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#251 LDeeken

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    Posted 07 April 2009 - 02:51 PM

    Hi Everyone!

    Thank you for your Awesome posts, they have been very helpful. I just got engaged 2 weeks ago...yeah!!! We are still finalizing our decision, but I'm pretty sure we are going to go with the Grand Palladium. I just had a few questions that I was hoping someone could answer for me if you have a chance:

    1. How early can you reserve your date? We are looking at June 2010.
    2. What should I expect from the Wedding Coordinator? I emailed her yesterday for some information, but it sounds like she takes a while.
    3. How many weddings do they have per day? I've heard 3-6.

    Anyway, thank you all in advance for all your help!! I'm sure I'll have more questions as we get further along in the planning!!


    Leah =)

    #252 shellbelle

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      Posted 07 April 2009 - 06:52 PM

      Hey Leah,

      Congratulations on your engagement!

      Here are some answers to your questions:

      Q. How early can you reserve your date?
      A. I was previously looking at a date in February 2010 and Rocio informed me that there wouldn't be any bookings for then until at least May 2009.

      Q. What should I expect from the Wedding Coordinator? I emailed her yesterday for some information, but it sounds like she takes a while.
      A. When we initially emailed Rocio for a date, we didn't hear anything back for about a week and a half. My fiance decided to call her in Mexico to see if she had received our email and then she responded quickly after. When we received the email back from her, it had 'SPAM' in the title line meaning that it had gone into her email spam box! After that, we just kept replying to the same email and sometimes she responded within the hour. So I guess if you are really worried, you could phone and check to see if she even received your email or not.
      But from reading the posts, everyone says that Rocio is wonderful to work with once you are in Mexico. ;o)

      Q. How many weddings do they have per day? I've heard 3-6.
      A. On the Palladium Addicts website, Rocio's message says that they can now do 6 weddings per day.

      Good luck!

      #253 svetayasofiya

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        Posted 08 April 2009 - 01:18 PM

        Just a quick question......... this goes out specifically to my fellow Canadians.... We'll be flying out in February.... any Ontarians or Quebecers know how much we can expect to pay for 7 days in mid-Feb? The rates aren't posted yet... and I'll probably be booking the wedding date before I know the flight details...... *Kinda scary.....
        Am I dreaming thinking for 7 days from Montreal to the Grand Palladium we can get a package for roughly $1500-1600?

        #254 shellbelle

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          Posted 08 April 2009 - 08:05 PM

          Hey svetayasofiya,

          This is a quote I received from my travel agent this February for the Colonial/Kantenah parts of the resort. The prices are unfortunately high, due to the fact that pricing won't actually be published and available until June or sometime in the Summer. The rates you should be able to actually get once they are published should be much lower. For example, we actually stayed in the Yucatan Royal Suites for $1500.00 with taxes in last December. Go figure!

          double rate $1932.50 pp
          child rate $1093.50 pp
          2 week rate $2813.50 pp
          *please note that the rates below include the taxes of 266.50 per person

          The high cost of February is actually why we moved our wedding to November/December in the shoulder season. Unfortunately, I think the best thing to do is to wait until the 2009/2010 catalogues and rates are published before booking.

          Best of luck!

          #255 svetayasofiya

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            Posted 09 April 2009 - 07:15 AM

            Yikes! rates like that and no one will be coming to our wedding! However, if those are the standard posted rates..... it can only get better from there. I am sure there are deals to be had, especially with a group.
            Thanks for the info! I unfortunately can't change the date. *Difficult parents flying in from BC. LOL I had originally planned for January. We'll see.
            Anyone know what the wedding date booking process is? I can't remember if I had read it before. Can you save the date? How set in stone is the booking? Because obviously if we can't get a good deal, the Palladium might not happen.

            #256 LDeeken

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              Posted 09 April 2009 - 09:48 AM

              Thanks ShellBelle!!

              I might try and give Rocio a call then to see if she received my email. I'm just so excited and want to plan it now! Do you happen to know what time of day is best to get ahold of her?



              #257 Jan2010 Bride

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                Posted 09 April 2009 - 02:37 PM

                Thanks for the great information! Definitely a help :)

                #258 svetayasofiya

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                  Posted 09 April 2009 - 04:41 PM

                  I have to say Rocio has been really great about getting back to me, she just takes a week (sometimes two!), but she always returns my emails and is very informative. I would give her some slack as she is not accepting bookings for 2010 before mid-May and probably won't even give 2010 weddings a thought right now. (She probably thinks we're all crazy planning so far in advance!)
                  If you haven't already done so, I would recommend reading this entire thread from start to finish. (I did!) Almost everything is already covered here and if it's not ask away, because there always seems to be a member that has the answer.
                  I know it's exciting! I want everything planned now too! *Trying to be patient.

                  Happy Easter everyone!

                  #259 hanna

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                    Posted 10 April 2009 - 01:32 PM

                    Any June Palladium brides want to share vases?

                    My wedding is June 5, Ashley's is June 12th. I am purchasing about 12-15 tall square vases from walmart when we get down there. We are using them for our private reception at La Laguna. I plan to put sand on the bottom, sink a real-touch orchid, and then float a candle on top. Are there any other Palladium brides needing vases around then that wants to split the cost with us? We didn't want to lug vases down there, so just purchasing when we get there.

                    You can also email me at hannaono@gmail.com

                    #260 shellbelle

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                      Posted 12 April 2009 - 03:26 PM

                      Just some information for any brides that are going the private reception route at Grand Azul or La Laguna...

                      This information was provided from Rocio on April 10, 2009 for a wedding in December 2009. While I'm sure each reception can be customized further, this is just what information I was given as a starting point. :o)

                      The cost of having a private reception starts at $50 and goes up to $60 per person depending on the menu you choose from their gala dinner wedding menu list. For this price, you get the area from 7pm - 11pm (4 hours). You receive the tables set up with white tables cloths and wooden chairs and white fabric draped from the ceiling.

                      Here is a photo that Rocio sent me for a sample of La Laguna with this setup (you can't see the fabric draped from the ceiling, but please refer to the image of the Gala setup to see what it would look like):
                      Click the image to open in full size.

                      There is also a 'Gala' setup which includes covered chairs and lights in the draped fabric from the ceiling. The cost for the chair covers is $4 US per chair and to have the lights is $150 US.

                      Here is a photo that I found of the Gala setup (at the Grand Azul).
                      Click the image to open in full size.

                      The private reception also includes a speaker setup with a microphone so that you can do speeches and first dance, etc. If you want decorations for the tables other than what is provided (some simple flowers and candles), you need to provide them yourself.

                      If anyone has anything to add about private receptions that you have found out, that would be greatly appreciated! Such as, I'm not sure if it is extra or possible to go from square tables to round?

                      Anyways...Just another heads up that I sent Rocio an email about a week and a half ago and never received a response. Then just to see, I responded to an email that she had sent back to me previously (therefore not changing the subject line) with the same email I had sent before, and she responded within a minute! I think that any new emails I send to her keep going in her spam box but the old original one she has on file goes into her inbox. Very weird but just may want to consider that if you don't hear from her but have gotten a hold of her once!

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