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Hello Iberostar Quetzal/Tucan brides! Congrats on your upcoming weddings! :) This post is for any brides interested in affordable unique decor for your big day.

 

I'm a newlywed from Vancouver, Canada that lives down here in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. I have quite a few decor items leftover from our wedding in May, mostly in a rustic vintage style. I've decided to rent things out to brides that don't want to lug things like vases & mason jars down here to Mexico, and have priced things quite fairly compared to the resorts' prices.

 

I have a lots of different types of bottles, mason jars, vases and lanterns, as well as a variety of other items like wooden signs & frames, table runners, rustic birdcages, string lighting and even a portable sound system. A lot of these items are very hard to find down here, and many brides have been happy to find my collection of wedding decor.

 

If you want a Style Me Pretty or Ruffled type of wedding in Mexico without a huge price tag, I'm your gal! So far no one has had to pay an outside vendor fee at all, as they tell their WC that they have brought the decor themselves. I'm also always interested in buying items that brides bring down and would like to sell after their weddings, please send me photos of anything you'd like to sell!

If you'd like to see some photos and a price list, please send me a PM with your email address and I'll send you all the info. Also if anyone has any questions about the area, ask away! I've lived in Playa Del Carmen for two years and know the whole coast quite well. Happy planning ladies!

 

Here's a couple of photos of some items we used in our wedding and that are for rent, but I have lots more:

 

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Just booked for Jan 2015... Thank you for all of the information you have posted on here, it really helped in deciding on the resort. 

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Deanne - we advise all our wedding couples that if photography is important to you, you will be Much Happier with a professional's work.

You just can't compare the results of a guy in a "Photographer" t-shirt with those of a professional who has the experience, knowledge, equipment, motivation, expertise and investment in ensuring your photos are the Best they can be!!!

 

Trace - you guys had such an amazing wedding! it was a real pleasure helping you capture your priceless "moments that matter" in a photo record to last your lifetimes - wishing you every happiness going forward in your lives together - Cheers!!!

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you can see their  Iberostar Quetzal/Tucan Wedding album here - enjoy! .....team MTM :)

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I posted on here last year but its been a while since I have checked in.  My wedding is April 24, 2014.  I haven't done anything as far as coordinating with the resort, just a couple emails back and forth with Connie.  I have had the photography packages emailed to me but I haven't booked them yet because I haven't decided which one I want.

Basically, I am waiting until all of my guests book to see exactly how many I have.  That has been the worst part.  SO many people are waiting until the last minute. :(

 

Right now we have 29.  I chose the Gold Star package with some add ons.  I want to have colored chair bows, some boutineers, bouquets for myself and bridesmaids, etc for the ceremony.  However, I do not need a full reception in a private restaurant because we are having an AHR. 

 

Did anyone else do this?  I also read somewhere that it said you must book a private restaurant for an extra $900 if you have more than 30 people.  Is there a way around this.  We may have 36 at the most and 3 of them are under 10. 

Do I arrange seating, centerpieces, table runners, etc for this?  Or is it decorated for us with the Gold Star package. 

 

I also am confused about coordinating music for the ceremony, the vows (do the ministers just do the same for everyone? is it in English?)  Do I meet with Alejandra and get all of that figured out once we get there?

 

Any answers to these questions would greatly be appreciated.  I'm starting to get nervous.   

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Hi Janet,

 

I'm at the resort right now, and my wedding is in two days!  Yikes!

 

Ceremony music - All you need to do is decide what songs you want, and put them either on an Ipod, USB or give them your computer.  Make sure all of the songs are in order.  Someone from the hotel will be in charge of playing the music.  (My fingers are crossed.

 

Ceremony - As I am doing a renewal of vows, my Mom will actually be performing the ceremony.  I put the entire script together from what I found on-line.  There's an amazing amount of websites devoted to both religious and non-religious wedding ceremonies.

 

Vows - We wrote our own vows (modeled from what we found on-line, and adapted to fit our own needs.

