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#1 Indecisive Bride to be

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    Posted 12 May 2008 - 03:52 PM

    Our wedding was april 30th 2008 At the riu palace. We had a small wedding (10 in total) It was perfect for us. I personally orderd my flowers & cake & did not use what the hotel provides. I ordered my flowers from Cabo flowers & had them delivered to my room, they were exactly what i wanted & beautiful.

    My 3 tier mini wedding cakes were made by Jennifer Hatton (Cabo dessert Diva). She did an excellent job! the cakes were a huge hit with our guests. Great idea for a smaller wedding, At $30 a cake you don't want to have to order too many.

    Riu was charging $60 per bottle of champagne & we thought we could get it cheaper, we went to costco (yes our cards worked) Champagne is not as cheap in mexico. We got Moet for around $54 per bottle so really not saving to much. Riu has a corkage fee for bigger groups of $20 per bottle if you are bringing in your own. We did not have to pay this.

    We used the hotels photographer, His name is Gabriel Garcia, He is starting to go out on his own. We are very happy with our photos & would definately recommend him. Our pictures were all ready in 48hours & we got to bring then home with us in a nice leather album, as well as a disc with all our pictures on so we can do what ever we want with them. He was alot of fun.

    Our reception dinner was at the Gourmet restaurant....all i can say is gross!
    The food was not good, between 10 of us we all had something different & only 2 people liked what they had.
    The japanese restaurant was really good.
    Steak house not so much & the mexican restaurant was not so good either.
    The buffet always had something good you could find. Our group was taking turns geting sick & we think the seafood was one of the causes.

    Our room was nice & clean. House keeping stole some of my m.a.c. makeup from our bathroom & no one really gave a shit. I filed a complaint & I'm sure they filed it in the garbage as soon as i left. after that don't laugh but i stared putting my makeup in the safe. We also kept our do not disturb sign on the the door....But guess what every day they would still come in & my bustier went missing on one of these occasions.

    Almost every night we were there they had the same entertainment......YOu would think if you drank enough it would not matter but it did. We went to the bars in Cabo a few times and had a great time.

    I wasn't carzy about the wc ( Daniela) but her assistant Monica did a great job, and was so nice!

    I will post pictures as soon as i get that figured out.
    Over all we did still have a great time, We would all go back to Cabo but i think we would stay at another resort.

    #2 cheese_diva

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      Posted 12 May 2008 - 04:02 PM

      Sorry to hear about the bumps you had (theft, food issues) but the good news is you're married and I'm sure your guests had a great time!

      Congrats Mrs.!
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      #3 ACDCDCAC

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      Posted 12 May 2008 - 04:13 PM

      thanks for the review :)
      do you have contact info for gabriel?

      #4 oliviare

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        Posted 12 May 2008 - 04:26 PM

        Hi, thanks so much for the review! I am staying there next week and am very concerned with theft and my insurance agent says I don't have coverage in Mexico. I'm going to have camera gear and my laptop in my room. Do you have any suggestions on what to do with it? I doubt the safe is big enough to hold it all, do you think it would be safe if I locked it up in my suitcase?

        Also, thanks for the heads up on the food- I'll stay away from the seafood! :)
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        #5 cheese_diva

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          Posted 12 May 2008 - 04:57 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by oliviare
          Hi, thanks so much for the review! I am staying there next week and am very concerned with theft and my insurance agent says I don't have coverage in Mexico. I'm going to have camera gear and my laptop in my room. Do you have any suggestions on what to do with it? I doubt the safe is big enough to hold it all, do you think it would be safe if I locked it up in my suitcase?

          Also, thanks for the heads up on the food- I'll stay away from the seafood! :)

          Whenever we stay at a hotel (US or not) I bring a lock for my suitcase to hold valuables... then I just stack it with our other bags so it doesn't look like anything is in it. IMHO hotel safes are not safe at all.. workers are able to easily get into them.
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          #6 sarahbrown1979

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            Posted 12 May 2008 - 06:58 PM

            I am so sorry you had this kind of experience! Especially with the theft. I suppose I am lucky nothing was stolen out of our room a few weeks prior!

            Just to let everyone know - you don't have to pay for the Riu's Champagne unless you want it at the Ceremony location. This was a confusion at my wedding. All of the Champagne (if you don't mind theirs) is free at the restaurants and receptions (included with wine and beer). Daniella is NEVER clear about this, as well as many other things, so just wanted to clarify.

            So sorry to hear about the bumps, but anxious to see your photos!

            #7 Ana

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            Posted 12 May 2008 - 07:05 PM

            CONGRATULATIONS!!! can't wait to see pics!

            #8 Sandra E.

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              Posted 12 May 2008 - 07:30 PM

              Sorry about your experience. Can't wait to see your pictures.

              #9 ccwinn

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                Posted 13 May 2008 - 02:20 PM

                Thanks for you review!! I can't wait to see the pictures! Where did you end up getting married? Did you have a a private reception? Sorry about some of the hiccups!




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