Fisrt and foremost, Congratulations to all of you!! I am getting married at Riu Palace on April 13th. I was so excited when I just ran up on this forum.
I plan to have 50 guests (36 have already booked) and communicated with Jatziri Acero (Operations Manager) last week about the reception. He said that I could have a private reception at Don Julio Terrace - Steakhouse for $500 with the set menu. This will allow me to have music and a dance floor.
I sent him few other questions, but he said he didn't have the answers so he forwarded my e-mail to Sakura Ono. I have communicated with her in the past and she is pretty good about responding.
I have had a stress free planning phase, but I am starting to stress with the date getting closer. It also stresses me out that I cannot speak with the coordinator about the final plans until 2 months out. Sakura told me that either Adrianna or Kylene would be my wedding coordinator and one of them would contact me 2 months out.
Question, has anyone spoken to any of the cooridnators about flowers? I was originally told that if I wanted calla lilly, it would cost $520 for 10 flowers. However, I just read a blog written by a bride who had her wedding at Riu Palace in 2011. She stated that calla lilly was included in the available flowers.
I read where someone wrote about the price of the trip for our guests. I went through a travel agent and they were able to use Delta Vacations who allows you to make payments up until 30 days prior to the departure date. So, many of my guests took advantage of this. As the bride, I also will receive $25 back for every room booked for my wedding. Not a bad deal. There was another travel agent here in Indianapolis that gave the bride and groom package for free if 10 parties booked. So, you all may want to shop around if it is not too late.