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#171 tracysf

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    Posted 05 September 2011 - 09:29 AM

    This is much overdue, but going to finally write a review from our amazing May 13th, 2011 wedding!! 


    Overview:  We had 125 guests come (mostly from California).  Most guests stayed Tues or Wed until Sunday.  When I first starting planning, I knew the most important thing to me was choosing a great location that was reasonable for guests and a place that we could somewhat take over (not a huge hotel).   It didn't take long to find Ceiba since it is one of the only medium sized hotels in the Maya Riveria.  Most other hotels were too small (30 rooms) or huge.  Luckily, when we went to our first visit to make sure Ceiba was as nice as it seemed on the website--we were more than impressed. The hotel is gorgeous, very natural and rustic yet has a bit of a luxury feel as well. The wedding optinos were great. There is a huge reception area next to the main part of the hotel, several options for cocktail hours (pier, 2nd floor terrace area, pool area).  A great beach for the ceremony (and for guest to hang out during the day). I liked that the beach was private--so you didn't have to worry about random people hanging out during your wedding.  Also, the reception area is sort of tucked back next to the hotel--so most of our guests didn't even know it was there until the wedding day.  The staff was incredible.  The only downfall is that it is 25 minutes to PDC, but for me, all the positives outweighed this one negative.  We still rented a bus one night and went to PDC and the bus ride was actually really fun.   Also, at first it seemed expensive for guests--but once you break it down, it is really not a bad deal considering what you get (amazing hotel, food and beverage).  Other thing to consider is that the 2 bars close at 11 so some nights i wished we had more time. I think it was probably a blessign though, b/c our group drank all day and needed to be cut off at some point.  Just remember to stock up your rooom with some beers and order a bunch of drinks before last call :)


    Schedule:  Tuesday night about 40 guests were there, Ceiba had a Meixcan buffet which was great.  Wednesday night we had a cocktail hour and then everyone ate at the restaurant. We then took a bus with about 50 of us to downtown Playa.  Thursday was rehearsal dinner (taco bar) on the beach with a steel drum band. Friday was the wedding (5:00 ceremony on beach, cocktail hour on pier, then reception on the terrace).




    Ceiba Del Mar:  A++++  Exceeded alll of our expectations.  Truly amazing--this MADE our wedding. It was perfect and our guests loved this hotel.  

    Photographer: A++++  Melissa Musgrove from Santa Barbara. AMAZING! Highly recommend her!!!!!!!!  We flew her in and it was soooooooooooo worth it.

    Taco Bar From Ceiba for Rehearsal Dinner:  A+  Amazing. Everyone raved about it. 

    Wedding Food from Ceiba:  B+  It was good. not the best food I have ever had in my life but good (and I am a picky eater used to a high bar set in San Francisco).  We offered a choice between Salmon and the Steak and Vegtable Risotto.   Ceiba will work with you if you want to customize the menu a bit.

    Dessert at Wedding :  A+  Ceiba helped with this. We did Churros, ice cream, mexican cookies and sprinkles (we brought spinkles)

    Alcohol at Wedding:  We used La Europa. It is a bit more expnsive than Costco, but so worth it.  They will buy back what you don't use. My worst fear was running out of alcohol, so I liked that we could overbuy and then return what we don't use.  We bought a few things at Costco becaues it was a lot cheaper (vodka and a few other things. I am warning you though--it takes some time picking it all out.  They will also come back and pick up what is not used after the wedding, which is nice.   They are very trustworthy also.  a very good  and well run business.

    Decor at Wedding:  A- Planner1 did our flowers, chairs, ceremony decor, and rehearsal dinner flowers and laterns.  Gabi is so sweeet---i really like her and highly recommend her. Everything looked amazing except the flowers on the tables ended up not being what i asked for.  I didn't see this until i showed up at the wedding--so nothing I could really do and at the end of the day, I was so happy that everything else was going well, i wasn't too cocerned. Basically the flowers and even the colors were not really what we discussed but perhaps some things got lost in translation.  We discussed the exact flowers that woudl be used and I showed up and say gerber daisys (which I hate) and the colors included light pink flowers (when they were all supposed to be bright colors).  however, everything else Gabi did was great.

    DJ:  DJ Mannia--- A++ they were soooooooooooooo good. People did not stop dancing all night. Had all the most current music.  They made our ceremony so much fun--best decision i made.  Also, i highly recommend that you get the dance floor  on the beach. that was SO FUN!  Also, we had spotlights going out to the ocean otherwise the ocean is pitch black and you can't see it at all. these were only $300 or so for 4 spotlights--and they made our wedding so much prettier. Highly recommend this and the dance floor on beach.

    Transporaton for guests to/from Airport:  A++ I HIGHLY recommend Alex at Your Cancun DMC.  She is SO organized and my guests were so grateful that they had someone to work with to pick them up and drop them off at airport. They even set up a desk at Ceiba to make sure our guests knew what time they needed to be at lobby. Prices were reasable also.  Her email is


    Javier  - A++  I loved Javier. I sent him specific songs that we wanted played (mostly Beatles) and even how i wanted them played. He was amazing.  So glad we chose to have live music.

