Hey all! I am still trying to get back into the swing of the real world after 2 amazing weeks in paradise! I wanted to share a few things from my experience that might be helpful.
The resort - this place is absolutely stunning, the service is incredible. All my 30 guests were thrilled by all of it. There are always going to be a few small issues, but the staff immediately corrected anything as it happened and were so friendly and helpful!! We didn’t have a single bad meal the entire time. The French place was our favorite, but they were all good. Our private dinner on the beach was amazing!
Our room was preferred club Beach Front – so we could walk right from our patio onto the beach. We were also in building 3 so close to everything including the swing bar on the beach which was awesome. We did have a little cash taken one day from our room, but it’s our fault for leaving it out. The average earnings per day is like $5 for most people there so keep that in mind also when tipping. We tipped everyone and they were so appreciative. We got good service even before we tipped, but of course it was even better after.
Juan Carlos was amazing! I brought all kinds of decorations but really only had a general idea of how I wanted things to look because I didn’t do a site visit. I just talked with Juan Carlos about how I envisioned that day and left everything with him. I was blown away, it was stunning! You are in very good hands.
Wedding Locations - There are 3 weddings pretty much every day from now till July, so in our 2 weeks there, we saw a LOT of different weddings at all three locations (4 actually since one was at the chess board gazebo).
Tequila Terrace - I have to say that we felt GREAT about our decision to be on the Tequila Terrace, it is still my favorite location at the resort, but they are all nice. The Tequila Terrace is the most private, it’s way on the end of the resort and there isn’t a resort right next door on that side so you don’t get the walk through traffic that the other locations get. You won’t even notice any of the restaurants if they are open, the BlueWater Grill was closed the day of our wedding so we were the only ones around, you really don’t notice the people in the Mexican place or the buffet. We had our ceremony on the beach and had cocktail hour set up on the beach, but really everyone stayed on the terrace. I was thankful for the lounge furniture on the beach during the reception since there was a good breeze down there and hubby and I snuck away for a few minutes to cool off and be alone for a minute. I had the cake cutting right after dinner and it was delicious! I gave Juan Carlos some items I wanted on the cake and it was beautiful.
The Beach Terrace – this one is the most public of the locations but it wasn’t really an issue for the couples using it for their reception because when the pool bar closes, everyone sort of leaves the area. You will get a lot of walk by traffic as people are going to dinner, etc. I ran by the wedding there on my way to my room when I changed into my reception dress and a few people from the wedding there made comments saying congratulations, but I don’t think it took anything away from their reception. The beach wedding location is where you will find the most walk bys during your ceremony or people standing watching.
The Preferred Pool – The beach location for the ceremony that goes with the preferred pool is sort of off to one side of the resort (opposite side form the Tequila Terrace) but the beach flows right into another resort, and the Swing Bar is right there as well (I forget the real name of that bar but it’s the one right on the beach and all the seats are swings) There were several afternoons we were at the swing bar drinking and everyone was watching the wedding and clapping. If you don’t mind strangers watching, this location is really fun. The reception area at the preferred pool is really beautiful, I just wanted to see the beach, and you can’t at all from there.
The chess board gazebo – this is usually a rain backup location but you can pick it if you like. It’s pretty, but also right next to the main lobby. They pull down curtains to create a bit of privacy, but the view is of the main pool not the beach.
The Spa and Salon – We had a great couples massage, and my sister and one friend got their hair and makeup done at the salon. They did a good job, and both were pleased.
The Styling Trio – I hired them to do a trial, my hair and makeup, my bridesmaids hair and makeup and my makeup for my trash the dress photoshoot. These ladies are Miracle Workers, if I could bring them home to do my hair and makeup every day I absolutely would. I had my trial on Thursday morning at 9am, and it still looked perfect for our welcome cocktail party at 6pm.
Welcome Cocktail Party – we got the promotion where we got a free party when we booked our wedding. It was set up on the main pool terrace and it was beautiful. I didn’t ask about any of the details, just let Juan Carlos run with it and I was not disappointed.
Resort Photographers – We used the photography from the Divine package for our welcome cocktail party. They did a nice job, but I would have been upset if they had been my wedding photos. They showed me about 150 images and I had a hard time picking 24, a few are great but most were just OK.
Photographer – Dean Sanderson – He was the best! So much fun to work with and the difference was so clear, he gave great direction and advice. I can’t wait to see the final images, but the candids some friends took while Dean was shooting let me see that I made the right choice! Our trash the dress session on Monday was also a great experience.
Wisteria Wedding Films – I hired these ladies for videography. They were so much fun! They live in Colorado but are doing more weddings in the Riviera Maya area. The price was very reasonable and I know the finished product will be great, I will share it when I get it.
Disco Movil – They were great, I didn’t give them a lot of restrictions so they could just feel out the crowd. They kept everyone dancing and things went so smoothly.
Photobooth- this was so fun and I am glad we did it! We only had it for 2 hours (8-10pm) while everyone was dancing. It was a huge hit and worth the money for sure.
Sorry, I didn’t intend for this to be so long, but if you have any questions please ask.