Pros: Great weddings, beautiful scenery on terrace
Cons: Busy resort
Ceremony: pergola at 5
Cocktail hour: mix beach bar 6-7
Reception: carnival terrace 7-10
We just had our wedding last week and it was amazing. We arrived 2 days before our symbolic wedding and met with Ariadna right away. We were antsy to get to the pool so we kept it as short as possible. Ariadna went the tough our wedding form and narrowed in on all the details. I have her the few decorations I had and explained what I wanted. She wrote everything down. She also took my dress and my husbands clothes right away. They delivered them to our rooms the day of the wedding. My only piece of advice is to not worry at all. You'll get it how you want it. We didn't even do a rehearsal and it was perfect.
Ok so Saturday night we had welcome cocktails in the lobby from 8-9. They blocked off part of the lobby and marked it with our names. This was free.
Sunday the nigh before the wedding we had a rehearsal dinner at the buffet for our wedding party, their dates and our parents. This was 28 people. This was also free. We really enjoyed having the traditional rehearsal dinner even though we didn't have a rehearsal.
Monday the day of the wedding. We weren't nervous at all. We went to the pool in the morning. 4 girls had appointments at the spa for hair at 1230 and the other 4 including me at 2. We were able to get 2 bottles of champagne and orange juice from the lobby for free to bring to the spa for mimosas. All the girls had pictures and were beyond happy with the results. They even said it was the best they've ever had. I had hair and make up done and same thing for me..I loved it!
The girls got ready in my parents room and the boys got ready in me and hubby's room. The photographer (went with the resort photog) got to the guys room right on time to take getting ready pics then came to my parents room to get us girls. He was very good. He was creative and had ideas of what he wanted. I was also able to suggest things and he was all for it.
Ariadna called up and told us all to come down. We came down waited about 5 minutes then were off to the ceremony at the pergola. It was about 20 minutes. Then came down to the mix bar for cocktail hour and Darius the bartender had champagne for all 52 of us. We did NOT pay extra for champagne. The entire group went to the beach for some group shots. Got a heart pic which was awesome! Then bridal party and finally me and the hubs. Our colors were peach so we picked peach margaritas as our signature drink and Darius had tons made up with my striped straws I brought in them. We did not buy extra appetizers. No one complained.
Ariadna came and got us to come look at the reception set up to see if we wanted to change anything. It was prefect. We did not pay for a dj. I had my brother in law mc and father in law had all the music (which just ran). The waiters kept bringing out shots for everyone and did a great job keeping everyone happy.
The only bad thing was our cake wasn't the right kind. We wanted buttercream frosting and we got whipped cream. We wanted lemon and strawberry and had almond! We didn't order extra and had a lot leftover. No one even eats the cake anyway so we we didn't care.
After the reception we all went to the dance club at the resort. It was wonderful. It was the best wedding I've ever been to!
I feel like I'm all over the place so please feel free to ask any questions and I have all my pictures from the photographer so I can email anything you want. We got the emerald package for pictures so we had half day-getting ready, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and cake cutting. We got 200 pics plus the 24 in our package. We were able to pick those out and take the disc home with us! Also got our photo book before we left.
It's a busy resort but they know how to throw a good wedding.