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Erica - I PMed you a bunch of information too but I'm going to post it on here for other girls interested:

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(btw, I'm going to use abbreviations for the hotels in case you are wondering what those letters stand for)

 

 

Yes, I did a site visit to a bunch of hotels in Cancun. Going down, the RIU's were my first choice. Both the Riu Cancun and the Riu Palace Las Americas were gorgeous.. few differences were pricing, gazebo location and private reception. The RC has a beautiful gazebo in a garden overlooking the water.. so nice. The RPLA's gazebo is connected to the pool so it might not be as private as you'd want it to be. Neither hotels offer private reception (nor can you have a reception on the beach...no room). I asked the WC if there was anyway to make it private and she said we'd have to rent out their nightclub after a certain time and it's only in RC. So, dinner would have to be in their restaurants as the other hotel guests were eating, the cocktail hour would be a section blocked off from the other guests. If you don't mind it not being completely private, then you'll enjoy the restaurants they offer. I checked out all from both hotels and they're so pretty with a real Mexican feel. Both grounds are pretty so it makes for really nice pictures. The RIU's are located in the heart of Cancun so its very easy to get around. As far as beaches, they have a decent beach, and both have beach locations for a ceremony. The RC's area is pretty small and enclosed by the walls where the pool is. The RPLA's beach area is very rocky and even as we were walking to see it, the waves were washing up on our feet. I couldn't imagine dragging my dress over rocks and water!

 

 

Here is a link to a girl's wedding at the RPLA's..gives you the best visual:

Sol Tamargo Photography Wedding Photojournalism

 

 

Here are some of my pics:

 

Riu Cancun

Lobby -

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Gazebo -

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Eating area -

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One of the restaurants (reception)-

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Garden area (this is where you'd walk up, gazebo is behind me in the pic) -

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Beach -

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Riu Palace Las Americas

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Lobby at RPLA -

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Fountain (makes for nice pics) -

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One of their restaurants where you can have reception -

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Possible Cocktail hour location -

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Outdoor hallway -

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Their beach ceremony location -

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Cocktail hour location -

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Beach -

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Poolside Gazebo where ceremony will be held -

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Entrance to the pool -

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I would definitely recommend taking a weekend trip down there and check out all of the hotels in Cancun. It will REALLY help seeing everything up close!

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Originally Posted by JennyK View Post
Ohh nice! I never saw that one :)
I actually just found it last night in a random website regarding destination weddings in Cancun. It's nice to see different pics to get ideas on what to do for your wedding and what it will look like! BTW-your dog is adorable!!

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Originally Posted by Mrs. Martin View Post
I actually just found it last night in a random website regarding destination weddings in Cancun. It's nice to see different pics to get ideas on what to do for your wedding and what it will look like! BTW-your dog is adorable!!
Yea I've only seen one bio/pics from a wedding at my resort - Bio

Thanks :) He's my little companion all day long hehe

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Just wanted to thank both of you girls again for the pictures and info. My FI and I are meetin with a travel agent on the 19th so hopefully we choose our resort then!! Hope you are having a great day~!!

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Originally Posted by ericaandsy View Post
We are looking at booking our wedding at the RIU in Cancun for October 2009. Are there any other RIU brides out there. I am looking for all the advise I can get
Thank you~!!!cheer2.gif
I am planning to get married in Sept. 2009 possibly at Riu Palace Las Americas. I really like the idea of a wedding on the beach. No shoes! I have been looking for info on this place as well...

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we ended up booking with dreams cancun..thanks again for helping me and for being so sweet and posting riu pictures...this thread is very helpful for riu brides!!

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