We had the strawberry Passion package. It is the least expensive option if you want your reception to be in a beach or grill instead of a banquet hall.
I would choose the location as soon as possible and nail it down with Victoria because it is first come first serve and I don't want you to be dissapointed. They do receptions at coral beach as well but it is quite small there so your group would have to be around 50 people or less I think. Are all of your guests staying at the Palace? I can't be sure since I didn't use Coral Beach but if they are staying at the other hotels on the property they may have to pay a pass to get into the Palace and therefore Coral Beach, but I'd definately check with your WC on that.
There was no extra charge for my bouquet - as I mentioned I was really not picky about my bouquet and saw the white flowers I used in one of the binders in the wedding office once I was there (which worked out well because the white flowers were native to Mexico and I'd otherwise never have seen them). I wanted some colour mixed in and love hydrangea so that's what they did for me and I was thrilled.
I go tthe Huppah from Planner 1 as well because it was cheaper than the resort by about $150 or so.
We had our ceremony at 5pm and sunset was 7 pm so like you we had 2 hours from the start of the ceremony until sundown. The ceremony started a bit late we did end up feeling a little rushed, but we also had to get ourselves, our guests and the wedding party to the reception location on the other side of the resort which took time. Looking back though I don't think I would have changed the timing, only because the earlier in the day you go, the hotter it will be for your guests roasting on the beach!
Phew - sorry for the long reply!!!
Originally Posted by jess102784
You look absolutely stunning!! So happy that everything (minus the wind) went without a hitch for you!!
I do have a couple of questions for ya. What package did you use? When did you decide on the reception location? Claudia is my WC and we were in frequent communication and I had the beach at the Palace booked for a couple of months (well at least I thought). When I asked what the name of the beach was (Coral Beach), she asked me if I wanted to reserve it. Here I thought for months we had this location reserved (according to the title in our emails). I haven't yet discussed our reception location with her, and I wasn't sure if I needed to do this asap. Our date is December 1, 2011. I know you mentioned that your bridesmaid flowers were from an outside company, but was your bouquet part of your package and was there an upgrade? For the huppa is that the one that is about $400 from what I can remember? What time was your ceremony and did you feel that you had enough time from the ceremony, pictures and reception. Our ceremony is at 3pm in December and the sun begins to set at 5ish. Sorry for all the questions!! Thanks in advance!