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LMichelleB

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About LMichelleB

  • Birthday 09/21/1987

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  • Wedding Date
    February 20, 2015
  • Wedding Location
    Beach Palace
  1. @@Danielle1 I don't mind! The plated dinner was not an extra cost to me because we did not book the 75 roomnights to qualify for the free reception (we only got the free cocktail hour). The cost for any 2 hour private event is $55 per person (you can choose buffet or plated) and then $8.50 per person for each additional hour. However if you do book enough roomnights for the free 2 hour reception you do have to pay a charge if you want a plated dinner (I think it is $55 per person ). If you are planning to have a very large group then the buffet is probably a better fit. The plated dinner would be really expensive for a large group and it will probably take a while for them to bring out all of the food.
  2. @@FutureMrsGarcia we didn't have any of the buffet menus, here is the plated menu we had: Grilled vegetables over garden greens with soy vinaigrette Crab bisque with brandy Stuffed chicken breast with seafood and coriander sauce White chocolate tulip filled with seasonal tropical fruits Both the sky bar and Palenque terraces are nice. Both were windy but that was because it had been windy for the first 4 days of our trip and only about 70 degrees. The last few days were not windy at all and it was 85 degrees. You just have to hope that the weather is in your favor, lol. I would suggest the Palenque terrace if you want your tables to be closer together because the terrace is very large and can easily accommodate a large group (and you'll still have plenty of space for dancing). If you don't mind your tables being separated the sky terrace is nice too. The pool separates the area so your guests won't be as close together and you'll have to walk around the pool to access all of the tables. I think it may be a little cramped with 100 guests. On the other hand, you'll probably have to spend more on décor/lighting if you do the Palenque. What time will your events be? The Palenque terrace has a great view of the sunset (not sure about the sky bar terrace).
  3. @ I'll admit that this was my first time at an all inclusive, so I really didn't know what to expect. After reading a lot of mixed reviews about the hotel food I've come to the conclusion that it may just depend on when you stay at the hotel and who happens to be the restaurant chef at the time. I thought maybe I was being picky but everyone in my group agreed that the Tequila restaurant dinner was pretty bad (we had dinner there twice); breakfast was mediocre. The hotel was fully booked but Tequila was never full, however Wok always had a wait and they had much better food. We ate at the Sky Bar twice; the first time it was just ok but the second time there was a different chef behind the bar and the food tasted great so I really think it depends on who you get. The food at our wedding was pretty good though; I'm guessing this is mostly due to us having a plated dinner. All of the food at Le Blanc was 5 star; even their "snack" foods on the pool terrace and beach were elaborate and delicious.
  4. @@Wafflesmom thank you so much! I think all of our guests were just happy to be there and to see everybody so we were able to overlook the issues for the most part. However, I don't know if anyone would want to stay there again (especially considering the price). Le Blanc on the other hand is insanely nice. It's the perfect place for a honeymoon and relaxation. I also saw two weddings while I was there and they were really nice.
