Oh WOW! I am just sooo happy I stumbled across this forum! I just got back 3 days ago from my visit to the Riviera Maya to look for venues. I didn't have to look to far once I got there. We stayed at Playacar Palace and absolutely LOVED it!!! Their beach is just stunning and the customer service I received from everyone planning my trip out there and upon arrival was just outstanding. That being said, I looked at secrets and contacted other resorts, the lack of response and willingness to assist me without involving a travel agent had me already pretty annoyed by every other resort. I do not think 5 days to respond to an email is acceptable, and as it gets closer to the wedding date if that were to happen.. look out! But I digress. There is so much to do between Senor Frogs and 5th street at Playacar, I think everyone coming will have a blast.
My only bit of advice I'm looking for from all of you ladies; I got to see a wedding while I was there and it was stunning. The only thing I didn't really care for were all of the people surrounding the wedding and gawking. I understand that since it is so public there is not much to be done and after seeing more resorts I also understand that its pretty much like that doing a wedding at any resort, but some of these people were REALLY close. Two young boys in bathing suits sitting right behind the chairs watching and talking, people behind the ceremony (between the ceremony and the water, kind of killing any ceremony pictures with the water in the background), people just on the beach that didn't seem to care what was going on (one oblivious girl even let her dog run wild). In between the bridesmaids walking down the stairs three girls in bikinis ran down the stairs.
I definitely understand that this is a public beach and a crowded resort and I can't have it all to myself But I don't want random people in bathing suits in my pictures or kids in bathing suits walking ahead of me as I head down the isle.
A girlfriend of mine suggested tiki torches with ribbon tying them together to kind of rope it off. Would this be allowed? Has anyone else done anything like this to rope off areas and is that allowed on public beaches? I think one of the ladies at the resorts was joking about hiring some family to muscle the beach for us during the ceremony haha and I wouldn't be opposed to that if we could do that... Maybe dress them up like federales and arm them with waterguns? Thanks all!!