Hello ladies, I already had my wedding at the Barcelo Maya Palace on July 25th, 2012 and I did had a Mint Breeze for my package Love everything about this. Our wedding coordinator (WC) was Victoria, amazing experience with her. At first you really need to go trough every single package and pick what best for you. We had a small wedding and breeze package was more then enough. It was everything we need. I did bought in states my own decoration for the room... I just always wanted to have Martha Steward Collection and this what i did, Michaels Craft Store and wrapwithus.com become my friends. I purchased all my favors and decoration for table including absolutely adorable placement card shell holders online and the rest in Michaels store. Once you will book a date with WC you will start slowly picking everything for you day. Don' t worry much because you can do any adjustments or even change everything once you will arrive to resort and meat with your WC.
The night before the Big day we booked with our WC the Rehearsal Dinner at Brazil steakhouse, as I said we had a small wedding in total 16 people and it was another great idea. If you have more you might want to discuss with your WC.
As far as our package here what we picked for our menu: 1) Curried Marinated Chicken and Tomato Salad, 2) Asparagus cream soup, the best soup ever (everyone loved it), 3) Pan Seared Fish Medallion, Parmesan cheese risotto, asparagus and red bell pepper coulis... yum! and then 4) dark chocolate fondant desert - best ever!!!! and the wedding cake - strawberry and pineapple, oh mu it was good even for the picky eater like me . Overall, the food on our reception was fantastic!
By the way after reading so many reviews I did not get a cocktail hour.... all my guests were busy taking pictures anyways and if anyone needed a drink they went to next bar and got what they wanted We had a ceremony at 4pm, following by reception at 6pm...so it was tight, but perfect. Imagine hot weather and you under sun.... yup we were wet and tired. My now hubby had to run to sore and buy extra shirt... but I got what I wanted a 100% sunny mexican day
For photography we stayed away from resort's guys. We hired external photographer Sascha Gluck - it was the best decision ever. Affordable and absolutely amazing! you. It was so easy to work with him. You can google him or find him on this website too. The only thing we had to pay resort' fee or book him at least 2 night in any of 5 Barcelo resorts. Magically Sascha had another wedding the next day after mine and he connected me with this bride, so together we booked him a room for 2 nights. It was double saving. We had him for 2 hours and believe me it was more then enough. 10 minutes before ceremony he came to my room to take some pictures with my made of honer and dad... we got like 100 shots then all together we drove to ceremony location and here I go.... almost crying..... actually in tiers walked down to my fiance.... yes and yes even him cried like a baby! It was beautiful day for our wedding. The only thing I wished we would hire a DJ or Mariachi Band... this was a miss on our end, but anyways we had our iPod and we played all the music that we like anyways. Another thing i wished we could of book Sascha for "trash the dress", which i though my mom can photograph the next day, but she got sick and we just let this idea go... oh well. Good luck to you and Congrats!!! Let me know if you have some detailed questions I will be more then happy to help. I've been in this position too when i organized my Big Day