Mexico here we come! Excited to be a part of this family celebration! See you soon for some fun in the sun! Love you guys, Mark & Tami
I'm so happy for you both.and can barely contain my excitement for your big day!
We are looking forward to celebrating the beginning of your married life together with you in such a beautiful location!
Very excited for you both! I am looking forward to your big day! Congratulations!
Congratulations on such a gorgeous beach for ceremony! Can't wait for all the fun! And warm sunny water!
Thank you for visiting our registry page! The greatest gift we could ask for would be if you can all make it to Tulum to celebrate with us! We do not need gifts! Seriously!
We're lucky to already have a home full of everything we need but if you feel like you still need to get us something, please enjoy browsing our Honeyfund wish list, where you can contribute to our dream honeymoon!
Thanks for visiting and we can't wait to see you on our big day!
Pesos and dollars are both accepted everywhere. We recommend checking what the current exchange rate is prior to leaving on your trip – it has lately been fluctuating between 18 and 21 pesos to the dollar. The easiest way to get cash is to take it out of the ATM at a bank in town, keeping in mind that your bank almost certainly has a surcharge for doing so. You can also exchange dollars at money exchanges or the bank in town. The bank gives you the best exchange rate, or the ATM. While dollars are accepted, they are usually accepted at 2 or 3 pesos below the current exchange rate. So try to always use PESOS. Also carry small bills as many people dont have change for bigger bills.
Credit cards are accepted at some restaurants, but not all! Check when you make a reservation. For shopping and taco stands, you definitely will want to be carrying pesos. Also always have cash as ATMS and credit card machines can go out for days in Tulum. (we learned this the hard way)
If you have a car, use cash to fill up. Credit cards are a pain to use at gas stations!
TIPPING IN MEXICO
Tipping is normal and expected. The usual rate is 10% to 15% on a restaurant or bar bill. For housekeeping, a good tip is 20 or 30 pesos per day. If you have a car, it´s normal practice to tip the gas station attendant 5 or 10 pesos when you fill up. Tipping tour guides is also normal practice.
PHONE CALLS, TEXTING, AND INTERNET
Most hotels will have internet. If you ahve Verizon you will get a text when you arrive and you can sign up to use your phone including data for $2 a day. Some plans include Mexico in them. Other cell phone companies I would recommend calling them to find out their charges.
You may want to grab a few beers or drinks, some ice, and a cooler for your room. You can stock up at CHEDRAUI (large grocery store). It is along the road from town to the beach; you'll see it on your left after you turn left at the stoplight on the highway to get to the beach. They literally have EVERYTHING. There are lots of Oxxos as well, the main convenience store.
Tours and Sightseeing
Tulum is a beautiful place, and there are many places to visit! We will likely arrange a couple day trips for people to join. Other than that, Tulum is your oyster! Here are some of the great activities nearby!
The Tulum ruins are the closest, and are unique in that they are the only ruins in the Yucatán that are right on the ocean. You can reach the Tulum ruins by bicycle from any beach hotel. It is recomended you go in the morning to beat the crowds and the heat!
Cobá is about a 45 minute drive from Tulum, and the ruins there are notable because you can still climb to the top of one of the pyramids and have an uninterrupted 360 degree view of the jungles of the Yucatán. Chichen-Itzá is about three hours from Tulum and is one of the seven wonders of the world. This well-preserved site was one of the largest Mayan cities in the area.
A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Natural cenotes that you can swim, snorkel, and/or dive in, all around the Riviera Maya.
Some of our favorites are Dos Ojos (perfect for a snorkeling trip), the cenotes past Cobá (don´t skip these if you go to Cobá!), Casa Cenote (great for cave diving), and Gran Cenote (very close to Tulum, you can take a taxi, and it´s perfect for kids).
Our wedding coordinator can arrange a half day or full day fishing trip on a 42-foot boat, that will take you out trolling for deep sea fishing. The trip includes beer and ceviche made right on the boat (hopefully with something you caught!) They can take up to 8 people. This is great to see the ruins from the water, and the whole Tulum coast!
Of course, Tulum is renowned for the yoga, so there are plenty of places to take a class! There is a yoga studio on the beach next to Coco Tulum (just up the beach from La Luna) with classes every day at 9 am and 12 noon. Maya Tulum also gives classes daily, as does Yoga Shala (past La Luna, about 2 km). You can check with them for their schedules when you arrive.
RENTING A CAR
This is what Adam & I highly recommend, cheapest and gives you most freedom. We rented a car for $100 total including insurance for 5 days!
Renting a car from Cancun Airport is easy, and will give you the freedom to explore the areas around Tulum. If you go this route, be sure to read these tips and tricks. Budget about an hour to pick up your car and get moving, and similarly an hour to drop it off and get shuttled to the airport.
