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HA! I'm so confused... I thought I was emailing Nayeli the whole time, but as far back as I can tell I've been emailing Anabel.... I don't know how that happened.

 

I got an answer about the canopy, she said, "If you bring the fabric you can just pay the set ups (150dlls+tax+services = 191.47dlls), unfortunately for set up canopy or paper lanterns the guest are not allowed to set up because the areas are high and can be dangerous."

 

In case ya'll were curious :)

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Hi everyone,

 

I am a DT bride, getting married in April 2014.

 

I was wondering if anyone has used the DT DJ, and what your thoughts are?

 

Also, did anyone pay for live music for walking down the isle?  If so, were you pleased?

 

Thanks!

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Hi everyone,

 

I am a DT bride, getting married in April 2014.

 

I was wondering if anyone has used the DT DJ, and what your thoughts are?

 

Also, did anyone pay for live music for walking down the isle?  If so, were you pleased?

 

Thanks!

 

I am hiring an outside guitarist for the ceremony...he is a little slow responding to emails so I am VERY nervous but he is less money even with the +120 resort vendor fee and he has a good reference from the manager where he works. I will let you know how it goes (my wedding is October) and will give you his contact info if you like.

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I am hiring an outside guitarist for the ceremony...he is a little slow responding to emails so I am VERY nervous but he is less money even with the +120 resort vendor fee and he has a good reference from the manager where he works. I will let you know how it goes (my wedding is October) and will give you his contact info if you like.

 

I can't wait to hear how your wedding goes in October... it's so close to mine it'll feel like the most relevant info lol.

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hi

I am hiring an outside guitarist for the ceremony...he is a little slow responding to emails so I am VERY nervous but he is less money even with the +120 resort vendor fee and he has a good reference from the manager where he works. I will let you know how it goes (my wedding is October) and will give you his contact info if you like. [/quotHi!! Thanks so much for the info: I would love to know how it goes with the outside guitarist, and would def appreciate his info! AND congratulations on your wedding!! Its coming up fast!

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Hi everyone,

Just got back from our wedding on September 3rd. Now don't get me wrong, we had a wonderful time, we visited this resort to book our wedding and were treated like gold!!! Do not expect this same service when you are the resort. We were given an expectation when we booked it a year prior to the wedding. I understand everyone has a different expectation, do not let the little things ruin your trip. Just wanted to share a few things that we noticed or had happen to us:

- There is loud construction happening in the deluxe garden view room area (Hacienda) if you are being placed here, ask to be moved before you even go to the room. They are jack hammering starting at about 8 or 9 am and hammering and making other noise prior to that, as early as 7 am. They are offering "upgrades" to the main garden/fountain area but a LOT of these rooms are double beds, not kings, so if a couple gets a room with 2 doubles, do not be surprised.

- Due to the low season, not all the restaurants are open on a regular basis. The world cafe is always open for breakfast and mostly lunch but barely dinner. They don't have the poolside grill (Barefoot - burgers and hotdogs) open all the time either. Between 3:30 and 6 pm (when the a la carte open) there is no where to get food other than the Coco Cafe which is just sandwiches and small desserts, room service and if you are on the beach and it's not raining, your beach server. If there is a special event happening in the Seaside Grill, they don't post that El Patio sometimes takes over the Seaside Grill menu, something to watch for! The Seaside Grill was only open 2 nights of our 12 day trip there, one of those nights it was the menu at El Patio but there was no signage. 

- Annabel is an awesome wedding coordinator. We spoke with Nayeli the entire time of the pre-planning but never once met her! We did all our work with Annabel at the resort. She kept us organized and calm and went over and above to make our day special! Ask for Noberto for your server at your reception! He is a super fun guy to have at your party!

- The photographers at the resort are great to take the pictures within your package. If you have specific groups or photos you want, be sure to stop in and speak to your photographer in advance! They do basic photos like family, wedding party, group and then just the bride and groom, so if you want something specific, take examples or give them a list! They took over 450 photos for us and we only got 50 printed for our book. They do offer a DVD with ALL the photos on them for $500. We started to pic our 50 and got it to 261 for the first round of downsizing, they were able to give us those 261 on DVD as they were our favorite for $250 US. It was a great price for the best of the photos! They do not do Trash the Dress off the resort in cenotes, just on the resort, so for $750 (give or take) you can do it in the pool and in the ocean. 

