Originally Posted by julienelson0713
I'm getting married July 6, 2013 at the Barcelo Maya Palace and we're well into the planning! We picked the mint breeze package, with the ceremony at the gazebo and an inside reception (it's going to be hot and we have some older people attending who will appreciate the AC I think!!) I do have a few questions though!!
First, has anyone used the resort photographers? I didn't love the photos on their site, but it seems SO expensive to have to pay the $500 fee or book outside photographers for a night at the hotel. Is there anyone who used them and was happy with the pictures? If not, which photographers have people used? We want to stay around the $2000 range for photos...Any ideas??
Also, we have a group of 30 coming and I'm wondering what other small groups have done for a reception! I'd like to have the first dance, cut the cake etc, but I feel like with a small group you can't really do a big dance and reception that goes well into the night. Have other people gone to the resort bar to continue dancing etc? We have quite a few older people attending, who I think will probably want to head back to their rooms early, so I'm thinking only about 10-15 of us will still be up for celebrating into the wee hours of the night Anyone else have this experience?
Finally, did anyone bring some of their own decorations? Is the resort okay with this? My colours are coral and ivory, with the boys in a light khaki colour. None of the colours the wedding planner listed for me included coral, so I'm thinking I'll have to bring my own sashes for chairs etc. Anyone else have this issue?
Thanks for your help!!!!!
I am getting married March 1st (crazy how fast it goes!) and am also doing the mint breeze package.
I am using Juan Navarro for our photographer as well. It was worth it to pay the fee for me because photography is really important to us and did not like the resort photography at all. We skipped on other expenses like a huppa or arch at the ceremony and DJ.. I looked at it as the pictures will last forever and everything else is for 20 mins to a few hours! But like fireynurse said, its what is important to you!
We have 31 guests and I think it will be just enough to have a fun reception. We are doing all the traditional dances, cutting the cake and dancing. The only things we are not doing is garter & bouquet toss, mostly because I am not really a fan and there are like 6 single people coming lol. We plan to continue the party at the "disco" or wherever at the hotel after the 3 hour reception (I have read many other brides doing that on here).
I am bringing my own candles, starfish, and ribbon for my centerpieces and renting vases from the resort ($7 per vase). Wasn't worth the packing and likely breaking to bring my own. Here is a picture (minus the sand)..
I think a lot of brides bring their own decorations because it can be spendy to use the resorts. I also have a color scheme that I am not sure they had so I choose to go white for the sashes and such.
Good luck with everything!