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#1671 Wedding Dj In Cancun

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    Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:08 PM

    Hello Brides To Be

    Palladium is a very Nice Resort with a Natural feel we done many weddings there (Djing), Please let me know if you have any question


    #1672 jengullage

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      Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:09 PM

      Hi Ladies :) It has been a long time since I have been able to write on this thread. Busy with work and school and wedding planning!!! But now I have some concrete things happening which is super exciting!! I have read all of the posts and want to congratulate all of the brides that just had their wedding and thank them for sharing their reviews and words of advice!!!! To give some insight on the new packages to all of the newbies or anyone who is thinking of changing their package this is my experience with it :)


      Originally we chose the Vow Renewal (the most expensive of the two options for that) and we were going to customize all of the details: flowers, decor etc. After looking at the Karen Bussen packages and weighing the pros and cons, we have decided to change our decision and go with the Mayan Pearl Package-vow renewal. It is a little more money but the decor is much more modern and I actually like the fact that I DONT have to make so many little decisions! It is after all, one of the reasons we wanted to go away!


      We have chosen white as the decor colour (as you are limited within them what colours you can choose) and our wedding colours are coral and turquoise. So we have decided to add those colours in little extras that we are bringing along and have everything else in white. We are getting married at the beach pergola on the Kantenah side, and we have little bamboo fans that are in our turquoise colour on each seat.  I think that will make a beautiful picture before any guests arrive.  My brother who is walking me down the aisle will also be in turquoise (shirt) and white pants. My maid of honour is wearing a coral dress, and the best man is wearing a coral shirt and light grey pants.  


      Because with the karen bussen packages we are limited to what we can choose, I figured that I would just do the following:  Since the decor will all be white including the flowers, I will give the included white bouquet and boutenneir to the maid of honor and best man (because you HAVE to use it) and then I can order an additional bouquet and boutenier  (that would normally be for the maid of honour and best man in a colour of our choice-we will do coral).  That way, the colour of the flowers will ofset what we are wearing I think.  I am pretty sure that is what we will end up doing.  So that is one way of kind of going around their strict colour scheme.  You basically have to use what is included (which is all gorgeous) but any extras can be whatever you want since you are paying extra for it.


      I am so excited to say that I am placing my order for our wedding favours tonight too! We are getting custom maracas from a place that Vanessa recommended "Maracas Mexico".  She was so quick to answer my quote requests and in a matter of three days I have all the info I need to place my order!  They are very affordable too-but I guess that could be subject to dispute depending on how many you have to order.  I only have 22 being ordered and the design is not too complicated but very pretty.  They hand paint their maracas to order and all of the other places I have checked out seemed a little sketchy, so I am hoping this turns out as good as I think it will!  They also have a facebook page under the same name you can check out! I commented on their homepage and within less than an hour they responded to me! 


      I also ordered a sand ceremony vase and coral and turquoise sand from elegantweddings.com or .ca...i cant remember.  So we will do that also at the ceremony!!


      We are not having a "dance party" after our reception as we don't really have the crowd for it, but we opted for a private reception even though we only have 20 people because we didn't want it to feel like we were just "out to dinner" with other ppl around.  We still have to pay for 25 guests (that is the minimum for the private) so in a sense we are actually paying more per plate considering we are paying for 5 plates that arent even being made.  But oh well! It eases my mind and that's all that matters at this point hehe!  So we are going to have speeches, do a slideshow presentation, maybe play the "shoe" game haha, have first dance, and do cake.  All the while we will have a mixture of classical music and spanish guitar music playing in the background.  I think it will be nice.  And if some ppl want to continue the night we will just go to the disco for free!


      We are also not telling people that we are getting married here first-although I think some people are beginning to wonder..it will be our little secret for as long as we can! Pretty much the only reason we are doing the vow renewal is because the week we wanted to go away, there was one day and one spot available for us-and it was too early in the week to be eligible for a legal mexican ceremony, so it didn't bother us at all that we could only do the vow renewal :)


      I don't really know anything about the bonfire party so I won't be able to answer any of those questions but if anyone has any other questions about the karen busssen packages I might be able to help!



      #1673 brebuisson02

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        Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:23 PM

        Hey Sarah,
        I have chosen a Karen Bussen package & this is why I can add the beach bash.. Crystel sounds like we will actually be at the resort at the same time.. My  guests are there from December 29th-January 5th  with the wedding on January 2nd. Me & my fianc© will be staying an extra week until the 12th!

