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Paradisus Cancun Bride! Oct 2014

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#1 CookieClay

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    Posted 05 March 2014 - 04:23 PM

    Hi Everyone! 


    I'm getting married at Paradisus Cancun October 2014!!!  I'm approaching the detailed planning stages with the hotel and very much welcome any planning tips and insider-scoop :) anyone can provide!!  I'm also excited about sharing my tips and lessons learned for anyone who maybe interested! 


    I have the Tailor Made package.  Does anyone have any pictures of the LaPerla Restaurant?  We want to host the reception there. 


    There will be a total of 50 guests and I want to ship reception favors, welcoming bags, etc prior to?  Any tips? 


    Also, they have this horrific $1000 outside vendor fee included in the contract.  We didn't think this would be a problem when we signed but - OUCH!  Has anyone had an success with getting around this ridiculous clause???  I doubt seriously if we will be using the DJ or the photographers supplied by the resort.


    Please HELP a Newbie out! LOL! :)

    #2 wincho

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      Posted 08 March 2014 - 11:22 AM



      We are also booked at the Paradisus Cancun for July 5, 2014 which is coming up soon. I've done a ton of research and will share what I have :) 


      We have 30 people and are going with the Chill Out Chic package. There is so far good and bad with the hotel so far.


      We booked with Paradisus because their beautiful beach, good reviews, and location.  We booked a beach reception and then was told after we put our deposit down that we would have to end it by 9pm because the turtle mating season :(  We found this a bit too early to end the reception so asked if we could extend our reception somewhere else (with a fee of course), but they were not very accommodating. They said that we would have to change our reception location altogether, which was really disappointing because I've always dreamed of dancing under the stars on the beach at my wedding :(

      So we then asked for alternatives and for pictures of other locations.  We just kept getting the ones that are on their romance location package which I find is not much help at all....moving on now....


      We are now considering La Perla as well. Again limited pictures from the hotel BUT if you Google "Gran Melia Cancun weddings" which was the former hotel name to  Paradisus Cancun (changed over in late 2012), then you will find some better pictures and even a few videos of the hotel (and pretty sure that it's La Perla in some of those weddings to give you an idea :)).


      Pros about La Perla is that there is no need to rent additional lighting or a dance floor if you want that. On the con side,  it looks pretty big and that means expensive to decorate!  If you are looking for draping for the restaurant which we are, it starts at $1500 and that's of course not including any other flowers or any other d├ęcor.


      In terms of the outside vendor fee, I found it extremely ridiculous as well. One way around it is to book a 3 night stay for them instead (still ridiculous but less than $1000). We didn't bother with that and we are booking with one of the photographers there Sweet Caribbean Photography. They seem very pleasant and very good to deal with! If you go to their website as well, you'll see some photos of the hotel in general.


      There was a little bit of venting in there but hope some of the info was helpful to you.


      I'm totally interested in your experiences and planning tips as well. Please share :)

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      #4 bicoastalimages

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        Posted 25 May 2014 - 08:57 AM

        @CookieClay We just recently shot a wedding at Paradisus Cancun here in the Cancun hotel zone. It was quite nice and plenty of gorgeous spots to shoot on the beach as well as inside (perfect back-up option for photos in the unfortunate event of rain!). As destination wedding photographers these things all make us extremely happy :) Oh and our couple held their reception at La Perla which was perfect even for a small group.


        Below are our images from Bob & Lindsey's fabulous wedding at Paradisus Cancun. Click here to see the full album (including details, getting ready, full ceremony, beach session & reception)!













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          Posted 26 May 2014 - 01:28 PM

          Congrats CookieClay and welcome to the forum!!!

          For the last wedding we photographed at the Paradisus Riviera Maya, the wedding couple needed to get us day passes to photograph their wedding - so possibly ask your wedding coordinator whether this would work for you as well.


          Wishing you all the best with your plans :)



          cheers! team MTM :)

          Edited by Moments That Matter, 26 May 2014 - 01:32 PM.




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