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Im thinking of going for the strawberry package, can anyone tell me if table decor, plates, and chairs are all included, or did you have to pay extra for decorated chairs etc.  the package is 3500 and im worried how much extra i'll have to pay...the package itself isnt too clear on if little details like chairs etc are included.

 

any help would be appreciated.

 

We decided to go with the lower end package (Mint Breeze) and upgrade a few small things. We have approx 30 ppl going, so we are going to pay a bit extra for food, cake etc and then I'm bringing some decorations. The chairs/covers/sashes are all included, as well as the basic set up. They also have some really affordable flower arrangements if you want extras for the table! We have $3300 for ALL the wedding day stuff...the package, a few extras, my hair/makeup, extra flowers (I'm getting 3 centerpieces), and I think we'll make it for around that :) There were just 'extras' included in the cost of the Strawberry Package that we felt weren't worth the money. Better to get the basics and upgrade in the areas you feel are important to you :)

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Hey Everyone, just knew to this site, but getting married at the Barcelo Maya Tropical on May 1st, 2013.  We still have lots of planning to do as we are just working on the menu... A few questions for you gals.  

 

1.  We've chose the Mint Breeze package and wondering about the reception and entertainment. We're planning on having supper, a few speeches and then not sure what we should do for dance.  Do others use the Mariachi Band if if so, what are your thoughts?  Anybody bring in any other entertainment or just use and iPod?  We are having around 60 people from Brazil and Canada, some old, some young..

 

2. Anyone have a play list they'd like to share from the reception?

 

3.  Are microphones set up in the banquet hall and for the ceremony?

 

4. Does anyone have a good map of the resort to see where the beaches/ banquet halls are in relation to the Tropical?

 

5. We're having a symbolic ceremony. Any suggestions of something meaningful we could incorporate into the ceremony besides the sand ceremony?

 

Thanks for the help everyone!!

 

AM

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Originally Posted by Skbride View Post

 

Hey Everyone, just knew to this site, but getting married at the Barcelo Maya Tropical on May 1st, 2013.  We still have lots of planning to do as we are just working on the menu... A few questions for you gals.  

 

1.  We've chose the Mint Breeze package and wondering about the reception and entertainment. We're planning on having supper, a few speeches and then not sure what we should do for dance.  Do others use the Mariachi Band if if so, what are your thoughts?  Anybody bring in any other entertainment or just use and iPod?  We are having around 60 people from Brazil and Canada, some old, some young..

 

2. Anyone have a play list they'd like to share from the reception?

 

3.  Are microphones set up in the banquet hall and for the ceremony?

 

4. Does anyone have a good map of the resort to see where the beaches/ banquet halls are in relation to the Tropical?

 

5. We're having a symbolic ceremony. Any suggestions of something meaningful we could incorporate into the ceremony besides the sand ceremony?

 

Thanks for the help everyone!!

 

AM

 

1. We only had 30 people so not sure if you want more entertainment with a DJ or not, but we just used our Ipod. With only 3 hours (if you choose not to add more time) it was perfect for us. We did speeches during during, went right into our dances, then had about an hour and a half for dancing and partying. I have herad of people using the Mariachi Band and sounds fun! I do think it is kinda spendy though..

 

2. Here is my playlist for the ceremony & reception:

WEDDING PLAYLIST

Seating/family & groomsmen (guitarist)

1. Better Together - Jack Johnson

2. Marry Me - Train

3. All You Need is Love - The Beatles

4. I Won't Give Up- Jason Mraz

 

Bridesmaids down aisle

Forever- Ben Harper

 

Bride down aisle

Your everything- Keith Urban

 

After ceremony (walking down aisle)

White dress - Ben Rector

 

Toast

Crazy Love- Van Morrison (1:51)

Livin our love song- Jason Michael Carroll

Here comes the sun - The Beattles (3:00)

I'd rather be with you- Joshua Radin (2:43)

History in the making - Darius Rucker

 

Entrance to reception

Ho hey- Lumineers (1:57)

 

 

During dinner

One of those nights- Tim McGraw (3:41)

Kiss me- Ed Sheeran (4:34)

Thank You-Led Zeppelin (4:49)

Day before you- Rascal Flatts (3:59)

