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#11 alrager

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    Posted 28 February 2007 - 04:17 AM

    Amy,

    I am glad that Marco has responded so quickly to you. Yes...I paid the location fee. I decided to go with the photographer that Marco recommended...his name is Roberto..he is the one that I wrote the review about...he also took the two pictures of me on the slide show when I was in that dress. I was going to use Carlos Melnik but I was really impressed by Roberto.

    Pictures are really important to me and I take tons of pictures myself and I was impressed with him. He has such a passion for taking pictures and he has tons of ideas for the Mayan. He is going to email me some pictures he took at the Mayan for a wedding there last week..if you want I could email you those pictures so you can see more of his work

    Tammy...my next steps are to definitely to start looking at wedding dresses...my step-mom is going to make my dress so I don't have much time. Hey...Amy...would you recommend any places for me to look at dresses in LA I live in Redondo Beach

    #12 amyh

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      Posted 28 February 2007 - 01:41 PM

      I would love to see more of his work. I actually emailed him last night to get prices. I'm having the hardest time finding a photographer that I like and can afford.

      I haven't started my wedding dress search, but this one was reccomended to me, however it is in the city of orange.

      Mary Me Bridal & Formalwear &copy 2005 Version 3.0

      I'm planning on making a this my first stop! :)

      #13 alrager

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        Posted 28 February 2007 - 06:30 PM

        I'll have to check out that bridal store...I know there is a couple around here too.

        I have to finalize the Mayan and the photographer first. I'll let you know when I get his email with the pictures. He does really great work and he really has a passion for photography that I love.

        Talk to you later!

        #14 MarlaB

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          Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:28 PM

          Would you say that the Mayan Palace is more expensive than Dreams? I am debating on Dreams or Las Caletas for my wedding. Where exactly is Mayan located? Downtown by the malecon, marina, etc??

          #15 adeybaby

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            Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:37 PM

            Don't know the exact price comparisons. From what I've heard, if a lot of your guests are not staying at Dreams, you will have to pay extra for them.

            Mayan is on the Marina. I'm having a 150 person wedding at the Mayan and found the prices to be more reasonable as compared to the Westin. Hope this helps.
            -Adrienne

            #16 amyh

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              Posted 28 March 2007 - 03:17 PM

              Marla B- We compared prices at Dreams with the Mayan. Dreams is more affordable (even if you pay the non-guest dinner rate) but you have to take into consideration a couple of things. Dreams only allows untill 11pm while the Mayan allows you untill 2 am. Also, the location fee for the Mayan includes the lanterns, bar/lounge area, dance floor. At dreams we would have to rent all this. If you want more info, pm me and I can send you a break down of what we compared.

              adeybaby- I would love to hear more about your planning. We are expecting about 150 guests as well for our July 2008 wedding. Are you planning on getting your flowers from Marco? Oh... please share more info, paleeeese

              #17 DreaW

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                Posted 28 March 2007 - 03:43 PM

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                Originally Posted by alrager
                Hey everyone,

                Here is a link to my photos of my trip...I mostly attached pictures of the Mayan because that is where I am going to have my wedding. If you want a descriptions of my photos...do THE SLIDESHOW...IT EXPLAINS THE PICTURES.

                Yahoo! Photos - Amy s Scouting Trip

                MY REVIEW:

                I just went to PV for 3 short days...it was amazing. The first night I
                stayed downtown and I almost reconsidered my idea of a PV wedding. I had
                never been to PV until then. We stayed by restaurant row and it was fun of
                people partying and tons of fun restaurants and shops. The beach was nice
                but not what I thought it would be. For me...it wasn't where I invisioned
                my wedding.

                The next day we went to Dreams...then I knew I made the right decision to
                have it in PV. Dreams is a beautiful place for a wedding....very private
                AND secluded. We got there early for our appt. with Marilu and they
                wouldn't let us in. We took a walk about a block up the street and found a
                really cute restaurant to eat breakfast called La Playita Beach restaurant
                at Linda Mar hotel. It was good find...it has it's own private rocky
                beach...and the manager quoted us $95 pesos pp per hour to have a rehearsal dinner there including drinks. Fun idea if you are going to have your
                wedding at Dreams. PROS:private/SECLUDED beach ceremony/reception on the beach CON: you have to pay extra for non-guests..YOU HAVE TO LEAVE AT 11PM...Marilu might work with us though..she said she was going to see if my guests and I could hang out at the bar until 2am

                Then we went to Mayan...oh my goodness...this place took my breath way. The pictures on the internet don't do it justice. Marcos, the wedding planner
                there is really easy to work with and gets back to you really quickly.
                Marilu at Dreams tends to take a while. The Jetty (grass area) is where the
                wedding would be...I wasn't sure if I liked the idea...I really wanted to
                get married on the beach in the sand. I have reconsidered...the view from
                the Jetty is amazing...its like your in the water. PROS: private beach
                ceremony/reception perfect for small weddings...WE get to leave at 2am!!!
                CONS: I can't think of any.

                Lastly we went to the Westin. I think this place is beautiful too but
                better for a large wedding. I am only going to have around 40 people so we
                would only get 2 or 3 pergulas on the beach.
                PROS: beach sand ceremony/reception on beach under pergulas (really
                beautiful) CONS: Not as private for a small wedding...better for bigger
                weddings.

