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Anyone else planning to get married at Ana y Jose hotel or beach club in Tulum? :)

 

The hotel is holding 28.4.2014 for us and it would be great to hear how and what other brides are planning! We're Scandinavian so we're just having a really small, casual wedding with our nearest and dearest because of the big bucks it takes to make the trip. Also  we hate the idea of a big wedding and this is a great way to avoid having to invite people, haha.

 

I really wanted to avoid any stress with wedding planning (I'm familiar with doing events so figured it would be a breeze) but I obviously need to adjust to how slowly everything progresses!

 

Also if there's previous AyJ brides active on the forum I'd love to hear from you :)

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Hello. I am also looking at choosing Ana y Jose beach club for my 2014 wedding. I just returned from a site last week. I have done a lot of research on beach clubs in the rivieria maya area. I choose to do food tasting at 2 location blue venado and Ana y Jose beach club. Both are amazing places to get married in your looking for a private intimate setting. However I like Ana y Jose better for multiple reasons. The food here is amazing. I Work in the restaurant industry so good food is important to me. They have a bridal room, for u and your bridal party to get ready on site. ( even have a steamer for your dress) The location is clean and well laid out. If you have an kids that will be attending, there is an area for kids with a play ground and a trampoline. I fell in love with this location, however it will cost more then blue venado. I have not chosen yet I m waiting for Jackie to get back to me with final quote. All in all it depends on what ur looking for. I'm looking for a private venue for 40-60 guest that doesn't require my guest to stay at a specific hotel. Good food and beverage is super important to me. I also want to choose a location that I don't feel like a number in line to get married. ( which a lot off all inclusive hotel feel like) However I am inviting all my guest to stay at an all inclusive for 1 week of holiday fun and will provided transportation the night of the wedding. So Ana y Jose is right up my alley:) I m happy to share my research knowledge with you. So any question just ask!! Danielle

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Hey Ladies!

 

Tulum is a beautiful place to have exactly the type of wedding you are looking for!  The small boutique hotels each offer a slightly different feel and decor.  I personally love the entrance to the Ana y Jose hotel!  I actually took my parents there on their last visit JUST to hang out on the beach and have lunch!

 

Another great little gem is Cabanas La Luna.  A little more arabian-nights themed and very colorful!  Check out Lori's latest wedding in that area:  Cabanas La Luna, Tulum - Missy & Tom

 

Happy Planning!

 

Sofia

Lori's Office Assistant

 

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Hello fellow Tulum Brides! I'm finally settling in after returning from my dream wedding at Ana y Jose Hotel. I'll try to be as inclusive as possible for all future Tulum brides. 

 

Ana y Jose Hotel vs Beach Club

My fiance and I have been visiting Tulum for years so getting married here was a no brainer. We usually stay at La Zebra and just assumed this would be our wedding site. However, after visiting and finding out more about their wedding policy, (must rent out the entire hotel for three nights) we crossed it off the list. As we soon found, not wanting to rent out the entire hotels left us with only a few options. We went to check out Ana y Jose Beach Club after seeing great pictures and reading reviews. As we approached the property my fiance and I were turned off, it felt like a catering hall or wedding factory and we knew that wasn't for us. (Please don't misunderstand me, I have seen beautiful weddings here it just wasn't for us.) But we headed to the hotel where we were meeting the planner for our tasting. The hotel was BEAUTIFUL! We loved the grounds and the view from the deck area as well as the open air restaurant. We asked to have the wedding there and while it was an unusual request they were happy to accommodate us. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THE HOTEL ENOUGH!!! It was truly the perfect wedding location. The staff was beyond excellent, always helpful and thinking one step ahead. When the party moved to the beach they brought drink trays with beer and water and another tray with tequila! True perfection. Our guests raved about the food, my Uncle even said it was the best wedding food he had ever eaten. The hotel's planning service Tulum Weddings was incredibly helpful. Jackie was the point person for planning and Claudia was on site during the wedding. They were both wonderful. Jackie was quick to respond and helped line up all the details from afar while Claudia was able to keep the night running smoothly even during a short 15 minute rain storm! If you are looking for a wedding location and planner I cannot rave enough about AYJ.

 

FineArts Studio Photography 

My fiance and I thought a lot about the style of photography we wanted for our wedding. It was important to us to have mostly non-posed, candid shots and we went with FAS. We could not be happier with the photographs we got. Fabrizio and Hernan were wonderful and managed to capture both the emotions of the ceremony and the joy of the evening all at the same time. I will say that while they focused on candid shots there was a good deal of posed pictures. I am very grateful for them now (as they turned out BEYOND amazing) but it does take time. They are passionate about their craft and will take 3-5 minutes for the perfect shot. Just something to be prepared for. 

