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Hello!  I am getting married at the Luxury Akumal resort April 6th, 2016.  My fiancé and I have previously stayed at this resort and loved it, so when we got engaged, we knew we were returning here for the wedding.  We are choosing the Akumal Beach for our wedding location.  

 

I was wondering what are other people's experiences with the Tropic One photographers that are on-site.  Per our documentation we just received today to discuss our wedding add-ons and details, it states that NO other photographers are allowed on-site.  So I am curious to hear from some RECENT brides on this topic.

 

Please and thank you.

I got married there on Nov 11.

 

The photographer did a wonderful job with the photos, although we did feel a little rushed (although that turned out OK, it was 30 degrees and by the end we were all sweaty and ready to be finished anyways!). The part we didn't like was the hard sell at our meeting to choose our photos. We had to sit through their pitch on the discount and freebies they would give us if we bought all 102 photos that they had edited for us. We politely told them that we already knew we didn't want all 102 and would like to go through them first before talking about adding to our package, but then we had to sit through the same sales pitch from his "supervisor" despite being completely uninterested.

 

We ended up getting the included 15 pictures and booking an extra hour with 30 pictures for $400 USD before the wedding and stuck to our 45 included photos. They turned out fantastic, though! Additional photos were $15 each, and they had all sorts of other offerings (photo books, slideshows etc).

 

The Akumal site has been painted since the pictures in this thread were taken (and it was repainted on Nov 10th because I threw a crying fit because it looked terrible and the paint was peeling off), it now looks like this

 

 http://imgur.com/49fBoLR

 

(Don't know why the photo wouldn't attach!)

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Hi ladies!

My guy and I will be getting married at the LBP akulum in May 2017. Just waiting to hear back for date confirmation. We are paying for the wedding and I am trying to get a price in mind to start saving for. Does anyone know if the extravaganza package included a poolsidereception. Without asking specifics,can anyone give me a ballpark idea on price. I originally thought the packages included everything, but see there are many add ons you. Can do.

Thanks so much!!!

Kelly

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@Siuc4me there's lots of different options. 

The wedding packages have changed this year. In the 2017 packages the Romance Extravagenza is $3490USD for the legal and $3240USD for the symbolic. There's a package available above that one now that that one is called Emerald which is $1200USD more respectively but looks like it includes loads of perks such as the Moet for the toast which the extravaganza doesn't include anymore. These prices include food from one of the a la cart restaurants on site, you get a group menu. You can use the restaurants outdoor terraces or a semi private table inside. They can send you pictures of these sites. 

 

But if you're looking to have a poolside reception instead of food at one of the restaurant you have to pay for a private buffet dinner which is charged per plate. The menu ranges from $60USD-$95USD per plate. This ranges from hotdogs to steak. This includes food and 3 hours open bar for guests. If you chose this option you can use the a la cart restaurant with your guests another night. if you want more then 3 hours (like most people) you have to pay extra to extend your pool side reception and get a DJ and stuff. I've included those prices below from an email I got from the hotel.

 

"Kindly note that if you would like to extend the privatization of the area beyond the hours stablished, it will be the cost of drinks (Domestic, International, Cocktail) per person per hour+ the cost of music service hired. Please note that the operation of the hotel is until 11pm. For events after 11pm a fee may apply (300 usd) to cover the staff who stay after that time. All the locations (beach, poolside), restaurants & terraces are subject to availability.

In each case, you can add music options as follows:

- DJ: coloured lights, speakers, mic & mixer (210 USD per hour)

- Live Band: group playing International music (750 USD for a set of 45 min)

- Sound equipment: speakers, micro, device (75 USD per hour)

- Mariachi: 4 persons playing traditional Mexican music (370 USD per set)

- Live Music Trio: 3 persons playing romantic Mexican music with guitars (295 USD)

- Duet of guitars: 2 persons playing romantic Mexican music with guitars (272USD)

- Saxophone player: folkloric Mexican music (360 USD per set)

- Marimba: folkloric Mexican music (360 USD per set). "

I'm getting married in Feb 2017 and I haven't made my mind up yet as to what I'll have but if you get everything you want it gets very expensive! I also have almost 50 people coming which doesn't help the cost.

They won't reply to you much until 6 months before your Wedding date when you're meant to get special attention and you'll get a wedding coordinator assigned to you.

Let me know if you have any other question.

Thanks,

Kat

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Hello Bahia brides!

 

Has anyone gotten married recently who can give me some details and advice on DJ vs Band options and timing of the wedding and reception options.

 

I have questions such as are the bands any good? If so which one? if you have your reception at one of the restaurants do they give you a different menu then you'd get there on any other night? How much time is good to have between the ceremony and reception? 

 

I'd really appreciate advice if someone has just been through this process.

Thanks girls :)

Kat

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