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(Rated 4.9 stars with 114 reviews)
Rated #1 of 27 Coordinator Reviews on BDW
About:

Adventure Weddings is Mexico's leading destination wedding company. Our exclusive location of Las Caletas provides the perfect mix of ocean, mountain, beach and tropical jungle to create the ideal setting for your dream destination wedding.

Whether you want an intimate, quaint and casual ceremony or a sophisticated and elaborate event, we’ll design an unforgettable and personalized experience suited to your individual style and budget.

Our professional wedding and event coordinators will handle every detail of your special occasion with an all-inclusive package tailored to your wishes, so you can easily relax, knowing that all is taken care of. Since all of our facilities and excursions are owned and operated by us, we are able to coordinate and book all of the wedding events from romantic to thrilling and everything in-between.

Modern Bride magazine ranks Mexico as the fifth most popular destination for weddings in paradise, and once you experience Las Caletas, you’ll know why.

Member Reviews

amgm5517

By amgm5517, · 1 Comment

Pros: Everything
Cons: None
Our wedding experience at Caletas working with Adventure Weddings was truly amazing and exceeded all of our expectations. Our wedding was September 13, 2014 and It is really hard to put into words how memorable and beautiful the wedding truly was.    The positives and highlights:   Our Wedding Coordinator Fernanda. I communicated primarily by email and she was accessible by phone as needed. She was always timely and responsive to our requests and questions which made planning very easy and not stressful. She went above and beyond. The Boat trip was a really a good start and preparation for a wonderful day. The Suite prepared for us was exquisite , Champagne and Taquitos marvelous. All activities including coco loco, snorkel, overall day with our new blended family was outstanding. The ceremony leaded by Chui was truly spiritual and intense. The Show was unbelieved Top Notch , dinner and cake very well prepare - but the best was the overall sense of service and best wished to us of the entire team put together this activity for us - Thank very much from the bottom of our hearts - Adrian & Teresa Gonzalez   
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Bahar

By Bahar, · 1 Comment

Pros: Everything
Cons: None
The Most amazing night! By far it past my expectation. Blanca and her team are fantastic. I'm very fortunate to work with Blanca. Everything was super organized any question we had was responded the same day with no delay.
We had 100 guest and they were able to manage and coordinate everything in the best possible way.
Feed back from our guest, best wedding ever! :)

Blanca and las caletas team thank you for creating such a wonderful time for us.
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Pros: Every. Single. Thing.
Cons: That we didn't get the videographer so we could watch over and over again...
I don’t know where to begin this review.  We just got married this past Saturday, March 15, 2014.    Blanca, Blanca, Blanca!   I am an event planner myself – I do high-end events all over the world and have super high expectations when it comes to events.  When researching a destination wedding in Mexico I started to go the private villa route until my sister found Las Caletas.  To be completely honest, I was a bit skeptical going with something that had “Adventures” in their title for my wedding.  I was worried about my wedding being cheesy.  As I did a TON of research, all reviews, and I mean ALL, were over-the-top positive.  I went ahead and nervously booked it, site unseen.  Blanca was assigned to me as my wedding coordinator and from there we started our long distance relationship J .  Best decision ever... I was VERY particular about everything from how many glasses at each place setting to the cake to where the menus were placed at each setting.  I would say I was definitely a high-maintenance bride. It was hard for me to hand off control when I’m so used to being on the other side planning. Blanca EXCEEDED my expectation in every way, shape, form.  A lot of Las Caletas reviews start with “I can’t begin to tell you” or “I can’t describe how gorgeous”…let me tell you how true that it.  Blanca nailed every SINGLE thing flawlessly.  When I walked down to the site (before everyone got there) to see what she had done with my vision, I cried.  It was the most magical space I have ever seen.  Everyone said the same thing “I wouldn’t be able to describe this to anyone – it’s the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever been to in my life”. The entire day in incredible – it’s so relaxing, you literally don’t lift a finger.  Blanca makes everything look so easy – always being so calm with a million things going on around her.  She is so professional and wants to make sure your day is absolutely perfect.  I can’t begin to say enough about her.   The staff – where do I begin – they are the most gracious, polite, go above and beyond staff you will EVER work with.  Anything you need, it’s there.  Immediately.  Guests couldn’t believe it.  We needed a wheelchair last minute, done.  They saw your glass empty, it was filled.  You needed a special plate for a guest with allergies (that I forget to mention) it was out in 10 minutes max.  They were all so sweet – I want to thank every single person for their hard work…incredible.  The woman lighting and re-lighting hundreds and hundreds of candles  all night, always making sure they were perfect - thank you!  You made it look spectacular all evening long!   The food - I usually really dislike buffets - especially for a wedding.  This buffet is FIRST CLASS - it was incredible, they had it set up in 2 spots so no one ever had to wait for anything.  People said it was the best food they had in Mexico all week long!  There was something for everyone.   Our cake - I cut out a picture in a magazine - it was EXACTLY spot on gorgeous - thank you to the baker!  Guests said it was the best wedding cake they've ever tasted - some saying "I don't even usually eat wedding cake, I ate the whole thing".   The DJ – RAFAEL – I always get nervous with the music – it can make or break a wedding.  I’m SO glad I went with the Las Caletas DJ, you can’t get any better – no way.  So don’t even bother with bringing your own – Rafael knows the sound system, the lighting system and he’s seriously the best.   He has the best read on the crowd and played EVERYTHING we wanted.   The boat ride back - I laugh when I even think about how much fun that was!  Walking to  the boat from the site - was gorgeous - the ocean is lit up under the boat and makes for a spectacular site!   I could go on and on and on!  I just had to write this to let everyone out there know – if you’re looking for the best destination wedding in the world (I’ve done events at Four Seasons Bora Bora, Hawaii, Costa Rica) – this topped them all.  Don’t look any further and book this now J .  You will have the most stress-free, budget friendly, unforgettable, one-of-a-kind wedding that will blow anything you picture...out of the water.   Thank you to all at Las Caletas, especially Blanca Ramirez – you made it a night that we, nor our guests, will never forget!   Salud!   -Steph & Paul
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Hi Everyone,   I got married on November 18th, 2013 at Las Caletas which was absolutely breath taking. My experience from start to finish was amazing!! Dennise, my wedding coordinator, couldn’t have been more organized. I didn’t have to worry about a thing. My wedding was perfect to every little detail. Thank you Dennise and everyone else who helped pull everything together. The girls, my mother and I started off the day by taking a private boat to the island so we didn’t have to get up so early. When I got to the island I wish we had gone on the earlier boat as there was much beauty to take in. I was truly blown away!!  We had champagne and soft tacos waiting for us in the bridal suite. They thought of everything. The suite was fully equipped including showers and steamer for the dresses.   Before the ceremony the boys got ready in a separate area. They were treated to tequila shots to help calm everyone’s nerves! The ceremony was gorgeous. The scenery will just take your breath away as your walking down the aisle. The minister was great; I got a lot of compliments on his vows. My mother arranged to have the parrot fly in our rings. She didn’t let anyone know. It was so cool, just another special touch to the day.   We did our photos before and after the ceremony to ensure we had enough light, the sun sets fairly early at that time of year.  We had Eder do our photos. He is amazing and truly an artist. We were very happy with him. My photo disc showed up according to schedule which made me very happy.   The food was delicious. There was a great variety and plenty to go around.  Dennise kept everything running smoothly. She made sure we were in the right spot at the right time. She was amazing and so calm.  We couldn’t have gotten through it without her.   Also, I should mention the catamaran ride there and back. Everyone who came on the catamaran had a great time. They got the party started by serving drinks and playing great music. We danced the whole way home at the end of the night as well. I could go on and on as words can’t even begin to describe the great experience we all got to be a part of. I will recommend Las Caletas to everyone, there was nothing but great service and great staff. J   Thanks again!! Chase & Jaylene Atkinson
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yk102613

By yk102613, · 0 Comments

Pros: Dennise, Dennise, Dennise!! Food, Location -- Everything, basically!
Cons: None
As usual -- I'm late writing this review... about 3 months late... but alas, here we go.

Words can not describe how absolutely perfect our wedding was. Everything from the communication with Dennise months before the wedding to the boat ride back from Las Caletas -- it was completely flawless. Also -- not that this matters in general but for any other same sex couples wondering if this place is gay friendly -- ABSOLUTELY! We are a same sex couple and not once did we feel different or like this was an "alternative" wedding.

I'll begin with our wedding coordinator. Dennise was wonderful to work with. She was incredibly accommodating and very helpful. She answered all of our questions in a very timely fashion and went above and beyond to make sure we had the wedding of our dreams. We had a few decor ideas (center pieces etc) that ended up falling through and Dennise not only found a solution, but legit, made it better than what we originally envisioned. She met with us a couple of days before the wedding at our resort and was so warm and friendly -- felt like I was just chatting with a friend. She brought us a list of things to bring as well as a very detailed timeline for the wedding day. We brought a bunch of stuff that needed to be set up like favors, picture frames, bird cages, polaroid camera station and guest book and Dennise took everything with her that same day which made the day of the wedding much easier for us, transportation wise.

The wedding day went so incredibly smoothly... My wife and I aren't very traditional so we wanted to get ready together. In total there were 5 of us that went to Las Caletas that morning. I was lucky enough to have a cousin who does hair and make-up so I can't speak to the services offered there. We took a cab to the marina and then a boat ride over to Las Caletas. For some reason, I always figured the boat ride would be just the wedding people and our coordinator but it was on a Vallarta Adventures boat/catamaran with other tourists. They had coffee, juice, fruit and pastries on the boat ride there as well as entertainment. It was a lot of fun and we got to see a few dolphins swimming alongside the boat!

The hike up to the bridal suite wasn't as bad as I had read but it is a bit of a hike. We were going to go back down to snorkel and swim a bit but we were greeted with a breakfast taco station and mimosas and one thing led to another and instead we ended up relaxing by the hot tub and having a few cocktails, don't judge us! :)Like I said before, my cousin did our hair and make-up so we put on some music, had some drinks and took all morning to calmly get ready. The staff was so incredibly nice and attentive. They kept checking in to make sure we were all good.

We had our own photographer, one of my cousins is a photography student and she wanted to photograph the wedding for us as her gift. We took a few pictures before the ceremony and were hoping to take more wedding party pictures during the cocktail hour. Unfortunately, since we had a fairly large wedding (80ish people), everyone wanted a picture with us during cocktail hour. I think that if we had gone with their photographer things may have been a bit more organized but it turned out fine... Since we did have our own photographer who traveled with us, we were able to do a trash the dress shoot at the beach the next day and took more bridal party pictures.

We had Chuy, the minister for Las Caletas do the ceremony. He was so wonderful and open to any suggestions. A cousin of mine who is a pastor wanted to do a reading and Chuy was so great about last minute changes to the ceremony. He came up and introduced himself while we were getting ready and he made us feel very comfortable.

When it was finally time for the ceremony we came down from the suite and Dennise had everyone lined up and ready to go... the rest of the night went by in a blur. It was so incredibly perfect. The decorations were more beautiful than we could have imagined. The food was UNBELIEVABLY good. Everyone raved about the food. The cake was delicious. We ended up using their DJ and he knew exactly what to play in order to get the dance floor packed. Honestly, words can't describe how perfect it all went. And just how beautiful everything was. The sunset, the candles, the ocean, friends and family. Cliche to say, I know, but legit -- most beautiful and perfect day of our lives.

We decided to do the lantern ceremony and it was wonderful. All of our guests were in awe and so excited to participate. We danced and drank and had the best time ever and right when we thought the party was ending - Boom! Open bar and DJ on the boat ride back. I won't lie, I was a bit tipsy and worried that we'd forget something but the staff and Dennise had everything packed and ready to go.


It's been a few months and still friends and family are raving about it. Honestly, I would recommend Las Caletas to anyone who's planning a destination wedding. Here are a few pictures -- and seriously, they don't do it justice.
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caroltilley

By caroltilley, · 0 Comments

Pros: attentive staff, gorgeous setting, pretty much everything...
Cons: NONE - not a single complaint
Our wedding at Las Caletas was, by far, the most amazing day of my life! I don’t have a single thing to complain about. The staff is unbelievable… so nice, accommodating and all around amazing. Dennise was our WC and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer, more attentive coordinator! We had our wedding date set at least a year and half in advance and she was more than happy to answer any random questions I came up with along the way. We communicated through email and she always got back to me within a reasonable amount of time. As far as what I pictured for our wedding, I was never told that something wasn’t do-able. Dennise went above and beyond to make the picture I had in my head a reality.

The morning of my wedding day, it was overcast and there was a slight drizzle. Nothing too concerning, but it the 5 years that I had been going to Puerto Vallarta in November, I had never seen it rain! I was just hoping that the sun would make an appearance in time for the ceremony. My wish came true, and by afternoon it had stopped drizzling and there was an amazing sunset!

I went over to LC in the morning with my mom and sister-in-law. The boat staff was great! They took care of my dress and our bags so we didn’t have to worry about them. Once we got to LC, they carried all of our stuff up to the bridal casita for us. It was quite a hike, so not having to worry about our belongings was nice. We spent the day resting in the casita and enjoyed welcome champagne, fruit and tacos. Lunch was delicious!

After lunch, it was time for hair and makeup. I brought pictures of what I had in mind for both hair and makeup. I loved the end result! My mom also did hair and makeup and all the guests kept raving how great she looked. He did an amazing job!

My now husband, came over to LC with my brother, a few friends and our photographers around 2pm. They met in La Boca and took a speed boat before the guests arrived so we could do pictures before the ceremony. Huge shout-out to Photoshoots Vallarta!!! Evgenia and Stephanie did an AMAZING job! I have looked at our pictures a hundred times! I highly recommend them!

The ceremony/reception was gorgeous and exactly what I pictured! There were candles everywhere and it was the most beautiful and romantic setting I have ever seen! Dennise added a few touches here and there and she did an amazing job! She truly has a great eye for detail! She was on top of everything and made sure we flowed smoothly from one thing to the next.

Dinner was so good! My husband and I ate so much that we didn’t even make it to the dessert table. But all of our guests said the desserts were amazing as well! The staff was so attentive, we never had an empty drink in our hands and any request we had they made sure it happened!

If you are contemplating on whether or not you should hire the fire dancers, let me make that decision for you… DO IT!!!!!! It was one of the most awesome experiences I have ever had! Throughout the year long planning process, my now husband kept telling me not to get the fire dancers. It would be a waste of money and why do we need to see a guy come out and twirl some fire? After the show, he turned to me and gave me the first “you were right” of our marriage! His exact words, “you should have told me they were Ninjas with fire!”

At the end of the night, Dennise and the staff had all of our stuff brought down from the bridal casita and ready to go. The boat ride back to PV was a continuation of the party. They had music going and were still serving drinks.

This really was the best night of my life! I can’t imagine it happening any other way and my husband and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! Thank you so, so much to everyone that was involved in making this night happen! We can’t wait to come back to Las Caletas and revisit this magical experience!
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LaLa1116

By LaLa1116, · 0 Comments

Pros: Blanca and the rest of the staff, Location and Ambiance.
Cons: NOT.A.SINGLE.ONE
I will write a review on the beauty of Las Caletas, but I need to first give it up to the staff who made our wedding dreams come true. If I could give them 10 stars, I would. We were married November 16th which we now refer to as "the best day of our lives." :) The staff at Las Caletas, especially our WC Blanca, is responsible for that. Let me start by saying that I am a VERY detail-oriented and a bit of a control freak. ;) I started planning our wedding almost 2 years out and through out the entire process, Blanca answered every email quickly and kindly. She addressed every concern we had and made every crazy request for our dream wedding possible. When I say I could not have planned this wedding without her, it is an understatement. While I was busy planning things at home, she was the one responsible for putting it all together in Mexico. Girls, she was my rock. If you have any fears of planning a wedding abroad because you feel a lack of control or feel that you will have to sacrifice some of the details, have your wedding at Las Caletas and work with Blanca. I'm serious.

It POURED the morning of our wedding. IN NOVEMBER!!! with 1/2 rainy day on record for the month!!!!! It was down pouring when I woke up. I called Blanca at 6 am on her cell to see what the plans were for the boat ride over in such terrible weather. SHE ANSWERED! AT 6AM! She assured me it would be fine and we would board the boat as usual. Needless to say, I was still freaking out when my sisters, my mom and I boarded the boat alone in a storm. All tours were cancelled due to weather. We sat on the lower deck of the boat with the flaps down while I hyperventilated and prayed for the sun to come out.

Long story short, the weather slowly improved and the sun was out before my future husband and our guests boarded the boat. :) Wedding miracle. Moving on...because of the weather, I was a mess in the morning...forgetting things like my sandals and a special locket my mom gave me for my bouquet. Blanca called my fiancé and he had them for the ceremony. The makeup artist forgot eyelash glue and Blanca had some. My mom has arthritis and had trouble climbing the steep stairs to the casita and Blanca had a staff member sweetly help my mom make the trip. And this is before the wedding! LOL

EVERY SINGLE DETAIL was done beautifully and EXACTLY like I would have done it myself. Every request, from a specialty horchata cocktail and plain cheese quesadillas at cocktail hour, sparklers during our first dance and homemade churros as we boarded the boat, Blanca made it all happen. She went above and beyond--We didn't pay for petals on the ceremony aisle, but they were there. All of our bags were organized and brought down for us at the end of the night so we didn't forget anything. Blanca packed up all of our decorations and had them ready to go. Blanca kept the night flowing perfectly without a hitch. Every time I went over to check when something was supposed to happen, she was one step ahead of me. I had nothing to worry about and I always worry. I didn't have to take care of anything. I just spent the night dancing and having fun with my guests. Blanca, if you are reading this...I cannot begin to thank you for everything. You were incredible. It was such a pleasure.

The staff was also fantastic!! They brought us cold towels when we got hot on the dance floor. Our drinks were never empty and EVERYONE was SOOOOOO NICE! From the time they stand on the edge waving and welcoming your guests to the moment they are helping your intoxicated guests safely board the boat, the service is impeccable.

Our guests will not stop raving about our wedding. I just received our wedding video from Sandra (Vallarta Adventures Video) which is amazing! If you need a videographer, use Sandra. She is professional, sweet and very talented. Watching the video just reminded me of how wonderful everything really was.

Ladies, do yourself a favor. Get married at Las Caletas. You won't be sorry...in fact, you'll be the happiest you've ever been! :)
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silvabrownwed

By silvabrownwed, · 1 Comment

Pros: Everything
Cons: Weather
After getting engaged we started to look around at what options there were for a wedding. We started to look in our own city, but could not find a venue that we liked. Additionally, we found it slightly unfair to my family since all them would have to fly in. We knew that ideally we wanted a beach wedding and started to look at Puerto Vallarta based off a recommendation from my mother. My now wife came across Adventure Wedding’s website and after reading several reviews and talking to our families we decided to go with them. It was definitely a unique experience since neither of us had ever been to Puerto Vallarta or had used any of Adventure’s services before, but the whole experience went wonderfully. Because I am from Mexico and speak Spanish fluently, I handled all of the communication. However, everyone that I interacted at Adventure speaks English. We set a date for Oct. 2013 back in June of 2012 and over the whole year and a half had steady interaction with Blanca, our wedding coordinator. She was fantastic, always prompt to respond my emails and easy to talk to if ever I had to call her on the phone. Given that we had so much time to prepare, and because the bulk of the decisions and choices were made on the three months before the actual event, when we actually got to PV and had our tour of Las Caletas, there were minimal details to clear up. I had some concerns about the weather, but Blanca walked me through what the contingency plan was (thankfully it did not rain). The location is beautiful; once we arrived there we knew we had made the right choice. On our wedding day, I took my then fiancée, her sister, mother and niece to the marine terminal where Blanca was waiting for them. They spent the day at the wedding suite, each got a massage, had lunch and got ready for the wedding. We used Adventure’s hairdresser and make-up artist and all the girls were really happy with how they turned out. We did test hair and makeup at home and took plenty of pictures so the hair and makeup artist knew exactly what the look that my now wife was going for. Since all my guests were staying at the same hotel, I arranged transport with Adventure to have a bus pick us up and take us to the marine terminal. The bus was exactly on time and so was the cruise coordinator. Everyone enjoyed the boat ride to Las Caletas. Blanca and her team did an amazing job of matching our wedding colors to the flowers and other decorations. The ceremony was beautiful. The photography session with Eder was great. All my guests complemented me on how delicious the dinner was. The cake was really pretty and really good (we chose chocolate). The DJ was fantastic. We also chose to have drummers/fire dancers which were a lot of fun and enjoyed by all the guests.   We are both extremely happy with how our wedding turned out. I want to point out how much care Blanca and everyone at Adventure took to make sure all the small details we asked for were taken care of and how hard they worked to make sure we enjoyed our time and not have to worry. Small things, like the DJ only playing songs we ask for or Blanca finding a babysitter (who was incredible) for my now wife’s baby niece. They made sure everything was taken care. We would highly recommend Adventure Weddings, specifically for a busy couple who does not have time to take care of the details themselves.   
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Shanna12

