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#51 sarakelz

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  • Wedding Date:January 30, 2014
  • Wedding Location:Akumal Beach, Mexico
  • LocationGrand Bahia Principe Coba

Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:37 AM

Originally Posted by lgerry 


hi! we're getting married at the Grand Bahia Principe akumal January 15th 2014! Did the wedding coordinator contact you with planning stuff, or did you contact her? we still haven't heard anything from ours...

I haven't heard from them directly yet.

My travel agent has been in contact with them to get the initial information covered such as what type of wedding we are having (symbolic remember pkg), the restaurant choices (we had 3 choices, italian,med or seafood) and we also had to pick our set menu for ALL our guests as well which was a little stressful ( I don't know how to keep 50 people happy haha).

As for directly speaking to the WC, I am not sure who my coordinator is yet and I have not been contacted directly but sure hope I hear from them soon as of course I have a million questions. I know this is a busy time of year for them with tons of weddings happening during this peak time, so I am just trying to be patient and hope I get in contact with  someone once the rush is over.

 

Have you been to the GBP before? :)



#52 lgerry

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  • Wedding Location:Gran Bahia Principe Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:42 PM

Originally Posted by sarakelz 

I haven't heard from them directly yet.

My travel agent has been in contact with them to get the initial information covered such as what type of wedding we are having (symbolic remember pkg), the restaurant choices (we had 3 choices, italian,med or seafood) and we also had to pick our set menu for ALL our guests as well which was a little stressful ( I don't know how to keep 50 people happy haha).

As for directly speaking to the WC, I am not sure who my coordinator is yet and I have not been contacted directly but sure hope I hear from them soon as of course I have a million questions. I know this is a busy time of year for them with tons of weddings happening during this peak time, so I am just trying to be patient and hope I get in contact with  someone once the rush is over.

 

Have you been to the GBP before? :)

Oh, ok. We are just communicating with the resort ourselves, our TA isn't handling any of the actual wedding stuff. So, that means, unfortunately, that we don't have anything decided upon except our date yet... its driving me nuts waiting, lol!

 

We have been to the Riviera Maya, but no, we haven't been to the GBP yet, have you guys??

 

Liz :)



#53 sarakelz

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:37 AM

Originally Posted by lgerry 


hi! we're getting married at the Grand Bahia Principe akumal January 15th 2014! Did the wedding coordinator contact you with planning stuff, or did you contact her? we still haven't heard anything from ours...

I haven't heard from them directly yet.

My travel agent has been in contact with them to get the initial information covered such as what type of wedding we are having (symbolic remember pkg), the restaurant choices (we had 3 choices, italian,med or seafood) and we also had to pick our set menu for ALL our guests as well which was a little stressful ( I don't know how to keep 50 people happy haha).

As for directly speaking to the WC, I am not sure who my coordinator is yet and I have not been contacted directly but sure hope I hear from them soon as of course I have a million questions. I know this is a busy time of year for them with tons of weddings happening during this peak time, so I am just trying to be patient and hope I get in contact with  someone once the rush is over.

 

Have you been to the GBP before? :)



#54 lgerry

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:42 PM

Originally Posted by sarakelz 

I haven't heard from them directly yet.

My travel agent has been in contact with them to get the initial information covered such as what type of wedding we are having (symbolic remember pkg), the restaurant choices (we had 3 choices, italian,med or seafood) and we also had to pick our set menu for ALL our guests as well which was a little stressful ( I don't know how to keep 50 people happy haha).

As for directly speaking to the WC, I am not sure who my coordinator is yet and I have not been contacted directly but sure hope I hear from them soon as of course I have a million questions. I know this is a busy time of year for them with tons of weddings happening during this peak time, so I am just trying to be patient and hope I get in contact with  someone once the rush is over.

 

Have you been to the GBP before? :)

Oh, ok. We are just communicating with the resort ourselves, our TA isn't handling any of the actual wedding stuff. So, that means, unfortunately, that we don't have anything decided upon except our date yet... its driving me nuts waiting, lol!