        Junomei, as for the save-the-dates .. with a destination wedding I think the sooner you can get the info out, the better! We gave people over a years notice by sending out save-the-date magnets which had our wedding website and the date/resort on it. The wedding website was set up by our travel agents and had all the resort/travel info. I encouraged people to put their deposits down as soon as possible & most people did within 1 month of getting the save-the-dates. I think the sooner you can let people know & give them an estimate of price and stuff, the sooner they can start saving up if they want to attend.



        #1674 Carlota1981

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        Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:16 AM

        Welcome Noah, Junomei, Crystel and Alyn! So many people in few days!! 

        Welcome to the forum!!!



        Noah, I have just sent you the email with the document you asked me. About the other options for eating doing a private reception, you have the possibility to make a buffet. This has a cost of 40 usd. Ask Vanessa about all kind of starters, food and desserts that included. She sent it to me several months ago, and I am not able to find it. Probably I deleted it.



        Junomei, I got engaged at the end of August 2012 and we were thinking a lot about when to give the invitations to the guests. I decided to talk with my travel agent to know when the offers to the Riviera Maya were going to be available. She told me that the touroperators would have started to make offers from March. So then we decided to give the invitations between December and January. 

        Then Pullmantur, a Spanish touroperator make a very good offer (1300 usd including flights, transfers and resort during 7 nights) at the end of January. The guests had one month to book. Almost everybody booked. 

        The same touroperator continued making offers and other 6 guests booked later at a 1500 usd offer. 


        So suming up we decided to give the invitations some months before the offers at the travel agency.



        Crystel, for what Vanessa told me it is possible the resort celebrates two weddings the same day. She told me that for getting married at the beach gazebo we had available 2pm and 4pm as no other bride had booked the same day. So we chose 4pm. She told me that if other bride was interested in the same day, then she would have to book the 2pm hour and the locations that I am not choosing. 

        So probably in your case, there is another bride getting married at the other hour you prefer. 


        About what you can do until then, why do not go for a cocktail (5usd per person) or cocktail and appetizers (14 usd)? This has a 2-hour duration. 

        #1675 Carlota1981

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        Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:26 AM

        Noah!! I have just found the mail with the document that Vanessa sent me!! I was not able to find it before writing the previous post.

        At the mail Vanessa says it has a cost of 45 usd per person and is for 50 people as minimum. This a private option at La Laguna or El Gran Azul. 

        There are several options (it is not the 1st menu written, I imagined they cancelled or sth. As I have a small wedding (22 people) we decided to go for a menu and not the buffet, so I did not ask her for the option one.


        I imagine some of you cannot read it if I attached the document so I am going to copy and paste it








        Menu 2                                                                       Menu 2


        ENTRADAS FRAS                                                      STARTERS


        Hojas de Lechuga                                                                            Lettuce Leaves

        Tomate                                                                                                Tomato

        Pepinos                                                                                               Cucumbers

        Cebollitas Cambray                                                                         Cambray Pickled Onions 

        Aceitunas Verdes                                                                               Green Olives

        Aceitunas Negras                                                                             Black Olives

        Mayonesa                                                                                           Mayonnaise

        Aderezo Franc©s, Italiano y Roquefort                                         French Seasoning

        Aderezo Italiano                                                                                Italian Seasonig

        Aderezo Roquefort                                                                           Roquefort Seasoning

        Ensalada de Caprese                                                                      Caprese Salad

        Ensalada de Palmitos                                                                      Heart Palm Salad

        Ensalada de Rigatoni                                                                       Rigatoni Salad

        Ensalada de Pera y Mascarpone                                                  Pear and Mascarpone Salad

        Ensalada de Pollo y Vegetales                                                      Chicken and Vegetables Salad


        PLATOS FUERTES                                                     MAIN COURSES


        Crema de Tomate al Vino blanco                                  Cream of Tomato Soup in White Wine

        Lomo de Cerdo Mechado                                            Fricandeau of Pork

        Pechuga de Pollo a la Florentina                                  Breast of Chicken “Fiorentina Style”

        Filete de Mero Almendrado                                          Grilled Filets of Stone-Bass with Almonds

        Pato a la Naranja                                                         Duck a L’Orange

        Penne a la Arrabbtiata                                                  Penne alla Arrabbiata

        Popietas de Ternera al Jerez                                        Veal Rolls in Xerry Sauce

        Langostinos a la Parrilla                                               Grilled Prawns

        Arroz con Vegetales                                                    Rice with Vegetables

        Pur© de Papa                                                              Mashed Potatoes

