Hello all future palladium brides.
Well I am back from our wedding and honeymoon!!!!
Where to start - Stunning, Breathtaking, Amazing, Fun
I am going to start with a review of the Hair/Make up as I know a few of you wanted this information.
The girls there are very good and did an amazing job. My only recommendation is give yourself lots of time. We had 3 weddings that day and one bride that was very picky plus I guess brought extra people and they took more time than they were booked for so my group were all delayed. It was very scary, and we were not ready on time.. but fortunately our judge was late so it all worked out.
I did not have a picture of what I wanted but went earlier that week and looked at their books, I had an idea and found what I wanted. They did an even better job than what I expected. The make up beautiful, I gave her full reign on colors as I felt they would know what is better for pictures. A note, the makeup is heavier than what you most likely are used to but necessary for pictures. All of us looked stunning and I would say don't worry at all, every wedding we saw during the week, everyone looked amazing.
Wedding locations - we were married at the Beach Gazebo.. so happy with this choice. It was stunning and the way it is located while you will get spectators they are at a respectful distance. Loved this location. Our reception was at the Gran Azul and it was perfect. You are surrounded by jungle and they block it off so very private. They did a really nice job with decoration and I did not purchase anything extra.
I loved this location for the privacy for our reception. We had 45 people so yes this was the private pay per person reception. My only thing I wish I had bought an extra hour, we were still ready to keep dancing at 11 when we had to shut it down.
the food was amazing but it wasn't what I ordered..we had a good laugh at that one.
Service was also really good but they did not serve the head table first. I will be sending this recommendation in which my follow up comment email.
Im not sure if this was cleared up in another email but there was some discussion on this forum about a $70.00 Judge fee. yes you do have to give them $70 US cash but it is for the transportation of the judge and then they deduct it from your total so you are not paying anything extra.
The blood test is done right at the Wedding Coordinators office and it was very professional and easy.
The marriage certificate is one of the coolest things.. with your thumb prints. Love it.
If you do have a sand ceremony - I recommend having one of guests look after getting it to a room after the ceremony. My own fault for not doing this and our sand was all mixed up when they gave it back to me. So we will redo it here in Canada. Again - not a huge deal and I blame myself for that one.
Wedding Coordinator.. when we got there, they mixed up people (same names) and our wedding letter with date/time of meeting was given to one of our guests. We arrived late at night so it was a little frantic, Finally I got a hold of someone the next day to find out when our meeting was as we did not know their was a mix up with names. Rocio who I did all my planning with ended up not being who looked after us when we got there. No explanation as to why and it was a little disappointing at first but Grace ended up being our wedding coordinator and she was amazing. She did a fabulous job.
the Resort - Fantastic. we loved it and for a large resort the food was exceptional. I have food issues, Im Celiac (no gluten) as well as no dairy. The Palladium has a great system for allergies and it worked really well. My Aunt (who is the same) and I had no issues with food and everyone was really good about.it. Everyone of my guests had a fabulous time and loved the resort.
I had my Travel Agent request rooms and they did not honor our requests, some of them were met but we were all spread out all over the Whitesands resort. This was a little disappointing. wish I had know about the form on Palladium Addicts site.
Well this is getting long so will end here, if anyone has any other questions I would be happy to help answer if I can. Our wedding was truly the wedding of my dreams.