So just finding the time to update on how our wedding went. The resort was amazinf, we stayed of course at the Palace, treated like royalty, and we have been to many wonderful places in Mexico, and this by far was the best.
As for hair and makeup, I 100% would pay the money and have someone off the resort come and do your hair and makeup, this was just my personla opinion, my hair was awful and there was a huge language barrier between myself and the hair dresser, plus extremeley expensive, and they charge extra for hair wash even though my hair was covered until the package I had. the only thing that bothered me is that I was not aware of this, I would have had my hair washed prior to going, 50 bucks!! Once I saw them do my friends makeup I opted out, way to heavy, yes I am picky, but honeslty it was drag queen style, too heavy. I went back to my hotel, started from the begining and put my own extensions in and did my own makeup. I really should have booked that guy, I don't have his name in front of me, but if you have been on this website, you will see it, yes he's expensive but it would be worth it, it is your wedding afterall, I really regret that.
As for the reception, we got the spot we wanted on the beach, expensive $3500.00 (strawberry pkg) which is what most people go with and they charged 300.00 US for every extra hour AND charged 66.00 US per person over the maximum number of 15. Unreal. So we only did 1 extra hour, because the package for this particular spot was very expensive as I mentioned. So wedding began at 5pm and ended at 9pm? If I had my time back and this is for all of the brides who are tyring to decide what to do and where to have it, i'm from Canada and I really wanted a relaxed beach wedding, so that's why we picked the spot we did, BUT haven been there and now wiser, I would have had my wedding ceremony on the beach, that was beautiful but then moved everything inside!! It was ++ windy and food was cold, and way too expensive. The banquets inside ware beautiful, warm and the party never ends, until you want it to, way cheaper!! And for those who plan on recording it, because of the wind we could not hear a thing! So have the ceremony on the beach and then move inside, my only advice:)
We brought our own photographer, only bc we researched the area and it seemed too high, 5500-8500.00 US? We did bring our own decorations, just a few things. they do decorate the tables, and it was beyond what I had expected! Also, my bouquet was unreal, just beautiful.
Our wedding coordinator was pretty good, I did feel however, everything was done on the day before the wedding, but whatever I guess. And it was slightly annoying that I said we did not want to do our own vows, and the coordinator was suppose to tell the minister, and he asked us to share our feelings from the heart in front of everyone, you can imagine our faces???
Anyway, all in all, unreal day, the only thing I would have changed as mentioned was to pay the money and have the guy come and do my hair and makeup, and would have had my reception inside rather than out, only bc of the price, the high wind.
Hopefully this helps, this was just off the top of my head, if anyone wants any more info let me know!! Barcelo Maya Palace is the BEST place to get married, unreal resort,,,,food incredible!!!