Riu Brides (former,existing,ANYONE!)
Posted 25 January 2008 - 06:52 AM
I am getting married at the Riu Santa Fe in November of 08, what I don't understand is the reception part. We have around 70 ppl joining us and we are paying for the caprice package.
I suppose my question is, the package includes a private dinner reception correct? Is it buffet style? What I don't really get is we are already paying for the all inclusive, so does that package include a different dinner? or just the private area>?
And also I heard that it does not include drinks?? How does that work when all my guests will have the lil all inclusive bracelets? Do they just wonder up to the lobby bar and grab bevys??
This just does not make much sense to me and was hoping someone could help a lady out!
Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:35 AM
Posted 28 January 2008 - 12:41 PM
Have fun planning and let me know if there's anything else I can do to help.
Posted 28 January 2008 - 12:45 PM
I was married at the RIU Palace in Cabo in November 2007. As far as I understand it Andreaz is right. The dinner fee is only if you are having a private reception. Remember there is a seating fee also for a private reception (ridiculous) which is charged per seating (2 per night). We had our reception dinner at the Mexican Terrace and were not charged a per person dinner fee as we just had the restaurants regular menu. I do know a bride that was married before me was threatened that she would have to pay the $35/person meal fee but she argued that. I'm not sure where this sits now. The other thing to note that to have alcohol beyond the wine, beer, and champagne at the reception was $10/person/hour. This fee is completely unreasonable in my opinion as we are already paying for the all inclusive. Don't understand it and never will. My guests were happy with lots of champagne and wine so I guess its up to you whether or not you need to pay the extra. I know there was a wedding after me that negotiated the price down to $3/person/hour so you may want to try that although I think that may be difficult depending on your wedding coordinator. If you do a search in the wedding reviews thread for KACENGG'S RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas Wedding Review you can read about my experience.
My experience was that the wedding coordinators try to charge you for alot of extras regardless. Please let me know if you have any further questions even though I can only tell you about the Riu Palace.
November 9, 2007
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Posted 28 January 2008 - 12:53 PM
I agree that the 'open bar' charge is a complete waste of money!
Posted 28 January 2008 - 12:58 PM
I didn't have the best experience but I'm getting over it. I am married and am trying to just remember the things that did go right. I love Cabo and am so excited that we got married there and had beautiful pictures on the beach (still waiting on Juan for those). You cannot beat a backdrop like Cabo! Glad to hear that you had a much better experience and yes, we both should have had Adriana!
November 9, 2007
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:04 PM
I just got my photos from Juan this weekend. I had to get my husband to keep on emailing him because I was getting frustrated. It was worth the wait b/c they turned out great.
Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:04 PM
Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:26 PM
-I'm pretty sure that if you pay the price for an open bar that it's unlimited, double check with Daniella.
-I didn't have a cocktail hour. I'm glad I didn't have one because most of my guests wanted to get out of the sun and freshen up before the reception. I suggested to my guests to hang out in the lobby bar for drinks and shade.
-they set up a dancefloor on the beach. I acutally loved the set up of my reception!
-i didn't get a dj, instead we brought an ipod and had a friend play it for us. You should be able to rent the speakers for free.
-I think the only co-ordinator you can use is the RIU one. When I looked into it, all the co-ordinators told me that I had to work with the RIU.
-problems with Daniella: 1) I didn't have my flowers until about 20 minutes before my ceremony. My sister had to track her down! 2) I gave her candles for my candle ceremony but they weren't at the ceremony when we were ready to light them. Daniella had to run back to her office to get them. We were able to move on with the ceremony but I was disappointed that the flow of the ceremony wasn't there. 3) I also gave her some decorations for my reception to put on the tables and they weren't there when the guests arrived. Daniella was already with another wedding so I had to ask someone to get her or get into her office to get them.
-I've heard that the Riu has hired a 2nd co-ordinator so hopefully you won't run into as many problems. The co-ordinator prior to Daniella was telling me that the job is too big for one person and that was her reason for leaving -she was too stresed.
-I'll post some pictures tonight.
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