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ROYAL PLAYA DEL CARMEN BRIDES: were kids allowed for the day? ...and other questions

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It's official, we are booked for the Royal Feburary 6, 2010!!! Thanks for everyones help and I look forward talking more as the date approaches :).
Congratulations!! I'll be getting married at The Royal PDC on February 5, 2010, so perhaps we'll run into one another?! :)

- Alisha

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Has anyone done a welcome/"rehearsal" dinner at The Royal PDC and tell me if they charge anything extra to do so? Since it's an all-inclusive resort, it doesn't seem like it should... It doesn't have to be private, I'd just at least like for our party (~30 people) to be seated near one another in one of the restaurants. Can anyone offer any insight and suggest the best restaurant at The Royal?

 

Thanks!

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Has anyone done a welcome/"rehearsal" dinner at The Royal PDC and tell me if they charge anything extra to do so? Since it's an all-inclusive resort, it doesn't seem like it should... It doesn't have to be private, I'd just at least like for our party (~30 people) to be seated near one another in one of the restaurants. Can anyone offer any insight and suggest the best restaurant at The Royal?

Thanks!
they do charge for a rehearsal dinner...if you want to have it at Gran, it is cheaper. i dont think they will allow you guys to put together tables unless its less than 30 people.

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We're still in the beginning stages of planning but I think we'll stay for a week at the Royal, a few days before and a few days after the wedding. After that we plan to take another week as a honeymoon. We're thinking about heading down to Belize if we can work out a reasonable method of transportation.

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Hey Everyone!

 

I am brand new to this site, but am so glad I found it! We are currently booked at the Royal PDC for July 4th, but just heard some things about it that werent great..... Privacy on the beach during the ceremony and reception being the major thing, (speedo man standing behind the ceremony in front of the ocean, anyone??) along with getting "bumped" to a mediocre resort 20 miles south. For those of you that have been there, is the privacy issue that big of a deal to you? Or was I misinformed? We are currently looking at other places and TA's, but would really love to know that this isnt that big of a deal. Thanks for any help or advice you have!!

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2mckee,

I think that one of the perks that draws many of us to this resort is the fact that our guests can easily walk to 5th Ave and all of the great nightlife and activities in Playa del Carmen. This also has a drawback though which is that the beach is busy and there are likely to be non-guests around during your wedding festivities. I think you will find that most Royal brides select the Gazebo for their ceremony for this reason...it provides more privacy than the beach setting. By the time your reception rolls around, the sunbathers will be long gone but there still may be others around. (Most brides describe on-lookers as respectful when they write their reviews.) Anyway, I think you just have to weigh the pros and cons of being in the 'heart of the action' before selecting this resort.

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Hey Everyone!

I am brand new to this site, but am so glad I found it! We are currently booked at the Royal PDC for July 4th, but just heard some things about it that werent great..... Privacy on the beach during the ceremony and reception being the major thing, (speedo man standing behind the ceremony in front of the ocean, anyone??) along with getting "bumped" to a mediocre resort 20 miles south. For those of you that have been there, is the privacy issue that big of a deal to you? Or was I misinformed? We are currently looking at other places and TA's, but would really love to know that this isnt that big of a deal. Thanks for any help or advice you have!!
The bumping should not be an issue if your guests indicate "they are with the Jones/smith wedding" when booking. Its usally non-wedding related guests that get bumped. Also working with a TA will help ensure that bumping isn't an issue.

As for the privacy thing, I agree with what has already been said. It doesn't really seem to be a problem, the resort ropes off your area and you may have some onlookers but they seem to be respectful. Although most resorts have "public" beaches so it may be an issue other places too.

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Thanks everyone!! I ended up spending some time looking at Elizabeth Medina's website yesterday and the pics of the weddings at The Royal are BEAUTIFUL!! I didnt see a single speedo! :) Unfortunately, she is booked. What photographer is everyone planning on using?? The one included with the packages or did you go out and find your own? Thanks for the help!

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Thanks everyone!! I ended up spending some time looking at Elizabeth Medina's website yesterday and the pics of the weddings at The Royal are BEAUTIFUL!! I didnt see a single speedo! :) Unfortunately, she is booked. What photographer is everyone planning on using?? The one included with the packages or did you go out and find your own? Thanks for the help!
I think we are all using someone different! But most brides don't use the resort photographer. No offense to the brides that due but I think a lot of people think the resort photographers aren't as good and they don't give you very much product.

I am using Nathan Cordova, he was a second shooter for Elizabeth Lloyd and is cheap and fabulous. There are several vendors on here that you could look at. Depends if you want to get one there or fly one in. (often times its actually cheaper to fly one down). If you like Elizabeth Medina, I would try Claudia Rodriguez Claudia Rodriguez wedding photography

Good Luck!

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