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#591 JBean

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    Posted 19 January 2011 - 10:06 AM


    Thanks! You have mail ;)

     

    Originally Posted by Brandeemdavis 

    Thank you!! The pictures I posted were from Blue Lens. If you email me your email address I'd be happy to send you more so you can get a better idea. My email is brandeemdavis@hotmail.com



    Brad & Janine - November 10th, 2011.
    Valentin Imperial Maya, Riviera Maya
    Bride & Groom + 29


    #592 NikkiT1021

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      Posted 20 January 2011 - 12:43 AM



      Originally Posted by alliecattn 

       As far as lighting goes, I would say 5:00 or even 5:30 is more ideal (sunset). I was married last October at the VIM and they tried to move my time as well. I think maybe they want things to finish an hour earlier which I understand, but if you are wanting great pics, the lighting is something to consider. I consulted my photographers and they said definitely 5:00 is better than 4:00.


      Thanks Allie!  I contacted my photographer and she said that meeting in the middle (4:30) will be just fine, so that's the plan for now. 
       



      #593 NikkiT1021

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        Posted 20 January 2011 - 12:48 AM

        Great review Brandee!!  You looked beautiful and the wedding looked amazing!!   So happy for you :)



        #594 alliecattn

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          Posted 21 January 2011 - 04:26 PM

           CheslH, we took our own decorations in suitcases and gave them to the WC when we got there. We told them what we wanted and they took care of it. We had the top package and that included white linens and chair covers. We paid extra for a huppah (I think) and flowers on the table at the reception (ours were included but other tables weren't).



          #595 heidilynn28

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            Posted 22 January 2011 - 09:39 PM

            Hi everybody,

             

            I haven't posted on the forum for a really long time, but I've been planning and things are coming along just great! We booked our wedding for June 28th, 2011 at 4:00pm. I'm bringing down my photographer with me from Montreal. Since I have 25 people coming, we were able to get her trip for free (minus the taxes and we had to pay the difference between double occ. and single occ. because she wanted her own room). Everyone has silver suites which means I'm supposed to be upgraded to golden.. so exciting!!

             

            I'm on the fence about DJ vs. speaker + Ipod. I really really would appreciate feedback on this, I know the DJ is great and all, but it seems like Ariadna gave others a difference price. She told me the DJ was 950USD for 3-4 hours. On the other hand, the speakers and mic was quoted for 500USD for 3 hours. I read in this thread that some of you got different (lower) prices. Also, if I decide to bring my Ipod, how is the sound system? Is it good quality?

             

            I decided to get my bouquet, the boutonnieres and the bridesmaid bouquets done in real touch flowers. I went for all white bouquets for the bridesmaids, white ranunculus' for the groomsmen's bouts and my bouquet will be white, various shades of purple flowers and fushia orchids. I'm going to ask my bridesmaids to put their flowers in the vases I'll bring with me for the centerpieces. This way I will kill two birds with one stone and not have to pay extra for centerpieces down in Mexico.

             

            I'm slowing getting my welcome bags done.. here's what I've got so far:

            - Packs of kleenex

            - Bath & Body Works antibacterial gel

            - Lip balm

            - Wet wipes

            - Mosquito wipes

            - Gum

            - Crystal light packs

             

            I'd love to include a waterbottle with our monogram on it but damn they're either too expensive, don't ship to Canada or not a model I like. So we'll see!

             

            Hope to hear back about the sound system... thanks!



            #596 missyri

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              Posted 23 January 2011 - 08:14 PM

              Hey heidilynn, I was given the same price quote for the DJ and Ipod. We are also trying to decide on this right now as well. We initally were gonna do the Ipod thing but then realized we didnt want to ask one of our guests to "man" the microphone. I really dont want to spent the extra money on a DJ but I think It might be less of a stress on us in the long run.



              #597 jenlevergood

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                Posted 23 January 2011 - 11:00 PM



                Originally Posted by missyri 

                Hey heidilynn, I was given the same price quote for the DJ and Ipod. We are also trying to decide on this right now as well. We initally were gonna do the Ipod thing but then realized we didnt want to ask one of our guests to "man" the microphone. I really dont want to spent the extra money on a DJ but I think It might be less of a stress on us in the long run.


