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#151 hknyc

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    Posted 04 May 2009 - 12:39 PM

    Hi all,
    I have good news and bad news about our wedding at the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda which was to take place yesterday Sunday May 3rd. The bad news is we had to cancel the wedding due to the fact that when we flew down there early last week Monday April 27th we realized the swine flu craze was scaring our guests who were supposed to fly down for the wedding. With a heavy heart we canceled it last Monday and Blue Bay was amazing in refunding our guests and our wedding package. My fiance and I decided to stay for the week and the good news is I cannot express enough how WONDERFUL the resort is. We kept walking around looking at the places where our 100 plus guests would have been playing and looking at the locations we picked for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception realizing how perfect our wedding day would have been.
    That said- I wanted to write this because even though we are heartbroken about not getting married there, we would wholeheartedly recommend the resort for anyone's wedding day. If you would like to ask any questions feel free to email me at hknyc123@yahoo.com. We can recommend the local band who was to play at our reception. I did take some quick videos of the resort before I left of the various locations to show my future mother in law.

    best, Heather

    #152 cindy2010

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      Posted 04 May 2009 - 05:05 PM

      Hey ladies!

      I think about you girls everyday when I watch the news... I would sure freak out if it would happen to me so last minute! Heard it's getting better in Mexico already... They're opening the shops and restaurants back again slowly.

      Heather, I'm glad it was as beautiful and amazing as expected! Are you not gonna get married there at all? Sorry to hear it didn't work...

      nkuzik, you booked in July? I'm having such a hard time choosing a date. Our brothers and sisters (best man and bridesmaids) are all in highschool, college, university... So finding a date that would fit for everyone is a lot more complicated then I thought! The march breaks dont fit all together, so we're left with christmas or july... I was a little scared with the weather in july..? Do you know if it's its hot? Or what about the rain?

      One last thing, Raegan, CONGRATS!! So glad to hear it went well!! Can't wait to read your review, and see your pics... Anyways, congrats again! :)
      All you need is love

      #153 Jojo

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        Posted 04 May 2009 - 11:25 PM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by hknyc
        Hi all,
        I have good news and bad news about our wedding at the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda which was to take place yesterday Sunday May 3rd. The bad news is we had to cancel the wedding due to the fact that when we flew down there early last week Monday April 27th we realized the swine flu craze was scaring our guests who were supposed to fly down for the wedding. With a heavy heart we canceled it last Monday and Blue Bay was amazing in refunding our guests and our wedding package. My fiance and I decided to stay for the week and the good news is I cannot express enough how WONDERFUL the resort is. We kept walking around looking at the places where our 100 plus guests would have been playing and looking at the locations we picked for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception realizing how perfect our wedding day would have been.
        That said- I wanted to write this because even though we are heartbroken about not getting married there, we would wholeheartedly recommend the resort for anyone's wedding day. If you would like to ask any questions feel free to email me at hknyc123@yahoo.com. We can recommend the local band who was to play at our reception. I did take some quick videos of the resort before I left of the various locations to show my future mother in law.

        best, Heather
        Keep your chin up and I am confident that whatever your plan B is, your special day will be better than PERFECT...everything will always work out in the end!

        THANKS for still offering to share with us!! Much appreciated!

        JO

        #154 Jojo

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          Posted 04 May 2009 - 11:41 PM

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          Originally Posted by pribrzl
          Hi Ladies.

          Less than a month away and I am freaking out!!!! All this talk about the epidemic in MX and the potential of a stop on traveling is ruining my final stretch of planning.....I don't know what to do. Anyone has any good words to share?

          Also, just want you guys to know that I am a bit frustrated with the resort, as they are not willing to negotiate the group rate with me. I signed the contract back in September for the room block at $110 per person, double occupancy. Some of my guests (I also saw it after checking it) a cheaper rate directly at BBGE web site. I have been back and forth with Talina (new Wedding Manager) and also Roberto Citron, Director of Sales. They are not going to lower my rate, even though we have a pretty big group (over 120 people)!!! Hi response was that he was going to ask his webmaster to change the price in the web site - what kind of customer service is that? I saw a few weeks ago a rate of $160 per couple for the garden suite....Considering all the bad publicity about the drug war and now the swine flu epidemic, I just think they should work on working with the clients they have.....just very disappointed and worry of what could happen...

          Ladies, anyone has any positive thinking to share :o(

          I know some of you had questions about cake and flowers the resort has....Jojo, thanks for posting the info. Things have been really crazy since I started this thread - thank you so much for keeping it up! Did you find the photographer yet?

