I had a wedding group of 27 people - almost all traveled together (some came from England) from July 31st - August 5th 2011 -
Once we landed in the Santa Clara airport we were greeted and shewed off into a private air conditioned van - took us 1 hour and 40 minutes to drive through the town and the causeway to get to our resort.
As soon as I (the bride) stepped off the bus, Maikel (wedding coordinator) whisked me and my group to a private room to have priority check- in - it was amazing! room keys were handed out along with a VIP bracelet - we were also given champagne to toast our wedding off that week!
Sean and I thought we were just getting a standard room little did we know.... Maikel took us straight to our Ocean View Suite - we were amazed and shocked that we got this luxury for the entire week we stayed - our room was equipped with 2 bathrooms - one having a jacuzzi and a stand up shower for 2 walk- in closet with a safe, a dining area and lounge area for if u want ur guests over to hang out and watch tv. we also had a tv in the bedroom - we had a king bed that could fit an army! AMAZING!! we seriously felt so spoiled
Maikel was so easy to talk to, he had his check list for the Symbolic Wedding - we got a free bottle of rum, we also got breakfast in the morning after we got married, they also delivered champagne to the ladies while we were getting ready to walk down the aisle!
We went down to Cuba thinking our family would be the photographer's well, we changed our minds last minute we choose to have a photographer - We got Package I - 100$//CUC same thing.... it got us like an 1 hour and half of his time, plus a book of 24 prints and 1 large print - I would also recommend spending the extra 25 peso's for the actual CD of pictures that way you have them all!! we have 150 pictures plus what our guests took..
after the ceremony our guests were taken to the theatre were drinks and small snacks were served (this was nice because we were off taking photo's) after we were down we went to our private reception -
Maikel had us choose from 2 menus of what food we wanted for our wedding dinner - I highly recommend the VEGETABLE CREAM SOUP - omgg the best thing ever to be tasted there!! my entire group loved it - its either that or cream of shrimp?
we were having our reception in the part of the resort that was closed for the summer - it was just us and it had AC - we had a 3 course meal - the wedding cake was delicious - didn't know what it would look like but we didn't care!
Maikel will always ask you if everything is going good - we assured him it was - it was perfect - I am sure he has some pretty nasty ppl in the past! he stayed with us from the time the ceremony started till we wanted to end it -
I suggest that if you like dancing to take ur wedding group to the disco - which is like a 2 minute walk into the town which is connected to the resort - entry fee - 5 peso's -from lobby that will get u in and 3 drinks... if u pay at the disco doors its 10 pesos which is ur entry fee plus 8 drinks....
it was awesome -
the rest of the week was sooo relaxing!! upon checking out - we all check-out together - we ready to leave the resort the bus driver called for the Wedding Group only and we all travelled together - i bet some ppl were mad because there were 100's waiting before us to leave... but hey, it was nice to go all together!
if there is any little things i left out like pricing and all that let me know....
oh surprise pricing for me was the bridesmaids bouquets - there an extra 15 peso each - Maikel told me this 1 day before heading out there!
anywho, im sure I rambled!
We had a great time,