You won't regret your choice-the Valentin is amazing! I'd definitely recommend the Once in a Lifetime package-it was definitely worth the extra money. The big things that are included in the Once in a Lifetime that aren't in the others are the DVD of the ceremony, couple's dinner on the beach, massages and body wraps (amazing!), and the Mexican trio. We're so glad we chose this package!
The only thing that they charged extra for at the ceremony was the hupa-it was around $400, which we thought was ridiculous, but paid it anyways. Aside from our upgrade, this was the only thing we actually paid extra for-everything else was included in the package. We did bring almost all of the decorations though, chair sashes, ceremony fans, sand ceremony stuff, everything for the reception...it was a lot.
The emerald room is beautiful. I've never been in a golden suite, but I'm sure it's just as lovely. We like the emerald because it has this view:
I just wanted to thank you for the awesome review Cait. We are also getting married at the VIM in January, 2011. I just read your entire review to my fiance and we are even more excited with our choice. We picked the Unforgetable package but were really debating between that one and the Once in a Lifetime. We are seriously consdering upgrading to the more expensive one after reading your review. What are the extras in the emerald rooms? We are currently booked in a Golden Suite. Was there an extra charge for the decorations you had at the ceremony on the beach?
Oh and your photos are beautiful and congratulations on your marriage. I'm so glad that everything turned out perfect for you guys.