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#41 darin926

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    Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:16 AM

    Im getting married there in November and I am having 56 guests, they didn't offer me anything as of yet, hopefuly they do but I'll b ok either way...- haven't decided on DJ or music yet , the firworks sound cool but really not sure what they are so we think we r gonna go with the fire dancers

    -Ive dealt with 6 different resorts in Mexico and Lis is far and away the BEST wedding coordinator Ive dealt with, you have to understand if sge has a wedding that day shes there all day and shes the only one dealing w the emails, I talked to her one day last week and she had 700 emails in her inbox.... please lend me any info you find as well
     



    #42 abbacaddaba

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      Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:31 AM

      Originally Posted by Miranda Cole 

      Hi all -

       

      We are looking at February 21, 2014 as our date. We have stayed at FAC in the past and loved it. We are looking at doing the Mar package and then hiring a photographer adn DJ from outside.

       

      I have a couple of questions.

       

      1. Did the hotel offer any kind of gorup discount to your group? We are expecting about 50 guests.

       

      2. What music did you use for your ceremony? We are getting married on the beach and I am concerned that the music will be hard to hear over the sound of the waves.

       

      3. Has anyone used DJ Mannia? I have read good things on the forum about them. I like the idea of the cold fireworks. Has anyone used him at FAC and did they allow the fireworks?

       

      4. Lis has been great but it takes her a few days to get back to me. Is that normal? I'm concerned that when the date gets closer this could be an issue but I've ready nothing but good things about her from others.

       

      Any other tips would be greatly appreciated.

       

      Hi there :) We have 25 guests and didn't get much of a discount. I think if you set a room block up straight with the resort you could get a good deal but guests have found better deals on other travel web sites.

       

      I can't really help with music, were getting married on the garden terrace. I think the speak system should be loud enough tho to combat the ocean/wind.

       

      We are using DJ Mannia, they have been great so far. I plan on posting a big post after our wedding next month with more details on how everything went.

       

      Lis is a sweetheart and has been great to work with but like you say she does take a few days to respond. If it's important she gets back to me right away but if not she takes maybe two days. It hasn't been a problem so far for me though.

       

      Hope this helps a little bit :) Our wedding is May 11th and i'll post some more details on how it went with the vendors/resort, i've heard nothing but good things :)



      #43 Miranda Cole

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        Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:00 AM

        Congrats your wedding is in just two days! I am anxious to read all about it!



        #44 abbacaddaba

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          Posted 25 May 2013 - 07:48 PM

          Well our wedding was May 11th at FAC and overall we were very pleased with our experience. There were a few hiccups though that put a damper on our night.

           

          First of all the resort is amazing! All of our friends and family loved the resort and are planning a trip back there already! Everyone on the staff was excellent! We had our favorite bartenders and wait staff that we would go to every night but really everyone was great. Felix, Juan Jose, Pedro, Renee and Rudolfo were are favorites :) 

           

          The food was either excellent or so so. When we ate at the mexican or italian restaurant we had great food everytime. However, the buffet was hit or miss. We had good meals there and some just alright meals there as well.

           

          All the entertainment each night was great! We participated each night and had a blast.

           

          Wedding stuff now!

           

          The ceremony was perfect. We had it in the garden area which is the grassy area overlooking the ocean. It was perfect because we didn't have to walk through sand :) The officiant was great, we had whoever the resort set up for us and we just let her do her own thing and it turned out beautiful. 

           

          Reception, here is where things started to go wrong. I started planning our wedding 2 years ago and the private function was for 5 hours back then. I was told to pay for the private function when we arrived on site. Since then however it has been changed to a 3 hour deal with no change in price. Noone made us aware of this change. While there we met with Lis and we discussed start times and everything else but not end times or duration so this wasn't caught until 9pm when it was announced the last song would be played. My husband and I went over to Lis asking why... we had paid for 5 hours so we would go to 11pm? She stated it was only three hours included in the private function and anything over is $19 per person per hour. So on my wedding day during my reception my husband and i had to take a half hour out of our party time to get this fixed. I agreed to pay for one more hour just to keep the party going but the next day i printed the one and only private function i was sent showing 5 hours. She credited the extra hour and paid us back for the one hour we didn't get to enjoy but it still put a damper on the mood of the party. PLEASE MAKE SURE you go over this with lis to make sure you have the right duration set for your reception if you choose a private function package.

           

          The other problem we had was that we had paid for a private function yet there were people in the pool area and jacuzzi watching my first dance and the dances with the mother/father. Lis finally went and asked people to please leave but people would keep walking up in their speedos and bikinis and they are in all my pictures from the dances. My husband and his bestman finally took care of the problem themselves and put beach chairs at the entrance to keep people from watching our wedding from the pool and jacuzzi. There are two jacuzzis and a pool on the lower terrace of the pool. Why didn't they block ours off somehow since it's a private function?? Just beware, unless you take this into your own hands the resort will only do so much.

