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#191 Jill Conner

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    Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:16 AM

    1. When you rented just the sound system, it included the music player, speakers, and microphone? And w/ your reception did they pack it all up right at 3 hours or is it a bit more flexible?

    Yes, that is all the sound system included.  Well, the cords to attach everything together were also provided.  We brought our personal iPad & iTouch loaded with music, but our guests also surprised us by bringing their own iPods as well.  We asked a lot of questions about wifi (we were considering making a spotify playlist) before we left, but I never got a great answer.  I'm glad we had our own music downloaded, because although there was wifi at the resort & at the Lobster House, it was spotty at best, and we all would have been really frustrated.  That being said, if there was a song we really wanted, we were able to bring it up on youtube to play most of the time!  We really had a very organic reception where our guests took over as DJs and we all got a little crazy.  Here's some pics of the sound system, if it helps... 

    Everyone picking out their songs... 

     The speaker/microphone... the guy in the tan pants & white shirt is our friend... 


    It was certainly nothing fancy, but it worked! 


    As far as extending the reception, I believe Gloria said it was possible, but we didn't bother.  We all just located to "the club" on the resort property, which was actually tons of fun and hilarious!  I thought the reception sounded like it would be too short (prior to arriving in Mexico), but it ended up being the perfect amount of time in my opinion.  I'm not really sure it would have been worth the $$ to extend our reception since we all had so much fun in the club!  (And by "Club" this was also nothing TOO crazy or fancy... think RESORT club, not DOWNTOWN CANCUN club!).  All our parents joined us, and then people went back to their rooms when they were ready for bed... 


    2. I have a bit of a shoe situation. My fiance is 6'7"...and I am not :-)  I'm curious if you wore shoes or thought you could have managed wedges at the ceremony? If not, I could just go barefoot and my dress will be a bit long and then put on the shoes for the reception. I asked Gloria and she said they have "fabric like" aisle runners but nothing w/ any sturdiness. Is the sand packed or do you think you would have flopped on your face?


    I think you can see the "fabric like" runner in one of my pics above... no, it did not have any sturdiness to it.  As far as shoes, I'll be honest, I'm not the best person to ask... sorry!  I'm 5'10" and was pretty excited NOT to have to have shoes!  I think I'd "flop on my face" in most heels!  My husband is taller than me, but I was pumped about getting married with my toes in the sand!  I know most of our guests wore shoes during the ceremony, but I don't remember specifics.  Here is the best shoe shot I could find for you!





    I think my sister in law had some wedges on (third from the right)... I think most everyone was wearing flip-flops.  Sorry!  I actually had more of a problem with the breeze we had (which was WONDERFUL) because my dress was blowing and that was making me trip on it a little! 




    Hope this helps!

    #192 ashley32

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      Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:10 AM

      Hey! I got married November 2nd at Excellence Riviera Cancun and used this site all the time for information and ideas.  Just wanted to share our wedding slideshow by Elizabeth Medina. (who I highly recommend   )  I'd be happy to help anyone who has questions.



      #193 Tibbetts2B

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        Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

        Jill, thank you so so much for all your help! This has really helped us narrow down some details and I think I'm now on the search for some wedge flip flops! If any other brides have found some cute flip flops w/ some height for us shorties..I'd love to see what you find!


        Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

        #194 Tiners17

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          Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

          Well I started to write my review and it cut me off.  Hopefully these can be pieced together at some point.

          So after the spa we got ready in our room and Gloria dropped off our flowers around 3:00.  They were beautiful!


          They were $45 for each of the bridesmaids.  The bouts were included in the package.  We did get two extra ones for DH's parents and those were $15 each.


          When it was time for us to head down to the ceremony, Gloria came and got us. We did have some spectators watching, but it is at the end of the resort so it still felt pretty private.  I emailed the lady who did our ceremony and told her I wanted to do a sand ceremony and that I had a poem picked out that my cousin was to read.  It was a very lovely ceremony!  She did a great job!

          After the ceremony, we took some group pics and then just of the wedding party.  Everyone else headed over to the pier for cocktail hour.  Everyone raved about the appetizers!  We had the resort photographer for the ceremony, and they did a really nice job, (i don't have any of their pics posted) but we wanted to save some money and our cousin took our pictures.  I think he did a really nice job.


