Sorry this is a very long reply but wanted to answer all of your questions....
The package from Maracas Mexico was no issue at all. I think the issue that people run into with shipping stuff ahead of time is when it has to pass through customs. Since the company was already in Mexico I didn't have that issue. They also told me exactly what info I needed to make sure it gets to Jessica and they told me when I needed to order by to make sure it gets there. I then let Jessica know to expect it. Anything that I got from the US I packed in a separate suitcase and brought it with me.
Papel picado is in the pic below. It is traditional mexican wedding banner. It's the white flags hanging. It's a tough pic to see it in but each flag has a different design and they are gorgeous! You can see my papel picado in detail on their Facebook page under "Matt and Heidi". The pink balls I bought at Michael's and packed them in my suitcase.
We went directly through Coco Bongo for tickets. We went to the one in Playa Del Carmen. They don't advertise this but if you go in a group and purchase "Gold Member" tickets then transportation is included and they will pick you up at the resort. Gold Member is the way to go...you are on a balcony out of the massive crowd, you get private waiter service, and a VIP bathroom. If you're serious about doing this we can chat more...it was a little tricky figuring it out but with some research we managed to get the best seats! Here are a couple of fun pics that a friend took while at the club....
We didn't appoint anyone as master of ceremonies. Jessica takes care of the timing of everything. You will discuss it with her the day you have your meeting. Our ceremony was at 5 as well. The ceremony flowed into the cocktail hour which flowed into reception. Jessica just told us where to he when it was time. As for the reception....the only traditional dance was our first dance as bride and groom. We did that immediately and then sat down for dinner. We had dinner right away which was nice. We had three speeches and they were spread out over dinner. Jessica coordinated this with the DJ. Each speech took place at the end of each course. The timing worked out perfectly! I would recommend doing the speeches that way. When dinner was over my father and I spontaneously kicked off the dance party and everyone joined. We danced for about an hour and then cut the cake. Jessica has the cake all set up so I just needed to let the DJ know when we were ready and he took care of the rest. After the cake cutting and eating the most delicious cake (tres leches) we danced the rest of the night! It went so fast.
Here are some pics of my bouquet. The catalog pics are sooo bad! I just told Jessica what flowers I wanted and she made it happen. As far as my centerpieces I told her again what I wanted...there was nothing in the catalog I wanted.
Let me know if you have any more questions...I would be happy to help.
Edited by HNeal, 04 November 2014 - 05:56 PM.