Amber sorry about my PM being out of commission--I had too many messages but it is now in working order. I am actually thinking of canceling our hotel block and welcome dinner at Blue Tulum. They have been terrible to deal with and they have been getting some bad reviews on trip advisor. We might go with Zamas and I emailed them this afternoon.
Anyways, at AyJ I am thinking about doing the lobster and a fish dish (tbd) and a vegetarian dish (tbd)
I wanted to share an old email from Lyrebard (Lauren) who was married at Ana y Jose re: location, food and lighting questions I had asked her. You can find her GREAT review and pics here: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t26115
"We decided to have dinner outdoors under the grape-tree canopy for that reason [concern about privacy]...we couldn't pay the exorbitant fee for privacy, and yet we didn't want to have to share our space! We had cocktails among the beach beds, and then dinner under the trees. It worked really well for us, and we liked the intimacy of the setting. We only had 50 people, though, and I think they can seat as many as 70...after that, it may not be an option.
If they are opening up the Beach Club to the public for dinner, then that means that they will be working their butts off to get diners in the place. Right now, they have agreements with different tour companies to be the "lunch stop", so they're guaranteeing business that way. Not sure what they'd do about dinner, but I can't imagine they won't be marketing themselves heavily, since they're in the making-money game.
It was a tough decision, but we were happy with the way it worked out, and happy with how pretty everything was, set up under the trees. We didn't miss the palapa at all.
We served a variety of appetizers, and our entrees were lobster and aztec pie (we're largely vegetarian, but sometimes eat fish if it's caught sustainably...the lobster was the only seafood they served that we were sure was sustainably fished). Honestly, the lobster was a huge splurge for us, but totally worth it since the flavors just sing. (I had tried it when we first went to AyJ and totally fell in love.) The Aztec pie didn't have as much flavor to it, but most people seemed happy with it, and seriously: the tortilla soup was out of this world.
She offered a few lantern selections, but they all seemed really expensive. So we brought the lanterns with us from home, shared the cost with a bride getting married the same place the following week, and then sold them to Vanessa to rent out at future events. If you're interested in buying them, we found them at Luna Bazaar. We were supposed to use real votives...even brought the poured candles with us! But either they didn'ts tay lit, or the staff ws lazy, and they ended up using the little battery-powered ones. The colors were slightly off (actually, I'll bet LED ones would have been better since they aren't as yellow), but it was fine"