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Grand Sunset Princess Bride December 2016!

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#1 BexA

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 10:31 PM



I have seen a lot of older threads and posts on here about the GSP, and some more current ones, so I'm hoping some of you ladies may see this and can give me some input.


My fiancée and I are getting married at the GSP this upcoming December. He's been to the resort, I haven't, but I have heard great things about it. Besides booking our wedding date, ceremony time (4pm) and choosing to book the Ocean Gazebo, most everything else is up in the air. We have booked an external photographer as I didn't feel that the photo packages through the resort were reasonably priced for what you got.


We originally thought we would have over 40 people coming to our wedding. Now with a few pregnancies and the Zika Virus, our numbers may decrease a bit...but then again people could surprise me and everybody may still come which would be great! Due to the amount of guests we think we may have, we originally were thinking of doing the dinner/reception at the Chill Out Bar. We both like the idea of doing something private, and I like the idea of having some shelter, but also having the sand to dance on. I read somewhere that they also set up some chairs on the sand so people can sit down if they want and I really like that. I've heard the service at this private reception is also great, so I like that aspect too. If we wind up having less then 40 people, we may look at having our dinner in an a la carte as you can pick and choose which item you want for each course (as long as it's from the same restaurant). Then we would do some private reception/cocktail party afterwards.


For the brides who have been through this planning process, or who are in the midst of planning, what have you decided on for your dinner/reception and why?


I originally thought I'd be happy with whatever decorations were provided by the resort. Now I'm seeing all these ideas on here of cheap ways to have really cool decorations. My fiancée will likely tell me I'm ridiculous and that we are not doing it if I say I want to bring stuff, but I saw somewhere on here of a lady local in Playa Del Carmen who rents decorations which I think is awesome and I will definitely be looking into. I'm so lucky also that my maid of honor is married, has planned a wedding and is way more on the ball then I am! Like I said, I thought I was more chill about this whole planning process, and through it I may find that I still am, but I'm finding more and more that there are things I want to look at and consider that I hadn't thought of before.


I'm up in the air about using the resort spa for hair and makeup. I keep reading that airbrush makeup is the way to go due to the humidity and heat. I have no experience with airbrush makeup, and I'm no makeup pro by any means, so I'm wondering if any of you ladies have experience with the spa at the resort? I've read both good and bad things about the hair and makeup. I know I can get a trial done beforehand and that it would be the same person doing the trial that does my hair/makeup on my wedding day. I for some reason have it in my head that the stylists/makeup artists at the resort might not be as good as an external vendor, and I could be very wrong. I do feel like their prices are reasonable, and I have asked them to see pictures of their work. I know that I can't bring a makeup artist/stylist onto the premises as a vendor, but if I put them on my guest list and pay their daypass fee...I guess that could possibly work as long as their kit of stuff wasn't gigantic and it wasn't completely obvious what they were doing.


Anyway, it's late here and I'm rambling. Like I said, hopefully someone sees this that has planned their wedding here or is in the midst of planning their wedding here. Any input would be greatly appreciated :)

#2 OttawaBride2017

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 03:12 PM

I have attended a wedding at GSP and I'm planning my wedding at the Platinum Yucatan Princess (the adult side).  My friend had the dinner reception at the steakhouse at the a la carte and I am doing the same if my numbers are below 40.  The reason why? 'Cause it's cheaper!


They say that it's semi-private but I don't even remember other people other than the group in the same area of the restaurant.  We also had a planned rehearsal dinner at the Japanese restaurant and we were separated from the public.


Here is the lady that lives in PDC's link to her business: https://www.facebook...veandlacedecor/

#3 vancouverpetunia

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 04:40 PM

We stayed at GSP a few years back (not for a wedding or anything) and really liked it. The Chill Out bar looked really cool (haha, no pun intended), but we didn't hang out there as I don't think it was included in our package or something. We considered GSP for our wedding but decided on another resort - I honestly don't remember why any more. 


Definitely get in touch with Katy from Love & Lace. She's been awesome to work with!

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#4 acw271011

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 06:20 PM

@BexA  Hi! Congrats on your upcoming wedding! You'll find the ladies here super helpful as far as ideas and suggestions and there have definitely been past GSP brides! I posted a couple of threads for you below from one bride that got married in June of last year. Her wedding was gorgeous and her threads are definitely worth reading through! She did a great review as well when she came back so I'm sure there will be details there that will help you out.


I hope you have a good travel agent that you're working with. I see you're in the Vancouver area - there have been a few brides from BC so if you don't yet have an agent that you absolutely love I know the ladies here will recommend someone. As well, there are now 2 canadian agents that work with the owners of this site - Wright Travel. They're destination wedding specialists and I'm sure they would be able to help you out. The owner is also a DW bride so you can't get any better recommendation than that!


Good luck and happy planning!







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    Posted 03 April 2016 - 11:02 AM

    Welcome to our forum community and Congrats on your upcoming dw at Grand Sunset Princess, BexA!!! wow - that's a really cute lil guy in your profile pic - so adorable!!! :)


    I also wanted to let you know, it is possible to bring in an outside vendor for your Wedding Hair & Make-up if you wish! GSP now charges $200 per person for their outside vendor fee.

    We've captured numerous weddings where the Bride hired Styling Trio for their hair & make-up, and were "over-the-moon" happy with their results! That's BIG when you consider they'll make you look SO Great in those photos you're going to look at and treasure forever!!!


    Here's an example of their work....to show you what we're talking about - enjoy!!!

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    Hope you find all the answers you're looking for, and ENJOY your amazing journey ahead - cheers!!! team MTM :)

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    #6 JasminMattPhoto

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      Posted 25 July 2016 - 01:46 PM

      @BexA congrats on your upcoming wedding. GSP is such a beautiful resort and the staff are so friendly and helpful. 


      We were there just a few weeks ago photographing a wedding and we had a blast!


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      #7 MrsMeis

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      Posted 01 November 2016 - 09:59 AM

      I'm glad to have found an updated GSP forum!
      We will be getting married here May 2017!!
      I haven't gotten very far in the planning yet but we have decided on the ceremony at the Sunset Gazebo and a private beach dinner/reception! The beach Reception is a bit pricier ($85us per person) but so worth it since it's something we both really wanted!!

      @BexA your wedding is much closer! Have you made decisions on everything.?

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