Below is my review, thoughts, comments. We are blessed to have had the opportunity to have a DW. DH and I truly feel we had our perfect day, wedding trip & honeymoon. We were happy with our choices and delighted on how things turned out. As revealed below, quite a bit of what we chose for the wedding came from this forum. If not in an exact duplication, it was an idea, lead, assistance from a forum member, etc. Special thanks to the previous MP brides: andreslove & cariandnick. I do not even want to imagine what the wedding planning and execution would have been like had I not come across this forum when I did. Thank you all for sharing, and thank God for this forum!
Hope it helps a future bride. Let me know if there are questions.
Host Resort: Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
Wedding Date: Sat. Dec. 29, 2007
Welcome Dinner: Thurs. Dec. 27, 2007
- # of Guests: 39 (31 adults; 6 children)
- range of travel periods: Dec 25. – 1 Jan.
- stay durations: variety of 3 - 7 nights
- Sister Resort stay at SunPalace: 2 adults
- ‘off site’ stays in Cancun: 16 (10 adults; 6 children)
Wedding Week – Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort: Dec 25. – Jan. 1
Honeymoon – The Royal Playa del Carmen: Jan 1 – Jan 8.
Photographer: Tamm’s Photography
Our Pro Pics - Wedding Slideshow:
We used the included dinner (at restaurant up to 50 people) in the free wedding package for the welcome dinner. The WC gave me two options on Nizuc side for a group size of 30 people and we reserved the dinner prior to our arrival. (Arrecifes: Brazilian, terrace/ocean view or rooftop terrace; Palapa Fragata: seafood buffet, ocean view)
Dinner was great out on the terrace at Arrecifes. It was a somewhat private area with people walking by occasionally. At some point the mariachi band came by and played for us. The salad was buffet, and the servers came by and served the different types of meat along with some sides (baked potatoe, etc). We had several vegetarians, and they had a variety and plenty to eat off the salad bar inside the restaurant, along with the side dishes.
Location: Tucan Terrace – Nizuc side
Of course the original plan was for the wedding at gazebo w/ the cocktail hr & dinner reception on terrace. After a suggestion from a friend, we changed our wedding location to the terrace with the go ahead from our on-site WC, Lily. The WC sent me the beach set up that would be done on the terrace, and mentioned the estimate for the additional cost. The cost was confirmed at our meeting after a call she made to the vendor. (I believe they reused the flowers on the posts at the reception on the dessert table). They provided the sound system (speakers, mic, etc) at no cost for the ceremony hour.
Legal vs. Symbolic
We did the legal/civil cermony. The requirements were minimal, didn’t cost a lot that much extra, and the papers were ready in 2 business days after the wedding.The cost for the justice of piece was included in the free wedding cost. For an idea, our additional costs/add ons were:
o Translation of birth certificates from English to Spanish ($45 each)
o Blood tests ($99 for both)
o Translation of Spanish marriage certificate from Spanish to English, 2 copies. ($35 each)
o 1 extra copy of marriage certificate (issued in Spanish) ($12 each)
Following the civil ceremony by the justice of peace was the religious ceremony performed by a non denominational religious minister. The justice of peace introduced him, so it was a natural flow (I always questioned this transition). Both justice of peace & minister spoke English.
We liked the wording for the ceremony I received via email (attached), and confirmed w/ the WC at our meeting that the religious minister would be using it. I’m glad I confirm because she mentioned it is usually up to the minister what he will say, and he may do some variation of that document.
Sand Blending Ceremony:
We provided the WC the wording for the Sand Ceremony at our meeting (attached). We took the ceremony from
The cocktail hour was immediately following the ceremony. We received this free for our group as we book 10 rooms at MP.We did pay $3 per person >12 yrs old to extend the time for an additional ½ hr. (can only charge by hr.)
At the WC meeting, we choose the Mexican Hors d’oeuvres.
We chose this terrace on the Sunrise side for our private reception primarily because we wanted a horseshoe table set up for 40 people, and needed a location big enough to also include space for the dance floor. Our group stayed on the Nizuc side, and the wedding was on the Nizuc side. I’m glad that we had the reception on the sunrise side of the resort as it gave us some lag time for dinner not to start too early, and guests were able to see that side of the resort. We also requested to have private roundtrip transportation (Lobby to Lobby Shuttle) for our guest to/from Nizuc to Sunrise which was $60.
We made the menu selection at the WC meeting. We requested to include vegetarian options as well, but I can’t recall what was added. We choose the Cajun Buffet primarily for the blackened catfish, and steak.
I sent the WC a picture of the cake I wanted months prior and she checked w/ the bakery and mentioned they could duplicate the pic. I provided her the flowers for the cake at our meeting. We brought a cake/server knife that we bought from Marshall’s.We chose carrot cake w/o nuts, and it was very tasty! The guests enjoyed it as well.
Celebration Plate from www.celebrationplates.com
I provided the plate, pen, and w/the directions that came w/ the plate (clean plate first, shake pen, etc) to the WC. This went over well and a nice keepsake. The company is busy and tend to book out to a few months. I had to submit a special request for consideration which was approved. The plate was complete w/in 2 - 3 wks. We bought the extra pen as recommended although it was not used. The plate size per guest # that they provide appears to be for just for signatures vs. for guests to actually write a message. We got the size for up to 150 signatures and it provided just the right space for all the messages & signatures on our plate. About 20 people/families signed.
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