Renting a car from Cancun airport from the likes of Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Enterprise etc is very easy. Be sure to get a full quote before you book, including insurance. You will see great prices on expedia and online this does not include insurance. (you want insurance in Mexico!). I do not reccomend using expedia!! There will be lots of hidden costs! All of these companies have kiosks right opposite the exit from immigration. You can get qoutes right there including insurance and they will make a reservation for you. Find your representative, and they’ll walk you to a shuttle bus to take you to their office (about 5 mins).
Barb our wedding planner recomends these two car rental places, you can pre book wtih them she uses them regularly!
They charge a deposit but it drops off a few days later.
They have the car at airport instead of shuttling you to offsite office. You have to request a quote and they will email you back a day later.
I know for some the idea of driving in Mexico sounds scary, but actually driving in this part of mexico is very easy!
Diving standards in this part of Mexico are actually pretty good. Taxi drivers are excitable, but that’s true the world over.
Watch out for giant speed bumps in the middle of the highway. Or … just don’t and hit them 50km/h like we did and have your cooler full of beer go flying!. It’s fine in the day time, just at night there’s not much warning and no reflective paint.
If you rent from the airport it is very easy to see signs leading you to the highway. The 307 “Highway” is the only road that runs through the state, so it is not a true highway, however it is easy to drive. When you get to the highway you only need to go right to Tulum and then it is a straight shot. You will drive through Puerto Morelos, Playa Del Carmen, and Puerto Aventuras. All of these towns have highway bridges that go over local traffic so it speeds your way to Tulum.
Occasionally police ask people to pull over and they might want to see your rental papers and drivers license. This is all standard procedure and they are just doing there job to make sure people are not driving drunk, carrying illegal items or driving without a license. They will sometimes call you out for an "infraction". Typically not stopping at a stop sign. They will ask you for money. Just say you dont have any money, play dumb, show them an empty wallet and they will let you go.
They pump the gas (fuel) for you and love to rip you off with various tricks.
Here’s what we recommend you do:
– Figure out if your car needs premium (it probably does).
– When at the pump, get out of the car to talk to them.
– State how much you want in pesos, not in gallons or “fill her up” … if you end up at a fraction pesos amount, they will try to short change you.
– Check they start with zero on the pump.
– Have the cash ready in the amount you agreed upon, e.g. 2x 200 pesos bills.
– When it hits the value hold each bill up, make eye contact and count them into their hand. They can pull some slight of hand tricks like you give em 200, and they switch it for a 20, hold it up and pretend that’s what you gave them.
Airport transfers between Cancun International Airport (CUN) and Tulum are simple. It’s about 1.5-2hrs by road, and you can either take a taxi, shuttle bus, charter a private van (if there’s a group), or rent a car.
ADO bus is about $14 one way. Nice bus system and very clean and comfortable. It stops in playa del carmen and then brings you all the way to the Tulum Pueblo (Town). From there will be taxis waiting to take you to the beach road or other locations. the bus takes about 2.5 hrs
Shuttle / Private Van
Closer to the date we’ll collate arrival and departure times for all guests to help coordinate ride sharing.
http://www.tulumtransfers.com - private transfers ranging from about $115 for 2 people
Shuttle service. They will wait outside the doors of the airport with your name on a sign. They take you to shuttle van. You pay once you are in van, not ahead of time unless you are only doing one way.
$100 Round trip up to three people, $115 up to 7
Taxis can be hired right from the airport and cost around $120 US dollars, but can fit 4 people in them. The nice thing is witha taxi you wont have multiple stops it will be direct transport. ( prob 1.5 hrs) You will have to barder with taxis to get a lower price, they will start high.
Accommodations for Adam and Sarahs Wedding
Broadly speaking there are 3 location you could stay. On the beach, in between town and the beach in a condo or in Tulum Pueblo (Town). Where the places in town and in between town and beach are much more affordable. We highly recommend staying on the beach if you can, there are a bunch of boutique hotels, houses or private rentals to suit most budgets. See Map photo on side page to understand area.
Staying on the beach is by for the best way to go nothing beats waking up to the bright blue Caribbean water. Haveing a hotel on the beach allows you to have lounge chairs and a bar right at the beach! Rather than having to rent them. Also easy access to your room (to freshen up on drinks, or take a nap). There are lots of restaurants and bars along the beach all within walking distance, you can rent bikes everywhere and have bikes for the week to get from one end to the other. If you want to go into town there are cabs everywhere that will give you a ride into town for ($5-$10). The wedding is on the very south end of Tulum Beach. The north beach is a public beach (still beautiful) but much further away from where we will be staying and where the wedding is.
