Valentin Imperial Maya Brides?
Posted 05 May 2009 - 10:49 AM
Best news I have heard in a while......
My FI's uncle called today and said that he went in to see his immunization doctor. Prior to retiring he had a high profile job that took him all over the world, so he has been a patient with this doctor for a while. WELL, the doctor told him that he WOULD go to Mexico!!!! He gave him some suggestions for safe travel (which uncle is emailing me and then I will post!). I am so excited! His uncle is a very cautious person and in to me, him being willing to travel means a lot!
Still sending good vibes to all!!
I saw this on another site i am so happy that some things are is working out!
Posted 05 May 2009 - 07:43 PM
The buzz seems to be slowing down, although there has been the first American death in Texas so it may create some new buzz. The death was a 30 year woman who had chronic medical issues.
Thanks for all the info you have shared
Posted 05 May 2009 - 08:04 PM
Posted 06 May 2009 - 08:15 AM
I just R/S everything from the Valentin to Costa Rica...not because I wanted to....but, my Fiance is Canadian, and his family's flights with AirCanada and Air Transit all got cancelled. And they only fly out on Saturdays....so they would have missed the wedding. So, we thought we could fly them to the States and then over. But, then realized with numerous jobs over there, if you go to Mexico you will be "quarantined". We couldn't allow that.
So, after TONS of work over the weekend and lots of debate we moved everything. All of our flights, and rooms were all credited back to us. My TA has been really helpful. I went with Ellen Paderson at DestinationWedding.com, she handled alot of it. Continental Airlines has also been extremely flexible with us. The only one (that my sister booked through), Funjet.com and Orbitz.com; said they will not credit her nor work with us on the situation. "Thier Appologies".
Long Story short...we sent an email out to guests yesterday, and I'm sure I'm going to be bombarded with phone calls and emails today. Hard decision, because we felt we were doomed if we moved it and doomed if we didn't. Either way, one side of the families was going to be affected. Good luck to you ladies. I'm sure everything will be beautiful.
Posted 14 May 2009 - 09:30 AM
Soon to be powers...what did you decide to do? Hope you decided to stay. I emailed the Center for Disease Control. They said everything was fine...just get some Tamiflu before you go. Let me know if you have any questions. But, I am sure you already figured that out.
Can not wait to leave.
Posted 15 May 2009 - 12:30 PM
First of all I would like to apologize to all of you for not being involved in the forum when I too once was a newbie with lots of question about the Valentin and RM. I got married at the Valentin last friday and it was AMAZING!!! I highly encourage those who are deliberating on canceling because of the flu virus to NOT CANCEL!!! I too have been effected by this horrible virus when every single one of my friends had to cancel their flights including all my bridesmaids. We had a guestlist from 45 down to 20 but I realize that it was OUR day not those who were supposed to attend.
My heart goes out to Colby and others who have no choice but to move their wedding to another location.....Im so sorry you are going through this after all your hard work! But to those who CAN still have their wedding in the RM....dont cancel! Once you are down here it feels like all the huge the media has made is ridiculous and you will still have the wedding of your dreams!!!
Again, I apologize for being a stranger, after all I was the one who started this forum a year ago. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Valentin and I will be more than happy to answer your questions. Good luck my Valentiners!!!!
Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:58 AM
CONGRATS!!! So excited for you and such a relief to hear that everything went well.
I'm starting to stress a bit too and am thinking about hiring a private/outside WC b/c I'm not hearing from the resort at all. Can you tell us a bit about how the WCs handled the wedding? I, too, would like to know where you had your reception and how that was handled (private? in a restaurant? extra charge?)
And of course pictures (did you use the resort photographer or hire another)? I know youwon't have the professional pix for a while but anything you can share about the set up of ceremony reception cocktail hour etc would be most appreciated!!!
Thank you for starting this forum and being willing to share and help us all out!!
AND CONGRATS AGAIN!!
Posted 21 May 2009 - 09:29 PM
Basically there are 4 "outside" locations you can choose for your reception:
1. La Terrasa (The Terrace) next to La Hacienda (mexican) restaurant - This is where I chose to have my reception and in my opinion, the nicest. Hidden in a corner part of the resort where no other guests can get to unless they come along a path to this area where the waiters will stop them from entering. We had made friends with alot of the guests staying in the hotel previously (since the hotel was so empty due to influenza) so we just kindly asked them to return after the speeches and they are more than welcome to join for the dancing afterwards. Perfect for a party over 20, less than I would choose a restaurant, gazebo or lobster pot.
