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Hey all!  Just wanted to give a heads up to those of you who have Gabriela as your planner:  We just received a message stating that she was leaving the resort and Jacqueline would be taking her place.  We weren't getting any responses from Gabriela but now we know why.    

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Congratulations MexicoHereWeCome and Juliboley!  Those are beautiful pictures!  Looks like you both had wonderful days!  Our 1st year anniversary is coming up in February and while I do not wish to go back to the stress of planning, I just really wish I could go back!  Our friends and family had a fabulous time as did we.  We plan to go back at some point to just relax, hang out and watch the other brides and grooms enjoy their special days.  Barcelo is an amazing place to get married and their WC's really know what they are doing.  Barcelo knows the importance of having a good name so they only employ the best.  Good luck to all future brides!

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Thanks for all the replies about sunset! Our ceremony is at 3:00 so we will definitely be in the daylight and have time for pictures afterwards, we were just trying to figure out if it would be dark already when our dinner starts at 5:30 or if it would be just dusky. Our photographer is only there for the first hour of our reception so we were trying to figure out if we would be able to get the dark beach pictures with the trees lit up.

 

Thanks again! 

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Hi everyone

 

were heading to the barcelo maya beach feb.24.2013 and our wedding is scheduled for 13:00 on feb 24th. we choose the free coconut package...we have way more guests than anticipated when we choose the package. Has anyone here at a wedding ceremony @ 1PM in february? we figured we could do pictures and stuff after have a rest the coctail hour at 5-6 dinner in the buffet 6-7:30, and dance floor with lights from 7:30-9:30??? does that sound right? im so confused!!
 

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Hi everyone

 

were heading to the barcelo maya beach feb.24.2013 and our wedding is scheduled for 13:00 on feb 24th. we choose the free coconut package...we have way more guests than anticipated when we choose the package. Has anyone here at a wedding ceremony @ 1PM in february? we figured we could do pictures and stuff after have a rest the coctail hour at 5-6 dinner in the buffet 6-7:30, and dance floor with lights from 7:30-9:30??? does that sound right? im so confused!!
 

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Originally Posted by chasingjaime View Post

 

Thank you for sharing your planning details! I'm right in the thick of the planning process right now with my WC Victoria - my date is set for April 20, 2013. Can you recall approximately how big the layers of your two-tier cake was, and how tall your cake topper was? One of the many decisions I'm working now on is what size of a topper to get, and I've ordered the same as you - round, two-tier.

 

Did you have any signature cocktails at your reception? Or were there any in particular at the resort that were really well done? I'd really like to offer some signature drinks, but I'm not sure what's popular or if the bartenders are good mixologists. 

Hi I can't remember how big my cake topper was but I bought it from Micheals.....Here is a link to it:   http://www.michaels.com/Monogram-Cake-Topper/wd0624,default,pd.html?start=7&cgid=products-wedding-cakeaccessoriesandtoppers   

 

I didn't even worry about it not fitting. The cake was a good size and far too much for 53 people. I would suggest to two tiers just because it looks more like a wedding cake...

 

We kinda had a signature drink....I didn't try them however because we sort of used them as our escort cards...Attached is a picture of the idea I found. The resort bartenders made the drink pink to match the color theme. Everyone said they were very good. But more or less they have everything you could want drink wise and if ask for something special they will make it!! But the bar is full and prepared to make anything!

 

 

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Chasingjaime, we did not have a signature cocktail but I can tell you that the bartenders at Barcelo are FANTASTIC!  They know what they are doing.  How far in advance of your wedding will you be there?  You could sample some different concoctions - ask the bartenders to make something of their choice - and you could decide from there.  Also, the Unofficial Barcelo website, has lots of information there regarding drinks that are specialties at Barcelo.  You could check that out as well.

Originally Posted by chasingjaime View Post

Thank you for sharing your planning details! I'm right in the thick of the planning process right now with my WC Victoria - my date is set for April 20, 2013. Can you recall approximately how big the layers of your two-tier cake was, and how tall your cake topper was? One of the many decisions I'm working now on is what size of a topper to get, and I've ordered the same as you - round, two-tier.

 

Did you have any signature cocktails at your reception? Or were there any in particular at the resort that were really well done? I'd really like to offer some signature drinks, but I'm not sure what's popular or if the bartenders are good mixologists. 

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I am working on a playlist for our dinner and dancing and am trying to work out how much time I need each kind of music for. Can anyone guide me here, we have the strawberry package, so it is a 4 course dinner. We plan to extend the reception for 2 hoursto make sure we have enough time to party and dance, we are just unsure of how long the dinner usually takes.

 

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Hi corriexoxo,

 

We got married February 11, 2012 at Barcelo.  Do you have anything planned for your guests after the wedding?  The ceremony lasts about 30 minutes, there is a champagne toast after then that leaves about 3 hours for your guests to kill before the cocktail hour if that doesn't start until 5:00.  That is a really long time unless you have activities planned for them to do while you are taking pictures.  Our wedding was at 4:00 but we did many pictures beforehand and had pictures afterward.  We skipped a cocktail hour and had a reception at 6:30.  That left only about an hour before the shuttle picked up our guests to take them to Playa Azul where our reception was held - our wedding was at Coral Beach and all of our guests stayed at the Palace.  Our guests went to the Carey bar for an hour and that was fine.  Ask your WC for her opnion as well.  She has planned many weddings and will give you great advice.  I asked questions on BDW but also asked my WC as well and she NEVER steered me wrong!  Good luck!  wink.gif

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were heading to the barcelo maya beach feb.24.2013 and our wedding is scheduled for 13:00 on feb 24th. we choose the free coconut package...we have way more guests than anticipated when we choose the package. Has anyone here at a wedding ceremony @ 1PM in february? we figured we could do pictures and stuff after have a rest the coctail hour at 5-6 dinner in the buffet 6-7:30, and dance floor with lights from 7:30-9:30??? does that sound right? im so confused!!
 

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