 

We have been to the Riviera Maya, but no, we haven't been to the GBP yet, have you guys??

 

Liz :)



#55 sarakelz

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:18 AM

Originally Posted by lgerry 

Oh, ok. We are just communicating with the resort ourselves, our TA isn't handling any of the actual wedding stuff. So, that means, unfortunately, that we don't have anything decided upon except our date yet... its driving me nuts waiting, lol!

 

We have been to the Riviera Maya, but no, we haven't been to the GBP yet, have you guys??

 

Liz :)

We were there last April for a week and absolutely loved it! Such a nice resort and I like that its big because you can go adventuring in the night times and check out different entertainment or drinking areas. As soon as we got engaged we knew we would be going back there to get married. 

 

We lucked out with our TA, she initiated contact with the WC for us. Now we just have to play the waiting game for a bit so I can ask all my questions and hopefully get them answered. What airline/tour operator are you travelling with?

 

If I hear any other info I will be sure to pass it along. Good luck with getting in touch with a WC. I am sure someone will be in contact with you soon. 

I remember back when I was first planning everything, I was going to book it all myself and I emailed the link on the GPB website. Someone wrote me back within 2 days. Maybe try that route.

 

 

Sara :)



#56 lgerry

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:12 PM

Originally Posted by sarakelz 

We were there last April for a week and absolutely loved it! Such a nice resort and I like that its big because you can go adventuring in the night times and check out different entertainment or drinking areas. As soon as we got engaged we knew we would be going back there to get married. 

 

We lucked out with our TA, she initiated contact with the WC for us. Now we just have to play the waiting game for a bit so I can ask all my questions and hopefully get them answered. What airline/tour operator are you travelling with?

 

If I hear any other info I will be sure to pass it along. Good luck with getting in touch with a WC. I am sure someone will be in contact with you soon. 

I remember back when I was first planning everything, I was going to book it all myself and I emailed the link on the GPB website. Someone wrote me back within 2 days. Maybe try that route.

 

 

Sara :)

 

We're booked with Air Transat... how about you?

 

Since you've been there before, any suggestions on which lounges/bars are the best for lively entertainment after dinner?? We are going to do a poolside reception but will prob want to hit a lounge after.

 

We've had contact with Paloma, she sent us an email confirming our ceremony date and time and said that we should contact our WC 3 mths before our wedding date. But a few people on here have said that the WC usually contacts you right away, and we're still waiting and it's been a couple months. I'm just anxious i guess... haha!

 

Liz :)



#57 sarakelz

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:20 PM

Originally Posted by lgerry 

 

We're booked with Air Transat... how about you?

 

Since you've been there before, any suggestions on which lounges/bars are the best for lively entertainment after dinner?? We are going to do a poolside reception but will prob want to hit a lounge after.

 

We've had contact with Paloma, she sent us an email confirming our ceremony date and time and said that we should contact our WC 3 mths before our wedding date. But a few people on here have said that the WC usually contacts you right away, and we're still waiting and it's been a couple months. I'm just anxious i guess... haha!

 

Liz :)

We are booked with Westjet Vacations. We used them last year too. Westjet guests get some extra perks at this resort :)

 

We were thinking of doing the pool reception too but I am still having a hard time wrapping my mind around what they charge for this. 

I don't have any exact prices yet but by the posts I read on this fourm it looks like it is quite pricey.  But at the same time we want to have something for our guests to do after the dinner. If we leave it til that day, everyone will have different opinions on where to go and what to do.

 

As for the entertainment on the resort.... I know Coba had something different going on every night near the main lobby. One night was karaoke, another was dancing or some sort. I didn't think much of it. We did head over to the hacienda which is closer to the Akumel resort and they have entertainment there and shopping. The coba had a few different bars that you could sit at and be served drinks. The premier lobby at Coba had a band/singer almost every night and had people up dancing.

