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#21 kinsella2014

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    Posted 01 August 2013 - 04:57 PM

    I am also a future Riu Palace Bride. Our date is April 5, 2014. I'm not sure of guest numbers but I was quoted $2600usd for a private dinner of 40 people on top of the package price. Does that seem right to people? I am so glad I found this forum because I was feeling really lost and alone in this process. I can't wait to share advice and ideas with you ladies. Liz

    #22 CBMpls

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      Posted 30 September 2013 - 09:30 AM

      hello! curious how your wedding at RPM was? we are getting married there in November, so are in the home-stretch for planning and would love to hear how it went for you! :)



      #23 Julie2527

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        Posted 02 January 2014 - 12:32 PM

        Hi Kat! First, congrats and goodluck w/your wedding! I sent you an e-mail and would love to speak with you. I'm thinking of getting married there next year & also sent you a photographer and/or videographer recommendation! www.HeloPhotography.com

         

        Thanks!!


        Also, if anyone else that can help me or has any photos/information on Riu Palace Mexico, please e-mail me at coconutlime379@yahoo.com. I would be forever grateful :)!


        Edited by Julie2527, 02 January 2014 - 12:29 PM.


        #24 sammyclicks

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        Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:31 AM

        Hi All,

         

        I am getting married at The Riu Palace Mexico 15th August 2015. I have a small group coming with us 15. The ceremony will take place at 5pm and the reception at 6.30pm. We are learning a first dance, though really need some advice on where we can do this? As we will only have a semi private reception so I don't think there will be any room. I really need some help and advice as this is really important for us, though we will need some space. 

        Thanks

        Sam 



        #25 iryna10

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          Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:34 PM

          Hi Ladies

          My name is Iryna and I am getting married at RPM December 17 2014. My fiancé and I did a site visit this past December and we loved the resort. I have royal package and the privet dinner reception for 35 guest with open bar the quote I got was $4045.00

          The problem I am running into is that they charge for absolutely everything. On top of above price I need to pay for table and chair rental, currently in process of negotiating the additional coast for reception decor ( because its not included in the wedding package) among other things.

          Also I have photographer Del Sol and hair and makeup from Styling Trio. The problem with outside vender, the hotel is charging a fee for them to come. So that is something to consider. Currently working on that.

          I would love to hear from you ladies, any advice or suggestion.
          Thanks

          #26 pddcmc

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          Posted 01 April 2014 - 06:15 AM

          Hi Ladies

          My name is Iryna and I am getting married at RPM December 17 2014. My fiancé and I did a site visit this past December and we loved the resort. I have royal package and the privet dinner reception for 35 guest with open bar the quote I got was $4045.00

          The problem I am running into is that they charge for absolutely everything. On top of above price I need to pay for table and chair rental, currently in process of negotiating the additional coast for reception decor ( because its not included in the wedding package) among other things.

          Also I have photographer Del Sol and hair and makeup from Styling Trio. The problem with outside vender, the hotel is charging a fee for them to come. So that is something to consider. Currently working on that.

          I would love to hear from you ladies, any advice or suggestion.
          Thanks

          I really started considering RPM yesterday after I saw they have a package for up to 40 guests. I suppose I misunderstood what "Riu Caprice Wedding package 2015 includes: Semi-private dinner at one of our specialty restaurants," means...I took that as the meal was included in the quote? Also, chair and table rental is not included? Hm, I kind of feel like an idiot now...thinking on it, the quoted price sounds like a steal.


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          #27 tt0414

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            Posted 15 April 2014 - 07:54 PM

            Hi Ladies,

             

            My wedding was at the RIU Palace Mexico on April 5, 2014. I just got home recently and wanted to give you a bit of info since it was so hard for me to find any when I was researching for mine. This will be especially helpful for those expecting larger parties. This might be long but I'll try to make it as concise as possible!

             

            - I had a total of 75 people - 44 adults, 8 kids (12 and younger) and 3 infants (2 and younger).

            - We went with the Royal Wedding package

            - Originally planned for beach ceremony and private garden reception, but I saw a beach ceremony the 2nd day I was there - HORRIBLE!!! I couldn't believe the indecency of people on the beach. They gathered around the arch, literally right beside you and the officiant, in their bathing suits, taking pictures. Plus it's super windy, not good news for your hair or veil. Luckily they let me have both the ceremony and reception in the garden - much more private, highly recommended!

             

            I'm from Canada and had booked through Signature Vacations, they offer a wedding planner service which I do NOT recommend. They act as a middle man between you and the wedding coordinator at the resort. In my experience, you will get quicker answers and more importantly, answers at all, if you deal directly with the resort.

