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If there is anyone out there who has picked the RIU Rivieria Maya Palace please be in touch with me. We booked for Feb 5, 2009 and am wondering about the DJ/dancing after the reception dinner- if you did this why or why not and was the open bar included? Any other helpful tips are much appreciated.

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Jaime
Yes, Josie, my daughter just got married at the RIU Palace Riviera Maya on 11-28-2009. It was spectacular. We had 55 people total and had our reception dinner at Bota Fogo at 6:30 pm. The wedding was at 3:00pm. We had a complimentary cocktail party from 4:00 to 6:30, at La Habana Bar (The gorgeous Hotel Lobby Bar) We added full bar service to our reception package for $442.00. Well worth it although if you can't afford it, your guests can step right outside the restaurant to the outdoor theater bar for free, but then they have to leave the reception and it could break up the action. Our total cost for the Caprice Package with full bar and DJ from 6:30 to 11:30 (we added an extra hour of DJ services because we didn't want the party to break up at 10:30. We also asked Bota Fogo to stay open the extra hour and they said no problema... we just tipped the waiters a lot of extra cash for working overtime.) but the total for every single thing including the Caprice Package was $5,700. This also included a lot of extra flowers, fancy flowers for the bridesmaids etc. We had tropical flowers at the foot of every row of chairs....just a lot of random extras we wanted and let me tell you. It was the most spectacular, beautiful, amazing wedding anyone had ever seen. People were literally freaking out over how fantastic it was. The food was scrumptious. People say don't worry about the cake because they have a lot of extra desserts but let me tell you we got the Chocolate Raspberry Cake with white frosting and it was the most delicious cake EVER. Our DJ was a total crack up!! He came ready to party his head off!! No one left the dance floor all night long. Josie and Jason got married in the gazebo... perfecto because it was a lot more private but we saw an actual beach wedding and it was gorgeous too, but windy...so it was hard to hear the vows. I would be happy to show you the pictures and we could have done it for a lot less money. We could have gotten by with a perfectly nice serviceable and beautiful wedding for about $3500 but the DJ was well worth the money as were all the extras we decided to splurge on. The RIU bends over backwards to make everything just wonderful. One suggestion... tell your guests to book their rooms on the 3rd floor... or on the top floor (in some sections of the hotel the 2nd floor is the top floor... but get the top floor whatever you do. The hotel is noisy and it is hard to sleep unless you are on the top floor. Plus the views from the top floor are much much better. This is a super easy hotel to navigate so if you have seniors or disabled guests... elevators and ramps go everywhere. Pictage Slideshows

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Oh, I took pictures of Chili's, La Habana, Bota Fogo, Don Manolo's etc. I can try to email them to you if you want to look at them. If you have a small wedding party, you can do a semi-private reception at Chili's which is a beautiful venue but they won't let you do it till 8:30pm. We didn't want to have our reception that late. Oh and believe me... The Welcome dinner is almost as wonderful as the reception. When we arrived for the Welcome Dinner at Don Manolo's they had segmented off a private area and had it decorated just like a wedding reception. Since we had seen a previous wedding earlier that day, I thought the dinner was the actual reception for that wedding because the decorating was so elaborate!! Nope.. THAT was our WELCOME DINNER.. They even had a head table for it.!!

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Happy holidays to all :)

 

KimmyG - yes, the RPRM has free wireless internet in their lobby area. You can even pick up a signal in the Habana lobby bar.

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hi ladies,

i hope you all had a great day yesterday.we normally entertain everyone so to go to my mums and come home and veg at 6pm was nice for a change.fi is back at work today then he has 3days off so the plan is not to do anything.

 

lisa,hope your ok have you got time off work?

 

josie,silly random question.your lashes look great did you wear falsies?did they put them on at the spa for you?i have got some but i have never put them on before.

 

susan,thanks for the info the slideshow is great.you should be proud of your girl.

 

happy holidays ladiesxxx

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hi ladies,

i hope you all had a great day yesterday.we normally entertain everyone so to go to my mums and come home and veg at 6pm was nice for a change.fi is back at work today then he has 3days off so the plan is not to do anything.

 

lisa,hope your ok have you got time off work?

 

josie,silly random question.your lashes look great did you wear falsies?did they put them on at the spa for you?i have got some but i have never put them on before.

 

susan,thanks for the info the slideshow is great.you should be proud of your girl.

 

happy holidays ladiesxxx

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well we are fighting them for the photos.fi spoke to them and they are coming back to us.

i have attached a bd teaser.its not the best but its the only one i have.hopefully she might give me some more on sunday when i meet her.

lisa,i will have a look for you.

its snowed here today its so damn cold.bring on the mexican heat.
http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/a...k/IMG_3338.jpg
Your fi is going to love it, your photographer did a great job! You look hot!

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