Hi Jill! Congrats on your wedding!! I'm getting married in Excellence Playa Mujeres next month and I may have some answers for you...
A lot of us at EPM are working with Nayeli. I think she was promoted to director and now is working primarily at EPM.
As for the DJ, do you have Mannia, their house DJ?? If so, I TOTALLY agree with you about the music! I saw the list and had a panic attack! Just about everything on their "list" is on my "do not play" list! We actually met Fernando last September while we were down there and he was super nice and was willing to do anything we wanted to make us happy. What we're doing is giving him ALL of my music. This way people can request whatever they want and he can work with our style of music. The tedious part of this was converting everything from iTunes to MP3. We then are putting it all on a passport(external hard drive) and giving it to him when we get down there. He's meeting us on Monday to go over everything and get the passport, and then coming back the next day to give it back to us once he downloads everything. This will give him the rest of the week to play around with it and put some things together. I am REALLY hoping this works out, but if all else fails, our wedding party is prepared to bombard him with requests!
With the menus, they've been great about changing, adding, switching and customizing anything you want! I'm sure it's the same at ERC. We have the gold package but chose a silver menu. Changed out the soup(too hot for soup in our opinion for an outside reception) and added a tuna tartar appetizer, then into the salad, then the main and desert. We also had them come up with fish and vegetarian options that are not on the menu choices. I'm really happy with the outcome and THRILLED that they could do what we wanted versus us being locked into a set menu.
For the "guest book" we wanted to find a photo book of ruins or Mexico(something like that) CANNOT find it here! We're hoping we'll find something once we're there. What we're doing anyway, is getting a mix of postcards and laying them on a talavera tray with metallic markers. guests can write us notes and then clip them to a photo "tree" of sorts. (photofalls by Umbra)(We had vintage Mexican postcards as our Save the Date) It will be displayed on a table with a talavera vase filled with sparklers, and photos of my Grandparents and my Fi's Mother who has passed. In my head it works...hope it does when we actually see it!
Good luck with your planning...I'm sure it will be beautiful, whatever you decide to go with! A bride who just got married at EPM posted "It's so beautiful here, it's really hard to screw it up". Excellence resorts are GORGEOUS, and the staff is amazing... I have faith that they'll exceed all expectations!
Originally Posted by Jill Conner
Getting married @ the ERC 6/29/12! Had NO IDEA Nayeli was no longer the coordinator!? She is the last person I've had contact with, but to be honest, I haven't tried to contact the resort for a while! Haven't really had a reason, I suppose!
Anyway, I'm trying to get a hold of Gloria or Nayeli (whoever is there!) about booking a welcome dinner! I didn't know this was an option! I wouldn't mind it being non-private AT ALL! I just want everyone to be able to sit at the same table/in the same restaurant at the same time! We'll have a total of 20 people. I thought if it was "private" it would seem very, very similar to our actual "reception".
We're doing the beach ceremony, cocktail hour in the square, and then our reception @ the Lobster House. We were considering the pier for our cocktail hour, but I heard it can be windy. I also wanted to get our guests "off" the beach because I figured my new hubs and I will be taking some pictures! I didn't think we'd be able to get all those cute dock shots if there was a cocktail party happening!
We decided on the Lobster House over the foyer area for our reception, because I heard the foyer can be hot in the summer. We were just looking for as much air as possible. Have any of you ladies picked your menus yet? I feel crazy that I haven't and our wedding is 2 months away! Just wanted to hear any opinions.
We haven't decided on DJ or no DJ yet. We got a music list from the resort DJ and it is TERRIBLE... we thought it would at least have SOME current music, but it appears not. I haven't tried to contact the DJ directly myself. We'll see. We might just use the sound system provided. We also have a BOSE portable music player, so maybe we'll just bring that with us too.
Haven't started on any OOT gift bags. Have been debating on the amount of work it will take to get everything down there, but seems tacky not to have something for the guests. Also a little difficult since it's an all inclusive resort, so guests won't be as desperate for "Snacks", etc. in the hotel like at a "normal" wedding. The Ibuprofen, etc. is a cute idea though!
What are you all doing for your guest books? I am still debating on this.
Oh yeah, and we're using Juan Navarro for our wedding pics. I am SUPER excited about this!
Alright, that was a lot of info. I've enjoyed reading the treads... sorry I've been so quiet! I'm excited! And Miss Sunset Love, we'll probably see you down there!!!!