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#401 siobhane

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    Posted 18 September 2011 - 05:51 PM

    How much did you have to pay for the extra hour of service for the reception?  I am having mine in the restaurant, but having the restaurant private - I feel like 4 hours won't be enough time to do everything I want to like speeches and dance.



    #402 LJMedic

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      Posted 20 September 2011 - 04:24 PM


      Hi Kelly,

                    I have requested wedding date availablitity for May 2012 as well. My FI and I went to this resort last November and fell in love with it. We had an amzing time and can't wait to take our family and friends there and share it with everyone. I as well would love any information on package pricing and reception options. Good luck;)
       

      Originally Posted by Kelly Olson 

      Hi ladies,  I also am looking at this resort for our wedding end of April early May 2011.  I found a great review on Trip Advisor http://www.tripadvis...eninsula.html   That maybe helpful.  Any other information that you have obtained on this resort and wedding packages I would greatly appreciate you passing on to me :)  I received a great quote for the resort side of things but have not heard back from the hotel yet for the wedding package pricing.  Kileelain, when is your big day?  Would be awesome to keep in touch with you and maybe exchange notes etc?



       



      #403 janette34

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        Posted 21 September 2011 - 09:57 AM

        PM your email addresses and I'll pass along the information the WC sent to me.  I have wedding packages, menus and the flower catalog.



        #404 LJMedic

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          Posted 21 September 2011 - 12:39 PM



          Hi Canada Bride,

                                    Thanks so much for the great review and taking the time to write it. Was the palapa part of your package or was an extra. If so would you mind offering information on price of palpapa and the details of what you get, meal, amount of time, bar, dj ect?

          Originally Posted by CanadaBride2011 

          My husband and I also got married at the Grand Sirenis over the summer. We chose the presidential package but made that decision too late to actually get the proper suite. Instead, they gave us a fantastic room that was the same size as the normal ones but with much nicer amenities and decor. They set up the bar and computer in the room and we had all of the extras that usually come with the presidential package, so it wasn't a problem at all.

           

          As many have mentioned, it can be a bit tough to get email answers. I was finding this a bit frustrating, but once we arrived and met with Araceli everything was fine. We met the morning after our arrival and covered all of the possible options, made the decisions, signed some forms, and were done within an hour or so. One of the other wedding coordinators actually came to meet us on arrival and took my wedding dress to have it pressed right away, which was great. It was delivered to my room a day or two later in perfect shape, and it only cost 25 dollars or so (added to our room bill). At our meeting with Araceli, we set up a time for the rehearsal the day before the wedding. The rehearsal was a bit of a joke; we went out to the ceremony site - the beach in front of the palapa - and Araceli showed us where we would walk out, then said she didn't know yet whether the ceremony would be in English or Spanish, translated to English, and wouldn't know until the judge arrived the next day. This wasn't an issue for us, but might be something to request ahead of time if possible. Following that, she showed us the palapa, then took us back to the main resort. We decided then to change the reception time to 5:00 PM instead of 6:00, since there wouldn't be much for the guests to do between the 4:00 PM ceremony and the start of the reception. This worked out fine, as we had some time in the palapa for drinks before dinner actually started so it didn't feel too early.

           

          The morning of the wedding, all the women did the water circuit, which was hysterical. I don't think any of us have laughed that hard in years - some of the jets are in a bit of weird spot, so prepare yourself! After that, my MOH and I went for hair and makeup at the spa. It took quite a while, as there's only one woman who does it, but she did a lovely job and we were both quite happy once we made some tiny adjustments ourselves. Araceli came to pick us up for the ceremony once we finished up and the photographer had taken a few getting-ready shots, and everything went really smoothly from there. The ceremony site was perfectly decorated, the ceremony went off without any trouble, and the reception was absolutely gorgeous. They do a fantastic job of setting everything up, and we were all thrilled. In retrospect, we should have paid for an extra hour at the palapa, as we had to wrap up around 10 and the disco was pretty much empty still at that point. We ended up leaving there and heading to the lobby bar for some drinks and having a great time anyway. The marriage certificate was dropped off in our room a day after the wedding.

           

          One thing future brides should consider is hiring an external photographer. We hired Sascha Gluck (cancunphotos.net) for two hours and were incredibly happy that we did, especially once we saw the quality of the resort photographer's work. He had taken around 100 shots, and we were able to choose 10 as part of the wedding package. Narrowing it down was NOT a hard job, unfortunately. He did get a few photos worth keeping, but I would have been devastated if that was all we had. Sascha, on the other hand, did fantastic work and actually worked out to be cheaper than buying the resort photographer's basic package.

