Originally Posted by nicole80
Hey fellow Barcelo brides!!
I'm getting married November 7, 2012 and we are emailing back and forth with our WC. Only thing is, we can't decide on a ceremony venue. What do you ladies think...Palmeras Beach or Playa Azul? Any thoughts?
And to Joanna: those are AWESOME cake toppers! Love them
Our wedding (pictures are on my planning thread) we did the ceremony at Playa Azul, and reception at Playa Palmeras. In my opinion - it was perfect.
Playa Azul is really pretty, its at the end of the beach so there are far less people, there was a bit of a breeze because it was more open (for a late afternoon wedding). It also gave us some time for pictures etc, while everyone bussed back to the Palace.
We were initially going to have the reception there to - but it is quite a trek from the Palace, and I'm glad we didn't have it there - as I forgot a ton of stuff in our room (guest book, pashmina etc.). I have also heard that it can get more windy there in the evenings, and sad in food etc. has been an issue.
Playa Palmeras was a perfect reception ship, its located right in the no mans land between the Tropical and Palace - so it was literally 5 minutes back to our rooms in the palace (which was very handy for running back to get forgotten items). A few of our older guests retired a bit early, and they were able to just walk back quickly. The beach and walk ways really slow down at night, so you rarely saw anyone walking past. It is more sheltered, so we didn't really have an issue with wind.
I wouldn't want to have my ceremony there, as in the daytime - its right in the middle of the action. The Palmeras buffet is open during the day, so people are always going to get food, there are loungers all around you (and in that exact spot during the day normally) and people swimming in the ocean in front of you, pool behind you - just a lot of activity. If you were having a later wedding (5 or 6, Palmeras would probably be okay).
That is my opinion!