Jump to content


Member Since 21 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Mar 17 2015 06:03 AM

#1883578 Puerto Vallarta Wedding Review - Finally!

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 20 January 2015 - 07:21 PM

Thanks @chelseapaige37! Congrats! You looked beautiful as did the wedding. Very helpful! Question about the catamaran- was the swim very hard to the beach? My moms not a good swimmer hope they have life jackets. How was the food on it? What activities did u do on it-any snorkeling or kayaking? I can't wait for it!

To the wedding etc- anything you wish you would have brought or regret besides what you said ? What did the guests use most in the oot bags?



Thank you! As for the Catamaran - have you added AllyCat on Facebook? They take a million photos from each trip they do and post them as albums. They swim was not difficult, and we all had lifevest to hold onto (they werent really ones to wear - more like U shaped floating devices). The swim could get tricky depending on the tide though - sometimes, if its very high, you really have to swim while holding your arms above your head so you dont bang your head on the cave rocks. Nobody in my group is an expert swimmer and all did fine. There were a few who basically couldn't swim, so they stayed on the boat. I was debating going to Yelapa instead so that everyone had the opportunity to get off the boat - it might have been a better choice, but I chose Mariettas. The food was good - nothing overly special - it was chicken fajitas, rice and beans - all tasted like something I would make at home. They also served Chips, guac and pico de gallo which was delicious!


I personally didnt snorkel, but a bunch of my group did - they did see fish - some neat ones, but its not like the Mayan. I kayaked, paddle boarded and swam. It was enough activity for us.


Honestly, my guests didnt really provide much feedback on the OOT bags - they were all very thankful though. I would guess the hangover kits and after sun were the biggest hits. I know I appreciated the leftovers from the hangover kits :)


I do not regret bringing anything. I also did stuff for the kids - pails, shovels, glow sticks, treats, lip balm. If i could have found a good way to bring pails and shovels I would have - they were really pricey in PV. I should have brought extra ribbon with me - I couldnt find the colors I wanted there.


I meant to have a more organized binder of wedding stuff - like the seating plan, meals, arrivals etc. I ran out of time to put this together and thought I was ok because I had it on email - but the internet there was a nightmare.. I should have known better, but just didnt do it. If I were to do it again, I would have actually done it along the way instead of saying "oh i should put this in a binder..."


Honestly, nothing is standing out that I wish I would have brought - we were pretty organized with our packing. We found laundry in a plaza across from the hotel and did laundry three times while we there - they washed, dryed and folded it, priced on weight. It was like $10 each time and we had a hockey bag full every time.


I was going to write a second blog post about tips on planning based on my experience... I just havent done it yet :S

#1883349 Puerto Vallarta Wedding Review - Finally!

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 19 January 2015 - 10:56 AM

I have finally finished my review! I wrote it on a wordpress since it was a bit easier to edit and add pictures to. Here is the link! Let me know if you have any questions!



#1881003 Now Amber

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 22 December 2014 - 10:57 PM

@chelseapaige37 are you going to post your review soon ?I am dying to read it

Lol yes!! I finally have all my photos and will get it written over the holidays! I've been slacking. It's just been busy switching from wedding mode to xmas.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#1880816 Now Amber

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 19 December 2014 - 08:20 AM

Has anyone stayed at the Now Amber in PV? I heard it is walking distance to downtown PV.


We were there for two weeks in November. 5 minutes walk to the malecon is definitely incorrect. Yes there are some shops within 5 minutes but the true malecon is more like 15-20 minutes. We walked from the malecon all the way into the romantic zone, which was a beautiful walk. I'd suggests cab ride to the malecon, or the bus which is super cheap and easy.

Also, up a few blocks from the malecon is Juarez - tons of shopping!

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#1879557 Are Free Wedding Packages Really Free?

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 03 December 2014 - 09:07 AM

Just a thought - if you went with a palace resort, I'm pretty sure (double check!) you can use your room credit towards your wedding package. Their packages are really nice - and include a decent amount.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#1879502 How Much Are Your Guests Paying?

