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#1391 kwink

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  • Wedding Date:May 24, 2014
  • Wedding Location:Gran Caribe Chapel
  • LocationCincinnati, OH

Posted 07 January 2014 - 11:11 AM

Hi! For those who did the catholic ceremony, I'd like to ask if you were allowed to pick non religious songs for your ceremony? At least the song you walk down the aisle?

Yes we were allowed to. 



#1392 LucyLuckyToes

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    Posted 09 January 2014 - 07:18 AM

    Hi All,

    I am back....so wedding is less than a month away and just got my coorinator- anyone have Elizabeth Sotelo, any advice, is she good, is she nice- I am one of the crazy giddy brides with a organisational streak- but not OCD, juts like to ocver the basis and let pepople go with the flow. I booked the extra hour as I know it will be party central. What did people do after that- head to Lobby Bar- I hear it closes at like 11, did anyone head off resort after the wedding? I am getting excietd but so much to do as we are emigrating back to Ireland straight afterwards- Eeeek so still have apartment stuff to sell :)

     

    I also (demading bride that I am) wanted to know about the hair and make-up I heard it is wonderful and I booked a trial session and a sesion on the day- but any advice as what to do to prepare before hand would be appreiciated.

     

    Lots of Love LucyLuckyToes



    #1393 Carlicardenas

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    • Wedding Date:February 1, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Hyatt Zilara/Gran Caribe Real
    • LocationCancun

    Posted 13 January 2014 - 10:04 AM

     are you planning on paying teh $350 for the florists? or did they say it was ok to bring your own flowers as long as the vendor doesnt go in the hotel? I am struggling because thye said i can bring my decorations but no real flowers :(

     

     

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    Hey! I contacted another florist and they're better with communication than Maya Floral. Slightly better prices too! cheer2.gif

    They are called Floreira Riviera Maya. 

    email: info@floresrivieramaya.com

     

    I am currently in contact with Alina. Mind you, it took awhile for them to get back to me as well.

    But when they emailed me back, they just kept answering my questions.

    It feels good to get the ball rolling instead of waiting months in between emails :)

    Hope they're a good match for you too! 

    Hi! I am also in contact with Alina with Floreira Riviera Maya, just waiting on quotes. I have also been in contact with Julieta from Cherry Blossom Flowers art decor in Cancun. She has been great answering my questions and sending me quotes that are within my budget, this is their email address sales@cherryblossom.com.mx. Hope you can find this helpful =)

     



    #1394 MrsWilletteToBe

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    • Wedding Date:February 8, 2014
    • Wedding Location:Cancun, Mexico
    • LocationDenver, CO

    Posted 14 January 2014 - 08:55 AM

    Hi ladies! So in regards to the $350 outside vendor fee...just last month there was a bride who got married at GCR and even though she herself brought in the real flowers from an outside florist, they still charged her the outside vendor fee.  It's true that initially, some brides were able to bypass the fee by doing this, but it seems that now the resorts are really clamping down on this. Basically, even if your florist never sets foot on the resort, if you have real flowers that you did not get from the resort, you will get the fee.  We are not happy with this, but even with the outside vendor fee, we are getting a great deal on our flowers so it is what it is.  

     

    Also, I've seen nothing but great reviews on this forum about Spazula's hair and makeup so I wouldn't worry about that; I have a TON of hair, very thick too, and I'm not in the least worried, but I'm still doing a hair and makeup trial a few days before just so that we can try out a couple of things and see what works the best :) The only thing I'm not sure about is the extent of their nail services; I want to know if they do Shellac because my decision on what to do with my nails will really depend on that.  Since we are less than a month away from our big day, we have been transferred to our on-site coordinator and I've already bombarded her with that question and a few others :) 

     

    My only other concern right now is being able to speak with the minister that will be doing our ceremony because I want to know exactly how the ceremony will go; my FI and I are catholic and would have had a catholic wedding at the chapel, but my fiance's annulment is taking forever to get approved so we won't be able to do it in time, therefore, we are having a non-denominational ceremony at the gazebo and I really have no idea what to expect as far as a non-catholic wedding ceremony goes.  Anyone who has thoughts on this and can provide guidance would really be appreciated!! Thanks!!



