Sorry for delay - house renos have taken over my wedding planning time! Actually, we have quite a large group, coming from all over Canada and the US, so I opted to get a destination wedding group specialist with Flight Centre to organize the trip part. As for the wedding itself, going through Flight Centre wasn't even an option, so we booked through the resort directly. I read many reviews that sometimes when you book through the travel provider, you have issues having certain things honoured with the hotel - so we decided to go right to the source.
500 deposit to reserve the date. We went with the Gold Package, only because we maybe have up to 70 guests, and the private menu is just too pricey for us (80-100 per plate per person, ion additional to the cost of the package). Although every time I look at pictures of the Palapa, it makes me kind of sad :-( But to please family we also have to throw a huge wedding in Ottawa, so 2 weedings is already crazy enough!
The white and black restaurant is the Italian restaurant, and it is really beautiful! But how it works is, you give your top 3 choices of restaurants and they tell you 2 weeks prior which one you are getting.
So far my experience dealing with the wedding coordinator at the resort has been fantastic. They answer all my questions and I usually don't have to wait more than an hour or two to get a response - which is WAY quicker than I expected dealing with someone from Mexico!