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#31 missdanelle

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    Posted 04 December 2008 - 04:24 PM

    hello! I was hoping that I could ask you a few questions but I noticed that this is an older thread... If you read this would you mind?

    #32 JLC

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      Posted 04 December 2008 - 08:43 PM

      Congrats! I am so happy to here that you had a great time! In November I am getting married their and I am so excited! I haven't heard much feed back on the resort so I was getting a little worried, but you reassured me, thank you. Your pictures a great!
      If you have any words of advise for me that would be more than appreciated :)
      Jamie

      #33 luvdezi

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        Posted 10 December 2008 - 08:57 AM

        hello! I was hoping that I could ask you a few questions but I noticed that this is an older thread... If you read this would you mind?

        I don't mind at all....If I can help ...I will!

        and in regards to advice...I would just say to relax and not worry too much about the little details(ie. place cards, seating, even decorations etc). The environment itself is so beautiful and everyone will be so relaxed and will have gotten to know each other by the day of your wedding that those details don't matter. This place is perfect for a wedding and you guys will absolutely love it. Our guests are still talking about it and wanting to go back.

        #34 Archie510

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          Posted 11 December 2008 - 02:35 PM

          I agree with Luvdezi! I just got married there on Nov. 20th and we had the time of our lives! The tables really dont need table decorations. They will decorate the head table w/ a beautiful flower centerpiece, but for the other tables they will use really nice linens. For example at Boto Fogo, they used an ivory damask linen which was nice. The table was covered w/ glasses and dishes and tea light candles, that there really isnt much room for them (on the rectangle tables) they charge an extra $1000 for round tables (and that cost doesnt make sense to me) At Chilis they use a royal blue table linen. I believe those are the two choices if you want a private dinner.
          They will go above and beyond for your wedding, so don't worry. The staff is very friendly and will make your day special!

          #35 missdanelle

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            Posted 11 December 2008 - 05:33 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by luvdezi
            hello! I was hoping that I could ask you a few questions but I noticed that this is an older thread... If you read this would you mind?

            I don't mind at all....If I can help ...I will!

            and in regards to advice...I would just say to relax and not worry too much about the little details(ie. place cards, seating, even decorations etc). The environment itself is so beautiful and everyone will be so relaxed and will have gotten to know each other by the day of your wedding that those details don't matter. This place is perfect for a wedding and you guys will absolutely love it. Our guests are still talking about it and wanting to go back.
            oH WOW! i feel soo much better after reading your review; thank you! I just wanted to ask you a few questions...
            Your boquet was beautiful! Was that one of the options they provided? We were hoping to have a private reception and I wanted to get your suggestions. I kinda lie the idea of Chilis since its open to the ocean(from what I understand)... how private is it exactly? Do they serve appetizers during the coctail hour or is that extra? i really want to do some TTD photos at some point and was wondering if i need to hire someone for that outside of the resort or if the wedding photog would be available for that? You mentioned that the dessert from the rest. Was better than the cake; so is that in addition to the reception dinner then? im so sorry... im really not this high maint. I just have alot of questions!
            As far as the actual wedding; Did you notice how the chairs looked under the white covers... I dont know that I want them covered?
            I think thats all for now. Thank you soo much!!
            Do you have any of the emails that they sent to you as far as the options for flowers ect.?

            #36 luvdezi

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              Posted 12 December 2008 - 06:41 AM

              1)Was that one of the options they provided?

              Yes ..the bouquet was one of the options...white roses are another option I remember...the flowers there are gorgeous!

              2)We were hoping to have a private reception and I wanted to get your suggestions. I kinda lie the idea of Chilis since its open to the ocean(from what I understand)... how private is it exactly?
              First off..
              for a private reception you need to have 45- 50 people for Botofogo and 100 for chilis( to book the entire restaurant)
              I would choose Chili's because the food there was unbelievable and if you have 30 or less people they give you the mezzanine and it is essentiallyprivate....keep in mind they are changing their policies regularly there..so if you have an agreement with them get it via e-mail and print out everything and take it with you to the resort. We loved our reception..we had a DJ in our own private restaurant...people really drank more than they ate so Botofogo worked for us!

              3)Do they serve appetizers during the coctail hour or is that extra?


              We paid extra for our appetizers. It is priced per person and was worth it because of the long cocktail hrsssss!!!

              4)i really want to do some TTD photos at some point and was wondering if i need to hire someone for that outside of the resort or if the wedding photog would be available for that?


              I think maybe you could work something out with Carlos...ask them and see..I don't really know but I would ask.

              5)You mentioned that the dessert from the rest. Was better than the cake; so is that in addition to the reception dinner then?

              you don't pay extra for dessert it comes with the dinner..I just wouldn't upgrade the cake that comes with the package.
              hope this helps....I went through the same thing when I was trying to plan!
              I would suggest that you and your hubby2b go down 3- 4 days prior to everyone else arriving so that you can work out the details. The meeting is only 45- 60 minutes long and voila your wedding is planned and then relaxation and partytime!!

              #37 missdanelle

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                Posted 12 December 2008 - 12:03 PM

                that helps tremendously! thANK YOU!! we are definately going to have atleast 50 -60 people but i dont know about 100!

                #38 JLC

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                  Posted 13 December 2008 - 04:19 PM

                  Wow Guys thank you so much! all that info is great thanks Danelle for all the questions lol they were the same ones I was wondering too! I was also wondering if there is an option for a beach reception?

                  #39 ErikDaGenErik

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                    Posted 14 December 2008 - 09:33 AM

                    we almost picked this hotel to get married! Riu chain is great, we've stayed at 3 all over the Carribean. great review!

                    #40 luvdezi

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                      Posted 14 December 2008 - 11:14 AM

                      Wow Guys thank you so much! all that info is great thanks Danelle for all the questions lol they were the same ones I was wondering too! I was also wondering if there is an option for a beach reception?

                      I don't think they do beach receptions here...even if they did..the way the beach is I don't think you would want it there...no privacy. I originally wanted a beach reception as well but then I read a post on here that a bride had hers on the beach (not at the Riu) and she said it was windy and sand was stuck to her dishes and on the food. We had a private honeymoon dinner on the beach at the Isle of Mujeres Palace and we had no problems with that...it was perfect!
                      So I am sure if you wanted a beach reception somewhere that won't happen!
                      It probably depends on the resort , if they have a wind shield of some sort and what time of year. Hope this helps!! BTW Chili's is only 8 rows of palm trees away from the beach! It really is beautiful!




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