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Hi Kate!

 

From what I have found online, I am smitten with Playa Fiesta and am really interested in having our wedding there (my fiance Jereme is too). Your review was extremely helpful and your photographs were amazing!

 

The only reservation we have is regarding the 20 room, 4 or 5 night minimum to book a Base Wedding. Did you go with this package, and if yes, did you have any troubles meeting the room minimum? We have a little over 100 guests on our list, and we expect 50-60 to actually attend but many of them have time shares or may not be able to stay for a full 4-5 nights. Any insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

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Hi Kate!

From what I have found online, I am smitten with Playa Fiesta and am really interested in having our wedding there (my fiance Jereme is too). Your review was extremely helpful and your photographs were amazing!

The only reservation we have is regarding the 20 room, 4 or 5 night minimum to book a Base Wedding. Did you go with this package, and if yes, did you have any troubles meeting the room minimum? We have a little over 100 guests on our list, and we expect 50-60 to actually attend but many of them have time shares or may not be able to stay for a full 4-5 nights. Any insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
This is the exact same issue we are dealing with. Our date isn't until 2012 but we are trying to decide on a place right now and I don't want to give up the elegance of Playa Fiesta for a place like ...a place I'M not happy with. However, we have taken the advice so many ladies give about asking our guests their thoughts on if they can afford it etc. Many have said yes and some have said they will see and others said "Well if it's too expensive we'll stay at a different place for 2 nights just to be there for the wedding".

It's disconcerting to say the least. I would love to hear how other ladies explained it.

Most of the problems my guests are complaining about is the fact that they would have to BUY their lunches as they don't come in the all inclusive. I'm like it's 16 dollars a day! Where in NYC can you get a lunch for 16 dollars that isn't at a deli?! Give me a break!

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This is the exact same issue we are dealing with. Our date isn't until 2012 but we are trying to decide on a place right now and I don't want to give up the elegance of Playa Fiesta for a place like ...a place I'M not happy with. However, we have taken the advice so many ladies give about asking our guests their thoughts on if they can afford it etc. Many have said yes and some have said they will see and others said "Well if it's too expensive we'll stay at a different place for 2 nights just to be there for the wedding".

It's disconcerting to say the least. I would love to hear how other ladies explained it.

Most of the problems my guests are complaining about is the fact that they would have to BUY their lunches as they don't come in the all inclusive. I'm like it's 16 dollars a day! Where in NYC can you get a lunch for 16 dollars that isn't at a deli?! Give me a break!
Hey Kristy,

As far as the lunches go, I would mention that they probably won't even be at Playa Fiesta for lunch on most days. I imagine that people will want to go to the beach, take a zip-line trip, go shopping, etc. On those days, they will still have to purchase their lunch, so does it really matter if they're buying lunch at PF or in town? And while Playa Fiesta does have really great food at reasonable prices, it's also fun to go in town and eat at the local restaurants and experience the local culture. I hope that helps you explain things to your guests. :)

I think you're in a good position because the economy does seem to be picking up, and I think your guests will come around. It might be hard for some of them to commit right now when 2012 is two years out, but I think in about a year you'll find more people that can commit to an event that is one year away. I think it will work out for you! :)

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Hi Ladies,

Mel said it best about lunches. A lot of times we skipped lunch or did just chips and guac because it the heat your appetite changes. I just explained it as "this way you are not paying for meals you are not using."

 

Playa Fiesta requires a minimum room/night to have your wedding here. This is because you are renting out the entire (or almost the entire) hotel for your wedding group. This experience is so unique, and not for everyone. I will say that filling the rooms was the most stressful thing for all of us (right, girls?) BUT, it is really the only concern. though it isn't a bargain hotel, it is a bargain for the amenities and service!!! Unparalleled. Sounds like you are doing the right things, checking with your guests, etc.

About the time shares: we had one couple stay at a time share and they weren't really part of the group. It was really too bad because they totally missed out on this once in a life time experience. Other hotels: they may save on the room, but besides the fact that they would miss out on so much, their taxi fares, guest passes, etc would equal the difference pretty much, Hope this makes sense. I am on vacay and on my phone!

