Venue â€“ Akumal beach hammocks, 17th Jan 2012
I wasnâ€™t sure about this location at first and really wanted to Tulum gazebo but as soon as we saw it, we fell in love and were so happy we had listened to Eugenia (our WC) who recommended it! I will try and upload pics, but we took 30metres of fabric to decorate (two shades of pink). Also took chair ties and a white wedding isle which we scattered petals on. We put a fan and an envelope of biodegradable confetti on each of the chairs for the guests. It was a nightmare taking everything from the Uk but it did really make the location magical for us; esp after seeing other weddings were it was left all plain. Guests were really grateful for the fans too!!
We had my new sister in law read out a poem in the ceremony and my cousin read out the sand ceremony verse. It was really lovely and made the ceremony much more personal to us. Otherwise, it would have been over quite quickly. My hubby gave the music guy our ipod with a play list of songs to play while guests were gathering and waiting. Then a second play list for the ceremony. Eugenia told us we only needed 4 songs (1 to walk down isle with, 1for signing reg, 1 for sand ceremony and 1 to finish off) the signing did go on beyond the song slightly but to be honest I didnâ€™t even notice with all the excitement!!
We then had a Champaign toast on the beach while photoâ€™s were going on.
Wedding coordinator â€“ As ive already said, we had Eugenia and we can never thank her enough. She did everything we asked for and more. They really are the experts! I went through phases of getting frustrated due to the lack of email contact but as the date was approaching I had emails from WC within 12-24hrs. We met with her to go through the details the day after arriving at the resort. The meeting was very quick but they do know what they are doing!!
Flowers â€“ I had sent WC photoâ€™s of bouquets I liked, and they basically replicated them!! We had calla lillies which were not included in the package so we ended up paying quite a bit but in the grand scheme of it all, it didnâ€™t add up to that much more! We loved the bouquets and buttonholes. We also ordered additional flowers to decorate the cake (mainly because the pics I had seen of cakes were not great so thought the flowers would disguise it a bit!). The flowers were delivered to our room approx. one hour before the wedding, and the buttonholes taken to the room where my hubby was staying.
Hair & Make up â€“ we paid for day passes and had Sara Tamargo and her hairdresser / assistant to do my hair and 5 bridesmaids. They did a fantastic job, I cant recommend them highly enough. Sara used Mac make up and it really stayed on all day, withstanding the heat! The hairdresser was amazing. She even replicated my hair trial photo using clip in hair extensions. They arrived at 8am and just about finished for the photographer arriving at 1.20pm.
Restaurant â€“ we had our meal at the Arlequin restaurant in akumal. It was really lovely. The only prob was we had one vegetarian and the staff didnâ€™t quite understand and it took them a while to get a veggie meal. But it ended up ok. We did the speeches in the restaurant and cutting the cake. I had taken table decorations, and took small bottles of tequila with pink ribbon round them for the menâ€™s favours and made Swarovski crystal bracelets in organza bags for the women. Its was sooo funny all the men doing their shot and all the women then wearing their bracelet for the rest of the holiday!
The WC put out the candle lanterns centre pieces we brought along with place names, scatter crystals and personalised serviettes. It looked very romantic with low lighting and lots of candles. We put our bouquets on the cake table to add decoration with a few spare lanterns .
Cake â€“ wasnâ€™t as bad as I expected after seeing some pics! But it tasted amazing! Like I said before, we decorated it with additional flowers (orchids) and took a cake topper.
Poolside party â€“ This absolutely made our wedding day. It was the best money we spent and ended up extending it by an hour on the night. We used the resort DJ and he was fab! He used our ipod to play our first dance and had all the lights and mic for any announcements. There was 30 of us and we had an absolute ballâ€¦.with some guests ending up in the pool at the end of the night! Eugenia had transferred the chairs from the ceremony with the pink chair ties and put a few around the pool side area. She had also put my candle bags down the path leading from the restaurant to the poolside party area! it all looked so magical.
Arrecife â€“ This was the one thing I was most worried about as not all the reviews on here have been positive. We had martin and he was fantastic!! Very professional and took fantastic photos. We bought the package that included me getting ready, the groom, ceremony and trash the dress the next day. He knew exactly what looked good in pics and the best locations for different pics. He also did any photo we asked for and let us be creative too!
We did the TTD the next day â€¦.and it was sooo much fun. You do get a lot of strange looks on the beach but it really is worth it. The reaction from people weâ€™ve shown them too have been fantastic. Def worth while doing . I got a replica dress of ebay then literally put it in the bin after the photoshoot!
Overall: We had the most amazing magical day, that exceed our expectations by far! We would have changed a thing and would recommend this resort to anyone wanting to get married abroad!!