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About Haylinds

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  • Location
    Denver, Colorado

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  • Wedding Date
    February 18, 2016
  • Wedding Location
    Moon Palace
  1. Gonzalo Nunez is shooting both my wedding and doing a Trash the Dress. http://www.gonzalonunez.com/ I felt like he has great rates! My TTD is going to be $600, which it is normally $1300 for him. He may have given me a good deal because we booked him for the wedding too but he just offered up the discount and I didn't really need to haggle at all. I'll take it! We are getting 2 hours at the Cenote and 1 hour at the beach for that. We do need to pay the cenote entrance fee ourselves though so that will be a separate charge. I think it would be worth at least emailing him and letting him know what you would like to spend. He has been very quick with responses and easy to work with. Good luck!
  2. So a little update - I am only a month out now and things have been much better. At 45 days out they have to get a ton a paperwork and payments from you. When I hit that point I was finally able to get the response time I had been hoping for and get things settled. I am less than 30 days and I still haven't had contact with my on-site coordinator. That was supposed to happen a little while ago but I'm kind of over sweating the details and just hoping for the best
  3. @@TheBHolders I am less than a month out to my wedding at the Moon Palace so I'm working out some of the same details you are! Also, I have been there twice and have a pretty good handle on the layout and different locations. This might not be ideal but I did want to mention that they have a nightclub at the Moon Palace - Club Noir over in Sunrise. Last year when I was there a TON of guests from a wedding came over after they were done. It gave some of the younger people who weren't done celebrating and dancing a change to keep the party going and they had a blast! It opens Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You could always encourage everyone to after party over there! Also, I am aiming for a 4pm wedding. In the winter months the latest they will do the weddings is 4pm. I haven't worked out the details of getting ready for the day yet but I feel like 4pm will give me enough time to get ready and get some pictures in before. I have never been to Mexico in the summer though so I can't really say how bad the heat might be
  4. If you haven't signed the contract with DreamArt yet you should really look into Gonzalo who I mentioned! As long as it isn't February 18th because he is taken He has been great communicating with me and always responsive. His rates are reasonable and even with the $800 vendor fee the resort charges he was still more affordable than DreamArt! If you reserve at a restaurant I think you would still have a great time, that sounds lovely! They really do have some great restaurants - some of them can get a little loud. When I was at the Brazilian one it was too loud to try to talk to a group (great food though, you need to go - but just not for a reception).
  5. Horrible Communicators