  5. Hi All! We just got back from Cancun last night. Our wedding was great and we had an excellent vacation. Still waiting on my wedding photos of course, so we don’t have many pics yet. Here is my review of everything, hope this helps! Airport transportation Our travel agent booked Lomas Travel for our transport to and from the hotel. This was basically a nightmare. It was way too confusing and too much work involved. We had to find a rep at the airport, then stand in line to get our vouchers and then wait for a shuttle. It would have been much faster and easier to just get a cab. On top of this, our group had to check in with the Lomas rep again at the hotel to arrange our transport back. This was kind of annoying because the guy was only there for like 2 hours a day so everyone had to try to find him to make sure their transportation was secured. Check-In at Beach Palace The check-in process was a bit long (about 30 mins) and there was nowhere to sit down at the desk. However the staff was very pleasant. Overall review of the hotel The hotel looks very nice and the staff is very nice. However, we did have some issues. There was one room in our group that had a leaking toilet and caused the room to smell of sewage. They took a long time to fix it and after it was “fixed”, the toilet leaked again. I’m not talking about a minor leak with a small amount of water; the whole bathroom floor was soaked with water. We had another incident where a couple in our group booked a concierge level room which entitled them to two massages. The front desk gave them the wrong wrist bands so when they went to book their massage, they were told that they had to use resort credits. They were then told to go back to the front desk to get the correct wrist band for their concierge level room. The front desk told them that it didn’t matter and that the staff booking the massage could look in the system and see their room category and book the massages. Well, the people booking the massage insisted that it did matter. After about an hour of run around, my guests were able to get the correct wrist band and book their massages. The food was probably the worst aspect of the hotel. The buffet restaurant (Tequila) was just bad. The food tasted mediocre at best and it was cold. Not only is cold food unappetizing but to have buffet food sitting out under temperature is clearly a health hazard. The Asian restaurant (Wok) was pretty good. Unfortunately they are only open for dinner and the space is really small. The hotel was fully booked during our stay so if you didn’t get there early there was a long wait for a table. We didn’t get a chance to try the Italian restaurant so I can’t review that one. Overall, I’d give the hotel 4 stars and that’s mainly due to the great staff and the fact that our wedding and events turned out so good. Pre Wedding Activities We met with our coordinator, Rebeca, after we checked in to the hotel. She went over everything with us and explained how things would go. I had already emailed her a schedule of how I wanted everything to flow at the reception etc. I let her know that I had brought my own décor for the reception. She told me to drop everything to her office the next morning and she would have everything set up. We had a total of 23 guests. Half of our group arrived on Wednesday and the rest got there on Thursday. Since our group was so small, it was easy for me to give out the OOT bags as people arrived. We had our welcome dinner at the Tequila restaurant (we did not book the 75 roomnights, so we didn’t qualify for the unlimited free events. We only received the free cocktail hour). I actually didn’t mind having the dinner in the restaurant (except for the subpar food). The staff pushed a few tables together so that we were all seated together and we had a good time. We knew we were going to play the shoe game at the wedding reception, so decided to have our friends and family make up the questions that we would have to answer. We gave everyone a paper explaining how the game worked and asked everyone to submit questions at the end of the dinner. All of the younger people went out to the bars/clubs that night. We pretty much just winged it and had a great time. We had intended on staying in on Friday night but we had such a good time on Thursday that we all went out on Friday too. Wedding Day Nails/Makeup Our wedding was on Saturday at 2pm. I made an appointment with the salon for makeup and nails. I had my nails done on Thursday (so that they could be done for the welcome dinner). I had my makeup done on Saturday at 11am. I used my resort credits for the services so I only paid for the taxes ($16). Minerva did my hair and nails and she did a great job. I showed her a picture of the look I wanted for my makeup and it didn’t look exactly like the picture but it still looked nice. She was definitely naturally heavy handed with the makeup (which I did not want) so I would definitely suggest having a picture if you plan to use the salon. BTW I did my own hair. Photography We used Cecilia Dumas associated photographers for photos (we had Fabian with Veronica as his assistant). They were very friendly and professional. They were scheduled to arrive at 1pm to start taking pictures of me getting ready (we had no bridal party) and they were knocking on my door at 12:55. We also had a photobooth at the reception which was a big hit. It only cost us an extra $300 to add the photobooth to our package and I’m so glad we did because we have a lot of hilarious photos (they provide a book with all the photos that were taken). Wedding Our wedding was on the sky deck. It was a pretty short ceremony (maybe 20 minutes). We did a champagne toast and pictures with the guests immediately after. We then went down to the beach for photos while our guests went to the cocktail hour. Cocktail Hour/Reception Unfortunately, it had been windy since we arrived on Wednesday. The forecast for Saturday evening called for more wind and possible light rain. We made the decision to move the cocktail hour and reception inside. We had the events in the Ballroom. Honestly the space looks pretty terrible. The carpet is dated and the space is just boring. However, it was too late to order any extra décor so we just had to deal with it. We had the Asian hors d'oeuvres and they were very good. We had the plated dinner (which I’m happy about because I wasn’t too pleased with the buffet food at the restaurant) and it was pretty good. The bartenders kept bringing everyone drinks, which was great! We had the red velvet cake, which I liked. My husband’s brother was the MC for the Shoe Game. We had a lot of fun playing and the guests were laughing at all of our responses. I’d highly recommend playing this game. We had several speeches that were great and a few of them were unexpected so we were really pleasantly surprised. Tim’s brother and two close friends also surprised us with a hilarious singing and dancing routine lol. Our reception was a blast! PSAV We used PSAV as our DJ and they were great! Their accents were heavy, but we had no problem understanding them. They only made a few announcements for us anyway so it worked out fine (the important part was to pronounce our name correctly when we walked in, and they did). We told them in advance the kind of music we like and they seemed to know popular American music really well. They played a good mix of new and older music. They also had the schedule of events so they (along with Rebeca) frequently checked with me to make sure that everything was flowing the way I wanted it to. I have no complaints at all. Honeymoon After saying goodbye to our guests, we left Beach Palace and went to Le Blanc Spa Resort for a short honeymoon (3 nights). This place is pure luxury and the food is amazing; even the room service food was great! It was definitely worth the money. I have nothing negative to say, it was just spectacular.
