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#241 KristieT

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    Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:58 PM

    I tried to send them an email on the "contact us" on the resort page but I still havent heard back. How frustrating.



    #242 LPerry

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      Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:37 AM

      My TA contacted the wedding office at the resort and got an email from Mario. We just got a confirmation of everything we had planned already. I have their contact info I can share.

      #243 HillaryC

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        Posted 08 July 2012 - 08:39 PM

        Can you please share the contact information?  THANKS!



        #244 CancunGirl

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          Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:04 AM

          Hi Ladies!  I am completely new to the idea of a Destination Wedding, so forgive me if I'm not very knowledgeable in this area yet.  My fiance and I have been to several different venues near our home and haven't quite found where we want our dream wedding.  We were initially set on a price range of about $15,000 to $18,000 total but now with me starting full time in graduate school next month, this may not be do-able. 

           

          We vacationed this past May to Beach Palace and saw a wedding almost every night we were there.  We joked about having our wedding here as we already had our minds set on something a bit bigger (200+ people) and near our home.  Now I'm getting serious about the idea of coming back to BP for our wedding and bringing about 20 to 30 of our closest friends and family.

           

          My biggest questions are:

           

          1.  Can anyone give me a ballpark figure on the total cost for about a week stay, reception, cocktail hour, violinist, beach ceremony?  Are we looking at $10,000-$15,000?  I know how much it costs for an all inclusive week vacation, but I guess I'm just wondering how much these bridal packages cost. 

           

          2.  What is the normal Destination Wedding "etiquette" as far as inviting guests?  Is it normal for the bride and groom to atleast pay for everyone's rooms?  This seems like an aweful lot of money.  How do most guests feel about the thought of spending this much $ on someone's wedding? 

           

          3.  How far in advance does BP book for weddings?  We would be looking at the end of August 2013 or possibly my winter break from school in December of 2013.

           

          Thanks in advance for any replies and good luck in your planning as well!!



          #245 KristieT

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            Posted 12 July 2012 - 08:25 AM

            Originally Posted by CancunGirl 

            Hi Ladies!  I am completely new to the idea of a Destination Wedding, so forgive me if I'm not very knowledgeable in this area yet.  My fiance and I have been to several different venues near our home and haven't quite found where we want our dream wedding.  We were initially set on a price range of about $15,000 to $18,000 total but now with me starting full time in graduate school next month, this may not be do-able. 

             

            We vacationed this past May to Beach Palace and saw a wedding almost every night we were there.  We joked about having our wedding here as we already had our minds set on something a bit bigger (200+ people) and near our home.  Now I'm getting serious about the idea of coming back to BP for our wedding and bringing about 20 to 30 of our closest friends and family.

             

            My biggest questions are:

             

            1.  Can anyone give me a ballpark figure on the total cost for about a week stay, reception, cocktail hour, violinist, beach ceremony?  Are we looking at $10,000-$15,000?  I know how much it costs for an all inclusive week vacation, but I guess I'm just wondering how much these bridal packages cost. 

             

            2.  What is the normal Destination Wedding "etiquette" as far as inviting guests?  Is it normal for the bride and groom to atleast pay for everyone's rooms?  This seems like an aweful lot of money.  How do most guests feel about the thought of spending this much $ on someone's wedding? 

             

            3.  How far in advance does BP book for weddings?  We would be looking at the end of August 2013 or possibly my winter break from school in December of 2013.

             

            Thanks in advance for any replies and good luck in your planning as well!!

            Hi Cancun Girl,

             

            1. My budget for my wedding is $13000 not including our flights and hotel. But this includes everything from my dress, flowers, decor, hair, makeup, phographer bridal party attire etc. We are not having a DJ though which would be an added expense. This is for approx 25 guests.

            I anticipated the wedding to be alot more cost efficent but I find its seems to add up!

             

            2. I do not think this is a right answer. But i do not think the bride and groom are expected to pay for the guests rooms. We are not. I live in Canada and it is costing my guests $1700 each but this is for a week stay. No one has complained and are all really excited to come!

             

            3. I know they book pretty quick so if you have a particular day in mind the sooner the better! I booked in Feburary 2012 and my wedding is May 2013



            #246 LPerry

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              Posted 12 July 2012 - 09:00 AM

              Originally Posted by CancunGirl 

              Hi Ladies!  I am completely new to the idea of a Destination Wedding, so forgive me if I'm not very knowledgeable in this area yet.  My fiance and I have been to several different venues near our home and haven't quite found where we want our dream wedding.  We were initially set on a price range of about $15,000 to $18,000 total but now with me starting full time in graduate school next month, this may not be do-able. 

               

              We vacationed this past May to Beach Palace and saw a wedding almost every night we were there.  We joked about having our wedding here as we already had our minds set on something a bit bigger (200+ people) and near our home.  Now I'm getting serious about the idea of coming back to BP for our wedding and bringing about 20 to 30 of our closest friends and family.

