We got married here January 2015
The resort was great, we loved our Platinum room, we preferred being by the beach and were happy we didn't upgrade to the villa as it was closer to the lobby but far from the beach.
We ended up doing the chill out lounge instead of the beach party as I was worried that it was going to rain and with the chill out it had shelter in case it did. It saved us from having to use a plain old gala room if it did rain. We used the ocean gazebo which was totally worth the $250, even though it says in their info that it was $750. It was way more private and right near the chill out bar as well as pretty much out our front door of our room. Our planner was good, however, I should have been more involved. I just kind of let go of all control when we got there and assumed that they do weddings every day that I wouldn't have to worry. Guillermo was super sweet and really down to earth, but not as much of a control freak as me, so I think I should have stayed on top of things more but I was 'done' with wedding stuff soon as we landed:) There were just a few things that went wrong. The platinum area is closed off for other guests that's why we had to give the front desk a list of my wedding party so that they could come to our room to get ready. So even though they had it they were being jerks and wouldn't let any one up. So it made everything late and I had to rush getting in my dress, which then made me hot and all sweaty for the pics. Then we had to rush to the ceremony. I didn't do a rehearsal walk which I totally should've. Since my MOH missed the signal and ended up walking to my entrance:) Also, there were too many chairs at the ceremony so some people didn't use them assuming that they were for someone else so in our pics it looks like we are missing guests right up front. I think this was my biggest complaint, as our pics look a little sad because of this, they also put too many at our head table but I was able to get them to get rid of them at least. So overall everything went great, that was really my only complaint. Some of my suggestions for other brides would be:
Don't give all the control to the WP, maybe still check on the ceremony and the reception if you can before everyone gets there, and do a rehearsal walk down the aisle.
Chill Out Lounge all the way, really worth the extra cash and you don't have to worry about rain. Our dinner was on the patio and the dance floor was on the beach. Don't bother to get the dance floor, dancing in the sand was so much fun. Grilled buffet was the menu and everyone loved it! Service was great, they actually were too great....way too many drinks, but that's a different story...!
Pay for the highest package for the photographer and videographer, we really wish we did...our biggest regret even though we hate taking pictures. Photographer and videographer were awesome to work with.
We bought one of those ion party rocker speakers from Costco which was great for music and had lights on it that went to the beat as well as had microphone. I figured why pay for a DJ when it was all our playlists anyways.
Also, the make up and hair team were perfect and very efficient. I have never had my makeup done by someone else before but she did great! Len said he got the best haircut he's ever had there. He looked great on our wedding day.
Daya at the Sunwing tours was amazing! She took care of booking our group excursions as well as everyone's single ones. She even had a sign at her desk for our guests. I honestly think we dealt with her more than the WP.
Overall it was fabulous and the resort was a perfect pick! Sunwing was great to deal with, all the tours were great and everyone was super organized. I would recommend everyone and everything to anyone, we had a fabulous time!
I also brought it all of my own decor. I used the hanging kissing balls to hang on the Shepard hooks along the aisle and then flipped them over and put them on top of vases for the table centrepieces.
Here is my email if anyone want pics of anything or more info. This site helped me so much with my planning that I figured I had better return the favour;)
Edited by blend1222015, 16 October 2015 - 07:46 PM.