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Just Married At Riu Palace In Cabo San Lucas Mx 6-13-15

Cabo Reception

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#1 Dportbride

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    Posted 01 September 2015 - 02:29 PM

    Planning a wedding at the Riu palace? I am willing to share my experiences in hopes to make your experience a little less stressful. Feel free to ask questions.

    Our WC was Lupita. Unfortunately, they switched WC on us half way through the planning. There is not a lot of communication. But don't be upset. As it gets closer, they'll reach out. In the meantime, email and be persistent.

    Upon check in, we were upgraded to a jacuzzi ocean front suite. It was absolutely stunning!

    We chose the Caprice Package. Total guest count including us was 68. The resort does not offer a rehearsal. Be prepared to conduct your own. I googled what to do, then personalized it. I strongly recommend arriving with a plan to do it yourself. Rehearsal dinner was at San jose Mexican restaurant. It was perfect. Great view! Great service! Highly recommended. They reserved the entire outside terrace for our party. We were allowed 40 ppl.

    Our ceremony was held at the San jose gazebo. It's very romantic and secluded. I will say though, off to the left, looking out, there is another property with cars and cement poles in view. It's ugly. Our photographer did a good job trying to capture the ceremony without the clutter. All in all, I wouldn't change my choice. I liked the gazebo location. We opted out of floral bouquets. I had 6 BM and 6 GM. My sister and I made our own artificial bouquets and boutineers. I loved them. No extra cost to bring your own. Be sure to plan ahead with your music selection and have it readily available on an iPhone or other device. Our officiant was great at communicating prior and giving us options for the readings. I personalized it and added our own vows. He was accommodating. The day of ceremony, he did good. But veered off what I wanted as romantic to something more funny. I personally didn't like that, but my guests did so I was ok with it.

    Our reception was held at the Baja Norte. Perfect spot!! Highly recommend! We chose the plated dinner. The resort was accommodating when we asked to have 3 choices. We provided a seating chart and our own decorations and center pieces. We weren't able to coordinate or communicate with the DJ prior. I was disappointed about that but came prepared with every song I wanted and printed out a timeline of special events I wanted to take place. (First dance, cake cutting, etc.) I arranged to have an MC, so the day of, they communicated and made it all happen. Weeks later, the DJ emailed me audio files of all the speeches and music and never chsrged us for his services. Can you believe that?

    We opted out of a photographer from the resort, but hired our own. Surprisingly, we were never charged a fee.

    Our wedding surpassed our expectations. I reccomend the Riu palace to you all. Please reach out if you have questions I might be able to help you with. I also have tons of pictures. I will personally email, if you'd like. Good luck planning your special day! Xoxo Attached File  image.jpg   88.47KB   6 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   88.47KB   6 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   84.81KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   87.08KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   41.81KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   123.36KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   44.21KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   88.47KB   6 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   67.29KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   67.44KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   103.67KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   159.02KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   84.14KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   48.81KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   75KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   34.96KB   3 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   87.68KB   3 downloads

    Edited by Dportbride, 01 September 2015 - 02:37 PM.

    #2 acw271011

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    • Wedding Location:We tied the knot in Runaway Bay, Jamaica and renewed our vows in Mexico on our 4th Anniversary
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    Posted 01 September 2015 - 08:24 PM

    Congrats! What a stunning backdrop for your photos! Absolutely gorgeous! Glad it turned out as you hoped. It looks everyone had a great time! Thanks for the review. It's always a help for future brides.

    I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015







    #3 MarieSamSanchezPhoto

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      Posted 01 September 2015 - 10:37 PM

      Congrats!!! You looked amazing and your photos are beautiful  :) Looks like you had an incredible celebration!!!!

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      #4 bride2016

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        Posted 04 September 2015 - 05:22 AM

        Wow! Loved looking at your pictures. What a beautiful day! You guys all looked great and I loved yours/your bridesmaid bouquets.. I can't believe that they are artificial. They photographed so well!!


        #5 kelbiiztd

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          Posted 17 September 2015 - 12:23 AM

          Congrats!!! Absolutely gorgeous! you are very happy. 

          Thanks for sharing . 

          #6 CaboBride6252016

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          • Wedding Date:June 25, 2016
          • Wedding Location:Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas

          Posted 25 September 2015 - 11:02 AM

          This is gorg! I am a june 2016 Riu Palace Cabo bride!!! I cant wait!

          #7 AmorDeMiVida

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          • Wedding Date:June 16, 2016
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          Posted 10 October 2015 - 11:41 AM



          Thank you so much for your review and all of the information you provided.  Everything looks so beautiful!  We have booked our 6/16/16 wedding at the Riu Palace.  We picked the gazebo for the ceremony and Baja Norte for the private reception.

          How was the weather during your stay and what time was your ceremony?  Ours is at 4 and I'm hoping it won't be too hot during the ceremony and reception for our guests.

          For your outside photographer, what was the process of them entering the resort?  Do you think they overlooked the outside vendor fee or is this something they don't require anymore?


          Also can you share a rough timeline of your reception... Time dinner was served, first dance, speeches, etc. and if the WC was present to ensure that everything ran smoothly.  I'm debating if I should delegate this task to someone in the event that this is not included in the WC's duties.


          I appreciate all the information/advice you can give.


          #8 kelbiiztd

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            Posted 03 November 2015 - 08:57 PM

            Congrats!!! I'd love to have a wedding like you ...


            #9 samFEB2016

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            • Wedding Date:February 20, 2016
            • Wedding Location:Riu Palace Cabo

            Posted 04 November 2015 - 05:20 AM

            @Dportbride congrats! your wedding looked gorgeous! I am getting married there in Feb 2016. I was nervous about the 'only 2 entree' rule because i already gave 3 options before i saw that, hopefully they will make the exception for me as well!


            Would you be able to share the timeline you used at the reception? I kind of have no clue where to start with that.


            Also i heard bad reviews of the DJ, I was going to get one anyone because I really want the MC. Was the DJ the MC? Or did you hire someone else to come in and do that?


            Thank you so much for the info!!!! :)

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