                So I made my decision on the Mayan...I am so excited the place is so trendy
                and the Mayan influence makes it a very unique hotel. I like how private it
                is for a small wedding...the other two aren't as private for smaller
                weddings. I also like the idea that we get to stay until 2am...also there
                is a fire pit in the outdoor reception area...I think that will be fun for
                the reception.

                We have also changed our wedding date from June until February of next year now. The weather there right now is perfect...summers can get really hot there. I am so excited...I'll be getting married in a year now...instand of
                year and half now. Goodness I have lots to do.

                As for restaurants...we haven't decided on a rehearsal dinner spot yet...to
                be honest we didn't eat a lot...we were too busy going to the hotels...we
                tended to just get a muffin or drink when needed. We mostly sampled
                appetizers and had a drink...so I don't know if I am the best to ask about
                how it tastes. I am not a big eater so it was hard for me to eat alot
                because we wanted to go to as many places as possible. I will say that all
                the appetizers we great at all the places except one place (El Dorado...but
                their dinners might be better??) As for beautiful views and great
                appetizers Las Palomas...El Palomar..El Felipe...La Playita...my
                photographer recommended the El Kliff but we didn't get time to go there. I
                wanted to try others but we ran out of time.

                I was going to do a full dinner but now I am considering doing appetizers
                only...it was so expensive for me at most of those places when you included
                drinks into the price...I only wanted to spend between 30-35 pp. I might
                just have my rehearsal dinner at the Mayan...Marcos said he could work
                something out. Or I might look into Barcelona Tapas...who had their
                reception there I wish I would have tried it.

                Well...I hope I was some help...you all have helped me so much...all your
                comments really helped guide me on my trip to PV. All the hotels there were
                amazing...it is really hard to choose one.

                One more word of advice...if you take a taxi from the airport...go over the
                bridge on the outside of the airport to get a taxi...those are the local
                taxi drivers and they won't charge you as much as the airport take drivers.
                We only paid 10 pesos from the airport to Old PV downtown....we stayed at
                Los Arcos Hotel. Also...if you can bring someone who speaks Spanish it can
                help you get better prices and advance. My friend that came with me was
                born in Mexico...she was like my planner...I got an excellent price for my
                wedding...I know it was all because of her. Everyone told me I wouldn't get
                my price without a planner...I stayed within my budget of less than $7000
                for everything.

                Well thanks again for all your help...if you can think of any questions let
                me know.

                Amy

                Hi Amy...
                I just came back from PV last week and stayed at the Mayan in NV but went to the Mayan in PV...isn't it beautiful...My mom has a timeshare there. I think the people are nicer in the Mayan Palace than they are at the Grand Mayan Palace (both under the same owner).
                Loved you pictures...I wrote a thread about my experience in PV. We went to lots of restaurants while we were there and if you like mexican...the best mexican and margaritas was at SI SENOR in PV.
                :)
                Andrea

                #18 Mrs.Morley

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                  Posted 28 March 2007 - 07:17 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by amyh
                  I would love to see more of his work. I actually emailed him last night to get prices. I'm having the hardest time finding a photographer that I like and can afford.

                  I haven't started my wedding dress search, but this one was reccomended to me, however it is in the city of orange.

                  Mary Me Bridal & Formalwear &copy 2005 Version 3.0

                  I'm planning on making a this my first stop! :)
                  Amy,

                  I think I am actually going to go with Michell Turner. She is a bit pricey but it seemed that you get the best bang for your buck with her. A inquired with a few photographers in PV who seemed resonably priced but they only delivered minimal amount of photos. Id rather pay more to get more...

                  Hope this helps!!!!

                  Now I have to find a local flower vendor!!

                  #19 DreaW

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                    Posted 28 March 2007 - 07:25 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by amyh
                    I would love to see more of his work. I actually emailed him last night to get prices. I'm having the hardest time finding a photographer that I like and can afford.

                    I haven't started my wedding dress search, but this one was reccomended to me, however it is in the city of orange.

                    Mary Me Bridal & Formalwear &copy 2005 Version 3.0

                    I'm planning on making a this my first stop! :)
                    Hey Amy,
                    I went to Mary me Bridal in Orange when I first started looking....some of the staff are very nice. The only thing is they won't let you take pictures of you in the dress while trying on. That sucked.
                    So I went somewhere else...hehehe...

                    Hey if you need help looking at dresses while you're there Call me....I don't live far from orange.
                    Andrea

                    #20 amyh

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                      Posted 28 March 2007 - 08:10 PM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by DREA14369
                      Hey Amy,
                      I went to Mary me Bridal in Orange when I first started looking....some of the staff are very nice. The only thing is they won't let you take pictures of you in the dress while trying on. That sucked.
                      So I went somewhere else...hehehe...

                      Hey if you need help looking at dresses while you're there Call me....I don't live far from orange.
                      Andrea
                      That would be great Andrea!! Someone referred me to the store. She said they have every dress you can think of, so I figure I'd stop there first. But I'm not planning on going shopping until August or so. If you can hold out till then I will def call you!




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