             

            The following is what had to be paid before I arrived. It's supposed to be 45 days ahead of time but I didn't pay until a week before I left (at the fault of my Signature wedding planner).

             

            $1775 for Royal Wedding Package (includes 20 guests including the wedding couple)

            $25 for each additional adult (this covers cake, champagne and set up - basically their chairs)

            $13 for each additional child

             

            $70 per adult for a BBQ buffet with open bar for 4 hrs. (the 20 incl. in the package no longer applies when doing a private reception)

            $35 per child

             

            We met with our planner the 2nd day. Veronica was great! We spent about an hr and a half with her going over all the details and questions I had. She has an iPad and a couple binders of all the options you have, everyone's lives would have been easier if us brides had access to this ahead of time! All the different gazebos, chairs, decorations - they have alot of options so if there's something you have in mind just ask!

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            - ask for a quick rehearsal or you won't get one. Highly recommended!

            - ask for an aisle runner if you do it in the garden, my heels kept sinking into the grass, making it really hard to walk

             

            This is what I had to pay for once we met her:
             

            $910 for the audio and lights (DJ not incl)

            $200 for vendors fee - I used Sascha Gluck as my photographer, he's AMAZING!

            $305 to upgrade the arch to a simple gazebo with draping

            $46 for each long rectangular table - I used it as a head table, it would fit 8 comfortably, 10 was a bit tight

            $7 for each standard round table - fits 8 comfortably

            $150 for setup

            $150 for table cloths

             

            - The $150 setup fee is mandatory regardless of whether you bring your own decor or not. There's no fee to set up your own decorations

             

            I brought my own bouquets, chair sashes and ceremony decor.

            I recommend buying your chair sashes on eBay - I bought mine from lingsupplies with no issues. $65 for 100 organza sashes. When I met with Veronica she had the exact same ones - to rent is $4 each.

            I gave my shepherds hooks and pomanders to Veronica and she knew exactly what to do with them and returned them to me a couple days later.

             

            Setup - if you're facing the beach, the only green space between the rooms and the pool, on the left, is where the ceremony is setup. Directly opposite on the right is where the reception is setup.

             

            Our ceremony was at 4PM and it was hot! I couldn't imagine doing it any earlier, my makeup would've melted off. It lasts for about 15-20 minutes. A semi-private cocktail hour was included, with no extra charge, between the ceremony and reception times at the theater. We took our couples and group shots until 6:30, reception was at 7:00. The half hour lag time was not bad but I think I would've changed the reception time to 6 or 6:30 because our guests were starving by 7.

             

            - For parties less that 30 people, you can save a bit of money and do a semi private dinner at the Steakhouse or Mexican restaurants. The 2 seating times are 6:30-8:30 or 8:45-10:30. Sorry I don't have any prices for this.

             

            - For parties more than 30 you have the option of doing a semi private dinner only at the second seating (8:45-10:30) or doing a private reception - on the beach, in the garden or at the convention center at the RIU Tequila.

             

            I agree that it does get frustruating that they charge for every single little thing but when you end up comparing it to the cost of a wedding at home, you're still saving lots! All in all we spent about $10,000 for 75 people.

             

            I can't think of much else but if you ladies have any questions feel free to ask!

            Happy planning!!


            Edited by anniet, 15 April 2014 - 07:56 PM.


            #28 Icis

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            Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:39 AM

            Hi Ladies,

             

            My wedding was at the RIU Palace Mexico on April 5, 2014. I just got home recently and wanted to give you a bit of info since it was so hard for me to find any when I was researching for mine. This will be especially helpful for those expecting larger parties. This might be long but I'll try to make it as concise as possible!

             

            - I had a total of 75 people - 44 adults, 8 kids (12 and younger) and 3 infants (2 and younger).

            - We went with the Royal Wedding package

            - Originally planned for beach ceremony and private garden reception, but I saw a beach ceremony the 2nd day I was there - HORRIBLE!!! I couldn't believe the indecency of people on the beach. They gathered around the arch, literally right beside you and the officiant, in their bathing suits, taking pictures. Plus it's super windy, not good news for your hair or veil. Luckily they let me have both the ceremony and reception in the garden - much more private, highly recommended!

             

            I'm from Canada and had booked through Signature Vacations, they offer a wedding planner service which I do NOT recommend. They act as a middle man between you and the wedding coordinator at the resort. In my experience, you will get quicker answers and more importantly, answers at all, if you deal directly with the resort.

             

            The following is what had to be paid before I arrived. It's supposed to be 45 days ahead of time but I didn't pay until a week before I left (at the fault of my Signature wedding planner).