By Shanna12, · 1 Comment

Pros: Dennise, wedding coordinator, Very Pleasant staff, delicious food, amazing photographer, awesome hair and make-up team, beautiful and unique.
Cons: Rain, humidity and heat! :( But not a Las Caleta's fault!!
We went to Las Caletas a few years ago for the Rhythms of The Night show and we fell in love.  We were not even engaged yet but we knew we wanted to get married here.  Dennise, our wedding coordinator took every detail that I gave her and made my dream wedding a reality. She was there the entire night and made sure everything was just how I wanted it.  We brought a lot of our own stuff, such as the escort cards, picture frames, scarves, etc and she had everything packed up for us and ready when the wedding was over.  The bridal suite was so unique and a great experience for me and my girls while we were getting ready.  We also got massages before we started to get our hair and make up done which really helped relax me.  The 3 men that came to do our hair and make up were very professional and did an amazing job.  I showed them a picture of how I wanted my hair and my bridesmaids hair and they were able to replicate it exactly, even adding their own unique twist with a braid in the back for my girls, it looked amazing! The photographer was so nice and funny and we really had a great time with him.  We had the groomsmen come early so we could take pictures before the guests arrived and the photographer blindfolded us before we saw each other and it made the experience of seeing my husband on the day of our marriage so romantic.  The ceremony was exactly how I always envisioned it, I could not stop crying.  We had the parrot bring us our rings and it really added a uniqueness to the whole experience and our guests were so impressed! The minister, Chuy was perfect, very pleasant and well spoken, he did an incredible job.  After our dream ceremony it was a horrible thunderstorm but we made the best of it and started our party under the covering where the tables were set up. As soon as the rain let up a little, the dance floor was set up and everyone ran to it and started dancing.  We danced ALL NIGHT!! The fire dancers were incredible and the sky lanterns were a perfect way to end the night.  We also had the smores station set up but I was too busy dancing to taste any but the guests that did said it was great! The boat ride back was an entire hour of non stop dancing.  My husband and I had the best experience of our lives, it was beyond our dreams and expectations.  I wish I could do it again and again!!!! I would probably change the month because in mid October it is supposed to be the end of the rainy season but the heat and humidity were brutal.  None of my guests seemed to mind the humidity or the rain so it did not put a damper on the mood AT ALL!!! 
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Pros: Secluded! Unique! Outdoors! Beautiful!
Cons: A few guests were sea sick on the boat ride over - Dramamine recommended.
Our wedding on Las Caletas was amazing!  I cannot explain how special the experience was.  I wish I could do it again so I could experience more of it.  I never thought I would get married on a beach but I ended up having the exact wedding that I wanted - beautiful, unique, memorable and a great party.     Blanca, our wedding coordinator, was amazing, professional and capable.  She did an amazing job and was right there the whole night.  Anything I requested - she made happen - and she filled in the gaps perfectly.     Adventure Weddings know what they're doing!  Feel confident that everything will run smoothly.... it will be gorgeous... and your guests will remember this unique experience!       (Only downfall I experienced was the heat and humidity in mid October.  If I could do it over, I would probably go further into the tourism season)
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Skky

By Skky, · 0 Comments

Pros: Everything was magical, from the begining to the end
Cons: None at all
We just got married on July 20, 2013 at las Caletas, it was the most perfect day.       From first thing in the morning heading to the island, as part of the early girl package, we were treated exceptional, once arriving we were taken to the bridal suite which was amazing, there was also a bottle of champagne and fruit waiting for us as well us snacks. We spent the day swimming, and getting massages. When it came time to get ready, the hair and makeup artist came in and did an amazing job with all of us, he really did an a fantastic job, and was quick. While getting ready our photographer was there taking pictures as we all were getting ready. After we were done getting ready he took all of us girls out to start taking pictures, in which he did an a amazing job with the pictures.   In the meantime, when the rest of the wedding party came over, they had their own boat and photographer, my husband said they were amazing on the boat, it was a great time. My husband’s mom is in a wheelchair, and he has no words to describe how amazing the staff was with helping his mom on and off the boat as well as how much they helped taking care of her throughout the whole wedding, it was unbelievable, he was also blown away on their arrival, upon arriving they were greeted by the staff all waving from the island when they arrived, he said it was quite the site.   I don't even know how to describe the wedding itself, it was like a fairytale. The wedding was perfect, everything went so smooth and amazing, it was the best day of our lives, which we will never forget. From walking down the aisle, the parrot bringing us our rings, our vows, the fire dancers ( they were incredible), the music, the grooms men and my husband streaking into the ocean lol, it was the most perfect day.   I was unsure of what kind of music and songs so I asked the DJ to play what he thought best and he did an amazing job, the music was the perfect dancing music for all ages. When leaving the island everything went smooth, they gathered all our stuff for us so that we would not forget it, which was much appreciated considering we all had a bit to drink, and probably would have forgotten it.   Dennise was our wedding planner, and she did an amazing job, so patient every time we changed our minds on everything and was more than helpful with all our questions, she always got back to us promptly and just did a fantastic job to make this day absolutely perfect for us, we can’t thank her enough.
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kikijean

By kikijean, · 1 Comment

Pros: Private beach, organized and experienced wedding coordinators, beautiful location
Cons: Some stress at the end of the party when re-loading the boat
My husband and I got married at Las Caletas on May 25, 2013. It was the best experience of both of our lives. It was magical and perfect. We had such a blast and so did the rest of our 45 guests- everyone has admitted (even our wedding photographer) that it is the BEST wedding they've ever been to.   Dennise Betancourt was our wedding coordinator and she was perfect. We emailed back and forth for about 9 months before the wedding. She kept perfect track of everything I emailed her- even all of the changes I made along the way. When we went for the site inspection and we met her in person, it was like meeting a long time friend. She hugged us and made us feel so calm and welcome. She was perfectly on time for everything, and the line of events turned out to be exactly how she had said they would. There were absolutely NO surprises! Which I really appreciated on my wedding day. Everything was smooth and seamless. Dennise definitely went above and beyond with some small details like bringing coloring books and crayons, bubbles, and candy for the kids table. She also put all of the seating cards in a tray of sand which I loved. She also organized the welcome/cake/guestbook table so that it was so beautiful. I could have never done that by myself!!!    We used the DJ to run our entire event. He was so awesome! I could have never reproduced that with an iPod. And I would have hated for one of my guests to have to man the iPod at all times. The DJ used a lot of the songs I had suggested, but had remixes and a ton of other songs to add to the list as well. All of my guests were impressed with the music. The dance floor was full the entire night. We also did the extra hour which I absolutely suggest- the entire day goes by really fast!   We also had the fire Dancers. They were spectacular! I was expecting the show to be a little longer but they were still worth every penny. Everyone was so surprised. It felt like we were celebrities or royalty having such an amazing show performed for our wedding.   The service was exceptional as well. We were never without a drink. There was enough food to feed an army and so many more choices for dinner than we could have ever eaten! There was a whole dessert bar, so I definitely think doing a smaller/1 tiered cake would have been less wasteful because everyone was already stuffed from the dinner and the dessert bar and hardly ate the cake. (However, the 3-tiered cake we did was beautiful in the photos, again, another thing that Dennise organized). In the heat of the night, they had cold spa towels that the servers would pass around. They seriously think of everything at Las Caletas! Also, I was told later that as the catamaran pulled into Las Caletas at the beginning of the evening, all of the restaurant servers were waving in unison to welcome my guests! So cool!   My one complaint about Las Caletas was at the end of the night when we were ready to re-board the catamaran. Earlier in the day, just as the other reviews have said, my bridesmaids and I had gone early to Las Caletas and spent the day in the bridal casita. We had to bring quite a bit of baggage in order to get ready- we had brought all of our dresses, beach clothes, towels, shampoo, swim suits, wedding accessories like flower girl/ringbearer  baskets and pillows, all the boys clothes and accessories to steam, etc. We had a lot of stuff! Dennise had asked us to pack up our bags before we left the casita for the wedding and that she would be sure we were re-acquainted with our bags at the end of the night.   I did not know that our bags would be brought down to the beach area where we partied instead of the boat area. Let me tell you folks, it is a really long, uneven path in a wedding dress, heels, and after several tequila shots to tug along a 50lb suitcase and several tote bags of wedding memorabilia. The entire night we had been waited on hand and foot and treated like celebrities but then the music stopped and I got a harsh shove back into reality as I struggled to carry all of our things back to the boat. This was the only time of the night that I felt like I was going to cry because of unhappiness.   I was able to get a little bit of help carrying things from my bridesmaids and groom of course, but I felt bad asking my guests to help carry our stuff. We had had about 5 strong men help carry up our bags that morning, but now we were expected to do it on our own. It just wasn't fitting with how we had been spoiled the rest of the night and caught us all a little off guard. It just would have been so much better if there had been a couple Las Caletas staff with sturdy shoes carry our bags to the dock and so they were there waiting for us at the boat instead of at the beach.   When all is said and done, a little workout wasn't that big of a deal because the day was so much better than we could have ever imagined. I feel like I am leaving out so many details! But trust me, if you do your wedding at Las Caletas it will be beyond what you ever dreamt. You can imagine all of the details of your day and all of the things that can go wrong, but you can not even begin to anticipate the joy and excitement that will be behind marrying your best friend in paradise surrounded by all of your closest family and friends. Las Caletas makes it as close to stress-free as weddings can g.  It is an experience of a lifetime and you will have amazing pictures/videos to show your grandkids!   (Oh and if you do decide to do your wedding at Las Caletas, please invite me and my husband... we'd like to go back ASAP ;). Just kidding. Sort of.)
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lianne

