Fiesta Americana Condesa Wedding Review 05/10/08
Posted 20 May 2008 - 06:07 PM
The Hotel â€“ A+
The hotel itself is gorgeous and we loved the layout and architecture of the place. The honeymoon suite was fabulous. It is a larger hotel but seems very small which was perfect for our group of 70. The hotel was at half capacity when we were there so it really seemed like the place was all ours. The pools and beach were amazing!!
The rest of the story about the hotel â€“ mixed reviews
The WC Mariana Leon is extremely friendly, sweet and responds to whatever you want right away. She is a really great girl but she is new to wedding planning so she lacks a lot of experience. This didnâ€™t really affect us from a planning perspective. We just relied on her recommendation for some vendors and ended up getting screwed.
The florist (Marvin of Maya Disenos Florales) - F
He didnâ€™t arrive at the church to decorate until after the guests were there for about 10 minutes. He blamed the WC saying she told him the wedding was at 4pm. He showed up at 3:30pm which is what time the ceremony was supposed to begin. Then he didnâ€™t even bring half the flowers that we paid for. But the flowers that we did receive were gorgeous. This is still unacceptable. FI was pissed.
The Ballroom â€“ Whatever is less than an F
We specifically requested an inside ballroom (Peninsula Ballroom) because we were worried about guests being hot and uncomfortable. After the sand ceremony was over, we were told by our WC that we needed to wait 20 minutes before going into the ballroom because it wasnâ€™t ready yet. Well, they knew the schedule and we were right on schedule despite the church ceremony starting 25 minutes late. The room should have been ready. But by the time we got into the room, we noticed right away that the AC was not working properly. We complained right away and then they finally sent someone to look at it but to no avail. The reception started at 7:30pm and by about 12:30am they finally brought some fans. It would have been nice if they brought them sooner. Everyone was sweating but we still had a fabulous time. The kicker is that the WC told us that 3 weeks prior to our wedding, another couple who had their reception in the same room complained about the AC. Apparently they didnâ€™t feel it necessary to fix it before ours.
Getting nickel and dimed â€“ F
A couple days before the wedding, we sat down with the WC and she told us that if we wanted to keep the party going after the 5 hours that were included in our package that it would cost $100 per hour for the DJ and $35 per waiter per hour. About 40 minutes prior to â€œclosing timeâ€ we requested that the DJ and wait staff stay for another hour. As the WC had already left, they tried to charge us $650 for the hour. We have no idea how they came up with that number. After we asked to speak to a supervisor, we ended up settling on $250 which is still higher than what was quoted. We shouldnâ€™t have had to deal with all that.
They also nickel and dimed us on feeding the photographers. They said they didnâ€™t have enough food and that they could order room service but that we would have to pay extra for it. There were 6 people who we had already paid for but werenâ€™t able to make it to the wedding at the last minute so this should have not been a problem at all. But again we had to worry about it when we should have been enjoying our food and dancing.
My mother-in-law also caught the wait staff serving themselves our wedding cake instead of serving the guests. She told me this after the fact but she was wondering why half the guests werenâ€™t served cake so she followed one of the guys into the back to ask and that is when she saw them eating our cake. That would have been fine if all the guests were served and we didnâ€™t want to save any and we told them they could have it but that certainly wasnâ€™t the case.
One positive thing I can say is that the food was absolutely delicious. We had no problems whatsoever with the food. It wasnâ€™t just what was served at the reception but we ate at all the restaurants (including room service) and everything was amazing. I couldnâ€™t get enough of the shrimp tacos. Que rico!!
The Photographer â€“ A++
Martha Roque Photographer Martha Roque Cancun M©xico was our photographer and she was phenomenal. I wrote another review about her in another thread that contained some of the pictures.
The Musicians for the Church Ceremony â€“ A
Adagio Cancun .:Adagio Cancºn:. were great. They were easy to work with via email and responded right away but the most amazing part is that they learned a song in less than 2 weeks that we wanted played. There is a song that is very sentimental to my husband (it feels weird to say that) and reminds him of his grandfather (who he is extremely close to) who recently passed away. At first they said that they didnâ€™t have enough time to learn it and rehearse it but after I told them how much it meant to us, they said no problem and did it. When we heard them play it we both cried. Apparently the lady that sang it didnâ€™t know any English and learned the song just for us. She did a beautiful job!
Transportation Company â€“ B+
Jorge of Incentives Fly and Travel iFlyt :: Destination Management Company was very accommodating and worked with us to provide transportation for our guests between the church and the hotel. He also provided a car for us. The AC worked great in all vehicles and that was most important!!! Jorge was great about finding vehicles that were clean and neat and he passed with flying colors.
DJ â€“ A++
The DJ (I canâ€™t remember his name) www.presentationservices.com.mx was amazing. All the guests kept commenting on how awesome the music was. We did give them a song list including a do not play list but he was very professional and played all the best music. We had a 70/30 mix of Latin and American music. It was perfect!!!
The Cake â€“ A+
We didnâ€™t want a wedding cake but our parents surprised us with one. They bought 3 tres leches cakes from Costco and put them on different sized tiers and decorated it with some flowers. It was a nice surprise and the cake was so delicious. It was a heck of a lot cheaper than the $9 per slice cake the hotel was going to serve and probably wouldnâ€™t have been that good. If you are trying to save a little money this could be the way to go.
Sunset Cruise â€“ A+
On Friday night before the wedding we chartered a private sunset dinner cruise for all the guests. It was through Aquaworld on the Cancun Queen Aquaworld Cancun's Sightseeing & Attractions , Cancun, Cancun Diving, Diving in Cancun, Cancun Tours, Cancun Fishing,Swim with Dolphins Cancun, Cancun Jungle tour, Cancun Snorkeling,
It was a perfect evening and everyone had a fabulous time. There was open bar, dinner (which was really good), dancing, live band, DJ, games and prizes plus fantastic views. If you are looking for something to do for your guests, I would highly recommend this. We had an absolute blast and it really didnâ€™t cost that much money!!
Ok. I think I covered everything but if I think of something else or anyone has any questions, please let me know!
Posted 24 May 2008 - 06:22 PM
It sounds fabulous though, even with the few hiccups that the resort caused.
Posted 27 May 2008 - 08:24 AM
Posted 27 May 2008 - 08:26 AM
Posted 27 May 2008 - 10:27 AM
| Originally Posted by ccarmany23 |
Thanks for the review..I am having the reception here so hopefully this review will me get everything cleared up in advance- thank you soo much for feedback! Did your DJ also MC (announce bridal party, first dance, etc.)?
| Originally Posted by ccarmany23 |
And I will def. not be going with Marvin for flowers (I think he was one of the people she recommended to me too). I will search forum but if anyone has anyone off hand they recommend for flowers/decorations it'd be great!
Posted 04 June 2008 - 03:43 PM
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