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#1 MaryS

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    Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:53 AM

    This is a very long review..with lots of pictures

    Travel Agent AAA Travel Lisa Siverly A+
    Lisa was referred to me from a friend. She actually works in the same complex as I do. She was very friendly and quick to responsed to all my emails. We did not do a room block but put her info on our wedding website and left it an option for people to work with her. We did get a good deal for our package.

    Alaska Air A+
    We were very fortunate to get a direct flight to PV. On our flight we had four others traveling with us. Other were on later or earlier flights. We had 3 checked bags. Paul sister took one and paid for it for us. So really we had 4 bags. Its very pricey for checked bags, but there is really no way around it. I carried my dress and a hand carry. And Paul had 2 hand carries too. I am pretty short so carrying a dress thru the airport is a pain. Paul would carry it but he wasn't carrying it right so I would just take it back. As we boarded the plane we were greeted and asked if we were getting married I said yes and they said is that your dress. (I was crossing my fingers hoping they would notice and offer to store my dress) and I said yes. The flight attendant said we can store that for you in our closet. I was so happy! I followed him to the closet. This closet was so small. It was able to hang but we pretty much had to stuff the rest of the bottom in there. But at least it was hanging.
    Our flight was not full at all. We didn't have anyone else in our row so that was nice. Half way through the flight I was alsmost asleep and the same flight attendent from earlier starts talking very load on the speaker and says “We have a couple getting married” I am half way listening and then he says “I don’t really like to embarasse people but I am going too. The couple in row 21 is getting married.” Then I realized that, that was us. He is walking from the front towards us and everyone is standing and looking, he is carrying a try with Champage and OJ. He congratulates us as well as everyone else. What a surprise.
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    We thought it was Paul’s sister that gave the drinks or my friend. But it was Alaska Air that did.
    That was the start of our great wedding week.

    Accommdations: Buenaventura Grand Hotel and Spa Nov 24-Dec 2 B+
    We had 22 people stay with us at this hotel. Most people did EP and 2 families did AI. 6 others stayed at Villa del Palmar. This hotel was in the middle of everything. Is was an easy walk to the the Melacon. Lots of resturants near by. The staff was great. Our room was always nice. Food was good. Waiter knew our names and our drinks. The bellboys were very nice. We didn’t eat there much if we did it was usually at the buffet and it was always good. Everyone enjoyed their stay there. Paul and I also had a couples massage a few days after the wedding and it was the best massage I have ever had.
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    #2 MaryS

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      Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:54 AM

      Restaurants: We went to a lot of places and every place was great
      -El Andariego (across the street from hotel) They had a great breakfast menu. And the prices were cheap. You would get a freash donut, coffee, fresh OJ, fresh fruit then your meal. Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.
      We went here about 4 times. Staff was very friendly.
      -El Barracuda (right next to hotel can walk there from the beach) This is more of a seafood place. Food was great and same with the prices.
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      -Aye Caramba (Best view in PV) Went here with my best friend and little cousins. We went really late at about 9pm. We were gonna go somewhere else but when we got in the taxi the driver recommended this place. It was a scary ride it was pretty high up the hill. Food was excellent. Family owned and a little boy made the guacamole tableside.
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      -Archie Wok (romantic zone night before the wedding) My family is filipino and by this point they were needing some type of asian food. They were in luck. I did some reseach before we left on asian resturants just in case my dad was dying. And this place actually serves filipino dishes. They had great food. We had 12 people in our party. 6 were my family and 6 were Paul’s. They counldn’t fit us in one table right away so we were ok with 2 table. It was kinda our last dinners with our own families before we got married. Pancit and BBQ ribs were to die for!
      -Senor Frogs (Melcon) If you have never been you gotta go just for the fun of it. Its kind of like a Red Robins but louder.
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      -La Dolce Vida (Melcon) this was an italian resturant. Food was good. We sat upstairs had a nice view.
      -PiPis (just 3 blocks off the Melcon) Paul and I actually went here alone for lunch. Good flautas.

