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Originally Posted by Kristina610 View Post

 

 

Hi Mellie, could you send me those pictures? Kartc02@sbcglobal.net

 

I have not seen any set up options and I am less then 3 weeks away..... Getting a little nervous

I just emailed you!

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Originally Posted by FireyNurse View Post

 

 

Our coordinator said that our non palace people could not drink at the palace between our ceremony at 3:00 and reception at 5:30 but then the day of the wedding she said our guests could drink at the pool bar at the palace at not cost to us.

There were different deals like that put forward by different resorts and flight companies when we booked, make sure you get the full details from your travel agent on what you get from her. Sometimes it's the resort and sometimes it's the flight company that puts on the deal.

Most of our guests stayed at the colonial and we had absolutely no issues hanging out with them all the time. We typically laid on the beach closer to the colonial and had no issue with that, if we stayed at the palace then the non palace guests would have to go to their pool bar to get drinks and as far as us palace guests went we didn't mind getting drinks at the pool bar, it made no difference to us.

 

I think you can still get married at playa Azul Beach there's just no palapa there, it is the beach furthest from the Palace, we were never interested in that beach for our ceremony or reception as it wasn't that spectacular to us. As far as the gazebo goes, I fell in love with it and HAD to get married there in it! No one stood around watching our wedding, they aren't seen in any of our pictures anyways, and in our video you can see people walk by but that's it. I know everyone says you'll never notice people looking and honestly you will not! People also move alone too! And don't be mistaken , people will also stand nearby or walk by on the beach too! I watched a speedo clad old man walk in front of someone's wedding ceremony on the beach twice! What a jerk!

Thank you!!!

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Originally Posted by cvincent84 View Post

 

Here's a question regarding outside vendors...

 

If people were wondering...I just booked an outside DJ, Discomovil (WAY cheaper then the resorts btw), and if you use their generator ($200) you do NOT have to pay an outside DJ fee. Their deposit was only $100 as well...kind of nice. We also booked an outside photographer, Ivan Luckie (his work is awesome)...and our option, like stated in here before, was paying either a fee of $500 or paying for a room for 2 nights (at ANY Barcelo resort). Obviously if you book at Barcelo Maya Beach, this option is quite a bit cheaper...around $300ish. So we are going with that option...however, I know this room is "supposed to" be for the photographer to use (right?)...but how does the photographer know if you paid the fee or booked the room stay? Couldn't one of my family member use that room we paid for? My step-dad is recently unemployed and I'm worried about how he'll be able to get to my wedding on a strict budget...this would help him if I paid for two of his nights with this room...does that make sense? What did other people do with that room they booked for the outside vendor? Did their photographers want to use it? Let me know! Thanks girls!

 

Also, if anyone wants more info on either the DJ or photographer let me know!

 

I'm working with Xhail right now in finalizing plans...including the dinner options, cake options, timing of events etc. She's been helpful, but yes, she takes awhile to answer your emails! So I have a lot of other information I can share if someone would like it!

 

Chels

Hi there! Just curious, how much was Discomovil?

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$5 per tree isn't bad, i'll pay that.  My fiance likes the idea of where the Coco beach is, so we've decided on that for ceremony and reception, he doesn't want to risk them putting us in a banquet hall. And we kinda thought if the reception was at the coral beach, tons of people would be walking by to go for dinner, as all the restaurants are up there, but the coco beach area is a bit more quiet at that time of night.  Do you have a photo of what your reception looked like? Or did you have a link to where you posted it. Sometimes I find the 400+ pages very overwhelming and hard to sift through, so I apologize if you've already posted it. 
Here are a few pics of our reception area, people can walk by but really we had no concern with people seeing us, we never noticed people in the darkness if they were watching. They aren't great but show a little bit 400 400 And if you see the pic back a page or so it shows our cake and you can see the tree wrapped in lights.
FireyNurse, you had your reception at Coral beach or Coco beach? I didn't know that there was a "coco" beach. I wasn't really given any options when it came to locations. Also, there is a picture on here of you and your bridal party toasting in a room. Do you mind me asking what that was for? Cocktail hour? Beginning reception? I saw a speaker in the picture so I was wondering what part of your wedding this was. Thanks!
We weren't given any option either, just placed at coral beach. The day of the wedding when they told me if it rained they'd move is inside I almost cried! I was begging for different options and was told Coco beach was available if I wanted it. It's immediately on front of the Coco bar at the pool of the Palace. As for the picture where we are toasting, that was after we walked back down the aisle from the gazebo and it's kind of an open area in the downstairs of the lobby.

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Originally Posted by mellie14 View Post

 

I emailed my WC Lillian and she sent me photos of some of the options for the ceremony.  I can send them to you if you would like.  She sent photos of coral beach and the beach in front of tropical (unsure of which beach it is). 

Could you email me the pictures as well? blueair1@gmail.com Thanks!!

 

I'm definitely doing the lights on the tree. I can confirm that the lights on the trees are $5 a piece. I think the way it looks is totally worth it! I'm also going to hang up puffy paper balls that I'll bring myself, Xhail told me would only be an extra $40 to put up. I saw them in someone elses pictures and it looked adorable.

