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#1 WedCabo33

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    Posted 11 March 2012 - 02:34 PM

    Hello All

     

    I just returned from our wedding at the RIU Palace March 3 and I wanted to share some of my thoughts. I had been to Cabo many times before but had not been to the RIU. After seeing certain places at the RIU I might have changed my reception location on site to another location but overall was happy with my choices. We had a wonderful time and everything turned out great!

     

    We had our wedding at the San Jose Gazebo (gorgeous, private and very small for a small ceremony) There was a horse renting vendor with a blue tent right behind the gazebo!! I was worried about it showing but I think we hid it pretty well with the BM and flowers! Not a pretty sight!

     

    Our photographer (we used onsite) was awesome! She did a great job and we had lots of fun with her. In fact at the reception she is the one that kept me on a timeline, the WC was no where to be found. Very thankful we had her. The florist was also awesome to work with. She was prompt on emails and very professional. The flowers turned out GORGEOUS!!

     

    We had our reception at Baja Norte pool-side. It turned out very nice but if I would have know I would have had it at the  San Jose (mexican resturant) terrace. San Jose is right by the Gazebo and very private with great views. Not sure about what is allowed for music??? We had a DJ at Baja Norte and he SUCKED! (sorry about wording but no other words describe him) It was not worth the money at all! We had to request every song....we wish we would have just got sound system and ipod! We were choosing music anyways. They dont do like American DJ....they dont announce toasts, cake cutting or anything! Very poor job! The worst part about the wedding and a very important part to us!

     

    Also my cake was incorrect (very yummy) but didnt have pink ribbon or pink flowers like asked for and paid for.  Dinner was great however. We were impressed. We did steak and chicken.

     

    Overall RIU is very nice and very clean. Great for all-inclusive!

     

    Good luck and happy wedding planning!



    #2 JenK

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      Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:17 AM

      Great review! I got married there in November and plan on putting up a review soon (we went to Australia for our honeymoon and have been away).

       

      Just curious...who was your wedding coordinator? Mine was Kylene and she was HORRIBLE! I definitely plan on writing a review on her and also contacting her manager. I read another review on here about Kylene being horrible as well! She was nonexistent!



      #3 mzthan6

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        Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:23 AM


        congratulations on your wedding!

        Originally Posted by WedCabo33 

        Hello All

         

        I just returned from our wedding at the RIU Palace March 3 and I wanted to share some of my thoughts. I had been to Cabo many times before but had not been to the RIU. After seeing certain places at the RIU I might have changed my reception location on site to another location but overall was happy with my choices. We had a wonderful time and everything turned out great!

         

        We had our wedding at the San Jose Gazebo (gorgeous, private and very small for a small ceremony) There was a horse renting vendor with a blue tent right behind the gazebo!! I was worried about it showing but I think we hid it pretty well with the BM and flowers! Not a pretty sight!

         

        Our photographer (we used onsite) was awesome! She did a great job and we had lots of fun with her. In fact at the reception she is the one that kept me on a timeline, the WC was no where to be found. Very thankful we had her. The florist was also awesome to work with. She was prompt on emails and very professional. The flowers turned out GORGEOUS!!

         

        We had our reception at Baja Norte pool-side. It turned out very nice but if I would have know I would have had it at the  San Jose (mexican resturant) terrace. San Jose is right by the Gazebo and very private with great views. Not sure about what is allowed for music??? We had a DJ at Baja Norte and he SUCKED! (sorry about wording but no other words describe him) It was not worth the money at all! We had to request every song....we wish we would have just got sound system and ipod! We were choosing music anyways. They dont do like American DJ....they dont announce toasts, cake cutting or anything! Very poor job! The worst part about the wedding and a very important part to us!

         

        Also my cake was incorrect (very yummy) but didnt have pink ribbon or pink flowers like asked for and paid for.  Dinner was great however. We were impressed. We did steak and chicken.

         

        Overall RIU is very nice and very clean. Great for all-inclusive!

         

        Good luck and happy wedding planning!



         



        #4 WedCabo33

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          Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:30 AM

          SHe was not good with us either. I too am planning on writing a review to her manager. We were very disappointed with her customer service. She was not personable, kind and never went over board to help us. I also felt on several occassions that she didnt know what was going on!



          #5 TATrisha

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          Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:46 AM

          I'm sorry you had a few glitches along the way, but i'm glad that overall you had a great wedding day!! Congratulations!


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          #6 BPG027

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            Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:05 AM

            hello ladies,

             

            I am getting married at the Riu Cabo in Oct 2012. So far I have reserved the San Jose gazebo for the wedding ceremony.

             

            However I am still deciding on where to have the reception. I am expecting about 30-40 guests max. I want to have a reception

            where we can eat, dance and be merry all in one place. The resort is pretty big so I don't want my guests going from one place to 

            another, that could be a pain.

             

            After reading your review on Baja Norte I may have to take that out of the running. Since I've never been there, would you guys 

            recommend the English Patio and/or the Steakhouse for the reception?? Again I'm concerned about room for dancing. Dancing is very important.

            I was also thinking of having the reception at the beach, but I'm concerned at night it might be too cold or just too windy. That might be

            uncomfortable for the guests.

             

            Any advice would be SOOO HELPFUL for me.

             

            And thanks again I plan to have my own playlist and bring my Bose Speaker system. 

             

            Congrats on your wedding and marriage!



            #7 WedCabo33

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              Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:37 AM

              OK so their our 2 pools Baja Sur and Baja Norte. Baja Norte is on the other side from the San Jose Gazebo. The closet pool is Baja Sur if you were wanting to do it there. The steakhouse is where the lunch buffet is during the day so I didnt like that fact. I wanted the reception to be somewhere other than where we went for lunch everyday. It does get windy at night and a little cooler but when you are dancing its no problem :) I loved the fact that Baja Norte was private and we had plenty of room to dance. We had 30 or so people and we had plenty of rooms to dance in the middle. There is a space next to Baja Norte that they allow for dancing too. The only reason we didnt is bc our DJ (RIU DJ) was set up closer to the tables. SInce you are doing your own music you could set up there with plenty of dance space! The view at Baja Norte is very pretty (cool pics) but on the other side from GAzebo. I would rec San Jose terrace (if you can dance), beach or Baja Norte. ;) Good luck!



              #8 BPG027

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                Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:19 PM

                Thanks for your info and recommendations. I will look into that.

                 

                 



                #9 BPG027

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                  Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:47 PM

                  How much did it cost to have the private reception? I know the site fee is $500, but how much did the resort charge for food or drinks per guests?

                   

                   



                  #10 WedCabo33

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                    Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:20 AM

                    It ranged from $ 35-65 per person depending if they ordered steak or chicken. That included open bar too. It comes with dessert and I had in my pkg a cake for 15 so I just uped my cake for 20 (not everyone eats cake especially with dessert already) and there was plenty! Our wedding including, everything (cake, flowers, DJ, lighting, dinner, open bar, ceremony, etc) It was roughly $7000 total.






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