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Lisa you looked so beautiful and everything looked perfect :) I am so happy La Tortuga was awesome for you :) I can't wait to see more pics lol



Viola planning any wedding can be overwhelming lol


1. Even though I had a pretty large wedding I have heard on here a lot about the small semi-private and at teh Royal they are very willing to accomodate you. You can have it at one of the restaurants if it is 15 or less. If it goes above that there are plenty of choices and way to continue to keep the cost down. How many are on your guest list now?


2. Hair/Make up has very mix reviews. Some people have had amazing experiences and other not so much at the Spa. I think ti all depends on what you really want. I really wanted to be in my room relaxing with my girls so I opted for an outside hair and make up person. I used Fernando from the make up pros who was amazing!!!!! and it was worth every penny. he is costly though. So I would say if your hair is good in hot weather and your not to picky and don't mind going to the Spa go for it. But if yours turns into an afro like mine lol in hot weather and want to stay in your room its worth paying for someone to come.


3. I think a photographer is the most important thing about a destination wedding. That is the person that is going to capture those moments forever. We sacrificed video so we could make the budget work for a good photographer. Now ya that outside vendor fee really sucks. Some people have brought a photographer from home and paid for their stay. There are a lot of photographers that if you pay for their stay will give you a great deal on an overall package.


4. Yes you have to pay the outside fee for your own mariachi which are not much cheaper anyways. They were $500 so with the fee it makes no sense. The mariachi was totally worth it!!! our guests are still talking about that.


When is your big day? sorry if it's somewhere and I missed it.

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Hey, anyone out there feeling totally overwhelmed at planning the details of a wedding in Mexico?  We are definitely on a budget...we opted for the free wedding, as the cost of the master suite was actually less than paying for the wedding package.  We wanted to upgrade the flowers, cake, etc., anyway, so this seemed like the best way to go. 


Our wedding is May 21, 4pm in the gazebo.  We have no idea how many people will be able to come, but we think it will be very small.  Was anyone able to see the final guest list before planning the reception?  I'd like to do a private reception, but only if it is relatively small group...this can get really expensive with a lot of people!  Has anyone had experience with a small, semi-private reception?


Our wedding planner's name is Elvy.  Has anyone worked with her before?  She seems super helpful so far, and very responsive. 


I'm also interested in what people have done for hair/makeup?  How's the salon at the resort?  Should I book an appointment with someone else?  How about the photographer?  We definitely want to choose our own photographer, but the contract says there is a $350 fee for outside vendors.  Is there a way around this, if I want to use a local photographer?  Would I have to pay this fee if I wanted to hire my own mariachi band?  I've heard of other people doing this.


I am so excited, but a little nervous about what I need to do to prepare.  If anyone can share stories about how they are getting ready for the big day at the Royal, I would be grateful :)





Hi kshow - although I had an offsite reception I saw the set up for a lot of brides during my week that I now also used Marvin.


For one of them she had two people waiting in the lobby and I saw them come and give her the flowers and she just brought them in. But that was just the bouquets and bouts I did not see center pieces or anything like that.


The tables are set up a day before however this depends if there are other wedding in your space or not. So I would recommend you appoint someone like two hours before your ceremony to go with a few other people to grab the center peices and put them on the table for you and make sure to coordinate that with Marvin. Hope it helps.

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For the bride who have already gotten married and used Marvin, I have a question.  First did the deliver the flowers to the hotel outside and you just had someone pick them up for you?  Did he charge a delivery fee?  Also, I know to avoid the vendor fee you are supposed to put them on the tables yourself....but when did you have someone do this?  How far in advance are the tables set up?  Any recommendations would be greatly apprecaited! 


diahr - that is great news!  I am sorry to hear about your family dilema you are in.  I didn't have anything that extreme, but I do have a future sister in law, that we gave $1,000 to so that she could come, just bitch and bitch and bitch about EVERYTHING and how expensive everything is.  When it is all said and done we will have paid more for her to come than she did.  It's frustrating...but at the end of the day, it's your day, and all that matter and you and him.

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Lisa- What can i say.....your wedding was absolutely beautiful!! your dress, makeup, colors, everything! gorgeous!!!! I am using Ivan Luckie too for our photos....I am so happy that you liked him! I can't wait for you to get your photos....OMG idk how crazy it must be to wait 2 months for your pics! oh man! Great Wedding!!! 

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Hello ladies!


The sole groom on here, back from our wedding at the RPDC.  Lisa and I were married on November 30th on the beach in front of the gazebo.  We ended up going with the Mayan Ceremony, which turned out to be UNREAL!  We only invited 9 to our wedding, but about 100 or gathered around the beach to watch.  It was incredible!


We weren't really fussy about many of the details, so our planning process just went with the flow.  I think that helped keep the stress down.  In the end though, everything our expectations, and then some.  Zulma was our wedding coordinator, and our reception was at El Mediterraneo.  The staff at El Mediterraneo are incredible, and I would highly recommend this for anyones semi private reception.  Its also the coolest temperature wise, which was refreshing after a day in dress pants.  We used Sascha Gluck as our photographer, and for those who are considering him - please BOOK HIM.  He is polite, easy going, and though we haven't seen the final product yet, the shots he gave us a sneak peak at were incredible.  As I get more photos, I will try to post them along with a review.


In the meantime, if you ladies have any questions, I will do my best to answer them!



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I want to get married again! I loved it sooo much. I started unpacking today and i got teary-eyed because I got flashes of memories. You ladies are going to have the best time. My brother has already posted on my FB page that it was the best time of HIS life and he has never seen me or my parents so happy. I made sure to take Wayne aside to take it all in during the reception.


The funny thing is that we barely had time to enjoy the resort with all the meetings,events, and preparations (we never even got in the pool and only made it into the ocean once lol), but despite all that, The Royal has been my fave resort ever! We will definitely go back to enjoy it some more.

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Hey ladies, I did engagement pics on Sunday and already got them back!  The photographer was great and in my opinion very reasonably prices.  If any of you Chicago area brides are needing a

photog I can give you his info, I know there a couple of you on here.


I know there is a thread on here for engagment pics, but I always like to share with you girls.


Here are a few of my favorites:


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