    Hair/Makeup A++ can't remember their names now, but it is Gabi's sister in law (from Planner1).  I LOVED them They were so cool and nice-- i want to be friends with them. And they are great at hair and makeup.

    Welcome Bags:  The best thing I did was make a photo book on Shutterfly with a picture of all our guests, their names, and relation to bride/groom. People were referencing this all week and absolutely loved it. I reallly think it helped everyone get to know one another. Also--snacks and the survival kit were key (modium, advil, etc).   All the other stuff was probably a waste of money. I should have gotten more snacks and less other schotcky crap.



    I am probably forgetting things now. But if you have any quesitons---please let me know. Also, happy to talk on the phone as that is probably easier. I know how hard wedding planning is and I am so glad I got help from people on this site!!


    #172 tracysf

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      Posted 05 September 2011 - 09:33 AM

      Forgot to share pictures.  This is the site I created so that all our guests could upload their pictures to the same site. I highly recommend creating one of these sites as well. You can then use all the pictures to make photo books, prints, etc:



      #173 Planner1Events

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        Posted 05 September 2011 - 01:51 PM

        hello Tracy!!! I can´t stop to see your pictures!!! you look so beautiful and happy! your guests are trully a very good photographers!!! I assume you have enjoyed a lot to see so many pictures from different visions! and of course everybody had an amazing time and so much fun!! ceiba del mar is the best!!!!!


        Unfortunately we aren´t lucky to have bright pink colors for your flowers these day...it was so hot and the bright ones came not so fresh, so somethime the Mother Nature play against us and we have to make a choice this moment... I am so sorry about it Tracy... I am glad you and your guests have enjoyed the rest of the decor and your perdonal flowers. we really did everything with a lot of love for you and John!!!


        About the hair and make up, yes my sister in law is fabulous:)!!! her name is carolina and her email is: hola@carolinabellavista.com


        Tracy I wish you and John the best! one of the most beautiful and happy couple I have seen!! congratulations!!!!





        #174 Moraya72

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          Posted 19 October 2011 - 07:43 AM

          Hi girls,


          Thanks for all the awesome reviews. I am planning my wedding at Ceiba in May and this is so helpful.


          I am curious, did you use a travel agent, or worked directly with the hotel. I'm worried I might be going about this the wrong way, so hard to plan from afar sometimes.





          #175 tiff21

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            Posted 05 November 2011 - 11:28 AM

            Hi Moraya, 

            I didn't use a travel agent, just worked directly with the hotel. Diana is great and very helpful.  I'm knee deep in the planning process if you need any advice (or have any to pass along) !  

            #176 Planner1Events

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              Posted 07 November 2011 - 05:47 AM

              Hi girls!!! Diana is amazing! she will helps you in anything you need! Paola, the corrdinate on site also will makes your life much much easier!


              In case you need any help about flowers, furniture, decor and set ups I will be more than glad to help you. I have  alot of pictures from the Hotel, so it would be much easier for you to decide your venues!


              Happy planning and warmest regards from sunny Cancun!




              #177 Matt Adcock

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                Posted 09 November 2011 - 07:51 AM

                Hola Gabi...

                We just wanted to say THANK YOU again for your help at del_Sol_photography_Ceiba_del_Mar_13.JPG




                ALL Details by Planner 1 Events....




                More of Gabi's amazing details in the full slideshow: http://delsolphotogr...leries/?gal=521


                #178 Planner1Events

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                  Posted 09 November 2011 - 08:52 AM

                  Matt! I love the photos!! Thank you so much for posting them! I hope all our Ceiba de Mar´s brides enjoy the slide show! Please girsl, visit the link!


                  warmest regards



                  #179 lalanyc

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                    Posted 09 November 2011 - 12:53 PM

                    We just returned from Ceiba to celebrate our 1 year anniversary.  It was SO NICE to be back!!  I didn't realize how much I missed our planning trips last year.  The great thing about being married at Ceiba is that we can go back for years to come and continue enjoying its wonderful atmosphere (unlike, say, having been married at a function hall).  Good luck to the future Ceiba brides!

                    #180 nybride

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                      Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:14 AM

                      Tracy -

                      This is incredibly helpful! I private messaged you but want to post publicly in case anyone else wants to chime in!


                      What is the nearest Costco or Kmart type place to Ceiba for granola bars, Advil, Immodium type things for the welcome bags. We also want to pick up a pinata!


                      Would you recommend also getting individual bug spray for each guest? Our wedding is at sunset in March so I wouldn't want our guests getting too bitten up!


                      Whoever is deciding on whether or not to have it at Ceiba - I haven't had the wedding yet but so far Diana, the WC there has been awesome. She's really responsive, her English is amazing and she's very HONEST - which is a key attribute! Don't forget to include in your budget chairs, tables, linens, etc. You can get them from Ceiba or from your own outside wedding planner. We visited the hotel and it looks beautiful and the staff is really sweet.


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