My Mayan Riviera Wedding is Officially Booked! No, I’m not excited at all…

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

How beautiful!  I too wanted to have a detination wedding, at a destination FAR away, but instead we settled for a beach wedding in Maryland.

 

The pictures look dreamy!!!!  So excited for you!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Yay, looks gorgeous. Congrats!

Post # 6
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11279 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’s going to be beautiful. Yay πŸ˜‰

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper

everything looks amazing!  i was wondering what there was to not be excited about and i take it your title was sarcastic in nature!

I also just want to share my experience with you on the dinner reception. i paid the extra $900 to have a private dinner outside. It was not right on the beach, but an open air, covered terrace.  And let me tell you it was worth EVERY penny! i got to decorate the tables as i wanted. It was quiet and peaceful and private as we only had 3 tables for 19 people.  i know the pics of the restaurant you posted look super nice and romantic, but i just wanted to tell you that i  have attended anoter Destination Wedding in the past that did the semi-private a la carte restaurant and althought it was a nice Italian restaurant, great atmosphere, but the fact that every other table in the restaurant was filled was resort guests made it feel like we were in a noisy restaurant and did not feel like a wedding dinner at all!   i personally MUCH preferrred the private dinner for my wedding and was SOOOO happy i invested in it. i got rave reviews from all my guests too about how nice and private the dinner portion of the night was.  we also were able to do our speeches, cake cutting and first dance during dinner – which would not have worked at all in a noisy a la carte restaurant.

anyway, just something to think about!  i also love your chinese lantern idea, sounds so cool!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

oh and great pic for the resort, when i first started planning, we were supposed to get married in the mayan riviera and my TA totally recommended that resort. His son got married there and he had planned many other weddings there as well. it sounded amazing!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Looks beautiful! Love the chinese lantern idea!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love those chineese lanterns, so beautiful! Your resort pics are beautiful. Congrats!

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Carolyn72: what beach?

 

@Oneeleven: that sounds amazing, I wanna come!! πŸ˜‰  Mrs Sea Breeze had a destination wedding and did just the regular dinner as well, and she was glad that she did and didn’t opt for the private dinner. 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper

@Oneeleven:  lol, i guess it always depends on the venue. and what type of wedding you want. i personally wanted my wedding to be as “traditional” as possible while at the Destination Wedding location.  traditional for the reception anyway, meaning private dinner, centerpieces, cake cutting, first dance, speeches, bouquet toss. i wanted all that fun stuff that i  have seen over the years at weddings i have attended. And the only way to pull that off was with a private dinner.  and i totally get the feeling silly.  i first planned on the private dinner when i thought i would have 30 – 40 guests.  then when it went down to 19, i thought it was silly too, and i debated changing it.  but i had become so attached to the idea and it also became more affordable because the cost went from about $1200 to $600 for the dinner!  I know i said $900 above, i think that was factoring in decor, not sure where i got that number from, oh maybe wine too, i  had to buy for each table and champagne and my cake was smaller/cheaper too (2 tiers instead of 3).  The meals were $30 per person though.  Overall having less people than i planned brought down the cost of my wedding ALOT so that helped in making me feel better about so many people backing out!

 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

@Oneeleven:  actually my resort had a cost per person for the meal, so it really was cheaper when i had half the guests i expected.  after dinner we had a bonfire on the beach party where we had a DJ and open bar and that was a flat rate for up to 30 people, if i had more, i would have to pay extra then.  i guess every resort is different.  so it looks like yours is $1500 no matter, unless you went over.

anyway, i was happy to share my experience and why i was happy with what i did, but like a PP said, there are other brides who were happy with the indoor a la carte restaurant option!  i am sure whatever you go with in the end will be perfect.

and like i said, it depends what you want. for me, the first dance was one of the high lights of my day, i  had chosen the song when we first started dating, LOL! basically it was super important to me and i was SOO happy to be able to do it during the private dinner!  cake cutting i am sure can be done anywhere.  i did my bouquet toss during the bonfire beach party.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper

oh and yes, even though we only had three tables, we filled up the little terrace and it didn;t feel “tiny” at all, it felt perfect, intimate and exactly as it should be!  also  because each table had space for 8 people, i had everyone seated so there were extra seats at each table and i was able to take turns sitting with each table. like “middle” table was our primary one with our families. then i had 2 other guest tables with 5 and 6 people at each, so during the salad/appetizer time, i just scooted over to the tables and sat with them for a bit. i loved being able to do that!

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