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Thanks for posting that info. Its nice to hear first hand how things are down there and what to expect. Im not worried anymore about my choice - so sure about Sandos now from all the info on this thread and your last few posts.

Hope you enjoyed your time down there.

On a side note, did you have to pay full price to go down for the site visit or did your travel agent through that in for you...hopefully its not too intrusive of a question.

Thnks!

J

 

 

 

 

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The Italian Buffet is not on the sheet that I received from the wedding coordinator. The Buffet pricing I received is if you did a private event and chose a buffet for your guests versus a sit down meal.

 

The Italian Buffet is really good. It is the only air conditioned buffet area on the resort. The Riviera Buffet is in the Riviera section but i think it specializes in seafood and that was closed while we were there. The Italian Buffet is where we will have our reception, they have a side room that is open to the public area but it will hold a good size group as well. There are 2 sets of pillars that break that room off from the rest. Then you just go to the buffet with all the people attending the buffet that night (no reservations for this buffet). They had pizza, pasta made to order, salad, plated meals like chicken and pork with vegetables, desert was ice cream and the normal assortment of cakes, etc. We wished it had been open more the week we were there but it was great and if you don't want a completely private reception dinner, then this is the best option the resort has.

 

I still need to get them scanned in and put on here or email, sorry I work is crazy, but I promise I will get to it ASAP. I did want to answer your question on the Italian Buffet quickly though.

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We tentatively have our wedding booked for 3:30 on January 18th. Paola has been pretty good at getting back to us but my travel agent contacted her first so maybe thats why. Is anyone else getting married January 2010? I think we arrive on the 13th.
We are getting married January 7, 2010 at 4:30. I agree that Paola has been great to work with and she has been very willing to answer all of my questions.

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Yeah our plans have changed we are now getting married the 16th at 4:30!! She has been very helpful and sometimes gets back to me the same day. Congrats on having your day and time picked out jrprice, are you guys having a private reception or anything?

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Yeah our plans have changed we are now getting married the 16th at 4:30!! She has been very helpful and sometimes gets back to me the same day. Congrats on having your day and time picked out jrprice, are you guys having a private reception or anything?
Hi Jilligirl!

I will be in Mexico checking out resorts the same week you are getting married. Sandos is one of the resorts we are really interested in. Are you having a private reception? How many people will be at your wedding (I am finding it hard to wrap my head around all the costs)?

Also if you don't mind sharing, what price are your guests paying for one week AI (some of our guests are fairly price sensitive)?

Thanks and good luck!!!

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Hi Jilligirl!

I will be in Mexico checking out resorts the same week you are getting married. Sandos is one of the resorts we are really interested in. Are you having a private reception? How many people will be at your wedding (I am finding it hard to wrap my head around all the costs)?

Also if you don't mind sharing, what price are your guests paying for one week AI (some of our guests are fairly price sensitive)?

Thanks and good luck!!!
Sorry i just realized that you have 13 guests booked. :)

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Actually Pinz we will have about 30 guests staying at the resort and a few that need day passes. We aren't going to have a private reception, it is way to expensive. We may rent the disco for a couple hours because then everything is covered and they told us we can have a microphone and do a slide show. They also only allow kids at the disco if you book it privately and my fiance and I have a daughter. OUr price per person is 1756, we are flying from Calgary but this is for the junior suite on the newer Riviera section so I guess we got a pretty good deal but it seems really expensive to me.

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Actually Pinz we will have about 30 guests staying at the resort and a few that need day passes. We aren't going to have a private reception, it is way to expensive. We may rent the disco for a couple hours because then everything is covered and they told us we can have a microphone and do a slide show. They also only allow kids at the disco if you book it privately and my fiance and I have a daughter. OUr price per person is 1756, we are flying from Calgary but this is for the junior suite on the newer Riviera section so I guess we got a pretty good deal but it seems really expensive to me.
Jilligirl - I actually got the same sort of quote as you for January, so I think its pretty much the same price across the board. I was kind of surprised at the cost as well, but it is a pretty nice hotel and they have a lot of ammenties. So I guess its a given especially for high season.
Congrats!

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Yeah our plans have changed we are now getting married the 16th at 4:30!! She has been very helpful and sometimes gets back to me the same day. Congrats on having your day and time picked out jrprice, are you guys having a private reception or anything?
Thanks! No we decided against the private reception b/c of the extra cost. We are planning on eating at one of the restaurants and then going to the disco at the resort or going into town to a bar. We are going to wait until we get there to see what the bar at the resort is like.
How much is it to reserve the disco? I never thought of that idea but that sounds nice. It is probably in my quotes somewhere but I can't find it right now.
Thanks!

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Will they section off an area for your dinner at one of the restaurants? The disco idea sounds good. Did they quote you a price to rent it? If you rent it for a few hours is that where you would do your first dance and any speeches??

 

We have quite a few guests that aren't going to stay at the resort we book either because they don't like All Inclusives.

 

That price seems pretty good. We are really hoping to find a place that we can get for under $1800 per guest.

 

The other cost I am curious about is the photographer. The package info that the resort sent me does not include a lot of pictures. Are you planning to upgrade that portion of your package?

 

Did your travel agent offer a deal for you and your fiance if enough rooms get booked at the Sandos Playacar? We have heard rumers of this but since our wedding is still over a year away, we have not even contacted a travel agent yet.

 

Good Luck with the rest of your planning, I am excited to hear how everything turns out!

 

Thanks for all the info!

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So Paola told me the photographer will take around 200 pictures no matter what package you get. The package number is what they actual hard copy number of the picture they give you. I am just going to add the emails the Paloa sent to me, I know that a lot of this info is already up but I will repost it again. Yeah I think the disco is awesome, I really want to do a slide show and the first dance and what not, so it will be great. I think its around 280 dollars per hour. If you have a certain amount of rooms booked, you get a deal through the resort. FOr example we got the Riviera wedding package and if we get 18 rooms booked we get 850 dollars off. 15 rooms we get 300 of. Also my TA said that through transat if we get 16 rooms booked, the bride gets 500 dollars off her travel costs. SHe also told us if we want to upgrade to first class it is 160 dollars extra per flight.

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