- The dive shop is full of great people! If you are Scuba Divers or Snorkelers, go visit them. Will is a great Dive Master! Go snorkelling off the beach by the dive shop, lots to see and if you go out 40-50 ft the water is deeper so you can see more. Watch for the 2 large queen angel fish by the water trampoline (which acts more as a water hammock than a bouncy fun thing!) 

- This resort is beautiful and located in a great area with a lot to do! We ove this area of Mexico and intend to return for our anniversary! 

- We did Xel-ha as a group and had a blast! Booked through the Best Day Travel operator on the resort at $89 a person all in.

- The travel time to and form the airport is at least 1 hour and 15 minutes. We had an entire bus to ourselves with no stops at any other resorts and it still took over an hour.

- The spa is great, use it if you can and get all your guests in there too! The cabin is beautiful and perfect for a romantic massage. The salon for your hair and make up day of is excellent. There was 4 of us total and it only took 1 hour and 25 minutes. We banked on at least 2 hours but it was nice to relax and grab a bite before everything went down. Our ceremony was at 3:30 and we started at 11 in the salon. We were back to our room by 12:45. 

- If you book a romantic dinner on the beach, make sure to ask if any special events are taking place at Seaside. A couple of our guests walked away from dinner and got a refund due to a large convention party at the Seaside, the music was so loud and the lights were so intrusive, they had to yell over to the table to hear each other.

- We were able to switch our cocktail hour and reception from the beach into the conference centre due to chance of rain. Do not have a cake fight in the convention centre if you are moved due to weather or planned it there anyways. It is super fun, but the cleaning bill is a heavy price!! Best cake fight ever!

- OH, and if you plan to have a large group dinner, they make you pay for it in any of the a la carte restaurants. Only the world cafe can accommodate you and if you give them a half our advance notice, they can make you a big table or have a whole section of tables for you otherwise if you just show up they get flustered.   

 

If you have any questions, feel free to message me personally! We had a great week before the bad weather set in and things started to close down. Overall, epic wedding at a beautiful resort! 

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One addition I forgot to give everyone planning to go to this resort at any time!

When we booked our wedding in Sept 2012, I got sick with e-coli. I had previously taken Dukoral but did not know it only lasted 3 months. I STRONGLY STRONGLY recommend everyone in your group takes this oral vaccine. It prevents travellers diarrhea. We advised our entire group to take it and only 1 person did not take it, and she got VERY sick. 4 days of her 7 day vacation was spent in the room. Don't let your doctor steer you wrong on the way this works. You take one dose 3 weeks before your trip, one dose 1 week before your trip. Many doctors say 2 weeks and when you get there but this does not give time for the vaccine to take effect. Trust me, if you are there for your wedding, take this and you will be FINE! Of our 5 trips to mexico and various other countries, this has been a life saver (minus the one) .

 

Other people we spoke to had gotten sick and wished they would have taken this! 

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I can't wait to hear how your wedding goes in October... it's so close to mine it'll feel like the most relevant info lol.
I can't wait to hear how your wedding goes in October... it's so close to mine it'll feel like the most relevant info lol.
Thanks for the info re: guitarist. I cant wait to hear how it goes (I am sure it will all be beautfful!). Please do let me know how it goes with the guitarist,as well as his contact info. Thanks!

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Hi everyone,

Just got back from our wedding on September 3rd. Now don't get me wrong, we had a wonderful time, we visited this resort to book our wedding and were treated like gold!!! Do not expect this same service when you are the resort. We were given an expectation when we booked it a year prior to the wedding. I understand everyone has a different expectation, do not let the little things ruin your trip. Just wanted to share a few things that we noticed or had happen to us:

- There is loud construction happening in the deluxe garden view room area (Hacienda) if you are being placed here, ask to be moved before you even go to the room. They are jack hammering starting at about 8 or 9 am and hammering and making other noise prior to that, as early as 7 am. They are offering "upgrades" to the main garden/fountain area but a LOT of these rooms are double beds, not kings, so if a couple gets a room with 2 doubles, do not be surprised.