Dream Girl- Dave Matthews Band (3:59)

Home to me- Josh Kelley (4:40)

The first time ever I saw your face- Roberta Flack (4:18)

Wanted- Hunter Hayes (3:50)

Home- Phillip Phillips (3:30)

Look at you girl - Chris Ledoux (3:09)

We got us- Cannon Smith (3:29)

It did- Blaine Larsen (4:10)

Flowers in your hair-Lumineers (1:39)

Hold my hand- Hootie and the Blowfish (4:18)

Love like crazy-Lee Brice (3:35)

Is this love-Bob Marley (3:45)

Sea breeze- Tyrone Wells (3:57)

Making Memories of Us- Keith Urban (3:53)

Everything - Michael Buble (3:30)

Anywhere with you- Jake Owen (3:28)

You are the best thing- Ray LaMontagne (3:50)

Whatever It Is - Zac Brown Band (3:27)

So easy- Phillip Phillips (3:40)

Lucky-Jason Mraz (3:08)

I do- Colbie Caillat (2:52)

You and me- Dave Matthews Band (4:18)

Drunk on you- Luke Bryan (3:33)

= 1.8 hr

 

First dance

When you got a good thing - Lady Antebellum (4:55)

 

Father-daughter song

Tim McGraw - My Little Girl (3:35)

 

Mother-son song

My wish- Rascal Flatts (4:03)

 

Slow songs (dancing)

You and I - Crystal Gayle & Eddie Rabbit*dedicate to parents* (3:57)

I won't give up- Jason Mraz (3:58)

God gave me you- Blake Shelton (3:48)

 

Dance songs

Black Eyed Peas- I got a feeling (3:04)

Thrift shop- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (3:55)

Don't stop believing- Journey (4:07)

Give me everything tonight- Pitbull (4:12)

Tongue tied- Group love (3:38)

We speak no Americano- Yolanda be cool (3:56)

We Found Love-Rihanna (3:34)

Country Girl- Luke Bryan (3:44)

Fine by me- Andy Grammer (2:52)

Sweet Child O Mine - Guns n Roses

It's Time - Imagine Dragons

Call me maybe- Carly Rae Jepsen (3:12)

Tonight is the night- Outasight (3:10)

Sweet home Alabama- Lyndrd Skynrd (4:43)

Paper planes - M.I.A.

Party anthem-LMFAO (4:24)

I believe in a thing called love- The Darkness (3:35)

Billie Jean- Michael Jackson (4:53)

Feel so close- Calvin Harris (3:25)

Right round - Flo Rida (3:24)

Tequila makes her clothes fall off - Joe Nichols (3:16)

Without you- David Guetta & Usher(3:38)

Grease mega mix (4:47)

Fire burning- Sean Kingston (4:03)

Yeah 3x- Chris Brown (4:01)

Some Nights- Fun (4:34)

Sex on fire - Kings of Leon

Wild one- Flo Rida (3:51)

Rock your body- Justin Timberlake (4:21)

Say hey - Michael Franti (3:54)

Marry you - Bruno mars

I would do anything for you- Foster the people (3:35)

Beautiful - Akon

= 1.9 hr

 

Cutting cake

You got what I need- Josh Radin (3:01)

 

last dances

Shook me all night long- ACDC (3:30)

I don't want to miss a thing- Aerosmith (4:55)

 

3. There are speakers and microphones setup for the ceremony and reception (with iPod hook up)

 

4. Here is a map:

 

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5. We did a ring warming ceremony. Here is what was said:

Later in the ceremony _____ & _____ will exchange rings as a symbol of their love and commitment to one another. As the ceremony proceeds they would like to invite family and friends to take part in The Warming of the Rings. As the rings make their way through the group please take a quick moment to hold them, warm them with your love, and silently make a wish or ask a blessing for this couple and their future together. When these rings return they will contain your love and support for their union to keep it strong throughout the years.

 

The rings were tied together with a ribbon and passed down the aisles. While the rings were passed the officiant did a reading. This might be better for smaller groups though because we had 30 people and it still took some time.

 

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Thanks so much Mrsnova for your reply!  I love the idea of the ring warming ceremony and your playlist has been very helpful!  Did you or anyone else use the salon services for makeup and hair?   

