Paradisus Riviera Brides - POST HERE!
Posted 12 August 2009 - 07:17 PM
The room block is just the rate that Paradisus is giving us per person ($150pp for the base room). I am using a travel coordinator (Cardinal Tours), which is owned and operated by family friends. They'll be handling everything from airfare, hotel and excursions. But, if our guests don't want to use Cardinal Tours, they can just call Paradisus and say that they're guests of our wedding and they'll be guaranteed that lower rate until Feb 2010 when the room/rate block expires. In order to get this room block, we had to put down a deposit that eventually goes towards the banquet/reception. There are certain stipulations about booking, such as if we don't meet booking 85% of the 50 rooms we requested, then Paradisus reserves the right to only give us free nights but not with the Royal Service option.
I recommend a travel agent simply because the guests can contact them instead of you about all things travel related. You've got enough to worry about when it comes to planning the wedding, the last thing you need to do is field the same questions over and over about how to go about booking the trip. And right now roundtrip airfare flights are pretty cheap! We saw a Tuesday through Tuesday flight for $198 non-stop! Also, I highly recommend setting up a wedding website with info for your guests about sights to see, contact info, links to travel documents, etc. It's a great resource that will keep you organized and something guests can keep referring back to. Our website is: Jehda & Ken and it cost $30 for the year and we did all the work. Can't get more economical than that!
Posted 13 August 2009 - 07:12 AM
| Originally Posted by bumbles |
I have a *fantastic* MUA to recommend! I can pm you his info. I think it may be in my wedding review too - not sure though.
Posted 13 August 2009 - 06:38 PM
So we've decided on the Paradisus Riviera Cancun and sent in all of the paperwork and haven't heard anything back and it's been more than a week (before this they answered all of my questions in 2-3 days). Should I be worried or does it take a while to get confirmation for your date?
Posted 13 August 2009 - 07:29 PM
Everything with Paradisus takes a while, but if it's been a week, I'd email them again. Sometimes Perla wouldn't get my emails or would forget to respond, so I'd be sure to email her a few days after the initial email just to make sure she was on top of things. Normally, though, she wouldn't go more than 3-4 days before answering emails, but sometimes she gets really busy down there with all the weddings they have.
Posted 14 August 2009 - 04:58 PM
Also did anyone encounter any negative family members or friends who do not like your idea of DW or boycott? My father is threating not to go because my elderly grandparents wont be there! Stressful!
Posted 14 August 2009 - 05:11 PM
Most of our friends/fam were really excited but we had some family that blew the whole Swine Flu scare out of proportion and out of sheer ignorance are still afraid to go down in April 2010, which is a whole year after the scare even took place! We also have some family members that won't be able to travel there based on their health condition or that they live too far away. Some family were even concerned about a certain family member of ours that's an alcoholic and doesn't do to well in an all-inclusive resort where you can drink all day long. You'll never be able to please everyone, so just stick to your guns and have the wedding you want to have. In the end, all that matters is that you're happy.
Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:00 AM
We did find a couple of times that she would send an e-mail but we wouldn't receive it. So if you haven't heard from her in 3-4 days don't hesitate to send a note. And if you get really desperate enough to pay the charges, she's great over the phone!
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