Cozumel Wedding Planners/Mr. Sancho's

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#1
70 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
I'm planning a January 11, 2014 wedding to take place while we're in port in Cozumel (arriving via RCI's Liberty of the Seas). I've looked through the reviews, but I was wondering if anyone had any personal experience with Cozumel Wedding Planners or Mr. Sancho's. The reviews look almost too good to be true..

Thanks!!
#2
Orlando, FL
237 Posts
Joined Jul 2011
Hi!! I'm getting married at Mr Sanchos next April! I have been dealing with CWP since February and they have been great. You will have direct access to all of your options and pricing via your personal checklist tool on their website. I love it! Also, they are always fast to respond to my questions and offer great suggestions. I definitely recommend them!
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Future Cruises:
11/17 - Carnival Vista (Eastern Caribbean)
2/18 - Carnival Fascination (Southern Caribbean)
12/18 - Carnival Miracle (Western Caribbean)

Prior Cruises:
12/06 - RCCL Majesty of the Seas (Bahamas)
10/08 - Carnival Sensation (Bahamas)
4/10 - Carnival Destiny (Key West/Cozumel)
11/12 - Carnival Liberty (Western Caribbean)
11/13 - Carnival Glory (Eastern Caribbean)
4/14 - Carnival Victory (Key West/Cozumel) WEDDING CRUISE!!!
12/14 - Carnival Sunshine (Southern Caribbean)
4/15 - Carnival Sensation (Bahamas)
7/15 - Carnival Victory (Key West/Cozumel)
12/15 - Carnival Breeze (Western Caribbean)
4/16 - Carnival Fantasy (Key West/Cozumel)
10/16 - RCCL Majesty of the Seas (Bahamas)
11/16 - Carnival Conquest (Eastern Caribbean)
#3
Louisville
66 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Woo hoo! You are just a couple of days before me! We are getting married on Jan 14th! I started out working with CWP, but changed my destination. I highly recommend them though for the short amount of time that I did use them! Happy planning!
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#5
Louisville
66 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Originally posted by AdventurousCruiser07
Good deal! Is it a bad idea to get married independently of the cruise line?
I personally don't think it is a bad idea. You run a small risk of not making it to your port, as the cruise line can cancel any port for any reason. Political unrest, disease, weather, over booking ports with too many ships, etc. If you don't go through the cruise line, you should make sure that whoever you book through, is able to work with you if you don't make it to the port. I would hate to lose all that money just because of circumstances beyond your control. Make sure it is in writing , in your contract, that there is a provision...just in case. Our planner offers to reschedule within a year, if for some reason we are unable to make it. Of course, then there is another thing you have to ask yourself, if for some reason something does cause you to miss your port...can you deal with that? I know a lot of people would be completely devastated if that happened.

I don't have numbers or statistics to support my statement(feel free to correct me if I am wrong), but I would imagine that it is on the rare side that you actually miss your port. You may want to do some research though, on your particular port/ sailing month.

Those worries aside, I think it is an excellent idea. I'm getting an amazing price/value, and exactly what I want. Best wishes!
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#6
Keller tx
136 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
I got married in Cozumel, but at nachi Cocom... Ana was amazing.. Food, flowers, cake and everything was perfect. Super cheap too!
#8
Orlando, FL
237 Posts
Joined Jul 2011
That's great to hear!! So happy they worked out for you. I still have 3 months to go, so almost time to solidify all of our plans. Right now I just have so many ideas running through my head and they are great at narrowing it down to the best option!
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Future Cruises:
11/17 - Carnival Vista (Eastern Caribbean)
2/18 - Carnival Fascination (Southern Caribbean)
12/18 - Carnival Miracle (Western Caribbean)