               

              My biggest questions are:

               

              1.  Can anyone give me a ballpark figure on the total cost for about a week stay, reception, cocktail hour, violinist, beach ceremony?  Are we looking at $10,000-$15,000?  I know how much it costs for an all inclusive week vacation, but I guess I'm just wondering how much these bridal packages cost. 

               

              2.  What is the normal Destination Wedding "etiquette" as far as inviting guests?  Is it normal for the bride and groom to atleast pay for everyone's rooms?  This seems like an aweful lot of money.  How do most guests feel about the thought of spending this much $ on someone's wedding? 

               

              3.  How far in advance does BP book for weddings?  We would be looking at the end of August 2013 or possibly my winter break from school in December of 2013.

               

              Thanks in advance for any replies and good luck in your planning as well!!

               

              1. Your wedding can be covered by whatever your budget will allow. All of that depends on how many people you invite, and what your vision is for your day. I know people who've spent $20,000 on just the ceremony and reception at the resort. I'm spending less than $2000. We're only having 10 people with us so we aren't having a big reception there. We're having an at home reception when we get back, and the majority of our money is going into that.

               

              2. I think the only time you would be paying for a trip would be in the case of your MOH or best man or other family. My cousins paid for MOH and BM. We are paying for my stepson (who is the BM) and my MIL. But generally your guests will pick up their own tab. Two of my friends who are sharing a room got great deals for 3 nights for only $870 a piece, including flight - so it isn't like everyone HAS to pay an arm and a leg to come be with you.

               

              3. I'm getting married 7/28/12 and we booked in November. But I'm sure you can book at least 12 months in advance.

               

              My advice is, consult with a really good travel agent. If you find someone who is experienced with destination weddings, they can get ALL of this info for you. There are several travel companies who specialize in DW and know all the ins and outs of the different resorts. I'd be pulling my hair out if I hadn't used a TA. They will get you every special...give your guests a personal contact for pricing...and will book everything for you. Also, keep in mind....the Palace resorts offer free stuff depending on the amount of people you have coming (rooms/nights booked), but they all have to be booked through the same channel. So to take advantage of those, you almost have to have an agent. And usually there's no charge for a TA.

               

              Congrats and happy planning!!



              #247 ROXY6997

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                Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:01 AM

                OK ladies...Since this site helped me soooooo much in the planning phase, it's time to do my duty and post a review.  I got married at Beach Palace on May 25th.  Everything went great despite the relatively poor experience I had on and off with the wedding reservations people.  Once I got there things went amazingly smooth!

                 

                On my arrival, Rebeca Jara, my coordinator met me at the front desk.  She took me and my fianc© into her office, went over the paperwork and our choices, did the blood test, etc.  I only did the complimentary package, so I can only really attest to how that package worked.

                 

                I have to say one of the coolest things was that Rebeca recognized us three days later on the beach and said hi to us, by name, even though she had only seen us the one time.  It's a silly thing to take note of, but it's the little things like that which make you feel special, you know! 

                 

                I have read a lot of questions about hair...my hair was AMAZING!  Seriously, I don't think I could have paid a fancy schmancy designer hairstylist who costs $1000 and had it turn out as good as the Palace stylist did it. Her name was Zugey Chiquini.  She is the sweetest person ever.  She took what I wanted as far as style goes and really suited it to the shape of my face.  It wasn't identical to the picture I brought in, but I thought it turned out even better because it looked great on me, not just on the model from the magazine.  Same thing with make-up, she was fantastic.  On top of that, they use all top of the line cosmetics and products- like MAC cosmetics and professional styling products.  I am not that into hair and make-up, so I don't know all the names, but I know it's the same crap they try to sell me at the high end salons when I can actually afford to go :) .

                 

                I also used the in house Smile Market people for my photography.  This made me nervous, but I really didn't want to pay a lot to bring a photographer in (being honest here).  I know a wedding day is one of the most precious memories, but really why spend thousands of dollars on photos that you will probably just upload on your computer and forget about for years to come.  I figured a smaller amount of quality photos would do the trick just fine, but to each their own.  So I got the small package...I think 36 printed photos in a book, and I paid $300 for the CD of all the images.  The photographer was fantastic, her name was Lucy Cortes.  She had a great personality and she was an excellent photographer.  She directed us thorough every photo and had ideas for pictures, since I hadn't really prepared any.  Since we only had the complimentary package, she took photos during the ceremony and for about 45-60 min after.  I think I ended up with almost 300 pictures on the CD...some of them were repeats as she tried to perfect the lighting/blinking/squinting/hair blowing around...but overall I was incredibly impressed.  My family also thought they were wonderfully done.