By lianne, · 2 Comments

Cons: none
Ok ladies it’s almost been two months since I’ve tied the knot so I guess its time I write my review.  All I can really say is AMAZING!!!  They surpassed my expectations big time!  We had our wedding on Sunday April 21st 2013 and this is the schedule we were given: ****NOTE: We paid to start an hour early which apparently can only be done on Sundays****   9:45 am – Early girls to check in Maritime Terminal Gate 9  (blanca will be waiting for you) 10:00 am – speed boat will depart to las caletas (7 pax) * I brought my two photographers  (http://www.photoshootsvallarta.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/photoshoots.vallarta?fref=ts   which were amazing and I def recommend) with me at this time since I was only bringing 4 girls and could bring another two ppl for free.  10:40 am – Arrival to Caletas, you will be escorted to the bridal suite to store your belongings and the day begins.. 1:00 pm – Lunch 1:00 pm - Arrival of the hair & makeup stylist  *they actually came before lunch *I used the hair & Makeup guys from Las Caletas.  There were two of them and one spoke very little English and the other spoke zero English.  I used my photographer to translate!  Myself and my bridal party had pictures of what we wanted but none of them turned out that way (but isn’t that always the way!)..however they were all beautiful.  Although, I initially didn’t like my hair at all but just went with it anyways because I didn’t care and was excited for the day.  But after everyone else said they loved it, it grew on me.  Makeup was awesome!  I rarely wear any makeup and have never worn concealer or fake eye lashes so I was a little nervous about them but it was great and I def recommend!    01:30 p.m.-- boys arrives to Boca de Tomatlan   (speed boat will be waiting for you) from your hotel is around 20m min ok * We stayed at Dreams Puerto Vallarta which I def recommend.  1:45 pm-- speed boat will depar to las caletas 2:15 pm-- arrive to las caletas 2:45 pm- Guests to be ready in the hotel Lobby.  The cruise director will be meeting them to take them to the bus. 3:00 pm Bus leave the hotel 3:45 pm – Boat to depart Maritime Terminal in Puerto Vallarta 4:45 pm – Group arrival at Las Caletas *We had  so much time between getting our hair done and the guests arriving.  So there was lots of time to relax and take pics with the girls. 5:10 pm – Wedding Ceremony 5:30 p.m. Cocktail & picture time * Groom and I did photos of just us two in the shade during cocktail hour.  We couldn’t do beach photos at this time because the sun was too harsh. 6:30 p.m. Dinner 7:20 p.m. Toast and speeches * We did wedding party photos on the beach after this because the sun was so bright right after the ceremony and apparently pics wouldn’t turn out as nice.  I think the sun only set around 8:30 pm.  7:35 p.m. Cake cutting 7:40 p.m. First Dance 7:55 p.m. Party start 9:30 (approx) fire dancers * My favorite part of the entire night (expect for getting married!) * After the fire dancers we danced a little more then launched the sky lanterns, which I brought with me. 10:15-- first call to walk to the boat 10:30 p.m. Depart from Caletas we did our bouquet and garter toss on the boat.  There is music on the boat. and everyone was having a great time on the way home.   11:30 a.m. Arrival to Puerto Vallarta   We chose to use an Ipod and not the DJ.  I had a friend stream together the music for the dance part so we just had to press play once and the music was good to go all night long.  Even though we didn’t go with the DJ Las Caletas still had someone (I think the boat director) announce everything for us (like cake cutting, dance, fire dancers, sky lanterns….).   He also was nice enough to man the ipod and play the songs during the ceremony and cocktail hour.  I initially had my brother in charge of this but he wasn’t required.  I made sure to print off a list of the music playlists to indicate when to play what (guests seating, walk down aisle, exit ceremony, cocktail hour...).   Also, I requested to have evening snacks in fear the guests would be hungry after dinner.  I didn’t get the chance to see them (because I was shacking my booty on the dance floor) but I think they were taquitos, nachos and guacamole. You can also get soup.  And this was FREE!!!!!    The entire day was absolutely AMAZING and I don’t think anything went wrong.  A lot of my guests said that it was the best wedding they have ever been to ..including their own!  I have a few friends who are getting married later this year and they all said that they couldn’t beat ours and they now wanted to do a destination wedding at Las Caletas.  Everyone was blown away and so was I!        If you have any questions feel free to send me a message!  Below are a few pics.  
    bouquet which I loved!     Set up.  I paid for the two tiki torches with flowers (15$ each) that are at the front with the chuppa but the other tiki torches without flowers along the beach were included.  Also he table is usually under the chuppa but I didn't want it in pictures so we put it to the side.     Seating chart!         Our cake.  We got the smallest one just for the "cutting of the cake".        Dance floor set up.  In this pic ypu can also see the two guest tables that we had to include outside from the covered area for the dinner.  This is because we had 78 guests.  It still worked out well and the guests at that table actually preferred it out there...specially the smokers.           Fire dancers which are a must!     Sky lanterns.  We brought these down ourselves.  If you're from Ontario Canada you can get some with no wires from London, Ontario by contacting Todd at http://www.skylanterns.com/.      
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AmyandKelly

By AmyandKelly, · 0 Comments

Pros: Professional staff, food, location, views, reasonable price.
Cons: None!
My wedding was a year ago this April, my husband and all of our friends still talk about it today.  I will admit, we had our reservations about getting married in Mexico, sight unseen but, Dennise and her staff made it the most amazing, elegant and unforgettable day of our lives.       The day before the wedding my husband and I took the boat to Las Caletas to do the site visit and meet with Dennise.  As we arrived at Las Caletas we knew we had made the right decision to have our day there. We walked to the site and had a few beverages while waiting for Dennise, and were absolutely blown away by how picturesque it was. We met with Dennise and went over all the final details and timeline.        We then had a few hours to kill before we returned from our trip. We weren’t informed that we would have this much time and that we could participate in any of the activities (snorkeling, kayaking or stand up paddle). My husband loves the water and will jump in with any given chance. Noe, who was our tour guide on the boat over was also always nearby to answer any questions we had and told us he could get us some shorts so my husband could snorkel.  He then went out of his way to make sure that he could snorkel, went snorkeling with him and showed him around the reef and fish.  Just one more example of how extremely helpful and generous the staff was.  We then had lunch and were able to sample the quality of what our wedding food would be like and we were very impressed and even more excited for our special day knowing how incredible it was going to be.        The day of the wedding, the girls and I went out to the site on the early boat and got settled into the bridal suite. My two nieces were there as flower girls and they got to go on the zipline tour and spend the day with us.  Some of the girls got massages while others just lounged on the beach. We had mimosas and relaxed all day.  The bridal suite was incredible as it was tucked away on the hillside with hammocks and a hot tub, snacks and beverages all day.  It was awesome to have the ability to participate in the activities during the day and know that you didn’t have to rush anywhere to get ready, just up the hill and shower and get ready with all your girls.  A friend of mine did our hair and makeup and another friend of ours was our photographer so it was nice that we had the place all to ourselves all day.        My husband took the later boat over with all of our guests, they had a little bumpier ride and some of the guests had some sea sickness so I would recommend some Dramamine or some of the motion sickness wrist bands.  Other than that everyone had a blast on the boat to the ceremony.  My husband said the reaction from the guests as they arrived at Las Caletas was incredible.  Everyone was taken back by how amazing the setting was.      The ceremony went off without a hitch, we had one of our close friends officiate since we were already legally married in the states and it made it just that much more special. It was amazing to be on the beach in such and intimate setting with only our closest friends and family.  We did all of our photos quickly after the ceremony while our guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and some hors d'oeuvres. We were able to get some incredible shots with the sun setting over Banderas Bay.       Right after our photos and before dinner, Noe came over to congratulate us and wish us well. He was working on the other side of Las Caletas for the “Rhythm of the Night” tour. It meant so much to us that he remembered us from the day before and took the extra time to come over to see us. With as many ceremonies they do there, it really made us feel like we were the only couple to have been married there.        For the reception, I can’t even tell you what we had for dinner but, I can tell you there was so much food and it was AMAZING!  While we ate and did the toasts the staff seamlessly moved all the chairs from the ceremony and set up the dance floor and bonfire.  We danced till we dropped and wrapped the party up, on the beach. We then got on the boat and the staff kept the party going with music, drinks and dancing.        It took us a couple days to realize what had happened and how amazing our day was.   We had some concerns about the “Rhythm of the Night” tour would interrupt us but we never heard them and it was like we were all alone out there.  It also amazed us how organized the entire operation was.  It seemed like at every change, the staff flipped a switch and it was done. From the ceremony, to the reception there was so much work that had to be done to switch things over and it was like we didn’t see it happen.   All of the ideas I had on flowers and decorations were put together better than I could have ever imagined. Everything was perfect!  We loved everything and would highly recommend to anyone that is thinking about doing a destination wedding to have it at Las Caletas through Adventure Weddings.          Amy Bennett                        
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ScottandRobyn

