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Any Occidental Grand Xcaret Brides 2013-14?


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#11 allyd7514

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    Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:57 AM

    Hi All!

     

    I'm so excited to hear that people have been impressed with Occidental. We are thinking of booking our wedding there, but I was a little worried since I've only seen the pictures on the website. I look forward to seeing other people's pictures and hearing what you all have to say about the resort!



    #12 apawedding

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      Posted 14 August 2013 - 05:03 PM

      Hi Jamiee,

       

      I would love to hear about the site visit to OGX - any thoughts? pictures? recommendations you would like to share?

       

      Thanks!



      #13 Raquelita0715

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      Posted 30 October 2013 - 03:24 PM

      Can you post the pics?

      #14 Briggitte

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        Posted 15 November 2013 - 05:07 PM

        I got married at the Grand Occidental Xcaret in June 2013. My wedding was gorgeous and the wedding planner Luz is very sweet and fun to work with. She really took my ideas and ran with them to make my wedding gorgeous. The only thing out of the whole day that I was unhappy with was my wedding cake. It looked nothing like the pictures I had sent them but overall everything went extremely well and all of my guests were very very happy! I ended up spending so much less than I thought I would because they include so much for free with the package. It was really an extraordinary deal. 

         

        We ate at the Mexican restaurant. 

         

        I used Styling Trio Rivera Maya for my hair and my bridesmaids makeup. 

         

        Here is a link to some of our wedding photos via dropbox. 

         

        https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e4ghrlhyz9eri4j/1MEmxGn7Zt



        #15 Briggitte

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          Posted 15 November 2013 - 05:11 PM

          Forgot to add, we got married at the cliff side location which was extremely private and gorgeous. The palapa location is right next to the pool, which I didn't really like since I wanted something more intimate. It's really hard to tell in the pictures they send you what the actual sites look like so thank goodness we visited. If you look through my gallery I linked above it gives a pretty good idea of the cliffside/ruin ceremony space. 

           

          I would highly suggest you take advantage of the free site visit they offer. They also give you a free 1 year anniversary stay which we are using next year! 



          #16 cloblondie

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            Posted 15 November 2013 - 11:05 PM

            We just booked my daughter's wedding at the OGX. I would love to see your pictures too!



            #17 cloblondie

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              Posted 15 November 2013 - 11:13 PM

              Briggitte, your wedding pictures are beautiful. Who was your wedding photographer? Did you have your reception at the Mexican restaurant? Was the set up for that included in the price of the wedding package. We are only expecting about 20 people for my daughter's wedding. Thank you for sharing.



              #18 Briggitte

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                Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:06 AM

                We got married at the Mexican restaurant and it was very private which I really liked! We had 27 people present including us. My photographers were Feather & Twine Photography based out of Dallas, Texas. It was honestly cheaper to fly in my dream photographer than use anyone in the area (since they did it free except for airfare and hotel stay) which was still cheaper than anyone local. I priced out some of the better photographers in the area and the average price was $2,000 pretty much on par with US pricing and IMO the quality wasn't as good. 

                 

                The food at the mexican restaurant was by far the best out of all of the options they offered. Along with that it was also one of the more intimate spaces. They give you a 4 course meal which was more than anyone could eat and everyone was raving about how good the food was. The papel picado on the ceiling of the reception was already there which I really liked also.

                 

                TIP: if you do have dinner there make sure order the Mexican coffee. It's a drink with tequila which they make in front of you and light on fire. Everyone really enjoyed watching them make that! 



                #19 MrsK

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                Posted 16 November 2013 - 10:06 AM

                Briggitte your photos are gorgeous and such a beautiful bride you are! We were planning to have our ceremony at the gazebo near the beach house, but after seeing your photos is leaning more towards the cliff. How was the pricing for the hair and makeup artists you used? Did you get charged the $60 pp for the outside vendor fee for them?

                #20 Briggitte

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                  Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:15 AM

                  Yes, unfortunately we did have to pay the $60 pp for them to enter the resort. I think it was worth it though! 

                   

                  Yeah, before I visited the Occidental I was leaning towards the gazebo also because from the pictures they show you it looks like the better option. I did the site visit with my friend and we both agreed that the cliff side location was the hands down winner. My pros and cons are below (I like making lists LOL!)

                   

                  BTW just for reference usually they put pedestals of flowers and a table for a sand ceremony but I decided to forego both because I didn't think it was necessary afterall nothing can outshine the ocean! 

                   

                  Palapa - Gazebo Location

                   

                  Pro:

                  Island Feel with the thatched roof palapa would look nice in photos.

                   

                  Very close to Steak House cocktail reception area. 

                   

                  Cons:

                  Not private looks over both the beach and the adult pool areas, when I asked the wedding planner Luz about on lookers she said that in all honestly people will usually stop and watch the ceremony and there really isn't any way to stop them since it is out in the open. 

                   

                  The grass area for the guests seating is right next to the side walk, it is also very small. 

                   

                  The location overlooks the ocean but is not right next to the ocean.

                   

                  The groom will see you immediately when walking down.  

                   

                   

                  Cliff Side - Ruin Location

                   

                  Pro: 

                  Very private - there is a long wooded walk way that leads to the cliff side which they block off for you. The ceremony is behind the Mayan Ruin so no one will see you until you turn the corner into the ceremony area. It makes it really nice for lining up the bridesmaids and doing touchups before going down the aisle. Plus I liked how when they turned on the music I came around the corner. 

                   

                  People from the beach and the pool can't see you. It's literally like you are getting married on the edge of a cliff in the wilderness. It has a very nice feel! 

                   

                  Beach waves hit the cliff. It's totally gorgeous and even though it was somewhat hot the day we got married (in June) the temp was perfect because of the nice ocean breeze coming from the ocean. 

                   

                  Can I say gorgeous location once again??!!! Seriously, everyone commented on how pretty it was! lol 

                   

                  Con:

                  The Mayan Ruin will be behind you. It's pretty small and I like that kind of stuff but I know some people might have an issue with that. 

                   

                  Let me know if you have any other questions! 






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