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@@kjb0528   Next to the "post" button there's another button that says "more reply options." Just press that and a whole bunch of options are there to add to your post.  It took me a long time to discover that!  lol

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@@Tighev oh my gosh, thank you! I spent forever trying to figure that out. Kept going to my media and trying to upload PDFs in my profile...

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Well I've just arrived back from the Excellence Riviera Cancun and all I can say is it's simply amazing. Alejandra has been my WP since I booked my wedding last October and she emailed me upon arrival to meet with her the next morning the discuss our wedding day (and also meet the Doctor for the blood tests). This is all conducted in a private room next to the lobby.

 

Once we had discussed the plans, decoration details and have the blood tests then we went to visit the area the wedding was taking place. My wedding was supposed to have taken place on the Pier but due to the weather (Storm Earl) my wedding and reception had to be moved to another area in the hotel. Brides, please take the weather into consideration as it can affect the day (but only if you let it, it's something that is beyond everyone's control). But seriously please rest assured the WP do everything they can to make your day just as rememorable. PLEASE also remember it's not the WP fault if the weather doesn't play nice on the day.

 

My actual wedding took place on a verander next to the lobby (it's a private area) and the background overlooks the sea. It's partly outside and inside so the speaker can still be set up for the music. It was absolutely beautiful and if I'm honest it was better than the Pier as you have to walk across the sand to get to the Pier. It's not boarded flooring. The boarded floor stops at Las Olas and then it's onto the beach/sand to get to the Pier. Brides who got married on the Pier either went bare footed, in beach sandals or removed their shoes to walk across and then put them back on when reached the Pier.

 

Once we had our ceremony then we had our pictures taken. We had the Love Package (which includes 24 edited pics on a CD). One thing to bear in mind is that the 24 inclusive pics are only of the ceremony. We had pics taken in various other places and these can be purchased at an additional cost of $20 each. These aren't prints, they are added to the CD. The photographer offers you other packages but I found these a little expensive after already paying the wedding cost.

 

We originally had Las Olas for our cocktail hour and reception but again due to the weather it was changed. We had the cocktail hour back in the area we had our wedding ceremony and we had our reception in Chez Isabelle (French restaurant) but they served us our chosen wedding meal. The way Alejandra decorated my table (I took all my own accessories) was better than I anticipated (we only had one table as there was only 4 of us). It truly was an amazing day. With having to change the venues meant that I was greeted, cheered and congratulated by so many guests at the hotel who I had to pass to get to my Husband To Be and this made me smile with pride. I felt on top of the world. We had the wedding at 3pm.

 

If you feel that your WP takes a little longer to respond, all I can say is just be a little patient. Everything will come together and all your stresses will be forgotten. I couldn't have asked for a better day.

 

The spa is closed for the month of August 2016 so I had my hair and make up done in my room and this made it less stressful as well and I didn't have to walk around in a vey humid resort (even with the storm it was still extremely humid).

 

If you have any further questions other than what I have tried to include in a very honest review, then please feel free to ask me. I will do my best to help you. The staff at the hotel are in a league of their own. Polite, helpful and most of all serve you with a big beaming smile. Best of luck to all the Brides To Be and have the time of your life. I know I did.

 

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Wow it looks amazing. You look lovely I'm so excited. This time next week will be my wedding day. Congratulations to you both.

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Hey ladies! So we are down to just over a month until our wedding! It came so fast! Does anyone know if there is lighting in las Olas? We purchased 30 Chinese lanterns that they are going to hang for us so we can put the lights in there and hope that is enough, or get some string lights also. I was hoping to have the Chinese lanterns hung more randomly than following the pattern of lights, but I also want my guests to be able to see their dinner! We are not doing a DJ, so we won't have the extra lighting from that.

Thank you so much!

 

 

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@@lynne1609 You look beautiful! I'm sorry about the rain but it looks like you got some neat pictures out of it. Those palm trees blowing in the background and the color of that sky look awesome!

 

@@vanessajfelice for some reason, I feel like I read somewhere that there is no lighting at las Olas but I can't remember where and I may be mixing that up with the beach. I'm thinking of bringing my own string lights down because they kind of gouge you at the resort but I'm having trouble finding where to buy some. 

 

Does anyone know what the "Love Birds Spa Treatment" is? Its listed on my final decisions list for the gold package and I'm just trying to schedule spa appointments. It says it has to be at 7pm (with hydro therapy at 6pm). Our flight lands at 4:30 on a Monday and I would love to go straight to the spa but I'm thinking that probably is cutting it too close!

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@kjb0528@vanessajfelice ladies from memory there is very little lighting if any at Las Olas.  I was quoted $50 to hang any lights etc so bear this in mind.  Also there are no restrooms at the beach.  Your guests will need to go either to the Grill or the other restrooms are near the notice board which is by Kafe Kafe bar.  It's not too far but something to bear in mind.

 

I'm actually glad I moved mine from Las Olas, it is very private if that's what you want. It can be a little bit windy as it has no sides to shield any weather. I'll try and see if I have any pics from Las Olas from my stay.  I know other Brides had their reception at Las Olas and had an amazing time so they may be in a better position to offer you more information.  There was only 4 of us so it made sense to move it to a restaurant (other than the weather).

 

Good luck ladies, you will have the most magical day - regardless of where you choose to celebrate.


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I know this has been discussed before but does anyone have an awesome Chichen Itza tour provider they can recommend? I am hopeful for a small group or private. Not looking to be one of the herds of people arriving at the same time on the busses.

 

Thanks!!

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@@JaimeCKL one thing to keep in mind about Chichen Itza is that it is a very long day and very touristy. I think it's about a 3hr drive each way. I'd highly recommend Tulum and Coba instead. Tulum is right by some of the most beautiful beaches and Coba is in the jungle (I.e. shade) and the only ruins you can still hike up. You could do both in a day and also fit in a cenote visit. We used Seasons Tours for our airport transportation. The driver was very nice and knowledgable and he also recommended Tulum over Chichen.

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I can not believe that we leave a week from tomorrow! So excited! I have been working with Ariana and I have found that if I am not getting an answer fast enough for me, I can call and get an immediate answer, which is nice. She has been super helpful so far and I am hopeful for the whole thing going smoothly! Does anyone know of a great packing list for the resort? I know I will forget something!!

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