By ScottandRobyn, · 0 Comments

Pros: Staff, Photos/Video, Service, Island, Private
Cons: Nothing!
We got married February 21, 2013.  This is goign to be tough to keep this short.  I can't begin to explain how amazing our day was.  It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about how outstanding and breath taking everything was.  For starters Blanca was absolutely outstanding. The most magical day of my entire life.    I am quite particular in what I want.  Some might wonder why we did an away wedding because I tend to be a bit controlling, but it was so nice for once to leave it up to someone else and enjoy our day.  To give everyone an idea of what my day looked like, we arrived bright and early (6 of us girls) Blanca met us on the boat and took all of our belongings (it was great not having to worry and carrying my dress and luggage everywhere) we got massages for a very reasonable price.  We then started to get ready, they had already brought up all of our suitcases with clothes etc.  We hung around in the bridal suite eating and showering etc.  We brought our own shampoo etc.  The hair and make up arrived around 1PM.  The only trouble I would say I had with our entire day was my MIL/Bridesmaids hair.  The woman helping didnt speak much english so I think communication was lacking when the girls explained what the wanted.  It was about 50/50 split with who loved their hair and make up.  I found he should have explained slightly more clear to the Mothers that he was putting false eyelashes etc. because they were a bit caught off guard when all was finished.  I was quite happy with my hair in makeup with some slight direction that I gave him.  In the end we all looked AMAZING and beautiful.    Eder was our photographer, FANTASTIC, I would absolutely reccomend him to anyone. The photo's were breathtaking, like absolutely amazing.  We got him to come around 3 and take our wedding group pictures before the wedding as the sun went down quickly right after ceremony. I am very glad we did this as it allowed us to not rush between the ceremony and dinner.  Eder is such an amazing artist.  I would highly reccomend doing the "Trash The Dress Shoot" we did it the day after all of our guests left. It was SO much fun and we got amazing pictures some of my favourites.  I can't tell you enough how amazing Eder was, friendly, artistic, fantastic.  When we got our pictures we were jumping off the roof with excitement and everything we had hoped for came true in the pictures and more!    Another thing I would highly reccomend is getting the videographer, she was amazing.  This day goes so fast girls, everyone tells you but its hard to really comprehend until you lay down in bed that night.  Everything was somewhat of a blur, it all went so smoothly and fabulously but by the end you sort of forget certain things that happened.  The video was literally like a movie, everyone that we have showed it to says its just like a movie, she did an amazing job editing and making a great long video with everything included.  The photographers nad video people do a great job of blending in, no body realized we got a videographer even! When we got out wedding video a couple months later, we watched it and cried with excitement, it was such a beautiful reminder and had so much included it was the closest we could come to reliving this amazing day.    Back to my day, we got pictures before with the groomsmen etc.  We then got ready for the ceremony, I cant explain how every little detail i asked for was included, I literally didnt have to stress about anything, everything was done every detail on the chairs, my flowers were breathtaking. All the decor and flowers were gorgeous.  I kept mine at the hotel for 5 days after in a vase!! I would HIGHLY reccomend  the parrot to bring the rings, it was such an amazing sight and surprise for everyone.  It was expensive but worth every penny, I have friends of friends that have mentioned this to me as huge highlight of the day. Blanca did a great job the entire night being quiet and subtle but keeping everything on time and organized. She was an absolute pleasure to work with.  The ceremony was absolutely gorgeous.  I cant tell you how many weddings we watched while staying at Dreams Villa Magna, not to be arrogant, but our wedding was literally 100000000 times better in so many ways. There was no one watching in their bathing suits, the ceremony was right on the beach in a secluded private area.  We have 73 guests attend our wedding (so a ton!!) and Literally everyone gave us heck as now all of their daughters would expect this spectacular of a wedding.  This place was just magical.  We finished our ceremony and everyone has some light snacks that the servers walked around with.  The service was absolutely outstanding, people with children got waited on great all night even while being tucked in the corner with sleeping babies!  The dinner is fabulous, we dream about the dinner still, they are willing to do almost anything you ask for.  The dinner was literally the best meal we have had in Mexico, and probably one of the top 3 in our entire life! Everyone was able to get served well with plenty of drinks and food.  After we finished dinner we had speeches, the videographer got hese all on tape.  It was so beautiful with the waves in the background. Once the dinner was over we headed out for the cake cutting.  Our cake was far more amazing than I had expected.  Gorgeous, the exact color I asked for.  Just a warning the cake is delicious and the icing is too, but it died out teeth, hehe, it was not a problem but definitely glad we didnt moosh it in each others face! Our teeth vert teal but it was fun!    Now the party was begging, we had the first dance etc, fire dancers around 9:30pm.  We had such a fun time, then the next surprise came FIRE DANCERS!! It was another MUST.  It was so much fun and everyones faces were priceless.  This is obviously one of the only types of weddings this is perfect for.  Such a great idea!! Then we started the party on the dance floor. the DJ was fabulous all day (form ceremony until the docking).  He played great music, it was another thing people talked about what that the music was perfect, I am not a dancer by any means (I hate it actually!) I spent literally the entire night on the dance floor, it was packed all night. We had our garter toss, bouquet toss etc. Blanca later kindly reminded us of our Sky Lanterns, I got custom ones made and brought them down.  This was another highlight that I can say is one of those things that will stick with everyone for a lifetime.  It was so magical with the music and everyone letting them go up in the air. Breathtaking sight. Then it was ready to pack up. Another important thing is we paid for the extra hour. It was worth it, we wouldnt have been able to fit everything in without it.  Even with it time flew, we were sad when it was time to leave because I am sure we could have spent another 2 hours dancing.     I am not sure if I am forgetting anything, like I told you, this day becomes a blur with how exciting and magical it is.  I think I got most of the information in there. Again, the service is outstanding. I can't stress how everyone should have this wedding, we are already talking about how excited we are for someone else to get married there or to do a vow renewal some day.  This was the most magical day and I can guarantee you, if you do a "resort beach wedding" you will definitely not get this type of memory.  Blanca and her team were amazing.  The service was outstanding. I might sound emotional writing this review its because I am haha. I am usually not a dramatic person but Las Caletas was my perfect wedding and I truly feel others should feel as great about their wedding as we do. This team is amazing, not many places offer this kind of memory for us and all of our guests. Months later I still have guests call and thanking us for how amazing this wedding was and why we should do it all over again.  I heard several times that it felt like it was out of a movie and magical.  Please have your wedding here, you will not be disappointed.    To Sum It Up: It is well worth every penny, id pay it over and over if I had to.  Get the top photo package Get the Videographer Get Fire Dancers Get The Parrot  Get The Extra Time Send Blanca Images (I found it was the easiest way to explain what I wanted) dont panic if it takes a few weeks to get back to you she is so busy working hard on every brides wedding.   Go To Las Caletas it was not even comparable to any other away wedding we have been to.   Outstanding Service Magical Day!!!      Thank you Blanca and team!!!! We loved our wedding and cant wait to come back for a renewal.....you might have to expect 73 guests as everyone wants to come back with us haha! Best day of our life.  
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pdawnfloyd

By pdawnfloyd, · 0 Comments

Pros: Staff, gorgeous surroundings, unique, intimate,
Cons: None
Our wedding at Las Caletas was a little over a week ago on April 22, 2013 and it was truly the most perfect day ever. My husband and I visit Nuevo Vallarta about twice a year and when we were engaged in December 2011 there was no question that we would have our wedding at Las Calestas. Everything about our wedding day was just perfect, the staff there is amazing, Dennise was our wedding coordinator and she did a fablous job. It was better than I had dreamed it would be. My friends and family are still talking about what a wonderful expereince and how unique and unforgettable our wedding was. I have nothing but the highest praise for Vallarta Weddings and would recommend it to anyone wanting to do a destination wedding.
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Halley-Jalea

By Halley-Jalea, · 0 Comments

Pros: Staff service, wedding planner, organization, place-view, food, unique, patiente.
Cons: The sea, which really isn't Vallarta Adventures' fault. We had BIG sea-waves getting there.
My husband and myself were really anxious to start our lives together, with the help of our wedding coordinator Blanca, we made our dream happen in less than 6 months. Being stress-free on our special day, we had over 50 people, family and friends, come up to us and thanks us for such a magical moment and for making them part of it. With a special way to start the event; a boat ride, to an awesome welcoming with a great view, followed by an emotional ceremony, an incredible and simply amazing/delicious dinner accompanied by beautiful extras (music, sky latterns, fire dancers, fire on the beach, friends toasts, and much more) we accomplished making the most significant day of our lives into one of the most special day of our guests. Thanks to Vallarta Adventures, Chino & Jalea had a -surreal wedding-. : )
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Sam and Brianne

By Sam and Brianne, · 0 Comments

Pros: EVERYTHING
Cons: NOTHING
Our wedding exceeded all of our expectations.  Our wedding coordinator, Dennise, made it so easy and no stress!  She was extremely helpful through the whole process and helped answer any and all questions that we had.  The photographer, Eder, was fun and very thorough through the entire day. Our guests had an amazing time as well, we are still getting emails, texts and calls thanking us for a beautiful time and vacation. Hats off to the entire company, Vallarta Adventures, for making our day more special and magical than we could ever imagine.  Thank you everyone! Best wedding ever! 
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Rhea and Adam

By Rhea and Adam, · 0 Comments

Pros: Beautiful, Fun, Smooth, Memories to Last a lifetime!
Our wedding was amazing!  Dennise, Blanca and the rest of the staff exceeded our expectations and dreams by a thousand...   From the moment my bridesmaids and I stepped on the boat we felt well taken care of and excited to be starting the day!  The bridal suite was absolutely beautiful and felt like we were getting ready in paradise.    We had a group of 70.  The ceremony was beautiful and went perfectly.  My husband and I wrote our own vows and everyone there said that it was one the most beautiful and memorable ceremonies they had ever witnessed.  The food was fantastic!  Being from San Francisco, we are a little picky when it comes to food and this far exceeded our expectations.  The DJ was fantastic as well, as some other people have mentioned the dance floor was packed from the moment he started playing until we got off the boat.  (it was even hard to get some people to leave) :)  The fire dancers and fireworks were a total hit!   All in all, Las Caletas is a truly magical place and Dennise and the rest of the staff make sure that you and your guests feel that way.  Surrounded by the beauty of the ocean, the sand, the tropical plants and flowers and all of our loved ones my husband and I can honestly say that there is no other place in the world we would have wanted to get hitched.     The next day as we said goodbye to our guests, the overwhelming theme of their comments were "That was the best wedding I have ever been to!"  "How am I ever going to top that!"  and "Thank you for giving us memories to last a lifetime!"  I know that I owe those compliments and comments to Dennise, Blanca, Eder and team!   Thank you for giving us the wedding of our dreams!
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Jennkd1616

By Jennkd1616, · 0 Comments

Amarch 27/ 2013 Our wedding day was beyond PERFECT! Their are no words to describe how beautifully perfect our wedding was. Dennise was amazing-she did everything and more,she made the process soooo stress free! The wedding ceremony went without a glich, the timing, the music, EVERYTHING was perfect! The photographer, the minister, the servers, everyone made our special day perfect! The Dj was awesome too! He had every song we requested and had everyone on the dance floor all night long! Their was so much food and a great selection for everyone, the dessert buffet was delicious too! Each and every guest(30 ppl) said it was the most beutiful wedding they attended and had nothing but positive feedback. I couldn't have ever imagined a better wedding, i wouldn't change a single thing. And absloutely no complaints! THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO MADE OUR SPECIAL DAY PREFECT! and an extra thank you to Dennise for making everything come together :D :D :D :D +the make up/hairstylist incrediable! i had my hair planned for a year but after seeing his amazing job with all my bridesmaids i let him chose what he +thought was best for me and I can assure you i loved it :-) +best massage I've ever had, and I've had many. +service during the day was also amazing! +we stayed at Dreams and the food and service provided by las caletas made them look bad, and dreams is a 5 star resort :-)
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athorpe