    Pros: Lots of onsite entertainment for guests, large resort, great restaurants
    Cons: Price, hard to use outside vendors, communication
    I'm am still in the planning stages with the Moon Palace and have 2 months to go until my big day!     I have been to the Moon Palace on 2 different occasions which is why I decided to have my wedding here.  Vacationing as a guest and not having to worry about anything other than trying not to eat too much and not getting burned it was a great experience.  I entirely regret not looking into other options or reading reviews so here is my experience to help you brides to be out there:    My fiance and I were engaged in Jan. 2015 and decided pretty early on that we wanted to do a beach wedding.  His parents have a timeshare at the Moon Palace and we had a trip planned for March anyway so we thought it would be great to go ahead and get the ball rolling on reserving the Moon Palace for our wedding and then doing some on-sight planning while there.    First steps are to coordinate with our initial contact who was fairly communicative.  They definitely push you to sign the contracts ASAP and get money down.  He was very responsive to us, there were slight language barrier issues but all in all that was a good experience.   From there we were bumped to our Off-site Wedding Coordinator.  This was and continues to be a horrible experience - I have read some people have had good experiences with theirs.  I don't want to name names on a public forum but if you are serious about looking into this and want to know who not to use - send me a message.  When we send an email there is a big lag time when we get a response and once we finally do it doesn't even answer half of what we need.  For example, I am still waiting on a confirmation of my location, how much it will cost per chair during the reception, how many people the tables seat, and what exactly we can use our "points" towards.  But don't worry, she was quick to introduce me to someone to decorate and spend more money at the resort.  I was already somewhat turned off from my experience but had paid my down payment and felt like I couldn't back out.  Since we were making a trip there anyway we wanted to meet with someone on-site to plan some things like menu and cake, etc.  So we booked this through the off-site Coordinator to have cake tasting (we even specified the flavors).  Once we got there they did have our appointment booked but had no information on cake tasting.  We had to wait probably around an hour for them to get that together.  I will say, the person who we met with on site was fantastic!  Meeting with them in person calmed my nerves and made me feel better about everything.  We also met with the on site photographers they have (DreamArt Photography), they showed us beautiful pictures and told us we could even sacrifice an hour of our photography package to do a cenote shoot after - awesome!    Once I got back home the same old problems continued - lack of communication but I still had almost a year to plan so I just pushed my frustrations to the side and decided to deal with them closer to the date.     When my guests have tried to book their hotel rooms there are a few catches - the payment has to be paid in full at the time the reservation is made and they can only do it on 1 credit card.  Was a little bit of a problem for my single friends sharing rooms so be sure to give guest the heads up on that!  Outside of that, this part was pretty seamless - the website isn't the easiest to navigate for some people but nothing major.    So rooms are now all booked and I'm trying to finalize details.  I followed up with DreamArt and they said that they can't do the cenote shoot that we had talked about in person - only a beach trash the dress.  What what?  Why the change from in person?  Who knows - they are pretty eager to tell you what they want to hear to close a sale but not follow through.  I was really looking forward to this so I was really disappointed.  There wasn't much of a reason or explanation or apology - just a please sign this contract with the agreed times and rates.  I still had questions and wanted to see examples of the beach shoot.  He told me he would send them so I waited 2 weeks before finally following up.  He provided them immediately once I followed up but that has been my experience with everyone - I get a lot of promises but then no communication.  I noticed that he had the locations wrong that I had reserved on the invoice so I had to contact my Off Site Coordinator to verify I am even getting married where I thought I was getting married and 5 days later still waiting to hear back from her...   Long story short, the photography prices and communication made me look into other options before signing something - I am going to just suck it up and pay the vendor fee to be able to use someone.  I founds someone who has been great so far, I am still getting a better deal (he is offering me 15% off to help with the vendor fee)  AND I'm getting the Cenote shoot for less than what I would pay using DreamArt.  He has been extremely helpful and communicative - Gonzalo Nunez - I highly recommend him!  I also had a good experience with Melissa Mercado, she just couldn't do my day - amazing work on her website though and she was super responsive.  She is from California so if you are planning from the states and don't speak Spanish it makes it a little easier to communicate.    In summary:  I would never recommend the Moon Palace for a wedding.  They try to nickle and dime you on everything - they charge extra even per chair for every guest you have over 30 ppl.  Come on, these guest are pumping thousands of extra $ into the resort for being there for our wedding and we can't just provide extra chairs???  They make it nearly impossible to use offsite vendors (but trust me ladies, it is worth it to go offsite for these things - there are options, don't feel like you have to use everyone they recommend)!  I'm hopeful once I actually get down there it will have a turn for the better but I am absolutely kicking myself for not doing more research first and looking into other options.  I am also kicking myself for going with such an expensive resort that made it hard for a lot of my guests I wanted to be there to go - personal choices, I know, but regrets I want to pass along regardless.         
  6. This is a review of:

    Gonzalo Nunez Photography

    Great Experience!

    Pros: Communication, Experienced in Wedding Photography, Friendly and Patient
    I got married at the Moon Palace in February and have been telling people ever since that hiring Gonzalo was the best decision we made in the process!     After a frustrating experience in communicating with the on-site photographers, I did a frantic search for other photographers in the Cancun area.  He got back to me immediately (if you are planning a destination wedding I'm guessing that is something you now really value also)!  Right away I appreciated that he was very upfront with his pricing and I loved that we had the option to add on a cenote shoot to our wedding package.    Planning what pictures I wanted was probably the last thing on my to-do list.  I'm am not a planner by nature and I dreaded everything about wedding planning.  Fortunately for me, Gonzalo remembered everything that I mentioned in our email communication that I had liked and was able to set up great shots the day of the wedding.  My husband and are VERY awkward in front of the camera but he was great at giving us direction.     I highly recommend doing a shoot after at the beach and/or cenote!  When else would you ever have the opportunity to do something like that?  Plus, it was a great time to get photos of my husband and I.  We, of course, had some on the wedding day but there is so much going on that day it was nice to have time to get just the 2 of us in a more relaxed atmosphere.