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Brooke's Paradisus Riviera Cancun Wedding Review

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Originally Posted by yaker33 View Post
Brooke, congrats to you and your husband. You both look amazing! I love your pics. This resort is my top choice right now and I fell inlove with it again after seeing your pics. I was wondering who you used as your professional photographer? Was it from the resort or did you use someone outside? Also, if you did use someone outside, did the resort charge you a fee for this? Thanks and congrats again
A friend of ours was our photog. We paid for her trip and photog expenses. and she shot us for 3 days! Since she was also a guest, they did not charge me an outside vendor fee. The professional shots at the very end of the web page (link below) were taken by Ernesto - he's with the resort. There's a "Photo Shop" desk near the lobby bar where you can inquire and make an appointment. Free photo shoot and only $10/picture - it was totally worth it for us. We love the pix!

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Thanks so much for the detailed review! pinkie.gif

We've got this resort set as our top choice. The only thing I'm being picky about is the ceremony location. I love a destination wedding on the beach, but it just isn't for me. So I am patiently waiting on more pictures of alternate areas. We wanted to see more pictures because on our quick site visit with the sales manager last month, she wasn't able to show us "creative" options. They say there is a garden area where they mostly do Mayan ceremonies and we've seen a tiny picture, but atmosphere is so important to me so I was hoping that anyone out there can send me or post pictures here?!

I'm still a noob too so it's frustrationg not being able to see atatched files on here.

P.s. How are the drinks? I know this is the last on my worries, but I keep reading bad reviews. Did you or our party have trouble?

Thanks for any info!

Carly

Hi Carly -

There is a gorgeous gazebo positioned sorta in the middle of the pool, though it's only ideal for a small wedding - I think 20 or under. There's also a small garden area with a fountain, but also only good for a small group. There are pictures of both on the Paradisus website in their photo gallery.

You could also have the ceremony on the terrace overlooking the beach. Were you able to view my pictures? There are some nice ones of the terrace.

As for drinks, it's not top shelf, but no one really complained. It was free/all included! Sure you could order and pay for a nicer bottle of wine than the AI wine which we did at times, but for the most part, it did the trick - we got drunk! LOL! Mango Tango and Sexy Banana were big hits!

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Hey Brooke,

 

First of all, your blog is a godsend! The itinerary alone clarified alot for me. Not sure if this forum's ship has sailed (no one has posted in a couple months) but I'll try it out anyways.

 

By the looks of your photos (which were stunning BTW), you probably went with the chill-out chic package. Is this right? Did you have to add on any upgrades on top of this package? When did you start booking stuff like your welcome and rehersal dinner? I haven't done anything except secured the date and am getting worried I might be behind schedule...

 

I am really no good with all this wedding planning. I wanted to elope but reluctantly decided to do the DW thing to appease my family and fiance. It's alot more work than I was hoping for... any suggestions would be appreciated :) Lily

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Congrats! And thanks for the great review! I'm getting married on 11/13/2010 which will be your one year anniversary. I hope to get good weather like yours and no hurricanes! So scary to think that weather is so unpredictable these days even when it's not hurricane season.

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