By athorpe, · 0 Comments

Pros: experience, relaibility, ease of planning, location
Cons: none!
Our wedding experience at Caletas working with Adventure Weddings was truly amazing and exceeded all of our expectations. Our wedding was November 10, 2012 for 60 guests. Here is a link to our highlight video to give you an idea of the set- up:    http://10112012adrianeadam.adventureweddingsphoto.com/video.html       It is really hard to put into words how memorable and beautiful the wedding truly was.    The positives and highlights:   1. Planning process: We booked our wedding a year in advance and began coordinating details with our Wedding Coordinator Dennise about 2 months prior to the big day. Dennise and I communicated primarily by email and she was accessible by phone as needed. She was always timely and responsive to our requests and questions which made planning very easy and not stressful. She went above and beyond to ensure each detail was met and even helped us with specialized requests including DJ equipment from the states, professional guitarist/violin players for the ceremony, custom designed cupcakes for the reception, a fire dancer for our rehearsal dinner the night before, a tequila tasting bar for the reception and many more. Dennise created itemized lists confirming details and worked with us to provide an agenda/timeline for the big day. She was extremely organized and since she was on top of every detail we were able to relax and enjoy our time in Mexico in the days leading up to the wedding.    2. Wedding decor: We wanted simple elegance since Caletas is already such a beautiful place with the greenery from the jungle. My husband and I sent Dennise pictures of exactly what we wanted for the bouquets, BM's flowers, centerpieces, etc. For areas we weren't sure, Dennise provided hundreds of example pictures including the table settings, ceremony design and set-up, etc. We picked a few items frombthose examples which was very helpful. In the end, the Adventure Wedding team delivered exactly what we had envisioned. Every detail was executed to perfection. I suggest sending pictures which we mostly googled online or picking from the examples they provide for ease.    3. Wedding Casita for bride and BMs: The morning and day leading up to the wedding was awesome. I went with the BMs to Caletas around 9 AM and spent the day snorkeling, paddle boarding, getting massages and hanging out in the bridal casita.  The casita was stocked with champagne, water and plenty of food. We had wait staff check-in with us all day. Also, we had another Coordinator with us for the day before Dennise arrived that afternoon. She was very helpful with a few last minute needs like finding us sparklers for the reception and tracking down a sign we left on the boat on trip over earlier that morning. The service was amazing and they brought everything we needed. We started hair and make-up mid day. Our hair and make-up turned out exactly like the pictures we brought as examples. The bridal suite is up in the jungle and some of my favorite wedding pics are with the BMs with the greenery around the casita.    4. Trip to Caletas for wedding guests: We organized transportation through Adventure Weddings from our hotel to the Marina where the boat departed from for the guests to get to Caletas. The transportation and cruise director arrived on-time in a comfortable and modern coach. Easy process. The cruise to Caletas was memorable for all of the guests. Everyone loved how they passed by Los Archos for a photo opportunity. Music and drinks kicked off the evening. Only suggestion here is Groom and GMs might want to bring a change a clothes. It was hot and humid  so the guys in the wedding party changed clothes on the boat upon arrival. Good call!   5. Photography and videography: the actual wedding and ceremony turned out beyond perfect and our guests were all commenting that it wouldn't be possible to describe to their friends how beautiful and amazing the wedding actually was. Without doubt invest in the pictures and video to remember the day! We debated over this and now having the video it is really the only way to show the experience and capture the essence of the moment. The Adventure Wedding staff was experienced and professional and the quality was good.    6. Food: the menu was set. Although I'm sure they would accommodate your requests, no need! Our guests raved that the buffet included the best food they ate their entire stay in Mexico. The steak and dessert buffet were among the favorites. No expenses were spared and there was plenty of food to go around.    7. Overall service: as the bride, I always had exactly what I needed. For the reception, it seemed like there were just as many waiters as guests! Everyone had the drinks they needed and even a few more they probably could have done without. ;) Not a single complaint. One of my guests told me they hired two people just to ensure the candles around the island stayed lit the entire time. WOW!   I don't have any negative comments but here are a few more tips/ideas based on our experience:   1. Be prepared for the heat if getting married the same time of the year. Think about a change of clothes for the wedding party coming over the boat (if wearing suits or jackets) and having a "cooling station" set-up upon arrival. Adventure Weddings provided cold towels as well as plenty of water which was needed.    2. Extend the reception for an extra hour! Our guests would have kept partying and celebrating. The cruise home was a great way to cap off the night and we provided an ipod with our favorite music for dancing for the return.    3. We had a couple guests that needed assistance walking to/from cruise/reception. If you have elderly or handicap guests make plans with the Coordinator in advance. While Caletas is not the most handicap friendly place I've been, the staff will transport guests where they need to go - not a problem.    4. Try some of the excursions that Vallarta Adventures offers. Dennise worked out special group rates and helped us organize a private canopy tour called Extreme Adventure the day before. The guests loved the 3/4 mile long zip line! It is the longest one in Mexico. So fun.    5. Bring toiletries for the bridal party getting ready at Caletas. They have towels though. Also, be sure you have everything packed in bags before you leave the casita for the ceremony. We left a few items behind but luckily Dennise was nice enough to drop the items off at the hotel the next day.    6. Do as many wedding pictures before the ceremony as possible. In November it got dark very quickly so the lighting became darker mid-ceremony. This is also why I suggest investing in the video.    To sum it up, Caletas is a unique and amazing place to have a wedding! The wedding ceremony and reception was first-class, customized to our taste, and the planning process was easy. I strongly recommend Adventure Weddings if you want to work with professionals to deliver a wedding that looks like it came out of a movie. At first we considered a wedding at a nearby resort but I can tell you that this experience cannot be matched because the beach/jungle setting and 100% candlelit island/reception are truly unique. Caletas is a very special place and we can't say enough positive things about our special day and overall experience working with Adventure Weddings. Our guests are still raving about our wedding at Caletas and it was without doubt the most special place to share our big day with them. THANK YOU so much to Adventure Weddings for creating a memory of a lifetime.    5 stars, 10 out of 10, 100% satisfaction, highly recommended to all!  
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Julia Gonsecki

