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Welcome to the new Paradisus brides! I officially leave for my wedding in 1 months time! It feels like yesterday that I was counting down from like 7 months!

 

I booked the Mariachi and Water Drums performance. It was a little steep, but I am very excited to see everyone's faces for the water drums, since I am keeping it a suprise. I'm a little annoyed that I am going to have to pay the hotel 3 outside vendor fees (dj, marichi and water drums), but even with those fees, still cheaper then using their preferred vendors. At least I am flying in a photographer, so they won't get a fee for that!

 

I really need to start working on the details...I'm starting to panic! I haven't even started my oot bags...ahhhh!!!

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Water drums is basically a performance of guys beating their drums that have water sitting on the top. You can email weddingsrivieramaya@gmail.com. I am getting the Mariachi band and water drums through them. Water drums are not cheap, especially since it's only a 20 minutes performance. You're looking at $800 US (though I would always try to negotiate). Plus you have to pay outside vendor fee to the hotel. I really hope it is worth it! I'll let you know my thoughts when I get back.

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Kelly, I wouldn't worry about it. You still have plenty of time. Most of mine booked in September/October for my January wedding and some just booked end of November.

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Okay girls...I'M BACK!!!

 

Everything was absolutely SPECTACULAR! Like everyone has said before me...trust Perla..she really does know what she is doing. It was so frustrating trying to get a hold of her but in the end we couldn't have asked for anything bettter.

 

I haven't gotten my pro pics back yet but...our photogs have featured us on their blog

 

Studio979 Wedding photography, Houston, Lake Jackson

 

We are under dress, meet cenote and Sarah and Joe do Cancun...

 

I'll post more pics in this thread later( I know how much we all love them)...and I'll be doing a full planning (late I know) and review thread as well which I'll add links to in my siggy. I'm just still trying to get back to reality.

 

 

To answer a few questions I saw:

1. If you fly in your own photogs and they stay at the resort there is no additonal fee. Ours cut us an amazing deal and we were blow away by the photos we've seen so far. I'd say don't comprimise and use the resorts if you don't feel comfortable. Ours were about the same price and we had three full days with them.

 

2. We changed resorts for the honeymoon (we went to the Iberostar Grand Hotel in Playa Paraiso) we loved the Paradisus but it was nice to get some alone time and be at an adults only location.

 

3. Our ceremony was at 4pm and it was perfect (we got married on December 12th). We had plenty of time to snap some family photos and get some of us on the beach...however that was knowing that we had all the next day to get some more pictures. If you want all your pictures done after the ceremony you may need an extra half hour or so.

 

4. We hired DJ Bob and he did a GREAT job. He announced what we wanted announced and did a great mix. (More later in my review)

 

5. Vicky is now the hair stylist at the Paradisus. She speaks some english but make sure you do a trial the day before. Also book your hair SUPER early. My appt was at 1 and I dont think I was done till 3. I was actually late to the wedding (my poor hubby!) She did do an amazing job and uses enough hair spay to make your hair STAY despite the wind.

 

On a side note...I got violently ill the night before we came back, to the point that I needed to be taken to the hospital via ambulance and stayed over night missing our flight back. The Iberostar handled the whole situation with the utmost professionalism and was able to change all of our flights, transfers, etc without issue or charge.( I was beyond pleased with the level of customer service) In addition we did book travelers insurance and we had $5K for medical expenses. We haven't tried to file the claim yet but I would recommend tacking it on to your trip if you can. They were unable to use our normal insurance and dealing with them on a regular basis I am sure they will decline anything from mexico. I'll let you know how the filing goes but it was a little bit of a relief when we stumbled upon the coverage in our travel documents.

 

Like I said more to come...

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Welcome back Sarah! At least if you were going to get sick, it was after the wedding and at the end of the trip and not the beginning! Hope you are feeling better and thank goodness for insurance!!!! Can't wait to hear the full review...I can't believe my ticker is down to days!

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Sarah...did you do the legal ceremony? I've been trying to find info to have a better idea of how it goes. Am I correct that the minister speaks Spanish and then there is a translator? DId you have any input as to what was said?

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We actually just did the symbolic ceremony...ironically because I didn't want to have blood taken in Mexico...in retrospec thats hilarious...anyways...we wrote our entire script for our ceremony and the minister performed it without issue.

 

I would check with Perla and see but I think you can still put your own touches on the legal ceremony. I'm pretty sure that Missy got legally married down there and wrote some of her own...she might be able to help out...

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