Originally Posted by Jess4219
Iâ€™m back from my honeymoon and hereâ€™s my review of the RIU Palace and Our Wedding
Horrible, itâ€™s a circus. Their way of doing things is so old; they need computers. The staff works off print-out paper and thereâ€™s always guest at the counter complaining about something. Two of our guest, got double booked (meaning someone else walked into their rooms) they are a true mess, LOL but onnce you get passed that, the resort itself is Beautiful and the food is okay/good. The dinner system were you have to wake-up early to make dinner reservations at their specialty restaurantsâ€¦ .sucks! We didnâ€™t even bother! The Medano Buffet, is huge and has a variety of food selection. The staff is amazing and sweet, the entertainment staff and nightly shows are fun. The beds, not the most comfy and the sheets are hard. The showers are narrow, small and slippery. The grounds clean and tidy.
Kyleneâ€¦she was great over emails (I did carry out all communication with her in Spanish) that might have helped. She always got back to me, with my many questions and during our wedding she met all of my request and expectations. She didnâ€™t miss one detail.
Each morning I gave the front desk labeled bags (they prefer you write the personâ€™s first and last name) to give everyone. We had 35 guests. No problems there.
We had a semi-private dinner at the San Jose Mexican restaurant and invited everyone to come. It was out on the terrace overlooking the ocean. That was beautiful, the staff was amazing! This was included thru our travel agent (Vacations for Less/Wright Travel agency) we worked with Teresa Stauring (email@example.com) she was amazing and took care of our entire guest, booking their rooms and flights. She blocks the rooms and works together with the RIU, thru going that route we got some complimentary services/credit (one being the semi-private rehearsal dinner) No extra money was paid to Teresa, nor for the dinner.
Marco Arechiga is extraordinary, I knew from my research and from seeing him on youtube that I wanted him to marry us. He is funny, but knows when to be meaningful; heâ€™s inspirational and knows how to make each ceremony memorable. Loved him!
We choose to book the RIU photographer for one-hour, during the ceremony. We had plenty of family and friends with video cameras and professional cameras. We even did our own, â€œtrash the dressâ€ photo shoot the next day, jumping into the pool and at Loverâ€™s beach. The pictures are awesome, I hope I can share (if I can figure out how to download them)
Ceremony Set up
I brought my own chair sashes in orange and fuchsia, fans, ribbon wands and ceremony music. Kylene did an awesome job with the set-up.
At Mar de Cortes, Steakhouse Restaurant, it was lovely. I had custom menus and votive candles, flower petals and starfish as decor. We cut the cake here too.
At Baja Norte, with open bar. Set-up just like a normal reception with round tables, table linens I provided and all of my decorations. We had a DJ, that mixed songs from our IPODS. Our guest danced non-stop and had a great time.
I ordered centerpieces, 3 extra boutonnieres, 2 wrist corsages and the matron of honorâ€™s bouquet. I was happy with the flowers; however the wrist corsages were VERY CHEAP and wouldnâ€™t stay in place. The boutonnieres too were not the best ( I donâ€™t know if anyone else had this problem). My bouquet was beautiful and so were the 2 medallions that decorated the Gazebo.
Well I hope this helps. I know we did a ton of homework on the resort, and on every single detail. We have a 2-inch â€œweddingâ€ binder with all of our notes, print-outs of every email, schedules, maps, vouchers, transportation info, blog reviews, pictures, and checklist but it was all worth it, our wedding couldnâ€™t have been better! J We used a lot of everyoneâ€™s advice and tips from this website.
â€œThank youâ€ to previous brides, and happy planning to future brides.
your info is so helpful! Where did you get your chair sashes? Did they charge you extra to put them on the chairs?