By Julia Gonsecki, · 0 Comments

Pros: Staff and coordinator were extremely helpful and took care of every detail. The location was unbelievable!
Cons: Additional costs added up to be significant.
Overall I cannot say enough great things about our wedding at Las Caletas. When half of the guests at your wedding come to you and tell you that your wedding was the best wedding they have every been to, you know you have done something right. From the first time my husband and I step foot on the property we knew that it would be perfect. Our amazing coordinator, Dennise was in large to thank for the smooth execution of the  entire event, she was fantastic. Starting with the location, it is unbelievably gorgeous! Imagine- you are surrounded in a tropical forest! As long as the weather complies (which it did for us), you are in paradise! We got Married at Las Caletas December 30th 2012. I think the things that made our wedding fun was some of the added activities (fire dancers, sky lanterns and fireworks). The only thing I would caution was that with all of the added details we ended up going over our budget. But in general, if you were to have a wedding like this anywhere is the U.S. you would probably end us spending 5x more then we did. I will go into the details of the wedding but I do want to mention that this company prides themselves on customer satisfaction. All the vendors they work with are legitimate and extremely professional. At one point in our wedding planning, our coordinator, Dennise emailed me and told me that she must change our spanish trio band because she had a bad experience with them and she doesn't want to risk it happening at our wedding. She found us an alternative option for a band with was pricer but didn't charge us for it.Our wedding was fairly large. Our total party was 60 people. 7 bridesmaids and 14 groomsmen (seriously!). All in all we couldn't be happier with our decision to get married at Las Caletas, it was more then anything we could have every dreamed up. The next day after our wedding we woke up and my husband asked me when we could do it all again. it was MAGICAL. If you have ever wanted a truly special, private and unique beach wedding, this is it!    The Walkthrough 2 days before our wedding we did a walkthrough of the property with our coordinator, Dennise. Before the walkthrough we had never been to Las Caletas and only spoke to Dennise over email so we were a little concerned about getting everything finalized in a matter of a few hours. The day started with Denise meeting us at the Marine terminal and an hour boat ride to Las Caletas. Once we got there we sat down and went through the schedule and any questions we had. We then toured the property. This took about an hour and a half at which time we were done. To my surprise all of our questions were answered and I really felt at ease. The thing that is great about working with this company is that they do many weddings and know how to do them right. Any time I wasn't sure how to do something I asked dennise and she reccomended an option that worked in the past. I trusted them, and it was the right decision. For the rest of the day at las caletas, we just laid around the beach and ate an amazing lunch. it was a perfect and relaxing day right before our wedding. On our boat ride back we saw whales jumping out of the water, it was magical!   Corrdinator- Dennise In working with Dennise over email, I wasnt sure how I would like her or get along in person. But as soon as I met her I loved her. She is one of those genuinely nice and sincere people! She was very calm, which relaxed me but at the same time she was focused and down to business. Also, when I had special requests she would do her best to make sure I got what I wanted. She definitely went above and beyond. It was such a pleasure to work with her! My entire wedding day, I didn't have to worry about anything. anytime I wanted something or had a question, Dennise would be right there to help.    The Photographer- Eder Amazing. Patient. Hardworking. Nice. Unbelievable pictures. He got to the bridal suite at 2 and didn't stop taking pictures until 1am when our boat got back to the marina. He was amazing. Our pictures are fantastic. Once I got them I just couldn't stop looking at them. They were just so beautiful. He had great ideas for posed shots but also took really good candid photos. He was open to our ideas on poses and took direction from my wedding party on their ideas as well. We also did a trash the dress with him and those were some of our favorite pictures. Not only were the pictures amazing but we had so much fun taking them. The only thing we didn't get to do that I wish we did was take a group picture with our entire wedding party. We didn't get to do any pictures with all of the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Its not entirely their fault because we had over 20 people in our bridal party so it was hard to get them together. If I could have done anything different it would have been to plan to take a group picture when it was still light out. Once the ceremony was over it was completely dark out so it was much harder to take pictures.   Video- Sandra Very professional and nice. Video came out great. They finished the video within 2 months of the wedding which was great! What I liked best was they created a short 7 minute clip of the best parts of our wedding which was great to share with our guests.    The Food Delicious. I was worried and skeptical since its a buffet so i thought it would be like in an all inclusive resort but it was nothing like it. It was super fresh. Very flavorful and so many options! Our guests loved it. The food stayed out there throughout the night so our guests could graze on it. A lot of weddings I have been to I leave hungry, this was not the case at our wedding. We also asked to bring some food for the boat ride back and that worked out well. It was a bit messy but our guests were pretty drunk so they didn't care.    Fire Dancers One of the highlights of the night! Everyone was in awe. My husband and I were in the center of it all and it was so fun for us. The dancers came really close to us with the fire so I was pretty scared but I think thats all part of the act. It was a blast! A MUST at Las Caletas.   Lantern Release I almost didn't do this, but I'm glad we did. This may have been our guests favorite thing of the night. Everyone couldn't stop raving about it. The pictures turned out well and it was so romantic.   The Flowers My bouquet was gorgeous. I gave them a photo and it was exactly what I wanted. The table and ceremony arrangements were also just as I had requested. I think as long as you provide pictures they can do anything! My only complaint is that they took a long time to make the bridesmaids bouquets so we didn't have them for most of the pictures. This was annoying because we spend alot of money on them and they weren't ready. Otherwise, they were pretty.   Fireworks I was probably most excited about the fireworks all night! I couldn't wait for them! It really was a magical way to end the night. Our guests couldn't believe we had fireworks at the end of our fairytale wedding. The only thing I would change was that we were too far from them. When they started the fireworks we were still so far out, it wasn't clear if they were for us or if it was a hotel doing it in the distance. They should have started the fireworks when we got closer. Towards the end of the fireworks the boat got closer to them but it was not timed very well. If you choose to do this, I would discuss this since its not a cheap option. Overall I would still do them but I would make sure it was timed better.   Hair/Makeup Unfortunately I don't remember his name but our hair/makeup artist was amazing! I wasn't sure how one man would do all of my bridesmaids in time but he was so fast and good! everyone was happy with their hair and makeup. It helped that we had pictures of what we wanted because his english wasn't all that great but it didn't really matter because he was just awesome.      Thank Las Caletas for making our wedding dream come true!                           
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Pros: Communication, Bridal Suite, Hair & Makeup, Beauty of Location, Decor, Food, Service and DJ!!!
Cons: Problems with transportation and no space provided for groom and groomsmen to get ready
Hi Everyone,   We had our wedding at Las Caletas on November 21, 2012.  It was absolutely beautiful!!!  We had 51 guests join us and we stayed the week at the Barcelo in Puerto Vallarta.  I would recommend the Barcelo to anyone looking for a resort, it  is located in a great spot and perfect for families and single adults.  The rooms are the best I have ever stayed in and the grounds are lush and well maintained.  Everyone in our group had an awesome vacation.  The only negative would be the far distance from the Marina.  It was about a 35-40 minute bus ride for the wedding guests.     Pre-Wedding Communication:  I have nothing negative to say about the pre-wedding communication with the wedding planners at Las Caletas.  I started the planning process with Kelley and then was switched to Dennise after Kelley left and I never had any problems.  All my emails were returned relatively quickly and if there was ever a time where they would be unable to get back to me promptly they would let me know ahead of time.  Dennise answered all my questions and went out of her way to accommodate any extra requests.  I was originally planning to have our wedding at the Barcelo but had such a hard time communicating with their wedding planner we decided to check out Las Caletas and I am so glad we did.  Dennise also met with us at our hotel two days prior to the wedding to go over the final details and had an itinerary prepared for us (we decided not to do a pre-wedding visit to Las Caletas).  You can feel safe knowing they will handle everything on your wedding day and it will look even better than you have been imagining!   Bridal Suite: Spending the day at Las Caletas with my mom, cousin and three bridesmaids was amazing.  I thought the bridal suite was perfect.  You have your own private showers, plenty of towels and even robes.  There is a fridge full of cold bottles of water and champagne and orange juice waiting for you when you arrive.  Other then taking a quick dip in the ocean we spent the entire day up in the suite and it couldn't have been more relaxing.  We had our own server bring us a delicious lunch and a tray of beers.  You will love your time here.  It also provides a great backdrop for some awesome pictures.  Just remember to bring your own shampoo/conditioner and if you use the jacuzzi be careful when you turn on the jets as it filled the water with ants when we did this so we had to refill it and use it without the jets, but it was a great way to cool down.  We also brought a small Ipod dock so we had music while we got ready.           All of the remaining photos were taken by MACMEX Photography: http://www.macmexphotography.com       Hair and Makeup: We had hair and makeup organized through Dennise and used Joel's Salon.  I found the pricing expensive but he did an amazing job on everyone.  He was very quick and professional.  I brought an inspiration picture but my bridesmaids and mom did not and they were all really happy with the job he did.  For a stress free day I highly recommend organizing everything through Las Caletas.  They do a really great job and you don't have to worry about anything.               Pre-Ceremony: We decided to do some photos before the ceremony so we could get some daylight shots.  The groom, groomsmen and our photographer came over early at 2:30pm.  They arrived on a small boat with the minister, Chuy, leaving from La Boca.  Unfortunately, the boys experience prior to the ceremony was not that great.  When they arrived their wedding clothes were taken by a staff member and they were told to wait in the dinner area for further instruction on where to get ready (we did not do a site visit prior so they didn't have this information).  They waited for an hour or so (they did have beer to ease the wait lol) but no one came back so they eventually found the minister who took them up to the spa, which is right beside the bridal suite.  At this point they still didn't know where their clothing was and when they got to the spa they were still doing massages with the day guests from the cruise and were told to keep quite while they stood outside the door waiting for direction.  I didn't know any of this was going on and assumed they were in their own area, which I have seen in other people's photos.  Eventually, they received their clothing but by this time they were already supposed to be dressed and ready to meet us for photos so they had to quickly get dressed in a makeshift area, where we could see them from the bridal suite so we didn't really get to have a first glance moment.  However, we did have time to do some photos before the guests arrived but I felt bad for the boys because our time was so relaxing and they didn't get to have the same experience, they were all sweaty and disorganized.  During this time Dennise was doing all the decorating down at the reception site so I don't blame her but they should have someone there to direct the groomsmen and provide a space for them to get ready in comfort.           Photography: We used Dan from MACMEX Photography located in Puerto Vallarta.  He was great and very professional.  He met with us at our hotel prior to the wedding day to go over all the details and then went over early with the groom and groomsmen on the day of the wedding.  I was really happy with our choice of photographer and despite the darkness he got some great shots throughout the night.  If you are getting married in the winter I strongly recommend doing some photos before the ceremony as they were my favorite and the island can't be truly captured in the dark.  If you are looking for a photographer  I recommend Dan at MACMEX: http://www.macmexphotography.com         Ceremony: The ceremony was everything I hoped it would be and more.  Walking down the aisle and seeing everyone there in such a beautiful setting couldn't have been more perfect.  The minister, Chuy was great and the ceremony went very smoothly.  We decided not to do our own vows and just changed the example provided to fit us.  We also did a sand ceremony, which I loved.  We went with really simple ceremony decor and I was so happy with the way it looked.  I loved the palms and flowers lining the aisle mat because they gave so much color to the space.  My husband, Brodie, said there was some confusion before the ceremony regarding where they should stand and how to put on the boutonnieres etc.. before going down the aisle and Dennise was with us so I guess there was no one down at the beach guiding them but everything worked out.  During the ceremony we had one rouge wave come out of no where and get the bottom of my dress and the feet of the guest on the ocean side, which provided a laugh (none of the other waves even came close to the space so it was a surprise!).  Also, watch out for the candles at the top of the stairs you come down to get to the aisle.  It was so narrow at the top for me and my dad that the bottom of my dress went right over the lit candles and I thought for a second I was going to go up in flames.  This also happened to me entering the dinner area and the dance floor because there are candles below the entrance and if you have a long dress it is very hard to get over them (we ended up moving some of them).           Guest loved the hand fans.          Cocktail Hour: This part of the wedding went by so fast for me.  It was dark right after the ceremony...really, really dark.  I knew the sun would be setting at this time but I did not realize how dark it would actually be out there.  We did a group shot right after the ceremony and then most of the guests hung out around the bar, while we did some family photos on the beach.  The staff was handing out appetizers to the guests but I didn't get a chance to try any.  I am so happy we did photos prior to the ceremony because you can't capture the beauty of the location after wards during this time of year.  The photos below will give you an idea of how dark it was and our photographer had three large flashes set up to capture these shots.               Reception: The dinner was amazing.  The decor was perfect and the food was the best we had the entire trip.  Dennise did an awesome job with the decorations and I was so happy with the way everything turned out.  I really like a rustic look so we decided to not put seat covers on the wood chairs because they were so cool looking but we did use white tablecloths with wooden table runners.  The wooden table runners with the candles and blue stones I brought looked perfect.  I also brought blue and white paper lanterns, which looked great hung over the dinner area.  This part of the night was so perfect and everyone loved the food and deserts.  If you are having an MC or people using written speeches make sure to bring a flashlight because it is pretty dark and my MC was having a lot of difficulty reading what he had prepared.  We decided not to do a cake and I don't think anyone noticed.  We did have pre-made smores on a table by the bonfire, which were delicious.  The dance floor surrounded by candles and torches is like something out of a movie so so beautiful.  All the guests had the time of their lives dancing.  My only regret is not getting the extra hour because it went by so fast.  I actually thought it was too rushed and would recommend adding extra time.  We did not do a cake cutting, bouquet toss, garter toss or fire dancers and I'm glad we didn't because I don't think there would have been any time to dance if we included these things. Cigar Bar and Glow Sticks     Seating Cards     Dinner tables   Sweet Heart Table       DJ: I highly recommend getting the DJ.  I didn't want to ask one of our guest to be in charge of the music so we decided to get the DJ last minute and I'm really glad we did.  We gave him a list of songs for each part of the day and he did a great job including them and reading the crowd.  Everyone danced the entire time, it was so much fun :)   Transportation:  We did have some issues with the transportation throughout the day.  Myself and the girls who arrived early didn't have much trouble but our boat did leave the Marina late and have some mechanical problems.  We were also on board with a tour group from a Disney Cruise Ship, which included lots of small children and several of them were throwing up all over the deck (I know this can't be avoided but I felt so bad for them).  We didn't get sick but it was a pretty rough ride.   The remaining wedding guests said the bus ride to the marina was good (this was arranged through Dennise) but their boat was also late to leave the Marina, which they didn't seem to mind because there is a place to sit and get drinks but this meant they arrived to Las Caletas 30 minutes late.  I didn't even realize this till I was told by my parents later but I guess once they arrived they had to be immediately seated and didn't get that allotted time to explore and get a drink etc.. that they are scheduled to have prior to the ceremony.  This is the only time they get to see everything in the day light so it is too bad they missed out on this but nobody noticed except my parents who had the itinerary.  A few of the guests also got sick on board, including our flower girl (this can't be avoided but be prepared for the possibility of a rocky ride).  The boat ride back was also very rough making it impossible to dance or really even walk on board.  I was a little disappointed because they advertise it as a continuation of the reception but the boat was small and lacked room to dance and was so rocky it wasn't safe.  Everyone enjoyed themselves though but just to keep in mind it is very hard to dance on board if the water is rough and the boats are not really equipped with a dance floor.  Knowing this now I would have definitely opted for the extra hour.  Also, there were not enough seats on the bus ride home so a few guests had to share and sit on the floor at the back of the bus.     Other then the minor issues with transportation and the lack of area for the boys to get ready the day was perfect and these things really didn't matter in the end (most of this I was oblivious to).  I had the best time and all the guests raved about the wedding.  Forget all the little things that might go wrong and you will have the best day of your lives.  I would not trade anything.  I loved my wedding and I loved Las Caletas!!!!!    If you have any questions I will be happy to help.  Good luck to all the future brides :)     
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Branya2012

