You seem like you've definitely done your research! Your Xcaret engagement photos sounds like they'll be AMAZING!! Can't wait to see them if you'll share them with us.
My Fiance and I just booked a SUPER last min trip out to Riviera Maya/Cancun 2 days ago and are super excited to go again since it's been exactly 3 years since we've visitied. I know other resorts will credit your site visit stay towards your wedding if you book with them, did Grand Palladium do that for you when you went 2 weeks ago? I'm not even sure if they have a similar policy. We're just hoping to keep this a budget trip and nail down what we need to i.e. pay deposits, refresh our memory and check out all the wedding ceremony/reception/bar sites again, maybe meet up with some other planner groups since we're probably going to bring outside vendors in. I'm not even sure what else we can arrange in such short notice...
Thanks for all the info & tips! I'll definitely be ready with lots of OFF bugspray. Everytime I go anywhere tropical, the mosquitos love feasting on me and leave a ton of evidence all over me to prove it =/
Your wedding sound like it'll be fabulous!! Good luck on the planning!!
Originally Posted by Mikeycelle
Hi LoveInParadise and Palladium Brides!
I just got back 2 weeks ago from Grand Palladium Riviera Maya. We don't have a TA. We don't know if it's worth having a middleman. Our guests like booking online and we'd like them to have the freedom of shopping for the best prices for their budgets.
We had our engagement photo shoot at Xcaret by New York- based Benchwerk Photography. We plan on sending Save the Date postcards as soon as we book a date.
We met with the petite, very sweet, energetic Vanessa Roldan who showed us around the resort.The resort is breathtakingly beautiful! The service was excellent, the staff are friendly, the place is sanitary ( they had hand sanitizers everywhere and the staff in the restaurants wear hairnets and the managers were always present)
They're only taking 2013 bookings in May. The packages rates are changing to 2013 rates. They only do wedding on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a max of 3 weddings a day during the high season. We hope our guests can do the whole week with us.Those who can do the whole week can come in on Thursday (in time for reheasal dinner), Wedding on Friday, have Saturday to themselves and leave on Sunday in time for work on Monday.
We're having a Catholic Nuptial Mass in the chapel.onsite on Friday at 4 pm.It's going to be a traditional Filipino wedding with candle ceremony, coin ceremony, and veil and cord ceremony. It should end by 5:30 PM. I wanted ample time to take pictures after the wedding so I googled what time the sunset will be in April 2013 is 7:08 PM. The cocktail hour at Las Rocas bar ( by the saltwater pool overlooking the ocean) opens at 6 PM. Just enough time for picture taking and sipping cocktail and snacking on appetizers until the wedding reception at 7 pm at one of the buffet restaurants, La Laguna.
I want a mariachi band playing during cocktail hour. Vanessa will email me the updated prices for 2013. By the way the backdrop for your pictures will be amazing!
We chose April because it is right after spring break, the room rates drop which will be helpful for our guests and right before hurricane season. We also wanted to avoid the mosquitos which come after the rains. I plan on getting the OFF! clip ons and citronella candles to ward off mosquitos. I got bitten on the last 2 days of vacation after the rains. It may or may not work but I'm doing what I can to ward off the pests!
The ceiling decoration is included in the package however the lights are not ($150 USD). The linen only come in white except for the sashes( blue ,aqua,light pink,light blue,yellow,white and cappuccino) They have an external supplier if you want different colored tablecloth ( $10 USD ea) Color napkins ( $1.50 each) Tiffany chairs ( $5) There is an extra charge of $50 to th external supplier bring everything in.
Keep in mind the resort is huge and your guests wil be doing a lot of walking! You can arrange for the coordinator to send trolleys for the older folks who have trouble walking or for yourself if you don't want to schlep from one end of the resort to the other and it gets hot! The place is gorgeous and offers so much activities. There is always something for everyone.
I'll update once I hear more from Vanessa. Happy planning!