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  1. After getting engaged all I wanted to do was dive into wedding planning and explore all of the possibilities. After crunching some numbers and doing some soul searching we decided that a Cuban Destination wedding was for us. We are dead set on it! The next thing was to pick a date. Now, I don't know about you, but I really hate the "When's the big day" question. People have been asking since the day I got engaged. I know it probably comes from a good place, but it does grate on you after a while, especially when people continue to badger you about it. Being extremely organized and o
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  2. I wanted to go to St. Lucia however the flights where extremely long, then looked at secrets in Mexico however they have that nasty blood test NOOOOO THANK YOU. then it came down to secrets vs sandles. In the end Secrets Wild Orchid won. We booked a swim out room which comes with preferred. I reserved 10 rooms so far and booked the ultimate wedding package. I don't plan on doing a bunch of extras my budget for everything is $11500.00 we will see if room airfare and wedding will stay at that budget tho lol. I'm so excited for the swim out room and the all-inclusive both will be a first
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  3. When last I wrote, I was heading to Mexico for a marathon weekend of site visits & feeling super confident that I had this Destination Wedding planning thing all figured out. That was all true until I attended our front-runner resort's wedding planning weekend. Prior to attending this event , I felt strongly about not using a Travel Agent with "ties" (aka certifications) to a specific resort brand/company. I wanted to work with a highly impartial Agent/Agency to help us narrow down & ultimately choose the best resort(s) for our wedding weekend. I am not ashamed to admit that my approac
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  4. Let's face it, after an exhausting wedding and two weeks on honeymoon, reality hits you back when you realize you have fifty or more thank you notes to handwrite! Pre-printed thank you notes? Tacky right? So you turn around asking for help with this unmanageable task. Well, I just came up with this really cool idea with my colleague at Dream Art Photography. It's called "Guest Book." The Guest Book it's a tiny little version of your custom Made in Italy Wedding Book (like a Hallmark card but so much better). I can't imagine a better way to say "Thank you for celebrat
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  5. My fiance asked me to marry him on his birthday, January 15, 2016. Hands down, the best surprise I have ever experienced. We have been together for about 4 1/2 year (we have a 3 year old son) and have always talked about having a beach wedding. Almost immediately after he slipped the ring on my finger, I started googling destination weddings. I have always wanted to visit Jamaica, so what would be better than making my first visit, MY WEDDING? I googled best places to get married in Jamaica and found an article that detailed about 12 resorts. Iberstar Rose Hall Suites was #7 on tha
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  6. Hello Everyone! My husband and I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary next year by renewing our vows and having another celebration at Secrets St. James in Montego Bay, Jamaica! The resort looks beautiful and the reviews are wonderful but the actual section for weddings leaves a lot to be desired. We are looking at October of 2017 and I plan to send save the dates out soon to give family and friends over a year to plan, budget, and get ready! I have a few questions 1- If a deposit is required, did you include this information on the save-the dates? I will email my travel agent
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  7. Hi ladies! I just got back from doing site visits in Cancun over New Years and my fiance and I fell in LOVE with the Hyatt Ziva Cancun. I'd love to hear more from other ladies who are getting married there so we can share ideas, hear the pros/cons, and all have the best weddings possible! We'll likely be having around 130-140 guests. We're doing the rehearsal & rehearsal dinner on the beach. The wedding ceremony will be in the sky gazebo, cocktail hour on the Punta Vista Terrace, and reception in the ballroom. Would love to chat more with others booking their wedding here to
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  8. Originally posted at Zilo Rings Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Email While gearing up for your big day, you’re faced with endless advice, suggestions, questions, and decisions to make. Throw in antiquated traditions and old wives tales, and the whole ordeal can be a bit overwhelming. For instance, every bride-to-be knows that she is supposed to have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe – as the old poem goes. This Victorian tradition was built around superstition and good luck charms. It seems silly and out of touch to mo
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  9. Hellllppp!!! Looking to plan a destination wedding in April 2016 - Looking to cost around $1,500 per guest. Working with a travel agent and so far nothing I like is that price!!! We really don't have a specific destination in mind as we think anywhere with white sand and beautiful water is the place!!! Any tips???? Thanks!!!!!! xoxo
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  10. BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Ordered 6 months advance. My girls are quite short so will need to be shortened. I wanted to find dresses with a slit in the front like my wedding dress has. I originally picked eggplant for the dress color. I switched last minute to midnight blue which is basically Navy. SHOES: Needed wedges as the ceremony is on the beach. Found these on justfab.com. $75 for 3 pairs. I know they are gold, but I'm hoping they won't make a difference. Necklace/Earings/Bracelet: THE BAY! $90 for all three sets. Love!! ROBES: La Vie En Rose 3 for 1! SUN HATS: Walmart $
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  11. Found my Dress!!
