Originally Posted by Bride2B2014
My fiance and I have booked Sandos Playacar. I have seen a few threads however they are pretty old. I am looking for new info and reviews on the Resort. We are having out wedding on May 28, 2014 at 4:00PM. Is that a good time? Also looking for info regarding dinner on the beach vs. in a restaurant. Also cocktail hour and more. At this point any info is greatly appreciated.
First, big congrats on the upcoming wedding and on choosing a destination! May is a good weather month in Playa del Carmen and it's nice to have the longer days of daylight savings time. It is a busy time in Playa too, so you may want to take that into consideration. Starting the ceremony a little later in the day (5:30) may help you avoid too many people around AND allow you to get some nice sunset shots. We shot a pretty wedding there with Bev and Jordan and they chose the gazebo over the beach and it was nice to have a little added intimacy/privacy. The hotel should offer a champagne toast after the ceremony for your guests. Most all inclusives (like Sandos) have the receptions in the restaurant, though for a fee you could have them do a beach set up. I would also recommend setting a seating time of around 7:00 after a 5:30 ceremony to keep things moving along and active.
Here are a few photos of weddings we have shot at Sandos Playacar. For the full slideshows, please click here for
Gazebo ceremony with Bev and Jordan
Beach ceremony with Melissa and Jason
Champagne and mariachis in the gazebo
Sunset couple portrait