Prior Cruises:
12/06 - RCCL Majesty of the Seas (Bahamas)
10/08 - Carnival Sensation (Bahamas)
4/10 - Carnival Destiny (Key West/Cozumel)
11/12 - Carnival Liberty (Western Caribbean)
11/13 - Carnival Glory (Eastern Caribbean)
4/14 - Carnival Victory (Key West/Cozumel) WEDDING CRUISE!!!
12/14 - Carnival Sunshine (Southern Caribbean)
4/15 - Carnival Sensation (Bahamas)
7/15 - Carnival Victory (Key West/Cozumel)
12/15 - Carnival Breeze (Western Caribbean)
4/16 - Carnival Fantasy (Key West/Cozumel)
10/16 - RCCL Majesty of the Seas (Bahamas)
11/16 - Carnival Conquest (Eastern Caribbean)
#11
3 Posts
Joined Mar 2014
Originally posted by AdventurousCruiser07
For anyone who is interested, check out the pro pics from our wedding day at Mr. Sancho's in Cozumel! It was so great! There are a ton of pics, so hopefully anyone who is considering this location can get a good idea of the venue.

http://saltandlightphoto.com/blog/?p=1867

Hi Adventurous Cruiser07,
Congrats!Your wedding photos were amazing!
My fiancé and I are also looking to use Mr. Santo's in Cozumel. Could you give me a ballpark estimate on cost of your wedding/reception? We haven't contacted them yet and are wanting to see if they are outside our price range or on target.
Thanks!
#12
70 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
It was somewhere between $5,000-$7,000. I forget where we finally ended up after fine tuning everything. There were things that I splurged on and definitely places where cutting back would be doable. They are really flexible with customization and in my experience would be happy to help you create the wedding that's best for you. Seriously, I couldn't say enough good things.

On their website, you can create your package through one of the tabs at the top of the page. This doesn't commit you to anything, and will give you a more precise idea of what it would cost.
#13
3 Posts
Joined Mar 2014
I tried to create a package on their website and I never heard anything back from them. Did you package include your flowers, food and cake? Also, how many guests did you have?
P.S. Does this site have private messages because I have sooo many questions for you! Haha
#14
Orlando, FL
237 Posts
Joined Jul 2011
rittercraig15 - I'd suggest sending them an email. I'm working with them for my wedding next month. They are very responsive (always within 24 hours).
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Future Cruises:
11/17 - Carnival Vista (Eastern Caribbean)
2/18 - Carnival Fascination (Southern Caribbean)
12/18 - Carnival Miracle (Western Caribbean)

Prior Cruises:
12/06 - RCCL Majesty of the Seas (Bahamas)
10/08 - Carnival Sensation (Bahamas)
4/10 - Carnival Destiny (Key West/Cozumel)
11/12 - Carnival Liberty (Western Caribbean)
11/13 - Carnival Glory (Eastern Caribbean)
4/14 - Carnival Victory (Key West/Cozumel) WEDDING CRUISE!!!
12/14 - Carnival Sunshine (Southern Caribbean)
4/15 - Carnival Sensation (Bahamas)
7/15 - Carnival Victory (Key West/Cozumel)
12/15 - Carnival Breeze (Western Caribbean)
4/16 - Carnival Fantasy (Key West/Cozumel)
10/16 - RCCL Majesty of the Seas (Bahamas)
11/16 - Carnival Conquest (Eastern Caribbean)
#15
70 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
@rittercraig15 Yes my package included flowers, food, bar, cake, decorations, chairs, maracas for a souvenir, everything! We had 35 guests.

I'm not sure how to send private messages on CC (or if it is possible). But if you're also on WeddingBee my SN there is sweetpea3363.

@Lil_One - I can't believe your wedding is almost here! Looking forward to seeing pictures.
#16
Tampa
150 Posts
Joined Mar 2014
Your pictures are gorgeous! Cozumel location looks so beautiful!
Who were the photographers? From the cruise line?
I am talking to the Wedding Experience people and found out they are very helpful, but still, It is always nice to see pictures. I still afraid of getting there and things will be different.
Any tips? Thank you again for sharing pictures.
#17
3 Posts
Joined Mar 2014
@Lil_One- Thanks for the advice! I e-mailed them and they responded right away. Can't wait to see pics of your upcoming wedding!!

