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#1 chicago2PV

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    Posted 27 March 2007 - 02:40 PM

    Hi everyone-

    I'm a newbie so I don't know how to use all of the icons and functions yet so please bear with me. Anyway, I'm getting married at RIU Vallarta in November and was wondering if anyone had been there and what their thoughts are on the place. Also, does anyone have a list of fun things to do in the area? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    #2 ~Melissa~

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    Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:39 AM

    Hi and welcome to the forum!

    I am a Riu Jalisco bride (Riu Vallarta's neighbor) and I'm getting married in October. I've never been to either of the Riu's in PV but I think you will be pleased. There are plenty of reviews on trip Adviser (both good and bad reviews).

    Have you been in touch with the wedding coordinator yet? My WC is Andrea and so far she is great. Which package did you decide to go with?

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      Posted 28 March 2007 - 10:32 AM

      Hi, thanks for the warm welcome!

      I have been to a couple of RIUs but not RIU Vallarta nor Jalisco. Overall, I really do like the hotels. We are actually honeymooning at RIU Palace in Cabo for 7 days because we will have been in PV for 6 days.

      Anyway, Andrea is our coordinator and she seems very nice and acommodating. Right now we are going with the Caprice package, but we may downgrade to a less expensive package and get rid of things we don't need and just add extras of other things that we want/need. Does that make sense? The way it is set up, we don't pay for it until we get there and make a final decision on the package we want. Are you doing a reception after the ceremony? Indoors or outdoors?

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      Posted 28 March 2007 - 10:36 AM

      Yep we're having a reception outdoors at the Bar Bahia. We rented 2 bartenders for the night and we rented the music equipment as well. I think we're just going to DJ ourselves (my cousin is pretty good at it - he actually DJ's in the city). I just have to think of some ways to decorate the place. Still haven't figured that part out yet!

      Yes, the caprice is nice. We were going to do the caprice but I opted for getting some other extras instead so we moved to the Royal package. I guess we'll see how it goes. Are you using Aldo Tovar as the photographer? i really like his work.

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        Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:19 PM

        We are using Bar Bahia as well for the cocktail hour(s). I think one of our friends will DJ, or we will just hook up some mixes on the iPod. Either way, it will be a par-tay!

        We do plan on using Aldo Tovar. He does have nice work.

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        Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:27 PM

        Which package are you going with for Aldo? We may be using him... we have him booked but one of our friends who is a photographer may still come. So we are unsure what's going on. I think we were going to go with unlimtied photos for 5 hours. I forget which package that was... but it's on my computer which is packed away. GRRRR i should have backed up my wedding stuff before I pcked the computer up cuz now i'm going crazy without my wedding files and day to day budget files. AHHHHHH

        Did you decide on how you will be decorating the Bar BAhia??

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          Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:54 PM

          We haven't decided on which package to use for the photographer. Probably the same one - 5 hours unlimited. NO idea on how we are going to decorate yet. Do you have any ideas to share? I'm looking around for ideas now. Are you putting together a story board (of sorts) to give Andrea so she can see exactly what you want and how you want things? I am in the process of gathering that information now.

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          Posted 03 April 2007 - 05:28 PM

          To be honest no i havent put anything together yet for Andrea. SO much to choose from and I figure I got 6 months to decide. LOL

          I would love to see what you have so far. I know I want candles and lots of flowy white fabric heheheh maybe we can share :)

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            Posted 03 April 2007 - 06:11 PM

            Welcome, best of luck with the planning
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              Posted 04 April 2007 - 02:13 PM

              Hi- I am a Riu Vallarta bride to be (June 1st).

              We are having a hard time with Andrea, I sent her an e-mail with 5 questions and a request to set up a meeting and she only answered one question. Kind of frustrating.

              Are you ladies doing a reception at one of the resturants and then using the bar? We are doing the Flamingo Steakhouse and then renting the bar for dancing and drinks.

              Are you both getting married on the beach? Have you been given options for decor?

              Good luck!




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