OKâ€¦enough of BS..now letâ€™s jump into the details.
Location: The Royal Playa Del Carmen
One of the best in the area, and very nicely located (right off the 5th Ave)! Adult only resort with a sister hotel that can take kids and people with a constrained budget.
The location is hard to beat as guests can go on 5th Avenue by foot everyday, so they don't need to pay cab or feel trap in the resort for days. There are also a Mega and a Walmart near the resort, so people don't have to get robbed by the resort when they need some medications and other essential items.
The resort has 7 restos, again ...due to the fact that I am a picky eater, I need to pick a resort with very very good food and huge variety as well.
I picked the free wedding package and got married on a Monday to avoid all the "extra" fees. I compared all the package available on an Excel spreadsheet, and came to the conclusion that...it is cheaper to go for a Mastersuite (a pricier and bigger room with perks)and get the free wedding (saved $400 of minister fees). The resort charges extra if you want to get married on the weekend days ($400 extra), but since none of our guests needed to work during the weekdays there anyway, it was ok to get married on a Monday...lol
The resort Spa is also top notch, I did my mani, pedi, hair and makeup there. I was very pleased with the resort and glad that I didn't spend $350 on vendor fees + $400 on trial and makeup/hair on an external makeup artist.
WC: Claudy Che (email), Zulma (on-site)
I met Zulma during my site inspection, and she was very kind and helpful. I saw 2 brides thx her in her office! Claudy too, has been amazing, always fast email response, and answer all my questions. On my wedding day, I had a bridezilla moment, as I was afraid that it was going to rain...Zulma and Captain Joquin done the impossible, and moved the WHOLE thing indoor within 30 min. It didn't rain at the end, but it was a good decision...as no one wanted to have a nervous bride checking the sky every 30 seconds! Zulma followed my instructions on decor, music...etc, and everything went according to plan!
Photog: Cecilia Dumas, Sascha Gluck, Ivan Luckie
Okâ€¦ok..why 3 different photog, initially I really like Ceciliaâ€™s romantic style, but my FI wants smth more sharp and journalistic. Therefore, we went with Cecilia for my e-session pics during our site inspection stay. She is super cool and easy going, very creative and reasonably priced.
We booked Sascha for our big day plus next day TTD, and Ivan for underwater TTD. (I am still waiting for the pro pics, the pic below is what Sascha posted on his Facebook)
Videographer: Alexandre Michaud
He is a good friend of mine who makes indie movies. My hubby wanted do a "Reservoir Dogs" style shot with his boys, so..I asked my friend for help! Lucky me!
I picked ewedding.com, their templates are nice, easy to use, and fully customizable! Except my guests are not that tech oriented! oh well...at least I will get a dvd as a keepsake.
Save the Date
Paper airplane STD, I saw it in a Martha Stewart Wedding mag, and went download it from their website.
I bought a pack of cardstock from Walmart, printed them on laser printer, add the little blue rhinestones...et voila!
I always want passport/boarding passes invites! but the cost of ordering them is a bit too much, especially I needed them to be bilingual (in french and english). Therefore again...I went DIY.
First, I got my monogram designed by Rebecca from Allurements by Rebecca. $10
then...downloaded free templates (both the passport and boarding pass) from Ashlee $0, edited them on Adobe photoshop.
Ordered the aqua metallic cardstock papers and matching enveloppes from