Sandos Playacar Brides!
Posted 06 October 2009 - 11:39 AM
Posted 06 October 2009 - 01:42 PM
After looking at hotel after hotel after hotel in all the locations around Riveria Maya and Tulum, I THINK I have settled on this one. My fiance and I decided not to talk 'wedding' plans for at least a month after the engagement...but come on!!! I'm too excited not to do the research and plan the wedding, I just have to keep quiet about it until the 20th. Also, I've realized if I want a beach wedding, I need to start planning sooner rather than later, especially if I want a photographer like Claudia or Lincoln/Lori.
I've read through this whole forum a few days ago, so please excuse me if I forgot something and am being a newbie by asking something that's already been asked a million times. I just want to clarify a basic wedding day schedule at this venue.
Saturday wedding in Winter/Spring:
4-4:30 pm: Everyone/Guests heads down to Beach for ceremony
5pm: Music plays, Fiances see each other for first time today,Ceremony Begins
5:30: Ceremony Over, Mothers wipe the tears away
Group and bride/groom pictures somehow between 5:30 to 7:00
6:00-7:00: Cocktail Hour/Champagne/Speeches (?), preferably on the beach under one of those huts
7:000-8:30: Reception Dinner, most likely buffet since expensive for private event, more champagne and speeches
8:00 - 10 or 11: This is where I get confused!! So we had the dinner at the buffet and NOW we want to DANCE! We have a song, and I really want that to be our first dance, but where do we do this? I love the idea of by the pool or by the beach and I'd be fine renting out that are for the private reception for the dancing part (no food!)? Is that ok? If so, do we hire a DJ ($50/hour) and can they play by the beach or pool? Will they play songs that we choose? I can provide an ipod and cd's. Then I can have guests walk over to a bartender at the hotel area instead of paying $18/pp for alcohol? I want there to be dancing, I have specific songs in mind (as does my family) and I just want to make sure there is room to move and good speakers. What time would they end the private reception and we'd have to go to the disco? 11pm? I just want a few hours of my family and friends dancing together
Thanks for any input!!
Also, I'm still thinking about 'when' to have our wedding. To get the photographers I like it has to be sometime after August 2010, and that's entering hurricane/rain season. So I was thinking Nov/Dec 2010? I would prefer mid-Nov, but still pretty risky for the weather, but December, less guests might come because of holiday costs. I still like November because I want to be this man's wife sooner rather than later. But am willing to forgo a month or two if it guarantees no rain (i.e. beach wedding). Any suggestions? Thank you for your help girls! Can't wait to become an active member of this site.
Posted 06 October 2009 - 02:04 PM
If it was me, I would stay away from the Mayan riviera between the months of Oct-Dec. I have been there alot and used to work with some of the tours out there and the weather is very unpredicatable at that time. Every time I have gone in November or December I have been there for two weeks, and I probably saw 3-4 days of clear skies out of the 14 days. Like I said I used to work with the tours that went down so I wa there ALOT! I have chosen January bc its safer time to travel for the weather (if your considering (oct - feb) and it is actually cheaper to go the first week of January. Once you pass the 15th of January your costs go up.
As for your dancing - you can rent out the disco for a few hours, i think its approx 250US per hour. From what Paola (WC) has told me you cannot get a DJ, and you cannot have dancing anywhere but the disco, if you arent having a private function. If you have a private function, they can set something up for you. So you dont have alot of choices on that one. If you rent out the DISCO kids can come, but if you dont then its adults only. Plus you can only rent the disco out until 11pm, as that is when they open it to the public. BUt having the disco also allows you to do a slide show.....just a thought.
I have heard from other brides that dinner usually starts at 6:30 and that its somewhat difficult to do speeches bc you kind arent all sitting together in a long table. Its just a whole bunch of table placed closer together. Also, they try to get you out of the restuarant kind of quickly as you are taking up tables and time from other guests. Last review I saw on here, they were kinda pushing them to get going and they hadnt even cut the cake yet. So I imagine your going to have problems doing toasts. That should probably all happen at the wedding hut when you have the champagne.
Look up Sandos PLayacar Beach review on the threads in here...there is more information on there for you. Good Luck!
Posted 06 October 2009 - 03:35 PM
Posted 07 October 2009 - 07:49 PM
Posted 07 October 2009 - 07:56 PM
Posted 07 October 2009 - 11:20 PM
| Originally Posted by kaitlin422 |
Here is another question... I don't think I've read it on here... if you rent the disco will there be someone serving alcohol in there? or will it just be a dj? sorry if that's a stupid question!
Between all of us on here we will get the nitty gritty figured out!
Posted 10 October 2009 - 11:11 AM
Thanks in advance.
Posted 12 October 2009 - 01:37 PM
| Originally Posted by jrprice24 |
Does anyone know if the witnesses have to be there 4 days prior to the wedding if it is a symbolic ceremony? I'm hoping not b/c we won't even be there in that length of time. I'm starting to get worried. I have an email out to Paola and I haven't heard back yet.
Thanks in advance.
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