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I just recently got engaged and all of your tips and suggestions are already helping to shape my wedding vision. I have been in touch with Ana Y Jose Beach Club as well as a few other places. I am thinking about roughly 150 people.

Lisa- your post in particular was interesting because it falls in line with what I am thinking. While i know you are only a month away, I would love to hear any and all details you decided on (florist, hair, hotels for guests, etc.)

I am headed there for a site visit in mid- Feb and I don't even know where to begin?!? Any and all Tulum brides out there- I am all ears.

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btruebner - we met with Jackie at Ana y Jose during our site visit and thought she was great. She has also been great throughout this whole process...very responsive and reliable. I have no complaints so far. We used all of Jackie's suggested vendors.

- Nora Grey for hair, she has a salon in Tulum. I had a hair trial done with her and loved it.

- Vanessa Jaimes for flowers. I am clueless with flower choices and she has really guided me along.

- Zaida at Dolcet for our wedding cake. We actually chose cupcakes and Zaida came to Tulum so that we could do a tasting and choose the 3 flavors that we wanted.

 

The hotels were a little more difficult because we too were thinking 150 guests (we ended up with 130). We have guests split between Playa Azul, Ana y Jose, and Los Lirios. Some people booked after our room blocks were filled and so they are scattered at various hotels in Tulum. The hotels were probably the more difficult part of planning for us, as they are small and are not willing to block off the entire hotel without full payment up front. We used Laura Trueba at Tulum Resorts to handle our hotel bookings and she has been great.

 

Let me know if you want any more info! And let me know what you think of Ana y Jose after your site visit!

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krista - we are doing a symbolic ceremony. the legal ceremony in Mexico seemed like too much of a headache. we are getting hitched at city hall right before heading down to Tulum.

 

what are you doing?

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Hello everyone! I'm also a recently engaged bride and hoping to have my wedding reception in Tulum next February 2011. I think we are expecting about 75 or so guests, but we are likely going to have everyone stay at an AI , and then have the ceremony and reception off-site. My fiance and I have done some research, and have come up with some of these conclusions about possible venues:

 

Xcaret (though in PDC)- very pretty and different. We don't want to necessarily have our actual wedding ceremony on the sand on the beach, so we thought the options that they have here were ideal for us. As far as a reception goes, their cenote and palapa restaurant options are very pretty, but better suited for much larger parties (even with 75 or so guests, we would likely be dwarfed by these options). However you can have your reception set-up outside by the water, and the pictures do look pretty (though very windy in some pics!).

 

Milamores - Gorgeous pictures of weddings at this venue. And it appears as though they are very open to outside vendors and easy to work with. The dinner area is in their restaurant inside - which defines chic elegance. From a personal perspective, I think I lean more towards having a more airy dinner location (like a palapa), but the set up from pictures still seem remarkable. I am unclear if you have to have your guests stay there however - and since we would not be (aside from perhaps one or two rooms) I don't know if this is a nonstarter.

 

Al Cielo - the pictures done for receptions under the palapa look absolutely amazing. I have contacted the onsite wc and have not heard back. I'm not sure if they will work with off-site wcs? I am worried that I may need help with events that wedding week in addition to Saturday's events, thus I lean towards hiring an independent wc, but also don't want to duplicate costs. Or if they charge you premium if youwork with outside vendors? It also appears that if you have more than 60 guests, then your dance floor has to be on the beach. The weddings held there look gorgeous, but I'm also unsure on costs.

 

Aki'in Beach CLub - Similar to Al Cielo in that it is a beach club and the reception is under a palapa. I have seen a few pictures of weddings here and they look fantastic, but there appears to be less available information about this venue. It seems like it could be more cost effective, but you would need someone local to coordinate as their website is all in spanish.

 

Ana Y Jose - I love the weddings that have been done here. Beautiful beach set up under the trees for cocktail hours and a very pretty palapa restaurant for the reception. One thing that is different is that their restaurant has a sand floor. I'm not sure how I feel about this during dinner - almost appears to give a much more casual feel. They also have an onsite wc, but she has not gotten back to me. Not sure on costs here, etc.

 

La Zebra - I don't know much about this venue (appears on the smaller side?) but I have loved the pictures I have seen.

