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#5101 aquamaniac

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    Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:35 AM

    Although I am unsure about the spa and photographer, the times we've been to Mexico we've found negotiating for excursions and shopping is best in Pesos. A Mexican friend told me that when Mexicans have to exchange USD they are charged a tax, so having it directly in Pesos means they can use the money right away without any charges. 
     

    Originally Posted by Heather 2012 

    Hello 

    I'm getting married in 2 weeks at the akumal hammock location! Getting very excited...

    Im canadian and am going to get USD to take with me, I'm just wondering if anyone knows  if the spa, photographer and most excursion tours accept visa? I'd like to bring down as little $ as possible.. 

     

    Also I have the Portifino booked for 5:30 and the jacuzzi pool at 7:30 for the poolside party, I know a few of you have had a similar layout so I'm just wondering is two hours too long for dinner? Or will this flow smoothly? 

    Thanks! 



     



    #5102 Sunshine2680

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      Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:35 AM


      Congrats Sara! I'll bet Sol and Matt will be doing your photography! ha ha
      Are you choosing the Gran Bahia for your beach wedding?
       

      Originally Posted by Sara Tamargo 

      Hey girls! I'm not writing as vendor, on Sunday my boyfriend gave me the engagement ring, so now I'm writing as engaged!. Like you, I want so much to get married on the beach!.

       

      I'll be happy to read your tips! :)


       



       



      #5103 aquamaniac

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        Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:44 AM

        So my dilemma is finally resolved, we've confirmed with Paloma that we'll be doing the ceremony at 4pm but now at the Tulum Gazebo. So now our WC and restaurant change, I feel like I am back at square one!



        #5104 AD2012

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          Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:02 AM

          I  mentioned it to my WC, I just said that a good friend of our was a photog and would be taking pictures for us.

           

          She didn't really say anthing about other than, the resort photographers were great or something along those lines. I received one email from arrecife  with their packages and pricing and haven't heard anything else from them and that was in August when we secured our date.


           

          Originally Posted by stylishmeNC 

          Like most brides, I am bringing down my own photographer... that being said did any of you previous brides that did this, send anything to Arrecife before getting to the resort to let them know that you didn't want anything additional besides what was included in the wedding package? The reason I ask is I keep getting emails from them...

           

          Thanks,

          Jill



           



          #5105 TATrisha

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          Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:14 AM

          Quote:

          Originally Posted by Sara Tamargo 

          Hey girls! I'm not writing as vendor, on Sunday my boyfriend gave me the engagement ring, so now I'm writing as engaged!. Like you, I want so much to get married on the beach!.

           

          I'll be happy to read your tips! :)


           


          Hey!  Congratulations Sara!!!  Are you getting married at the Bahia?
           

          Originally Posted by Heather 2012 

          Hello 

          I'm getting married in 2 weeks at the akumal hammock location! Getting very excited...

          Im canadian and am going to get USD to take with me, I'm just wondering if anyone knows  if the spa, photographer and most excursion tours accept visa? I'd like to bring down as little $ as possible.. 

           

          Also I have the Portifino booked for 5:30 and the jacuzzi pool at 7:30 for the poolside party, I know a few of you have had a similar layout so I'm just wondering is two hours too long for dinner? Or will this flow smoothly? 

          Thanks! 


          I paid for the spa and our excursions with credit card.  It's a lovely thing actually, because the exchange rate is really bad at the resort compared to the credit card companies.  For instance, the safe fee was $20, but I said I wanted to pay with credit card, not cash.  It was $14.63 on my credit card bill.  That was nice!
           

          Honestly, yes, 2 hours is too long.  Or at least it was for Cheryl's wedding.  1 1/2 is way better.  UNLESS you have cake cutting in the restaurant and a lot of toasts or something.  Otherwise everyone sat around for at least a half an hour after they were done eating.
           

          Originally Posted by aquamaniac 

          So my dilemma is finally resolved, we've confirmed with Paloma that we'll be doing the ceremony at 4pm but now at the Tulum Gazebo. So now our WC and restaurant change, I feel like I am back at square one!


