My review of my wedding at this resort is a few weeks late but thought I would share my experience with all you brides that are still planning.
We got married on January 30 at 4:30pm on Akumal Beach. We had the Remember Symbolic wedding package.
We stayed at the COBA resort for 10 days.
We had 40 guests from all over Canada attend our wedding.
We had Maria as our wedding coordinator.
We bought the 3 hour package from Arrecife (Tropic One Studios) Luis was our photographer and he was amazing. He was fun, organized and really made everyone have fun with the pictures. We got 80 "finished" pictures. The day before we left we met him in the Tropic one office, he turns on a slide show of all the finished pics he took and then shows you how to select the 80 you want. Within 2 hours he had the disc ready to go for us.
We had a poolside reception at the Arrecife Jaccuzi pool on the Coba resort.
We paid for just the basic package for the reception and EVERYTHING was served, even made us different types of shots. The area was so beautifully decorated and we made a playlist on our iPad but they had a person working the sound controls and mic. We did our speeches before the first dance started.
I sent pictures of the flowers and cake I wanted ahead of time and both the cake and flowers were exactly what I wanted.
All in all it was a great week. Leading up to the heading down there I was nervous about the communication with my WC and the photographer, but trust me when I say that when you arrive, they are available any time, for anything.
If you are looking for a timeline of events...
Picked up guests and groom from COBA lobby at 3:50
Picked up bride and bridesmaids from room at 4:20
Ceremony started at 4:30
Ceremony lasted approx 15 minutes.
There was sparking wine available for a quick toast.
Group Pictures and family pictures took about 15-20 minutes.
Then a shuttle brought our guests back to the lobby while the wedding party/bride/groom did their pictures.
Dinner at the Portofino Italian Restaurant at 6pm. We did a little introduction to the wedding party as they entered. No speeches. though. We could have though because we were the only people in the restaurant until almost 7pm. We had to pick a set menu because we had over 30 people. We had the italian sampler which is basically a buffet. Then Minestrone soup and for the main course it was Chicken Gorgonzola.
Cut the cake around 7:30. We had a 3 tier chocolate cake.
Our guests then headed across the path to our poolside reception which was from 8-11.
We brought down some small decorations and the WC set it up for us no problem. If you are wanting things done a particular way then maybe designate someone to go help the WC.
We also brought down gift bags for our guests. The bag itself was a beach bag, inside we put in 2 drinking mugs, homemade soap, some SPF lipblam, sunscreen wipes, small packets of aloe, we bought a magnet for each bag from the Hacienda, and then a bunch of snacks/halloween sized candy. Our guests loved it!
My advice to brides.... be patient with the Wedding Co-ordinator. Generally they don't start to take you serious until your final payments are due with your travel agent which is generally 2 months before your wedding. When you get there, they are super organized, always available and they really went above and beyond my expectations with lots of little extras thrown our way.
If I can answer any questions for you, please feel free to contact me. I will try my best to help!