I thought I posted a couple days ago, apparently I did not.
So I just wrote another reply and hit back in my browser.
We were married March 29, 2012, 4pm on the beach.
This is the review I wrote for TA: (not like they need any more excellent reviews)
I found many threads on this forum extremely helpful in the planning of our wedding.
Hopefully I can help some of you and give back to BDW.
It seems there is some concern over costs and extra fees...
In my experience, everything that is going to cost money was clearly stated beforehand and there were no surprises.
We had the complimentary wedding package and added:
-flowers, bouquets, boutineers and corsages;
-center pieces, table runners, candles;
-set-up fee (for la villa suite and beach receptions);
-resort photographer (who was excellent btw)
-i-pod set-up for ceremony and reception and a Mexican trio for our cocktail hour.
Yes, all of this adds up a bit, but you are getting married. (amiright?)
You can stay at home, get married at a golf course or banquet hall or whatever and pay like $10,000 or $20,000 for everything, or you can do what we did for a fraction.
You will meet with Wilma when you arrive at the resort and she will explain and guide you through the process, detailing everything you are being charged for, less your deposit.
(I was quite impressed by this, everything mentioned above all consolidated on 1 bill)
I will have to get permission before posting any pictures. Apparently, the wedding dress emphasizes her fat areas, go figure. I think she looked stunningly beautiful.
My only regret for our wedding is not giving more to Wilma, she did such a fantastic job.
Having never been married before, we were not exactly sure on the etiquette/amount of this.
All I can say is that I only wish her to be as happy as she made us and if I knew that she was hoping/expecting something more I would want her to have it.
A friend of ours got married at the Playacar Palace a few years back and said the only bad thing about the hotel is, you will never find another hotel this good. After our experience I tend to agree with her.