*below are links to some top choices
Chirinquito Hotel i$195-200
This is where Adam and Sarah will be staying and the wedding venue is right next door. Check out availability soon! This hotel is brand new only has 12 rooms and is on sale at the moment (in a few months it will be a 500 a night hotel). This is one of the only hotels on the beach with a pool! Book on this expedia link for cheapest rooms!
Nueva Vida de Ramiro-$290-600
Close to the wedding venue, rooms range from bungalows to a 3 bedroom house. Prices very from
Hotel Cabana Los Lirios Tulum-$146 This place is in a great location right next to my favorite restaraunt an d bar on the beach (ziggys) the rooms are nice enough, but the outside area of the hotel is just okay (lounge chairs run down, photos on website make it look better than is) but prices are right and its on the beach and next to a fun restraunt/bar.
Hotel Viento De Mar- $190 This is one hotel we were looking at for our wedding, in a good location (25 minute walk from us, 5 min bike ride) the loungers are awesome(stopped here massivly hungover for beers and a rest)
Punta Piedra Beach Pasada-$135-180 This is where we stayed last time and we loved it!! It is at the begenning of the south side, its a good walk to Ziggys(my favorite beach bar restraunt, and quite a wlalk to here we are) but an easy bike ride and very cheap cab (if your lazy, hungover, or in a hurry). Its quaint hotel in a cove so beach is private (rather than big long open beach) but its super cute and the price is right, we paid little more for ocean suite well worth it!
Hotel Zulum - $115
I dont remember this hotel, but the price is good and its in a good location.
Hip Hotel- $200
Right on the beach, in a great central location, bear minimums hotel(as most are in tulum) cute bungalows on the beach.
If you are not price concious here are two amazing places we wanted to have wedding at but didn't fit our budget!
Ana y Jose- http://www.anayjose.com/
Ahau Tulum- http://www.ahautulum.com/
PUEBLO (In Town)
Town is about 15 minute cab ride from where the wedding is. it is a long bike ride (but there is a bike trail) or a very long walk to the beach. Town is great for cheap drinks and cheap food and cheap lodging! We went into town a couple nights from the beach for cheap dinner and drinks. i personally prefer to take a cab at night after being out, rather than cabs during the day to the beach where i have to carry all my stuff (aka..cooler). But this is a great area to stay if you really need to be price conscious.
Hotel Live -$135
Very beautiful hotel with pool , spacious rooms, very well reviewed, wedding planner toured it and says its amazing.
Casa Sofia -$77
Very reasonable newer hotel designed like a hacienda. No bar or restaurant but just a short walk away and you are on the main boulevards with a lot of inexpensive bars and restaraunts.
Maison Tulum - $66
There are many rentals within the area. Be careful when looking at VRBO's as many are not located in Tulum, they are in Akumal and other areas 20-25 min. north. If you have a question about location please ask me or our wedding planner Barb.
There are condos inbetween town and beach. ( so you will be driving or taxing to beach and to town)
Aldea Zamá is is new condominium complex, a short drive to the beach. The apartments have 2 to 3 bedroom and range from $150 to $200 a night.
To book: Contact Barb, our wedding planner, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, to get the best prices.
If you have any questions about where a hotel is located or our opinion on it, please feel free to ask!
Please arrive and be seated in time for the ceremony start
3:30pm Guests Welcome
The ceremony and reception will be held on the beach at Villa Sian Ka'an..
4:45 PM- Cocktail hour with drinks and appetizers directly following ceremony, on the beach outside the villa.
6:00 PM - Reception Dinner
7:00 PM- Party Time!
When have you ever had a private yacht just for you and your friends! We can deep sea fish (and they will cook our catch), we stop and snorkel with sting rays and turtles and tropical fish, they cook us up a mexican lunch and serve us cervezas and cocktails throughout our trip, we also can plug in our music for the adventure!
We will take off in vans from Chirinquito Hotel @ 9am and be back @ 3pm.
Cost will be about $110 per perosn depending on total head count!
Please RSVP to this event!
April 20-April 25
Day- Beach day maybe hit some cenotes most people arriving in the afternoon.
7pm- La Zebra- Welcome Cocktails -Get to know everyone over cocktails (not hosted)
Day- We will be heading to Akumal to snorkel with turtles maybe stop at a cenote no set time, just going to go when we go. Anyones welcome to join!
Eve - Night out on the town! (Girls and guys will meet seperatly for happy hour and then go to dinner, will reunite afterwards!) Alicia and Nicole have more details
Girls: 5:45PM- Meet at Chrinquito Hotel Lobby
7:30PM - Dinner @ PLACE TBD
Guys: 7pm-Meet for Drinks @
8pm- Dinner @ El Asadero Steak House
9am- Shuttle pick up at Chirinquito hotel. Day out on the boat! Snorkeling, Fishing, Lunch, Cocktails, Music fun had by all out on the beautiful carribean ocean!
