Hello, are there any recent Sandos Playacar brides out there??? I really need some advice!!! Thanks.
Sandos Playacar Brides!
Posted 02 January 2016 - 11:02 AM
I am trying to resurrect this thread for the Sandos Ladies! I am getting married at Sandos on April 22nd, 2016. It feels like a dream being able to type that after how long it took to get to this point!
I picked Sandos after looking at a million places all over the US and Mexico (a backyard BBQ wedding in our home town of Chicago was going to cost ~$20,000, I decided let's take a vacation instead!). I really wanted to find someplace that was affordable for guests to stay at. I want a small wedding (25-35 people) and originally thought I really wanted Dreams Tulum. Eventually I settle on a NOW resort instead because they are more affordable for guests and closer to the airport. But I liked Sapphire, not Jade, which is not all ages and we have a 15 year old coming so I was back to the drawing board (again).
I absolutely fell in love with Al CIelo and Beloved (lovelovelove) but these are WAY more expensive for guests and since they are all coming so far to be with us, I didn't want to ask for more from them so I looked into "most affordable all inclusive resorts" and then checked out the wedding packages at all the resorts. Sandos WON!
It is affordable for guest yet not dumpy
There are BEAUTIFUL wedding packages (beach, garden, palapa) that are very reasonable! (I'll let you know how that works out...if I've learned one thing during this process is that people love to hide costs everywhere)
It is all ages, yet there is an adult only section
They have a cat cafe where they feed stray cats (my fiance and I are huge cat fans)
Close to the airport and Playa Del Carmen
GOOD BEACH- This was very important since the only thing my fiance really wanted was to get married on a nice beach, and a lot of these resort have not so nice beached, which you find out after reading hundreds of trip reviews!
Any other Sandos brides? We are doing the Turquoise Breeze package and are doing the ceremony on the beach and the reception on the Palapa (extra $200 for beach and I believe $800 for the Palapa).
I am getting married only 2 weeks after you at the same resort! We have family all over Canada, so having a DW was the best bet, plus a reception in our hometown 5 weeks after the wedding! When we had narrowed it down to 5 resorts, we picked Sandos because we like their beach the best. Plus, it is so family friendly and decently priced for our guests. We might go somewhere else more romantic for the honeymoon, but for the wedding, it is perfect!
We are also doing the Turquoise Breeze package and also love that they have a cat cafe!
I am super excited to have found someone who is getting married so close to my date at the same hotel; a lot of these are a bit dated. Please let me know how your experience goes! Good luck with the rest of your planning!
Posted 09 January 2016 - 09:12 AM
So excited that there are a few more Sandos Brides....I will come back and let everyone know how it goes! We are getting in on 4/20/16 and getting married on 4/22/16. I have decided to do a test run of the hair and makeup on the day before. And I think we have decided to add the Mariachi band. I kinda want to add live music for the ceremony but I am not sure if it's worth the $/ if they would be able to play the songs I want! BTW is anyone else getting TOO much feedback from friends about song choices? URG.
I am hoping it isn't crazy hot, we are doing the very last spot of the day so the sun won't be as intense. There is also a full moon AND a meteor shower (which the full moon will probably hide-but it's cool anyway) so it will be an astrologically magical night!
Anyone else choosing the grass overlooking the beach? I think the pictures of it are beautiful, and I want my fiance and I to wear shoes for the ceremony so it is perfect!
So nervous! It's getting closer!
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Posted 30 January 2016 - 11:32 AM
I'm so happy to find this site! I'm getting married at the Sandoz on May 21 2016 and am so confused about the whole process!
Any information shared is greatly appreciated. Right now I'm still going back and forth on which package to choose and my biggest problem is choosing a photographer. Because I am Canadian and all the prices are in US (with the dollar on a downward spiral) I'm going to have to re-budget everything out! Any suggestions for photographers?
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