| Originally Posted by Chica & Octi |
I'm heading down to the resort this weekend to check things out before the wedding in Dec!
Can't wait to get there and see it for myslef!!
Official PV Riu Thread (Discussion here for Riu Vallarta, Jalisco & Pacifico Palace)
Posted 23 November 2009 - 02:33 PM
Posted 24 November 2009 - 12:41 PM
Our weekend was great, we both loved the grounds and the architecture - it is so beautiful.
On the downside we didn't get to meet Jessica cause she had an accident and wasn't working. (We were told it was nothing serious!) But we did meet Kay for about 10 minutes.
And we were a little disappointed in the food on the resort but we have decided to go with the Brazilian restaurant, even though we didn't get to try it!
But overall we were very pleased and now we just want to get down there and get married!!
Posted 24 November 2009 - 01:48 PM
That sucks to hear about the food We had our dinner at the brazilian and it was wonderful. I did feel a little rushed though to get out for the 2nd seating so maybe perhaps book it for the later dinner?
Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:26 PM
I am happily getting married at the RIU Vallarta April 28th 2010. I've read many posts that say the WC Jessica takes a long time to get back to you, and I've found that Tristan really helps get her moving with getting back to us.
We are having our ceremony at 4pm on the beach and dinner at the Flamingo steak house. I have been to this resort Dec 08 (where we got engaged) and found the steak house to be slow. I hope this will not be the case for our wedding!
I do have a question in regards to photography if anyone out there is reading this. Threads here say that we cannot book one from off of the resort. Does anyone know if this has changed now that the RIU wedding packages no longer have photos? I don't want to spend 1,000's of dollars on photography but would like to have a few nice pictures to frame. Anyone have any ideas?
Also for any RIU brides out there, the spa that is on site, does the Jalisco and the Palace have different spas or will I have to travel to another hotel?
If anyone has gotten married at the Vallarta I would LOVE some pictures just so I can actually place everything in my head!
Thanks to all and happy shoveling to all the US/Canadians that just got hit with the storm yesterday
~Holly from Waterloo
Posted 15 December 2009 - 01:33 AM
I am getting married at the RIU Vallarta December 30, and I have a private photographer. I just have to pay their day pass into the hotel. So I think it is like sixty dollars or something.
I am not sure about the spa. I looked into it, and it sounds like there are separate ones. I am bringing my hair stylist, but I have heard good things about the bride's hair somewhere along teh way on this website.
Hope this helps!
I am wondering about the steakhouse too. We booked it at 6:45 and then we rented the pool bar at 8:30 and only to 11 they will allow us. I don't want them to go over, I have heard this happening so much before. I wonder if they could book earlier, or if they just have time settings?
Also, does anyone know how there tables are arranged? Do you know how many seated per table? Has anyone just rented the second floor? One of the WC said it would be reserved just for us. That would be nice, but I don't think it works that way!
Posted 20 December 2009 - 10:05 PM
Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:02 PM
You'll have to tell me all about it once your back!
For weddings at the steakhouse, as far as I was told weddings happen on the 2nd floor. I also got another tip that you could have your reception there but you can't stay as late as 11pm I think. I don't want to spend the money on renting the pool bar so we are just going to have the reception right after dinner. We are renting the speakers and a mic for our speech and dancing, then once they kick us out we'll head to the disco. But again as far as I know there are only 2 seatings for the dinner, and because our wedding is at 4pm, we want to be able to take all the pictures and go for dinner right away. I'm sorry I cannot be of more help The WC told me that she does not have to get back to me until 2 months before the wedding... After that comment I was ready to bail on the RIU altogether but unfortunately our party has already booked. Hopefully everything turns out okay for both of us!!!!
Is your photographer a friend or family member? I don't know who to book with...
Anyways, if you have never been to this resort it is very nice. We chose to get married on the beach as the gazebo is in between the adult and kid pools and we didn't want a constant flow of people walking by. (I'm sure it's going to happen on the beach too, just hope not so many of them!) We really enjoyed our stay and I hope the trend continues
Posted 27 December 2009 - 10:41 PM
Also, for the photographer we hired Nathan Cordova to come take pics. He is from the US but lived there for a few years so he is very familiar with the area and very affordable compared to some of the others I checked into. The WC said it would be $100 for him to be on the resort for the day.
Hope this helps!
Posted 03 January 2010 - 10:09 PM
I just got back this weekend from my wedding at the RIU Vallarta, ceremony at Our Lady of Guadalupe. We had such a FABULOUS time and it went beyond our expectations! For the hotel....it is beautiful, in a U shape (so everyone finds each other easily and you don't have to schedule things) steakhouse has a great view and the WC is fabulous. She can do anything you ask right up to the last minute. I just got home this morning, so I will post pics and review soon.
I was so nervous about the hotel, but don't stress! Our guests said it was the most beautiful, fun wedding they had ever been to. I loved every minute of it!
hope this helps!
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