By Branya2012, · 2 Comments

Pros: Everything! From the food to the location, the staff, drinks and service were all more than we could have hoped for!
Cons: Honestly cannot think of any.
Wedding Coordinator/Communication   Dennise was our wedding coordinator, and I had been emailing with her for about one to two months leading up to the wedding, settling all of the details for our big day.  She answered all of my questions, always within a few days.  She provided an Adventure Weddings PDF and a Word document with questions, and we replied back and forth in the Word document.  We were pretty easy going on what we wanted, but I think if you have specific ideas, they would be able to meet them for you, no worries.  Everything at our wedding turned out amazing!   We got into Puerto Vallarta late Saturday afternoon, with our wedding set for the following Wednesday.  Dennise came to our resort, the Barcelo PV, to meet with us the day before the wedding, which I thought was a really nice touch.  I had prepared a list of questions as well as a bag with some things to give her.  She took that and gave it to the other coordinator, Blanca, who met us at the marina the next morning.  Dennise also had a package prepared with a list of things to bring for spending the day at Las Caletas as well as a very detailed timeline for the wedding day, which was great to share with the ladies going over early as well as our photographer.   Overall, our experience with Dennise was great.  She checked in with us a lot throughout the wedding day to make sure that we had everything that we needed.  There may have been some times early on in the planning where it took a while to receive a response, but when it came to crunch time, she was wonderful!   Wedding Day Transportation   I went over early with my mom and two aunts, since we didn’t have a wedding party.  We took a taxi to the marina and Blanca was there to greet us.  She helped us hang up my dress and store our bags on the boat and when we arrived at Las Caletas she had someone take it all up to the bridal casita for us.  The boat ride over was great, as was the return.  They had juice, coffee, tea, fruit and pastries for us on the way over, and an open bar and music on the boat ride back.   Brad came over with our friend/photographer and his wife, with the crew from La Boca.  They arrived early, after my hair and makeup were done.  We did not do a site visit to Las Caletas beforehand, so we didn’t have to pay extra for them to come over.    Relaxing at the Bridal Casita   We hung out at the casita and went down to the beach for a swim during the morning – it was crazy to think that this beach full of people would be where our wedding was taking place a few hours later!!  My aunt and I went for a half an hour massage at noon.  It was a great way to relax!    Everything is built into the hill, and I know some girls had mentioned that it’s a bit of a hike to the top, so I was prepared to be exhausted but it really wasn’t that bad (though I’m sure it’s a different story with the weather in July!).  I even made out fine climbing up in my wedding dress after doing pictures!  By the time we showered after our massages and were ready to go for lunch, the hair/makeup guy had arrived.  I came back from lunch and had a nap in the hammock out back while Jamil did my mom’s hair.   Hair and Makeup   Jamil, who was with Joel Salon in PV, was arranged through Dennise and did both my hair and makeup.  He did not really copy my pictures at all, but I was unbelievably happy with the result!  He really knew what he was doing, I wouldn’t change a thing!  I had wanted to have my hair half up, half down, and over my left shoulder, but I am SO glad that Jamil put it all the way up.  It was ridiculously hot and sweaty when dancing, and I know that my hair would’ve bothered me if it was down.  My makeup was seriously bullet proof, even through the tears and the sweat!  It was expensive, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!   On a side note, I got eyelash extensions done, and while they were great, I wouldn’t have them done again.  Jamil had fake eyelashes that I could’ve used and spared myself the expense and care and maintenance of my eyelashes.  However, take that with a grain of salt as I also hated the gel/acrylic nails that I got put on for the wedding.  I think I’m more of a simple girl and I like to feel like me!  I’d do the nails again, because they looked fab for the wedding!   Pre-Ceremony/First Look Pictures   We did a first look at the bridal casita, which I would recommend.  Brad stood with his back to the window and I came up behind him (from inside) and he turned around to see me in the window.  Then I came outside and we hugged, with pictures being taken the whole time.  We went down to the beach for more pictures, where they were already setting up for the wedding!     By the time we were done, the rest of the group was arriving, so Brad and our photographer went down to meet them.  I waited in the casita alone for a bit before we were ready to go, which was actually quite nice!   Staff   The staff was excellent!  They, too, made sure that we had everything that we needed/wanted throughout the day.  Blanca was very friendly and helpful as was everyone else that was around.  I don’t remember seeing them too much throughout the evening, to be entirely honest!    Flowers   Our colours were yellow and blue.  I sent Dennise a picture of a bouquet of yellow lilies I quite liked and they made my bouquet with yellow lilies and yellow roses to fill in underneath.  It was beautiful!  The accents that we had, including the boutonnieres and the flowers on the chuppa, were all done in yellow lilies and other yellow flowers as well.  It was perfect!  I had told Dennise tropical flowers were fine for the centerpiece and accents, but they did lilies and I think it looked great done in yellow and lilies.  It tied it all together very nicely.   Ceremony/Minister   Chui had emailed us the week before the wedding with options for the ceremony.  He rode over in the boat with Brad and came right up to introduce himself to me when they got there.  He did a great job with the ceremony.  We had him read a welcome, we did our own vows, the sand ceremony, signing of the certificate, a family blessing and then he introduced us as Mr. & Mrs.!!  A language barrier is to be expected a bit, and it wasn’t too bad, except that the staff (and Chui!) kept introducing us as Mr. & Mrs. Myers (instead of Wyers).  It was really quite funny, we didn’t care at all, but I think it maybe had to do with the Spanish/English thing?  J   After the ceremony, we did as many family/friend pictures as we could.  We had a small group – there was 26 of us all together, but we were able to get group shots with our families before the sun went down, and then our photographer said he should be able to work some magic with the rest that were taken after the sun had disappeared completely.  I would definitely recommend doing pictures before the ceremony if that is something that is important to you, especially if you are having your wedding around the same time of year, given the time that the sun sets.   I don’t remember being overly hot during the ceremony or dinner.  It was only really when we were dancing that everyone got really hot.  The staff handled this perfectly.  I won’t get into it too much so that there are some surprises, but they really went over the top to make sure everyone was happy!   Dinner/Toasts/the Extra Mile   We had asked our friends to MC, which Dennise said was fine, but our friends ended up just letting the staff do their own thing and they made a nice speech to us instead.  It makes sense to do it that way for sure, but we had wanted to involve our friends, especially since we didn’t have a wedding party.   Food/Cake   The food was excellent!  We shared the lunch buffet with the other people that were at Las Caletas for the day.  I figured that there would be a lot of the same food at the wedding, but there was plenty of variety, and everything that I had was great!  They put a plate of appetizers by mine and Brad’s plates, but I don’t think either of us tried them.  We were into dinner by then.   We asked to have our cake to be chocolate with Khalua icing, and they actually soaked the whole cake in Khalua; it was so good!  A few people didn’t see them when they came around the dance floor with the cake, and it sucks that you have to order a cake big enough (at a minimum) for each person there, but I would get the cake again.  Cutting the cake was one of the traditions that we actually wanted to keep!  And it was really good!   Dancing/DJ/Music   We ended up paying for the DJ, mostly because we didn’t want one of our guests to have to play the music.  It was worth it, especially because we didn’t have to worry about a thing!  The DJ was great – he played all of the songs that we asked for, played to the crowd and was apparently even taking requests (even though I didn’t know that or notice anyone going up to him).   Las Caletas/Décor   There are no words to describe this place!  Seriously!  I’ve heard it said before, but the pictures seriously do not do it justice!!  The candles when the sun goes down, the rocks everywhere, the greenery and, of course, the beautiful ocean!  It is amazing!  The perfect romantic spot for a wedding!  They do a great job decorating as well…we didn’t get a lot of decorations (chuppa with coloured fabric and flowers, petals on the table runner, candles, one centerpiece and our favours) but they were not required!  The place is beautiful! We had Las Caletas make our wedding favours – hand painted maracas.  I believe they were $8 each, and worth every penny!  We had half made in yellow, half blue (which made the table look great!) and they said “Anya & Brad Wyers, December 5, 2012” and there were two palm trees painted on the back.  I would highly recommend them!   Fire Dancers   Do it!!!  Every review that I read by a bride that has gotten the fire dancers says to get them and I agree!!  Worth every penny!!  They were so much fun and a great surprise for the guests.  They came so close to us; I expected it, but there was nothing like it!  It was unbelievable!  There was a fire show at our honeymoon resort the next week, and it paled in comparison to the fire dancers at our wedding!!!   Tips, etc.   We, personally, didn’t tip anything above the included tips, other than a last minute 200 pesos to Dennise as we got off the boat at the end of the night and I think my mom gave the hairdresser 50 pesos.  I think that because we pay so much for the private wedding and because there are tips already included per person that was enough.  That’s not to mention that we paid for the extra hour as well – which is also something I would do again and found worthwhile.  I didn’t want the day to end!   Summary/Experience   We had our dream wedding come true with Adventure Weddings at Las Caletas.  It was perfect!!  I honestly didn’t even notice the small stuff very much when it came to experiencing the wedding day, but none of it mattered anyways!  I got to marry my best friend in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.   I don’t think there’s anything about Las Caletas that we wouldn’t do again, other than maybe ask them to serve the cake a little later, when everyone was seated and a little less full from dinner!  It was an amazing experience.  It was priceless to us to be able to have such a unique, private wedding.   We don't have many of the professional pictures yet, but here are a couple of us on the beach before the ceremony:      
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We got married June 16, 2012! I can’t say enough about Las Caletas. Pictures don’t do it justice! It’s absolutely beautiful!! It’s everything I thought it would be plus some. Boat ride over: The boat ride over was very smooth. We met at the terminal at 830 where we met up with Annie. Annie is so sweet and very helpful.  She took our belongings and decorations and hung everything up for us. The ride over went smoothly! We sat on the top deck which got a little hot after a while. I recommend sitting towards the front of the boat so you can see the show the workers put on. Very entertaining. Once we got there we were escorted to the bridal casita. Bridal Casita: The casita is a little bit of a hike! I was aware that it was going to be a hike but it was worse than I thought it was going to be.  It might have been because of the heat but we were all out of breath once we got to the top. The casita is cute but can get very hot. Luckily they gave us another fan.  There’s a full bathroom with showers and closet. In the closet is a refrigerator with water bottles. They also provide you with fresh fruit, orange juice and champagne.  Myself and bridesmaid made time to go down to the ocean and relax in the water for a little bit. The mothers decided to stay up in the casita and lay around. It was a little too hot for them.  Annie and Dennise would come up and check on us and make sure we didn’t need anything.  They are wonderful. They even called the hotel for us because one of the girls forgot her underwear. Lol   Hair/Make-up: The hair and make-up artists showed up on time around 130pm. They started doing hair and make- up right away. I recommend bringing pictures of hair and make- up styles. Some of my bridesmaids didn’t bring pictures and they were a little upset how their hair turned out.  The hair turned out good but not how they wanted. They are very nice and work fairly fast. Here's a picture of my hair and make-up Food: Delicious! So many choices and all are good! Table decor:   Ceremony: Beautiful!! Everything turned out exactly as I imagined and even better. The officiant, Ian, did our vows exactly how we wanted. He is extremely nice.  The ceremony set up looked exactly like the pictures I had sent Dennise.  As far as I can remember, the DJ played all the songs we requested. I was having too much fun to notice any flaws.  We made it through the father-dau/mother-son dance before it started to sprinkle. At first I was a little bummed that it was sprinkling but no one seemed to mind whatsoever so I just went with it. There was nothing I could do and the rain actually cooled everything off. It eventually started to pour. Dennise and the staff moved dinner tables around to make room for a dance floor under the awning. We tried to get everyone to dance under the awning but no one listened. They all said that dancing in the rain, on a beach, at a wedding was like dancing in a “pitbull music video.” They loved it!! Everyone was saying that our wedding was the best wedding they’ve ever been too! I don't have my professional pictures yet but here are some of the ceremony and reception Fire Dancers: Highly recommend! It was pouring rain when they performed. My husband and I were the only ones on the dance floor and everyone else watched from up above. Even though it was raining, it was an awesome experience and everyone loved it! Boat ride back: The boat ride back was interesting. While walking back to the boat it started to thunder and lighting. Rain was the worst it had been all night. Once everyone was on the boat the DJ played music and the party continued!  The ride back was cool because we were able to see the thunderstorm. The lightening lit up the entire ocean. It was beautiful and scary all at the same time!
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