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My Fiance and I are Getting Married at El Taj / Indigo Beach on July 14. Linda Burchett is such a pleasure to work with! I've researched various locations in playa del carmen and various wedding planners. I highly recommend contacting Linda Burchett!

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Unfortunately, El Taj no longer allows ceremonies to take place during the day, so we were not able to have a late afternoon/early evening ceremony there and made the difficult decision to switch venues. I don't feel comfortable sharing all the details, since we are still booked at that hotel for a few days, but I would not recommend the wedding planner there. I will happily provide more information once we are back from our trip.

 

Just wanted to give other brides a heads-up about the time issue. You will need to be ok with darkness in your cocktail hour portraits and reception photos if considering a wedding there.

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Hi Cherany,

 

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!  Very exciting.  My fiance and I are very interested in El Taj.  The venue looks so beautiful, and it's one of the few non-inclusive beachfront properties.  We are looking to get married in October of this year, and are going to reach out to El Taj soon to get more information.  Your post about not being able to have day-time ceremonies anymore though is something that we would need to consider as well!  Can you provide some more information, and any recommendations regarding your planners, vendors, etc.?

 

Cheers!

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Originally Posted by TheDivineMissC View Post

 

Hi Cherany,

 

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!  Very exciting.  My fiance and I are very interested in El Taj.  The venue looks so beautiful, and it's one of the few non-inclusive beachfront properties.  We are looking to get married in October of this year, and are going to reach out to El Taj soon to get more information.  Your post about not being able to have day-time ceremonies anymore though is something that we would need to consider as well!  Can you provide some more information, and any recommendations regarding your planners, vendors, etc.?

 

Cheers!

 

The venue is stunning, I completely agree. We were quite excited to book a non-inclusive property that would free us from the ever changing, often cramping rules that many resorts place on brides. Unfortunately, we had the experience of finding out about new rules at El Taj just 6 months before our date, some of them deal-breaking for us. Negotiating proved unsuccessful and led to us having to find a new venue, something that was super stressful, given the time frame. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

 

They now say:

 

- no ceremonies before 6:30 PM (not sure about October, but sunset is at 7:10 in May; cocktail hour portraits would be in the dark)

 

- minimum of 7 units booked to reserve the restaurant for a reception (makes no difference if you book 3-4 bedroom penthouses at close to a thousand dollars each per night, they still count as one unit each; we booked 2 penthouses with 7 rooms between them, but still needed 5 more bookings, they said)

 

There were other problems I feel brides should know about, as well, but we're in the awkward position of still having rooms booked there and needing our stay to go smoothly. I'm interested in seeing how we are treated in person after all that happened with our plans. They may be extra accommodating to make sure we enjoy our stay after the unpleasantness, or they may treat us like the guests they had problems with. I will write an in-depth review after we return from our trip.

 

Regarding the wedding planner there, the only thing I am comfortable saying before our trip is that she is not welcoming of DIY ideas and is probably used to taking over weddings and planning them for couples, instead of with couples. I will review my experience with her in more detail when I review the hotel.

 

I wish you luck in your planning. Congratulations on your engagement! 

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If you are looking for a wedding planner happy to hear your ideas and work with you on them, I highly recommend Leanne Marie Weddings. Leanne took us from a very panicked place of having no venue and worrying none of our money saving ideas were going to work out, to suddenly feeling reassured about everything and on the road to a fabulous DIY wedding in no time!  She listens to what I'd like and suggests cost effective ways to do it, knowing we're on a budget. She has the contacts to get us pretty much anything we need for a decent price, something I was struggling with before hiring her. She's exactly what I think a wedding planner should be, an assistant to the bride and not someone who takes over when that is not wanted. It's less expensive than you might think to hire someone, and if you hire the right person, you will feel much more confident about everything!

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