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#3221 NIKKI2013

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    Posted 25 July 2012 - 05:50 AM

    Originally Posted by mrsnova 

    Yea looks like ill have to pay the $500 fee :(. On the upside, I have been doing a lot of research and have found some photographers that offer packages that even with the $500 fee would only be a few hundred more and some even had another hour of photography! Has anyone used or heard anything about Juan Navarro or Blue Lens Caribe? They had better portfolios than barcelo experience but still affordable. I loved Claudia and Ivan (which all got good recommendations on here) but they were a little out of my budget:(. mrs

    mrsnov- I am getting married at the Palace Deluxe on 3/22/13 and asked my WC about the $500 fee and she said it is waived if you book a 2 nights for the photographer. You can book any Barcelo hotel which would be cheaper than paying the $500 fee. On your wedding day anyone that is a guest staying that at a different Barcelo is allow to be at the wedding at no additional charge. That would include the photographer. I have also read that some brides booked only one night for the photographer and the the WC never questioned them. I dont know if that is a chance you are willing to take but I thought I would just mention it. Also I was going with the mint breeze package as well and to have my reception outdoors I had to change to Strawberry package. I have read in a previous post as well that a bride had the mint breeze and said the pesto chicken was amazing...?



    #3222 NIKKI2013

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      Posted 25 July 2012 - 05:55 AM

      Does anyone know why the Mint breeze package is only $27.00 a person after 20 and the Strawberry passion package is $66.00 a person after 15 people? Why is there such a big jump in price? What do the guest get more of for the price to jump big of a difference? I have asked me WC twice and still no response to I was wondering if anyone that has had their wedding at the Palace or is about to could answer that question. Do the guest get a better selection of food? Desserts?



      #3223 danandjamie

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        Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:01 AM

        Originally Posted by NIKKI2013 

        Does anyone know why the Mint breeze package is only $27.00 a person after 20 and the Strawberry passion package is $66.00 a person after 15 people? Why is there such a big jump in price? What do the guest get more of for the price to jump big of a difference? I have asked me WC twice and still no response to I was wondering if anyone that has had their wedding at the Palace or is about to could answer that question. Do the guest get a better selection of food? Desserts?

        strawberry passion allows you to have a beach reception where the mint breeze does not. 



        #3224 NIKKI2013

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          Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:34 AM

          Originally Posted by danandjamie 

          strawberry passion allows you to have a beach reception where the mint breeze does not. 

          Is that all the difference? Is the menu different than mint breeze?



          #3225 mrsnova

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            Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:49 AM

            Originally Posted by NIKKI2013 

            mrsnov- I am getting married at the Palace Deluxe on 3/22/13 and asked my WC about the $500 fee and she said it is waived if you book a 2 nights for the photographer. You can book any Barcelo hotel which would be cheaper than paying the $500 fee. On your wedding day anyone that is a guest staying that at a different Barcelo is allow to be at the wedding at no additional charge. That would include the photographer. I have also read that some brides booked only one night for the photographer and the the WC never questioned them. I dont know if that is a chance you are willing to take but I thought I would just mention it. Also I was going with the mint breeze package as well and to have my reception outdoors I had to change to Strawberry package. I have read in a previous post as well that a bride had the mint breeze and said the pesto chicken was amazing...?

             

            Unfortunately the hotel changed their minimum night stay to 3 nights (don't know if this is starting in 2013 or is just the time of year my wedding is). So it is cheaper to pay the $500 than 3 nights. 

             

            Yea its a bummer to have to have the reception indoors with the mint package but because we will have around 50 guests it was just too much with the strawberry package to add all the extra people! So we decided to make the best of it and hey its only 3 hours of your whole trip and you will be on the beach the rest of the time and it will be air conditioned :).  The pesto chicken did sound good a safe choice for all guests, unfortunately I have nut allergies and usually pesto is off limits for me.


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            #3226 MexicoHereICome

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              Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:52 AM

              Originally Posted by NIKKI2013 

              Is that all the difference? Is the menu different than mint breeze?

              The menu is different for the Strawberry package...Chose one from each catogoey.

               

               

              SALADS Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Pesto Dressing Sea Scallop and Mango Ceviche, Key Lime Essence Thai Roast Beef and Cucumber Salad, Onion ringd Curried Marinated Chicken and Tomato Salad Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado Slices and Cilantro Proscciuto Ham in Crispy Grissini  
              SOUPS Genovese Minestrone Soup with Garlic Croutons Asparagus Soup Chicken and Lemon Soup from Merida Onion Soup, with Gruyere Cheese Crostini Lobster Bisquet  
              MAIN DISH Grilled Portobellos and Chicken Breast Pan Seared Fish Medallion, Parmesan Cheese Risotto, Asparagus and Red Bell Pepper Coulis Terriyaki Beef Tips and Vegetables, Chorizo and Potatoes Sofrito Beef tenderloin Wellington Surf & Turf ( Beef tenderloin with Lobster tail) Grilled Lamb Chops, soft Polenta, Red Onion marmalade, Balsamic Vinager Sauce  
              DESSERTS Sweat Creme Brulee Caramelized Apple Fruit Cocktail Luke Warm Half Baked Dark Chocolate Fondant Three Chocolate Mousse Strawberry Cheese Cake White Chocolate and Raspberry Tiramisu


              #3227 mrsnova

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                Posted 25 July 2012 - 08:00 AM

                Originally Posted by NIKKI2013 

                Is that all the difference? Is the menu different than mint breeze?

