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I posted a full review of my wedding but I extracted the reviews of the Playa vendors we used in case anyone was interested.





We saw some of the decorations Sarao did from some posts here. We were happy the way they transformed our reception site which was at the Beach Club into a more intimate setting. The Beach Club is huge but they made a nice enclosure that kept everyone together. A


Here is the dancing area


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We rented the sound system from AVI SPL. We had our own DJ so we just needed speakers, mixer, mics, projector, screen and all the necessary wiring. Unfortunately they weren't prepared by the time the reception rolled around. The wiring was messed up and nothing was working. Luckily my DJ was there and he was able to rectify the situation. AVI SPL was also giving me grief on paying for the bill. They wanted only cash payments but I insisted on prepaying using money transfer or mastercard. After much debate and contacting the head company I was able to pay with my mastercard. In the end the sound was good for the rest of the night but wasn't too impressed with the other stuff given how much I was paying them. B


We used the screen a lot

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Performances by our friends

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We got married at the Nuestra Senora del Carmen Chapel in town. So we needed transportation for the guests and the bridal party. We used two companies:



We had 80 guests so we rented six vans that can carry up to 14 passengers each. I visit another forum called Playa.info and that is where I found them. Communication was a bit slow but on the wedding day they were there on time which is the most important thing. Everyone was transported safely from the resort to the chapel. A-


Lomas Travel

We got a Lincoln Navigator Limo for the bridal party. Very clean and the driver was prompt. I read some horror stories about renting limos in Playa but thankfully everything was ok. Dealt with Enrique Astudillo. Great response and was very thorough and following up. He actually noticed I had the wrong address for my ceremony. We got married at the Nuestra Senora del Carmen CHAPEL on 5th and Juarez but we put the address down for the CHURCH which was several blocks away. Playa.info never caught that but Enrique did. A+


Our pimp limo

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Coral del Caribe

My wife really wanted a mariachi band for our ceremony. I wasn't too crazy about the idea but I went along with it. Wow, I have to say that I am really happy we got these guys. They did a spectacular job from beginning to end. We had a 7 piece band and played every single song we requested. After the ceremony we all strolled down Benito Juarez to the water and they followed us and played. It was totally awesome. Highly recommended. A+


Here is the contact: Jorge jorgelgc@live.com.mx


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My wife's hair was done by Doranna de Bortoli. After reading the reviews and recommendations my wife was more comfortable using Doranna than the resident hairstylist at Xcaret. Doranna invited us to her house in Tohoku for the trial. My wife totally loved it but was worried the hair wouldn't stay on the day of the wedding because of the heat and we were also performing a high intensity routine that consisted of salsa, contemporary and tango. But Doranna was awesome and my wife's hair remained sturdy for the whole night. A+ easily for Doranna.


Freelance Italian Hair Stylist in Mexico - Doranna Hair Stylist - Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya - Cancun - Tulum


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Citlalli Rico and Gerardo Rivera (Claudia Rodriguez Photography)

Picking a photographer was probably the hardest thing. I initially wanted Elizabeth Medina. We are so much into color and we just love the way Elizabeth Medina makes everything pop. However we also wanted a videographer so we looked for a company that offered both services. After much research and reading and reviewing portfolios we went with Claudia Rodriguez's team. Citlalli, Tamara, Jerry and Jimmy were such an awesome group to work with. They were very attentive to our needs and our guests needs. Very patient, professional and charming. You can tell they love their work and work together as a team. We had them for 8 hours originally but extended them another 2. Great workers and great people. A+ all the way.


Citlalli Rico Photo Blog Wedding Photography Blog


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Originally Posted by Malisa View Post
Awesome review and great pictures! I do love the colors in so many of your photos. What hotel did you guys stay at?
Thank you. We stayed at the Occidental Grand Xcaret. Same place where our reception was.

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