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EmmaB asked for some tips and here is my reply to her.

 

Emma-

 

Hello and congrats on booking your wedding. I really thought that the RM Princess was beautiful and it is a great deal to stay there. I'm sure your wedding will be wonderful. Here are a few tips hopefully they will help.

 

1. Depending on if you want to have your guests close together or not (both options available) try to arrange their rooms either by the beach (platinum area) or middle of the resort. That way they can walk either to the beach or the restaurants fairly quickly. Also if you call and or wait (we waited up to 15min) a shuttle does run along the outside of the property. You can get it if you walk past the gift shop to the outside road way. (Depending on when your wedding is this may change due to the current additions being made to the resort) The shuttle does run sporadically but can give you a ride to the beach or to the restaurants (pick up at the platinum lounge at the beach end).

 

2. The Mexican and Italian restaurants were excellent and the waiters were great! The seafood restaurant was very poor food (the only night I got sick -and the men had to order room service right after dinner), the sushi and toppanaki (sp?) places were good food but long long wait for the food (hours). Our friends went to the steak house/grill and they said the food was good there as well. The buffet offers a good variety and was always consistent especially for breakfast. (we ate down by the beach/platinum area for breakfast as the crowds were smaller). My FI said the lunch buffet was also good (I never needed to eat lunch, still full and wanting the sun time)

 

3. The pool was fun, there was the party pool with the staff doing dance lessons, volleyball, and handball etc.. that was always full of people and excitement. We chose the pool up near the beach next to the restaurants, it was less crowded and they had a great swim up bar we enjoyed. Depending on what you want it is available.

 

4. If you can get a room on the second or third floor it is worth it, as both of my friends who had first floor rooms near the beach had issues with mosquito's. We stayed in the middle area on the second floor and didn't even see a mosquito in our room. The others got lots of bites at night.

 

5. Make sure to order your drinks just the way you want them. We learned fast to order the top shelf alcohol's as the well liquor gave everyone heartburn the first day. At times you have to watch the bartender make it to make sure he uses the alcohol you choose, especially in the bar in the courtyard up front by the restaurants. Also, the swim up bars were running out of ice and mango puree mid-day. So if you like mango get the Mango margarita with Hornitos early on (the best!) Also the drinks in the platinum lounge were better made then the others we got.

 

We really enjoyed our day at Coba and heard Tulum was great as well for the ruins. We also liked the ecopark at Xcaret (they had great lunch food in the Mexican restaurant).

 

If you have any other specific questions or I can be help let me know. Good luck.

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Thanks so much Jaime! I can already tell I'll be having a ton of those mango margaritas!!friday.gif

 

I'm having a hell of time getting anything out of my coordinator though. voodoo.gifI'm trying to arrange a private welcome reception for my guests (thinking about 50) and a private last night send off dinner too.

 

Haven't gotten any info whatsoever about flowers, music or the in house photographer there either - does anyone have any infohuh.gif

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Hi Emma B...I was wondering what type of additional costs you incurred for having more than 20 ppl at your wedding? I noticed on the Grand Riviera's site that they have a package for up to a max of 20 ppl, but we are thinking we're probably going to have close to 40.

 

Also, I'm from Toronto too...which travel agency are u going thru? Are you booking through Air Transat?

 

Please help...we are still trying to decide on a location.

 

Thx!!!

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Private event meals cost between $35 and $85 per person, depending on the menu choice. I can post the menus here if people are interested? Open National Bar is included in the first hour. You can upgrade to International for another $5 per person. Additional hours cost $15 per person for National and $20 per person for International per hour.) Please heed my review about only having wine served despite having International Open Bar during my private event in a conference room.

 

Here are the service prices I received, but didn't use, because I was only having a private event.

 

Live Caribbean Trio……………………………………US$350.00 per45 min.

