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#221 tweets.13

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    Posted 24 May 2011 - 11:39 AM

    This is definitely the way to go.  We offered both the AI and European rates and left it up to our guests to decide what they wanted to do. 

     

    For alcohol for the wedding, since most of our guests were not AI, we provided the alcohol.  We paid a corkage fee to Ceiba (very reasonable), and then got our own alcohol from La Europea in Cancun.  Diana helped us with the process, and La Europea was almost exact with how much of each type of alcohol we had to buy (wine, champagne, hard liquor, beer, etc).  And we were able to return all unopened bottles.  It was actually very inexpensive!  We did more limited bars for the cocktail hour and for the rehearsal dinner, which also kep the rates lower.  

     

    Originally Posted by KPSouthie 

    Brenners -Not sure if this is an option, but why not just offer both rates -all inclusive and room only?  That way you don't have to worry since guests can decide what works best for them. Just a thought!



     



    #222 tweets.13

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      Posted 24 May 2011 - 12:05 PM


      BEAUTIFUL pictures!!!!!!  (I am glad you finally got them and they turned out great!)  It looks like everything was perfect!!  Congrats again!  Don't you miss Ceiba?!?  I cannot wait to go back!
       

      Originally Posted by lshaef 

      We used Tropical Wedding Experts who coordinated transportation if our guests wanted to use it and they also created a website for our guests to RSVP with their food choices and room choice. The guests did all of this on line on the website that was created for my wedding. That meant the guests had to book their flights on their own. We had all of our guests book as AI for the days of our wedding events but they had the option to change to European plan on other days. In our contract we had if all guests were AI we did not have to pay for alcohol.
      I think that was a major no no on the lady who was the WC at Ceiba for about two months. It definitely saved us a ton of money! The price per hour per person for alcohol at Ceiba is ridiculous!!
      Do you feel like you need a TA or could you negotiate with Ceiba?
      Good luck
      Oh and I got the link for my photos. There are a ton but have a peak.
      http://tsanderson.sm...ra/Wedding-Day/
       


       



      #223 Brenners

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        Posted 24 May 2011 - 04:15 PM


        Your pics are gorgeous and what a beautiful bride you made!  Congrats!

        Originally Posted by lshaef 

        We used Tropical Wedding Experts who coordinated transportation if our guests wanted to use it and they also created a website for our guests to RSVP with their food choices and room choice. The guests did all of this on line on the website that was created for my wedding. That meant the guests had to book their flights on their own. We had all of our guests book as AI for the days of our wedding events but they had the option to change to European plan on other days. In our contract we had if all guests were AI we did not have to pay for alcohol.
        I think that was a major no no on the lady who was the WC at Ceiba for about two months. It definitely saved us a ton of money! The price per hour per person for alcohol at Ceiba is ridiculous!!
        Do you feel like you need a TA or could you negotiate with Ceiba?
        Good luck
        Oh and I got the link for my photos. There are a ton but have a peak.
        http://tsanderson.sm...ra/Wedding-Day/
         


         



        #224 Brenners

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          Posted 24 May 2011 - 04:17 PM

          Thanks ladies!  You have given me some great ideas.  I am going to work with Diana myself to see what kind of rates I can get (I can't do much worse than the TA's!) and find out where that gets me!  I am DETERMINED to have my wedding at Ceiba.  It was everything I dreamed of and more - not to mention that Diana was a complete angel!



          #225 tweets.13

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            Posted 25 May 2011 - 09:45 AM

            Excellent!  Good luck!  We did not use any WC or TA for our wedding.  We negotiated directly with Diana and Paola, and with our vendors.  They were all great and exceeded our expectations.  AND, we are all on here to help as well! :) 

             

            Originally Posted by Brenners 

            Thanks ladies!  You have given me some great ideas.  I am going to work with Diana myself to see what kind of rates I can get (I can't do much worse than the TA's!) and find out where that gets me!  I am DETERMINED to have my wedding at Ceiba.  It was everything I dreamed of and more - not to mention that Diana was a complete angel!



             



            #226 lalanyc

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              Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:24 AM


              These look amazing Laura. Congrats!!  

               

              Originally Posted by lshaef 

              We used Tropical Wedding Experts who coordinated transportation if our guests wanted to use it and they also created a website for our guests to RSVP with their food choices and room choice. The guests did all of this on line on the website that was created for my wedding. That meant the guests had to book their flights on their own. We had all of our guests book as AI for the days of our wedding events but they had the option to change to European plan on other days. In our contract we had if all guests were AI we did not have to pay for alcohol.
              I think that was a major no no on the lady who was the WC at Ceiba for about two months. It definitely saved us a ton of money! The price per hour per person for alcohol at Ceiba is ridiculous!!
              Do you feel like you need a TA or could you negotiate with Ceiba?
              Good luck
              Oh and I got the link for my photos. There are a ton but have a peak.
              http://tsanderson.sm...ra/Wedding-Day/
               


               



              #227 lalanyc

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                Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:26 AM

                 

                Good!!  Don't give up Brenners!  Diana is amazing; if you are both committed, you should be able to arrive at an arrangement that works for everyone! 
                 

                Originally Posted by Brenners 

                Thanks ladies!  You have given me some great ideas.  I am going to work with Diana myself to see what kind of rates I can get (I can't do much worse than the TA's!) and find out where that gets me!  I am DETERMINED to have my wedding at Ceiba.  It was everything I dreamed of and more - not to mention that Diana was a complete angel!



                 



                #228 Brenners

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                  Posted 25 May 2011 - 02:44 PM

                  That makes me feel much better.  Thanks Tweets!
                   

                  Originally Posted by tweets.13 

                  Excellent!  Good luck!  We did not use any WC or TA for our wedding.  We negotiated directly with Diana and Paola, and with our vendors.  They were all great and exceeded our expectations.  AND, we are all on here to help as well! :) 

                   



                   



                   



                  #229 lshaef

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                    Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:53 PM

                    Thank you for all your nice comments about my pictures.  The photographer uploaded more pictures today and will keep adding more so check back later.

                     

                    I was deleting some files and found this one...not sure if future brides have seen this but it will give you some ideas for ceremony and reception layouts.

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

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                    #230 tracysf

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                      Posted 01 June 2011 - 03:44 PM

                      Okay, so these pictures are not sorted through at all, but I thought I would share them anway.  I created a Shutterfly share site so that all our guests could upload their pictures to one central place:

                       

                      http://johnandtracys...shutterfly.com/

                       

                       

                      There are pics from the rehearsal dinner, wedding, and just pics from the whole week.  Sorry they are kind of a mess. I should get my professional photos soon.

                       

                      Tracy






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