chasingjaime, no need to apologize for the questions. That is why this forum was created!
Our ceremony was at Coral Beach (4:00 pm) and our reception was at Playa Azul (6:30 pm). We LOVED them both! Coral Beach is at the north end of the beach and it is pretty solid and rocky in some areas. This is great because no one sunbathes there so you do not have half-naked gawkers staring while you get married. This is also a great location because the reservation restaurants are located on this end and they do not open until 5:30 pm so you do not have people passing by on their way to eat. Playa Azul was perfect for our reception because by the time we had our reception, it was dark and all beach-goers had left the area. There are also no restaurants near the beach there so you have no traffic going by or interrupting what should be a private party. I am not sure where Playa Palmerus is located, however, once the sun started setting, the beaches started to become deserted so I would not worry that there will be people there for your reception. What I can tell you is that the beaches further north of Playa Azul do have passersby, but I think that people are very respectful when walking by and it seemed that the wedding party had no idea of what was going on around them as they were having too much fun.
As for the wind, there was a little wind for our wedding but nothing too bad. It actually made for a sweet moment during our ceremony as the wind blew some of my hair in my face (I wore my hair down) and my husband swept it back. We have that on our wedding video and I love it! There was a light wind during our reception as well but really nothing too bad.
I was worried about the lighting at Playa Azul and we asked for some additional lights (we requested 10 extra lights) and the lighting wound up perfect. I have to admit that I do not remember if I posted pictures from the reception so let me know and I can send to you so you can see the lighting.
Carey bar is the best option since it is right next to Coral Beach. Coco Bar closes early - like around 4:00 or so - so you cannot rely that it will be open after your wedding ceremony. Also, the Carey Bar has a beautiful balcony overlooking the ocean and beach so your guests can sit outside, have a drink and there are also snacks available there.
We had the Strawberry Passion package so my husband and I were upgraded as part of the package automatically. It was nice as we went there to make restaurant reservations, they were always less busy than the Front Desk for any questions or concerns and they also had drinks, snacks, and computers available there for use. None of our guests got the upgrade but they really did not care. Only one guest had an issue and I was able to resolve it for her at the Front Desk but would have gone to the Premium Club if the Front Desk hadn't been able to assist. We used the Premium Club for lots of things but the concierge service was used by our guests and they thought that worked well for them.
Good luck planning!
Originally Posted by chasingjaime
Great tip about the Unofficial Barcelo website @brenners, thank you so much! We wanted to make a bar menu sign, so we'd like to get the drinks sorted out before we land.
From your planning thread, it looks like Iâ€™m having a very similar wedding to yours - ceremony at Coral Beach (3:45pm), reception at Playa Palmerus (6-11pm). How did you like those locations? Any suggestions/recommendations based on your experience? How was the wind factor, both during the day and at night? And was the lighting situation okay for the reception, or did you have to order more? I was a bit concerned that noise and party crashers/gawkers could be a problem with the reception being so close to the Palace, but I suppose every location has it's positive and negative points.
I'm not planning a cocktail hour but we want to instruct our guests to places they can go for a drink. Everyone talks about the Carey Bar...how about the Coco Bar? Is that a good place to go for a snack and a drink, or do you think thereâ€™s better options?
Also, did you get the Club Premium upgrade? If you did, was it worth it? We're really torn about this upgrade - especially since most of our guests probably won't get it.
Sorry for all of the questions!