 

It was mentioned in my email that white napkins are included in the package but if I wanted to do a color it would be extra, anyone know how much more? Also, I noticed in another picture on here, someone had the white tablecloths and then a smaller cream colored (that matched the ribbons on the chairs) tablecloth over the white for their reception tables. That looked really nice with the two colors, I am assuming that will cost extra as well (doesn't it all!). Anyone know anything about using a different color tablecloth?

 

One more question...I'm deciding on what I want to do for my centerpieces. What did other people do? I am thinking I want to bring my own, or at least bring parts of it myself since their options are kind of expensive. I feel like I could make a lot of their centerpieces for like $5 and not the $30 they are charging. Did anyone bring their own centerpieces to set up? Did you mail items to the resort prior to you arriving? I suppose mailing a big box of things can get expensive too so it's possible I may not even save that much money mailing the items. I want nice centerpieces but I don't think I'm willing to pay so much for them...just trying to cut costs where I can! Anyone have creative ideas about this?

 

I have pictures of the centerpieces they offer, pictures of the bouquets, and meal options so far if anyone needs them! Let me know!

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Originally Posted by mellie14 View Post

 

I emailed my WC Lillian and she sent me photos of some of the options for the ceremony.  I can send them to you if you would like.  She sent photos of coral beach and the beach in front of tropical (unsure of which beach it is). 

Could you email me the pictures as well? blueair1@gmail.com Thanks!!

 

I'm definitely doing the lights on the tree. I can confirm that the lights on the trees are $5 a piece. I think the way it looks is totally worth it! I'm also going to hang up puffy paper balls that I'll bring myself, Xhail told me would only be an extra $40 to put up. I saw them in someone elses pictures and it looked adorable.

 

It was mentioned in my email that white napkins are included in the package but if I wanted to do a color it would be extra, anyone know how much more? Also, I noticed in another picture on here, someone had the white tablecloths and then a smaller cream colored (that matched the ribbons on the chairs) tablecloth over the white for their reception tables. That looked really nice with the two colors, I am assuming that will cost extra as well (doesn't it all!). Anyone know anything about using a different color tablecloth?

 

One more question...I'm deciding on what I want to do for my centerpieces. What did other people do? I am thinking I want to bring my own, or at least bring parts of it myself since their options are kind of expensive. I feel like I could make a lot of their centerpieces for like $5 and not the $30 they are charging. Did anyone bring their own centerpieces to set up? Did you mail items to the resort prior to you arriving? I suppose mailing a big box of things can get expensive too so it's possible I may not even save that much money mailing the items. I want nice centerpieces but I don't think I'm willing to pay so much for them...just trying to cut costs where I can! Anyone have creative ideas about this?

 

I have pictures of the centerpieces they offer, pictures of the bouquets, and meal options so far if anyone needs them! Let me know!

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Originally Posted by FireyNurse View Post

 

 

Here are a few pics of our reception area, people can walk by but really we had no concern with people seeing us, we never noticed people in the darkness if they were watching. They aren't great but show a little bit

400

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And if you see the pic back a page or so it shows our cake and you can see the tree wrapped in lights.

We weren't given any option either, just placed at coral beach. The day of the wedding when they told me if it rained they'd move is inside I almost cried! I was begging for different options and was told Coco beach was available if I wanted it. It's immediately on front of the Coco bar at the pool of the Palace.

 

As for the picture where we are toasting, that was after we walked back down the aisle from the gazebo and it's kind of an open area in the downstairs of the lobby.

Looks great! I'm totally happy with that location :) Thank you for the photos. 

 

Love your bride and groom signs! 

 

Do those big lights come with the package? 

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Sorry for the double post yesterday! Oops!

 

I came across another question regarding outside vedors. Sounds like I will be booking two nights at Barcelo Beach for my outside photographer fees, cheaper then the $500 fee for sure. However, with the photography package I booked, I'm going to have two photographers. Does that mean, when booking those two nights at the Beach, I need to pay for TWO adults and not one? Because that makes the price go up quite a bit I just realized. I'm guessing I will need to do that so both photographers can be in the resort without having to pay for a day pass as well. I'm just wondering what other people did if they had more then one outside photographer at their wedding.

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You will need to pay for the 2 adults..... Such a scam, if u can wait try And wait for Barcelo days. I just got married there July 5 and I booked my photographers in to the beach for 330usd and they got a free upgrade to colonial. Any questions please do not hesitate to ask!

Sorry for the double post yesterday! Oops! I came across another question regarding outside vedors. Sounds like I will be booking two nights at Barcelo Beach for my outside photographer fees, cheaper then the $500 fee for sure. However, with the photography package I booked, I'm going to have two photographers. Does that mean, when booking those two nights at the Beach, I need to pay for TWO adults and not one? Because that makes the price go up quite a bit I just realized. I'm guessing I will need to do that so both photographers can be in the resort without having to pay for a day pass as well. I'm just wondering what other people did if they had more then one outside photographer at their wedding.

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