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Back in 2008 when I had my poolside dinner and reception, we did all the speeches and toasts during dinner with the resort dj.  It wasn't a problem at all.

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for all of you past brides that had the poolside reception and paid for the $8 for two hours ($5+3) did you have to pay that per head?? or was it per Adult?? I have about 10 minors that will be there and want to know if i will have to pay for the full cost for them????

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I paid per adult, which was nice.  But I was prepared to pay it in total.

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Originally Posted by shellee View Post

 

for all of you past brides that had the poolside reception and paid for the $8 for two hours ($5+3) did you have to pay that per head?? or was it per Adult?? I have about 10 minors that will be there and want to know if i will have to pay for the full cost for them????

Hi Shellee,

 

I'm not a past bride, we get married on October 24th so will be there around the same time, I was told by Jasmin I had to pay for a minimum of 40 people as a package but after some negotiating she has agreed to let me pay for just the adults (we've got 19 adults & 6 children) for a 3 hour bar ($11 total pp) so I'm sure if you ask her she will let you just pay for the adults. x

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Oooh ok, I guess that makes sense. Well if you don't mind paying the extra its honestly not a huge hastle, they take care of everything for u!

Originally Posted by gettingwed12 View Post

Hi crystalz,

 

I have to pay for documents translating as my surname on my birth certificate and passport are not the same and we have to pay for our blood tests separately....our wedding package was only around £400 through a travel agent but we have to pay for the legal fee's and blood tests when we get there direct to the hotel. x

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Originally Posted by gettingwed12 View Post

 

Hi Shellee,

 

I'm not a past bride, we get married on October 24th so will be there around the same time, I was told by Jasmin I had to pay for a minimum of 40 people as a package but after some negotiating she has agreed to let me pay for just the adults (we've got 19 adults & 6 children) for a 3 hour bar ($11 total pp) so I'm sure if you ask her she will let you just pay for the adults. x

 hmmm interesting i will talk to her but if its a min of 40 people i would be fine anyways since i have 42 adults and 10 minors. but deffinatly good to know! what package are you going with gettingwed12??

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Hi Girls, Sorry my review is a little late.

 

Resort: Gran Bahia Principe Coba

Week: June 2-June 9th, 2012

Wedding Day: June 5th

 

Airport: The Cancun airport took a long time to go through the customs. Once we eventually got through we had to find our bags. Dustin and I had 2 Suitcases, 1 dufflebag, 1 carry-on, Wedding Dress and golf clubs. We gave another dufflebag to my mom as we did not have enough weight. My mom went through the scanner and pushed the button, and turned red. All of the bags of my mom had to be searched. I had wrapped all of the bubba kegs in bubble wrap and put some supplies in cardboard boxes that all had to be taken apart to be searched. Our bags went through the scanner and pushed the button it turned green. Yay! one of the workers pointed to our dufflebag and brought it over to be searched as there were crispers and almonds in it. He opened up the box and said it was fine. We finally make our way outside and there were tons of people trying to help grab your bags. The sun wing representative told us we had our own 2 vans and gave me the intro packages for everyone. I then noticed that Dustin and I did not have one. I asked the Sun wing rep and told us that we were going to our honeymoon resort first. I started to get a little upset, but he figured it out 30 mins later and we squeezed into the vans with the rest of our group.

 

Resort: Is beautiful. The 3 resorts in size are spread out  and is really hard to find people throughout the day. We found it easier to have a main pool area on the Coba to have people know where most of the guests were. The landscaping is beautiful and is kept up. There were a lot of mosquitoes during that week and had to buy bendryl for my breakouts.. The trains-carts were running fairly often but would have to ask them where they were going. If there were no trains you would walk and in the first couple days we were lost. We were in Villa 3b and most of our guests were in 14 a/b. Be prepared that your guests will need to pay to rent the safe I believe it was $5/day. We reserved 35 seats at the buffet for dinner 2 nights in a row which worked out great it was mostly private in the back corner of the buffet. We did not reserve dinner the next night and was told that they do not allow large groups that sit all together without a reservation. They eventually let us sit all together after being persuaded. The rooms in the resort were clean and made up everyday. Overall the resort was beautiful and the staff were somewhat friendly but the resort is too big to try to find someone.

 

Wedding Day:

We had a meeting with Maria 2 days before the wedding and gave her all of the decorations for both the ceremony and reception. I am really organized so when she would ask about where people were siting I had the cards made and a map. It was really great to have all of the details worked out before we got there. She went over in detail the cost of everything. I had originally booked the Portfino for the dinner but had to be changed to the Mediterranean because they were renovating it. Maria ensured that we would have the menu of the Portifino. I made fan programs for everyone to meet at the Portifino so I had to make sure to tell everyone where to go instead. On the Monday before the wedding we had 4 guests show up without RSVP and told me it was a surprise. I had to let Maria know that 4 more people will be at the dinner and to add chairs to everywhere.

 

The wedding day was perfect. My hair appointment was at 11 am at the Bahia Spa. I showed the girl a picture of it and my hair looked beautiful. Some of the guys went golfing in the morning, so Dustin and I would not see each other at our resort. 

 

Ceremony: Our wedding ceremony was located at the akumal beach location at 3pm. All of our guests had to meet in the lobby at 2:30pm to be picked up by the train to drive over to the location. My girls and I had our own train to come and pick us up. We arrived at the location and everything to the music, the way it was decorated and the weather ( a little windy but it made everything cooler) was great. We did the symbolic ceremony which had a little too much religious content in it for us. The minister also forget to get us to sign the certificate and we had to go back after the champagne and sign it. The certificate had our last names incorrect as well. The minister did finally get it spelt correctly.We did a lot of pictures in the different locations of the resorts. We did cancel the services of the Acreife photography. I did not want them in any of my pictures. Our photographer was a family member who does this professionally.


Dinner: The dinner was at 6pm and was delicious. The dinner location was changed due to renovations. We had the chicken gonzola. Maria decorated it just as we wanted. We had to change our reception space as there was a chance of rain that night. We did our speeches at the dinner which did not take up the dance in the reception.

 

Reception: Our reception started at 8pm-11pm. We changed it from the pool side to the music bar. We had the standard drinks available and our bartender was really great. We hired DJ Brijan who did an amazing job. Everyone was dancing for the whole 3 hours. We had glow sticks, necklaces & bracelets which were a big hit with everyone. Overall, the day was perfect and beautiful and there were no hiccups.

 

 Below are a few pictures:

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I have a question for other Bahia brides.

 

Jazmin said to pick 4 songs for the ceremony, Prelude, Processional, Interlude for the signing, and Recessional.

 

I emailed the pastor and the sample ceremony that he sent me has the signing of the ceremony as the last part of the ceremony.  Did you have one song for the signing and then start a new song as you walked back down the aisle?  Did anyone pick 3 songs and use the same song for the signing and walking back down the aisle?

 

Thank you!

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