Hi Ali! I'm getting married the day before you at VIM on October 21st!!! SO EXCITING!!
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! My FI and I have visited Valentin in the past but this was prior to our engagement so we weren't really looking at any of the wedding details. However, we did "crash" a party at the fountain area when we were there and it was incredible! Therefore, the only thing I'm bridezilla about is having the 50 people to have our reception in that area! lol
Anyway, I'm hoping to coordinate with you throughout the next few months! It's nice to know someone from BDW will be there at the same time as us!
Originally Posted by Ali2420
Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum. Getting married at Valentin Imperial Maya on October 22, 2011!
I wanted to introduce myself to the group. My name is Ali and I'm from Atlanta.
My fiance and I just got back from our site visit and everything exceeded our expectations. The only thing I was bummed about is that they would not comp. us a room even for one night. So, we hotwired a room in Cancun (so glad we're not getting married in Cancun).
Veronica will be our coordinator, but we were given a tour by Ana. She answered every question that I had. The resort itself is gorgeous. Very traditional mexican hacienda style. The walkways and gardens make for an excellent setting. We chose the Unforgettable Package and are getting married on the beach, cocktail hour in the gazebo and our reception on the Mexican fountain patio. We've got 42 guests booked so far and am hoping to get to 45 to do the patio area.
The beach is absolutely incredible and very private. It's quite a bit windy and Ana said they don't recommend a vail for the ceremony. I'm planning on having my hair done back with some flowers too, so that its not blowing in my face the whole time. You can pay extra for the wood structure thing to get married under, but the beach is beautiful enough in my opinion. The gazebo is also a lovely location. We decided to have our cocktail party there. The fountain patio is awesome. It's really set off from the rest of the resort and creates a lot of privacy. It's basically a circle with four pie pieces that have small fountains in them. They will turn off two of them, have six tables of seven or eight set up in one pie piece, and the other pie piece will have the dance floor and speakers. We are very particular about our music, so we decided to forgo the DJ in favor of a number of different playlists. The reception will be from 6-10.
We are not doing a special rehearsal dinner, figuring we could all go to a restaurant the night before. Ana said that would be fine, but the best places to do that are the Mexican restaurant or the Indonesian place at either 6pm or 9pm to beat the crowds.
The plan B in the event of rain is ceremony in the chapel, cocktail party in the tea room, and reception at the Mexican restaurant, which they will close for us the day of. It can be a game time decision the day of the ceremony. I was particularly impressed by this. Ana has been there for 2 years and does this every weekend, so we were comforted by her experience level.
When I returned from my trip, Veronica emailed me a summary of all of the things Ana and I talked about and my selections. All in all, they were extremely professional and put my mind at ease. I definitely think that part of the reason for having a destination wedding is that you don't have to sweat all the details. I've heard some horror stories where people have said that is not true, but VIM really made me feel that that will definitely be the case.
I appreciate all of your contributions-- they have been so helpful! I'll be keeping you all posted on the process. Message me if you want to see the pics from our site visit.