  6. @Wafflesmom @@LauraM @TheBHolders I will definitely post a review after the wedding. Here is the link to one review that I found on here: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/reviews/r/3723-moon-palace-golf-spa-resort-all-inclusive/. She said the DJ was great, but was an hour late so they ended up getting a refund. I have seen several others, but I can't remember which thread they were on. I have not seen any reviews that complained about the DJ services (just the one above that said her DJ showed up late). The rates go up every year and the owner told me that their 2015 rates are not available yet, so I only have the 2014 rates. PM me your email addresses and I will send you what I have.
  7. @tygrrlily We have Rebeca and so far she's been really helpful! I think they just added this new electricity fee a few months ago for weddings in 2015, so you were able to avoid it. They're also raising the vendor fee for photographers back up to $800, but luckily I was able to lock in at the old $400 rate. We were going to use an outside vendor for the DJ, but over $1000 in fees is just crazy so we're using PSAV. Their owner has been really great and responsive. JSAV would have cost us about $1000 more than PSAV is charging us! They are way overpriced.
  8. @@tygrrlily thanks so much for the pic! I was already thinking of getting the 2 strings of lights and the underlights for the tables. Our DJ package includes lighting for the dance floor so hopefully this combo will be enough for us. We were just assigned to our onsite coordinator today! We're getting close
  9. @@Kari26 there is a 25 person minimum required to have a private reception on the terrace. We are expecting 22 guests and we are having the private reception on the terrace because we have agreed to pay for the minimum 25 people. With less than 25 people, you are required to have a plated dinner, they won't let you have a buffet dinner. The cost is $55 per person for a 2 hour event and an extra $8.50 per person for each additional hour. Keep in mind that Beach Palace seems to change their policies VERY frequently, so by the time 2016 rolls around I'm sure this information will be out of date. The price may go up or down. Having your wedding in June may work in your favor since June is part of their low season. Hope this helps and good luck planning!
  10. @@LauraM We have 22 guests and my WC told me that we can have the private reception, but we will have to pay for the minimum 25 people (we only qualify for the free cocktail hour). It seems that the WCs give out different info depending on who they're talking to which is highly annoying. Of course, if you have way less than 25 people I understand why paying for 25 would be a total waste of money.
  11. Thanks @@LauraM ! I have never been to BP so that's helpful. I know it gets dark by 5:30 there so the lighting will be very important for my reception. Luckily our DJ package does include some lighting already so I'm hoping I don't have to spend some crazy amount of money for extras. My budget is quickly being blown to pieces
  12. @FutureMrsGarcia How many guests are you having at your wedding? If you have less than 25 total then the plated dinner is actually mandatory (no extra cost).
  13. @@kather2008 (or anyone else who can answer this ) I will also be having my cocktail hour and reception on the Palenque terrace. Can you tell me what lighting and decor options you chose for your reception? We only have about 25 guests so I want to much sure we have the right amount of lighting and make good use of the space. Thanks!
  14. @@tygrrlily Everything looks so great! It sucks that it rained but it looks like your wedding and reception turned out beautifully and I love your pictures! I see that you used a couple of outside vendors; did you have to pay the vendor fees for all of them? I am using an outside photographer and possibly an outside DJ so any tips on getting the cost down would be greatly appreciated!
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