I know Allie said that the resort is too big for Walkie Talkies... but we got some long range ones and they worked fine. I actually could communicate from the La Isla pool to the Casitas Spa, which was on the far end of the Casitas. There were very few times we were that far apart though. Most of the time we were communicating from the pool to our room, like when we were getting ready for the welcome dinner and I didn't want my husband to see my make up and hair from the rehearsal updo..so he stayed at the pool until I radioed him that the coast was clear to come up. I found them useful.. other than that we just usually bumped into people we meant to find, plus you can leave messages for people on their room phones or with their concierge. To avoid cell phone charges just keep your phone on airplane mode... nothing will go through and you won't get any unexpected charges on your bill later. Plus, when it's on airplane mode you can still use WIFI, so if you want to call home you can use Skype or Facetime still. You only get 2 Wifi codes, so choose your devices carefully. I tried to talk them in to giving us one for each of our phones, my Husband's laptop and my IPad and they wouldn't do it for us.
For shoes.. forget the heels. They pack the sand down, but by the time you get to it all of your guests, hotel crew, and your bridal party have walked on it. I think if you look back I put in a review pic that shoes my shoes in the sand. I was wearing 3 inch wedges and it looked like I was wearing flats they sank in so much, although in honesty that was in unpacked sand... but even with the wedges it was much harder to walk on the sand that I expected it to be. I was so afraid of tripping or twisting something that almost my entire walk down the aisle I was looking down. I only have 1 picture of me looking up during that walk. In fact my first words to my husband when we made it to the side walk after the processional was "Who's idea was this getting married on the beach thing!"... I was joking of course, since it was me and all I did for 2 years was talk about getting married on the beach.. and it was just funny me falling all over myself in the sand. I still think it's the most beautiful place on earth to have a ceremony... and I'd probably still pick the same gazebo if I had to do it again... I'd just do it in flats. I'd also warn your guests not to plan on heels for the ceremony and cocktail hour.
I considered doing the lights at Tucanes, at the very end I scratched it for cost and space in my luggage... not to mention the weight they added. In all honesty I scratched the lights and the lanterns from my list of decorations...and I didn't miss them at all. The place is beautiful on it's own, it really doesn't need anything extra to make it beautiful. I tried too hard too make it seem "special", spent extra money that I didn't need to... if I could do it again I would scrap half of the stuff I added to dress the place up. Just my opinion... the one thing I did love were my tables set ups though...don't think I would cut anything from them.
But I digress, here is what my WC sent me for a pic of the lights. When I asked him about bringing my own lights this is what he said ... granted this was December, the price may have increased since then... but feel free to say Alejandro quoted another bride $15.
Here's what I asked him and his response:
"For the Christmas lights, if I were to bring my own, would I also need extension cords? If so how many would you suggest. Is one strand of lights enough for a single pole, or would 2 be better. Christmas lights at this time of year are pretty inexpensive to buy, especially after Christmas when everything is 50% off.
If you bring your own, there will be a charge of $15 USD per pole or set that you bring. I would suggest to bring at least 4 or 5 of them to cover the main poles of the Tucanes Palapa, this way we can make it look very nice and not that empty."
Does anyone have any advice on communicating at the resort with eachother? I know some people mentioned hey tell- but doesnt that use wifi? I know it was mentioned that the wifi is spotty so did anyone come up with a system that works if our guests dont want to pay for wifi?
Also, if you turn off your cell data on your iphone then will the text messages still go through? Is that also based on wifi?
And another question is about high heels in sand! We are having our ceremony at gazebo 55 and we will have the bamboo runner. Does anyone have any input on how difficult it is to walk in heels over there? We also have our cocktail hour right there too in the sand...
Lastly, did anyone bring string lights for decor at tucanes? we have a lot of those but i am wondering if there are ample places to plug them in??