Alright pictures from Wedd Pict Cancun arrived today and picked up other pictures from my sister in law last night so I can finally start a review!
Travel Agent - My aunt, works for Expedia Cruise Ship Center
Tour Operator - Sunquest
Flight Operated By - Thomas Cook Canada
Wow, its hard to think back and get to all the details and planning that has gone on over the last year. In April of 2011 by aunt contacted me and told me she would be happy to take care of all the booking details for us. I had originally planned on doing this part myself but was happy that she offered and I figured she would be better suited to deal with any issues that might come up. About a week after speaking with her she called and had some prices on a few resorts. One of the resorts was the Grand Sirenis leaving on April 20, 2012 and returning on April 27, 2012. Having stayed at the Grand Sirenis in the past I started looking at the wedding packages they had to offer and decided because of the private ceremony space and the palapa this would be the place we would be married at. We had two weeks to tell our guests and I would secure a deposit for them and they would have 6 weeks to pay me the deposit with the balance being due on Dec. 1. In total we had 35 people booked so my husband and myself travelled for free. Everything was going great, the wedding coordinators were quick to respond to my emails and we secured the date of April 24, 2012 for the platinum package. I kicked my planning into high gear ordering lots of freebies from Vistaprint with our wedding date of 04-24-12 on them. Fast forward to mid September I'm at work and I get a call from my aunt, I automatically knew it had to be bad news if she was calling me at work and it was. Sunquest/Thomas Cook had decided to cancel our flight with the last flight to Mexico leaving Halifax on Friday, April 13 so we had two choices - we could book this date at the same rate or cancel all together and start the whole process over with a different tour operator. I opted for the flight on April 13 and frantically contacted the WC to see if we could even be married the week of April 13 - 20 and confirmed the date of April 16. Thankfully everyone in our group was really flexible and were still able to attend.
My aunt asked me to write a letter to Sunquest explaining what a stress it had been cancelling our flight and the extra expenses I incurred having things reprinted. As a result they offered my husband and I each $50 off our package (wow, so generous) but my aunt explained to them that we were travelling for free so they wanted to know what would make me happy. I asked for extra luggage allowance knowing that I was going to have 5 suitcases to take and they said NO so then I asked for emergency row seating since we're both pretty tall and find it hard on our legs flying for for 4 hours and they said NO, but did give us seats in row 1 - bulkhead seating. I thought well this will be good since we'll be the first off the plane but guess what, Thomas Cook flights don't have doors at the front of the planes but rather at row 10 so we weren't the first off the plane. Other than that the flight was pretty good, but Thomas Cook planes are older models with horrible entertainment systems (think old school planes with monitors in the aisles) however since we had booked as a group everyone was given vouchers for an extra 5 kg of luggage and 2 free alcoholic drinks, even for my 3 underage nieces which my aunt gave to me. The flight to and from was on time and no issues with the flight at all.
About 2 months before we left I changed my mind on the package and decided to go from Platinum to Presidential (especially after seeing MJKH's room) but unfortunately the Presidential suites had already been booked but Elizabeth assured me that we would be in a great room anyhow and still get all the benefits of the Presidential package. We arrived at the resort around 1 am and when checking in the front desk kept saying "Ooh, you're in a very nice room" which I figured they probably said regardless of what room you're in but was pleasantly surprised when we arrived to our room. We were in building 19, top floor overlooking the beach. I took pictures of the room but they didn't turn out but it was great we had a huge bathroom with tub, seperate shower, 2 sinks, bedroom area with king size bed and a canopy around the bed to pull close in case we wanted to leave the patio doors open to hear the waves crashing. The room also had a seperate sitting area with dining table, couch, desk with computer and internet access and 2 large screen tvs. As part of the package we should have had a full bar in our room, we didn't but I wasn't upset we never spent much time in the room anyhow. Upon arrival their was a bottle of champagne and a fruit platter waiting for us along with a letter from Elizabeth asking us to meet with her at 10 the following morning with our decorations. I stayed up until 4 am putting together the welcome bags and unpacking and was back up around 7:30 to start my vacay!
Meeting with Elizabeth - Elizabeth went over all the details of the package and asked us whether we wanted a religious ceremony or something with less reference to religion and we told her that we would be more comfortable without a religious script. She then asked to see what I had brought for decor so I pulled out my pictures for her and showed her what I wanted. I realized that I had forgotten to print a few of the pics so I asked her if I could borrow her computer for a minute to bring up my planning thread on here so she could see the rest of my pics - thank you BDW you saved me! We met with Elizabeth for approximately 3 hours and she set up our spa appointments, welcome dinner, etc. She is such a sweetheart and if she is your WC you are in good hands! I asked her if it was possible to switch the vanilla ice cream for coconut and the chef had originally told her no but she asked again while we were there and finally got a yes from them. While meeting with Elizabeth she asked if we would mind having some pictures taken for them to use in the office which was fine with both of us. We left Colin's suit with her to be pressed and headed straight to the pool bar to join the rest of our group for drinks.
Welcome Dinner - our welcome dinner was held at the Japanese restaurant on Saturday night. They reserved 3 show tables for our group and had a great time, for some in the group it was their first time seeing such a show and everyone really enjoyed it.
Honeymoon Spa Package - since the week was packed with things to do and places to be we opted to do our spa package on Sunday. The spa package included an 80 minute massage, a steam bath and some other type of bath with changing colors and jets finished with their massaging water bed. Neither of us really cared for the spa services except for the massage, it was great the baths just seemed to drag on. We spent about 3 hours at the spa. If you go to the spa make sure you eat while you are there the little restaurant has great salads, sandwiches and stirfrys.