- Due to the low season, not all the restaurants are open on a regular basis. The world cafe is always open for breakfast and mostly lunch but barely dinner. They don't have the poolside grill (Barefoot - burgers and hotdogs) open all the time either. Between 3:30 and 6 pm (when the a la carte open) there is no where to get food other than the Coco Cafe which is just sandwiches and small desserts, room service and if you are on the beach and it's not raining, your beach server. If there is a special event happening in the Seaside Grill, they don't post that El Patio sometimes takes over the Seaside Grill menu, something to watch for! The Seaside Grill was only open 2 nights of our 12 day trip there, one of those nights it was the menu at El Patio but there was no signage. 

- Annabel is an awesome wedding coordinator. We spoke with Nayeli the entire time of the pre-planning but never once met her! We did all our work with Annabel at the resort. She kept us organized and calm and went over and above to make our day special! Ask for Noberto for your server at your reception! He is a super fun guy to have at your party!

- The photographers at the resort are great to take the pictures within your package. If you have specific groups or photos you want, be sure to stop in and speak to your photographer in advance! They do basic photos like family, wedding party, group and then just the bride and groom, so if you want something specific, take examples or give them a list! They took over 450 photos for us and we only got 50 printed for our book. They do offer a DVD with ALL the photos on them for $500. We started to pic our 50 and got it to 261 for the first round of downsizing, they were able to give us those 261 on DVD as they were our favorite for $250 US. It was a great price for the best of the photos! They do not do Trash the Dress off the resort in cenotes, just on the resort, so for $750 (give or take) you can do it in the pool and in the ocean. 

- The dive shop is full of great people! If you are Scuba Divers or Snorkelers, go visit them. Will is a great Dive Master! Go snorkelling off the beach by the dive shop, lots to see and if you go out 40-50 ft the water is deeper so you can see more. Watch for the 2 large queen angel fish by the water trampoline (which acts more as a water hammock than a bouncy fun thing!) 

- This resort is beautiful and located in a great area with a lot to do! We ove this area of Mexico and intend to return for our anniversary! 

- We did Xel-ha as a group and had a blast! Booked through the Best Day Travel operator on the resort at $89 a person all in.

- The travel time to and form the airport is at least 1 hour and 15 minutes. We had an entire bus to ourselves with no stops at any other resorts and it still took over an hour.

- The spa is great, use it if you can and get all your guests in there too! The cabin is beautiful and perfect for a romantic massage. The salon for your hair and make up day of is excellent. There was 4 of us total and it only took 1 hour and 25 minutes. We banked on at least 2 hours but it was nice to relax and grab a bite before everything went down. Our ceremony was at 3:30 and we started at 11 in the salon. We were back to our room by 12:45. 

- If you book a romantic dinner on the beach, make sure to ask if any special events are taking place at Seaside. A couple of our guests walked away from dinner and got a refund due to a large convention party at the Seaside, the music was so loud and the lights were so intrusive, they had to yell over to the table to hear each other.

- We were able to switch our cocktail hour and reception from the beach into the conference centre due to chance of rain. Do not have a cake fight in the convention centre if you are moved due to weather or planned it there anyways. It is super fun, but the cleaning bill is a heavy price!! Best cake fight ever!

- OH, and if you plan to have a large group dinner, they make you pay for it in any of the a la carte restaurants. Only the world cafe can accommodate you and if you give them a half our advance notice, they can make you a big table or have a whole section of tables for you otherwise if you just show up they get flustered.   

 

If you have any questions, feel free to message me personally! We had a great week before the bad weather set in and things started to close down. Overall, epic wedding at a beautiful resort! 

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Wow thanks for the review!! I'm really feeling good with all these recent reviews.. no serious issues, everything went as planned... so I'm going to try real hard not to stress until November :)

 

Are these photos the ones the resort photographer took?? I like them, everyone's all "you gotta get your own photographer" and I'm like.. nah... I'll just roll the dice, I am spending ENOUGH on this wedding as it is, I'm sure the resort photographer is good. And judging by your photos, I'm right :)

 

What menu did you pick for your reception? Was the food good??  Your group looks about the same size as mine will be, did you find you had enough time to see everyone but have some alone time too?  Did you have a dance after your reception? We aren't going to, we feel it's too small and his family is too shy/chill/reserved to really have fun with that anyway so we're going to play our own music on the beach and then I hear there is a lounge with live music we could check out later - true?

 

I think the hotel will be more full when we go, apparently a lot of the rooms were already sold out a while ago.  I know our flight is for sure, so things must pick up in November.. hopefully the restaurants will be open more then.

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