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Hi Everyone,

 

Just a couple of things to add...and a need to vent!

 

We are going to premake up our tip envelopes and then just not seal them. That way if we need to change the amount we can do so. Then I will give them to someone to hold onto at the reception like my father.

 

We are having our ceremony at the beach, cocktail at the X Lounge and reception at the Event Terrace (same this as the convention terrace). We love how private and beautiful that area was.

 

I have my dress but no fitting yet!

 

Now to my vent...urgh... been corresponding with the wedding cooridnator. Today she sent me back a confusing email. First she said that they only have round tables at the venue. Huh? Like every picture I have seen of weddings on the event terrace, almost all of the weddings have long rectangle tables? My whole vision goes with the long rectangle tables so not sure how they used them before and don't have any (or do we need to rent them?)

 

Second, Gustavo gave me the name of two companies to rent decor from. Gamanteles and Planner1 events. Looked at both for prices for things like tiffany chairs, dance floor, linens, lounge set etc. I assumed that since they gave me those names as companies they use, no vendor fee. Today she said that for Gamanteles (the cheaper quote) we need to pay a vendor fee. What?!? is it $150 per person or per the company? Cause if like 4 people come to set up decor that is a huge amount in vendor fees! If I use Planner1 Events is there a vendor fee? To avoid the vendor fee for things like decor rentals, do I have to order right with the wedding coordinator? So frustrated as just getting a response back takes like a week and then it gives you a lot more questions!!! Plus I already had everything ready to go with the decor companies! Can someone shed light on this?

 

 

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This may or may not be much help but I would try to call her, if possible.  Inform her of your exact convos with Gutavo.

 

 

 

Originally Posted by cole379 View Post

Hi Everyone,

 

Just a couple of things to add...and a need to vent!

 

We are going to premake up our tip envelopes and then just not seal them. That way if we need to change the amount we can do so. Then I will give them to someone to hold onto at the reception like my father.

 

We are having our ceremony at the beach, cocktail at the X Lounge and reception at the Event Terrace (same this as the convention terrace). We love how private and beautiful that area was.

 

I have my dress but no fitting yet!

 

Now to my vent...urgh... been corresponding with the wedding cooridnator. Today she sent me back a confusing email. First she said that they only have round tables at the venue. Huh? Like every picture I have seen of weddings on the event terrace, almost all of the weddings have long rectangle tables? My whole vision goes with the long rectangle tables so not sure how they used them before and don't have any (or do we need to rent them?)

 

Second, Gustavo gave me the name of two companies to rent decor from. Gamanteles and Planner1 events. Looked at both for prices for things like tiffany chairs, dance floor, linens, lounge set etc. I assumed that since they gave me those names as companies they use, no vendor fee. Today she said that for Gamanteles (the cheaper quote) we need to pay a vendor fee. What?!? is it $150 per person or per the company? Cause if like 4 people come to set up decor that is a huge amount in vendor fees! If I use Planner1 Events is there a vendor fee? To avoid the vendor fee for things like decor rentals, do I have to order right with the wedding coordinator? So frustrated as just getting a response back takes like a week and then it gives you a lot more questions!!! Plus I already had everything ready to go with the decor companies! Can someone shed light on this?

 

 



 

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Originally Posted by Amanda Gardner View Post

 

Thanks for the information girls on the TA. I just feel like it would be better to have someone communicating with all my guest and the resort. We are expecting 20 people not alot but enough I don't want to be called about every little thing.

Just started planning wedding is March 23, 2013!!!

 

TA Wendy and TA Teresa on here both book a lot of Excellence.  In fact, TA Wendy is going to do an Excellence Wedding Webinar in April.  We will have gifts and amenities for brides that attend and book with us.

 

 

You can contact us:  Contact a Destination Wedding Specialist HERE and I will direct you to the best agent that fits your needs.

 

You can read some of our reviews here: Wright Travel Agency ~ Destination Wedding Specialist Reviews HERE

 

Here is the thread about the upcoming webinars: BDW Wedding Webinars 2012

 

I'll try to post the webinar info in this thread when I have it.

 

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THANK YOU ladies so much for the tipping advice, I will be using all the "tips" you gave out here for our wedding :)

 

I think I am the first of our group to take the plunge on April 1st (SO SOON!!) I promise to come back to this forum and update all of you and add pictures as soon as I get them! I also will probably be updating some from the actual resort (because you all will be on my mind!) and also because I would really love for other recent brides to do the same but no luck :/

 

I am getting nervous! Mainly because I am going days and days without any word from Nailya (sp?). I unfortunately have so much going on that its near impossible for me to just call her whenever, I am working 10 hour days and I cannot talk while at work and tomorrow is my bridal shower so I have been spending all my nights prepping for the slew of out of towners coming in for that. So apologies for my venting but its really annoying me. I have 37 days left and I feel like nothing is in stone anymore.

