I am back from my beautiful wedding at the Tulum Gazebo. This is not my official review, this is just me venting. :-) I haven't posted any pictures yet, but I will link to them soon when I post them.
I am very happy with the resort, the people, and everything. I just don't like it when things don't go as I plan. haha I'll admit that I went Bridezilla too many times, but I don't even think my guests noticed much. Everyone had a great time, we had about 33 guests. I was way too stressed in the 2 weeks before my wedding, because I guess I procrastinated too much and had too many things to do in the end. I couldn't figure out how to get all my wedding things and OOT bags onto the plane. My husband and I are both elite on the airline, so we were entitled to 2 free checked bags each and 1 carryon. But if we check in any more bags or if the bag goes over 50 lbs, they charge $100 per bag. So I ended up having to get my parents to take 3 boxes for us (my stepdad is platinum and was traveling with my sister, niece, and nephew) and another friend to take 1 box. So apparently I don't pack light....lol. In total we had 3 large suitcases, 1 large duffel bag, 1 carryon suitcase, 4 boxes, and my wedding dress (my carryon). I highly recommend bringing duffel bags because suitcases are already heavy before you put anything in them.
OOT bags - I saw my guests using the tote bags, sunscreen, and aloe. But I only saw a few people using the insulated mugs and key card holders. This may be because most people were only there 4 nights. I don't think anyone used the hand sanitizer because all of the hotel restaurants had hand sanitizer at the entrance, also the resort uses only purified water for everything.
Bridezilla Moments - My guests arrived on all different days and stayed at different hotels (Coba and Tulum). The resort is much larger than I ever imagined and the hotel rooms do not have voice mail. So it was like a communication disaster for me. In many cases I used my cell phone and now I think I have a large phone bill.
I met with Jazmin and I had picked the bouquet I wanted and printed it out, but I had not communicated it to Jazmin until the day of our meeting. She said that the flowers I was wanting were special and there was probably not enough time to order them. Inside my head I was really freaking out at that moment. But the bouquets I ended up getting were beautiful, so it was fine. I just said that I wanted orange flowers in a cascading bouquet since the bridesmaid dresses are orange. Then I wanted the bridesmaids to have white bouquets in a lollipop shape. Here's a picture of me, my husband, and bridemaids and our bouquets:
My other bridezilla moment was when the groom's mother arrived, but the groom's brother did not arrive with her as planned. His brother who was supposed to be the best man, decided to just not show up and didn't tell us anything - even though we paid for all their travel. I was very upset because all of our guests ended up just being my friends and I just felt really bad for my husband. From the groom's side, it was only his mom, father, and one of his friends came. He had groomsmen lined up and they all cancelled last minute for various reasons. So we had 6 bridesmaids and 2 groomsmen (one was my friend and the other his father).
I stressed all week about the weather, because it was raining a lot all week. By some miracle it didn't rain on the day of my wedding, even though the forecast was 30 -40% chance of rain. But it was very very hot. On the day of the wedding I could not stop sweating. I took the advice of another bride on here, brought blotting papers, and some makeup for touchup. Blotting papers would not cut it, my bridesmaids were constantly bringing napkins and drying off my face and neck. They were also fanning me, those rattan fans I got were great for me and all the guests! I saw them using the fans for the rest of the trip too.
I also got really anxious about the Arrecife photographer prices. Diego was my photographer and the pictures were gorgeous. That man is like an amazing photo taking machine. He was running around all over the place, fixing my dress, just doing everything. And somehow magically I looked good in the pictures even though I was sweating like a pig and totally freaking out. I was stressed because I wanted to buy ALL Diego's pictures and I knew we could not afford it. Also I'm not sure if Diego speaks much English or not, because he kept speaking in Spanish/Italian and my husband was translating everything to me. It was a little overwhelming for me. We had to meet with Arrecife a total of 5 times because we wanted to view all 700 photos and we kept negotiating (also because I wanted all the photos in color and not sepia or black/white). Also because I wanted a short video of the ceremony, which I was quoted $300 in November 2010 but in May 2011 they sent me an updated price sheet with a video for $600 which is supposed to be longer, etc. I brought along a friend to take photos for us and honestly my friend's pictures did not turn out as well as Arrecife's. Diego just knew exactly where to take the picture, what pose to put us in, etc.
ROOM SAFE - It was free and I think my guests also got theirs for free (for booking through expedia). The laptop and ipad didn't fit in the safe. We kept the laptop and ipad in a backpack in the room and it was never stolen.
DJ - I hired Mood Event Services to DJ our poolside cocktail party. They were the only thing that I can say went perfect and I didn't stress at all. My favorite part was the lightup dance floor. I could dance forever on there. I will post pictures and a review on that later.