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Sorry Kari, I had asked you your wedding date and those other questions without looking above, I haven't been on here in a while, I didn't realize you had written previously. Sorry :)


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Hi Ladies! 


 I think that previously the limit for a semi-private reception was 40 people. I know you both mentioned Sakura as your wedding planner, but I don't know who that is.  I am working with Adriana Diaz...I asked her about the semi-private reception and she said it is up to 50 people.  I know that you can't have music at the semi-private so I think I am going to try to pay for the private reception cost of $500.00 and then try to just order off of the basic menu if possible so we don't have to pay a per person charge. 


Adriana told me that she won't really call me to discuss options until about 2 months before the wedding...I was like EEEK too!  I am a total planner and want to know everything now!  I asked her why I was able to book the Baja Norte so far ahead of time but not the semi-private dinner and she said it was because she keeps the private receiptions booked on a different calendar. 


WedCabo 33 where are you having your reception?


Did both of you get a copy of the menu for the private reception choices?  Do you know what you are choosing?  Some of the items were a bit different, but I have never read anything bad on here about the food.


Keep in touch!



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Hey Crys,


What a bummer about the 2 people and limits!!!  Can you include a photogrpaher or something to jack it up to 50??

I know it's hard to tell people not to stress, but just be persistant with them,  maybe even try calling?

Is it a new wedding coordinator?

Let me know how it goes, I am just at work, will be able to write more later


deep breaths, everything always works out :)



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Tried calling actually twice today...she is busy with other clients.


Nope same WC...it is new resort mgmt.


mom is not having fun...she is stressing I think more than me 'cause she wants to be done with the planning. Mom wants everything to be as close as perfect as possible for us.

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Crys- AND OTHER RIU PALACE BRIDES (see below for email from RIU WC)


Kylene told me the same thing. Not sure if that is who emailed you.  I think we need to all organize together and complain, I've read different reviews of weddings and the good and bad all came down to 1 thing...the WC, not the resort or anything else, just WC.  But at the same time where does that get us but more stressed and the WC hating us and making our special days horrible.

Right now I only have 35 guests.  I know I don't want the beach cause, as pretty as it is, its messy, and if anywhere lights are needed, that is one!!

I am wondering how they let us use the terrace on the Don Julio or San jose and let us have dancing/DJ, seems like it would be too loud. But that is what the email she sent me says I can do, plus it lets us keep the menu food and not need to go per person.


Crys- You  are having such a unique wedding, so different than the average, a gorgeous resort, your guests do not know the different options that are (or not) available to you, they will be amazed at what you have, if you focus on what you cant have they will too but if you are confident in what you get, they wont even know any different.  Very few have ever gone to such a elaborate event like your wedding, you wont disappoint anyone. Don't let this get to you, its Mexico, you know they do things much more layed back than we do, I cant imagine all the BRIDES they have stressed out.





Dear Michelle:

Sorry for not answering back before. We've been really busy with weddings taking place in site right now.

We start working with brides 2 months or month and a half before the wedding day. I'll answer your questions right now, and I'll send some information for you to begin studying everything. We do not book places until we are getting near the date, this is due to operational matters, but you still will have an idea of what you can use or do for that day.

1. We are not able to have DJ or music on the semi private dinners which are offered on our wedding packages. I you wish to have music for your reception dinner and reading you are having a group of 40 people, I can recommend the San Jose Terrace which you can rent for $500.00 USD for one sitting, or $1,000.00 for both sittings.
You may also have the beach or the Baja Norte Terrace for a $500.00 USD site fee, but here you would have to pay for a private menu per person, against the San Jose Terrace, where you may have the restaurant's menu.

2. I'm attaching the file for private places for you to study, to close a whole restaurant we need at least 60 people for the $1,800.00 USD site fee. If you don't have that quantity of guests, the San Jose, the Don Julio Terraces, the Baja Norte, the Beach or the English Garden can work.

3. For ceremonies, we offer 3 different places: the beach, the San Jose Gazebo and the Spa Gazebo. I personally don't offer the Spa Gazebo, since it is just besides the Santa Fe pool, and is very noisy. San Jose Gazebo is very private and quiet. The beach is a nice place, but you have the guests of the Baja Norte pool watching the entire ceremony. (I'm attaching some pictures)

4. For the spa (makeup, hair, etc) please contact Paula Casas from Renova Spa, she will be able to assist you to confirm appointments: paula.casas@renovaspa.com
For Mango Productions (photo and video packages) you can contact Daniela Buenrostro: contact@myweddinginloscabos.com
For DJ information give me sometime to give you the information, the vendor we work with has told me about staff changing and I'm waiting on who will be in charge of working with Riu as contact for information for our events.

5. Our packages offer 2 flower medallions which are used on the ceremony set up, and then they are used on the ceremony set up. Packages include the brides bouquet and the grooms boutonnier. Flowers included on packages are: roses, lilies, gerbers, stargazers, and some others depending on the season. We do not offer any other kind of decoration. If you want to bring things to decor your reception dinner or the ceremony, you may bring all items, and we'll help you with the set up.

Kind regards,
 Kylene Valle Operations Manager Gerente Operaciones Meetings, Incentives & Social Events 




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Michelle (Michey)


RE: we need to all organize together and complain...


This sounds like a good idea but with some draw backs...how does one do it without making things worse?


RE: the email from the WC


I think this is a template email being tweeked by the WC to suit the wedding numbers 'cause it looks just like mine.



Has anyone been to the resort and know what Don Julio terrace is like. The pics sent to me look like it is just a deck on the back of a building under the steakhouse. WC tells me it is one step onto the beach.

where are the bathrooms and the nearest bar for guests to get to?




RE: Your comment about the wedding being unique...


This is a very good point...and actually does make me feel better. You are absolutely correct. I will keep reminding myself of this. Thank you hug2.gif


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Hi there! We are having our reception at the Baja Norte and doing a private event. I wanted to be able to play music and feel catered too. It is an additional $500 but to me that is worth it. I looked at the terraces and they are just long and narrow for me. I dont feel like they feel like a wedding! No one can mingle! I contacted my WC this morning bc I need to know about linens and etc. If they do not offer them then I need to find vendors! :)

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What meal did you choose for your Baja Norte reception? Curious, may have my reception there too if they offer good food choices, didn't like the menu I got for the per plate options.

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I agree,


I liked the idea of the Baja Norte, but was worried about the menu since it wasn't basic.  If I do decide to have it at the Baja Norte, I think I would pick the beef option under Menu #4: cesar salad, bisque soup, steak fillet and chsse cake.

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OOHH, I must not have that page, it must be a page 2of2, the menu page for me has beef, chicken, and vegetarian options #1 through #3, can you email me that page that has #4 (are there more than 4 options)?





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We will likely have a wedding party of 70 people. Which private reception area do you all suggest? I was thinking the steakhouse?


Also plan on doing the dj or bose system w/ ipod.

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