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#31 akbeach

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    Posted 30 April 2008 - 09:13 PM

    Congrats! Picking a resort is the hardest part! The rest of the wedding plan is fun from that point. Good luck.
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    #32 Jenn3878

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      Posted 03 May 2008 - 06:30 PM

      Hi! to the forum! Happy Planning!

      #33 amduran

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        Posted 18 May 2008 - 11:09 PM

        I've cut the list to 3 resorts now... Moon Palace, RIU Palace Las Americas, or Iberostar Paraiso Lindo. I am flying down to Cancun this Friday to do some site visits so I can make up my mind on which of these to go with.

        Unfortunately, there were some other resorts (i.e. Dreams Cancun) that I had to eliminate from my list because they did not have availability for a Friday/Saturday/Sunday wedding in Oct. or Nov. 2008.

        I would love to hire an outside photographer, but I know this might be a challenge with some resorts. Any recommendations are welcomed!!

        #34 kevsgirl

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          Posted 18 May 2008 - 11:19 PM

          Congratulations and welcome! That's awesome that you are able to make a site visit. I'm sure it'll help a lot with your decision. We had to make ours based on TripAdvisor and other web surfing. It's not easy!

          Have a great trip and let us know what you decide on!

          Andrea

          #35 tnt506

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            Posted 18 May 2008 - 11:23 PM

            Congratulations!! and welcome to the forum.

            #36 evtalbot

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              Posted 18 May 2008 - 11:42 PM

              Can't wait to hear about your site visit and which resort you choose! Good luck!

              #37 amduran

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                Posted 26 May 2008 - 10:51 PM

                Just got back from the site inspection... It was an action packed weekend!

                MOON PALACE
                Definitely on my top 2 list.
                Pros: Guests will not be bored there. There is tons to do and a bunch of free tours. If you book more than 10 rooms, you get a free cocktail hour... more than 20 rooms, you get a free reception. Very experienced staff. Horse drawn carriage!! WOW! If you book airport transportation through them, it is pretty affordable (approx. $23 round-trip/person).
                Cons: Resort is enormous. Could potentially feel very impersonal. The beach is very small and full of seaweed. I was told that it was worse now because of the high winds. (It was definitely windy!). The gazebos and terraces are just like in the pictures. Unfortunately, from the Tucan gazebo you can see the other gazebo down the resort. Can't bring an outside photographer (but can bring one if they are a guest).

                PARADISUS
                Tied with Moon on my list.
                Pros: BEAUTIFUL reception and ceremony location. Loved it! Very responsive WC. Can bring an outside photographer (for a fee). Resort is beautiful.
                Cons: Can get kind of $$$$$. Pretty much everything is an add-on. (But did I mention it was beautiful?!?!?)

                IBEROSTAR PARAISO LINDO
                In top 3...
                Pros: Great resort, beautiful grounds. Great beach for the beach lovers. Beach ceremony options seems nice, but not sure if the area will be cleared out in time for a ceremony there. Wedding package very affordable. Can bring own photographer.
                Cons: Private dinner/buffet not offered. WC will make reservations at a restaurant on-site, but area is not private. There are private rooms available for an after-party, but not impressive at all. The furthest of all from the airport, so transportation can get $$$.

                RIU PALACE LAS AMERICAS
                Definitely my least favorite.
                Pros: Location. It is in the hotel zone, so there are tons of things to do outside the resort.
                Cons: Based on my RIU Cancun experience next door, I think the food is terrible (the WC confirmed it is about the same food). The resort isn't really designed for weddings in my opinion. It is very small and it is unavoidable... the bride and groom will be walking through the pool and there will be resort guests in your pictures.



                I am leaning towards the Moon Palace or Paradisus at this point... I need to make up my mind by the end of the week!!

                #38 amdecker

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                  Posted 29 May 2008 - 04:09 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Betsy
                  Welcome to the forum! We just got back from the Moon Palace in Cancun. The resort photographer did our pics and he did a wonderful job! They are posted somewhere on here if you want to take a look - I seriously coudn't have been happier with the Moon Palace- they did such an awesome job at everything! Let me know if you have any questions!
                  Betsy,

                  I'm glad you enjoyed the Moon Palace, the resort looks so beautiful! Did you have any issues with your guests being spread out all over the resort? I noticed it has over 2000 rooms (according to Expedia) and I was afraid that was going to be too big. (I probably won't have more than 20-25 guests.)
                  I'm glad to hear the resort photographer did a good job. Our budget is a bit tight for our wedding so I'm not sure I can afford to bring in an outside photographer.

                  #39 amdecker

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                    Posted 29 May 2008 - 04:26 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by amduran
                    I've cut the list to 3 resorts now... Moon Palace, RIU Palace Las Americas, or Iberostar Paraiso Lindo. I am flying down to Cancun this Friday to do some site visits so I can make up my mind on which of these to go with.

                    Unfortunately, there were some other resorts (i.e. Dreams Cancun) that I had to eliminate from my list because they did not have availability for a Friday/Saturday/Sunday wedding in Oct. or Nov. 2008.

                    I would love to hire an outside photographer, but I know this might be a challenge with some resorts. Any recommendations are welcomed!!
                    I would love to hear how your visit goes. I am interested in those resorts as well and I would love to hear your opinion! They all look beautiful. I am looking to get married on the beach so if you think there is one in particular that would be good for that, please let me know. Thanks!

                    Amy

                    #40 amdecker

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                      Posted 29 May 2008 - 04:31 PM

                      Opps, sorry amduran I just saw your last post. Thank you so much for the info! It was very helpful




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