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

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I had read on a review from last March that the best thing the bride didn't do was the cocktail hour. She said it saved her a lot of money and they didn't need it. I guess while the staff was setting up her private reception on the beach that drinks were available in a "small bar" they had set up, but it wasn't the full cocktail bar. I'm hoping this hasn't changed, because based on her review I think I am going to pass on the cocktail hour as well. Here is the link to her review if anyone wants to read it. She really gives a lot of insight into her wedding day. I am still going to have an hour break between my wedding and the dinner, but I think it will give guests time to run back to their room if they need to, or get some drinks while the wedding party finishes up on pictures. It isn't included in the package I chose, so I'm trying to cut costs in order to add the mariachi band.

 

http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...20-09-a-40180/

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Hi ladies!
For those of you who had Kimberly R as your WC, like I did, and haven't heard from anyone there, here is Carole's (the manager) email carolec@realresorts.com. I went back through some of the emails Kimberly sent me and found Carole's in there so I just emailed her (not knowing she was the manager now or if she even still worked there) and asked if she could help me find out who would be my new WC since Kimberly was gone. Luckily, she is still there and replied w/in 1 day! She said they're training some new people right now and will assign them to each of Kimberly's brides as soon as they have completed training. She said Kimberly just left a note saying the job was too stressful, and she was out. Yikes! Anywho, good luck :)
Thank you so much for the information!!!

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I had read on a review from last March that the best thing the bride didn't do was the cocktail hour. She said it saved her a lot of money and they didn't need it. I guess while the staff was setting up her private reception on the beach that drinks were available in a "small bar" they had set up, but it wasn't the full cocktail bar. I'm hoping this hasn't changed, because based on her review I think I am going to pass on the cocktail hour as well. Here is the link to her review if anyone wants to read it. She really gives a lot of insight into her wedding day. I am still going to have an hour break between my wedding and the dinner, but I think it will give guests time to run back to their room if they need to, or get some drinks while the wedding party finishes up on pictures. It isn't included in the package I chose, so I'm trying to cut costs in order to add the mariachi band.

http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...20-09-a-40180/
Wow! Thank you for the link! It was definitely very informative.

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Hi Diana,

We are getting married at 5pm in the gazebo. I am having Samuel come at 2pm till 10pm. We are doing pictures of getting ready and than pics of us and than with the bridal party until 4:30pm. Than the ceremony and the reception till 10pm. Hope this helps :)

Thanks so much Jesmcan!!! That really helped me fugure out what package I should go with! cheer2.gif

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Hello Ladies, I havent posted in awhile but I thought id chime in. After my 4th phone call to the WC office in Michigan, I finally spoke to Angie yesterday on the phone, but first I had to play the im going to cancel game and have all my guests who've already booked change their hotel and then like that someone other then the receptionist got on the phone. Angie claims as of yesterday they have someone at Kimberlys desk forwarding all emails to the new WC's, however she says she is very familiar with my "wedding" and she will be my new coordinator. Still though have not received any email from her regarding my very important question and was told she'd be in touch with the answer by last night.

 

I saw some posts about the cocktail hour, we are doing it, even if it wasnt included in the package, I feel you need to have that. However apparently with the luxury package it is not open bar, its only champagne, i can upgrade to open bar and hot appetizers as well for i believe an extra $15 pp. I realize they need to make their money but the hotel is all inclusive and all of my guest are booked at the royal, so I find it absurd that I would have to pay. Im sticking with just the champagne and cold appetizers for now. Im also trying to put together a "welcome/rehearsal dinner" for Friday night but was told by Kimberly that If it wasnt held in one of the restaurants I would have to use the same menu as my wedding reception? I was hoping she meant I would need to pick from the wedding menu and that I wasnt being limited to the same entrees i am serving the next night. However I havent had any of these questions answered, apparently just like everyone else and if my wedding wasnt 5 months away, I would 100% change resorts.

 

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Hello Ladies, I havent posted in awhile but I thought id chime in. After my 4th phone call to the WC office in Michigan, I finally spoke to Angie yesterday on the phone, but first I had to play the im going to cancel game and have all my guests who've already booked change their hotel and then like that someone other then the receptionist got on the phone. Angie claims as of yesterday they have someone at Kimberlys desk forwarding all emails to the new WC's, however she says she is very familiar with my "wedding" and she will be my new coordinator. Still though have not received any email from her regarding my very important question and was told she'd be in touch with the answer by last night.

I saw some posts about the cocktail hour, we are doing it, even if it wasnt included in the package, I feel you need to have that. However apparently with the luxury package it is not open bar, its only champagne, i can upgrade to open bar and hot appetizers as well for i believe an extra $15 pp. I realize they need to make their money but the hotel is all inclusive and all of my guest are booked at the royal, so I find it absurd that I would have to pay. Im sticking with just the champagne and cold appetizers for now. Im also trying to put together a "welcome/rehearsal dinner" for Friday night but was told by Kimberly that If it wasnt held in one of the restaurants I would have to use the same menu as my wedding reception? I was hoping she meant I would need to pick from the wedding menu and that I wasnt being limited to the same entrees i am serving the next night. However I havent had any of these questions answered, apparently just like everyone else and if my wedding wasnt 5 months away, I would 100% change resorts.

The champagne vs open bar at the cocktail hour is something that I've been wondering about for a while. From what past brides have said, they ended up with the full bar and some have mentioned hot apps without asking or paying more money. If you look back to 'TightyWhitey's' wedding review last May you can read her comments and see pics. I'm not sure what the experience has been from more recent brides. I also wouldn't want to pay even MORE money for an open bar when guests could literally walk a few feet and get a cocktail for FREE! Insane.

As for the welcome/rehearsal dinner...if you have a private event you can definitely choose a DIFFERENT menu option from the list of choices. You don't have to serve the same meal as at the wedding. You can also do a buffet to get the event a more casual and different feel than the wedding.

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I'm starting to worry with all of these changes that are happening at The Royal. I am 3 months away from my wedding and I'm starting to panic and stress.

 

Someone mentioned that there were only 15 rooms left. When is your wedding? I just spoke to my TA and she said that the Royal is almost filled. It looks like there are hardly any rooms left and I have yet to send out the invites.

 

Is anyone on here doing a at home reception when they get back? If so, what are you doing? I find it difficult to come up with ideas that don't cost me a fortune.

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I'm starting to worry with all of these changes that are happening at The Royal. I am 3 months away from my wedding and I'm starting to panic and stress.

Someone mentioned that there were only 15 rooms left. When is your wedding? I just spoke to my TA and she said that the Royal is almost filled. It looks like there are hardly any rooms left and I have yet to send out the invites.

Is anyone on here doing a at home reception when they get back? If so, what are you doing? I find it difficult to come up with ideas that don't cost me a fortune.
yikes, my wedding is the weekend after your wedding...i just asked my TA about the occupany for my weekend and will post what she says.

i'm still trying to figure out how to do the AHR too...look into clubhouses, restaurant, or someone's house.

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