Please bring $110 dollars/person cash day of to pay for the boat
730pm: Rehersal Dinner(Welcome Dinner) @Casa Violetta - Everyone Welcome! *Hosted
Sunday 23rd- Wedding Day!
1145- Sarah Hair & Make Up (Her room Chirinquito Hotel)
"Sarah's Girls" welcome to get ready with her
1:15: Pictures in room wtih Sarah - Girls and Mom ( have hair and makeup done
1:30-2:15: Pictures wtih girls (start in hotel room)
2:25: First look Groom and Bride Pics (Adam ready!)
3:00- All Family Photos! ( All family members dressed and ready!)
3:40: Bride, Groom, Girls photos
4:25: Guests seated
11:00am: Hangover Brunch @Ziggys *not hosted
1230: Fun day on the beach with the newlyweds
5am- Adam & Sarah leave Tulum for the airport to Fly out to Costa Rica!
So, I was supposed to meet up with this gal wearing a “corral” shirt. I wasn’t sure what that meant or what to anticipate so I mentioned that I would be wearing my best Affliction T-shirt. She laughed. As I walked into the Football venue (she chose it) I hoped she actually meant “coral” because there was a cute girl wearing that color of shirt and watching the Packers game. We struck up a chat and sure enough, it was her. We had a great night, micro-brewery, micro-brewery and then the bow. When I left her at her car she insisted that I plant a fat kiss on her – leaning forward, lips puckered and all that jazz.
We hung out a few times after that. However, she didn’t take kindly to the fact that I didn’t really have an opinion on football. I literally received dozens of texts stating that she wished I liked “the football”. I finally won her over by sucking it up and going to the Cat / Griz game in November of 2014 and we ended up spending the entire weekend together.
After that, I couldn’t really get her to leave me alone. She insisted that we go to Panama in the spring. I thought that was a weird choice, but it was the best vacation I’ve ever had along with a sidetrack to Costa Rica (long story). We’ve traveled the world since then and I’m looking forward to calling this beautiful woman, and best friend, my wife.
About a year after uprooting my life in Bozeman, MT to attend nursing school in Billings I finally decided I should try and make some friends and meet someone in this town I now was having to call home. I decided to try this dating app...after a couple very awkward dates I wasn't sure it was for me, but this handsome lawyer guy started talking to me so I figured why not one more awkward date. I sat in the brewery watching the packers play awaiting this unknown man’s arrival. When he arrived, I was luckily surprised by a very handsome fella! I was even more surprised that we could carry on a conversation for hours and hours. After multiple hours of talking and adult beverages and multiple "classy" Billings establishments (the rainbow) our date concluded with a good night kiss. (I wasn’t sure if I was up for that but Adam planted it on me).
Throughout the next few weeks Adam and I went on a few more dates and we continued talking. On one date, in particular he wouldn’t partake in the silent disco with me. Although this man loved hiking and skiing, he was not so into the football and the dancing. I had my doubts… Life of nursing school and work got busy, and seeing Adam had to go on the back burner. But I knew since I couldn’t stop talking to this guy, or thinking about him there must be something there. I tried to play the friend card, and keep him as my friend, continuing text convos and harmless friend lunches. But there was something that I just couldn’t let go of.
So after a fun weekend of Adam pretending to care about football (Cat Griz game) we realized we could have way to much fun together to just stay friends, and the rest was history! We started our adventures in skiing, hiking and traveling and he became the best friend a girl could ever have!. Thank god I got some sense into me and didn’t let him get away!
Tulum is located approximately 81 miles [131 km] from Cancun. This is about a 2hr drive from Cancun airport.
Cancun Airport is the airport you will fly into. Most all commercial airlines fly into cancun. Most guests will be travel April 20-April 25. Feel free to come as long as you want! There are many different areas to explore!
Please use the RSVP button on the events page next to ceremony to RSVP to the wedding.
We need all RSVPs by March 1st. Thank You!!
Sarah Elliott and Adam Olschlager launch their personal wedsite at olschlagerandelliott.wedsite.com
Welcome to the begenning of a fabulous adventure!! It's hard to believe in 4 months we will be on a beautiful beach with all our favorite people in this world!
We are so excited to share our wedding day with family and friends. We feel so lucky that so many of you are considering an international trip to celebrate with us! We're creating this website to share information with you that we feel would be helpful in planning your trip down to paradise in Tulum, Mexico. I will be continously adding things to events, lodging, and transportation Hopefully our website will help make it easier to know what to expect.
Adam & Sarah