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TaraW

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TaraW last won the day on September 27 2016

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    Victoria, BC

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  • Wedding Date
    April 15, 2016
  • Wedding Location
    Barcelo Maya - Playa Azul
  1. Wow that's terrible news about the concert. So sorry for the brides looking to get married around this time! I'm glad my wedding is over and done with!! For those brides wondering about a DJ, I say if you have a small group DON'T spend the money!! I brought down my iPod and plugged it in to their fabulous sound system and danced the night away with my guests for a cost of 8.95 ..... the amount I paid for the "wedding DJ" app! It was awesome! You can build play lists for different parts of your wedding (dinner music, first dance, reception, etc) and program it to pause and do differe
  2. @@SamanthaElizabeth Check out YouTube There's a few video clips of the captain Morgan beach as well as the grill. MishkaDesigns did the uploads as they seem the most accurate of what I remember of that part of the resort. It doesn't afford you the same privacy at all compared to playa Azul but both my hubby and I said if we had to be relocated to a grill anywhere in the resort, Captain Morgan was the nicest as it had both a covered and open area, and the reception set ups we saw were very beautiful
  3. @@SamanthaElizabeth Were you wanting an indoor or outdoor location? And beach setting or covered area? Playa Azul is huge if you wanted a beach wedding reception as well (We did that and it was awesome) and can easily manage any size of group. Any of the grills can accommodate a large group of 90 as well. I think the Captain Morgan grill was our favourite out of all the grill areas when we were scoping out "back up" reception locations. I didn't see any indoor venues at all so I can't speak to those of you were thinking of going down that route. @@smfahey Glad you booke
  4. @@smfahey The thumbnail I attached earlier is the Playa Azul beach, where your ceremony could take place. You could also have farther up on the sand, which I have seen pics of. There is also a building right beside the location with a small kitchen, and washrooms to accommodate events in that area. I don't have a pic of that tho. I've attached a few more pics ..... a few show our large square reception table we had (in lieu breaking up a small group) It was very cool because it had color changing lights under it that really showed up at night. There are a few of the ceremony set u
  5. @@smfahey We only had 30 people invited initially when we booked, and over half of them cancelled with all the Zika virus scares and a very poor Canadian dollar right around booking time (1.40 to every USD!) so there was only 14. Playa Azul was not too big at all! the WCs try to discourage you from booking it because it's so popular, and they like to save it for the larger groups. Its a large part of the beach and can accommodate a lot of people, but it's not like having a wedding/reception in a large hall or indoor venue where if it's not full with people it seemed too big... it's outdo
  6. @@vida Hi there, I just wanted to share with you about the beach wedding location. We were just married in April and we specifically chose the Playa Azul location at the far end the resort (closest to the Beach resort side, not the Palace) We chose the location for our ceremony and reception for all the reasons and concerns you mentioned in your post! It is VERY private, it has the most beautiful beach (no rocks or coral, etc) and it was an amazing day!! So ask your WC if it's available because I PROMISE you wont be disappointed! We were at the resort for 3 weeks and saw tons of wedd
  7. Hey there all of you 2016 brides that were married at Barceló this year!! I have a question for all of you that had a civil ceremony: We were supposed to get an official marriage certificate in the mail "within three months", but 4 months has passed and nothing has arrived yet. I know everything is a LOT slower than they say, but I'm just wondering if/when you've received yours, and what the timeframe was. Thanks!
  8. @@WattGriffiths Congrats on your upcoming wedding! We were married on April 15. I also went through 3 WC's in the year that I spent planning the wedding - it was incredibly frustrating! Itzel was my last planner and the one who was there at on my wedding day but she's since left .... Funny because she worked front desk for four years before moving to the wedding side of things, and then was only there for 7 months!!! Makes you wonder a bit what's going on in that department!! I'm not sure if she's still at Barcelo, I used Beso Brides for my hair and makeup and have no regrets at al
  9. Hi there @@smfahey, 1. I have read nothing but positive comments on the wedding cakes overall. Ours was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!! but it was vanilla, so that doesn't help you. You can do a tasting when you arrive at the report for 10.50 USD per flavour, so that's an option for you. (that's the quote I was given last summer - it may have gone up) 2. Surf and turf was good, but it was very cold so that was a huge disappointment for us. And people don't get a choice of how they want their steak cooked, so that cook be an issue for some. A week later we got to try the beef wellingto
  10. @@Alemike Congrats on your upcoming wedding - looks like the countdown is really on now! You will love Beso Brides! Michael and Martina are both lovely people and did a great job for me and my guests that used their services. Highly recommended!!!! We LOVED having the guitarist. We sent him 4 songs ahead of time, with youtube clips of an instrumental guitarist playing them in the tempo we wanted them. He learned them in time and played them perfectly! We had: Before the ceremony started: Bless this Broken Road - Rascal Flatts Walking down the Aisle: We Found love -
  11. @@smfahey Check out my pics that I posted on here May 12 - we had both our wedding and reception at Playa Azul. It's a GORGEOUS location, and wonderfully private. You can't go wrong!
  12. @@SammyMac That's terrible about your friend falling and injuring himself! You said they tried to get him to sign a release form - hopefully he didn't? Gawd, I don't even know what that would be like trying to come after the resort for damages. Long distance wedding planning was stressful enough! every morning on the way to breakfast we thought we were going to slip on the wet soapy floor while they were cleaning the hallways in front of the room. My hubby and I joked about trying to manage a lawsuit after everything else .... But seriously, hopefully your friend is doing well since he's
  13. We definitely didn't have the shuttle experience that you did! That was a total scam whatever that woman was trying to pull with you without a doubt. In the end were also charged twice for the shuttle and spent about an hour at the desk the day before we checked out trying to get the charges removed. (paid for the shuttle separately when we got there, then the shuttle charge also showed up on our room charges as owing) So my other piece of advice is check your invoices as well, ladies!! More advice for all the brides that I forgot to mention: TAXI VS SHUTTLE In the end we cancell
  14. Hi there Yooyooo, Sounds like you had very similar problems to us with regards to dealing with reception and checking in your guests. I also had many issues like that but left it out of my already lengthy review. Like me, glad to hear that your wedding was everything you had hoped it would be! Thanks for sharing your pics - beautiful! It seems like there was definitely some huge issues with your shuttle but I wanted to add some info as well, hopefully to put you a bit at ease as to why this company had your contact info. We also booked through Barceló.com for ourselves and our gues
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