          Gazebo it is!  Congrats!  I think you'll be much happier with the 4pm time and now you'll be able to take some great photos!

           

           


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          #5106 crystalz

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            Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:35 AM


            Just get the free photos included in your package then they don't ask questions! I brought my own photographer and had arrecife do their thing. They were there JUST for the ceremony and I picked 10 free.
             

            Originally Posted by stylishmeNC 

            Like most brides, I am bringing down my own photographer... that being said did any of you previous brides that did this, send anything to Arrecife before getting to the resort to let them know that you didn't want anything additional besides what was included in the wedding package? The reason I ask is I keep getting emails from them...

             

            Thanks,

            Jill



             



            #5107 crystalz

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              Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:49 AM

              Heather - Yes they all accept visa!

               

              Originally Posted by Heather 2012 

              Hello 

              I'm getting married in 2 weeks at the akumal hammock location! Getting very excited...

              Im canadian and am going to get USD to take with me, I'm just wondering if anyone knows  if the spa, photographer and most excursion tours accept visa? I'd like to bring down as little $ as possible.. 

               

              Also I have the Portifino booked for 5:30 and the jacuzzi pool at 7:30 for the poolside party, I know a few of you have had a similar layout so I'm just wondering is two hours too long for dinner? Or will this flow smoothly? 

              Thanks! 



               



              #5108 Emily2012

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                Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:30 AM

                Hi brides, so my wedding is fast approaching 16th April 2012 4pm at the akumal beach location, we travel on 10th April and we have got 49 guests coming with us for 2 weeks. 

                We are having the resort photographer, ceremony at 4 ( We have 4 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls, 2 ushers, best man etc...) followed by 45 min saxophonist and a toast, I was hoping after this the guests could go to the akumal lobby for drinks whilst we have photos done????? Our wedding meal is in the dolce a vita which is where we will have the speeches and we are having the cocktail party with 3 hrs dj set, i have decided to go for the basic bar package and hopefully we will be lucky and get a full stocked bar, our guests all love a good drink and party so should be a great day/ night.

                ​

                Can any of you recommend anything else to make the day special?????

                ​

                Eimly xxx

                ​

                can anyone tell me what the Mayan ceremony and how much it costs???

                 



                #5109 Emily2012

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                  Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:31 AM

                  Hi brides, so my wedding is fast approaching 16th April 2012 4pm at the akumal beach location, we travel on 10th April and we have got 49 guests coming with us for 2 weeks. 

                  We are having the resort photographer, ceremony at 4 ( We have 4 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls, 2 ushers, best man etc...) followed by 45 min saxophonist and a toast, I was hoping after this the guests could go to the akumal lobby for drinks whilst we have photos done????? Our wedding meal is in the dolce a vita which is where we will have the speeches and we are having the cocktail party with 3 hrs dj set, i have decided to go for the basic bar package and hopefully we will be lucky and get a full stocked bar, our guests all love a good drink and party so should be a great day/ night.

                  ​

                  Can any of you recommend anything else to make the day special?????

                  ​

                  Eimly xxx

                  ​

                  can anyone tell me what the Mayan ceremony and how much it costs???

                   



                  #5110 Emily2012

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                    Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:31 AM

                    Hi brides, so my wedding is fast approaching 16th April 2012 4pm at the akumal beach location, we travel on 10th April and we have got 49 guests coming with us for 2 weeks. 

                    We are having the resort photographer, ceremony at 4 ( We have 4 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls, 2 ushers, best man etc...) followed by 45 min saxophonist and a toast, I was hoping after this the guests could go to the akumal lobby for drinks whilst we have photos done????? Our wedding meal is in the dolce a vita which is where we will have the speeches and we are having the cocktail party with 3 hrs dj set, i have decided to go for the basic bar package and hopefully we will be lucky and get a full stocked bar, our guests all love a good drink and party so should be a great day/ night.

                    ​

                    Can any of you recommend anything else to make the day special?????

                    ​

                    Eimly xxx

                    ​

                    can anyone tell me what the Mayan ceremony and how much it costs???

                     






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