          We got to enjoy that last few minutes of the cocktail hour and then headed over to the Lobster House for our reception.  We had DJ Mannia and they were really great.  He had the list and played all the songs we requested.  

          We had four round tables of 8 and one long head table of 10.  It looked beautiful.  I don't have and of the actual tables, but here is what I showed Gloria:


          She added some starfish and candles everywhere and it looked really nice!  I made the hearts for the table numbers and it spelled out the word HEART.  Each centerpiece cost about $2 each.  I was happy with that.

          I also showed her this picture of the escort cards.  I wanted our shot glass filled with tequilla and then a slice of lime to hold the flag:

          We also had maracas as the favors.  Those were a big hit!

          The service was outstanding throughout our whole trip--but especially at our reception!  We had caesar salad to start, filet and shimp or chicken stuffed with shrimp, cheese and artichokes, and then apple tart for dessert.  It was all delicious!  Our cake was pretty simple, I just picked it out of Gloria's book and brought a topper.  It was Tres Leches and although we were very full we had a few bites.  Also delicious.

          We had a fun night of dancing and then when the reception ended, the ones who were still up for dancing when to the disco for a few more hours to party.

          Everyone kept asking me how I found this resort!  They loved it.  There were a lot of things to do and the service is just excellent!

          I am sure I left a lot of stuff out, but I am having a hard time finding where this is  supposed to go!  

          #195 Winterbride

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            Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

            Hi there, planning on getting married at Excellence Playa Mujeres in December 2013.  Have been trying to read all the great posts!  So how was your wedding at Playa Mujeres?  Anything helpful you can tell me?  I'm in the process of getting my date booked/rates set for the first week of December.



            #196 TealMarie

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              Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:33 PM

              Hi girls. I have finally had a chance to read through all of these pages and I want to say a big thank you to all of the brides who've come back to post their experiences - you don't know how much you've helped us! We've decided to book ERC for Nov 2013 (not sure of the exact date just yet) and we're so excited! Who's getting married there this year and how long until the big day?


              Has anyone had their wedding there around this time? I know a lot of people have said having the reception in the Foyer or Garibaldi Square was way too hot, but I noticed most of these people had their weddings in the summer. Any different experiences or recommendations for the fall? It seems everyone wants the Lobster House for the cool breeze, but if it's only available one night of the week, that may be difficult to get.


              No matter what, we know it's going to be beautiful and everyone who can come will have a great time. 

              #197 JessicaC07

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                Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:38 AM

                I am so thankful for all of you that have posted about your experiences!  My wedding is approaching fast...May 17!!  Based on all of your recommendations I am using Juan Navarro as my photographer and DJ Mannia as the DJ.  How far in advance does everyone pick out the menu, flowers, decor, etc?  I haven't started bugging Gloria about it yet because it is still a little over 4 months away.  I'm starting to wonder though if I should start getting those details set now as well.  Just wondering what the norm is.

                #198 TrishaJ34

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                  Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

                  Hi Ladies, I'm been MIA for awhile (finished up big test), so now it's back to planning!!


                  My date is 7/12/13. I just got the menu options, flowers, etc. from Gloria this last week. I'm starting to narrow down my choices, but I'm stuck on picking colors. I've always wanted blue of some sort (maybe turquoise) as the main color, but go back and forth between orange, coral and pink as the other color. I'd love to hear opinions, if anyone has any thoughts about that!


                  Something I've been wondering about- do they have a regular bar that they set up at your dinner reception?


                  Thanks for your help everyone and Happy Planning!

                  #199 JessicaC07

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                    Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:52 AM

                    Trisha - did you request her to send you the flower options, menu options, decor, etc., or did she automatically send it to you?  My main color is a dark teal and I'm using Fuchsia as the accent color.  Hopefully there will be table and chair colors that match what I've already picked out for everything else.  I guess I need to get working on that, lol.

                    #200 TrishaJ34

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                      Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:41 PM

                      Hi Jessica, I requested it from her and then she sent me the various menus and attachments by email. It also has the price list for all the extra decorations or upgraded flowers, etc. Dark Teal and Fuchsia will be very pretty!! 

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