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I definitely had the trio play in the bar, but that was in 2008.  I'm sorry they don't allow it any more :(

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We didn't have a head table.  We had 26 people so we went with the option of 3 tables that can sit up to 10 people.  When we met with Jazmin she gave us the list of all our guests and 3 different coloured highlighters to mark who we wanted at each table.  She made up a card for each table with the names of who was to sit there, they were all in pink (our colour) writing and had a cute bride/groom picture on them (fyi though make sure you clarify the names with her, I had emailed her the list of names with nicknames in brackets I thought it was self explanatory but it wasn't...for example I had Fraser McDonald (Adam)  on the list...on the card she wrote Fraserada).

 

I think we had some kind of upgrade.  We were in Villa 21, close to a pool, and beach, right by Gran Tortuga.  We were given gold bracelets when everyone had purple.  Check in was a bit of a nightmare for me (traveling with and trying to organize a group is not easy) so I never got an explanation of the gold bracelet.  A few days later i asked front desk..he says we got robes, slippers in room, and access to exclusive areas.  My parents said they got robes and slippers so i don't know that its an upgrade.  Also the only exclusive area I saw was the privilege club beach section,,tried to go there and were told we weren't allowed?  After that we had too much going on to go ask front desk again.    

Originally Posted by fraggle42 View Post

Hi Andrea,

 

Congratulations. I have booked the same as you. Tulum Gazebo wedding at 2pm and Gran Tortuga at 6:30 so glad to hear you recommend the restaurant. It is a shame that you have problems with the details. Previous brides have always been complementery about the Wc's and how they carry out your wishes. I am a bit worried now as Jazmin is our WC.

 

What table arrangements did you have for the dinner i.e was there a head table etc?

 

Did you have upgraded rooms? Were you in a good spot?
 



 



 

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Thatâ€s exciting! Such a small world!!  Iâ€m sure weâ€ll run into each other. How many people are coming to the wedding?

 

Iâ€m starting to feel the crunch of the wedding!  Good luck with your planning!!

Originally Posted by Flowerchild23 View Post

May wedding Day is May 8th and we're coming out from Fort McMurray! Perhaps we'll see you there :)



 

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Originally Posted by andrea2006 View Post

 

We just arrived back form a great two weeks at the GBP Tulum. The wedding was at 2 at the tulum gazebo, reception at 6:30 (I think, can't remember exact dinner time)

The wedding was a perfect day. I just thought I would give my quick review:

 

My Mom and I had the spa at 10 for French tip manicures (lasted a few days, usually when I get them done I am lucky if they last 24 hours!) My Mom's hair looked great; I was a bit on the fence about mine. She pulled too much of it back and I had a hard time explaining that I wanted more down. I also thought the curls were a bit too tight..in the end once I made it back to my room the wind and humidity got a hold of it and relaxed the curls enough for me. Lots of people on here suggested putting your hair up because of the wind...I know I never would be happy with my hair up so I just did half up, it was crazy windy but my hair survived and I think the hair should be out of my face for most pictures.

 

We had the dinner at Gran Tortuga. I highly recommend this restaurant, it was fantastic. The food was delicious, and the presentation is different and a really fun dinner. We went back with a smaller group for our last al la carte dinner we loved it so much. I had given Jazmin my table favors and they were set up at everyone's plate, she didn't seem completely sure about setting them up when I brought them to the meeting but they were set up nicely.

 

The poolside reception was lots of fun; they even added some bright pink chair and table bows without me requesting it. I had brought paper lanterns and they were tied off some trees around the pool area. We paid for just the minimum bar but they had everything there for us. We had brought an iPod with our first dance song plus 3 other slow songs, I asked the DJ to just play our extra songs at anytime, not all right away, there must have been miscommunication though because right after our first dance he played all of our songs on the iPod. Other than that little mix up I thought he was great, there wasnâ€t any songs I didnâ€t love, I honestly feel that if I had made the entire playlist myself, it would have turned out the same! He played a lot of current dance music, then some awesome older songs. Near the end he played one or two slow songs then played our first dance song again as the last song of the night, Husband and I were finishing our last dance of the evening the fireworks from the fiesta were shot off; it was as if they had timed it just for us it was such a perfect end to the dance!

 

I was really happy with the day, but by the end of the week I did have some issues.

 

First off the personalized napkins I gave Jazmin werenâ€t put at everyoneâ€s plate...they showed up at the cake table later in the dinner, no one noticed thought because the waiters delivered the cake with no napkins. I also did notice them at the bar (still in the box so no one noticed them, I figured I would just give one to people later in the week because I was having too much fun to start handing out napkins) at the reception. On my last day in Mexico I realized no one had given me back my extra napkins (I brought 90, there was 26 people and I know most people didnâ€t even see them) or my paper lanterns from the reception. When I asked Jazmin about it she informed that the couple is responsible for cleanup of the pool party area because Jazmin and her assistants are no longer working, so my stuff was likely thrown out. This really upset me because no one told me I needed to clean up my own stuff, If they had just simply told me I had to do that it would have taken us less than 5 minutes to gather it and I wouldnâ€t have had all of my decorations thrown out. So to warn future brides, if you want anything saved from the pool party, make sure you take it with you right then because the hotel just throws it out.

