| Originally Posted by jealousy88 |
So I was researching Gran Caribe and I was falling in love with it until I came across something that said you will recieve a $400 surcharge for a ceremony after 4pm, and a $350 surcharge for outside vendors. I definatly want to try and find a place that does not charge for outside vendors because we wil hire an outside photographer and DJ. Plus we are getting married in June so we might have our ceremony starting as late as 6pm. So Gran Caribe is probably out. Still looking for a TA, has anyone worked with Tammy or know anyone who has, I was thinking of working with her.
J88 - I think most resorts charge for an outside vendor regardless of what resort you are at, but the amount differs. Sandos Playacar charges $70 for a day pass so if you only have to pay for two people I guess that wouldnt be too bad. I know they dont charge any surcharges on when you choose to have your wedding. I actually found them to be the only ones that didnt nickel and dime you for everything, plus you got a whole lot more for your wedding pkg then the other resorts. We are having a symbolic wedding bc we are doing the legal day here in canada, and Sandos is the only resort that will give me the following for free: wedding champagne and wedding hut for 30 people, wedding cake for 30 people, beach wedding at any time, white linen covered chairs, table and sashes of my choice, music, full wedding co-ordinator services, upgrade to next room level if available, guarenteed king bed, wedding gifts, the list goes on. All the other resorts only seemd to cover these free things for up to 10-12 people.
As for the reviews, you just have to take them all with a grain of salt,no matter which resort you choose. Remember that people are always faster at posting a negative review then the people with positive reviews. If everyone that had a positive review posted a review like all the negative reviewers out there, this would never be an issue bc it would probably amount to under less then 5% of the total reviews. People are always so quick to point fingers. Most of the time, their vacation started off badly with something at the airport, and the negativity just followed them through the whole vacation. I think its all in what you make it. If you go there with a positive attitude and smile or laugh when something may go a-rye (sp?) bc really its probably not the end of the world, how can you have a bad vacation. People go there expecting way too much. THis is Mexico remember, not the USA or Canada. Our standards of a 5 star hotel are not the same of a 5 star hotel in Mexico. They work with what they have and I think they do a damn good job for what they have. Especially for what they make too. When I went to the moon palace in 2006, we had this amazing waiter and we tipped him $10 every night and then at the end gave him $20.00. We found out that he barely makes $100 per week!!! And he is one of the few that make that much. I think people forget that when they are there. They forget that our worlds are different. If you want a 5 star - then stay in the states or canada where a 5 star is a 5 star. People expect too much - its a vacation - they need to chill!
So dont worry at all about reviews.....its all in what you make of it. Besides your marrying the love of your life....things are going to go wrong - they always do.....it could be the smallest of things, but something always goes wrong. A wedding is never perfect, its just a big issue if you make it a big issue. Surround yourself with good reviews - bc they definitely outweigh the bad.....
Norma's review should be all that you need, if that is the resort you pick.
Good luck and dont stress. Where ever you pick, it wil be beautiful.