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  12. I have been in 9 weddings, but never thought I would be doing a blog for my own wedding. I thought I would be the kind who will be always single, independent, carreer oriented, world traveler type of woman; and I was happy with that, or so I thought... Chris and I work at the same company and had been working on the same project for about 1.5 yrs; we knew of each others existance, but nothing more than that. Until, a friend we have in common, also a co-worker of ours decided to play cupid and set us up. I will forever be thankful to her for that. We started dating and I quickly realized tha
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  13. Are you a bride who is looking for someone to hold your hand during the wedding planning process without paying thousands of dollars? I will be offering 10 complementary Sessions, to the first 10 people to comment and say yes I need to talk to you to help me feel less overwhelmed about planning my wedding! I tell all of my clients that if you aren't having fun, we're doing something wrong. Because Wedding Planning can be stressful, but it's also supposed to be fun. I have been a Destination Wedding planner for many years now and let me tell you, on a daily basis I receive endless e
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  14. My fiance and I have decided we're going to hire Juan Carlos Tapia for our wedding that will take place at the beautiful sandos Finisterra in Los Cabos. Following my research on the web, I found the pictures of Juan. His work is simply stunning and he helped me tremendously for the planning of our day. Here is the link to see his work :-) I personnaly loved the pictures he made for the wedding of Abygael. http://www.juancarlostapia.com/sandos-finisterra-wedding/ Sorry for my bad english! I'm french so… I tried my best Marie-Eve Boily (soon Lapointe)
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  15. Hello brides!! I'm 4 days away for my BIG DAY ! I wanted to share my experience in this wild ride planning the perfect wedding! I am not that nervous I think, because I trusted very professional people for that special day. My experience with the DJ has been really great! I picked Dj. Rickalvin: And he has been great through all this process, he is very well organized and very flexible. He always answers my emails quickly and exactly with the solution or answer I need to any of my doubts or questions. We told him the music we liked and what we didn't like, so this way he knows
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  16. Hello Brides, in this entry I'd like to share with you our plans for the honeymoon. We are taking a 3 week vacation, and since we've been together for almost 8 years now, we were thinking about places we've never been together before, something different and something we think we won't have the chance to repeat. So, we decided to go far far away, and we are going to New zealand, Australia and Bali. We both think this are incredible places and almost impossible to go on any other vacation. My boyfriend loves outdoor activities, and I'm all about beach and animals and tours! So we found the
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  17. My fiance and I have decided we're going to host a pre-wedding meeting/get together for guests attending our destination wedding. I thought this would be a good idea to get everyone together to answer questions guests may have regarding obtaining/renewing passports, obtaining passports for minors, pre-wedding travel tips & advice, what to pack/bring, packing/travel suggestions, what they (the guests) should be doing and have done by this point as far as passports go, etc. I was also going to print out helpful information for them. If it's one thing I've learned in the past 2 years of pl
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  18. Hi Brides and other readers! It's been quite a while since my last post. Life's been really busy and honestly I've been using Facebook a lot for wedding planning lately. There's some really great groups on Facebook for destination brides. You should check them out if you haven't done so already. There are brides groups that are resort specific and those are really helpful. This forum has also been extremely helpful during the planning process. During the past 8 months life has really changed for me both positively and negatively. I lost my job back in December and have been une