 

The next problem was the cake. Really it was beautiful and tasted delicious, it just wasnâ€t what I asked for. I bought 8 roses, and told Jazmin I wanted 2 on the top, and 2 at the bottom of each tier, staggered (like one tier flowers to the right, next tier to the left) I had emailed her a picture and she had it printed at our meeting and we confirmed how I wanted the roses placed on the cake. When the cake came out all of the roses were placed in a line down the middle of the cake. It might sound a bit picky but it just bugs me because either Jazmin didnâ€t give the chef the picture or she did and he just ignored it. It was just such a simple request, and they ignored it.

 

The last issue made me thankful our ceremony was the symbolic one. During the symbolic ceremony you sign a certificate, then Jazmin brings it to her office, you can pick it up between 9:30-11:30 a day after the wedding. Every time I tried to get it I was asked to come back because Jazmin was busy, finally on the 3rd time I said no I just want to pick up my stuff, so they sent her assistant Carla. Carla came out and showed me my marriage certificate with proper spelling (which made me very confused, because there were no signatures on it..)....then the one we all signed during the ceremony in which they apparently spelt my name wrong. It was nice of them to notice and request a new certificate with proper spelling, except I wish they had tried to notify me right away since by the time I finally found out both our witnesses had left Mexico and they donâ€t live in the same city as us, we know have to mail it for them to sign the new copy, so I am hoping it doesnâ€t get lost or bent in the mail now!

 

This ended up being longer than I planned. Also I hope this doesnâ€t come off as overly negative. The Wedding day went very smoothly, the ceremony wording from the minister was beautiful and short (what we wanted). I enjoyed everything so much. One tip would be try getting married on a Thursday (fiesta night) We got soo lucky with the timing of the fireworks, it was such a perfect ending.

We brought a photographer so I will post pictures once she has them ready for me! Ask any questions, I will try my best to answer!

 

 

Hi Andrea

 

Thank you very much for the review and you had every right to be annoyed. Thank's for warning us all so that we know. Where is the Gran Tortuga resteraunt...Is that the Brazillian?  and sooooo wish I was getting married on a Thurs! but ours is a Mon....Sounds amazing to have the fireworks at the end of the night :)

 

 

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Ah yes, the gold bracelets!  They signify that you're a bride & groom... or that you're handicapped!  LOL!!!  It's to help the wait staff give you the very best of service. 


The robe and slippers means you're in club golden, which is an upgrade, but you don't have to have gold bracelets.

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Originally Posted by Rachael View Post


Great stuff Sun Surf Sand :) My wedding is in 6 weeks and I still havn't heard whether the poolside is available! x


 

  

I really hope she gets back to you soon! It took her about two weeks to get back to me that she was able to book us for the poolside reception was an option and then about another week or so to get back to me about the dinner. You must be getting so excited 6 weeks will go by in a flash. I am sure it will all go smoothly once you get there, I think the waiting is the hardest part J

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Can someone send me the spa's contact email/information? I emailed Eugenia a week ago asking her for it and she hasn't got back to me yet (which seem weird since she has been super fast as its close to our wedding date... 2 weeks!). Anyway, I just want to book an appt for me to get my hair done with day of the wedding...

Thanks girls!

Jill

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Hi Jill,

 

Here is the information I receievd from Jazmin.

 

spabptul@bahia-principe.com  or call them to the same number below and +52 984 875 50 00 ext 28044
 

Originally Posted by stylishmeNC View Post

Can someone send me the spa's contact email/information? I emailed Eugenia a week ago asking her for it and she hasn't got back to me yet (which seem weird since she has been super fast as its close to our wedding date... 2 weeks!). Anyway, I just want to book an appt for me to get my hair done with day of the wedding...

Thanks girls!

Jill



 

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hi everyone!

 

i need assistance with my bridal bouquet. the options maria sent me are not my favorite. i sent samples of what i'm looking for - all white bouquet, hydrangeas if possible. maria confirmed their florist would be able to provide hydrangeas but they would be light green and since that bouquet isn't included in the wedding package pricing, it would be an additional $80usd. i'm already spending loads of money on flowers for the ceremony and although i want an all hydrangeas bouquet i also need to keep costs down. does anyone have tips or can think of an all white bouquet that won't cost too much? thanks in advance. :)

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hi everyone!

 

i need assistance with my bridal bouquet. the options maria sent me are not my favorite. i sent samples of what i'm looking for - all white bouquet, hydrangeas if possible. maria confirmed their florist would be able to provide hydrangeas but they would be light green and since that bouquet isn't included in the wedding package pricing, it would be an additional $80usd. i'm already spending loads of money on flowers for the ceremony and although i want an all hydrangeas bouquet i also need to keep costs down. does anyone have tips or can think of an all white bouquet that won't cost too much? thanks in advance. :)

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