             

            $1775 for Royal Wedding Package (includes 20 guests including the wedding couple)

            $25 for each additional adult (this covers cake, champagne and set up - basically their chairs)

            $13 for each additional child

             

            This is what I had to pay for once we met her:
             

            $910 for the audio and lights (DJ not incl)

            $200 for vendors fee - I used Sascha Gluck as my photographer, he's AMAZING!

            $305 to upgrade the arch to a simple gazebo with draping

            $46 for each long rectangular table - I used it as a head table, it would fit 8 comfortably, 10 was a bit tight

            $7 for each standard round table - fits 8 comfortably

            $150 for setup

            $150 for table cloths

             

            - The $150 setup fee is mandatory regardless of whether you bring your own decor or not. There's no fee to set up your own decorations

             

            I brought my own bouquets, chair sashes and ceremony decor.

            I recommend buying your chair sashes on eBay - I bought mine from lingsupplies with no issues. $65 for 100 organza sashes. When I met with Veronica she had the exact same ones - to rent is $4 each.

            I gave my shepherds hooks and pomanders to Veronica and she knew exactly what to do with them and returned them to me a couple days later.

             

            Hello fellow Canadian bride!

             

            I booked with Sunwing and I cannot agree with you more that it is much easier to coordinate with the resort's rep rather than the Sunwing rep. 

            I'm getting married in RPRM instead of RPM, but I think the pricing is pretty similar. We are going to have 26-28 guests (including bride and groom), so we are just planning to have a semi-private reception. Can I ask you some questions about pricing? It's really hard to budget when you don't know until you get there.

             

            1) $910 - audio and lights: Is this only available for private reception? What kind of equipment does it include (something like an ipod speaker)?

            2) $305 - upgrade the arch to simple gazebo with draping: Do you have some pictures of what you are referring to?

            3) How did you carry your shepherd's hooks, pomanders and other decorations in your luggage? Did you just paid extra for luggage?

             

            Thank you in advance!



            #29 tt0414

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              Posted 23 April 2014 - 02:29 PM

              Hello fellow Canadian bride!

               

              I booked with Sunwing and I cannot agree with you more that it is much easier to coordinate with the resort's rep rather than the Sunwing rep. 

              I'm getting married in RPRM instead of RPM, but I think the pricing is pretty similar. We are going to have 26-28 guests (including bride and groom), so we are just planning to have a semi-private reception. Can I ask you some questions about pricing? It's really hard to budget when you don't know until you get there.

               

              1) $910 - audio and lights: Is this only available for private reception? What kind of equipment does it include (something like an ipod speaker)?

              2) $305 - upgrade the arch to simple gazebo with draping: Do you have some pictures of what you are referring to?

              3) How did you carry your shepherd's hooks, pomanders and other decorations in your luggage? Did you just paid extra for luggage?

               

              Thank you in advance!

               

              Hi Icis!

               

              Audio and lights aren't offered for semi private receptions, this means no mic's or any music. For the private reception I had, I was basically offered 2 packages - 1 with a DJ for about $1300 and 1 without a DJ for $910. I chose to go without the DJ and gave them my ipod. This worked out great because I didn't even have to figure out how to use anything, there were 3 people from the resort manning the audio system for the entire reception, making sure there weren't any problems.

               

              With Sunwing you're allowed 2 pieces of luggage 20kg each, 40 total. We had all our decorations in 1 large luggage, and an additional medium suitcase and carry on for the rest of our clothes, I'd consider us to be pretty light packers. Going to Mexico there weren't any issues but on the way back to Canada they were more strict at the Cancun airport and weighed everyone's carry on, you're only allowed 5kg - this is nothing, some in our group had carry on's that weighed this much with nothing in it! You can pay for additional weight, $10 per kg, but trust me this can add up quick. Try to distribute amongst your family and wedding party.

               

              I'm not sure how to attach images, if you pm me your email, I can send you the pictures of what the resort sent me and a couple pictures from my actual wedding.



              #30 Monalisa4u

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                Posted 29 April 2014 - 01:20 PM

                Hello Everyone,

                 

                I booked my wedding with RPM 5/5/15 and I'm not sure if I made the right choice. The hotel is giving me a hard time about my ceremony starting at 3pm. I want them to move it to 4pm or 4:30pm.....and since it's only a 20 minute ceremony I don't see why this is such a big deal. I already know they are going to charge us 10-12k for our private beach reception but I feel if they can't simply move my ceremony up an hour what else is going to be an issue. 

                I'm also frustrated that I can not find any wedding ceremony/reception pictures at all.

                Any thoughts, feedback, pictures...would be greatly appreciated!!!!






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