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Originally Posted by Jess4219 View Post


Hello Everyone Planning Their Wedding at Riu Palace,


I can't believe it's almost going to be a year already since I got married there in August 2012. I remember around this time last year reading all the great forums and using all the great information to plan my wedding. My husband and I read a lot and we did our homework.  Future brides....You are going to love the Riu Palace. Do not panic!!! Be patient with the wedding coordinators. They are really busy planning and organizing all the current weddings. They will respond and they are really helpful. Our WC Kylene was awesome. I thought we picked a great time in August. They don't seem to be as busy as we did what we wanted because we were the only ones to get married that day. Marco the minister was awesome. Go ahead and read our short review "when we got back from our honeymoon". There's also some pictures we posted from our wedding. We loved it and so did all of our guests. Yes, early August is really hot and humid but it didn't bother us since we knew ahead of time. DO NOT HAVE YOUR RECEPTION INDOORS!! The disco is really dark. We did our homework. Trust me. We looked at ALL options and what we decided on was the best. The outside views are awesome for dinner and reception ( the steakhouse upstairs for dinner, mexican restaurant terrace, or Baja Norte will work best). Our travel agent was awesome. We found her through this website. Teresa Sterling with Vacation For Less. She's based out of Los Angeles. Overall, we all had a blast!!! Read our review. 


Congratulations MRuiz2013,


I am hoping that the WC has contacted you by now. It's been a week since your last post. I too, was freaking out when I wouldn't hear from the WC but overall we had good communication through email. We were making changes and switches up until the week we left for Cabo. We did our homework though after reading all the forums and studying pictures. Read our review under one of the forums under my name JESS4219. I also recently posted some updates on other recent forums under "Destination Weddings in Cabo" and then under the Riu Palace Comments. There's really no way around the DJ price. We got the DJ and lighting package. But we ended up taking our own music list on Ipods and he played the music for us. It would cost about the same if we just asked for speakers and iPod stations. Might as well get the DJ with the lighting package. It was worth it. Lights made a difference. Having the reception outdoors is the best choice. It's too hot to be indoors and the view outside is awesome in evening and the night breeze is the best. We had a BLAST at the Baja Norte.




Thanks for the advice!

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I was married at the Riu Palace in May. 

Coordinator: Jatziri was our wedding coordintor and was awesome to work with! She is busy planning 4 weddings a day, 6 days a week so be patient if she does not respond to emails right away. 

Ceremony: I chose the San Jose Gazebo because it is beautful and private! I considered the beach until I saw photos of the location that they use. It is in front of the pool, resort guests can peer over the wall and see everything. 

Reception:  We paid for a private reception and chose the Baja Sur. We also chose the buffet for dinner so our guests would have more options for food. 

Minister: I requested Marco Arechiga after seeing him in many other wedding videos. He is amazing and we received a tonne of compliments on him. 

Decoration: I brought all of the decorations to Cabo. 

I know it is nerve wracking trying to plan a destination wedding and having to wait until 2 months before, but know that the wedding planners are great at what they do! 

Here is my wedding video http://vimeo.com/69731511.

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Your video made me tear up!  Simply beautiful!  Thanks for sharing and giving me an insight as to how my event will look like.  These forums have been so very helpful!

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Thanks for the feedback! We are getting married there April 2014 and booked the gazeba and Baja Norte. I have Jazmine as my planner and so far she has been amazing! We visited Riu this May to make sure this was the place for us. We truly enjoyed our stay. Do you have any pictures of the cake or flower centerpieces?Also how much was the total for your wedding if you dont mind. I wanna make sure we budget accordingly.


Thanks a bunch!



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