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Hi everyone,

 

I'm new to this site and would be grateful for any advice.

 

We're finally getting married at Akiin Beach Club in Tulum on 14 May 2018 after 17 years together!

 

We have over 35 family and friends joining us from the UK and we will all be staying at the Gran Bahia Principe in Akumal.

 

Hair and Make Up

My hair is above shoulder length and thick so will probably not be doing too much with it (too short for an up do), however, I have 6 bridesmaids who will probably want their hair done. The resort has a spa onsite for hair and make up and I have heard good reviews about their hair styling. However, I would like airbrush make up done because I'm hoping it will give a more flawless finish and will last longer in the heat. Does anyone know if the salon at Gran Bahia Principe Akumal does air brush make up? Or does anyone have any experience of using the salon for their wedding day? The resort changes a vendor fee of $300USD for outside vendors which would make it really expensive to bring anyone in. The only other alternative would be to rent a room closer to Akiin Beach for the night for my bridal party and have someone come to do our hair and make up - any recommendations on hotels or vendors is appreciated.

 

Transport

We would like to put on mini buses for our guests from the hotel to Akiin Beach and back. I guess we would need approx. 3 or 4 depending on how many people can fit in each vehicle. Does anyone have any recommendations or advice re transfer companies?

 

Planning

Should I be worried that I haven't heard back from the venue in over a week since I've emailed them?

 

Legal stuff

Our wedding coordinator at the venue said that we could have our blood tests carried out in the UK and sent to them in advance of the wedding but everything I've read online contradicts this. Can anyone advise? Also, does anyone know the cost of registrar and legal fees?

 

Stag/ Bachelor party

My fiancé would like to hire a fishing boat for all the guys and do a half day fishing trip from Akumal bay. We have seen Captain Rick's and are considering booking one of their boats but if anyone has any other advice or recommendations that would be great.

 

Hen/ Bachelorette party

To save on costs I was just going to have my bachelorette in the resort - dinner, few drinks and head out to the nightclub. I would like to treat my bridesmaids, mum and mother in-law to spa treatments if I can afford it. The spa at the hotel is quite pricey ($85USD for a manipedi!) - can anyone recommend anywhere cheaper nearby or suggest any alternative activities?

 

If anyone else has been married at Akiin Beach I would love to hear from you!

 

Grateful for any advice or experiences.

 

Thanks

Charmaine

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Sorry I can't be of any help with your wedding venue but you'll love Akumal. We were at the sister resort (adults only) Sian Khan in January and weren't thrilled with it. But all of the reviews we've seen of Akumal are fabulous, including family that were there from the UK for 2 weeks. They absolutely loved it! The restaurants are terrific and the food is really good. There are various review sections on the site that might be helpful to you. If you go to the top Search and key in the resort you'll find reviews of the various services they offer and should be able to get more detail on the spa. I haven't heard of your wedding site but again, try keying it into the search bar at the top and see what comes up.

 

Happy planning!

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Hi @@Charmainefaith,

 

Congrats on your upcoming wedding! I'm sure this past year has flown by! I'm thinking about having my wedding at Akiin next year and would love for any guidance and help you can provide. I was also wondering about the hair/make up situation, and transportation. Did you find a shuttle? What hotel did you decide to stay at? We're considering Dreams Tulum.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks,

Ashley

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