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I went about a year and a half ago and had SO much fun with FI. There were jaguars, bats, an aquarium, tons of sea turtles, snorkeling through the caves, a delicious buffet, etc.
We went to part of the massive show at the end around 7pm which was a giant amphitheater that was full and it was interesting, but after walking around for the whole day we were exhausted and couldn't finish the show. Played with the tons of Bengal cats hanging out outside the gates before hopping in the taxi tho, lol.

We loved it, I'll probably send a few friends there and maybe my parents for our wedding, but I'd like to do a different tour to experience new things.
Xcaret is an eco park in Riveria Maya. They have weddings there, but it was too expensive for us. They also have shows and places to enjoy swimming, boating, cenotes, etc.

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Has anyone checked out the Palace Passport Promotion lately? $1,500 Vacation Dollars - Cancun & Riviera Maya

It has changed effective 6/1/2010. Now those staying 5 nights or longer get $1500 (per room) in "Vacation Dollars" that can be used for the tours, golf, spa/salon, etc. ($750/room for 3-4 night stays). Looks like a much better deal than was offered before (especially if you want to play golf or go to the spa). I'm hoping we can use vacation dollars to pay for our wedding day salon appointments (like hair & makeup). Only $300 of the $1500 can be used for salon/spa services, but that would definitely cover my hair & makeup appointments.

It also says you can use the $1500 on the Precious Collection Wedding Packages. I'm not sure exactly what that means. Maybe someone with a more responsive WC could ask for more details on that.
I asked Claudia about that, but they said no that the spa and salon are two different things. But often times I've heard this information may not be current. So I would say ask when you get there. I was a little disappointed on the $750 credit because the main reason we booked the moon was for the free trips. now we need to reduce the amount of trips we and our guests will be taking during our stay.

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orion...i didn't know there was a mayan ceremony. details!!


I need everyones help! my email account was deleted (old school email...they delete one year after graduation WITHOUT notice!)

ive not only lost all my wedding info...but my contacts. could anyone PLEASE send me the onsite WC's maribels and claudias email addresses? thank you!!
yes, they do mayan ceremonies by request. Its not common, but they do them when ppl ask for it. We are excited!

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oh damn. i need to sort out the sand ceremony too, and get sashes for the chairs (but just for the ones when you walk down the aisle, to add a bit of colour.

oh no, what happened with the GM's clothing??
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Hi orionandmari072510, you get married 5 days before us (on the day we arrive!) what time is your ceremony? how long will you be at MP for? good luck! x
Ours is the 5pm on Sunday, we are so excited! we will be there from July 22-July 26. Maybe we will run into you both! that will be exciting!
hugs, mari

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ugh. you just reminded me of all the stuff I still have to do.

I am in the same boat about centerpeices. soooooo much money. I am buying runners from table cloth factory (cheap) and i think im just going to buy those bulk cheap seashells and scatter them on the tables. cheap and good.

we dont have any gifts for anyone.

BMs dresses are picked out but they havent ordered them. grooms suit is picked out (studio suits) but haven't ordered it. i have my dress, no shoes. groomsmens look is half picked out, but not ordered.

im not making any fans/cards, but i have to do my oots.

photographer is booked =) still have to pick all our wedding music and find the sheet music for the harpist.

have to shop for clothes/bathing suits etc and get dress altered.


grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
I agree, we have spent an insane amount so far. I think its because we have waited too long to decide where we wanted the wedding and now that we have we are paying everything all at once. I have one maid of honor and one best man (both family) which helps, but still lots of money for what they are wearing. I havent ordered any favors yet and I am sincerely scared to begin! LOL!

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Did you have your hair and makeup done there?
any advice on makeup. Im scared to let someone else do mine since some salons overload it! I dont want to look like a freak! any advice with the weather on how to do makeup without getting a sweaty smudged look.
hugs,
mari

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any advice on makeup. Im scared to let someone else do mine since some salons overload it! I dont want to look like a freak! any advice with the weather on how to do makeup without getting a sweaty smudged look.
hugs,
mari
If you read through the reviews there are some recommendations from brides of people who did their make up and they loved it. However, like you, every time I have had my make up done, I ended up hating it and felt it was too much. I plan to go to Sephora and ask them to do my make up so they can teach me to put it on for a more dramatic look but then since I will be doing it, it can adjust for how much I really want on. They can also suggest some sweat proof make up.

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Has anyone checked out the Palace Passport Promotion lately? $1,500 Vacation Dollars - Cancun & Riviera Maya

It has changed effective 6/1/2010. Now those staying 5 nights or longer get $1500 (per room) in "Vacation Dollars" that can be used for the tours, golf, spa/salon, etc. ($750/room for 3-4 night stays). Looks like a much better deal than was offered before (especially if you want to play golf or go to the spa). I'm hoping we can use vacation dollars to pay for our wedding day salon appointments (like hair & makeup). Only $300 of the $1500 can be used for salon/spa services, but that would definitely cover my hair & makeup appointments.

It also says you can use the $1500 on the Precious Collection Wedding Packages. I'm not sure exactly what that means. Maybe someone with a more responsive WC could ask for more details on that.
Reading through the fine print is it for groups 25 people and under and you can't use a TA. A little disappointing. I liked the idea of an upgraded wine list :)

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I asked Claudia about that, but they said no that the spa and salon are two different things. But often times I've heard this information may not be current. So I would say ask when you get there. I was a little disappointed on the $750 credit because the main reason we booked the moon was for the free trips. now we need to reduce the amount of trips we and our guests will be taking during our stay.
The promotion says $300 can be used on "Spa and/or Beauty Salon Services," and they told you it couldn't be used for the beauty salon? They are very inconsistent in the information they provide.

I would think $750 would be plenty of money for excursions (unless you have more than 2 people in your room I guess). All the tours seem to all be $100 or less.

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Hi everyone! Congrats on your upcoming nuptials! My fiance and I are getting married on Oct 23rd this year.

 

So far it hasn't been very difficult at all. The anticipation of hearing back from a vendor is the hardest thing I've come across. I decided to book Peter Mills of All About Photography as my photographer (and will still use the hotel's photographer for the ceremony--i just didn't want to book their package as it was too much for too little and I've heard mixed reviews about them so i wouldn't want to chance it) . We have 3 kids so breaking the bank on a wedding is not an option and Peter had exactly the package I'm looking for at exactly the price I'm willing to spend.

 

We also decided to go with the Amethyst collection. Purple is in this year and the pics on the proposal looked beautiful. We are having a cocktail hour and a 3 hr reception afterwards and are hoping to use the free group dinner that comes with our package for the rehearsal dinner instead. In the package details it mentioned that if we have a certain amt of guests stay at the resort weâ€re entitled to a free cocktail hour, which is also included in our package so Iâ€m trying to see if that additional cocktail hour could just be applied to the reception cost to offset the extra expense-will keep you posted. I went to the Moon Palace on Oct 23rd this past year and was very pleased with the resort- very spacious (rooms could have been a little larger) but overall thereâ€s plenty to do and see and the wedding department is beautiful and coordinators are quite knowledgeable and eager to assist. I too have found that theyâ€re not very responsive to my emails (on limited instances Iâ€ll receive a response right away while during other times it will take several weeks—Iâ€m assuming theyâ€re just inundated with emails and requests plus have to actually set up the weddings so they have their hands full.) Well I have my dress, have the photographer and am now just awaiting a response from a DJ and florist and hope the resort will allow me to bring them in. We shall see. If anyone has any recommends on DJs or florists they would be greatly appreciated.

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