These discussions are so incredibly helpful to me! We booked our wedding at The Royal PDC last July and are getting married February 19th of this year... it's so soon! At first the slow replies from the wedding team didn't bother me too much, but now its really starting to frustrate me! We have 35 people coming and staying at the Royal and with our wedding less than 50 days away, we still have no other decisions made besides when and where our ceremony and reception are. My WC is Jael. Does anyone else have her and if so, are you able to get a response to your questions in a decent time frame? Or anyone have any suggestions for trying to get some of the other details planned?
I have questions about almost every aspect - from flowers to time frame to DJ to food. HELP!
Also, for flowers, we were thinking of ordering bulk from SAM'S club and then just going to pick them up and wrap the bouquets ourselves while getting ready the morning of the wedding. Has anyone else done this or recommend doing this? Thank you so much!
If you go through the A La Carte wedding planning tool on the Royal website, you can see pictures of all the cakes. I think they used real shells on someone's (the one with the frosting shells).
Originally Posted by diahr
Does anyone have a picture of the Royal Signature Cake that comes included in the packages? (I have the Classic Wedding). Thanks!
I can't remember seeing much in this forum about Funever, but when my fiance and I stayed at the Royal in 2009, a staff photog came to take our picture poolside. I assume it was Funever because they had a booth for viewing photos set up off the lobby. At any rate, they had taken 5 - 10 shots of us outside, midday and we looked AWFUL. AWFUL. It was point-blank range, our faces were red and shiny and everything you don't want to look like -- what a mess! Now, the daytime photographers may have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the wedding photogs, they may not use the same equipment, they may not even be the same company, but for me, I couldn't take the chance. After the wedding, the photographs are what live on, and although the price tags associated with them are lofty, for me, it's the most important parts, especially in a situation where not everyone can be there. There are many photogs discussed on here who offer rates <$1000. For me, I'd rather just get a couple hours with a killer photog than an entire day with a just ok one, but that's an entirely personal choice.
Originally Posted by Kelfrecks
Does anyone know if the table linens are included in the Luxury Wedding package at the Royal? My guess is that they offer standard white ones, which is fine with me, but I just don't want to incur a bunch of extra charges when all is said and done and I noticed a listing for tablecloths and napkins in the a la cart wedding sheet file they sent me.
Also, has anyone used or heard anything about Funever photos? The photo vendor that is included (for the ceremony) at least? My family takes an insane amount of photos and although I don't want to assign anyone to "take pictures" that day, my FI and I are having trouble rationalizing the cost of having a photographer to document the whole day. The only thing I do want is some group pictures (we have about 35 guests) and then some of just us, our wedding party, and with our families. My guess is it would take about an hour to get these photos, but I can't figure out when to do that. I don't want to really ruin the "flow" of anything. Right now, we are scheduled for:
- Ceremony at the Gazebo: 4-4:30pm
- Cocktail Hour at Gazebo: 4:30-5:30pm
- Reception on beach: 5:30 - 9:30pm
Has anyone included a "break" in the schedule for pictures? I would like them taken on the beach.
The Royal is beyond amazing. I've done a lot of traveling in the last 10 years, and it's by FAR my favorite place. Not a single bride has come back and said that they would have preferred their wedding elsewhere. It's kind of like finding the perfect dress. Once you find it, you stop looking. The resort is IT. You don't have to worry. I like it so much that I've gone twice before and am now planning a wedding there. When we started talking destination wedding, my FI and I couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else. When we went in 2009, it felt like a honeymoon, and now it actually will be! : )
Originally Posted by Kelfrecks
Thank you Randi! Your answers are very helpful! So you were happy with your choice of marrying at The Royal? Did everyone have fun? (I can't imagine that not being the case!)
Michelle - try searching earlier in the forums for tipping. Someone had a huge writeup on who they tipped and how much.
Originally Posted by MichelleCrock
Now that we're getting closer to the big day (48 more days!!), I'm starting to think about more of the details and had a few quick questions if anyone has any advice:
Do people usually sit the photographer (and assistant) at a table with guests for dinner? Or just leave them to eat on their own at some point? Either way is fine by me, just not sure what the norm is (we're using Sascha from Cancun Photos)....
Also any suggestions on tipping vendors (photographer, DJ... and do most people tip the wedding coordinator too?)?
K - Another great aspect of the Royal is its location. It is located directly on the beach and two blocks from 5th Avenue, Playa's main drag. You just walk out of the hotel (e.g. the opposite direction from the beach), turn left on the main street. If you walk about 20 mins, you'll come to a ferry pier and pass all sorts of stores and restaurants on the way. I think that's all your guests would need to know (it's pretty intuitive) and I'm sure the front desk would be more than happy to point people in the right direction.
If you Google Playa del Carmen, you should get map images for it.
Originally Posted by Kelfrecks
Good Morning Ladies! Does anyone have a good map of Playa del Carmen? I'd like to include it in our OOT bags. Or do they have free ones down there that I could just grab 25 of when we get there?
Also, for ROYAL PDC brides who have been married at/in the Gazebo, has anyone actually had the seats all in (under) the gazebo? We have a bout 35 guests and although it will be tight (I think) I would really like us all under the gazebo, so I'm trying to get an idea of its dimensions or if we would even fit!
Ashley, check out the A La Carte planning website on the Royal's wedding website. Just sign in (I sometimes make up info to get in) and then mouse over all the flowers. There are probably about 100 options to choose from. If a brides bouquet is included in your package, it's an $80 option. If you prefer one of the other higher-priced arrangements, you'll have to pay 100% of the cost listed (not the upgrade cost minus $80). Generally, the arrangements can't be altered, but your coordinator may work with you. They will also do an arrangement of any color of roses surrounded by green leaves (REALLY pretty) as the $80 option. I think Lady Di did this - I have a photo I can PM you if needed. It's not on the A La Carte website.
Originally Posted by ashleymanning
Hello Ladies! I am getting married at The Royal on June 4, 2011. For anyone who has already done their wedding here, maybe you can help me with the "Checklist" I am suppose to fill out. I have been looking at pictures online at other weddings that have taken place, and I see some things that are not on the checklist. For example, under table lighting. Does anyone know if the under table lighting is included? Also, in regards to the flowers, do you get what you see in the pictures?
On another note, do you get to actually meet with the WC that we are assigned through Basecamp when we arrive at the hotel?
Also, has anyone had their hair and makeup done by the hotel spa? If so, do you recommend using them?
Lots of people have done the iPod option - you can even pay for someone to run it if needed. Just try searching the forum (or Royal reviews) for iPod.
Originally Posted by JDAD11
I posted this as a new thread but didnt get much response any help would really be appreciated!!!!
I am getting married at The Royal Cancun in April 2011. I am having the Mexican trio for part of the reception but thinking of using an iPod and the sound system for the ceremony, cocktail hour and the rest of the reception because we are only going to have a group of around 18 or so. Has anyone else done this or know how the sound system is???
Welcome, Nikki! : )
Originally Posted by nikkiscriv
My name is Nikki, and I just booked our stay at the Royal PDC for a July 25th, 2011 wedding! I've been browsing through the site for quite awhile and decided to join now that the time for real planning is upon me! I have sent an email to the WC's at the Royal and am hoping to speak with Denise (sp?) who was recommended to me by my Travel Agent. Does anyone have any experience with her? I have yet to hear from them yet, but am looking forward to planning and seeking advice from here!
This forum has a wealth of information! Too cool