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Posted 03 February 2009 - 02:16 AM
Posted 03 February 2009 - 12:50 PM
Posted 03 February 2009 - 01:55 PM
email@example.com I NEVER got email repsonses though. Before we had the wedding booked I had sent emails and no response for 5 weeks, finally started calling then got everything booked and I only call now I don't bother emailing.
Posted 03 February 2009 - 02:02 PM
Posted 03 February 2009 - 05:43 PM
Posted 03 February 2009 - 05:45 PM
Posted 04 February 2009 - 01:37 AM
I called Candy today and after a few tries, I talked to her. I ask how many ppl are the packages for and she said 20, over that it's $10 pp. Also asked about brining in outside photographer and she said it cost $100 to bring one in. I'm abit worried about the inconsistency in pricing info.
One other thing, she mentioned that to have a private reception for $25pp, we have to have at least 50 ppl. If we have under 50 ppl, we would have to pay $25 for 50 ppl regardless. Did anyone else get this info from Candy?
Posted 04 February 2009 - 12:34 PM
Jojo, we had the exact same quote from Candy and extra 25 person and a min of 50 persons.
Candy sent us a document with FAQ's and extra costs. I will look for the document and post once I find it.
Posted 04 February 2009 - 01:43 PM
Those forms you have would be wonderful... I'm just trying to get confirmation that we have our date. Having that extra info would be wonderful! Also any other tips that pop up along the way would be great!
Posted 04 February 2009 - 06:59 PM
"The Minister was totally easy to understand, no noted accent at all.
We had the $2500 package I think it was "an affair to remember".
I think it was well worth the money.
We had the rose petal turn down every night, the dinner on the beach was nice etc. more than enough food in your room and alcohol etc.
The biggest thing is..the Be+ service. This means you get Roger, your personal concierge. you can book your restaurants a week in advance (most people can only book the day ahead) and with 50 people, you will need it. we had 26 and it was hard.
You also get access to the private beach area to the left of the steakhouse. which has private bar etc. This is where we all headed after dinner. theres a bartender, and a dance floor (it's a little weathered but you can rent a new one for $100) and it worked out great. we had our own Bose system and ipod to play music and it was more than enough.
Overall, It went well, We've been to Mexico 6 times before so we knew what to expect, but we had never done all inclusive in mexico, only Dominican.
All in all, the food, for an all inclusive was good. different variety, and it all didnt taste the exact same like most buffets.
I had a hard time getting emails responded to before I got there, but quickly realized when I got there, that it's not that Candy (wedding planner) didnt care, it was just that she was absolutely swamped (4-7 weddings a week) and they just do work at a slower pace and I tend to forget.
Before you get there, send the Concierge an email - firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting buildings 1, 2, 3 or 5. they are closer to the beach. the buildings 6,7,8 are quite a walk to the beach. They are close to the main lobby though.
The staff in general are very good. the odd one is a little ignorant, but you find that anywhere. a little bit of tipping goes a long way though.
The front desk/reception is pretty good. The one major thing is you HAVE to ask, and be very certain about what you want with them, or they will give you the minimum that they have.
I told them where my family would be staying and that they would not be put in the back buildings etc. or they will just stick
The Spa, were rude and ignorant at the front desk, and need an ass kicking sometimes. but the actual workers IN the spa, are wonderful.
The ceremony was nice, it was a little long (30 mins or so).
There was a few things the communication on wasnt clear and we didnt get what we wanted, but that was our fault for not really clarifying.
We had the dinner at the steakhouse, which was really good. they gave us an option of picking ONE type of meal for everyone, or two or three types, but we had to know exactly what everyone wanted a few days before.
We chose to pick one meal just for our own sanity.
The cake was ok. the inside was banana, tasted good, with white fondant. they didnt understand my concept of flowers "cascading down the tiers" but it was ok. It's only a cake."
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