@Adventurouscruiser07- I really like the flower arch you had at your wedding! So how was the food? What kind did you serve?
#18
70 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
@jusilva Thank you! Are you talking to the Wedding Experience people through the cruiseline? We actually didn't use Royal Caribbean for any of our wedding stuff - we just booked the group rate through them for the 15 rooms. Our group coordinator with RCI was aware it was our wedding cruise, but that was about it. Minus some chocolate covered strawberries that room service surprised us with. Oh and my husband's mom convinced the waitstaff (on the night that they do their big musical number) to sing to us the night we were married.

We used the private vendor Cozumel Wedding Planners - Stephanie and Lluvia to coordinate everything - and they did a fantastic job! Our venue was at Mr. Sancho's, just about 15 minutes from port.

We actually brought our photographers with us - Rachel & Austin from Salt and Light Photography out of Kansas City. A husband/wife team, they were amazing to work with, and their destination wedding package was incredible. Of course this is subject to change:

- full day's coverage including getting ready to getting back to the boat (officially like 6 or 8 hours but they said they'd keep taking pictures since they didn't have anywhere else to go anyway!)
- complimentary engagement session (which you might be able to trade for something else like a session on the boat or something if you're not from KC)
- Photo album
- Rights to all of the images to print and post yourself

it was $1000 + travel expenses. Plus, they offered a 10% discount if you paid in full, so it was really $900 + travel expenses. Photography was a priority for us, so it was definitely worth it to bring a photographer whose style we liked. Our cruise was in January, so the travel expenses were pretty low as well - a grand total for our photography including the destination package, the round trip flight to Ft. Lauderdale, and the cruise was $2200. Their typical local package starts at ~$3500 in Kansas City, so we definitely got their talent for a lot less! Plus they got to enjoy a vacation.

When we were doing our research, we didn't really like the style of the cruise photographers, plus how much editing could they do in just a day or two to get the full extent? They charge a LOT for their photographs, and it just didn't seem to have the same value for us personally. Obviously the cruise photographers probably wouldn't cost you $2,200 haha but it just depends on your budget. I was very pleased with Salt & Light and it was definitely worth every penny.

The only very minor concern to think about is if you use a private vendor for the wedding and the cruise ship misses port for whatever reason. We selected Cozumel partly because it is a stable port of call that is very rarely missed. I would be cautious choosing a port that uses tenders - those seemed to be skipped in cases of rough seas or poor weather.
#19
70 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
@rittercraig15 The flower arch was so beautiful! They have several different options for the ceremony arch but I liked the silhouette of the flower arch and how it framed us. Although some of the shadier options would also be nice!

The food was SO GOOD! Our wedding/reception was late morning into early afternoon, so we decided to serve hors d'oeuvres with a full open bar. Priorities right? We figured the majority of our guests would be coming from the cruise ship where they would have been eating to their hearts' content the 2 days prior, as well as would be having a 4 course meal in the Main Dining Room later that evening.

We chose the smallest food package - 4 hot & 4 cold appetizers. There was plenty! I would give:

Bar: A+
Cake: A+
Food: A

4 hot: Coconut shrimp (my fav!), swedish meatballs, mini tacos, jalapeno poppers
4 cold: quiche lorraine, caprice kabobs, salmon crostini, asparagus with bacon
#20
70 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
I almost forgot!! The BIGGEST planning tip I can offer is:

Make sure you clarify "Ship Time" and "Island Time"

Cozumel is on Central Time.

OUR Cruise Ship (RCI's Liberty of the Seas) Departed out of Ft. Lauderdale and STAYED ON EASTERN TIME the entire cruise.

Which is always an important distinction when you're in port normally, but even more so when you're dealing with a wedding timeline. We actually had 2 separate timelines side by side - one according to ship time and one according to island time, just to easily refer to.

This is hugely important - Our wedding was at 12:30pm "Ship Time" but 11:30 AM "Island Time".

Some ships change their time to match their ports of call, others continue to run in the time zone of their departure port no matter what. That's why it's so essential to clarify!

I hope this public service announcement helps with your planning!