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Hi Candice,

 

I can't really answer any of your questions about the larger groups and pricing as we've always known we're going to have a smaller number of people and that we would never go over 40. They haven't been very flexible with changing a lot of their policies, so you might have to pay the additional amount. Maybe one of the other brides here has a larger group?

 

We didn't have to supply our numbers until last week to Rocio/Erika, so about 3 weeks in advance. From their e-mails it seems that the date they needed the numbers by was dependent on how busy the resort was and if they had a lot of other weddings/groups to try to get booked. I do know that we have until our wedding planning meeting at the resort to chose our menu. We were able to get the restaurant we wanted at the time we wanted. I honestly don't know how they prioritize that though.

 

Good Luck,

Jennifer

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Hi Candice,

 

I can't really answer any of your questions about the larger groups and pricing as we've always known we're going to have a smaller number of people and that we would never go over 40. They haven't been very flexible with changing a lot of their policies, so you might have to pay the additional amount. Maybe one of the other brides here has a larger group?

 

We didn't have to supply our numbers until last week to Rocio/Erika, so about 3 weeks in advance. From their e-mails it seems that the date they needed the numbers by was dependent on how busy the resort was and if they had a lot of other weddings/groups to try to get booked. I do know that we have until our wedding planning meeting at the resort to chose our menu. We were able to get the restaurant we wanted at the time we wanted. I honestly don't know how they prioritize that though.

 

Good Luck,

Jennifer

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Hi Candice,

 

I'm not sure how my FBIL's worked this out but when we went to their wedding at Grand Palladium in March/08, all the guests (there was about 27 of us I think) had one of our a la cartes used for the reception dinner at Portafino. Everyone was there for 1 week so instead of getting 3 a la cartes for the week, we all got 2 as we used one for the reception dinner. This saved the FBIL's some money for the reception/wedding package cost and none of us guests minded at all.

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It is now even more simple to do the dinner reception at the a la carte since GP has gone to an unlimited a la cartes per person, no matter the length of the stay.

 

Candice- I wish I could help you out, but we may not even hit 20, let alone 40 people, so we are just doing a group dinner at Portofino. Best bet is to just talk with Rocio and hopefully it will work out. Back when we thought we'd be having a larger group to go, my FMIL was saying that if we had a few over 40, she was going to 'get into it' with Rocio if we couldn't have the simple dinner at Portofino, but that was just her being crazy, I think! Good luck with your planning!

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Jen and Tara- when are you ladies leaving for Mexico? I was looking at the thread thinking that there ought to be some weddings coming up, and then it hit me that it is actually January already. You both must be soooo excited!!

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Jen and Tara- when are you ladies leaving for Mexico? I was looking at the thread thinking that there ought to be some weddings coming up, and then it hit me that it is actually January already. You both must be soooo excited!!
We fly out next Sunday (the 18th). We are beyond excited!!! I have just been getting last minute things done for the OOT bags. Pretty much done everything now! I can't believe that 2 weeks from today I will be a Mrs!!
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Hello, Thank you all for your response in getting back to me about having a group over 40 people. I appreciate it.

 

I too would also love to hear about the brides that are going to get married at the Grand Palladium as well. So exciting!! We have 10 more months to go till we get married.

 

How are you ladies planning on doing the 1st dance? Also did you ask someone to be an MC to arrange some speaches if you are doing any? Do they provide you with a mic? What section are you brides booked in to stay at with the group? Riviera Section, White Sanda, Colonial, Kantenah?

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We are thinking about doing our first dance during a cocktail hour (hopefully we get 25 people total OR they'll let us pay for 25 people and have it even if we don't have enough people). We are thinking of doing the cake cutting and first dance and father/daughter dance during the cocktail hour because we want the photographers there, and our dinner isn't until 7 (our photogs are only there from 1-6). I think that during the cocktail hour, they provide a soundsystem, and you can rent a mic if need be (its under $100, so not bad).

 

We are booked in the Kantenah side of the resort- I liked the wilderness aspect of it.

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Hi all,

 

I've just spent the last 1 1/2 hr reading all the posts on this thread and have been sold on GP! I'm so glad that this thread exist, I don't feel as alone and lost now woot.gif

 

I'm in the midst of arranging for our travel plans and have emailed Rocio a few days ago (haven't heard back). I'm hoping for a Nov 2009 symbolic wedding and I'm expecting 30 ppl maybe.

 

A few questions that I'm hoping to get help with:

 

1) Kelly, I'm also from Calgary. Which TA are you using and would you recommend your TA?

 

2) Does anyone have photos of the different restaurants that can be used for the wedding reception? Coppergoddess, do you have photos of the Portofino, it sounds really nice.

 

3) I gather that there are 3 ceremony locations: garden gazebo, beach gazebo and beach. Which resort and where are the 3 venues located at?

 

I would appreciate it if you can email me pictures, menu, maps, pricing at jon.joann@gmail.com

 

JO

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Jo- I'm glad the thread helped you! When I first posted a few months ago, I felt really alone because no one else was getting married at the GP- it feels better now that there are a bunch of us!

 

Anyway- for pictures of the restaurants, you can look at this link Restaurant Photos They aren't very artistic, but they show the basic idea of what the restaurants look like. If I can do a PIP here, this is a pic from Del Sol of the Portofino terrace that we've selected- looks like an AWESOME location:)

Click the image to open in full size.

 

For more pictures of the resort, go to the Del Sol post http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t4276

They have a bunch of GP weddings that they've shot that show great views of the resort!

 

As for the locations- the beach ceremony is usually done on the Kantenah beach, the beach gazebo is over by the White Sands area of the resort (by one of the snack bars, apparently), and I think the garden gazebo is located by the Colonial Kantenah lobby. I was all set on the beach gazebo, but now I'm looking at the beach option as well because all my guests are staying on the Kantenah side (at least, that is where we are staying, and most of our guests are sticking close to us, if possible).

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