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#6351 fraggle42

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    Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:56 AM

    Originally Posted by futuremrswarner 

    Oh, I will really have to confirm with my TA which location I am at then. Sometimes, she's telling me Akumal, and other times, she's telling me Tulum. So if I was at the Akumal, I wouldn't be allowed to use the Tulum gazebo?

    I stayed in Tulum section and was torn between akumal hammocks and tulum gazebo. I asked for availability dates for each and was told I could get married at either.



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      Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:59 AM

      Originally Posted by futuremrswarner 

      Yeah, I'm going next November, and the time slots they offered were 1 or 4pm. Do they allocate time slots for dinner as well? I want to make sure there is enough time between the end of the ceremony for photos and such before the dinner starts.

      I just asked for 2pm and got it.



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        Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:03 AM

        Originally Posted by AndreaandAaron 

        Me too!  I spend waaaaaay too much time on here everyday!

         

        We are staying at the Coba, so we chose a restaurant there- the Mediterraneo!  I have about 1 million questions for my wedding planner (Maria), its sooooo hard waiting to email her until the date gets closer!

         

        Which restaurant are you leaning towards?

        I got in touch with my WC ages before my wedding...as soon as it was booked. Don't be afraid to ask questions. I wouldn't bombard them with loads of one question emails. I tended to send one email with lots of questions in. I sometimes had to wait a few weeks for a response (purely because they are so busy doing weddings every day) but she would always get back to me with the info requested.



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          Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:04 AM

          Originally Posted by AndreaandAaron 

          Thank you for that info! :)

          Our dinner was 6-8 at Gran Tortuga.



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            Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:13 AM

            Originally Posted by Tlseege 

            I was told my dinner time, and I believe Mariah and Cheryl were too (the two brides I've photographed there).  But it all works out :)

             

            For the cocktail hour, the wedding coordinator set aside chairs in the Akumal theater bar area.  It was "private" and didn't cost me a thing.  Basically, I would just have a common meeting area.  Like "meet at such and such bar at 5:30pm for cocktails before dinner"

            I requested my times for ceremony and dinner and luckily they fit in fine so Jazmin accepted them.

             

            Ceremony 2pm Tulum Gazebo

            Dinner 6-8pm Gran Tortuga (did speeches here too)

            Private poolside reception (8-11pm)

             

            I was a little worried about the time between the ceremony and dinner being too long but i didnt want to eat too early as i wanted the dinner to flow into the reception. We arranged to meet our guests in the Bar Akumal (in Tulum section) for drinks after our photographs. We were in there for a few hours but it was really nice. It gave us time to take it all in, mingle with all of our guests (which we did not have as much chance to do at dinner & reception as I was dancing all night) and of course spend time together with my new husband (which I recommend). Anyway the time flew by and we were soon off for our dinner so these timings suited us great.



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              Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:15 AM

              Originally Posted by Tammyd23 

              For the poolside party if I have 3hours special cocktails for $11will I have to pay the same for children

              We had 8 children (all under 5) in our group and we didn't have to pay for them.



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                Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:29 AM

                Originally Posted by Tikka 


                I had thought it was $70 per hour for the speaker rental but Jazmin keeps telling me its $180 per hour!!!!! So for two hours I would be looking at $360 for the speaker rentals and $420 for a DJ....... Anyone else get quoted this? I had thought she had made a mistake and confirmed these prices

                I was charged $120 per hour



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                  Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:39 AM

                  Originally Posted by futuremrswarner 

                   

                  Oh gosh. I think I'm getting married at the gazebo, and I was considering a half-do with a veil. Now I'm not too sure. I haven't purchased my dress yet, so maybe the dress will not look good with a veil anyways, but I do really want one. You girls think it's a little too windy there for it?

                   

                  @ Fraggle42, congrats on your recent wedding! Can't wait to see your pictures and your review.

                  I am not sure. It really depends on the day...some are calmer than others. Maybe some brides will comment who did wear veils. If you really want one then go for it but maybe choose one with jewels in to help weigh it down in case it is windy. I would say the Tulum Gazebo and Tulum beach locations are less windy than the hammocks though. It is very open where the hammocks are but it is more private. There is a restaurant right by the Gazebo. Its a tough decision. We were very happy with ours though.



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                    Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:47 AM

                    Yeah, I will have to take a look at the dresses I try on, and see if the veil will look good. I always thought I'd look more like a bride with the veil. The Tulum gazebo looked the best from the pictures I had seen so far, so I think I would prefer that over the Tulum beach, just because the beach location seemed a little too plain for my liking. Thanks for all your comments here. I noticed that you went back a couple pages to reply to everyone's posts! And super glad to hear that you had an amazing wedding! Congrats again! :)



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                      Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:54 AM

                      Originally Posted by Tlseege 

                      I sqaured away my ceremony site and my reception site and then didn't hear anything for months.  But I needed an outdoor private reception and I know that they only allow one per resort a night (and up to three weddings per day) so I didn't want someone else to get it.

                       

                      Try the emails in the link futuremrswarner provided, and if those don't work... call.

                       

                      Oh, and I didn't book those two things, my travel agent did.  Travel agents are like gold.

                      Try to get your wedding date, ceremony times and dinner location sorted ASAP because this place is so popular. I got in touch about 10 months before our wedding and the restaurant and location we wanted was only available on certain dates. I don't know how it works in Canada but I am from England and I booked and paid for the wedding package through our travel agent. They then contacted the hotel to sort out a date which was emailed to us early Feb 2012 along with an email from the WC with initial info required regarding documents etc. From then on I was directly in contact with Jazmin and actually bought the wedding date forward 2 days once she gave me further info regarding ceremony location/dinner location (which I had to request). So by the end of Feb I had sorted the date, wedding location and dinner location and times (9 months before the wedding). Everything else gets sorted as we went along. she emailed me cake brochure, flower brochures, poolside reception info and answered many other questions as and when i requested but i normally had to ask before she sent me anything and then wait a few weeks for a response. Don't worry, our WC was brilliant...they are only slow because they are so busy. You will realise this when you are in resort and see how many weddings they have to organise. They have meetings with couples in the mornings to discuss weddings then usually have multiple weddings every day. They don't just make the arrangements for you either they are with you on the day. Jasmin was part of our ceremony along with the registrar, they take you to the locations for dinner and reception etc. You really do realise when you see them in action why they have little time to email people. They will get back to you though so hold in there.






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