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The semi-private reception won't allow you to have a DJ at the restaurant... you can rent the Riu Tequila Disco for $1300 and go after dinner, but it's at the RIU Tequila, a different resort.


You can have the DJ in the restaurant for the private reception, ($1700) but the resort won't let you have a private reception unless you have more than 60 people I think.


Not sure about the child care!

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hi everyone I was very quite here but now my big day is comming up so I have a few questions.


1.is new WC email is still the same as Ael's as mice.plc@riu.com

2. how to pick a DJ?


thank you

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Hello brides!

I am so happy to see this forum... I am getting married at RIU RM January 28, 2011 and am definetly feeling stressed about many of the same things (some I have not even thought of yet!). We are still in the process of sending out save-the-dates and I'm stressed that by the time people book prices will be higher. Apparently January is the most expensive time to go to Mexico?!? Wish I had known. Maybe we will only have like 10 people. That's totally fine though.


So I have a general destination wedding question... I know I was supposed to send save the dates like 8 months in advance, but we weren't engaged yet... when did you all send Invites? And did you ask for the RSVP earlier so you could plan better? I have heard its okay to ask ahead of time for DW but not sure how to go about it.


Can't wait to hear more about your weddings!



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Staciey, there is only one option for the dj. The WC will ask you if you want to have a private reception and that includes the dj and private reception.


SCarp-You should read through this forum, we've all read through it from beginning to end and it will have a wealth of information. I sent my STD's out about 10 months early and I did an RSVP with my STD's so I had an idea of how many people were thinking of coming. I am not doing invites though, next month I am send out pre-travel brochures and luggage tags to those that have booked. If I were you maybe you should just do invitations now. Also, my FI and I stayed at the RIU in January 2009 and it was slightly more expensive then what we are paying for November this year. It really isn't that much more to be honest...maybe at the most $100-200 more for the week. It's a great time to go, much cooler temperatures! I would have done it at the time again, but then we would have been engaged for a 1 and half and I wanted to get married sooner.

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Staciy2000 - I was actually in contact with Nancy yesterday and she did respond from the email you asked about - mice.plc@riu.com


I found out that the resort does offer babysitting for ~$10 usd. I also found out that the RPRM is now offering private beach receptions...have any of you heard of this? I emailed Nancy to ask what happens after dinner if we were to have a semi-private reception - they said we could go to one of the hotel bars or over to one of the Dicsos. I guess we can go to the Disco at Riu Tequila for a non-private reception or go to the Disco at Riu Yucatan and rent it for a private reception. So then I asked what were the options for a private reception/minimum numbers/etc and was informed (Nancy's exact email said):


Regarding private receptions, ...you have the option to upgrade your semiprivate dinner for a private one:

- on the restaurant: 20 usd extra per person (minimum of 45) this could be arranged from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Regular menu of the Restaurant
- on the beach: About 65 usd per person (minimum of 40). Depending on the set up you would like and the menu.
In both you have option for DJ (extra charge)


Have any of you heard about the 'on the beach' receptino before???

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Stephanie - we sent out our Save the Dates about a year in advance and were originally planning to send out our invites 2-3 months before the wedding (mid to late January). We are getting married April 9, 2011. I thought if I sent the save the dates out with enough information that people would go ahead and book (or at least think about booking) before the actual invites came out - but in conversation wtih a lot of people recently they just don't seem to get it. They are waiting for the actual invites to arrive. So...we are going to move up our invites and send them at the end of October or early November...5-6 months before the wedding.


Hope this helps!

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Staicy- I have been emailing with Ana, at ahernandez@riu.com. She responds within a day but is NOT easy to communicate with over the phone if you don't speak Spanish.


I am getting the same feeling about save the dates... we probably could have just skipped Save the Dates and done invites, I just didn't know if I would have a little more info later than I do right now. But I am including a card that says to contact the Travel agent if you want to book now. Maybe I won't need invites?


I saw something on earlier posts about getting a big group discount using another website? If anyone has any information on that I would love to know! The RIU has been very difficult to talk to about group discounts so far, so I'm hoping my travel agent has some tricks up her sleeve.

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I'm trying to take a deep breath. Are you saying that it is an add'l 20 dollars on top of the private reception price. This is not what past brides have had to pay. It was a straight fee of $1700 for the private reception, that included the food. The beach reception must be new thing, no one on the forum has gotten married on the beach yet.  

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Dana - I'm not sure...I'm trying not to panic myself. I feel like certain people have mentioned the per person price and others (earlier in the thread) have said it was a flat fee? Maybe there's some wiggle room - like if you have a large party you automatically get the private and then pay the DJ fee? I guess I'm not sure, but until I know how many guests we'll have there's not much I can really do. If you want I can have my TA look into it. She's pretty good at getting quick responses.


Also, I think I sent you the fact sheet I go tfrom the groups department that has all the additional pricing - didn't I??? Maybe take a look at that?


Stephanie - I was able to do a group rate through my travel agent and got a dramatic price drop from what the Riu groups department originally quoted me. The only drawback was we had to reserve 10 rooms minimum at $200 each (the deposit comes back to you when guests book the rooms)...let me know if you want more details on this and rates I was able to get. You can email me directly at vlvetter7@hotmail.com if you want.

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