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#1 MagsieMexico

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    Posted 23 February 2007 - 07:35 AM

    Hi ladies (and gents),

    Was wondering if any of you had creative ideas about timing...

    I am considering the Riu Palace Mexico, but they only allow the private dinner and dancing in one place, and it is only allowed at 8.30pm.

    This is lateish I think... And I want to get married in February, so the sun set will be shortly after 5... so my ceremony will probably be at 3 or 4, followed by photos.

    Is thre any possible way I can get a good timing flow for this? Any ideas of what could happen between 5 and 8.30? OR is this a bad idea (I could go back to the drawing board with looking at resorts...)

    Any ideas/advice?

    Thanks ladies.
    Margaret & Eric

    #2 NHPT

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      Posted 23 February 2007 - 10:28 AM

      i am honestly stumped- i personally think 8:30 to begin dinner is pretty late because it will take at least an hour to eat- and then you wont begin the dancing and stuff till 9:30 or 10- and then all parties in mexico end at 11- that doesnt leave you much time to party!
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      #3 *JillD*

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        Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:01 PM

        I think 830 is too late as well. They won't let you have a private reception any earlier than that?

        #4 Christine

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        Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:04 PM

        that does seem weird, I know people eat late on vacation but by the time you get dinner it will be 9 and what time is quiet time? do you have to be done by 10 or 11? that would be terrible.
        I would see if you can at least get 7 or 7:30.
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        #5 JENESIS

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          Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:21 PM

          I had some issues with the timing that was being suggested at the resorts and hotels. they wanted everything to be done by 10pm.

          I ended up paying extra to move everyone into a ballroom at 10pm for dancing, dessert and drinks.

          #6 BEACHBRIDEMA

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            Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:24 PM

            I think that is really late. I would maybe consider looking at different resorts. It doesnt seem very flexible there, just my thoughts
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            #7 A10CalGal

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              Posted 23 February 2007 - 09:07 PM

              Yeah, that's whack! I would look into different resort options if possible. I mean, can they offer you a cocktail & horsdeuvres hour at some point between the end of the ceremony & dinner?

              And what does "private dinner & dancing" mean? Do they offer other options??

              #8 MagsieMexico

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                Posted 24 February 2007 - 02:19 PM

                Yeah, thanks ladies, i think I was just hoping this could somehow work because I was finally finding a location that I liked! But I think it's a beautiful resort, but not great for helping you figure out your wedding options...

                Hmmmm.

                Thanks for your reality checks... :)
                Margaret & Eric

                #9 amyh

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                  Posted 24 February 2007 - 02:45 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by JENESIS
                  I had some issues with the timing that was being suggested at the resorts and hotels. they wanted everything to be done by 10pm.

                  I ended up paying extra to move everyone into a ballroom at 10pm for dancing, dessert and drinks.

                  I was thinking of doing this too, but Dreams PV said it would be an additional $10 pp/hr @ 150 guests... I really don't want to add another expense.

                  #10 MagsieMexico

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                    Posted 26 February 2007 - 07:00 AM

                    So how are you all timing your weddings in general.
                    I mean, even if I had a private dinner/dancing you wouldn't really want it to start before 6.30 or so, or would you?

                    And with a ceremony at 4 or so, what do you do between 4.30 and 6.30? or 3.30 and 6.30 for those with earlier weddings, how does it work?

                    Thanks!
                    Margaret & Eric




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