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  19. Hello Brides! I created this blog so that I could share my love story with you, and also to help every single one of you that's getting married in the same hotel or at the beach or anything similar to mine. I'll start introducing myself. My name is Andrea and I'm 25 years old, I'll be getting married on May 1st 2015 in the Riviera Maya at Azul Fives Hotel. My fiancé's name is Jerry, also 25 years old, and we've been together for 7 and a half years now. We are from Monterrey, Mexico. We first met at a friend's party, he was a little bit wasted I'll admit, but anyways we spend all night
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  20. Hello, I am getting married at the Occidental Grand Xcaret in April 2014 and I was hoping to get a bit of help from some past brides/grooms! My first question is did you tip your wedding coordinators and any of the other employees that worked on your wedding(s). If so what is the customary amount? I don't want to over and or under tip and insult anyone! Thanks a bunch!! Jen
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  21. Hello brides! This entry is for all of you who want to get out of the ordinary and traditional wedding stuff, and dare to be different and unique! I created a gallery album in which you can see some of the details and different kinds of things we plan for our wedding, and some examples of other brides who have done special things for the BIG day. Starting with the wedding photos, we hired Shenko Photography www.shenkophoto.com for the wedding day and the trash the dress session. We loved every picture because it's not the typicall wedding photo with everybody hugging and standing strai
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  22. I am finalizing my OOT bags, and just completed some of the printables that my friend made for me. So adorable! I got all of the items from amazon except for the bags holding the fun/sun stuff, and the raffia/ribbon from Michaels: Money/Room Key Holder: "To have and to hold...your money and key" -stretchy wrist key chain - amazon -money/key holder - resealable horizontal badge holder Goodie Bag: "Too much sun...too much fun" -clear bag - Michaels -raffia ribbon - Michaels -Mini Sunscreen - Amazon -Mini Aloe - Amazon -single pepto - Amazon -Advil - Amazon
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  23. I got engaged to my fiance at the end of September 2013. We took a couple of weeks to a month off of anything wedding, just so that we could enjoy being engaged. It was great and the best decision we have made yet. Now, we are trying to get things rolling! Our initial thought was to have a Fall 2015 wedding. This is because at the time of our engagement, five of my VERY good friends also got engaged. All of their weddings are going to be spread out through the summer/fall of 2014. I am going to be in 3 of the five weddings... and one of them is in California while I live in Oregon.
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  24. Hi Everyone! It's been a LONG while since my last entry. Partly because I haven't really had much to say and because I've just been really busy. A lot has changed since my last entry. I finished college, my field placement, and ended up getting a full-time job. My fiance has also found full-time work as well. My fiance and I have decided that we want to move in together, so we've been really busy looking for apartments. And well when you live in Canada summer is really short, so we've been busy trying to make the most of our summer. I am really glad to be back though! As f
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  25. Ceremony - Beach Cocktail Hour - Jacuzzi Reception - Deck The coral bows add just enough color for the "wow" factor & bonus: no other decorations needed I like this clean, crisp look for the reception since we'll be outside, but maybe coral napkins like the second picture?
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  26. We are getting married at the NOW Sapphire and the previous reviews we read said their photographer isn't great. I honestly didn't think of looking for one outside of the resort and now only have 7 months to find one! Yikes! One bride recommended Jacob (not sure who he is with) and they were already booked. Has anyone used a good photographer that wont break the bank? Also trash the dress..........Would this be on a separate day? I wouldn't want to get all wet on the night of our event, but want to do the shoot! Thanks for any advice ~The stressed bride~
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  27. Shot glasses to double as place holders for reception?
