Hello fellow brides,
I just got back from my wedding, and thought it's only proper to write a review right away, since I found it so useful to read other people's reviews when I was preparing for my own wedding.
My now husband proposed to me back in July, and we were married on January 31, 2014 at the Barcelo Maya Tropical resort. I sent out invitations mid August, and have them RSVP'd by mid November. We had 16 people in our wedding (very private), and used the Mint Breeze package. For the live music we used the Sax (it was accompanied by the keyboards, which was a bonus), it was absolutely amazing! we had 4 songs (one for the groom, and all the wedding party, one for me, one for the signing of documents, and one at the end; you can pick the timings yourself). For the songs I picked as follows: Songbird by Kenny G; Unchained melody; Besame mucho; and Somos Novios.. all very romantic, and brough both myself and my fiancee in tears.
The minister spoke perfect english, and the ceremony was very beautiful. We had the legal ceremony, and did the blood work and all at the resort. My experience was very pleasant, the best and the less painfull blood work I've ever had in my life! I didn't even notice a pinch!
Our ceremony was at sunset, started at 5, went on till about 5:35-5:40, then we had some shots by the beach (the ceremony location was Palmeras beach at the Tropical hotel). The hotel staff block off the beach area just for the wedding, so there's no one wandering out and about. There were few people on the beach, also looking, and taking pictures but didn't bother me at all!
We also had the cocktail (it's not included in the package), but since it was only $16/pp for an hour and we only had 16ppl it was well worth the money spent (they set up a bar, Mexican themed appetizers (we picked), and music; all included in the price! great deal i found!)
For the reception we have moved to one of the conference rooms. When my WC Tania showed it to me few days before I was a bit disappointed, as it seemed a bit too dark, but when we walked in on the wedding day, it was everything and more what I have ever pictured. They set it up so nicely, it's unbelievable the transformation effect the room had!
Our colors were hot pink and orange, my bridesmaids were in purple, so very vibrant!
If i can give you an advice is to spend money on Hupa! best decision I've made, those flowers were absolutely gorgeous, fresh!
My and my bridesmaids bouquets were beautiful, colors vibrant!
We used Styling trio to do our hair and make up. I found Adrian and his helper absolutely amazing! those guys did fantastic job and we looked like we walked off the magazine cover (but natural at the same time).
For the photos, we used Jaime Glez photography. I will shortly write a full review on him and his wonderful wife Magda. They were absolutely amazing and their prices are so reasonable for the quality and the amount of pictures you receive! He covered the getting ready, ceremony, coctails, reception, and the following morning we had the 3 hrs of sunshine pictures!) we got the best of both worlds getting the sunset and bright sun pictures!
Oh, one more thing, we used the hotel DJ. I didn't mind him personally, but my fiancee didn't like him at all. We gave him a list of songs we wanted, he only played 25% of them, the rest he picked himself, and they weren't that great. I have also asked him to MC couple of games during the reception, he said it was the first time he had to do those, but I give him props for trying and doing a good job at it.
I'm sure I will later think of something else, if you have any questions please ask, I'll be happy to answer!
Thank you so much for your post! So very helpful!
I too will be hiring the Styling Trio and an outside photographer. What did the resort charge you for them to be able to work on the grounds?
No problem. To those that requested the details I just sent them to your email. Just let me know if you cant open them,
I would be interested in the location options.
Got the email thank you so much!
I have booked my trip... its all paid for. Deposit deadline is Feb 1st for our guests.. that's why planning hasn't started yet. My travel agent is a destination wedding specialist who is going to be my middle woman when dealing with the W/C in mexico. I didn't bother sending invites. We made a webpage with all the info on it
I am in the middle of dress shopping mostly... we did pick the strawberry package.. looking like we are having about 35-40 people.... but we will know better by Feb 1st
I am excited to start planning!! October is so far away!
I am getting married in October 2014 at Barcelo Tropical. i am also from Vancouver and am using a planner here. I am using Marsha Steeves; how about you? I am getting a little frusterated as i havent even heard from the wedding planner and i am nervous that i wont get the reception location i want if we wait too long! I feel like i am in limbo just waiting to meet with her!
I am almost ready to fire and re-hire! Any suggestions?