2. Gazebo - stunning wedding like gazebo located next to the chapel. We had our cocktail/appy hour here after the ceremony which was perfect since we got married in the chapel. It is very open so not very private but I think it would be quite charming for a smaller wedding (15-30) with the right decorations. Plus the gazebo lights up at night so its very beautiful for pics!
3. Lobster Pot - An area attached to the Mar y Tierra restaurant which is located next to the beach. In my opinion, more low key but with the right decorations it could look nice for a smaller wedding (under 20) Nice thing about it is its close to the beach.
The next 2 are for larger weddings:
The Beach: I saw some pics of weddings they hosted on the beach, tent and all. Looked very beautiful but I think it suits more larger weddings (50 and up)
The Plaza: The square in the middle of the resort. This area is very public but would be great for a large wedding and 50 and up.
And of course you can choose to have your wedding in any of the restaurants which I would suggest for smaller weddings (10-20). I hear the french restaurant is a nice venue but it was closed the night we went to eat there.
Coordination of my wedding:
In think we can all agree that we have been through a few different wedding coordinators at the VM. I had went in February for a visit and went through all the details (ceremony/reception location, flowers, wedding cake, etc.) when I arrived they had no recollection of that paperwork.
3 days before, I called them to let them know I was coming just because I was sure they were having cancellations. They didnt relay the info to eachother and when I arrived she was surprised to see me. This was the first thing gone wrong and I could go into every detail of all the others but at the end of it all I look back at my wedding and am thankful I HAD ONE. They got quite a few things wrong with what I wanted and not to mention alot of my decorations "went missing" after the wedding but I have to keep on reminding myself of the others that had to postpone or reroute their wedding to another location. JLRJen: If you can afford to get a outside WC, I would highly suggest it. Either that or have a forceful MOA to make sure they are doing what you want. Especially if you want to make sure every detail doesnt get missed a WC will make sure of that for you. My mother, God bless her, had to run around the day of my wedding making sure everything was getting done because all my bridesmaids didnt show up due to the influenza and my MOA showed up last min. I wish we had better coordination and then my mother would have enjoyed the day more....
As for the good....
We hired DELSOL Photography for the wedding....wow! So happy we did!!! Vincent was our photographer and in my opinion just as good as husband and wife team Matt and Sol and a bit cheaper. Had to pay $100 to get him and Paco (his helper) in and that didnt include their dinner though! Had to pay $65 each for them to eat basically our food what we had leftover, whatever, we are just happy to have hired him. Didnt get to see the pics cause he wouldnt let me nor my hubby see them cause if will spoil the surprise but our fam did and they say they were amazing!!! We will get them in late June.
DOREMIXX was the DJ I hired for the music. I had the opportunity to go to Cancun several times with work so I met with a few DJs to see what they had to offer. When I met Ivan Gomez I knew he was the DJ I wanted! Such a professional business person! I emailed him in the middle of the night once to tell him I was coming and he emailed me back right away! Another time I texted him from Canada to see how big the dance floor we were renting was (because we were doing a choreographed 1st dance) and he texted me back within 5 min! I HIGHLY recommend him to keep the party going! His price was $650 for 5 hrs which included an abundance of items (sevices, cordless microphone, robotic lights, cold fireworks (great for 1st dance!) neon bracelets, balloons, masks, etc. etc. His website is http://doremixx.com/ and you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Thats is for now girls, think Ive rambled on too long. Feel free to send me a private mess if you want to know more!
Posted 21 May 2009 - 10:19 PM
Thanks for all the info. I thinking anyone who has been planning with the Valentin for while would expect some issues with the WC. After all we have been through like 4 of them!!!
As for hiring an outside WC, I would check with the Valentin to see what they will charge you for this person coming in. You know their favorite phrase, "Can do for an extra charge!"
I think we are going to have our cocktail hour and reception the same places at Graciela, our wedding is on the beach. We are not having an actual reception, instead dinner, speeches, 1st dance and then we will be off to one of the resort bars.
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