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Hello to all of you LUCKY brides having (or considering) your wedding at Le Reve!

 

I'm part of the BDW team, and on my first visit to this truly breathtaking property. Regarding the question about the noise, it is much, much more quiet here than the larger properties down the road (just came from El Dorado Royale) and I think that having older guests on the wing opposite the restaurant/bar will grant them peace and quiet while still feeling included in the activities. 

 

Tomorrow night, BDW will be hosting an event for our Sponsors at Le Reve - it'll be very exciting to meet some of the photographers, wedding coordinators, videographers, florists and more that make BDW such a useful tool in planning a destination wedding. 

 

While I am here, I'm more than happy to ask our BDW Sponsors any questions that you may have - be it about Le Reve specifically (I'll be meeting with Arlenis tomorrow), or other vendors/properties. Please let me know the information that BDW is lacking so that I can inquire, and help you and future brides.

 

Feel free to respond here or PM me directly.

 

Thank you, and congratulations!

Stephanie

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Thanks mrspfafftobe for your responses! I hardly ever see replies to my posts so I apologize for my delay.

 

Hello ladies of Le Reve!

 

I am getting married at Le Reve in May 2012. I am super excited, but it took a while to get planning. Apparently, I am just a little too calm about it all. Everyone else was gasping when I had nothing to say when they asked what I had done so far to plan the wedding. I hadn't even looked at wedding dresses until a couple of weeks ago and people were practically yelling at me to get on it. So I finally got in gear.

 

I have actually visited this site two times before, one being a trip in which I got engaged. So it wasn't a surprise that Le Reve was going to be an option for the wedding site. But it actually wasn't the ONLY option. We researched endless resorts around Tulum and Playa del Carmen. ENDLESS. I am a very practical girl who just wants a fun, memorable party/vacation to enjoy with loved ones. I would much rather spend money on good food and alcohol as opposed to flowers and an expensive dress. This gives you an idea of me. My fiance is more into the aesthetics of a resort. He likes simple, modern designs. A non-pretentious surrounding that at the same time makes you feel like a million bucks.

 

And that's why we chose Le Reve. And when we did, we honestly didn't think about that decision again. It is just perfect for what we want. We love that the beach is literally steps away from the bungalows. We love that it will feel like our own private getaway for our friends and family for the wedding weekend. The staff is friendly.  You actually get to know them because you see each individual during your stay, as opposed to faceless workers in bigger resorts. (Now I'm not knocking big resorts. I thought a huge all-inclusive would be a fun option for the wedding. Especially with my side of crazy bottomless pit drinkers and eaters. I'm just stating that one benefit of being in a boutique hotel is personalization. One great benefit of a bigger resort is being able to have all the guests in one place. We are expecting about 100 guests so not everyone will be able to stay at Le Reve. In the end, we knew that we wanted something intimate and different from the mammoth all-inclusives around the area.) Arlenis, Le Reve's wedding coordinator, has been very helpful in my wedding planning. I can attest that she has been very prompt and responsive to questions. I think she has actually been one of the most prompt of my contacts in Mexico, which suits this New Yorker just fine!

 

I am also about getting a good deal (which is how I got my wedding dress for 40% off...yes!!). So I was VERY happy with having the freedom to be able to do so in that we could hire outside vendors with no fees at Le Reve. THANK YOU! I will say though, that Arlenis has recommended great options for vendors. But I really, really appreciate the fact that I am not being limited.

 

I am going to be back at Le Reve next week to meet with vendors. This website has been a blessing in helping me with my wedding planning and I would love to contribute my trials and tribulations, experiences, and advice. I am just getting a hang of this site though, and I don't want to post in the wrong forums, etc.

 

My hope is to do vendor reviews, planning thread, etc.

 

I highly recommend anyone who is considering Le Reve as a wedding site to DO IT! If you look at posts on BDW, there are people who booked Le Reve without even doing a site visit who were so glad that they chose this place. I also had concern about having our wedding at Le Reve and guests not being able to afford to stay there. But Le Reve is in a beautiful area surrounded by different options. We are having a lot of family stay at Petit Lafitte, which has more affordable lodging. To help offset costs, we also supplemented Le Reve's already wedding discounted rooms by paying off a bit of the room rates. It wasn't even much in total, but it seemed to make the rooms much more affordable for our guests. If you really want to have your dream wedding at Le Reve, I think that you can make it possible. =)

 

Feel free to PM me or reply to this thread to ask questions.

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All of the Le Reve brides out there - I need your help! 

 

I am getting married at Le Reve in June 2012. Before we sent out save the dates last week, 50% of the hotel was already booked. From talking to other friends and family who haven't booked yet but are going to, I am certain that the rest of the rooms are going to sell out ASAP and we will have many more people at the wedding than we originally anticipated. I'm obviously concerned about what this will do to our budget, but I am mostly worried about where our additional guests are going to stay. Where should we direct them?!

 

Has anyone else had overages or are you planning for overages? I really wanted a small intimate wedding which is why I thought Le Reve was perfect, but more people than we thought are excited to come. I guess that is one of the downfalls of trying to plan a destination wedding - hard to control the guest list! Does anyone have suggestions for a second hotel? I know Azul Fives and The Tides are right next door, but I think those are kinda pricey. Petit Lafitte is right next to those and reasonable in price, but I wasn't really impressed with the accommodations when we toured. Anyone have any opinions on Sandos? I haven't been there - is it walking distance or would the guests have to rent a car/take a taxi? 

 

Thanks for your help!! 

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Hello Bektar and welcome!

 

I'm getting married at le Reve in late April and can't wait! The reviews of Le Reve are awesome. This site has been very helpful to me so I hope it will be helpful to you as well.

 

Congratulations!

 

Sonia~

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Petit Lafitte is a good option. That's where a lot of family is staying since we have kids. The bungalows are very cute. We stayed there. I will say the actual garden rooms/hotel rooms aren't as sophisticated as Le Reve but I love the petting zoo, the beach, and the workers.

 

Sandos is not exactly a classy place, but could be fun for the unlimited food, drinks, and kids friendly options. But it is all personal choice.

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We also have some overflow, so we recommended Sandos and Azul Fives for our guests (Sandos for people who would like to spend a little less and Azul Fives for people who would like to stay at a place more like Le Reve, but we ran out of rooms).  We were assured that people can easily walk down the beach to Le Reve from both places.  Hope this helps!

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Hello ladies,

 

I just wanted to mention that I had my honeymoon at Le Reve .. from Dec 11 to the 16th ... I also had a photoshoot with Del Sol ( can't wait to get the pictures.. i'm dying here of anticipation!!!), if you have any questions on the resort let me know ... I also have a few pictures that I can post.. however I don't know if I should post them on this thread or just start my own thread for the honeymoon.?! Let me know .. and ask away if you have questions .. it truly is a once in a life time experience and i'm soooo glad that we splurged on it!

 

Michèle

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