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#1 FutureMrsStairs

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    Posted 30 July 2010 - 03:03 PM

    Hi ladies,

      I just recently got engaged at the Grand Princess Resort in Playa del Carmen.  My fiance and I want to go back to Mexico to celebrate our wedding!  We just have no idea where to start!  Does anyone have any advice on where to stay and celebrate?  The Grand Princess was beautiful inside and out, but I'm not sure if it throws a great wedding! 

     

    Hope to hear from you soon!

     

    Kelly



    #2 Smidge

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      Posted 31 July 2010 - 07:25 AM

      My daughter was married at the Fairmont Mayaokoba, about forty miles south of Cancun and maybe, twenty north of Playa.  Everything went beautifully, and with the services offered by the events department, you won't need the extra expense of a planner or travel agency.  The resort staged the event perfectly, and we contracted with local vendors for flowers, music, ceremony officiant, etc.  Let me know if you want more info.  It was definitely not a "cookie cutter" wedding!



      #3 SDSteph

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        Posted 31 July 2010 - 08:10 AM

        Hello MrsStairs congrats on the engagment this site will give you lot of information to help pick a resort.  I used websites sites like localgringo, vacationstogo.com and others in the beginning to help narrow down resorts.  They allow you to group all of the hotels in the mayan riveria by AI or non AIs and then you can group them by adult only and family etc.  It really helps

         

        I am actually getting married at the grand sunset princess.  Will you let me know how your engagment trip was...any tips or advice.  Thanks so much! 

         

        Happy planning


        Steph and Kel Mayan Riveria - February 2011http://www.stephnkelwedding.com

        #4 FutureMrsStairs

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          Posted 01 August 2010 - 03:18 PM



          Originally Posted by Smidge 

          My daughter was married at the Fairmont Mayaokoba, about forty miles south of Cancun and maybe, twenty north of Playa.  Everything went beautifully, and with the services offered by the events department, you won't need the extra expense of a planner or travel agency.  The resort staged the event perfectly, and we contracted with local vendors for flowers, music, ceremony officiant, etc.  Let me know if you want more info.  It was definitely not a "cookie cutter" wedding!


          We were actually looking at the Fairmont!  We definetely do not want to have extra expenses!  The website didn't really give much info on teh packages they offer; is it all al la carte?  Also, a lot of the resorts force you to use their vendors, was your daughter able to pick her own?  I'm mainly worried about the photographer!
           



          #5 FutureMrsStairs

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            Posted 01 August 2010 - 03:28 PM

            Thanks ladies for your input!  We did look at the Faimont as an option, but the website did nto give much info on their packages!  Was your daughter able to use local vendors that were not supplied by the resort; I have found that most resorts make you use their vendors.  I'm just worried about the photographer! 

             

            SDSteph~~ We actually got engaged at the Grand Princess!!  It was beautiful!!  We were thinking about going back there for our wedding at first, but I couldn't really find any details on packages and could not figure out where the ceremony would take place!  Let me know if you want me to send you some pics!! 

             

            P.S. I highly recommend the pool access room!!!!  It was amazing!!!!



            #6 Smidge

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              Posted 01 August 2010 - 05:31 PM

              Here is a link to my vendor and supplier reviews:

               

              https://mail.google....293ae58c3d4b5ac 

               

              The Fairmont Mayakoba's events office staged the event (perfectly!), and we used our own vendors for flowers, music, photography, etc.  My daughter's wedding was her own, and this is definitely not a package location.  Contact the Fairmont's event manager, tell them what you want, and see what you can negotiate!

               

              Also, go to tripadvisor.com and read the reviews under hotels.  When you find a resort that you like, contact their events department and see what is available.  Don't be put off by online room rates as there is usually a block rate for wedding guests.  That said, my endorsement is still behind the Fairmont! 



              #7 Smidge

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                Posted 01 August 2010 - 05:44 PM

                Our favorite local photographer was Elizabeth Medina, but she was not available for date.  You are right to be cautious here because none of the other details matter if you don't like your pictures.  They are your lasting keepsake.  We used Henry Shoots from NYC, and not only are his pictures fantastic, but everyone loved him,  He and his assistant moved in and out among the guests, and no one noticed until they were happy to see them again!  The cost of bringing a photographer with you is not as great as you might think. 

                 

                If you can book Elizabeth, I would do it and work through the other details later.  Her pictures are up close and intimate, and not over staged with special affects.  Florists can do several weddings in one day, but photographers (and entertainment) are limited.

                 

                Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures that I can share at this time, but Henry might if you want to contact him. 



                #8 FutureMrsStairs

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                  Posted 02 August 2010 - 02:09 PM

                  Thank you so much for the advice!  I will be sure to look at their portfolios before choosing!  We are considering the Fairmont again thanks to you!!  Ill keep you posted with our final decision!



                  #9 Angie1017

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                    Posted 04 August 2010 - 09:08 AM

                    Hello!  I am getting married at the Grand Riviera Princess (the sister resort of the Grand Sunset Princess) as I'm sure you are aware since you were there :) We are getting married on the beach, and having a private beach party reception.  I've attached a few pieces of information about the wedding packages and reception options :)

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

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                    Married ~ December 16, 2010 ~ Gran Bahia Principe Tulum

                    #10 Le Reve Hotel & Spa

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                      Posted 05 August 2010 - 07:01 AM

                      Dear Kelly,

                      Welcome to the forum and above all, congratulations for your engagement!

                      One of the best things about Riviera Maya is the fact that you can get everything you dream, and it goes from the simplest things, up to the most elaborated...
                      I am certain that you would love it.

                      Check out this link to find all the different hotel/resorts options : Signature.png

                      Saludos desde Playa del Carmen!






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