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Hello Everyone!

 

I'm at the beginning stage of planning/booking.  Only thing set in stone is my dress! lol.  I've been looking through this forum for months trying to narrow down which resorts to book for January 2017.  I am going this coming January to Mexico for vacation at the Platinum Yucatan and hoping to book with GSP if they offer rooftop weddings.

 

Here's my list of must-haves:

large all-inclusive resort with multiple buffets and restaurants

disco

family friendly with an adult side

 

Things that are negotiable:

unique ceremony site (preferably a rooftop; place where I can wear heels)

contemporary looking

close to Playa Del Carmen

 

 

Here's my list of AI resorts:

1. Moon Palace - Although it doesn't offer a rooftop wedding, Beach palace (a sister site) does. Was wondering if anyone has ever stayed at Moon Palace and had their ceremony at Beach Palace?

 

2. Grand sirenis Mayan beach

 

3.Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda/La Perla

 

4.Grand Sunset Princess/Yucatan

 

 

Anyone have any recommendations on resorts to check out?

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Hello Everyone!

 

I'm at the beginning stage of planning/booking.  Only thing set in stone is my dress! lol.  I've been looking through this forum for months trying to narrow down which resorts to book for January 2017.  I am going this coming January to Mexico for vacation at the Platinum Yucatan and hoping to book with GSP if they offer rooftop weddings.

 

Here's my list of must-haves:

large all-inclusive resort with multiple buffets and restaurants

disco

family friendly with an adult side

 

Things that are negotiable:

unique ceremony site (preferably a rooftop; place where I can wear heels)

contemporary looking

close to Playa Del Carmen

 

 

Here's my list of AI resorts:

1. Moon Palace - Although it doesn't offer a rooftop wedding, Beach palace (a sister site) does. Was wondering if anyone has ever stayed at Moon Palace and had their ceremony at Beach Palace?

 

2. Grand sirenis Mayan beach

 

3.Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda/La Perla

 

4.Grand Sunset Princess/Yucatan

 

 

Anyone have any recommendations on resorts to check out?

@@OttawaBride2017 I love that you have listed your must have, this makes narrowing down easy.  you can also check out Barcelo resort in the riviera maya.  

 

I have done a wedding this past August at Paradisus. this resort has all your must have. They have beautiful bridge overlooking the ocean,. you can sure wear your heels.  Food is excellent.  They also offer plenty options on to choose from for your reception. Plus its closer to playa del carmen :)

 

Palace resort, you cannot stay at one and have your wedding at the other.   Beach palace is beautiful the rooftop amazing, please follow link to see a wedding I did last May http://www.juaneuan.com/m-k-2/food was amazing too.

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Welcome to our forum community OttawaBride2017 and Congrats on your dw coming up in Mexico!!! You've come to the right place for lots of great info, ideas, suggestions and support from everyone here - so well done on joining up :)

 

You've picked some beautiful venues to consider too. To show you what each one would look like as the backdrop to your wedding photos, here are some magical wedding moments that matter we captured at each one.

 

Moon Palace Wedding Album:

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Grand Sirenis Wedding Album:

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Grand Sunset Princess Wedding Album:

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Barcelo Maya Palace Wedding Album:

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Wishing you happy research and all the best with your plans - cheers!!! team MTM :)

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Welcome

 

I got married at the Grand Sirenis. We stayed on the Riviera Maya side.

They don't have an adults only section that I'm aware of just a members only area (think time share not upgraded package).

 

They do have a beautiful unique private beach for ceremony with palapa for the reception. It's breath taking. They don't have a roof top so wearing heals may be tricky. You can get the sand/grass heal bottoms though and an isle runner would help.

 

You can check out my review and pics below. Willing to answer any questions you have.

 

Good luck.

 

 

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HI @@OttawaBride2017,

 

Congrats on your engagement and welcome to the forum!

I'm also a January 2017 bride, and we're booked at Moon Palace in Cancun. MP definitely ticks of all of your 'must-have' boxes, and we're actually hosting our reception at the Caribbean Terrace which is some-what of a rooftop type/deck terrace (it lives above the Caribbean Restaurant and is outdoors). I wouldn't say that MP is really 'contemporary looking', I feel like it lends a little more to the 'Mayan' feel, but it's sister resorts Sun Palace, Beach Palace, and Le Blanc (adults-only) definitely are! 

 

Palace resorts as a group offers a lot of great group incentives, like the unlimited private events, based off of room nights and Moon Palace is a huge resort so if you're looking for lots to do to keep your guests entertained, you definitely won't have any problems here! 

 

You'll find a lot of helpful forums and blogs here to help with your planning! @, @@Wafflesmom and @@tygrrlily are 3 just to name a few, and are really great reads esp. if you're considering Palace Resorts :) 

 

Let us know if we can help, I'm sure you have lots of questions :) 

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