           

          For DJ we used DJ Mannia and were very pleased. They did an excellent job with music selections and were very friendly. I couldn't of asked for anything more from them everyone loved them.

           

          The reception food and cake were excellent. No complaints here at all!

           

          Photography we used David Gastaldi who is through the resort. We had Luca as our photographer and he was excellent! Very professional and we didn't even realize he was there! He caught some great moments and we have great pictures to look back on. Definitely get photos in the garden area in the room areas, those pictures turned out especially beautiful!

           

          Overall we loved the resort and the ceremony. The reception had the hiccup but we were able to move past it. Just make sure you go over everything with Lis. She is a sweetheart and we know she didn't do this intentionally. She became the coordinator there a year ago and didn't know what the previous person had sent us. It was just an unfortunate mistake which she made right in the end. We loved our stay and will be returning with all our friends again sometime in the future :)



          #45 amanda jo

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            Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:33 PM

            Well our wedding was May 11th at FAC and overall we were very pleased with our experience. There were a few hiccups though that put a damper on our night. First of all the resort is amazing! All of our friends and family loved the resort and are planning a trip back there already! Everyone on the staff was excellent! We had our favorite bartenders and wait staff that we would go to every night but really everyone was great. Felix, Juan Jose, Pedro, Renee and Rudolfo were are favorites :)  The food was either excellent or so so. When we ate at the mexican or italian restaurant we had great food everytime. However, the buffet was hit or miss. We had good meals there and some just alright meals there as well. All the entertainment each night was great! We participated each night and had a blast. Wedding stuff now! The ceremony was perfect. We had it in the garden area which is the grassy area overlooking the ocean. It was perfect because we didn't have to walk through sand :) The officiant was great, we had whoever the resort set up for us and we just let her do her own thing and it turned out beautiful.  Reception, here is where things started to go wrong. I started planning our wedding 2 years ago and the private function was for 5 hours back then. I was told to pay for the private function when we arrived on site. Since then however it has been changed to a 3 hour deal with no change in price. Noone made us aware of this change. While there we met with Lis and we discussed start times and everything else but not end times or duration so this wasn't caught until 9pm when it was announced the last song would be played. My husband and I went over to Lis asking why... we had paid for 5 hours so we would go to 11pm? She stated it was only three hours included in the private function and anything over is $19 per person per hour. So on my wedding day during my reception my husband and i had to take a half hour out of our party time to get this fixed. I agreed to pay for one more hour just to keep the party going but the next day i printed the one and only private function i was sent showing 5 hours. She credited the extra hour and paid us back for the one hour we didn't get to enjoy but it still put a damper on the mood of the party. PLEASE MAKE SURE you go over this with lis to make sure you have the right duration set for your reception if you choose a private function package. The other problem we had was that we had paid for a private function yet there were people in the pool area and jacuzzi watching my first dance and the dances with the mother/father. Lis finally went and asked people to please leave but people would keep walking up in their speedos and bikinis and they are in all my pictures from the dances. My husband and his bestman finally took care of the problem themselves and put beach chairs at the entrance to keep people from watching our wedding from the pool and jacuzzi. There are two jacuzzis and a pool on the lower terrace of the pool. Why didn't they block ours off somehow since it's a private function?? Just beware, unless you take this into your own hands the resort will only do so much. For DJ we used DJ Mannia and were very pleased. They did an excellent job with music selections and were very friendly. I couldn't of asked for anything more from them everyone loved them. The reception food and cake were excellent. No complaints here at all! Photography we used David Gastaldi who is through the resort. We had Luca as our photographer and he was excellent! Very professional and we didn't even realize he was there! He caught some great moments and we have great pictures to look back on. Definitely get photos in the garden area in the room areas, those pictures turned out especially beautiful! Overall we loved the resort and the ceremony. The reception had the hiccup but we were able to move past it. Just make sure you go over everything with Lis. She is a sweetheart and we know she didn't do this intentionally. She became the coordinator there a year ago and didn't know what the previous person had sent us. It was just an unfortunate mistake which she made right in the end. We loved our stay and will be returning with all our friends again sometime in the future :)



            #46 amanda jo

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              Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:53 PM

