Moon Palace Wedding Review
Posted 31 August 2008 - 09:52 PM
First of all, let me start by saying that the Moon Palace is a beautiful resort. It is huge, so if you are looking for something that is not crowded and full of people all the time, then this definitely is not the place for you. But, if you are looking to have a good time, good food, and courteous people, all without leaving your resort, then you picked the right choice.
When we first arrived, we were handed a wet towel and a glass of mimosa, which I thought was awesome. While we were standing in line, a lady came by and gave me a flower and welcomed me to Moon Palace Sunrise. This is when the problem began. Originally, I was told that my guests and I were going to be booked on the Moon Grand side, so why am I at the Sunrise side. After 2 hours of speaking with numerous people and showing the email (I had a copy of every email that I had exchanged with Claudia, my WC) we finally were given a room on the Grand side, which to us was worth fighting for. The rooms over there are much bigger than the other rooms, and it was more peaceful, which my older guests appreciated. The only thing negative was the fact that all of the activities were elsewhere, so you had to catch a golf cart to get to the Nizuc side, and then a shuttle if you wanted to go to the Sunrise side. We never heard any complaints, so we didnâ€™t find it to be a problem at all. Donâ€™t want to drag my problems out, letâ€™s just say that every time a guest of mine checked in, they were given a room on the Sunrise side, then I had to try and track them down so that they could be transferred to the Grand side, which was typed in the notes, but apparently, they are so busy, no one even read the notes. This took valuable time out of my day because when you are the bride, everything has to be PERFECT. The guests may not have had a problem with their rooms, but the mere fact that I knew they were suppose to be someplace else, caused me to react. At this point, I was questioning if I made the right choice, but James kept assuring me that the wedding will be great so just calm down.
My meeting with Claudia went well. Every question that I had, she was ready to answer and made me feel confident that everything was going to be alright. She took notes the whole time and every time I started to seem doubtful, she made me aware that she had things under control. What I thought would be the most stressful time of the week, actually turned out to be the easiest.
James and I both received manicures and pedicures the day before the wedding. I had got my nails down prior to coming, so I just had my cuticles cleaned and a minor touch up. I really wanted to go and see the brides getting their hair done, so that I can know what to expect. Plus, this gave me time to look through some books and decide if it was a style that I may want.
Since we were having a private reception, we chose to use our free dinner for a welcome dinner. This was held in La Bugambilia, Italian restaurant in the Sunrise lobby. The food was good, but I didnâ€™t really eat anything because I was mingling with guests and taking pictures. This was the first time that everyone had a chance to meet each other, so it was more talking going on than eating.
One thing about dining, I will not say that any of the food taste bad because I didnâ€™t go there looking for 1st class dining. I knew that it was an AI resort, so the food may not be a black tie type dish, but as long as it was eatable and we didnâ€™t get sick, it was alright to me. The food just coats your belly for the drinking that you can do. The service was always outstanding and there were times that we were angry because people didnâ€™t leave a tip. These workers go out of their way to help you and to not leave them a tip just seem ridiculous, especially when in the States you tip for service that may not have been good at all, but it is expected of you and sometimes a must to do.
Being an African-American, I was really worried about getting my hair done, but she got down!!!!!!. My hair was turned out beautiful. I didnâ€™t find anything in those books, so I just told her to put the back up and sweep the front. She said okay and went to work. My photographer, personal paparazzi, was with me and kept telling me how it was looking because I was afraid to look. In the end, I was highly impressed. The same goes for my makeup. I did bring along my own makeup, so maybe that helped, but whatever the case may be, I was very pleased with their services.
We were married at the Bugambilia gazebo and had our reception on the terrace. I arrived by horse and carriage, which is an absolute MUST!!!! The guests were all smiles when I pulled up. My husband said that even know he knew that I was going to arrive like that, there was something about the clopping of the horseâ€™s hooves that made the difference. Plus, the ride to the gazebo was so fun. We passed so many people waving and saying how beautiful I looked. Some of the workers who had asked when the wedding was were even along the road waving. It was such a great experience!!!!! The ceremony went error free and we had a ball at the reception. We brought our laptop and my God-brother was our deejay. We danced until they made us stop. We had people walking by that stopped and danced. We didnâ€™t mind at all, because at this point, we were like the more the merrier. We had drinks, ate, had drinks, danced, and did I mention we had drinks. This truly was a DREAM DAY!!!!!!!!!!!
When the reception ended, we went to Andromeda disco, which is in the Sunrise lobby and danced, had more drinks, and danced some more.
The next day everyone did their own thing. We had some who went to Wet nâ€™ Wild, some went shopping downtown, and others just went to the pool and hung out. The next night we decided to go on the Lobster Dinner cruise. This was really relaxing as well. The only negativity was we ate in the bottom of the boat, and it was hot down there. So we kind of ate quicker than normal, so that we can get back upstairs. But, it was really nice and the night breeze was wonderful.
The following morning we did our trash the dress pictures. This was when James proved to me that he was a romantic. He got in the ocean and pretty much guided me where he wanted me to be. This turned me on (too much information, let me get back on track). This made me see him in a different light. The whole time, it was whatever I wanted, but this day he had his way and I liked it. Afterwards, we showered, etcâ€¦, and then went around thanking all of our guests for coming and wishing them a safe return.
Soon, we were off to our honeymoon which was at Aventura Palace. Details about Aventura coming soon.
Everyone had a great time and there was no sickness in my group. Although it is hard to imagine now if you are going to be married there, everything will be alright. Although we had problems in the beginning, our main focus was the wedding and it was flawless. I brought my own photographer, which came as a guest so we didnâ€™t have any problems. We did pay for the video, which I thought came out well. We brought our florist, who did all of the bridesmaidsâ€™ flowers, the boutonnieres, my flowers, the girls anklets and the hair combs. Plus, she did my flower girlâ€™s basket and hair piece. Plus, we brought people who would not have cared if they stayed at the Motel 6; they were going to have a good time, so that helps.
When we began our planning, everyone had a lot of input as to where they felt that we should go, and how much they thought that they should spend. It started to get frustrating because I wanted to please everyone, and didnâ€™t want to have anyone left out because of my decision. In the end, I had to realize that no matter what I chose, someone would have something negative to say. Decide where YOU want to be married and if they want to come, they will come. I gave people 11 months to pay on their trip, so if it was a will, I tried to make a way. Although we didnâ€™t get as many people to go that said they were going, we got 34 people and that was more than we expected. Try and be understanding and remember that as long as you have your FI, you can have a wedding.
I tried to touch on everything. If I missed anything or if you have specific questions let me know and I will try and answer them. Hopefully, I helped someone and Congratulations to each and every one of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mrs. LaTasha Lewis
Posted 31 August 2008 - 11:36 PM
Posted 01 September 2008 - 08:50 PM
You said you brought your own florist. Where did your florist by the flowers? Was she a guest for your wedding?
Posted 02 September 2008 - 01:42 PM
I am glad you had a great wedding!!! Can't wait to see your pictures
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