Paradisus Riviera Brides - POST HERE!
Posted 10 August 2009 - 06:49 PM
I'm not on all that often, but now that we're getting pretty close to our date, I would really like to get reinvloved!
FINZUP... How many people are you having? We are expecting 60 so we were advised to do everything a la carte rather than a package. It's a bit pricier, but we're getting EVERYTHING we want and it's kind of nice to make it our own. We went down and did a food tasting after choosing from ALL of the banquet menu's and ended up picking a main entree that wasn't even there.
NAVARRABROOKE You're actually getting married the week right after us! We went down and did a site visit that exact week last year to see what the weather and hours would be like. You lose sunlight early in November so we're starting our ceremony at 4:00. Perla said this would provide us with just enough time for beach photos and it will be a little cooler out. If you have any questions, let me know, and I'll see you down there!
Posted 11 August 2009 - 10:27 AM
Anyone doing a sand ceremony I've been looking into it and I really like the idea. It's sorta in lieu of the unity candle. Planning a Sand Ceremony
Posted 11 August 2009 - 12:07 PM
Will try and answer some of the recent questions - We got married in November and had our ceremony at 3:30. The sun set around 5:30 - 6:00 so it was great for pics etc.
We did the sand ceremony which worked out well - I wrote the script (ok copied it from other BDW) and gave it to the judge and it was great.
Posted 11 August 2009 - 01:17 PM
I think we'll set our ceremony for 4pm. Thanks so much!
Posted 11 August 2009 - 04:16 PM
Posted 11 August 2009 - 10:28 PM
I will be marrying at the Paradisus RM on April 9, 2010. I flew down with my FI, his parents, his bro and sis-in-law and my parents in early June to do a site visit. We also checked out Secrets Capri and the Royal Hideaway Playacar. We unanimously agreed that Paradisus was exactly what we were looking for. Secrets was a close 2nd but we had to rule it out due to the fact that it's half the size and the feel of the resort was more for honeymooners than it would be for our young crowd of possibly 120+ people. Royal Hideaway Playacar was just a guilty indulgence to visit but it was by far the smallest and they're not used to accommodating larger weddings. Plus, I think their rooms start around $800/night, which is a little pricey.
We've put down the deposit for Paradisus and taken care of the room block via wire transfer. I've pretty much locked down the DJ and photographer. I'm working on the videographer and MUA. I'm actually using the co-writer of "The Knot's Destination Wedding" book as a consultant for her recommended vendors. It was more for peace of mind than anything else. She's been incredibly helpful, although I may end up not using any of her recommendations. I've already picked out the dress (thank you Kleinfeld's in NYC) and the bridesmaids dresses and I'm just counting down the days until I get to go back to sunny Mexico. If any newbies want to see pics of Paradisus I'd be more than happy to send you the link via email. Also, if anyone has recommendations on a videographer and MUA... I'm all ears!
Thank you to all those who have made posts! This website has been a holy grail to my obsessive researching. In fact, my FI has to pry me away from the computer half the time b/c I can't stop researching more stuff about the wedding.
Posted 12 August 2009 - 10:36 AM
| Originally Posted by HappyGoLucky |
We've put down the deposit for Paradisus and taken care of the room block via wire transfer.
I was wondering how the room block works. Are you not using a travel agent? I am trying to decide whether to just go through the hotel or go through a travel agent. I want my guests to be able to decide how long they want to stay.
Posted 12 August 2009 - 01:06 PM
Hi Ktchi - We are working with a travel agent (Joani) at Destination Weddings (DW) and she has been great. Our guests call or email her directly to request quotes and book their travel. She's been able to either match the rates we've seen on Expedia, Orbitz, etc. or come in even cheaper. If you use DW, they offer you a website with all the details on the resort, pictures, etc. Guests can refer to that and they can go directly to your TA with any questions - kinda relieves you of fielding a bunch of questions. We did not do the room block - mostly because we didn't know at the time how many people could actually attend. So far it's been working for us. We've heard good feedback from our guests - they like that you can pay half at the time of booking and then make monthly payments thereafter. We've only had one couple book through Expedia and these sites make you pay in full at the time of booking. Also, if anything were to go wrong you have a TA on your side (and your guests do too) to take care of everything. Just added peace of mind. Hope this helps!
Posted 12 August 2009 - 02:04 PM
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