Mariachi………………………………………………US$700.00 per 45 min

DJ Service…………………………………………….US$600.00 per 45 min

Video Coverage Ceremony only…………………………US$500.00

Private Beach Party …………………………………..US$60.00 per person +15% service

Additional Bouquets…………………………………...US$45.00 each

Additional Boutonnieres……………………………… US$15.00 each

Additional Corsages……………………………………US$25.00 each

Basket of Petals……………………………………… US$30.00 each

Center Pieces………………………………………….US$50.00 each

Wedding Cake and Toast Time…………………………….US$14.00 per person

Canapés………………………………………………….US$ 12.00 per person/hour

Open bar with Internationals drinks ………………………….US$ 20.00 per person/hour

Open Bar With National drinks...........................................U S$15.00 per person/hour

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Hey dinzers,

 

Yup, we're going through air transat. I actually booked through a travel agent in oakville since i had used her before, and she ended up gettin the best rate by far - $1500 a person taxes in and this includes an upgrade to the regency platinum club for all guests. Her name is Sharron Harrington from Upper Oakville Travel. other travel agents quoted me $1800 and up (itravel said $2000!).

 

the GRP is charging me $14 per person for each guest over 10, and that includes the champagne toast, wedding cake and chair at the ceremony. the beach party is $60 pp, minimum of 40 people, and includes private dinner, booze, DJ, decor and dedicated wait staff. debating renting a dancefloor on the beach for $600 for the older peeps.

 

The down side to this place is with over 40 guests your only option for the reception is the beach party or a conference room. a la cartes can't accomodate more than 40. but i think a beach reception will be super fun! and the WC is organizing a private welcome reception margarita party for us by the pool for $16 pp that includes "canapes".

 

hope this helps! good luck deciding! let me know if you have any others Qs. Is great to find another Toronto DW bride.

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Originally Posted by nylalany View Post
Private event meals cost between $35 and $85 per person, depending on the menu choice. I can post the menus here if people are interested? Open National Bar is included in the first hour. You can upgrade to International for another $5 per person. Additional hours cost $15 per person for National and $20 per person for International per hour.) Please heed my review about only having wine served despite having International Open Bar during my private event in a conference room.

Here are the service prices I received, but didn't use, because I was only having a private event.

Live Caribbean Trio……………………………………US$350.00 per45 min.
Mariachi………………………………………………US$700.00 per 45 min
DJ Service…………………………………………….US$600.00 per 45 min
Video Coverage Ceremony only…………………………US$500.00
Private Beach Party …………………………………..US$60.00 per person +15% service
Additional Bouquets…………………………………...US$45.00 each
Additional Boutonnieres……………………………… US$15.00 each
Additional Corsages……………………………………US$25.00 each
Basket of Petals……………………………………… US$30.00 each
Center Pieces………………………………………….US$50.00 each
Wedding Cake and Toast Time…………………………….US$14.00 per person
Canapés………………………………………………….US$ 12.00 per person/hour
Open bar with Internationals drinks ………………………….US$ 20.00 per person/hour
Open Bar With National drinks...........................................U S$15.00 per person/hour
btw, nylalany, i would love to see the menu! i haven't gotten that info out of my WC yet!

Thanks so much!

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Ok, here are the English menus. They are not in order of price, for some reason. Also, the creative spelling is not mine - it is direct from the resort. They are somewhat inflexible with their menu changes - although they came up with a new entree choice for me, it was definitely on their terms. Again, I'd say save your $ and take your guests to Playa del Carmen for a meal instead, or something - or if you do plan to have 2 events, try to get off property for one. You're bound to have better service that way, and better value in the long run.

 

MENÃ No. 1

 

APPETTIZERS:

 

Colds and hots

 

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Puerro and potato cream soup perfumed with coriander and crunchy chaya and fresh fruit kebab

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Shrimp carpaccio with tomato, baby onion and olive extra virgin oil

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Grill T Bone with salt and garlic

 

Thousand leaves with cheese

 

Potatoes and beans refried mashed

 

Jamaica semi cold garnished with fruits salad and white chocolate cream

 

______________ ______________

 

$ 55 USD per person

 

Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour

 

 

MENÃ No. 2

 

APPETTIZERS

 

Colds and hots

______________ ______________

 

Tomato and panela cheese pastry with mango vinagrette

 

and tousted piñon with tamarin and orange

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Duck Xochilt soup with crunchy vegetables, tomato and coriander

______________ ______________

 

Grouper fish supreme with veoulote, tropical papaya

 

and spinach cream with sweet potato nuggets

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Three milk cakes with creamy caramel au tequila and meringue glass

 

$ 40 USD per person

 

Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour

 

 

MENÃ No. 3

 

APPETTIZERS

 

Colds and hots

______________ ______________

 

Lima cream soup perfumed with Xtabentun

 

and beet chips

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Avocado stuffed with shrimps, curry sauce, green tea and huitlacoche steam

