For "Thank You's" we did customized sand pails. It had our names, wedding date and sunshine and palm trees. We then filled them with customized trinkets they would use during their stay. Sunscreens, chapstick, mini suitcases filled with treats. Then a personalized Thank You card that also listed our private function times and dates.
2011 & 2012 PLAYACAR PALACE BRIDES!!!!!!
Posted 14 January 2012 - 12:11 PM
Hey girls!! I am recovering from our trip back from Mexico on Thursday and then our AHR last night!!! Everything was absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! Wilma was the best - so sweet! And she is also very creative! I was pretty laid back in that I didn't go down there with specific ways I wanted things to look and thank God because it was all way better than I could have ever dreamed!!!
I did use the resort for hair and makeup and I loved it. Nayarit did my hair and makeup and I would totally recommend it. No matter what Miami says you CAN use your resort credits to pay for it and that's just what we did. I would just recommend a picture because the English isn't always the best.
We had our cocktail hour at the Cielo Terrace which was perfect because it was outside and already had very cushy chairs and lounge areas. It was awesome! We brought an iPod dock for the trip and it was great to have for the cocktail.
We did not qualify for private functions so had the dinner in the Italian restaurant which was perfect. With doing an AHR, I didn't want anything big. We REALLY lucked out that the Brazilian dance and fire show was that night so right after dinner we went out to the pool area to see the show. It was like an afterparty!!!
The one thing I would DEFINITELY recommend is to get the sound system. Since we booked before April of last year when they started charging for the sound system set up on the beach, we were able to get it for free. Without it, people would definitely not have been able to hear a thing, especially with the wind coming off the ocean.
Any questions, just ask!!
OH!!!!! And we did a First Look session --- totally recommend this!!! When you walk out of the resort (which is literally a minute walk from the town!), make a left and walk along the road where it says Playacar Palace on the outside of the building. After a minute of two, on your right you will see a beautiful park area with palm trees and little ruins. We did the first look session there and it was absolutely perfect!
Also, I did ask for a courtesy room to get dressed in, which Wilma got for me with no problem - for two hours!!! She is the absolute best!
Site of our first look
Sneak Peek Pro Pic!
Posted 14 January 2012 - 01:00 PM
Originally Posted by Lola2012
So nice to hear that it all went well! Your picture of the two of you on the beach is amazing!!!
Thank you!!!! She did an amazing job! I can't wait for the rest of the pics
Was it windy? It sounds like you said it was a bit... Just curious.
It was! Not terrible, but I basically wrapped my veil under my arm for the ceremony. The sound system was clutch because then the minister has a microphone so everyone can hear. People at the pool area could hear our vows and were coming up to us later and telling us they were crying!
Also, did you have to go to the spa to get your hair and makeup done?
I would prefer to stay in my room. Did you do a trial too?
I did go there. There were only two girls for 5 of us so I made sure we had 3 hours to allot! I didn't do a trial and now I am super happy I didn't waste the money! I will post a hair pic below
Also how noisy is the pool area in the day?
I've been reading on tripadvisor that it's really loud at the playacar... I was hoping it would be a bit more relaxing. Any thoughts???
I didn't think it was bad at all! The recent ones on TripAdvisor are skewed because they were there doing some celebrity party planner's NYE party. That's not typical of them. We stopped at Cozumel Palace and that place was DEAD! We would have been bored with a group of 20some if we didn't stay somewhere with some kind of activity
Thanks! I'm so glad to hear that Wilma was great and handled everything well!!!
Honestly, she was amazing. We made sure to tip her well because she literally took care of everything. I had picked up little decorative things along the way along with chair sashes and paying her the $65 to set it all up was the best thing I could have done. I didn't have the time or creativity to make it as beautiful as she did! Also, even though Miami would tell me no (such as not being able to bring my own flowers and use the comp flowers as a table arrangement), Wilma was always YES!
Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:37 PM
Perry, stunning pics. You look absolutely gorge! Congrats!!
Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:41 PM
Originally Posted by chelsandjack
Seriously...sooo glad we found this forum!! Ziki - when in April are you getting married? We're on the 28th!!! So exciting!!! We're getting married April 19th woohoo! 3 months to go!!!
As far as "thank you's" - We think we're doing monogrammed beach towels with our names & wedding date along with a thank you note for each of our guests Love that idea! We're doing beach bags filled with goodies - most of which we'll probably get while we're down there. Then, instead of centerpieces for the tables, we're getting photo trees for each table and filling them with pictures and "little known facts" about us - most of which are pretty funny.
Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:48 PM
Yes, La Luna is fab too - and now they are full partners with Del Sol, which is exciting! Fernando's email is firstname.lastname@example.org let me know if you don't get a response and I will be happy to email him for you, he responded within 4 hours of my initial email and then immediately after the remaining emails.
I'm doing Welcome Bags, but I will most likely ship them in advance, or just lay them flat and then check them in a third bag. Then I'm purchasing the goodies to stuff them while I'm there. We are looking into a catamaran cruise as well - but the day after the wedding instead of the day before ... right now it's between that and ziplining!
Curious as to what you guys are doing with your wedding dresses since they no longer allow you to hang them? I don't want to check it for fear of anything happening so I am pretty sure I will just fold it in the garment bag and make sure the flight attendants don't allow anyone to shove anything on top. Does anyone else have suggestions?
Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:51 PM
Chelsea, they held my original post for moderation, whatever that means, so you may see this twice, sorry. But we're getting married April 19th, wooohoo only 3 months to go!!!
Posted 15 January 2012 - 10:04 AM
Hi ladies!!! Here is my photog's blog!!! Only suggestion is account for the wind and make sure that your hair is super secure. Mine came undone at times but nothing could have bothered me that day!!
Oh! And make sure your photog can photoshop people out. Mine did a great job of it!! I also have the video a friend shot for us of the ceremony on my Facebook, if you want to see just friend me on there - Kristyn McCrohan
Posted 15 January 2012 - 10:20 AM
Your pictures are beautiful and everything looked amazing. I can't wait for our date in June. My one question for you and sorry if you have answered this is did you get your bouquet from the hotel or outside flower shop? If so where (possible name) and did you order it once you were there or arrange ahead of time?
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