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#3141 TATrisha


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Posted 10 August 2010 - 06:20 AM

Welcome Amanda!

I had the private wedding reception by the pool, however during our stay we ate at the Dolce Vita.  It was nice.

They are actually the same building, just seperated by a wall.  Frutos is seafood and Dolce is Italian.  Either one I've heard is wonderful for a wedding reception and has good food.


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#3142 thaodao

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    Posted 12 August 2010 - 02:39 PM


    Hi guys,


    Has anyone use Arrecife Studios?  I've read a lot of negative reviews about them and am getting nervous.

    #3143 kevnanna

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      Posted 12 August 2010 - 08:18 PM

      WAH :(

      I'm totally devastated right now, apparently Bahia has implemented absolutely no professinal wedding photogs rule, this "apparently" includes no guest professional photographers...  PLEASE SAY IT AIN'T SO!!!!


      I'm still waiting on prices, and hopefully sooner than later, we'll be able to book, either GBP Akumal (FH put his foot down, no beach-no go) and Coba for him is a no go, so Akumal, or Barcelo Palace, at this point there's two things holding me back:  Prices and Photography, I'm not impressed with arrecife, and I HATE being told what I can and CANNOT do when I'm dropping 6+++ grand on your resort, I mean it's not like I'm asking them to allow me to bring in a joint roller for the evening, just a photographer that I trust! kwim??


      BTW anyone have fire dancers??  I really want some authentic/ethnic entertainment, and I saw in one of the Barcelo reviews a bride had them on her beach reception!!


      Here's to hearing back quickly from the TA and the resort, though I'm not holding my breath!!!

      #3144 KRama

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        Posted 13 August 2010 - 07:08 AM

        No guest photographers?? I don't know if they can do that! Who's to say your photographer isn't just an over zealous guest with a really good camera?


        Our photographer was a good friend of ours who came as a guest and they had no issue with this (our wedding was in May this year).


        The package we had included 10 photos from the resort photographer who turned out to be Arrecife Studios. He was good (I can post the photos if you're interested) but he only presented us with 60 edited pics to choose from. The first 10 were free and then he charged $15 per picture after that.


        We had the videographer as well and even though I'm glad we have it, the quality is terrible compared to some of the ones I've seen on this forum...she even put the WRONG DATE at the end of the video!


        I can't really say I'd recommend them.

        #3145 HereFishie

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          Posted 13 August 2010 - 07:14 PM

          We didn't use them as our official photographer because we had one but the package provided 5 free pics so they were there shooting our whole wedding anyway and then tried to sell us the pics.  They did a nice job. If we hadn't had a photographer, we probably would have bought them but our guy got all the same pics and he was a guest so it didn't cost us anything.  They seem to really do alot of effects to the pics I noticed.  They're cool though.

          Originally Posted by thaodao 


          Hi guys,


          Has anyone use Arrecife Studios?  I've read a lot of negative reviews about them and am getting nervous.

          #3146 waybuloo

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            Posted 15 August 2010 - 08:39 AM

            I am in panic mode at the moment, have just realised that I only have 291 sleeps!!!!!! so little time & so much to do!!!! hahahaha


            Sherileigh if you send me your email adress I will send you all the price lists from resort for all the different options they sent me.  I am not having the resort dj for my reception as have found a cheaper one from this site who comes with great reviews!!


            As for photographer I am having the exact same concerns, I nearly had kittens when I found out we had to use the resort one!!   Waiting for Swanksters review as she used them...................As for guest photographers I agree with Krama, they can't stop a 'friend' of yours taking pictures??


            Think I have found my dress (it is out of two!!) eeeek so exciting!!

            #3147 waybuloo

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              Posted 15 August 2010 - 08:47 AM

              Oh & I have my wedding website done (will be adding to it as go along) but let me know what you think!!  www.mywedding.com/lisaandrichard

              #3148 kevnanna

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                Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:38 AM

                PERFECT, so very glad I found this adress, it's COMPLETELY different than the one I got from the travel agent, the one she gave me said TULUM, which I think is wierd as we're hoping to have it at the Akumal side!




                Originally Posted by heidi_lk 

                Originally Posted by JoLo908
                Does anyone have Paloma's e-mail? I e-mailed Jazmin and said we would like to meet with her to discuss things when we do our site visit from March 6-10 ( my present!)... But I have not heard back. I think it is appropriate to want to meet with them to see the locations, and ask other questions... Right? Should I contact Paloma? Does anyone have her e-mail?
                Hi Joanna,

                Here is the info I have from an email from Paloma. I found if I c.c'd Paloma in I usually got a quicker response. Although our WC was recently changed, and our new WC has been fabulous, always quick to respond. But it never hurts to email, or cc Paloma as well.

                Paloma Flores
                Gerente de Grupos y Eventos / Groups & Events Manager
                Gran Bahia Principe Riviera Maya
                Tel: 052 984 87 5 50 00 Ext. 28117 · Fax: 052 984 87 5 50 01
                Ctra. Chetumal Benito Ju¡rez, km. 250 Local B, Municipio de Solidaridad Akumal, Quintana Roo C.P. 77760 . M©xico.


                #3149 kevnanna

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                  Posted 16 August 2010 - 09:34 AM

                  OMG way, love the site, and how exciting that u found ur dress, we still don't have a wedding date :(


                  To top it off, no one at Bahia will return my emails, and I really NEED to know pricing, and options!


                  is their ceremony and reception site photos in this thread?? 

                  I really would love to see photos of actual wedding receptions


                  OH and is there a GBP specific site, like the unnoficial Barcelo site? 

                  #3150 PamelaVan

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                    Posted 16 August 2010 - 10:07 AM

                    I have stayed at the resort, it is very nice. We have narrowed it down to there and Iberostar Maya. Will know for sure in a week or two. 

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