I too was planning on using rectangle tables, now I am worried about that! I am going to send yet another email that asks about the tables as well, I will keep you posted on the verdict.

 

Our TA was with Honeymoons Inc (Melanie Viola) and she has been fabulous, everything went without a hitch (so far) and she was also free. I call her when I have any questions about the resort and she is prompt and very helpful.

 

We are having our ceremony at the Gazebo, Cocktail Hour at X Lounge, Private Terrace for the reception and then heading to Bar Alegria for dancing and to end the night.  Have any of you been to Bar Alegria? What is it like atmosphere wise?? I hope fun, because we are no longer going with the DJ since our party is only 24 people and the reception in only including 3 hours. I figure by time we do dinner, toasts and cake the 3 hours will be up.

 

I go in for my final dress fitting March 7th, I will try to get some pictures for you all!

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Thank you girls for the TA advice!

 

MsBliss- for a regular room with 2 guests it is $350 per night.  So if you are having your photographer & assistant stay just for 1 night to shoot the wedding, then it'll work out to be cheaper than the $500 vendor fee.  Like I said, I was told that the vendor fee is waived if your vendor is a guest of the hotel during the time of their services.  Hope that helps = )

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Whoa, so many new posts since the last time I was on here. I love this thread and it's been sooooo helpful!

 

When I inquired about wedding tables (this was over the phone with Gustavo) he said they could accommodate table set up and use either round tables, one long table, or rectangular tables to set up a horseshoe. I've been planning on the horseshoe set up. How could a resort this large not have enough rectangle tables? I think the newbie might just not know but hard to think they wouldn't be able to accommodate.

 

As far as TA, we went without. Everyone coming is a frequent traveler so we knew we wouldn't have to deal with many questions. Plus, several live abroad so we thought it'd be easier if they just did what all worked for them. However, there were several stressful moments because the resort is completely booked for our wedding weekend. Fortunately, my FI and I reserved extra rooms so we have enough for our guests but If I could do it over, I would get a TA, just for peace of mind and not having to deal with it at all. 

 

For outside vendor fee, Gustavo at the time told me $150 so I'm going to bring that email with. I know there were some issues with outside vendors shortly after we booked our wedding in July so I guess that's where the $500 fee came from.

 

On another note, I found the cutest BM dresses at H&M!!!! Who knew! I was having the hardest time deciding on dresses that were cute, reasonably priced ($49.50), and that the BMs could possibly wear again. The only downside is that you can't order them online but all the BMs in country were able to try them on. Super cute!

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stefkva - I'm guessing something has come up with your travel plans (from the big red print)? ? I hope all is well. 

 

lciz - I am curious about Bar Alegria as well! We are using the resort entertainment/ disco for our wedding evening. Our budget (and our priorities within our budget) just do not justify a DJ .... even though a Dj on the beach with a light up floor would be the best!

 

 

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Thanks stefkva. I'll have to take a look at H&M. I only have a maid of honor, no bridesmaids. I didn't want to have to deal with conflict or organization of dresses for several people. I wanted simple. I have all of my major stuff out of the way. I'm just waiting on my MOH to go dress hunting. She keeps promising but states she isn't comfortable until she loses weight first. For now that's ok because I still have a ways to go. But every day I talk to her she is ordering at a fast food drive through. Anyways..........I'm super excited because I picked up my dress this past Saturday & checked on the progress of my ring. Wow........ i thought the jeweler would only be showing me the mold of my ring but it was almost half done. I was extremely pleased. Can't wait to pick up the finished product. Things are really starting to come together. Happy planning Ladies!! K

Whoa, so many new posts since the last time I was on here. I love this thread and it's been sooooo helpful! When I inquired about wedding tables (this was over the phone with Gustavo) he said they could accommodate table set up and use either round tables, one long table, or rectangular tables to set up a horseshoe. I've been planning on the horseshoe set up. How could a resort this large not have enough rectangle tables? I think the newbie might just not know but hard to think they wouldn't be able to accommodate. As far as TA, we went without. Everyone coming is a frequent traveler so we knew we wouldn't have to deal with many questions. Plus, several live abroad so we thought it'd be easier if they just did what all worked for them. However, there were several stressful moments because the resort is completely booked for our wedding weekend. Fortunately, my FI and I reserved extra rooms so we have enough for our guests but If I could do it over, I would get a TA, just for peace of mind and not having to deal with it at all.  For outside vendor fee, Gustavo at the time told me $150 so I'm going to bring that email with. I know there were some issues with outside vendors shortly after we booked our wedding in July so I guess that's where the $500 fee came from. On another note, I found the cutest BM dresses at H&M!!!! Who knew! I was having the hardest time deciding on dresses that were cute, reasonably priced ($49.50), and that the BMs could possibly wear again. The only downside is that you can't order them online but all the BMs in country were able to try them on. Super cute!

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