 

Thanks again!

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Hey Everyone, just knew to this site, but getting married at the Barcelo Maya Tropical on May 1st, 2013.  We still have lots of planning to do as we are just working on the menu... A few questions for you gals.   1.  We've chose the Mint Breeze package and wondering about the reception and entertainment. We're planning on having supper, a few speeches and then not sure what we should do for dance.  Do others use the Mariachi Band if if so, what are your thoughts?  Anybody bring in any other entertainment or just use and iPod?  We are having around 60 people from Brazil and Canada, some old, some young.. 2. Anyone have a play list they'd like to share from the reception? 3.  Are microphones set up in the banquet hall and for the ceremony? 4. Does anyone have a good map of the resort to see where the beaches/ banquet halls are in relation to the Tropical? 5. We're having a symbolic ceremony. Any suggestions of something meaningful we could incorporate into the ceremony besides the sand ceremony? Thanks for the help everyone!! AM
We had the strawberry package but our timeline for the reception was a little different than some people. We had our intro as the married couple, first dance, cut the cake (for pictures) then sat down and had speeches/toasts done prior to dinner being served. Dinner was then served and then we partied! We used the iPod for our music and it worked perfect and was such a great inexpensive option! I will attach our playlists right away. We didn't do anything special at the ceremony, we had a Hands speech to be read but didn't know that the justice of peace used the Hands saying in his talking bit so we did without our speech. 400 400 400 (I've uploaded the playlist from my phone so if it doesn't work ill do it again and try a different way) Cheers! Happy planning!
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Originally Posted by Skbride View Post

 

Thanks so much Mrsnova for your reply!  I love the idea of the ring warming ceremony and your playlist has been very helpful!  Did you or anyone else use the salon services for makeup and hair?   

 

Thanks again!

Thank you and happy to help :)

 

I did not use the salon (did it myself with the help of my BMs) but I did see other brides getting their hair and makeup done at the salon and it looked good! They use MAC makeup and I have seen brides on here show pics and say that they did a good job. I got a manicure and it looked good but chipped within hours! All of ours chipped after it was completely dry so not sure if it was the humidity or something or the pollish they used...

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Does anyone know what the last part of the planning process (setp 8: rooms/day pass) is for? Is it just for outside vendors/guests or is for everyone on your guest list?

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Has anyone else had the wedding coordinator talk about FRUIT centerpieces? I definitely didn't discuss this with her prior (I have already picked my FLOWER centerpieces), so I thought it was super weird! If she wants to throw in fruit centerpieces too, that's great but if they aren't free...lol. Anyone else have this experience?

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Does anyone know what the last part of the planning process (setp 8: rooms/day pass) is for? Is it just for outside vendors/guests or is for everyone on your guest list?

Step 8 is if you have anyone that is not staying at the hotel that needs a guest pass and also if you have a vendor or something staying at the hotel I believe. Once you have completed those 8 steps your WC will then send you a separate spreadsheet for your guest list.

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Okay its been some time since I posted anything. I have been so focused on little details.

 

I have a few questions that I can't seem to find the exact answer to even after doing a search.

 

1. Negotiation on price - I get that they have to make money however, I do feel they nickle and dime you. I am bring 80 guests to this hotel all staying at the Palace for 7 -10 days. Has anyone had any lucky negotiating on the prices for anything?

 

2. Am I just not reading all this information correctly...not only do they charge you $66 per person over 15 (strawberry package) but then they also charge $15 per person for alcohol ???  My WC really has never made that clear on my spreadsheet of the price.

 

3. This outside vendor charge...do I have to pay $500 for my Photographer and $500 for my Videographer as well?

 

4. I did read somewhere that I don't have to pay for Adrian and his team to come on site as he includes that in his price and pays them ?

 

5. Are the 3 hours for the ceremony enough? What are suggestions to keep the price down

 

6. Rehearsal Dinner - is this something I get or do I have to pay for this as well ?

 

Sorry I'm just freaking out and I'm only 32 days away from the Wedding.

 

I am very fortunate that my parents are paying for my wedding however I don't want them to get down there and be like WTF are all these extra charges.

 

 

So Brides that have recently been married there or anyone who knows an answer please HELPPPPP

 

Thanks

Sam

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