I had heard that the chapel could be quite hot. Our ceremony is at noon so it won’t have had a chance to really bake just yet.I just spoke with Aurora and got some very useful information I hadn't seen anywhere else. We originally had wanted the 3pm slot in the chapel, but by the time we booked it had been taken, leaving only noon on April 19th. Initially we decided that this wouldn't be a big deal & we would simply meet in after in one of the bars or perhaps do a cocktail hour afterwards. After thinking about it further I decided I did want to have a reception with music, a first dance. Those are things I didn't want to lose out on!
Aurora just told me that the only time available is noon unless they have a cancellation. Which means we will have to print our invitations with that time and should there be a cancellation when we arrive, notify the guests of the change once they arrive. Now...on to the interesting part. When asking her about reception options Aurora told me that in order to reserve Seaside Grill or El Patio, even if you pay the $750 private event fee, you MUST have 45 or more guests for it to be closed to the other resort guests. Has anyone heard this before? I hadn't seen that. In fact I am pretty certain that I have seen Brides on here with parties of 20 able to reserve them.
She did confirm that having a reception on the beach, poolside, or lobby terrace would not include the $750 private event fee but that you do have to have the silver or gold menu served ($55-$65 pp depending).
She also told me that we could have a cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony...or it would have to be 5-6.
For Brides that are getting married at noon at Dreams Tulum she said there is a lunch option but I didn't inquire further as that really isn't what I want.
The reception cannot begin before 6.
Noon is probably the best option as far as tempature....the hottest part of the day is 2-4 (or at least the most sweltering!).
So what I am thinking we will do is have ceremony at noon, then have everyone meet at one of the bars immediately following (any suggestions?)
After some mingling Ron & I will go to take our pictures while our guests have a late lunch, relax by the pool, or enjoy a few hours of rest. At about 5 pm we will begin a casual cocktail hour, followed by a private reception on the beach with Dinner & Dancing. I had decided on two dresses anyway…my bridal gown and a short white party dress…so this gives me an excellent excuse for it