           

          The resort itself was great. We all had a great time, and I would go back to the Grand Sirenis in a heartbeat. I found the BDW thread to be a great resource when I was planning, so I thought I should chip in here. Feel free to message me with questions.



           



          #405 LJMedic

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            Posted 21 September 2011 - 12:42 PM


            Havent recieved a response from the hotel yet, my TA is working on it. I really want to get my invites out as May is so close for a DW so I am hoping to get things booked and a wedding date reserved. We are checking on dates for May 5 and 12th arrivals. Good luck;)
             

            Originally Posted by Kelly Olson 

            Have you had any one reply to you with a quote etc?  I am in the same situation.  Trying to plan our wedding for first week of May 2012.



             



            #406 Kelly Olson

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              Posted 21 September 2011 - 04:36 PM



              Originally Posted by LJMedic 


              Hi Kelly,

                            I have requested wedding date availablitity for May 2012 as well. My FI and I went to this resort last November and fell in love with it. We had an amzing time and can't wait to take our family and friends there and share it with everyone. I as well would love any information on package pricing and reception options. Good luck;)
               



               


               

              I only have the pricing from the wedding Co-ordinator and stuff provided by other people on this site.  I can e-mail it to you if you want to pm me your e-mail address.  I haven't booked our date or put down deposits yet as i'm getting screwed by our travel agent.  She has increased the prices per person by $300!  Blowing my guest's budgets out of the water.  So now I have to start all over, might have to change resorts.  Hoping a different ta can get me my original quoted price.  Something you should check into is they just issued the new pricing for 2012 which is a lot higher then last year, see if they will honor last years pricing.  Thats what i'm going to do if I stick with this resort, but might be changing to Grand Sunset Princess.

               

               



              #407 Kelly Olson

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                Posted 21 September 2011 - 05:00 PM



                Originally Posted by LJMedic 


                Havent recieved a response from the hotel yet, my TA is working on it. I really want to get my invites out as May is so close for a DW so I am hoping to get things booked and a wedding date reserved. We are checking on dates for May 5 and 12th arrivals. Good luck;)


                 

                I have the e-mail from the wedding co-ordinator, pm me if you want me to forward it to you.



                #408 CanadaBride2011

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                  Posted 22 September 2011 - 09:56 AM

                  Hi LJMedic,

                       The palapa was part of the presidential package. We paid around 5000$ CDN for the package for 10 people, and then 40 or 50/person for each one over that number. With this package, we got the DJ for three hours, four hours in the palapa, the choice of a violinist/saxophonist/mexican trio for the ceremony (instead of a CD player), a really nice dinner, and a bunch of extras for the week, like private transportation back to the airport (which we actually used to take us to our honeymoon resort instead, so make sure to ask for that if you're switching resorts), free laundry, free internet, and so on. I can't remember exactly what the choices were for dinner, but I know we could have done a lobster dinner for a slightly higher price. For the regular price, I think we were able to choose between two different steak options and maybe something with fish. We also were able to have vegetarian meals for those that wanted them. The dinner included a salad, a soup, (or one or the other, if you wanted a real dessert instead of just serving the wedding cake), and the main course, and drinks were available throughout but the frozen drinks were only served once dinner was over for some reason. The menu for the palapa isn't in the file with all the flower, cake, and other options, or I'd just post it here. If you want to see the menus for the a la carte receptions, just send me your email address and I'll send you that and whatever else I have from the resort.

                   

                  Hope that helps!

                      

                   

                   



                  #409 LJMedic

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                    Posted 22 September 2011 - 01:12 PM


                    Kelly,

                              Did you happen to get any dates that are still available in May for weddings when the WC emailed you, Im still waiting to hear, thanks;)
                     

                    Originally Posted by Kelly Olson 




                     

                    I only have the pricing from the wedding Co-ordinator and stuff provided by other people on this site.  I can e-mail it to you if you want to pm me your e-mail address.  I haven't booked our date or put down deposits yet as i'm getting screwed by our travel agent.  She has increased the prices per person by $300!  Blowing my guest's budgets out of the water.  So now I have to start all over, might have to change resorts.  Hoping a different ta can get me my original quoted price.  Something you should check into is they just issued the new pricing for 2012 which is a lot higher then last year, see if they will honor last years pricing.  Thats what i'm going to do if I stick with this resort, but might be changing to Grand Sunset Princess.

                     

                     



                     



                    #410 LJMedic

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                      Posted 22 September 2011 - 01:49 PM

                      Ladies looking for information on documentation required for legal wedding in Mexico. I have been told 3 different things and would LOVE clarification. Do we require passports and long form birth certificate and does birth certificate have to be translated into Spanish. The blood tests cost approx $180 US, is this correct?






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