We are getting married on Valentines' Day 2012 at the Riu Palace Los Cabos, and I stumbled on this site by accident while surfing wedding stuff. I am thrilled to find fellow brides willing to share their secrets and tips, and hope to be able to do the same.
It's not the first marriage for either my fiancee or myself, so we wanted a simple, fun ceremony and a nice dinner at our favorite resort. We had no idea how many people would come, so we booked the Royal wedding package to start with, as we can always upgrade if we get a huge response from our guests. We figured for the difference in price between the Caprice and the Royal, we could just pay for my mani, pedi and hair, and still come out ahead.
We arranged a group rate with Sue Stiliades at itravel2000.com, and she was able to reserve a decent rate for us, guaranteed for 60 days, with our guests coming from different locations (Vancouver, Edmonton and Regina). She sets up a booking link, and we just sent it out to all our guests with our invitation, and they take care of the booking themselves with her. She was fantastic at quickly answering e-mails and telephone calls, and has made the travel arrangements (which I feared would be like trying to herd cats) a breeze.
Since our wedding coordinator at the Riu won't likely contact us until 2 months prior, I have a few questions. I am trying not to stalk her too soon, but as I'm sure you all agree, it's too exciting and important to wait that long.
1. Do you get a choice of flowers for the bouquet? If not, is what they choose for you nice? My mom is a florist, but I am determined this time around she is just going to relax and not do any work for my wedding, so I just want the resort florist to take care of it. That being said, my Mom will die if her daughter has ugly flowers at her wedding. :-)
2. Is it just a CD player on the beach for the wedding ceremony music, or something more elaborate? Has anyone hired the mariachi band or trio, and are they good?
3. Has anyone used the hair stylist/makeup artist at the resort, and are they any good?
4. We think we are going to have the semi-private wedding dinner at the steakhouse. Has anyone had the set menu, and do you have to have the set menu if you are over a certain number of people?
5. The champagne included in the package is set up at the ceremony, correct? We want to also have a bottle of good tequila for a celebratory shot (this being Mexico and all) so I'm hoping they'll let us buy one and have shot glasses available.
6. Any big pitfalls in the planning I should watch out for?
Thanks for your input, ladies, I look forward to planning weddings with you!