              Well our wedding was May 11th at FAC and overall we were very pleased with our experience. There were a few hiccups though that put a damper on our night. First of all the resort is amazing! All of our friends and family loved the resort and are planning a trip back there already! Everyone on the staff was excellent! We had our favorite bartenders and wait staff that we would go to every night but really everyone was great. Felix, Juan Jose, Pedro, Renee and Rudolfo were are favorites :)  The food was either excellent or so so. When we ate at the mexican or italian restaurant we had great food everytime. However, the buffet was hit or miss. We had good meals there and some just alright meals there as well. All the entertainment each night was great! We participated each night and had a blast. Wedding stuff now! The ceremony was perfect. We had it in the garden area which is the grassy area overlooking the ocean. It was perfect because we didn't have to walk through sand :) The officiant was great, we had whoever the resort set up for us and we just let her do her own thing and it turned out beautiful.  Reception, here is where things started to go wrong. I started planning our wedding 2 years ago and the private function was for 5 hours back then. I was told to pay for the private function when we arrived on site. Since then however it has been changed to a 3 hour deal with no change in price. Noone made us aware of this change. While there we met with Lis and we discussed start times and everything else but not end times or duration so this wasn't caught until 9pm when it was announced the last song would be played. My husband and I went over to Lis asking why... we had paid for 5 hours so we would go to 11pm? She stated it was only three hours included in the private function and anything over is $19 per person per hour. So on my wedding day during my reception my husband and i had to take a half hour out of our party time to get this fixed. I agreed to pay for one more hour just to keep the party going but the next day i printed the one and only private function i was sent showing 5 hours. She credited the extra hour and paid us back for the one hour we didn't get to enjoy but it still put a damper on the mood of the party. PLEASE MAKE SURE you go over this with lis to make sure you have the right duration set for your reception if you choose a private function package. The other problem we had was that we had paid for a private function yet there were people in the pool area and jacuzzi watching my first dance and the dances with the mother/father. Lis finally went and asked people to please leave but people would keep walking up in their speedos and bikinis and they are in all my pictures from the dances. My husband and his bestman finally took care of the problem themselves and put beach chairs at the entrance to keep people from watching our wedding from the pool and jacuzzi. There are two jacuzzis and a pool on the lower terrace of the pool. Why didn't they block ours off somehow since it's a private function?? Just beware, unless you take this into your own hands the resort will only do so much. For DJ we used DJ Mannia and were very pleased. They did an excellent job with music selections and were very friendly. I couldn't of asked for anything more from them everyone loved them. The reception food and cake were excellent. No complaints here at all! Photography we used David Gastaldi who is through the resort. We had Luca as our photographer and he was excellent! Very professional and we didn't even realize he was there! He caught some great moments and we have great pictures to look back on. Definitely get photos in the garden area in the room areas, those pictures turned out especially beautiful! Overall we loved the resort and the ceremony. The reception had the hiccup but we were able to move past it. Just make sure you go over everything with Lis. She is a sweetheart and we know she didn't do this intentionally. She became the coordinator there a year ago and didn't know what the previous person had sent us. It was just an unfortunate mistake which she made right in the end. We loved our stay and will be returning with all our friends again sometime in the future :)

              hello, my family and I actually saw your wedding May 11!!! We were on vacation to put the deposit down for my wedding June 14, 2014! Your wedding was beautiful, I was so excited to actually be able to see a wedding while we were there. I was upset for you and really concerned about the people In the pool at your reception. This is something I am very worried about for my reception. Like you said there are Jacuzzis and pools at the lower level so no one should be allowed up top while the reception is going on. I was wondering what food you chose for the dinner, and what flavor of cake? How did they do for the decoration of your cake? We didn't get to see it. Congrats on the wedding and marriage:-)

              #47 amanda jo

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                Posted 28 May 2013 - 08:02 PM

                Hello, my family actually saw your wedding may 11th. We were on vacation to put the deposit down for my wedding June 14 2014! I was so excited to able to see a actual wedding while we were there. Your wedding was beautiful. I felt horrible that there were people in the pool while your reception was going on, this was one of my big concerns for my reception. They say its private, but they are not allowed to make people leave while the pool is open. I don't like that at all. I was wondering what food you chose, and what the wedding cake looked like we didn't get to see it. I didn't want to be too nosey on your special day lol:-) did you get your makeup done by the salon? Congrats on your wedding and marriage

                #48 Corina Cox

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                  Posted 29 May 2013 - 10:39 AM

                  Thank you for the review. I am also doing the private function and will make sure I talk to Lis about that.  Do you have any wedding pictures you could share. I am trying to picture the set up.
                   



                  #49 CancunGirl

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                    Posted 29 May 2013 - 05:47 PM

                    Thanks for the great wedding review!  I'm getting married here in September.  We are also having a private function.  I know that it's for only 3 hrs. and I was told that each additional hour is $150.  We are having about 70 guests, so $19 per person for each additional hour would be pretty expensive and I refuse to spend that kind of money.  We were already kinda annoyed that we have to pay $48 per plate when it's an all- inclusive hotel.  Do you think the $48 per plate is worth it?  I understand it's private and we are going to have our own bartender, wait staff, etc.  We did visit in January and tried the food options.  I thought the ribeye was so-so and everything else was great! Did you have plated meals or buffet?  How many guests did you have?  Thanks!



                    #50 CancunGirl

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                      Posted 29 May 2013 - 05:48 PM

                      Sorry, just saw that you had 25 guests






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