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      #3 MaryS

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        Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:55 AM

        Attractions
        We mainly took the taxi places. It was usually around 40-50 pesos. Make sure you ask first before you get in. Or else you will be paying double. We took the bus a few times. It was just easier to just hop in the taxis that were right in front of the hotel.
        Towards the end of our trip the taxi drivers knew our names. And were calling me Senora instead of Senorita because they knew I got married.

        We booked our group trips with Travel Connections. They were with AAA. We did Vallarta Adventures to Marietas. It was a boat tour and snorkel. Not everyone in our group swam. And I was one of them. I was pretty bored on the boat. I would recommend a trip where you can get off an island so others can do things too. But it still was a fun trip. We saw whales and different fishes. It was a 7 hour tour with lunch.
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        We also did a city tour the day after the wedding. It was nice it was a private tour so we had the bus all to ourselves. It also included a tequila tour and a stop at a restaurant just off the road. (countryside) Authenthic Mexican food.
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        Mayan Palace Visit Wed Nov 25th: On Wednesday we went to look at the Mayan with my parents and Paul sister and husband. Mind you I am doing this wedding site unseen. Only relying on my my WC and friend that got married here last year. This place blew my mind as well as my parents and Pauls side. We decided on the set up and other last minute things. But I then could finally picture my wedding.
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        #4 MaryS

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          Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:56 AM

          Rehearsal Day Thursday Nov 26th 11:30am. We decided to have the rehearsal early and have a lunch instead of a dinner. We didn’t want to keep people too long. It was a really hot hot day. Everyone was sweating poor kids. So we kept it short.
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          We had our Welcome/Rehearsal Lunch 1:30 : River Cafe A+
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          I worked with Michael Boufford, Manager. Michael was very accomdating with my budget and was willing to work with me. We got a pretty good deal. The food was excellect. The resturant sat along side the river. The wait staff took care of our party. Our glasses were always filled. We were well taken care of. They even created a special menu for us with our names on it. There were 3 entree to pick from. Burrito, Enchilada or a Veggie Sandwich. These pictures are what my little cousin ate.
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          We passed out our OOT bags and Wedding Party gifts before dessert. I don't think our guest were expecting anything since no one has ever been to a DW before. They were all surprised and thankful.

          Wedding Planner Company: Vallarta Wedd Planners Click the image to open in full size. and later you will see what VWP added. When I saw the tables I thought I was going to cry it looked so beautiful. Everything looked amazing. Exceeded my expectations. Through out the night they all check on us and our guest. The WCs stayed till the end of the wedding. They were always there and aways in sight. Very attentive to all our needs. I can't even descride how thankful I am to have worked with them. Johanna came to the hotel to drop off our bag of supplies on Monday. And on Tuesday night Johanna and Paula came to give us a few other things and to say good bye. While at the airport I even got a text from Johanna to say she missed us already. I work in the service industry and this company went above and beyond their duties in their contract. I would highly recommend them to anyone planning a wedding in PV.

          VWP have great vendors that they work with. I loved our DJ he had every single song on our list and even our 8 year old ring bearer would request a song and he would play it. Our flowers were beautiful! I just emailed what I wanted and gave a few pictures. They came out perfect. We also did a corkage fee and the price we paid for our liquor was dirt cheap. The pastor they work with Bryan Henderson...he was AMAZING. Such a very friendly and welcoming man. I come from a cathloic/christian family and his wedding service was very personalized. Our family loved everything he said. There were some random ladies watching the wedding and they talked with my Mom about him and she sent them to Johanna. Fireworks..who has fireworks at their wedding..thats all I can say about that. Charter Bus..I didn't see it but the BMs said it was never nice. The price we paid for everything probably would of been millions here in Seattle.

          Vallarta Wedd Planners gets a Facebook Thumbs up!!!