          Anyone needing pics, I have some, please email me so I can reply - pribrzl@gmail.com

          Happy Planning everyone!

          Priscila
          Hey,

          You have probably been to the couple of threads on swine flu...there's lots of good info there. A bride that was there in the past week said it was fine...that's reassuring and things are not as bad now! I don't know which is best - keep your date or switch but on one of the swine flue threads, most brides getting married in May are sticking with it!

          Swine flu no worse than regular flu, Napolitano says - CNN.com

          As for the terrible customer service there...I'm appalled to hear that they'd rather jack up the internet pricing (and get less ppl going there) rather than satisfying one client. But nevertherless, every bride who had their wedding there said that it'd turned out PERFECT despite the less than perfect communication with the WC. When you get there, I am sure that everything will be better than you imagined!

          JO

          #155 Jojo

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            Posted 04 May 2009 - 11:47 PM

            I haven't booked a photographer..was very close to booking one until the stupid virus came to the media. We thought of holding off the photographer b'cos changing countries did cross our minds. Did you know that in the 60's 200 ppl in the US got infected with the swine flu and from 2005 to 2009, there's been cases reported...this bloody thing has been around but definitely got blown out of proportion this past week! For all we know, most of those ppl who were most severely affected work very closely with pig farms.

            #156 nkuzik

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              Posted 05 May 2009 - 01:27 PM

              nkuzik, you booked in July? I'm having such a hard time choosing a date. Our brothers and sisters (best man and bridesmaids) are all in highschool, college, university... So finding a date that would fit for everyone is a lot more complicated then I thought! The march breaks dont fit all together, so we're left with christmas or july... I was a little scared with the weather in july..? Do you know if it's its hot? Or what about the rain?


              Hey Cindy,

              Yes, I booked in July - We really wanted to get married as soon as possible and we were not left with many options. We had to use our credit from Sunwing by October (although they extended it to December 1) ... and so we had to choose between hot season (July - August) or hurricane season (September - December). We chose July, but wanted to book as close to the beginning of July as possible to try to beat any rain or extreme heat that may come later in July. I have been told that it does rain in July - August, but usually for a short period and the dries up.

              Weather is so unreliable anyways - I originally chose May because it was supposed to be so nice and sunny, but for the past 2 weeks it has been rainy and overcast every day! (yes - I was obsessed with the weather in the Mayan! lol). I am PRAYING that the weather in July is ok - I don't mind the heat but I HATE rain on vacation!!!!!

              Wehether to book in July or December? Hmmm.... are the prices the same in both months? Maybe I would use that as a deciding factor.... Weather wise - It will be much cooler in December, and maybe no rain - but weather is something that we can only hope for the best!

              Good luck and let me know what you decide to do!

              #157 Nurse2005

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                Posted 12 May 2009 - 01:04 AM

                Hey everyone...sorry I have been absent since our return. It has taken some time to get my kids back in to a return and do my million loads of laundry. I am going to write a full proper review with pics but I just wanted to let everyone know that our wedding was amazing. We were married on April 30, and despite the whole H1N1 virus all 54 of us had a great time and returned healthy. I was not even worried the least about it when we were there and I was travelling with my 3 year old and 10 month old. So as soon as I get all the pics I want together I will write a full review. And Candy is great once your there, never felt like she was disorganised at all. Anyways I will try and write my review in the next week or so.
                sarah

                #158 carinagirl

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                  Posted 12 May 2009 - 09:45 AM

                  Hi Brides!

                  This website is so helpful - thank you to all that contribute so much information. I too am considering BBGE for my wedding in Feb 2010; however I would be doing it site unseen. I really wanted an outdoor, private reception area for about 80 people, (I pictured it under a palapa) but I am not clear if they have this here. If anyone could send pictures, I would greatly apperciate it. My email is carinagirl@gmail.com

                  Thanks and Congratulations!!!

                  #159 lucy_goosey

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                    Posted 12 May 2009 - 03:56 PM

                    Hi ladies,
                    I know that this is an older thread, but I know that other brides are still back-tracking to search previous posts.
                    If anyone has pics to share of BBGE, would you please, please send them to me?
                    jessica_hoekstra@hotmail.com
                    Thanks so much!

                    #160 steph13

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                      Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:34 PM

                      Hi everyone,
                      I'm also looking at the BBGE for a wedding in February. Has anyone looked into prices for the swim up suites? Also, does anyone know about the dinner options for dinner on the beach?




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