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Ev's Moon Palace Beach Wedding Review 11-12-09

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The Ceremony
Our ceremony setup looked like this:
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Our ceremony was set to start at 4pm – therefore, we sent everyone to the ceremony location at 3:30. At 3:45, Valeria picked me and my dad up for the horse and carriage ride. They took us on a 5 minute ride through the resort, and everyone was waving and taking pictures of us. It was a special daughter and dad moment. They stopped the carriage around the corner (out of view from our guests) until the bridesmaids had walked down the aisle. Then we made our entrance. You can hear everyone gasp in our videos once they spotted the horse and carriage!



Music
Originally we thought weâ€d just use the songs on a CD, but were worried about the songs not being long enough or having gaps in between the songs. So, at our meeting with Valeria, we decided to use the harpist. We had absolutely no idea what songs we wanted. We just knew we didnâ€t want it to all be classical, we wanted something our guests would recognize.

I was pleasantly surprised by the selection of music! The bridal party walked down to “Wonderful Tonight†by Eric Clapton, and I walked down to “Canon in Dâ€. He played songs through our sand ceremony and as we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. The harp was a beautiful instrument for the beach, and no one had trouble hearing him. There were no awkward silences, no songs ending too early…. Iâ€m definitely glad I chose live music.

Officiant and Vows
This was the area I was MOST worried about. I spent hours on the forum putting together our ceremony wording, but then started to worry that it wouldnâ€t sound right if the officiant wasnâ€t familiar with the words. So, at our meeting, we gave up all control and used their wording (they also have one for sand ceremonies).

Our officiant, Gino, did a fantastic job. He spoke with emotion, in very clear English, and the words were not very different from those I had picked out. He did the reading of the hands first, then the “Love is patient love is kind†reading, then our vows, ring ceremony, and sand ceremony. It was beautiful. I was surprised that for a symbolic wedding they also have a keepsake certificate that you sign before you kiss. This was cool – it made things look “official†although we had already been married in the U.S.!

Immediately after he pronounced us man and wife we had a champagne toast (which is included in the free package). Valeriaâ€s assistant came by with a basket of rose pedals for each guest, and they were thrown at us as we walked back down the aisle. I was happy we did this, and canâ€t wait to see the pictures!

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I like the blue set up. Very nice. The waters in the background look very blue as well. Super nice!

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The Cake - B
Ah, the cake. We chose a 3 tier cake from the resortâ€s catalogue. The top tier was sugar free chocolate (no extra charge for this), middle tier was regular chocolate, and bottom was vanilla with fruit. I would definitely say chocolate is the way to go. It was delicious. Most people finished their cake! The only negative was that when they brought the cake out, it was leaning. It was still beautiful and tasted good, so I give it a B.

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I thought it was going to tip over!!! :)
lol, looks good tho. did the fruit taste good?

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Thank you so much for posting. I am getting married at the Aventura Cove and Spa. I wish I could have read your review in its entire. Your photos are amazing!

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Thanks for your review, it's really great. I haven't seen many reviews for weddings in November and I get wed this Nov on the beach too so it has really reassured me!

 

Being a UK bride, I ws wondering if we had picked a good month for Mexico, what was the weather like when you were there? x

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