Interesting - I would prefer to not move it to the club and find a place that can accommodate until about ~1am ...
There were a few weddings every single day that we were there, and most ended around 11 from what I saw. I'm sure the resort can accommodate a 1am wedding if you're willing to pay for the extra hours. We got married on the beach in front of the Barceló Maya Tropical (Playa Palmeras) this past April, and had a four hour reception from 7pm until 11pm. Most of the older folks went back to their hotel rooms after the reception and the younger crew went to Jaguars. It was pretty hopping there that night (a Thursday), however, I don't think Jaguars has air conditioning and we didn't really recognize any of the Mexican music that was being played. After a great reception (dancing outside in the sand with the wind blowing), Jaguars felt a bit stifling. So we stayed for a drink and then left to go hang out at the Palace lobby bar (which is air conditioned!).
One thing to keep in mind is that being outside in the sun and drinking/eating all day usually tires everyone out more than they realize!
We still haven't decided on a DJ or not. With only 20 max people coming (only 13 confirmed right now) it seems like a crazy amount of money to spend. I'm Canadian, so we have to add about 30% exchange rate to everything, and since we would want to add an hour onto the reception 1100+for a DJ for maybe only 14 people?? Hmmm... Not sure if it is worth it, but we don't want to seem cheap either because those 14 people have still come a long way!! ! We've discussed bringing a loaded up iPod and having someone supervise it for the evening. We have a friend staying at a neighbouring resort that is coming to the wedding, and she is travelling with a large group of friends that don't know us. She's offered up one of her friends to come and help operate the iPod and we would cover the resort day pass and dinner for him to attend and party with us. I'd rather spend that money somewhere else like pay for a cocktail hour the night before as a reception evening, or in some other way that everyone would enjoy. We are also a bit concerned about the quality of the music system they will set up for us to plug in the iPod. Gawd, I just don't know! We are still quite torn! I would love to hear what you all think as outsiders looking in, but people still very much in wedding and thoughtful planning mode!!!
We got married this past April and saved money by using an iPod and not the DJ. I'm so glad that we did it this way!
The hubby wasn't responsible for much of the wedding planning, except for the music list! He put together a few different playlists ahead of time (first dance song, dinner music, reception music) and I believe iTunes or whichever app he used even has a function where you can fade the songs into one another, just like what a DJ would do. He backed up the same playlists on his phone just in case.
We asked a younger tech-savvy wedding guest to man the iPod for us, but it wasn't really that much work. It helped that we made sure his seat was right beside the iPod station. When the MC announced our first dance, he just had to go to the "first dance" playlist and press play. Immediately after was the dinner playlist, and he just needed to press pause for a few speeches. If you make sure you have a great reception playlist, you can just let it play and no one should have to even touch the iPod the entire time!
The sound system they provided was great. We had no issues, and the music loud and clear.
Congrats @CellineSouza and thanks for posting those pictures, you made a beautiful bride!
How did you find eating outside? Was it windy at night? We are planning to have a beach cermony infront of the tropical resort, but worry it might be cool or windy. Right now I am making reception decisions with menu and tables etc. How was the food?
Are you writing a review? We would all love to hear more about your wedding it sounds perfect!
We got married in April and had our reception at Playa Palmeras beach. Keep in mind that the Mayan Riviera is always windy! However, because we got married in mid-April, it was a blessing in disguise. Without the wind, having a reception outside would have been unbearable because of the heat and humidity! All in all, the wind did not bother us at all, although my bridal hair was kind of a mess by the end of the night and people's speeches (on paper) were blowing everywhere!
Congrats on your upcoming wedding! I'll be there getting married a week before you and we will still be "hanging around" the resort on our honeymoon when you tie the knot too!
I'm getting married at 5:00pm because it should be a little cooler AND we want to take advantage of both the sun and the sunset pics as well.
I'll share some thoughts to your questions that you asked!
Reception length - The one constant I have read on this blog from bride after bride, regardless of how big or small their wedding is, is that three hours is NOT enough time for your reception as it goes by quickly! We are having an even smaller wedding (about 20 people) and the one thing I am investing in is adding an extra hour to the time. After that we have the option of moving to the disco but I don't want to break up the party earlier if people are enjoying themselves. Adding that enxtra hour willl take a bit of the rush out I think.
Reception location - it seems like brides tend to opt for the AC areas when they have elderly guests, etc that may need it more, but if that's not a concern for you then I think it's really about preference and what you envision from your day. If you consider a closed reception area without any windows then you could be just about anywhere for your reception instead of in Mexico ..... for us i think that we've all come to such a beautiful place for the wedding and I want to enjoy that fact right down to the last moment of our wedding day! I dont think I've read on here about any bride that has regretting their choice of a beach reception. Really its just about what you two want for your day!
Decorations - I am bringing just a few things down to enhance the table a bit: our wedding favours obviously, some table scatter (gems) that I purchased inexpensively online, rhinestone napking rings that a friend gave me, a dozen beautiful glass votives, battery operated candles (given the beach wedding location!) and small mirrors for the table that I plan on leaving behind. I decided that because i'm not bringing a whole lot of extras with me anyhow, I didn't want to spend 7.00 USD each [10.00 CAN] to rent a small plain glass candle holder for a few hours when I can just as easily bring some more beautiful ones with me in my carry on and leave them for my guests to take home if they wish. It cost me about 30.00 CAN to buy everything and to get exactly what I want instead of renting what I don't really want, so that just seemed like way more sense to me! We may buy some maracas when we get down there for the "shake and kiss" (Cheezy I know! But better sounding then the clinking of the glasses all night! haha!) but that's about all we are adding. Again, it all depends on what you want for your day! Many brides bring lots of items with them to fully complete their vision, and I think that is totally fine and wonderful because that's what they want.
Anyhow I hope this helps a llittle bit! I'm sure other brides can help you with your questions about the Spa accomodations and the live music, etc.
We got married this past April and thought I'd comment:
Reception length - agree with you! We had a four-hour reception from 7pm to 11pm and it was the perfect length.
Location - 100% agree! There was no way we were travelling all the way to Mexico to get married indoors! After the outdoor dinner, we all took off our shoes and danced the night away in the sand!! Yes, it was warm and windy, but sooo much fun and honestly, was one of the best and memorable parts of our wedding.
Décor - we hardly brought anything - just a few cheap IKEA frames to frame the table numbers, a seating list and name tags for the maracas (wedding favours). We bought the maracas at the resort.