______________ ______________

 

Pork loin with pastry leave, tropical fruit, carrot salted

 

with bacon and dry chilli peppers

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Bella Elena little pears sautéed with tequila

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$ 35 USD per person

 

Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour

 

 

MENÃ No. 4

 

APPETTIZERS

 

Colds and hots

______________ ______________

 

Five nations salad with artichoke hearts, palmito,

 

asparagus with caesar dressing and baby corn

______________ ______________

 

Panela cheese pastry with mushrooms mousse

 

and pate with Mexican red wine syrup

 

______________ ______________

 

Duck confit with potatoes with steam perfumed au fresh rosemary

______________ ______________

 

 

Bavaroise with pistachio curies and wild zarzamora

 

$ 38 USD per person

 

Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour

 

 

MENÃ No. 5

 

APPETTIZERS:

 

Colds and hots

______________ ______________

 

Tortilla soup garnished with avocado and tomato

 

______________ ______________

 

Salmon stuffed with cheeses over mushrooms cream

 

and marinated with balsamic vinegar

 

______________ ______________

 

Grilled lamb ribs with epazote and vegetables ratatouille

______________ ______________

 

Chocolate fondan with ice cream

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$ 45 USD per person

 

Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour

 

 

MENÃ No. 6

 

APPETTIZERS:

 

Colds and hots

______________ ______________

 

Jumbo shrimp dressed with fine herbs and tomato cherry sauce

______________ ______________

 

Gazpacho Andaluz style with crotons, iberic ham and vegetables

______________ ______________

 

Smoked fish with garlic mouselina with sanfaina Meshed and fried turnip

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Pasion ice cream with dry fruits, tangerine and lichis coulis

______________ ______________

 

 

$ 48 USD per person

 

Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour

 

 

 

MENÃ No. 7

 

APPETTIZERS:

 

Colds and hots

______________ ______________

 

Hawaiian pineapple and Caribbean Mexican lobster carpaccio

 

with marinated gulas in Jamaica vinaigrette

______________ ______________

 

Citrics sorbette with sparkling wine, green pepper and orange caramelized

 

______________ ______________

 

Beef fillet with grilled foie, oporto sauce

 

Asparagus

 

Mashed potatoes with olive oil and peppers mousse

______________ ______________

 

Fantasy ice cream with fruits sauce and perfumed with casis liquor

______________ ______________

 

$ 85 USD per person

 

Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour

 

 

MENÃ No. 8

 

APPETTIZERS:

 

Colds and hots

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Watercress and pumpkin flower cream soup with potato, cream cheese perfumed au coriander, served with papaya kebab

______________ ______________

 

Quail salad with salted escarola, garlic chips and japanese mushrooms

______________ ______________

 

Pacific sol fish with meta, tomato and capers casse

 

served with baked potato, baby coros and fried bacon

______________ ______________

 

Black and white duo with coriander and anis seed crunchy

______________ ______________

 

$ 60 USD per person

 

Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour

 

 

 

MENÃ No. 9

 

APPETTIZERS:

 

Colds and hot

______________ ______________

 

Seafood cream soup dressing with dry fruits and pernod cream

______________ ______________

 

Shrimp ceviche caribbean style with spanish serrano ham, fruits marinated with

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Salmon with vegetables and eneldo sauce perfumed with tequila,

 

green tallarin salted with porto bello mushrooms

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Cheese cake with cookies, butter, banana chips and raspberry sauce

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$ 62 USD per person

 

Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour

 

 

MENÃ No. 10

 

APPETTIZERS:

 

Colds and hot

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Asparagus cream soup with spinach dressind with manchego cheese

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Bread tostada with antipasta

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Grilled deer loin with mushrooms and wild raspberries sauce

______________ ______________

 

Castaña Meshed and caramelized mandarine

______________ ______________

 

Creppes with sweet milk and vanilla ice cream

 

served with peach and orange sauce

______________ ______________

 

$ 74 USD per person

 

Price includes National Open Bar 1 hour

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Does anyone know if they only do one wedding per day? Also if you don't care about a private reception will they let you make a group reservation in one of the a la cartes?

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When I was there, hanging out in the courtyard one evening, I saw 2 brides in their wedding dresses. I'm not sure if they had a double wedding, or if they both happened to have weddings earlier and both weren't having a private reception? And this was on a weeknight.

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