to see them though. I’m told that the cocktail food was good. The reception food was good, although very small servings. The salad and stuffed chicken were delicious. The vegetarian course was a joke. I wish someone took a photo of it. No one anyone would be full from that. It’s shameful. The cake was delicious as well. Cocktail: Salmón fish tartar with tzaziki cucumber, Potato Spanish tortilla, Roast beef with horse radish cream sauce. Salad: Roasted chicken breast and crispy bacon with roman lettuce. Main: Artichokes stuffed chicken breast with goat cheese and Vegetable tower for vegetarians. Dessert: Iced red fruits tart. Kids: Chicken nuggets and cheese pizza (requested on the spot). The waiters were all very nice and even danced with my friends Cake: Signature cake – vanilla. I paid extra for flowers added. We had Dj Doremixx for DJ. He was awesome. He played the songs I sent him and mixed in other songs that we all enjoyed it. I was surprised by the cold fireworks at the end but it was awesome. The Hyatt had a party scheduled at the Punta Vista bar so we moved the party to the bar around 9:45. It was perfect for those of us who weren’t ready to go in yet. That lasted til 1am but we left around 11:30 I think. We were like celebrities lol. All the guests at the bar were congratulating us and taking photos with us. Even days following the wedding people were congratulating us. I guess they saw us when we were doing our photos around the hotel. Our room was beautifully decorated when we returned. We were pleasantly surprised. Summary: Wedding Consultant – Elsa Torres – Sweet lady but spotty communication. I think she was overworked and had too much on her plate Onsite Wedding Coordinator – Andrea Garza – LOVED HER. She’s the best. You can tell she loves her job. She danced and played with the kids. Even allowed my step daughter to trick her into making a balloon animal lol. Check her out on Instagram – Aneiia9113 to see wedding photos Rentals – Gama Grupo (Abimael May)– Chairs, Chinese lanterns & support, silver chargers, square table – Good to work with. Good communication. Everything as promised. Flowers – Hyatt vendor – forgot the name lol. I never talked to them directly. – centerpieces, flower girl baskets, and petals, boutonniere My bouquet, mom corsages, dad bouts, flower girl headbands – I ordered from wedideas.com DJ – Doremixx (Ivan) – He was great! He also brought extra lighting that I requested. No dance floor. Glad I didn’t waste money on it. We didn’t miss it. Had to pay outside fee for him Photo – Ivan Luckie (plus Aldo) – We loved them. Can’t wait to see the photos. Had to pay outside fee for him but it included the videographers as well. Video – Alex Gallardo (plus Elvis) – Loved them as well. They were funny and set up a lot of good moments to capture. Maracas – Etsy – vintagebabydoll – good communication and pretty fast turn around. I ordered them a month before the wedding Maraca tags – Etsy – Recipebox – very accommodating and quick service Favor cups – Etsy – Myweddingstore – Loved them, quick shipping Sand Ceremony – Etsy – Thedreamweddingshop - Loved them, quick shipping. If you do this, make sure you wrap it up well for travel back. TSA opened it to test the sand and didn’t secure it well. It was in carry on but when we got home there was sand all in our bag. We plan to redo it with the kids with the leftover sand. Hopefully I got everything but if I didn't, just ask! BTW these are photos from friends and family so they're not all great quality. Also - I'm too lazy/tired to proofread it. I apologize for errors loL
  3. My 2 step kids are coming (ages 6 and 8). They're traveling with my hubby's parents and staying in room with them the entire 5 days. We will spend time with them during day and they're in our wedding. We are going 2 days before them and staying 4 days longer. It just makes sense for us and his mom volunteered so that they won't have to miss too much school.
  4. More vendors Suppliers Catalogue Hyatt Ziva Cancun.pdf Romantic Dinner-Cenas Romanticas.pdf PRICE LIST SPA ZEN HYATT ZIVA CANCUN.PDF
  5. I posted a lot more stuff on this topic: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/79603-playa-resorts-cancun-hyatt-ziva-zilara-gran-caribe/?p=1911815
  6. Here are the documents for Hyatt Ziva. Photo- Photo Pro Decor- Gama Grupo Flowers- Hyatt DJ- Encore Makeup- Vo Evolution Outside vendor fee is $500 now Thanks! I've attached everything you need Photos from Hyatt 759 HYATT WEDDING BROCHURE INSERT10.pdf PHOTO PRO DELUXE PACKAGES.pdf PHOTO PRO PACKAGES.pdf DJ ENCORE.PDF MAKEUP AND HAIR PRICES VO EVOLUTION.pdf LAVISH & OPULENT MENU OPTIONS.pdf ARREGLOS PARA CEREMONIAS.pdf CENTROS DE MESA.pdf Wedding Cake.pdf RAMOS DE NOVIA Y BOUTONNIERES PARA PAQUETES SOLO ROSAS.pdf
  7. They will do whatever you want as long as you send photos. Gama Grupo does the decor and rentals but Hyatt provides the flowers. I found a pic and sent it to my Hyatt WC and she sent me a price quote for it. Also the hotel is run by Playa Resorts. They have several properties in the area so they're not new to weddings. They have Hyatt Zilara and Gran Caribe in Cancun and others in Playa del Carmen. The WC's support all of the properties so they're experienced but super busy. Now the on-site I can't speak for bc I haven't gotten mine yet but I have seen photos of 2 weddings held there and they were very nice. Hope that helps
  8. The Hyatt prices are about the same as Hyatt.com. They'll just include airport transfers. Here is some info attached. Decor- Gama Grupo Photo/ Video- PhotoPro DJ- Encore Sites- Sky gazebo/ terrace. Adults only terrace. Ballroom. Beach. Cliffside beach gazebo 759 HYATT WEDDING BROCHURE INSERT10.pdf Hyatt Ziva Cancun Brochure English.pdf DJ ENCORE.PDF PHOTO PRO DELUXE PACKAGES.pdf
  9. OK so I lied. I just looked at my info again and my cocktail and reception are at Punta Vista terrace too. But I think thats the one thats connected to the sky gazebo area. There was another terrace I wanted that she said was in the adults only area.
  10. GwendolynB Yay another Hyatt bride! I'm getting married there in April. Soon much to do. Do you have photos? I won't get to do a site visit. I have a few that an agent posted on FB. I am doing all of my events at the sky gazebo. Did it seem like enough space? I'll have about 50 people. I have kids coming and my WP said that Punta Vista is adults only. Did they tell you that? My WP is Elsa but I want to request a new one. She takes too long to get back with me. Who's yours? I had started a page of info looking for people a while back. But this a better place for sharing I guess. http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/79603-playa-resorts-cancun-hyatt-ziva-zilara-gran-caribe/
  11. April brides- how's it going? Where are you in the process? I just started seriously looking for invitations. I realized that although the wedding is in April, the booking deadline with TA is first week of Feb. And then there's Christmas and all the holiday shipping and cards. I don't really want the invitations to get caught in the midst of all that but they just might. I wish I stuck to the original plan of ordering in Sept and mailing in Nov. At this point, not sure they'll be going out
  12. Hello! I will have about 50 guests. The venues I chose hold 50-60 people but I think they have other options for larger groups. I'd suggest contacting them. Their rates are online at Hyatt.com. My group block rates are the same as the ones online (grand opening special). Good luck!
  13. Really??? So jealous! Yes please do check it out and get photos for me! I'm hoping to go in Jan but won't know if I can until my fiancé gets back (he's in the navy and at sea until late Nov). Thanks so much!
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