                 

                The wedding... We did the sky terrace at 6pm.  Rebeca, the coordinator, gave my fianc© the play by play right before the ceremony, so he would be prepared, which was nice.  Then she dropped of my bouquet in my room, reminded me where to walk, and told me when to head up to the terrace.  The bouquet was hot pink roses with off white lilies and looked great. The decor was basic white, but I liked it that way, it looked very streamlined and elegant.  During the ceremony, we went through the vows, which they gave us cards to read off of (we did not write our own), then they had us sign the marriage certificates with each of our witnesses, then we cut the cake, and did a champagne toast.  This may change if you have a reception planned, but since we did not, they put it all into the ceremony so we would have pictures of all of the landmark moments from a wedding.  The only bummer was that we stared into the sun, which made everything squinty and it was quite hot, my fianc©'s face was dripping.  Also, I was worried about the wind because of other peoples reviews, but it was not an issue at all that night.

                 

                Onto the cocktail hour...the decor and set-up was amazing.  We were at the south sky bar...or whichever one was the side that isn't normally used by guests.  They even put private party signs up so that we would have privacy for our group.  I never expected things to look so nice for a complimentary package.  I thought there would be some food thrown on disposable trays with some bottles of cheap champagne, but I was very wrong.  They placed the hors d'oeuvres in these fancy heated silver banquet trays with napkins and real plates.  They also accented all of the tables with hot pink, as that was the color of my bouquet.  We had two servers and a bartender dedicated to our group, which was really cool...especially considering our group was like 14 people!

                 

                We were then escorted to dinner at the Italian Restaurant, Bocelli.  At the time of booking, I had to narrow the list down to one soup, one salad, and two main dishes (each person picks) for everyone.  There was an appetizer sampler and cake for dessert.  The wedding cake was ehhhhh, but it's just cake and there are plenty of other dessert options!  This meal went really well and they definitely tried to cater to our every need!

                 

                I think that is about it!  Here is the like to the trip advisor review if you want it, but I am sure you all have scoured that site for tips like I did before the wedding:) http://www.tripadvis..._Peninsula.html

                 

                If you have any questions, you can PM me and I will help as much as I can.  I was probably the least involved bride ever, so I don't know how much info I have other than the basics because I really didn't care about details.  I just wanted the wedding to take place in a beautiful setting with my very handsome husband:) 

                 

                Happy planning to all you future brides,

                Lisa

                 

                 

                 



                #248 shan0487

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                Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:34 AM

                Congrats Roxy!! Glad to hear your day was wonderful! :) I'd love to see some pics! :)



                #249 Kabby25

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                  Posted 16 July 2012 - 01:12 PM

                  Hi Ladies!!! My email to Janessa in the Miami office was just returned so I immediately checked in here to see if any of you had the same thing happen. Does anyone have any updates? I emailed my TA and she confirmed that the Palace Resorts are going through some "changes" and things have been a little "bumpy." I've asked her to provide more details.

                   

                  Janessa was always nice but to be honest I gave up months ago on trying to get more specific/detailed information. Instead, I've been focusing on the things I can actually control. But this just adds another layer of frustration in dealing with the Palace. As a professional courtesy, they should have proactively contacted upcoming brides/grooms and made us aware of this and provided a contact or the name of our new coordinator. But of course, that just makes too much sense. 

                   

                  Anyone else have any luck? Congrats to all the recent newlyweds! It's always nice to hear from happy brides - I think it reassures us all! 



                  #250 LPerry

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                    Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:32 AM

                    Kabby,

                    My TA was able to get straight through to the resort and contacted Mario in the wedding office there. Now, my wedding is next weekend...so I don't know if we got that fast response b/c it's so close. Everything so far has been fine. When is your wedding? B/c typically, you won't talk to anyone from the resort any sooner than 3 months before your wedding. I would imagine w/the the workload from Miami moving to Mexico...they are overloaded and working on things in order. I know that's not too helpful when you're trying to plan...but like you...I kind of threw my hands up and stopped stressing.

                     

                    Good luck!

                     

                    Lucy

                     

                    Originally Posted by Kabby25 

                    Hi Ladies!!! My email to Janessa in the Miami office was just returned so I immediately checked in here to see if any of you had the same thing happen. Does anyone have any updates? I emailed my TA and she confirmed that the Palace Resorts are going through some "changes" and things have been a little "bumpy." I've asked her to provide more details.

                     

                    Janessa was always nice but to be honest I gave up months ago on trying to get more specific/detailed information. Instead, I've been focusing on the things I can actually control. But this just adds another layer of frustration in dealing with the Palace. As a professional courtesy, they should have proactively contacted upcoming brides/grooms and made us aware of this and provided a contact or the name of our new coordinator. But of course, that just makes too much sense. 

                     

                    Anyone else have any luck? Congrats to all the recent newlyweds! It's always nice to hear from happy brides - I think it reassures us all! 






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