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#101 Goldstein to Be

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    Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:11 PM

    Allie has been a huge help in sharing information that she's received from Jessica. I emailed the sales coordinator as well as Jessica. The sales coordinator got back to me this morning. She sent me some additionally documentation on the wedding options (I've attached them).

    Also, my travel agent confirmed the whole low occupancy closure thing so no worries there.

    In the meantime, I've been working on getting a rehearsal dinner scheduled. I'm likely going to do it at Claudio's Menson Bay, Claudio's Restaurant Meson Bay Bucerias, Nayarit. I'm trying to figure out how to get everyone there (taxis, bus, etc.) Does anyone have any suggestions?

     

     

     

     

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    #102 jmiranda

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      Posted 13 May 2009 - 12:16 AM

      Thank for posting that information...have you been to the restaurant the prices and locations looks great.

      As for transportation, I found a bus for 45 people roundtrip at $330usd.

      Let me know if you want the contact info.

      #103 LaBre

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        Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:47 AM

        Thanks so much for posting those amazing pics and sharing your info with us KayLMR. I weeped my way through the slideshow. Especially loved number 44! It was beautiful how the children were involved in the ceremony.

        Congratulations Ava and Heatherbean!!

        Goldstein To Be - Sounds like you have an adventure on your hands! I'll bet it's going to turn out even better than expected with this change of events. Maybe you'll find some fantastic deals on stuff while you're down there due to low tourism!

        I wanted to ask you ladies what you're all doing about photos. KayLMR, do you mind sharing how much Aldo Tovar charged, and what his package included? I haven't heard too many positive things about the Riu photographers. Anyone have different experience? I've been in contact with both Alfonso Lepe, and Paulina Uolla, who have similar rates (until Alfonso came back with a counter offer- a smokin' deal!) and both seem to do great work. I have also heard that the Riu doesn't appreciate outside photographers. Can anyone verify or nullify that?

        Another question for you ladies who've already been. What has been the feedback on the zip tours? I've heard they are incredible down there, but never from anyone who has been.

        Also, Helen, I think it was you who mentioned golfing, and that you may have more info around that? I would love some info regarding the courses, how far in advance tee times have to be booked etc. Thanks!

        And oot bags.......did you gals bring most of your stuff, or find local stuff down there?

        Thanks so much for sharing all of your experience and knowledge ladies! This forum is indeed a real treasure!!

        La
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        23 Nov 09

        #104 Celina

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          Posted 13 May 2009 - 05:09 PM

          DH and I just returned from our 6month mini-anniversary vaca at the RIU Vallarta. We left the day before they were closing the hotel. We were told they were closing down for a month. I tried to get into the nightclub to take pics and the first time I went down DH and I looked around but didn't have our camera. The second time we went down it was closed.

          I saw Jessica in passing once but tried to get in touch with her the day before we left and they said she was already at the RIU Palace and I couldn't reach her. I was going to try to get some FAQ answered since she was the new one in charge.


          As far as a bus into Bucerias - it should cost you at the most $10 one way for a van for 7 people. The taxi's are $7 for 4 people (or however many you can squeeze into a small car).

          The valets will get them for you. We had several van's for our rehearsal dinner. We just paid for them all as they got there. I would go this route as it isn't a long ride and you would probably save more money that way.

          If I can help with any questions please let me know.
          "Love is not who you live with...it's who you can't live without"

          #105 Goldstein to Be

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            Posted 13 May 2009 - 06:10 PM

            Thanks, Celina! I want to hear more about your trip! Was it fantastic? I bet it was nice to be there without the kids.

            La- I'm actually going with Avenna Studios, New England, Boston Family and Wedding Photography-Avenna Studios-Ben and Vince Schaefer. They are going to trade us their services for travel. I actually found a few photographers who were willing to waive their fees if we covered the costs. Since we are staying at an all inclusive this was a great deal for us.

            As far as OOT bags, I'm planning to bring most of the stuff with us. I'm actually spreading it out among my family and friends so that we can get it all down there and then assemble it.

            #106 Goldstein to Be

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              Posted 13 May 2009 - 06:14 PM

              Oh yea, I FINALLY heard back from Jessica today. For those that are wondering here are the restaurant details:
              There are two restaurants in Riu Vallarta available for weddings:
              1 - The Asian Restaurant "Nirvana". Here we have buffet dinner and there are two seating times: at 6:30 pm and at 8:45. This is a smaller restaurant and is located in the main building.
              2 - Steakhouse Flamingo is located right on the beach and is spacious. Also here we have two seatings at 6:45 and at 8.45 PM. But of course if we make reservation at 6.45pm, is possible to extend your stay till 10 pm. Here we have plated service

              Jessica seems to get confused easily because of the language barrier. I would suggest that you figure out want restaurant and seating you want and then tell her.