        Coliflor Tempura                                                          Cauliflower Tempura

        Envuelto de Salm³n en Salsa de Pepino y Eneldo        Wraps of Salmon in Cucumber and Fennel Sauce

        Pavo Horneado “San Silvestre”                                     Roast Turkey “San Sivestre”

        Salsa de Jerez                                                             Xerry Sauce

        Salsa de Tamarindo                                                     Tamarind Sauce


        POSTRES                                                                   DESSERTS


        Pastel de Chocolate                                                                         Chocolate Cake 

        Pastel de Queso                                                                                Cheese Cake

        Pastel de Almendra                                                                          Almond Pie

        Mouse de Mango                                                                              Mango Mousse

        Pie de Manzana                                                                                Apple Pie

        Natillas                                                                                                Custard


        PAN                                                                            BREAD

        Pan de Cebolla, Pag©s y Eneldo                                                   Onion, Country Style and Fennel bread







        BUFFETS DE GALA PARA GRUPOS 2008                    GALA BUFFET FOR GROUPS 2008



        Menu 3                                                                       Menu 3

        ENTRADAS FRAS                                                      STARTERS


        Lechuga Mixta                                                             Mixed Lettuce

        Tomate                                                                        Tomato

        Corazones de Alcachofas                                            Artichoke Hearts          

        Aceitunas Rellenas                                                      Stuffed Olives 

        Aceitunas Verdes                                                        Green Olives

        Cebollitas Cambray                                                     Cambray Pickled Onions

        Mayonesa                                                                   Mayonnaise

        Vinagreta                                                                     Vinaigrette

        Salsa Americana                                                           American Seasoning

        Aderezo Franc©s                                                           French Seasoning

        Aderezo Cesar                                                             Caesar Seasoning

        Pepinillos                                                                    Pickles

        Jam³n Serrano                                                            Parma Ham

        Queso Brie                                                                  Brie Cheese

        Queso Holand©s                                                          Dutch Cheese

        Ensalada Rusa                                                            Russian Salad

        Ensalada Waldorf                                                        Waldorf Salad             

        Ensalada de Mozarella                                                 Mozzarella Salad

        Ensalada Betabel                                                        Beetroot Salad

        Ensalada de Calabacitas a la Parrilla                             Grilled Gourd Salad

        Ensalada de Champi±ones                                           Mushrooms Salad


        PLATOS FUERTES                                                     MAIN COURSES

        Crema de Vegetales                                                    Vegetables Cream

        Pez Espada en Salsa de Naranja                                  Sword fish in Orange Sauce

        Ternera al Horno en Salsa de Champi±ones                  Roasted Veal with a Mushrooms Sauce

        Pechuga de Pollo “San Angelo”                                   Breast of Chicken “San Angelo”

        Papa al Horno                                                             Roasted Potatoes

        Arroz Salvaje                                                               Rice “Wild Style”

        Vegetales Mixtos al Vapor                                           Boiled Mixed Vegetables         

        Filete de Mero en Salsa de Ajo                                     Fillet of Stone-Bass in Garlic Sauce

        Aros de Cebolla Tempura                                             Onion Rings Tempura

        Espagueti Pomodoro                                                  Spaghetti Pomodoro

        Solomillo de Ternera “Wellington”                                 Sirloin of Veal “Wellington”

        Salsa de Pimienta                                                        Pepper Sauce

        Salsa de Champi±ones                                                Mushroom Sauce


        POSTRES                                                                   DESSERTS

        Strudel de Manzana                                                     Apple Strudel  

        Pie de Pi±a                                                                 Pineapple Pie

        Pie de Pera                                                                 Pear Pie

        Pastel de Moca                                                             Mocha Cake

        Mouse de Chocolate                                                    Chocolate Mousse

        Flan Napolitano                                                           Caramel custard Neapolitan Style.