                From reading on here it looks like the menu is different with the mint and strawberry. Here was the menu that my WC sent me and at the top it says "Banquet Room Menu" (sorry it copied weird). And I have been seeing people talk about surf and turf options and lobster bisque, etc which is likely the strawberry package. We aren't too worried about the food because people can eat at the resort elsewhere before/after if they don't like it hehe :D. Too hard to please everyone with 50 + guests and no option to have choices for them. 

                 

                Also the strawberry package includes a mani/pedi and makeup and hair for bride at the resort spa. 

                 

                Not sure if this attachment will work, but I found this on here somewhere. It is a comparison of the wedding packages done by a very organized bride :)

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                SALADS Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Pesto Dressing Cesar Salad Sea Scallops Salad with Lime Vinagrette Curried Marinated Chicken and Tomato Salad   DESSERTS Creme Brulee Luke warm half baked dark chocolate fondant Fruit Cocktail with Tequila and Mint Fruit Jelly Milk Caramel Spring Roll   VEGETARIAN MENU Mixed greens, Tequila Margarita Dressing Asparagus Soup Grilled mediterranean vegetables with Balsamic Dressing ( Red Bell Pepper, Yellow Pepper, Mushrooms, Zucchini and Eggplant)   SOUPS Genovese Minestrone Soup with Garlic Croutons Asparagus Soup Lime Soup with Lime Onion Soup, Gruyere Cheese Crostini   MAIN DISH Pesto Marinated Broiled Chicken Risotto, Asparagus and Red Bell Pepper Coulis Glazed Pork Chops in Old Mustard Sauce Beef Tenderloin Pepper and Citric Crusted Rack of Lamb with mashed Potatoes   BANQUET ROOM MENU

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                #3228 kbrandriet

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                  Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:36 AM

                  Thanks for the pictures! Did you do linen pants for the groomsmen? I am thinking that's what I want to do but then people say they will wrinkle bad which I know they do but did you seem to have a problem with that if your groomsmen wore linen?



                  #3229 MexicoHereICome

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                    Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:40 AM

                    Originally Posted by MexicoHereICome 

                    The menu is different for the Strawberry package...Chose one from each catogoey.

                     

                     

                    SALADS Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Pesto Dressing Sea Scallop and Mango Ceviche, Key Lime Essence Thai Roast Beef and Cucumber Salad, Onion ringd Curried Marinated Chicken and Tomato Salad Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado Slices and Cilantro Proscciuto Ham in Crispy Grissini  
                    SOUPS Genovese Minestrone Soup with Garlic Croutons Asparagus Soup Chicken and Lemon Soup from Merida Onion Soup, with Gruyere Cheese Crostini Lobster Bisquet  
                    MAIN DISH Grilled Portobellos and Chicken Breast Pan Seared Fish Medallion, Parmesan Cheese Risotto, Asparagus and Red Bell Pepper Coulis Terriyaki Beef Tips and Vegetables, Chorizo and Potatoes Sofrito Beef tenderloin Wellington Surf & Turf ( Beef tenderloin with Lobster tail) Grilled Lamb Chops, soft Polenta, Red Onion marmalade, Balsamic Vinager Sauce  
                    DESSERTS Sweat Creme Brulee Caramelized Apple Fruit Cocktail Luke Warm Half Baked Dark Chocolate Fondant Three Chocolate Mousse Strawberry Cheese Cake White Chocolate and Raspberry Tiramisu

                    Sorry I didn't state this is the Strawberry Package



                    #3230 danandjamie

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                      Posted 25 July 2012 - 11:18 AM

                      Originally Posted by NIKKI2013 

                      Is that all the difference? Is the menu different than mint breeze?

                       

                      sorry the menu is different as well.

                       

                      For us, the beach reception was a must. I completely understand if people don't have the extra money to do it.  Even though with 71 people it cost us an extra $3K-$4K we felt like people sacrificed so much time and money to be there that they deserved something spectacular. Plus, it's pretty cool to say you had a reception on the beach :) 

                       

                      Hint: If you're struggling with paying for the wedding Capital One has a 15 month 0% interest credit card with no APR. It also has no international transaction fees. We swiped our whole wedding and divided it by 15. Made life a lot easier.  




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