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  1. Quote: The DJ being an extra $150 doesn't seem that bad...but I want to say that my WC told me at some point that to extend the reception another hour was an additional $10 per head!! And we have over 60 people so that kills me!! (Originally we thought about 20-30 would actually come). I'm sure it's for the alcohol but still...it's an All Inclusive so it irritates me! Yeah, looking at my documents it says extending the reception by an hour is $10 per Real Resort guest ($20 per non Resort guest). Plus the $150 for the extra hour DJ... Hope this helps!! Question about the alcohol... is the reception an open bar? (We are having everything at the North Beach). I assume it is since its an all-inclusive resort, but I was wondering how it worked? Are you close to a bar? Or do they bring the bar to you?
  2. @Lyman: Thank you for the warm welcome! =) I actually did sign up for the Webinar... super excited to get some answers!!
  3. Quote: Girls...are you extending your reception by an hour? I'm having a hard time swallowing the additional fee when I have 50 people who have already booked...and is there also an additional fee for the DJ on top of that? I'm just worried with a seated dinner that'll only leave us with like an hour and 15 minutes to dance which is a waste of a DJ in my opinion! And if we're all having a blast I feel bad moving everyone to another location to continue partying! Is there a fun bar or anything on property? Or can anyone tell me what sort of entertainment is offered at the resort on a Saturday night? I would ask my WC but I can't even get simple wedding related questions answered so I doubt she'll be able to help me on guiding me here! OMG, I'm glad (but not glad) to hear I'm not the only one having communication issues... my wedding is pretty far away (Feb. 2014), but I still have so many questions I need answered! My WC was super responsive in the beginning, but now that everything is signed, I'm hearing nothing! Super frustrating... @Billandstina: The checklist/sheet that I received from my WC says that the cost for the DJ for an extra hour is $150.
  4. Thank you Cherina! I've always wanted to go to Jamaica... Hi BridetobeABCD! I chose the Gran Porto because of costs... Its a lot cheaper than the Royal and kids can come. I was looking at the RIUs and a couple other hotels in Playa, and it seemed as though all or most of the guests had to stay at the resort in order to come to your wedding. Although I would love to have everyone stay at the resort, the reality is that some will not be able to. Gran Porto does not require guests to stay at the resort! (Although, you will pay a bit of a higher fee for them to come). I also loved the Gran Porto because you can have everything outside and customize your wedding. You can bring your own things (decorations and what not) and they do not mind. We are doing everything on the North beach (ceremony, cocktail hour and private reception). Since we are having it in Feb (during high season) I'm telling guests that the total cost with airfaire would be somewhere between $1100 and $1400 for 5-6 nights. But I am letting people come and go as they choose. If they want to make it a longer or shorter vacation that is okay with me =) I live in California and our guests are coming from all over (California, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Indiana, etc -- hence the destination wedding!) Happy planning and have a great time visiting!!!
  5. Hi All, Name is Heidi and I just booked my wedding at Gran Porto Resort in Playa del Carmen for Feb. 22nd, 2014 =) CAN'T WAIT!!!!!
  6. Hello Everyone!! Name: Heidi Wedding Date: Feb. 22, 2014 Location: Gran Porto Playa del Carmen =) Soooooooooooo excited!!!
  7. Hi All! New Gran Porto bride here =) Just booked our date for Feb. 22, 2014!! Its been so awesome reading everyone's ideas and seeing reviews and pictures. I'm so excited!!! We are doing the Vow Renewal ceremony at North Beach, cocktail hour and private reception on the beach. Thinking we are going to have between 30-50 guests... Question: Do they have standard chairs/tables/linens/huppa included in the package price or do you have to purchase these things as extras?? (Like if I didn't purchase chairs would everyone be standing around?) Hahaa... I just got the packet of everything you can buy for your wedding day but wasn't sure if these were things you had to buy or if they were upgrades... Thanks!!!
  8. Hi All! New Gran Porto bride here =) Just booked our date for Feb. 22, 2014!! Its been so awesome reading everyone's ideas and seeing reviews and pictures. I'm so excited!!! We are doing the Vow Renewal ceremony at North Beach, cocktail hour and private reception on the beach. Thinking we are going to have between 30-50 guests... Question: Do they have standard chairs/tables/linens/huppa included in the package price or do you have to purchase these things as extras?? (Like if I didn't purchase chairs would everyone be standing around?) Hahaa... I just got the packet of everything you can buy for your wedding day but wasn't sure if these were things you had to buy or if they were upgrades... Thanks!!!
  9. AMAZING!!!!!

    Pros: Everything!!!!! The quality, price, friendliness and amazing memories
    Cons: Nothing
    My husband and I recently got married at the Gran Porto Real in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  We almost went with the resort photographers but they just didn't have that "spark" we were looking for.  I researched a ton of Playa del Carmen photographers and came across Playaweddings. Their photos were perfect and they seemed to capture everything we wanted.      They were extremely easy to work with and their payment system was a breeze.  They showed up on time and were ridiculously friendly and li
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