        PAN                                                                            BREAD

        Pan Integral, Pan de Avena y Pan de Ajo                      Whole meal Bread, Oat Bread and Garlic bread









        BUFFETS DE GALA PARA GRUPOS 2008                    GALA BUFFET FOR GROUPS 2008




        Menu 4                                                                       Menu 4


        ENTRADAS FRAS                                                      STARTERS


        Lechuga Romana                                                                             Romany Lettuce

        Tomate                                                                                                Tomato

        Espinacas Frescas                                                                           Fresh Spinach

        Aceitunas Negras                                                                             Black Olives        

        Aceitunas Verdes                                                                               Green Olives

        Cebollitas Cambray                                                                         Cambray Pickled Onions

        Vinagreta Italiana                                                                              Italian Vinaigrette

        Aderezo Roquefort                                                                           Roquefort Seasoning

        Aderezo Ranch                                                                                  Ranch Seasoning

        Ensalada de Berros                                                                          Watercress Salad              

        Ensalada Ni§oise                                                                             Ni§oise Salad                                                    

        Ensalada de Camarones                                                                Shrimp  Salad

        Ensalada de Poros y Pl¡tano macho                                           Leek and Banana “Macho” Salad  

        Ensalada de Papas y Anchoas                                                      Potatoes and Anchovies Salad

        Ensalada de Zanahorias                                                                 Carrot Salad

        Surtido de Quesos                                                                            Choice of Cheese

        Salm³n Ahumado                                                                            Smoked Salmon


        PLATOS FUERTES                                                     MAIN COURSES


        Crema de Esp¡rragos                                                  Asparagus Cream

        Pollo Almendrado                                                        Chicken with Almonds

        Rollo de Ternera al Romero                                          Rolled Veal Rosemary Style

        Chicharr³n de Pato                                                     Duck Crackling

        Mahi Mahi al Hinojo                                                     Mahi Mahi with Fennel

        Salm³n en Salsa Teriyaki                                             Salmon with Teriyaki Sauce

        Arroz al Jengibre                                                         Rice with Ginger          

        Espinacas a la Crema                                                  Spinaches with Cream  

        Calabacitas al Vapor                                                    Boiled Baby Marrows

        Camar³n Tempura               

        #1676 junomei

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        Posted 17 May 2013 - 12:52 PM

        Hey Bre, or any other Brides,


        When you are planning to send out your Save the Dates, besides the traditional information, what else are you including. I've got a website in the works and a TA working on deals.... is there anything I might be missing?


        I appreciate any ideas, thanks

        #1677 brebuisson02

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          Posted 17 May 2013 - 06:03 PM

          Originally Posted by junomei 

          Hey Bre, or any other Brides,


          When you are planning to send out your Save the Dates, besides the traditional information, what else are you including. I've got a website in the works and a TA working on deals.... is there anything I might be missing?


          I appreciate any ideas, thanks

          Hey, for the save-the-dates we had magnets made that had 4 photos of us & all it said on it was 'save the date for our destination wedding', the date, and mayan Riviera, mexico as well as the wedding website. And then with the magnets we sent a little thing we had typed out and printed on nice cardstock from Michaels in which we explained the situation for how to book their trip if they were planning on doing so. We also mentioned that they should check out the website where all the information would be. Most people that I have seen had the magnet on their fridge and used it to hold up the little information card we sent with it. I think what you have is good .. the website will be able to give them all the information so if you can give them that then they can check it out for themselves!

          #1678 HeatherLynn83

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            Posted 18 May 2013 - 04:59 AM

            Crystal, I have some problem. We wanted 4pm but someone already booked so they are giving us 2pm. Even though I emailed months ago and they just responded now. 2 pm will be when the sun is strongest and then you have to wait awhile for dinner. I understand you can have a cocktail hour but feel its crazy to pay for drinks when its shall inclusicpve resort! Crazy how everything adds up even here. Destination weddings are supposed to be cheaper, lol.

            #1679 junomei

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            Posted 18 May 2013 - 08:27 AM

            Hey Heatherlynn,


            What time is your supper reception.... Originally mine ceremony was suppose to be at four and the reception at 6, which doesn't leave much time for photos, which is super important to me, I have moved my ceremony to the 2pm slot as a result. So that should help use up a lot of time for the bridal party. As far as guests and a cocktail hour, I've read that some other brides have just had their guests go to the bars to kill some time. I'm still planning my own schedule, but that sounds like what I might do.


            And thank you Bre, I had not thought of a magnet and just a simple card to send them what they basically need to know. Guess that's the beauty of a wedding website.

            #1680 Carlota1981

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            Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:32 AM

            Originally Posted by junomei 

            Hey Bre, or any other Brides,


            When you are planning to send out your Save the Dates, besides the traditional information, what else are you including. I've got a website in the works and a TA working on deals.... is there anything I might be missing?


            I appreciate any ideas, thanks

            Hello Junomei,


            Here it goes one idea. Instead of making a website, we prefered to give the information with the invitations. 

            We know a website is easier but we prefered the fact of people had the information "between their hands", read it at the airplane, etc besides a lot of people is not going to see the website as they do not usually use the internet.



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