              On a side note, they don't have a chocolate fountain (FI really wanted one) but she did offer to prepare something similar with chocolate & strawberries, the cost of that is $150dls per hour.

              Hopefully, this will help you all out too!

              #107 LaBre

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                Posted 13 May 2009 - 07:18 PM

                Wow! A trade of the trip for photos sounds like a great deal!! Lucky you!!

                Also very smart to spread out the oot bag stuff among your people. Just out of curiosity, what are you putting in them?

                At $150/hr for chocolate and strawberries, that better be mighty fine chocolate!!!

                Celina - I'm interested to hear what it was like down there too. I hear there are no concerns among the locals except that it is eerily quiet?
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                23 Nov 09

                #108 Goldstein to Be

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                  Posted 13 May 2009 - 07:52 PM

                  The bags are big floral beach bags. In them I'm putting:
                  Books (one of each: word search, cross word, suduko, spanish for dummies)
                  Beach mat (one per bag)
                  Cup, mug and can koozie (those wrap around things) (I may be doing multiple cups and mugs depending on how many I end up with but at least one of each)
                  Dice and play cards
                  Welcome books (these are actually 4x6 photo albums that we are customizing. Each one will have a welcome letter, tips, things to do, etc. - if you want more info I can find the thread that I stole the idea from :) )

                  We only have six kids coming so I'm going to stick a few kid items in those bags.

                  I haven't decided if I'm going to put in travel supplies like sunscreen, pepto, etc. I feel like people should know to bring stuff like that with them. I feel like I'm missing a few items. I'll take pictures this weekend and post them up.

                  #109 LaBre

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                    Posted 13 May 2009 - 08:26 PM

                    That sounds like a great oot bag! You must be getting so excited!!!! (I'm excited for you!) I would love the thread for the welcome book if it isn't too much trouble finding it. Did you customize the cups, or just find cute ones?
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                    23 Nov 09

                    #110 Helen_S81

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                      Posted 14 May 2009 - 07:33 AM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by LaBre
                      I wanted to ask you ladies what you're all doing about photos. KayLMR, do you mind sharing how much Aldo Tovar charged, and what his package included? I haven't heard too many positive things about the Riu photographers. Anyone have different experience? I've been in contact with both Alfonso Lepe, and Paulina Uolla, who have similar rates (until Alfonso came back with a counter offer- a smokin' deal!) and both seem to do great work. I have also heard that the Riu doesn't appreciate outside photographers. Can anyone verify or nullify that?

                      Another question for you ladies who've already been. What has been the feedback on the zip tours? I've heard they are incredible down there, but never from anyone who has been.

                      Also, Helen, I think it was you who mentioned golfing, and that you may have more info around that? I would love some info regarding the courses, how far in advance tee times have to be booked etc. Thanks!

                      And oot bags.......did you gals bring most of your stuff, or find local stuff down there?

                      Thanks so much for sharing all of your experience and knowledge ladies! This forum is indeed a real treasure!!

                      La
                      Katie & Chris used Aldo Tovar and were happy with the results. I posted about the costs in my review thread
                      Oh yea, I FINALLY heard back from Jessica today. For those that are wondering here are the restaurant details:
                      There are two restaurants in Riu Vallarta available for weddings:
                      1 - The Asian Restaurant "Nirvana". Here we have buffet dinner and there are two seating times: at 6:30 pm and at 8:45. This is a smaller restaurant and is located in the main building.
                      2 - Steakhouse Flamingo is located right on the beach and is spacious. Also here we have two seatings at 6:45 and at 8.45 PM. But of course if we make reservation at 6.45pm, is possible to extend your stay till 10 pm. Here we have plated service

                      Jessica seems to get confused easily because of the language barrier. I would suggest that you figure out want restaurant and seating you want and then tell her.

                      On a side note, they don't have a chocolate fountain (FI really wanted one) but she did offer to prepare something similar with chocolate & strawberries, the cost of that is $150dls per hour.

                      Hopefully, this will help you all out too!

                      I'm glad that Jessica finally acknowledged you Goldstein to be! But that does seem expensive for the chocolate and strawberries. I love berries but I did notice that there weren't too many around when we were there in May. I'd go down for breakfast and the only strawberries around were for decoration, so I'd take them all and then save some for my daughter when she came down.

                      I hope I answered some of the questions! I've been so busy the last couple of weeks and I hope I haven't missed any questions! Just PM me if I did!




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