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!
Congrats on your upcoming wedding! I'm getting married Oct. 24 at the Royal. My FI and I visited the resort when we were in Playa del Carmen for another wedding in January. We didn't stay at the resort, but had no problem poking around the property. We even got to see some other weddings while we were there. We set up a meeting with a wedding coordinator at the Royal the week before and just showed up on the scheduled day. The wedding coordinator showed us around and we got to see all the potential locations. We even scheduled a tasting ($100) so that we could decide on a menu. The food was delicious!!
After we got back from that trip we reserved the wedding date. Then we booked our rooms. We decided to use a travel agent to book our trip and a few of our guests have used her too. It didn't make sense for us to do a block of rooms because the discount rates they quoted us weren't very good (only $10-20 cheaper than the listed rate) and we weren't sure how long people would want to stay. I think that was one of the best decisions we've made yet.
Since we were able to watch a couple of other ceremonies while we were there we made the decision to have our ceremony in the gazebo. It's more private. The beach can be pretty crowded, especially if you're planning for an earlier ceremony. We're doing the cocktail hour on the patio/garden adjacent to the gazebo and then the reception on the beach. We figured most of the beach traffic would clear out by 6:00 or 7:00. One other thing, the beachside by pelicanos is right next to the pier. So you could have a lot of traffic walking by if a ferry is returning. That's a pretty busy area. Remember, the beaches are public, so there could be lots of people hanging around.
I thought the ballrooms were really nice. Much nicer than what I was expecting. If we got rained out I wouldn't be totally devastated. And depending on the time of year it could be much more comfortable inside. It gets pretty hot down there during the summer. Another option is the garden. It's a pretty big space and I've seen it set up and it looks really nice. My only issue with the garden was privacy. It's right in the middle of the resort, so there's not much privacy.
I hope this helps. Sorry I can't answer the rest of your questions. Good luck with the planning!