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Royal Playa Del Carmen - Dec 2 Wedding

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#1 jaxsebridetobe

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    Posted 12 December 2009 - 09:21 PM

    Hello girls,

    I haven't spent too much time on here in the last bit, but I did find it VERY helpful when I was first starting out, so I wanted to make sure I got back on and gave my review for our PERFECT wedding at the Royal PDC.

    The resort is beautiful!! I loved how classy it was. And very clean. I didn't see any bugs...did get bit by a few mosquitos but didn't really notice any out, and saw a couple small geckos... but that was it.

    We didn't get an upgraded room. I would probably suggest just booking the regular jr suite and you would most likely get upgraded to the Royal Jr Suite as they have a LOT of these rooms but not as many up past that. They did say we could do an ocenfront walk out room on our second day there, but we would have had to move on our last night... so we really didn't want all the moving around. Although we took a peek at the room and wow -the view was incredible!! But our room was on the third floor (room 39 overlooked the pool and we did have a great view of the beach when we were on the balcony. *also if we would have taken the upgrade it still would have been an extra $30/night - so not free...but it was discounted since we were the wedding couple...

    I also love that the resort isn't huge! I've been to the big ones where you have to shuttle around because everything is so spread out. This was perfect. ALthough they don't have any kind of disco area (probably not really needed since its so close to 5th ave) and the shows are pretty small compared to some I've seen...all done in the lobby area from about 9:30-11:00.

    We got in on a Sunday and had the wedding on Wednesday. The weather was really nice - hot but not unbearable...with the sun out most of the time. I didn't have much time for sun up till the wedding...but when I was out, I was staying under the umbrellas to avoid burning (i don't really tan) On the Monday we met with our wedding coordinator - Michel Madrid. She is FABULOUS!! She was great leading up to the wedding - answering my questions in a timely matter. And she was really nice and helpful there too. She even went to town for us to get us some ribbon that my mom couldn't seem to find on our own.

    We had the Luxury Package and it was SOO great! I didn't really do anything extra for the wedding like some people seem to do. I didn't want to stress and I've never wanted to plan this big event, so I was good with just going with what I got at the resort. Included was the wedding in the Gazebo overlooking the beach (ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!) and picked the violinist to play during the wedding, cocktail hour with lots of really good appy's and drinks. We did this right after the wedding - right in front of the gazebo and had the mariachi band playing for the hour. We stayed with our guests and did pics and ate with everyone. Also included was the resort photographer (Mario I think) and 24 printed pics and a video guy for a 1/2 hour video. I found the video guy got in the way a lot... wrecking picture opportunitys. We actually brought our own photographer with us Myles from KLICKS PHOTOGRAPHY and so only used the resorts guy for the actual wedding ceremony pictures.

    Also included in our package was Couples massage for 50 min in the room. OMG SOOOO GOOD!!! mani/pedi for me which I did the day before the wedding, hair/makeup for me, and a face saver shave for my groom. The hair and makeup went well...although I have to say for the make up she didn't have a lot of selection to choose from and she didn't have water proof mascara...! A little odd for a wedding no? AND When my FI got his shave, his girl CUT HIS FRICKEN LIP!! The day of the wedding!!!! WTF?! It was a small cut right on his lip!! She felt SO bad...and he didn't say anything to anyone cause she was talking about getting fired. It healed well and I could barely see it when I did see him. Phew. that could have been worse!!

    Our reception was on the beach for up to 35 people. We had 18 in total. We did the wedding at 2 and the reception at 5 on the beach right in front of the gazeabo. It is definately more private on that side. I wanted to start at 5 since it gets dark early at this time and I wanted everyone to come to the reception while we had a bit of light. It was perfect. WE even had a full moon! The only thing I regret was only going for 3 hours. We didn't have plans on doing speeches but they ended up happening and taking up some time. We didn't think many people would get up and dance but we did and it was SO Much fun!! (we didn't have the light up dance floor but still good. and just used our own music but it was all perfect!) So I just wished we had paid for the extra hour.

    Michel was there the whole time in case we needed anything... we didn't really. It was perfect!!! the food was good...the weather was great! It was probably the windiest day that day...but the hairspray they put in our hair held everything in place and the wind kept it cool enough for the boys not to sweat all day/night.

    One of the reasons I picked the Royal was because of the ability to do the reception on the beach. I'm so glad we did it. It really was absolutely perfect. My best day ever!! Here is a link of our photographers favorites. It was his first destination wedding (he's done work at weddings and does a lot of fashion photography as well)

    Klicks Photography | Facebook

    I'm sure I'm missing some stuff...but feel free to ask me any questions. Probably email me as I don't really get online here much anymore.

    #2 jwilke5

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      Posted 12 December 2009 - 10:58 PM

      Great review, thanks for posting!! Your pics are amazing, you look so gorgeous.

      #3 jesmcan

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        Posted 13 December 2009 - 10:29 AM

        Thank you so much for the review. Your pictures look beautiful!
        The Royal PDC & Kool Beach Club 11.12.10

        #4 super19

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          Posted 13 December 2009 - 06:15 PM

          Awesome review! Thank you so much for sharing this helpful information. Congrats!

          #5 kimmy44

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            Posted 13 December 2009 - 09:45 PM

            Great review & pics! Congrats.

            #6 kenlyn8984

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              Posted 13 December 2009 - 11:02 PM

              great review and amazing pics! :)

              #7 Lady_Di

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                Posted 14 December 2009 - 11:52 AM

                You looked beautiful! Thanks for the review. That is good to know!

                Was the beach by pier bad? I am getting married on the beach by there.

                #8 jaxsebridetobe

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                  Posted 14 December 2009 - 12:35 PM

                  oh no - all the beach area is great!! Just over by the pier is pretty close to where the pool is and it just seems so much more open than over by the gazeabo. It's all good though...not too many people are really out and about later anyways.

                  #9 Lady_Di

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                    Posted 14 December 2009 - 12:43 PM

                    Originally Posted by jaxsebridetobe
                    oh no - all the beach area is great!! Just over by the pier is pretty close to where the pool is and it just seems so much more open than over by the gazeabo. It's all good though...not too many people are really out and about later anyways.
                    That does help!! I have a 4pm ceremony. I'm glad your big day went well!!

                    #10 tam27

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                      Posted 14 December 2009 - 02:06 PM

                      thanks for sharing your pics are great! congrats
                      can I ask how the dress came out after the trashing?

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