 

Decorations - If you don't want to pay massive amounts of money, I would try and arrange this well ahead of time.  (I'll write more about this later)

 

Alejandra - We met with her yesterday, and I'm definitely starting to feel a lot better about the whole thing.  I have found trying to get any advance communication with the resort to be extremely frusterating, especially when dealing with Connie, who doesn't seem to enjoy answering any e-mails.  Alejandra is much better.  I have also found that they don't volunteer any information what-so-ever unless you ask very specific questions.  I definitely have not been very impressed with the advance preparations within the last few months.  I'm starting to feel more confident now.

 

I have to run, but I'll write more later when I get a chance.

 

Deanne

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Hi Janet, it's me again,

 

Reception - I managed to get 21 people to come out to my wedding here, and I had been agonizing about the reception for months.  I had been told that in order to have a private reception, I needed 30 people, and an extra $990 over and above my gold star package.  Then I found out that we could book out the restaurant for four hours if we paid for a total of 30 people.  A few of my guests had also indicated that they would feel gypped if we didn't have a private reception.   We were still considering this option when I then asked about the sound system, which by the way wasn't included.  This would be an extra $50/per hour, as the sound system isn't included for the reception.  I was starting to see dollar signs floating away into the upper atmosphere.  

 

Finally in complete frustration (this was only last week, I might add) I asked what other people do when they don't have enough people to book out the restaurant for 4 hours.  It was only then that I was told that I had two other options.  I could throw a second private cocktail party for my guests.  It could either be at the disco (8:30 - 10:30, $450 including a DJ & Sound system) or it could be at the beach bar (also 8:30 - 10:30, $7/pp/ph National bar or $10/pp/ph International bar.  Sound system - $100)  For the number of people I have, the beach bar with the National bar & Sound system came to about the same amount of money as the disco.  We decided to do the beach bar because you can't beat the ambiance of being beside the ocean with the waves rolling in.  I really wish that they had told me about these options back in July when I was starting to worry about this!  I don't know about what happens if you have over 30 people if you absolutely HAVE to book out the restaurant or if the after cocktail party is an option.  

 

I hope this helps.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.

 

Deanne

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Deanne,

Wow you are soooo sweet to get back to me, especially in the process of being down there planning your own wedding!!!  By now I guess you are married.  CONGRATULATIONS!  I can't wait to hear all about it and see pics.  It sounds like you sorta have the opposite situation as what I have but your information was so helpful.  I have just sort of relaxed and told myself I may not have a lot of the answers until I get down there right before the wedding. 

Our situation is that we are having a HUGE AHR on June 14th in St. Louis, MO.  We want to do our first dance, cake, toasts, all of those fun post wedding moments on that day.  So, in Mexico, while we want to have a celebration afterwards we do not need a huge $990 reception with sound system and such.  This cocktail party may be an option for the $7/10 pp.  We wanted to have an area where we could hang out and drink up with an ipod and kick back but I don't know that I need the huge reception/sound system type deal.    UGH.  I don't know what to do.  

 

Would you mind telling me more about the other inclusions in the Gold Star Package.  What you added on?  What you didn't?  How much things were,etc.  Clearly I do not need this info until you get back and unwind.  Contact me when you are settled in at home.  Instead of typing it all out, maybe we can have a brief phone conversation. I would love to hear the details of your ceremony.  PM me and let me know.  Thanks so much for getting back to me and again, CONGRATS!!!!  :)

 

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@@Canadagoose actually I should be saying congrats on your renewal of vows!!!! Sorry!

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Hello

 

I think I might be the only guy on the board (might have to change my pic) but I had a couple questions for anyone who can help out. My fiance are planning on getting married at the Iberostar Tucan and I have just started to email Connie. We have not booked but are looking to do so within the next week or so.

 

So we are looking to have a full fledged reception and have dancing and drinks post dinner. Most likely we will have over 30 people so from what I am reading we will have to have a private reception (which is fine by us). We were looking at the dream wedding package because of the 4 hour reception but really dont want most of the other things on there. All we would really need is the gold wedding with a longer reception/dance.

 

So does anyone know if you can add on a longer recpetion to the Gold package and if so, what does the price look like. Also, has anyone hired a DJ at all? I really would not have to worry about the songs but can make it happen if need be.

 

Thanks for any feedback and info!

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