The only time we spent at Akumel was to go to the Brazilian restaurant. It was def our fave one out of the 4 we tried. We went a little late in the evening so we couldn't eat as much as we wanted to. My advice, go on an empty stomach!!! :)

 

I am sure u will hear from them after the busy season. If not send them another email. There is nothing wrong with being persistent.  :)

 

Will let u know if I hear anything else! 

 

Sara



#58 TraceyT

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  • Wedding Date:January 14, 2014
  • Wedding Location:Playacar Palace, Playa del Carmen
  • LocationCalgary, AB

Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:55 PM

Hi everyone!

We are in the process of booking Playacar Palace for January 2014.

Still waiting to hear back about our travel packages before we confirm the date so we can stay in our travel budget for our guests.

When you guys booked your group, did you have exact group numbers or did you have a rough number you gave your travel agent? We are going through WestJet (found a great priced package with direct flights) but communication has been slow and the guy we are working with never seems to be at his desk when I call, so it's all been through email. We were going to go through a TA, but I just couldn't find one that I liked, and they kept quoting rates several hundred dollars above what I could find online..... I'm getting anxious about getting it finalized faster so we don't lose our date with the hotel.

Love this thread! It's great to talk to other Canadian brides to be! :)



#59 lgerry

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:28 AM

Originally Posted by sarakelz 

We are booked with Westjet Vacations. We used them last year too. Westjet guests get some extra perks at this resort :)

 

We were thinking of doing the pool reception too but I am still having a hard time wrapping my mind around what they charge for this. 

I don't have any exact prices yet but by the posts I read on this fourm it looks like it is quite pricey.  But at the same time we want to have something for our guests to do after the dinner. If we leave it til that day, everyone will have different opinions on where to go and what to do.

 

As for the entertainment on the resort.... I know Coba had something different going on every night near the main lobby. One night was karaoke, another was dancing or some sort. I didn't think much of it. We did head over to the hacienda which is closer to the Akumel resort and they have entertainment there and shopping. The coba had a few different bars that you could sit at and be served drinks. The premier lobby at Coba had a band/singer almost every night and had people up dancing.

The only time we spent at Akumel was to go to the Brazilian restaurant. It was def our fave one out of the 4 we tried. We went a little late in the evening so we couldn't eat as much as we wanted to. My advice, go on an empty stomach!!! :)

 

I am sure u will hear from them after the busy season. If not send them another email. There is nothing wrong with being persistent.  :)

 

Will let u know if I hear anything else! 

 

Sara

Awesome, thanks Sara!! :) That gives us a fw ideas on where to tell guests to head to if our pool reception ends early. I know what you mean about paying for the reception though... it seems ridiculous to spend all the money since its an all-inclusive. But I try and think about it like if we were doing the reception here it would cost soooo much more.

 

Ya, i'll probably wait another month or so, maybe into June, and send them an email if I don't hear anything from her. :)

 

Liz :)



#60 JillTran

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    Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:01 PM

    Originally Posted by lgerry 

    Awesome, thanks Sara!! :) That gives us a fw ideas on where to tell guests to head to if our pool reception ends early. I know what you mean about paying for the reception though... it seems ridiculous to spend all the money since its an all-inclusive. But I try and think about it like if we were doing the reception here it would cost soooo much more.

     

    Ya, i'll probably wait another month or so, maybe into June, and send them an email if I don't hear anything from her. :)

     

    Liz :)

     

    Congratulations on your engagements ladies!  I actually have clients getting married at the Gran Bahia Principe at the end of this year, and they are opting for the semi private dinner at the a la carte restaurant which was included in their wedding package, then a Post Reception Pool Side Cocktail party, it was about $2300USD for full international open bar. Of course the pool will be closed and set up, soft lighting, cocktail table, music and microphone are included.

     

    I hope this helps any Gran Bahia Principe brides out there!

     

    Good luck and happy planning!

     

    -Jill






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