This place stole my heart (cheesy but true). unfortunately i believe is uber expensive so not sure if can fit in the budget. absolutely stunning location, foliage, wildlife and buildings. all you could ask for in a venue.
Graciela, the special events co-ordinator, showed us around and she was lovely and bilingual so both i and mexican fiance knew what was going on!
There were 2 chapel options - the fransisco chapel and the other one (i forget the name)
franscisco chapel is stunning,,,open air structure with sea views. has some planted flowers (pink) so i guess you would have to work it into your colour scheme. wooden benches, and nice breeze as is open air on top of hill. i loved it!! simple but incredibly beautiful. max capacity of about 200 people i think. there is a special entrance for this chapel.
The other chapel option is based around a cenote (natural undeground spring/well/water thing)...so has water at the bottom and kind of a mini cave. huge capacity of thousands of people (3500?). it has seats on different levels (like a theatre) The one issue i had with this chapel is that it smelled like horses. it has windows at the top, that open to the area where the horses live and you can tell. also the water at the bottom has a film on it...not quite stagnant but getting there as there isnt really a water flow. both chapels are decorated by candles by every row of seats
the smaller reception area is basically an open air room. its nice but not *that* impressive. the real winner is the big reception venue for weddings of 90-100 plus! to get there they have a special spiral walkway that they line with candles to get there, and you pass an underground river with lots of floating candles though a lowish cave like tunnel. its kind of like a giant cave but has open spaces at the top.They have a stage for live music/dancing.dj and lots of space for tables. their set up is quite simple, so you definitely need to add flowers or something. they provide a centerpiece of black stone, a white candle and some pebbles.
there are some hills and a bit of walking to get from place to place...so heels might be a bit difficult. if we choose there, we will provide flip flops as a kind of party favour
my only negative is that we had planned for a beach wedding...and its not on the beach. but its so beautiful i think would be worth it!! oh and they wont let us bring outside music in...and told us that if we dont like the list of songs their "approved" bands play then we have to pay for them to learn new ones =S
the event timeline of this place is that normally couples arrive and take photos around 4.30...and guests arrvive 5.30-6ish. then ceremony, and recept1ion so you wouldnt have the element of surprise wakling down the aisle and "revealing" the dress. first lady i spoke to said private events were post 7pm though so it was a pleasant surprise
other places i looked at and thought were nice enough places for a wedding...but this was the one that truly got me excited. graciela also gave me advice about best times for weddings and temperatures in different months!
so... in summary, isla de la pasion, xcaret and blue venado were the main private places i visited. i also have a few comments on wickys and some hotels. but its very late and im sleepy! any aspect i missed, either post a reply or PM me!