    #1395 Carlicardenas

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    • Wedding Date:February 1, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Hyatt Zilara/Gran Caribe Real
    • LocationCancun

    Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:48 AM

    Hi ladies! So in regards to the $350 outside vendor fee...just last month there was a bride who got married at GCR and even though she herself brought in the real flowers from an outside florist, they still charged her the outside vendor fee.  It's true that initially, some brides were able to bypass the fee by doing this, but it seems that now the resorts are really clamping down on this. Basically, even if your florist never sets foot on the resort, if you have real flowers that you did not get from the resort, you will get the fee.  We are not happy with this, but even with the outside vendor fee, we are getting a great deal on our flowers so it is what it is.  

     

    Also, I've seen nothing but great reviews on this forum about Spazula's hair and makeup so I wouldn't worry about that; I have a TON of hair, very thick too, and I'm not in the least worried, but I'm still doing a hair and makeup trial a few days before just so that we can try out a couple of things and see what works the best :) The only thing I'm not sure about is the extent of their nail services; I want to know if they do Shellac because my decision on what to do with my nails will really depend on that.  Since we are less than a month away from our big day, we have been transferred to our on-site coordinator and I've already bombarded her with that question and a few others :)

     

    My only other concern right now is being able to speak with the minister that will be doing our ceremony because I want to know exactly how the ceremony will go; my FI and I are catholic and would have had a catholic wedding at the chapel, but my fiance's annulment is taking forever to get approved so we won't be able to do it in time, therefore, we are having a non-denominational ceremony at the gazebo and I really have no idea what to expect as far as a non-catholic wedding ceremony goes.  Anyone who has thoughts on this and can provide guidance would really be appreciated!! Thanks!!

    hello what kind of flowers are you getting (centerpieces, for the ceremony, bouquets, etc?) how did you make the comparison? do you know the name of the vendor that the GCR works with? what about the one you are working with? Please let me know :) I initially budget $500 for flowers but just the bouquets for the bridesmaid are $80 each :( 


    Hi All,

    I am back....so wedding is less than a month away and just got my coorinator- anyone have Elizabeth Sotelo, any advice, is she good, is she nice- I am one of the crazy giddy brides with a organisational streak- but not OCD, juts like to ocver the basis and let pepople go with the flow. I booked the extra hour as I know it will be party central. What did people do after that- head to Lobby Bar- I hear it closes at like 11, did anyone head off resort after the wedding? I am getting excietd but so much to do as we are emigrating back to Ireland straight afterwards- Eeeek so still have apartment stuff to sell :)

     

    I also (demading bride that I am) wanted to know about the hair and make-up I heard it is wonderful and I booked a trial session and a sesion on the day- but any advice as what to do to prepare before hand would be appreiciated.

     

    Lots of Love LucyLuckyToes

     DEl sol clients had elizabeth as their wedding coordinator and their event look amazing..

    I think the bar is only open until 12 so maybe have a couple of drinks there and then head to the clubs? :) thats what im planning on doing :)



    #1396 MrsWilletteToBe

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    • Wedding Date:February 8, 2014
    • Wedding Location:Cancun, Mexico
    • LocationDenver, CO

    Posted 17 January 2014 - 08:27 AM

    hello what kind of flowers are you getting (centerpieces, for the ceremony, bouquets, etc?) how did you make the comparison? do you know the name of the vendor that the GCR works with? what about the one you are working with? Please let me know :) I initially budget $500 for flowers but just the bouquets for the bridesmaid are $80 each :(


     DEl sol clients had elizabeth as their wedding coordinator and their event look amazing..

    I think the bar is only open until 12 so maybe have a couple of drinks there and then head to the clubs? :) thats what im planning on doing :)

    My wedding theme is what I like to call "Spanish Elegance" with black and white, and hints of red, and so for flowers, I only wanted red roses.  I'll have very high centerpieces with chandelier pieces hanging down and a large pomander of red roses on top, my bouquet and my fiance's daughter's will be that same pomander shape with all red roses.  As for the comparison, the hotel wanted to charge $60 dollars each for pomanders with only 12-15 roses, and the outside vendor I'm working with will be doing pomanders with 35 roses for $40 each...even with the $350 outside vendor fee, it will be well worth it for the amount of flowers we will be getting.  And luckily, I will only be having my fiance's daughter as a junior bridesmaid and his son as the junior groomsmen so we don't have any other bouquet/boutonniere expenses.  The vendor I chose is Floreria Zazil--they have been awesome and were referred to me by a bride on the forum who used them.