 

Nora Grey: Hair and Makeup

This was the only part of the day I was a little nervous about. Not getting to have a hair and makeup trial, or even meeting the team till the day of was a little tense for me. I could not have been happier with the team, the process and the end result from Nora and her girls. The team of four came to primp myself, mother, sister and girlfriend. (Nora even came early to cut a guests hair!) I brought photographs of what I wanted for both my hair and makeup and they were able to bring my vision to life. I was a little picky and they would stop throughout the process to confirm we were on the same page. In the end what they created for everyone was flawless. 

 

Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design

With Tulum's natural beauty and the pristine grounds of Ana y Jose, we knew we wanted little flowers or decorations. We ordered a bouquet for myself, a medium one for my sister and maid of honor and a small bouquet for my mother. At the last minute we added a few boutonnieres for the boys and I was so glad we did. The single orchid boutonnieres were beautiful. For our centerpieces we ordered round mirrors with candles on top and added Patron bottles to each table. They were understated and just the right touch. The one decoration I was set on and had a vision for was our wedding chuppah (arch), I knew I wanted four post bamboo arch with white fabric and flowers. After countless emails and pictures I was overwhelmed with what VJ team created. And impressed as they had to assemble and move it three times due to changes in dance floor plans! When I saw it in person an saw the amount of beautiful flowers on it I understood the cost. It was a perfect frame to our "I do". 

 

OM Tulum: Welcome Dinner

We decided to have all our guests come to a dinner the night before the wedding at our expense to thank everyone for coming and welcome them to town. We chose OM for a casual dinner with great guacamole and cold beer. This was the perfect location! We considered a few places in town but along with our guests we did not want to leave the beach. Lissette and her team at OM closed down the beachfront area for us and brought extra tables down. We chose a few selections from the menu, guacamole and pico along with four types of pizza and nutella pizza for dessert to serve to our guests. It was great! Guests raved about the food and it was a constant stream as all the food was made fresh and brought to us on the beach. For drinks we wanted to pay for our guests without having two nights of open bar, we provided beer, soda and smoothies at our costs up to a limit at the bar. The bar tenders kept the tab and Lissette updates us on where the tab was as the night progressed. We ended the night below our limit and even took some beers for the walk back! While we were at OM a few turtles came ashore to lay eggs, it was the perfect start to wedding weekend. 

 

Welcome Bags

We wanted to provide a welcome bag to each guest. We selected totes from weddingchicks.com that stated "Hola Amigo" and encouraged guests to use as beach bags to identify other guests when they were on the beach. Inside we put one sunscreen, one aloe bottle, a few bug wipes, ibuprofen and antacids, a map of Tulum, a schedule of events and meet ups for the weekend, wedding koozies and snacks from local grocery store. We did not provide drinks since each hotel provided complimentary water bottles. We encourages guests to pick up liquor at duty free for their rooms. 

 

One other suggestion I have for EVERY destination wedding is to stock up on post cards! We purchased them for our guests to write to us in place of a guest book and mailed them home. We then got extras and used them as thank you notes, a great memory for guests to have. Also, if you plan on having your reception on the beach I would recommend a light up dance floor! I know you may be thinking no this is not a music video, I know that's what my husband said when I suggested it, but seriously it was fantastic! 

 

Please message me if there is anything I can do to help any new brides!

 

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Your wedding looked fantastic, and your hair and makeup was beautiful! Congrats to another fellow happy Tulum bride. :)

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Hello Any y Jose brides! Congrats on your upcoming weddings! :) This post is for any brides interested in affordable unique decor for your big day.

 

I'm a newlywed from Vancouver, Canada that lives down here in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and we were married in Tulum. I have quite a few decor items leftover from our wedding in May, mostly in a rustic vintage style. I've decided to rent things out to brides that don't want to lug things like vases & mason jars down here to Mexico, and have priced things quite fairly compared to the resorts' prices.

 

I have a lots of different types of bottles, mason jars, vases and lanterns, as well as a variety of other items like wooden signs & frames, table runners, rustic birdcages, string lighting and even a portable sound system. A lot of these items are very hard to find down here, and many brides have been happy to find my collection of wedding decor.

 

If you want a Style Me Pretty or Ruffled type of wedding in Mexico without a huge price tag, I'm your gal! So far no one has had to pay an outside vendor fee at all, as they tell their WC that they have brought the decor themselves. I'm also always interested in buying items that brides bring down and would like to sell after their weddings, please send me photos of anything you'd like to sell!

If you'd like to see some photos and a price list, please send me a PM with your email address and I'll send you all the info. Also if anyone has any questions about the area, ask away! I've lived in Playa Del Carmen for two years and know the whole coast quite well. Happy planning ladies!

 

Here's a couple of photos of some items we used in our wedding and that are for rent, but I have lots more:

 

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