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#31 KACENGG

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    Posted 22 January 2007 - 01:43 PM

    Hello,

    Well now that I have engraved it in my mind that I am getting married in NOVEMBER I think I am doing better than last week!!! So I confirmed my ceremony time for 4:00 as I was wanting to change it to 3:00 but apparently there is already another wedding booked. We are planning on doing the ceremony at the gazebo even though the confirmation email said the beach. The email we received from the RIU said that we choose the location when we get there anyway so hopefully it will work out.

    Made a little head way and got the actual contact information for the wc at the RIU in Cabo. Apparently they process everything out of the Mayan Riveria location so getting in touch with the 'real' wc will hopefully enable me to start getting some quotes and booking some things. I want to inquire about a bonfire welcome dinner/cocktail evening as well as a beach reception....I know its all gonna cost $$$ and more $$$. I also booked the Royal wedding package but am considering taking a photographer with us if I can find someone for a reasonable price. I will update you if I hear anything on prices or additional info.

    RIUBRIDE - yes, let's switch and try and escape 'real' life for a week or so. Have you heard anymore from the wc or done anymore planning?
    Kim & Erik
    November 9, 2007
    RIU Palace
    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

    #32 aimee

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      Posted 22 January 2007 - 10:00 PM

      So far I've only got my date & time booked. I want to do some other stuff but I don't know what to do next? Am I supposed to contact the WC?
      Where are you planning on having your reception?

      Does anyone have any ideas what what kind of flowers/bouquets they offer at the riu? Maybe photos? And does anyone know the price of flower petals instead of a bouquet for the flower girl?

      #33 KRISTEN

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        Posted 22 January 2007 - 10:58 PM

        We have finally decided on the Riu Palace Cabo as well! I was in Cabo last September (where we got engaged) and actually spent some time talking with Adriana when I was there. I sent my date and time request in a week ago and have not received my confirmation yet. We are trying to get a reservation to have our ceremony on Dec 8th. We called last week but they told us it would take about a week. I am really anxious to start all the planning though.

        When I was there I did get some info. The price for a cocktail hour is $10 per person per hour for the bar and $9 - $13 per hour per person for the hor d'oeurves. They told me that they can copy pretty much any bouquet if given a picture, but it may be an extra charge depending on the flowers. We want to have our ceremony at the gazebo, cocktail hour in the space in between the gazebo and San Jose Restaurant, and then the reception and dinner in the San Jose restaurant. We will probably have about 70 guests.

        I look forward to sharing info with you all.
        Kristen

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        #34 aimee

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          Posted 22 January 2007 - 11:11 PM

          Hi Kristen.
          I went through the same thing trying to get my date & time confirmed. The first time I called I found out that there is no weddings being performed on the particular day we wanted (STRESS!) and then the lady at the Riu in the Mayan told me to put in another request. After MUCH STRESS my 2nd request was confirmed within a few days. If you don't get your confirmation within a few days call them again. You still have some time so I wouldn't worry too much about it. Hindsight, I stressed way too much over my date.

          Can you send/post some pics of the hotel? I've never been to the riu, i've only heard great things!

          Aimee

          #35 KACENGG

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            Posted 25 January 2007 - 04:13 PM

            Oh Kristen and Riubride can you include me in on the pictures if you have any? I've never been to Cabo much less the RIU and have no idea what things 'really' look like. It may also help me choose where I want to have the reception and what my options are. So far, other than my date and ceremony time booked I haven't done anything and it seems to me like I shouldn't before I get there...but this is me we are talking about and I just need to plan, plan, plan! Any other advice from you guys on what we can do at this time.....get flower ideas is the only one I can really think of.
            Kim & Erik
            November 9, 2007
            RIU Palace
            Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

            #36 BEACHBRIDEMA

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              Posted 25 January 2007 - 05:31 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by KACENGG
              Oh Kristen and Riubride can you include me in on the pictures if you have any? I've never been to Cabo much less the RIU and have no idea what things 'really' look like. It may also help me choose where I want to have the reception and what my options are. So far, other than my date and ceremony time booked I haven't done anything and it seems to me like I shouldn't before I get there...but this is me we are talking about and I just need to plan, plan, plan! Any other advice from you guys on what we can do at this time.....get flower ideas is the only one I can really think of.
              Have you looked on tripadvisor.com? They have some amazing photos of the hotel and the grounds. Its under guests photos. I can send you some pics from some weddings if you want, just PM me!
              Sarah
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              #37 KACENGG

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                Posted 26 January 2007 - 02:12 PM

                Hey Girls!!!

                I sent Adriana an email earlier this week wrt the bonfire, beach reception and photography and I already got a reply! It is much better communicating directly with her rather than through the Mayan. For the bonfire it is $800 USD to book plus an additional $600 to book the beach (the way I interpret it anyway). As for the photography, she sent me the website that should give us some samples of the work done although I am just hiring Juan since I have heard its ~ the same price and well, Juan rocks from what I can tell. There were also rumors that the RIU in Jamaica I think quoted photographer prices that the photographer didn't agree to and he ended up charging more....I don't know the validity of this but it makes me a little nervous. Also, it will cost $600 to rent the area for a beach reception plus the cost of food and drink per guest. Meal = $35 and Drinks = $10/person/hr. Dj is also $70/hr.
                The website for the photographer is :: mango productions - photos & videos los cabos Cabo San Lucas Baja California Sur - home ::.

                Adriana also mentioned that the documents we need for a legal ceremony (if that's what you are having) is only a passport, birth certificate, divore certificate (if applicable) and tourist card. I emailed her back to see if they had to be translated to Spanish and apostilled.....if not this should be fairly easy (excluding the blood test - AAAHHH!).

                Sorry for the jumbled nature of this post but work is really distracting me - HOW RUDE!!!

                Beach Bride - where are you from?
                Kim & Erik
                November 9, 2007
                RIU Palace
                Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

                #38 BEACHBRIDEMA

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                  Posted 26 January 2007 - 02:23 PM

                  I am from Hamilton Ontario!
                  Sarah
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                  #39 aimee

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                    Posted 27 January 2007 - 11:32 PM

                    Thanks for all the info Kim! The bonfire is such an awesome idea but I don't think I will be able to fit it in my budget. I would also love to use Juan for my wedding but I'm sure he's booked.

                    I need help from my fellow riu brides.(what's new?) I've confirmed my date & time but now what? I emailed Adriana to ask her what I have to do next but she hasn't responded me yet. I really want a beach reception and I want to make sure that I have that booked before someone else takes it.

                    Aimee

                    #40 RAENJAY

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                    Posted 28 January 2007 - 10:13 AM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by riubride
                    Thanks for all the info Kim! The bonfire is such an awesome idea but I don't think I will be able to fit it in my budget. I would also love to use Juan for my wedding but I'm sure he's booked.

                    I need help from my fellow riu brides.(what's new?) I've confirmed my date & time but now what? I emailed Adriana to ask her what I have to do next but she hasn't responded me yet. I really want a beach reception and I want to make sure that I have that booked before someone else takes it.

                    Aimee
                    Hi Aimee! I've been noticing that it's been taking 3-4 days for her to respond. If you don't get an answer email again. Also, I've noticed that sometimes you have to send a new email rather than replying to one.

                    I would let them know ASAP that you want the beach reception. We were able to secure our beach location about 6 months in advance, so you should be able to do that now.

                    From what I hear, you won't get a lot done until 1-2 months before the wedding. I'm at 4 months so we'll see if the communication starts to pick up any.
                    Stephanie & Jason ~ RIU Palace ~ Cabo San Lucas
                    June 23, 2007
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