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Hey Kristy,

As far as the lunches go, I would mention that they probably won't even be at Playa Fiesta for lunch on most days. I imagine that people will want to go to the beach, take a zip-line trip, go shopping, etc. On those days, they will still have to purchase their lunch, so does it really matter if they're buying lunch at PF or in town? And while Playa Fiesta does have really great food at reasonable prices, it's also fun to go in town and eat at the local restaurants and experience the local culture. I hope that helps you explain things to your guests. :)
Thanks for the vote of Confidence Mel! I appreciate it! I wonder if you're the Melissa I emailed with about Playa Fiesta from Tripadvisor? If so, here you are helping me again! Hahaha

That sounds like a really great way to describe it. I also see your point about two years away and I've heard that from A LOT of people saying "Well we can't commit to something two years away why so early?" which I understand but then I'm like umm you said you wanted a fair notice so you know to save and I'm giving it to you! So I dunno...it's all blah blah blah at this point. I just want the wedding of our dreams. That's it and I haven't found one place that measures up to PF in my eyes through the reviews with everything we want.

Kate also brought up a great point about eating chips and guac. We are on our way (on the 29th) headed back to Puerto Vallarta for vacation at Casa Velas and sooo many times we skipped lunch and just had nachos by the pool. Makes sense!

Thanks for typing while on vacation Kate!

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Thanks for the vote of Confidence Mel! I appreciate it! I wonder if you're the Melissa I emailed with about Playa Fiesta from Tripadvisor? If so, here you are helping me again! Hahaha

That sounds like a really great way to describe it. I also see your point about two years away and I've heard that from A LOT of people saying "Well we can't commit to something two years away why so early?" which I understand but then I'm like umm you said you wanted a fair notice so you know to save and I'm giving it to you! So I dunno...it's all blah blah blah at this point. I just want the wedding of our dreams. That's it and I haven't found one place that measures up to PF in my eyes through the reviews with everything we want.

Kate also brought up a great point about eating chips and guac. We are on our way (on the 29th) headed back to Puerto Vallarta for vacation at Casa Velas and sooo many times we skipped lunch and just had nachos by the pool. Makes sense!

Thanks for typing while on vacation Kate!
Kristy, I am the same Melissa. :)

I also agree with Kate that most people won't need a big lunch. Between the never-ending breakfast buffet and day drinking by the pool, most people will just snack. I hope you're making a visit to Playa Fiesta while you're in PV!

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I can't believe you're the same Melissa! I absolutely LOVE your picture in your signature and actually it was one of those that made me just fall in love w/ the setting of Playa Fiesta.

 

We are definitely going to try and do a site visit but I wasn't sure if I should reach out to them this early being we will be going back to PV in a few months.

 

Thanks again =) You are a rockstar!

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I can't believe you're the same Melissa! I absolutely LOVE your picture in your signature and actually it was one of those that made me just fall in love w/ the setting of Playa Fiesta.

We are definitely going to try and do a site visit but I wasn't sure if I should reach out to them this early being we will be going back to PV in a few months.

Thanks again =) You are a rockstar!
Lucky Girl! How often do you go to Vallarta?! Playa Fiesta closes for the summer, so if a "few" means three months, that would mean August and they will be closed. They are closed approximately July-September, but contact them for the exact dates. I just don't want you to miss out!

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By few I shoulda said October. We are HOPING to go back in October. We usually only go once a year. But this year to PV and then somewhere else in October but I kinda want to just do PV twice this year.

 

I am in contact w/ Blair to get some of the worksheets etc so I'll email her and see about a site visit. I totally forgot that I read they were closed for a few months! You are such a help!!

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By few I shoulda said October. We are HOPING to go back in October. We usually only go once a year. But this year to PV and then somewhere else in October but I kinda want to just do PV twice this year.

I am in contact w/ Blair to get some of the worksheets etc so I'll email her and see about a site visit. I totally forgot that I read they were closed for a few months! You are such a help!!
In that case, you definitely need to go for a site visit. You need to see PF for yourself, eat some of the delicious food, and have a few cocktails at the bar- especially if you're seriously considering having your wedding there! I would visit ASAP, but that's just me... smile123.gif:

P.S. Thanks for your compliments on the pic!

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