     

    Oh and we are planning to do the same as you guys...our private reception will go till 10, then we'll hit up the lobby bar for a bit before heading out the clubs on the strip :)



    #1397 Carlicardenas

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    • Wedding Date:February 1, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Hyatt Zilara/Gran Caribe Real
    • LocationCancun

    Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:12 AM

    My wedding theme is what I like to call "Spanish Elegance" with black and white, and hints of red, and so for flowers, I only wanted red roses.  I'll have very high centerpieces with chandelier pieces hanging down and a large pomander of red roses on top, my bouquet and my fiance's daughter's will be that same pomander shape with all red roses.  As for the comparison, the hotel wanted to charge $60 dollars each for pomanders with only 12-15 roses, and the outside vendor I'm working with will be doing pomanders with 35 roses for $40 each...even with the $350 outside vendor fee, it will be well worth it for the amount of flowers we will be getting.  And luckily, I will only be having my fiance's daughter as a junior bridesmaid and his son as the junior groomsmen so we don't have any other bouquet/boutonniere expenses.  The vendor I chose is Floreria Zazil--they have been awesome and were referred to me by a bride on the forum who used them.

     

    Oh and we are planning to do the same as you guys...our private reception will go till 10, then we'll hit up the lobby bar for a bit before heading out the clubs on the strip :)

     Whwre did you find your inspiration for the centerpieces (im having a hard time trying to picture it :( im not creative at all lol) I was thinking maybe i can buy the bouquet for my bridesmaids and then put them as centerpieces when we are done in the ceremony... but then i will need more flowers for our moms and the groomsmen bouttonieres etc :s how many set of flowers are you buying overall :s im going to start calculating when i get prices from vendors...



    #1398 Carlicardenas

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    • Wedding Date:February 1, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Hyatt Zilara/Gran Caribe Real
    • LocationCancun

    Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:20 AM

    We did our rehearsal "dinner" cocktail hour on the beach. Minus the fact that is when we apparently all started spreading illness, it was wonderful. everyone kicked off their shoes, the bar set up was great, etc. The only concern we had was our older guests walking on sand, and they mostly sat at the tables and everyone came around to talk with them.

     what did they chagre you for a rehersal "dinner"?



    #1399 meowybells

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    • Wedding Date:May 8, 2014
    • Wedding Location:Gran Caribe Real
    • LocationEdmonton, Canada

    Posted 26 January 2014 - 01:49 PM

    are you planning on paying teh $350 for the florists? or did they say it was ok to bring your own flowers as long as the vendor doesnt go in the hotel? I am struggling because thye said i can bring my decorations but no real flowers :(


    Hi! Sorry it took me so long to get back. Because of that $ vendor fee that can't be waived no matter how many flowers you get from the resort, I will just get all my flowers from my outside vendor. Initially I was going to have the chapel decorated by the resort. But if I'm paying the vendor fee anyway, I will just go with my vendor Floreira Riviera Maya. They charge way less than the resort. For example, if I got my entourage flowers from the resort I would be paying $1000 minumum. From Floreira, it is $600. Already that covers the vendor fee. I have heard the flowers from the resort aren't so great anyway. Total win if you get it from an outside vendor.

    #1400 TinkerSofi

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    • Wedding Date:August 13, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Azul Fives Playa del Carmen
    • LocationCanada

    Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:14 AM

    My wedding theme is what I like to call "Spanish Elegance" with black and white, and hints of red, and so for flowers, I only wanted red roses.  I'll have very high centerpieces with chandelier pieces hanging down and a large pomander of red roses on top, my bouquet and my fiance's daughter's will be that same pomander shape with all red roses.  As for the comparison, the hotel wanted to charge $60 dollars each for pomanders with only 12-15 roses, and the outside vendor I'm working with will be doing pomanders with 35 roses for $40 each...even with the $350 outside vendor fee, it will be well worth it for the amount of flowers we will be getting.  And luckily, I will only be having my fiance's daughter as a junior bridesmaid and his son as the junior groomsmen so we don't have any other bouquet/boutonniere expenses.  The vendor I chose is Floreria Zazil--they have been awesome and were referred to me by a bride on the forum who used them.

     

    Oh and we are planning to do the same as you guys...our private reception will go till 10, then we'll hit up the lobby bar for a bit before heading out the clubs on the strip :)

    We have the same idea to hit the clubs afterwards. Are you planning on changing to a different dress? I don't really want to because wedding gowns are so expensive and I want to take advantage of every single minute with it but I'm wondering what other people are doing. 



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