 

I am hoping to do a site visit in the next few weeks to check out all of the above (and potentially some private villas if anyone has any recommendations?) I am unsure if I should engage someone ahead of time to show me around, or try and set up appts on my own. Recognizing that I have 75 or more guests, I am hoping that I can negotiate on fees because the wedding reception itself will be bringing in a lot of people. If anyone has any guidance on their site visits or post-wedding reviews for those of you that have gotten married at any of these venues - I welcome the feedback!

 

Thanks!

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Hello everyone! I'm also a recently engaged bride and hoping to have my wedding reception in Tulum next February 2011. I think we are expecting about 75 or so guests, but we are likely going to have everyone stay at an AI , and then have the ceremony and reception off-site. My fiance and I have done some research, and have come up with some of these conclusions about possible venues:

Xcaret (though in PDC)- very pretty and different. We don't want to necessarily have our actual wedding ceremony on the sand on the beach, so we thought the options that they have here were ideal for us. As far as a reception goes, their cenote and palapa restaurant options are very pretty, but better suited for much larger parties (even with 75 or so guests, we would likely be dwarfed by these options). However you can have your reception set-up outside by the water, and the pictures do look pretty (though very windy in some pics!).

Milamores - Gorgeous pictures of weddings at this venue. And it appears as though they are very open to outside vendors and easy to work with. The dinner area is in their restaurant inside - which defines chic elegance. From a personal perspective, I think I lean more towards having a more airy dinner location (like a palapa), but the set up from pictures still seem remarkable. I am unclear if you have to have your guests stay there however - and since we would not be (aside from perhaps one or two rooms) I don't know if this is a nonstarter.

Al Cielo - the pictures done for receptions under the palapa look absolutely amazing. I have contacted the onsite wc and have not heard back. I'm not sure if they will work with off-site wcs? I am worried that I may need help with events that wedding week in addition to Saturday's events, thus I lean towards hiring an independent wc, but also don't want to duplicate costs. Or if they charge you premium if youwork with outside vendors? It also appears that if you have more than 60 guests, then your dance floor has to be on the beach. The weddings held there look gorgeous, but I'm also unsure on costs.

Aki'in Beach CLub - Similar to Al Cielo in that it is a beach club and the reception is under a palapa. I have seen a few pictures of weddings here and they look fantastic, but there appears to be less available information about this venue. It seems like it could be more cost effective, but you would need someone local to coordinate as their website is all in spanish.

Ana Y Jose - I love the weddings that have been done here. Beautiful beach set up under the trees for cocktail hours and a very pretty palapa restaurant for the reception. One thing that is different is that their restaurant has a sand floor. I'm not sure how I feel about this during dinner - almost appears to give a much more casual feel. They also have an onsite wc, but she has not gotten back to me. Not sure on costs here, etc.

La Zebra - I don't know much about this venue (appears on the smaller side?) but I have loved the pictures I have seen.

I am hoping to do a site visit in the next few weeks to check out all of the above (and potentially some private villas if anyone has any recommendations?) I am unsure if I should engage someone ahead of time to show me around, or try and set up appts on my own. Recognizing that I have 75 or more guests, I am hoping that I can negotiate on fees because the wedding reception itself will be bringing in a lot of people. If anyone has any guidance on their site visits or post-wedding reviews for those of you that have gotten married at any of these venues - I welcome the feedback!

Thanks!
Hi! We just got married at Ana y Jose and loved it. I will post a review with pics once I get them from the photographer.

I do think that the dinner under the palapa in the sand does make the wedding a bit more casual, but that is what we were going for. Most guests complimented our wedding as being the most fun wedding that they have ever been to and I think that can be attributed to the casualness of it. They said that they just felt very comfortable and relaxed the entire night. We asked for lots of candlelight, which I think softened the look and made it more romantic. I've attached some pics (not very good ones, sorry!) but will post more in my review.

My favorite part of our wedding was the dance floor that was installed on the beach, outside of the palapa. So we were dancing under the stars and full moon. It was amazing.

We used the WC at Ana y Jose and didn't feel like we needed another one. But we have vacationed in Tulum quite a bit, so were familiar with the area already.

 

 

Palapa & Aisle at night.doc

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Hi Tulum brides. I was hoping you could help me out...

 

I see that many of you are having a Mayan Ceremony performed by Marie and Charlie. How did you get in touch with them? I have been looking everywhere and cannot find anything except a wedding planner that mentions them...and I don't need a planner as my resort provides that service for free.

 

My fi and I really want something special and more spiritual and everyone has such great things to say about Charlie and Marie.

 

Any contact info or direction you could give me would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thank you!

Tara

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