Originally Posted by heidirn622
Have a question for everyone. Did ya'll reserve your date and location before you booked your room and package? For everyone that has been to the Royal, which location is better, the beachside at pelicanos or the gazebo. We have a choice between both right now. Or did ya'll make a site visit first before deciding on everything? Did ya'll talk to someone in reservations to get a group rate or went through a travel agent?
Does anyone have elizabeth medina's email? I filled out the request on the website and haven't heard back from her?
Has anyone seen the ballrooms? My fiancee does not want to be on the beach for the wedding reception. Do you have to purchase decorations through the resort or outside company to decorate the ballrooms.
If anyone has done a site visit, do they give you any incentives back when you book your wedding? upgrades, etc?
Thanks for all the advice from previous postings, I sat for two days and read and took notes. so helpful!
I reserved the location about a month before our site visit...and picked the package at the same time. The most important thing is to definitely pick out your Date/Time! Then 2nd most important is to book your locations for each part of the wedding so you can ensure you get them. We booked the Gazebo for Ceremony/ Garden for cocktails/ Beach for Reception and ended up sticking with that after the site visit. We saw the Ballroom as well, and it's definitely a nice ballroom, but everything looks much better outside. I was very relieved to at least know we would have a nice place in case of rain.
They have some decorations, but I would probably recommend mostly bringing your own if you can. I'm getting flowers from the resort, but bringing the rest (table runners, candle holders, paper lanterns, chair sashes). I was also planning on buying some shells when I got there.
For hotel rooms, I booked those about a couple weeks after the site visit. I used a great travel agent. Unfortunately I did a group booking and only about 1/2 the rooms were booked by the 1st deadline. We have had to fork up way too much money to keep the rooms on hold for our uber-lazy guests. It is very stressful! So I would HIGHLY recommend using a travel agent for Individual bookings (not group).
During the site visit, we did get to enjoy a nice tasting for free, but they don't offer you any other incentives at all. It's very much a take it or leave it kind of place since so many people want to have weddings there.
Hope this helps!