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  28. It's been awhile since I posted a blog so I thought I would give an update. My fiancé and I decided that we were going to do the 'legal' wedding in Texas and have the symbolic wedding in Mexico. We found a gorgeous chapel in the Texas Hill Country to have our outdoor ceremony at. I wore a short white lace dress with blue Kendra Scott earrings and cowboy boots here is a link to the chapel we got married at http://chapeldulcinea.org We got married on June 16, 2014 and it was perfect. We have paid our final payment for our photographer and for the resort. As it got closer to our due d
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  29. Here is a list of things that are good know know during the whole booking/planning process -Your first WC will be based out of Miami. You won't be working with the onsite coordinators until you arrive in Mexico. -More than likely you will have your meeting with the on site coordinators the morning after you arrive. I tried to schedule this time in advance as we were trying to arrange an excursion, but was not able to. -If you bring your own decorations there is a set up fee which is $5 pp. I have read most brides have been charged $250 regardless amount of ppl. I'm going to bring my contr
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  30. Working with Penny at Destination Weddings we learned that there are numerous advantages to booking. Not only would we be receiving perks through out TA, but the hotel as well. My advice to all brides is to research what perks are available to you! Some TA companies can offer more than others. The perks that we are getting have dramatically decreased the cost of our entire wedding. Here are aome examples of the perks that we are getting. 1. Our wedding package is called the Always and Forever and it's $950. If someone in our group stays 7 nights in a certain category room then that packag
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  31. This was by far the most stressful and confusing part for me. I had a ring on my finger and thought finding the perfect place to get married would be simple. WRONG. We wanted to get married this summer and with it already being January I feared that dates would be already booked or booking up fast. We also knew that we would be working with hurricane season and couldn't put the wedding off till Sept. Initially we were trying to decide between Cabo and Riviera Maya. I quickly learned that there is not as many all inclusive resorts in Cabo (which was one of our 'musts') so we knew Riviera Ma
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  32. Hello all and Congrats! When I knew I was going to have a destination wedding, I decided I would create a blog to capture my feelings, share ideas, and have documentation of my 1 year planning process. It's an exciting time and I'm really sentimental so I figured it was a good idea. I really did have good intentions. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how much time this process would consume and much of that time I was not just sitting twiddling my thumbs. I was researching, running around like a chicken with her head cut off, trying to keep the million and one fabulous ideas that popped i
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  33. Sewing for a wedding is daunting and this project was surely that! Most weddings involve lace, taffeta, silk, tuxedos and many little details. But THIS bride wanted a camouflage themed wedding and I worked with her to get a nice look without going overboard into Duck Dynasty country. Originally the bride wanted a camo wedding dress with white satin details but after finding this beautiful gown locally we scaled it back to camo trim at bodice and waist. The sash trails down the back almost three foot and is pretty nice without screaming CAMO! I cut all the camo fabric on the bias so tha
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  34. The FI and I decided that our plan for this weekend was to decide on a resort/TA and thankfully the universe delivered! I’d gone to a few bridal shows and kept running across a company called Absolute Wedsite. They specialized in arranging destination weddings, specifically Indian destination weddings, which was the biggest hurdle when dealing with other standard travel companies. So I contacted the company and set up an appointment for a consultation. Showed up this past Saturday with the FI, as well as his parents and mine. Fantastic experience! The owner of the company (Raj) perform
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  35. A beautiful Bride, trashing the dress!
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  36. This past weekend me and the FI went to the National Bride Show downtown. It was a bit of letdown (I got it mixed up with the BIG bridal show that happens at the MTCC) but some good inspiration definitely came out of it. Anyway, at one point we were walking around the perimeter and passed a booth for a photography company and I was taking everything in without much interest, when one particular mounted photo caught my eye... bride and groom next to each other with their backs to the photographer, standing still in a grassy green field, holding hands under a stormy grey sky... she with a gr
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  37. Let's get this blog rolling! I'll be posting weddings and daily favorites, here's one Underwater Trash the Dress picture, in the beautiful Riviera Maya, for starters: Thanks for stopping by! Hope you come back often
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  38. Hey everybody, Just posting this here so you can see what the new blog feature looks like. Feel free to start your own blog - it is a great place to journal your wedding process and experience. Enjoy.
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