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#2201 Avens

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    Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:16 AM

    Originally Posted by JoanneIreland 

    Congratulations Celina!! So delighted that you had a great wedding day. Congrats on becoming a Mrs! Enjoy the rest of your stay and then hurry home safely to give us the full review!!


    #2202 KD79

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      Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:16 PM



      I am getting married on May 12, 2011 at the palace. We have approximately 30 people and chose the Mint Breeze package. We've been trying to keep things simple but I just couldn't go with the new photo company at the resort.  It seemed very expensive for the product you get.  We tried to work with them and didn't get very far. I am going with William Sanchez instead. He was recommended by Ivan Luckie and has been great to deal with.  I have to spend approx. $500.00 for a two night stay for him (barcelo policy) as he has to travel quite a distance so the $300.00 fee wasn't an option. He wont even use the spare room the 2nd night. Has anyone managed to get around this with the hotel?

      I am not splurging on any make-up artists or extras as we are having a fairly large after-the-fact party when we return that I must be financially concious of. I have not pre-booked any spa services or wedding day hair etc. and hope its all ok that I do that all when I get there.  Apparently my wedding coordinator just had a baby. I wasn't notified she was off but Claudia has been covering.

      I have enjoyed reading everything on this blog it is so helpful thank you.  I do have some information on currency I got from my travel agent I will try to post here if I can figure it out.

      #2203 KD79

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        Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:29 PM

        I am getting married May 12th, 2011. I am trying to keep things simple but just couldn't go with hotel's photography I am going with William Sanchez. I have to pay for two nights (approx. $500 U.S.) for him to stay at the hotel. The $300 fee wasn't an option because he has to travel. I am pretty frustrated the hotel makes brides do this. 


        Here is the information I got re currency from my travel agent:


        The Mexican Government passed a new law which goes into effect in Mexico
        beginning September 14, 2010. With this new law, the use of American Dollars
        (CASH) to make purchases in Mexico will not be as free as it has been in the past.
        Many repeat guests to Mexico who have become accustomed to freely using
        American Dollars (CASH) in Mexico will notice the difference. Other payment
        methods such as credit cards of all types and all issuing banks, Travelers Checks,
        Mexican pesos and non-American foreign currencies (such as Euros or Canadian
        Dollars) are not affected in any way by this new law.
        The most noticeable differences to Apple Vacations’ customers will be:
        • Hotels and Exchange Booths will only be able to change a maximum of
        $1,500 USD CASH per person per month into Mexican Pesos. Previously
        there was no limit.
        • Businesses (including Amstar DMC in Mexico) will only be able to accept a
        maximum of $100 USD CASH per transaction - but the number of transactions
        per customer is not restricted.
        • Certain businesses may not be able to, or may choose not to accept American
        Dollars for any purchase at all (this may include shops, etc).
        If a customer wants to purchase an excursion (for example) that costs $139 US
        dollars per person, he/she will only be able to pay $100 of this amount in USD
        CASH and the remainder will need to be in another form of payment (credit
        card, Mexican pesos, etc).
        Vacationers should never carry large amounts of American dollars with them to
        Mexico, but instead they should consider either using a Credit Card, taking or
        locally withdrawing Mexican Pesos, or use Travelers Check’s (of any currency).



        Cheers, K


        #2204 JenRZ

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          Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:34 PM

          I was just at the Barcelo less than a month ago. Paying with American money didn't seem to be an issue. I'm getting married in July and as far as I know cash seems to accepted.

          #2205 JenRZ

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            Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:35 PM

            I have Claudia on hold for my wedding. When I get my confirmation I plan to book her for sure! She sounds great. Congrats! Hope I get lucky with the weather too.

            #2206 sfrench0621

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              Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:13 PM

              Was going through and cleaning out my computer and found my pre-wedding newsletter from my wedding last year and figured I'd post it in case anyone is interested. Borrowed a lot of ideas from other girls newsletters in creating mine. Hope this will be helpful to some of you!








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              #2207 ashfrylund

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                Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:40 PM

                who was your wedding planner that is now off?

                #2208 KD79

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                  Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:49 AM

                  They told me Xhail had a baby (congrats) and wouldn't be back until March or so.

                  #2209 FutureMrsG

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                    Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:02 PM

                    A few comments:


                    - I started looking at this site in Dec of 2009 and people were having trouble contacting their coordinators then.  It's just something you need to accept if you are getting married at Barcelo.  I maybe had 5 emails from Barcelo total throughout the planning process (I sent them much, much, much more)  and was one of those people who basically planned my wedding on the spot.  My wedding was not perfect, but it would have been in far worse shape if I was unorganized.  If you are lucky enough to actually get e-mail responses from your coordinator before the wedding, print them and bring them to your meeting.  Make a list of everything you want and need to talk about at your meeting.  Bring your program and photos of things that you really want (like flowers).  Have a timeline of the day.  I know most of you are already on board with this, but I was sitting next to people at the wedding office who were not doing these things.  I can tell you many things would have fallen through the cracks had I not been proactive enough to have my "wedding folder" with me.  Also, if you reeaaallly need a quick answer to your questions, just call the resort by phone.


                    - I had no issue paying with USD anywhere.

                    #2210 michelle2011

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                      Posted 04 February 2011 - 04:13 AM

                      Girls how much do the hotel charge for use of the chair covers and sashes? I'm wonder if i should bring my own? Thanks

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