Hello fellow Brides to be!
I planned my own wedding in Cabo San Lucas at the Riu Palace...And during my planning stages, I struggled to find threads that were informative about previous experiences and opinions. Unfortunately, i had a hard time with the wedding planner through the resort.. but dont give up. Overall my wedding (and overall experience) was amazing. We had about 50 guests fly there and the resort picked us right up from the airport.
Okay, let me start from the beginning... I had never been to Cabo, nevermind Riu Palace. If you've noticed.. it's really hard to find pictures of the event spaces they offer for weddings. I chose to get married on the beach itself, because that was our whole purpose. My hard decision was where to have our reception. At first i was set on having it outside near the pool (norte or south).. But eventually decided on Mar de Cotez.. which i believe is the steakhouse. We eneded up reserving privately the early dining - but i dont think we even needed to do that. You can save money by just asking for early dining when you first get there.. or if you have better luck with the resort coordinator, ask her in the planning process.
Because the environment is so great.. and the resort as a whole is clean and helpful.. i'm sure your wedding will go as planned. But, dont count on all your planned details be executed correctly. There were so many small things that i took time and money to plan out that never were executed by the coordinator. I gave her specific flutes for me and my fiance to use for our dinner toast.. (never saw them.. and never got them back......asked SEVERAL TIMES and no responses, phone calls, emails, etc back); so be careful with sentimental things.The timing to walk us down was a bit rushed.. but worked out fine.
As far as photographer, i went with an outside vendor. And to be honest, i am more than satisfied! (If you're tight on budget.. compromise on cake, or even flowers, linens, etc. but DO NOT compromise on photography). We went with Gilda Badillo (www.gildaphoto.com). She and her team are absolutly amazing.. she will come and meet you before the day of and go over what type of shots mean the most to you. Then on the day of.. she brought two other people with her and made sure she captured every moment going on - not to mention took the time to edit each picture to make us both look good (as well as our guests). I couldn't have been happier with her. Plus, she sends gives you rights to all of the pictures she takes of you. AMAZING.
I have uploaded some pictures to show you things that i did..