                Hey girls,

                 

                The music was a big decision for us too and maybe one of my only small regrets about the entire day.  We were only 15 people so we decided on bringing our own portable ipod speakers for the reception.  We thought they had great sound quality at home and were loud enough but the sound still wasn't great outside at the Mexican terrace.  None of our guests seemed to mind and we still had music playing during dinner and had our first dance but after that it definitely wasn't loud enough to dance to.  We all ended up going to the Plaza shortly after we had our wedding cake.  I almost wish now that we had invested in a DJ because our "private" party ended earlier than I would have liked but it does seem very expensive.  I'm not sure on the quality of the speakers that the resort has for rent but if they are the same ones that they used on the beach for the ceremony, then the sound was amazing, even with the wind and surf.  Hope this helps  :)
                 



                #598 jenlevergood

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                  Posted 23 January 2011 - 11:04 PM

                  Brandeemdavis,

                   

                  I am so glad that you were able to use the speakers and thank you for the use of your hurricane vase, it worked out perfectly.  It's funny that we never actually met while we were there but I did see your husband and the boys out front of their building just before your ceremony and was able to tell him congrats!  Your pictures turned out beautiful, congrats again and glad that your day and trip were just as amazing as ours.  Overall, I wouldn't change a thing!  I'm just sad to be back home in this freezing cold weather.



                  #599 jenlevergood

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                    Posted 23 January 2011 - 11:45 PM

                    We just got home from the Valentin on friday morning and had the most amazing trip and wedding.  I am so happy with our decision to go with this resort and loved every minute of our 2 weeks in paradise.  There were 15 of us the first week and then just my husband and I for the second.  We were booked in a Silver suite for the first week and a Golden for the second but were upgraded to an Emerald suite in building 12 for the 2 weeks.  I was unsure of this at first because it was quite a long walk to building 2 where our guests were staying but it was an amazing ocean front room and it was awesome on the wedding day because the wedding was just to the right of our room. 

                     

                    We were there from January 6-20 and were married on the beach at 4:00 on January 10.  We originally chose the middle package but I really wanted a video of our ceremony so we went with the Once in a Lifetime package and I am so glad that we did.  All the little extras that were included in this package were well worth the money.  I also cannot say enough about our wedding coordinator Ana, she was such a pleasure to work with and because of all her hard work, everything went very smoothly.

                     

                    After quite a few emails and lots of pleading, Ana finally arranged for a reservation for our group in the Italian restaurant, which everyone loved.  We handed our our welcome bags and included personlized hand written welcome notes to each of our guests.  It was a lot of work but so worth it.  We also went with personlized cloth bags and travel mugs from discountmugs.com.  They were very affordable and shipped to Canada, which was a big plus.

                     

                    As for our wedding day, it was even more perfect than I could have imagined.  Me and my maid of honour spent the majority of the day at the spa, which was a wonderful experience.  I had Itzel do my manicure, hair and makeup and she did a wonderful job.  She was such a calming person and really is a perfectionist.  I was very anxious about having my hair and makeup done at the resort but I was very pleased with the results.  I took some pictures with me for inspiration but ended up going with her recommendations and was so happy with how it turned out.  Ana even checked on us a few times and arranged for champagne and lunch to be delivered to us at the spa and also dropped off the flowers for my hair.

                     

                    We also had our ceremony on the beach between buildings 11-12.  Kiko Flores also performed our ceremony and did a beautiful job.  We were in touch with him via email before we arrived and we arranged and wrote our own ceremony, which our guests, especially the moms, loved.  We had a perfect day and the ocean was beautiful.  One of the reasons that we chose this resort was because of the location on the beach where they preform the cermemony is quite far from the swimming/watersports area and was very private.

                     

                    I cannot say enough about Blue Lens photography.  Ashley was such a great person to work with and was very relaxed.  She did photos with the boys before the ceremony, then in my room getting ready.  We were so impressed with the quality of her work and her original ideas.  Our video also turned out awesome and we have already watched it a dozen times.  They even interivewed our guests on camera after the ceremony, while we did photos, which was a nice surprise.  We were so impressed that we ended up purchasing the CD's of the edited and unedited photos and also an amazing slideshow of pics that Ashley put together to music.  I will try to post some pics on here soon or you can email me and I will send you some if you are interested. 

                     

                    We did cocktails and appetizers in the gazebo with the Mexican trio, which was great, followed by dinner on the Mexican terrace.  Our guests are all still raving about what a wonderful trip it was and how beautiful the wedding day was.  I would highly recommend the VIM to anyone considering it.  It definitely exceeded all of our expectations.  Like everyone else said, the rooms, the grounds, the food, the drinks and especially the service were all first class.  The employees of this resort go above and beyond to make your vacation wonderful and many of them told us that this was a great place to work.  We definitely tipped everyone very well thought because they are very underpaid for how hard they work.

                     

                    If anyone has any specific questions, feel free to ask.  Everyone on this site was so helpful to me in planning our big day, that I would love to be a help in any way that I can.  Good luck ladies, and enjoy the whole process, I kinda sad now that it's all over but I have memories that will last forever.



                    #600 JBean

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                      Posted 24 January 2011 - 08:52 AM

                      Thank you for taking the time to post that great review! Reading all these positive reviews lately is making me very excited! I would love to see a few photos if you want to post some!


                      Brad & Janine - November 10th, 2011.
                      Valentin Imperial Maya, Riviera Maya
                      Bride & Groom + 29





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