          Photographer: Puerto Vallarta Melnik Carlos Melnik
          Carlos was referred to me by my friend. Her pictures looked good so thats why I chose him. Carlos has great prices. I only paid for 250 pictures and 4 hours. But in the end I ended up with 755 picture for just a little little little bit more money. One thing I know its hard for guest to not to want to take pictures of your wedding my mom had to tell some people to let the photographer take pictures. Here is one of my favorite pictures that Carlos took haha
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          #5 MaryS

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            Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:57 AM

            Wedding Day at the Mayan Palace 11.28.09 5:30pm

            Paul and I had breakfast at the hotel buffet then we went our seperate ways. I went to our room took a shower then just watched TV for about an hour. My BMs started to come to my room at about 11:30 and I treated them to lunch at El Andariego.Click the image to open in full size. It was 2 for one drinks but since we ate there all the time. We go BOGO. And the waiter we always got tried to give me a shot of tequila but at this point I had to pass it one of the other BMs because I was getting to buzzed from the 2 drinks I had.

            We all went back to my room to get ready. My cousin and I are hair dressers so she offered to do my hair. She is also my MOH. The prices to get your hair and makeup done were kind of pricey specially for us since we both know how to do hair. Click the image to open in full size.she also did my makeup.

            (just to throw this in..I decided when I woke up that morning that I don't care what happens today I am going to be stress free and enjoy every single minute of this day)

            I had 2 of my BM in charge of making sure that Paul and his family were in a taxi by 4pm to go to the Mayan for pictures. And they were also responsible to make sure that everyone was on the Charter bus at 4:30. Here are some my little cousins waiting for the bus
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            My parents, brother and MOH all went to the Mayan early we were suppose to be there at 3:30. I asked my cousin what time it was when we got in the taxi and she said its 3:30. I never ever run late for anything. My MOH is always late. She goes are you ok, you know we are late. I said yeah I am ok. She goes what is wrong with you we are late. I said its ok..today its ok if I am late. I think she thought I was losing my mind.
            We get to the Mayan get our key for the room and started to put my dress on.
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            #6 MaryS

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              Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:58 AM

              Here are some pictures before guest arrived
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              #7 MaryS

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                Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:59 AM

                Show time... Here is my dad walking me. I walked down to River Flow sIn You (from Twilight not really a fan but liked the song) It was a long walk and he does why did we go this way. The whole time we were walking we kept laughing cause my shoe kept getting stuck in the mats. So I started to walk fast cause if I walked faster my heel would not get stuck. The pictures say it allClick the image to open in full size.
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                When I got to the jetty I noticed everyone was crying so I started to cry. I ended up crying most of the ceremony. It was so hard not to. Bryan was really good. Paul and I wrote our vows as well as our ring vows. There was a video that I posted on here.
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                Cocktail Hour we had chips, salsa and guacamole. We had Mango Mojitos, and Lemon Margaritas as our signature drinks.

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                #8 MaryS

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                  Posted 11 December 2009 - 06:01 AM

                  The food was amazing and so was the service. Our family loved the food. I didn't eat much nor did Paul. But what I ate I loved. The Tres Leche cake was good. Here are some pictures sorry they are not that clear. We served Seafood Studel, Beef filet with Seafood and Tres Leche Cake.
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                  The head waiter was very attentive to Paul and I. May aunt told me that this was the best service she has ever gotten. She said their server was always checking on them and alway kept their glasses full.

                  The Mayan Palace Marina is a beautiful location. I mean it was more than I imagined. Pictures do not do it justice. It is a total Platinum Wedding experiance. For budget brides I highly recommend this hotel. You will be amazed at their prices. It is a big bang for your buck.. I know I sound like I am exaggerating.. But I am in total shock still on the price of this place.

                  Where are some of the wedding details
                  Flowers
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                  #9 MaryS

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                    Posted 11 December 2009 - 06:01 AM

                    Ceremony
                    Click the image to open in full size. We had Paul's sister light the candle
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                    Reception
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                    #10 *Meagan*

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                      Posted 11 December 2009 - 06:03 AM

                      WOW!!sounds and looks like you guys had an AMAZING TIME!!! everything looks beautiful!! thanks for sharing!!! and congrats!!




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