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 02 December 2014 - 02:14 PM

I'm going to throw this out there - you will end up disappointed with pricing of you compare group rates to last minute rates. That was super hard for me to wrap my head around, but once I got past that, I was able to commit! From calgary we paid $1700 all in for a week at the now Amber in puerto Vallarta in November. I got rates from a few agents, and a few suppliers and made sure I got the best rate I could find - I didn't have much flexibility with dates. Puerto Vallarta is getting more expensive.

Something else to consider (which a good Tavel agent will help you with) is the incentives from the different suppliers. Since you have 15ppl you may not qualify for huge incentive, but may get a room of two free.
You could always apply that incentive over everyone's package to make prices cheaper for your guests. Also pay very close attention to the wedding packages at each resort. Some offer way better packages than other and you don't want to screw yourself by choosing a cheaper package for your guests.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#1879235 Anyone Else...

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 27 November 2014 - 09:03 AM

We also stayed for 2 weeks. The first week was us and my dad and stepmom. It was so good to have that week to get our bearings and have some time before everyone arrived. We had a few ppl start coming Thursday (main arrivals were Saturday) which was great because we got to spend time with those ppl. Once everyone came it did get a bit chaotic.
I couldn't imagine arriving with everyone. Our wedding was Monday - which was two days after arrivals, really only giving one full day for ppl to settle in - this was good in a sense that everyone then could relax for the rest of the week. I think we lucked out in the sense that our families all bonded well and kept each other happy. I was surprised we didn't have more meals with just immediate family, but again, I think they were happy to just do whatever. The resort was on the smaller side, so it was easy to find each other and hang out together. We had a swim out room which acted as a good place to have some one on one time with ppl - since we have kids, one of us had to go take them to nap... But we always had ppl come hang out with us - I saw it as ppls opportunity to come get their one on one time! I don't think anyway is disappointed - I think they all had a great time. I am disappointed I didn't spend more time with my in laws, but we so see them a a
Fairly regular basis at home.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#1878818 Dress Cleaning!

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 20 November 2014 - 01:31 PM

Oh crap I should have asked!!'the laundry service at my resort was ultra expensive though... Like $10 for a pair of pants. I'm making some calls and can let you ladies know what I find

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#1878625 Do the 'legal' part (courthouse marriage) in Canada

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 17 November 2014 - 05:32 PM

Oh man I really need to get on this. We didn't do it before so I need to get on it now that we are back. We are doing the quickest/cheapest way to go, whatever that may be :)

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#1878503 Just Returned From Our Wedding In Pv!

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 15 November 2014 - 11:41 PM

I am so so happy with our decision to getting married in puerto vallarta, particularly at le kliff! Everything was amazing (despite of pouring rain the entire day) but I will write a full review soon!

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#1876944 Deciding Color Scheme

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 26 October 2014 - 06:55 AM

I'm doing navy and pink which I love but we were going to do navy and olive green.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#1876809 How Hot Will It Get During The Ceremony

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 23 October 2014 - 09:11 PM

Ill let you know - I'm getting married November 10th, so the times will be different but I'm sure the heat will be similar

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#1876785 My First Attempt At A Hanger!

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 23 October 2014 - 03:59 PM

I finished the wire part! I tried with the 12 gauge from michaels but found it too flimsy, so stuck with my harder to use 14 gauges spurt pumped about it! Now to get it on a hanger!ImageUploadedByTapatalk1414108714.888025.jpg

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
The baskin part is bigger/taller than mrs, but I'm ok with it

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#1876672 Show Us Your Hair Plans !

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 22 October 2014 - 06:40 PM


I won't wear it like this but that's it. Super simple, should do the trick.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

#1876037 Show Us Your Hair Plans !

Posted by chelseapaige37 on 17 October 2014 - 04:43 PM

What is everyone planning? I'm between these three

ImageUploadedByTapatalk1413592930.536250.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1413592949.469391.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1413592959.835510.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1413592970.634291.jpg

The 2nd and third are basically the same, just front view/back view.

What are all of you planning?!

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk