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  1. Wow! DH and I celebrated two years of marriage a few months ago, and this book is still going strong! I'm glad so many of you have gotten to use the templates and made your own books. Jenlycus, my mom should be sending those templates to you shortly.
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    Any Cayman Island brides out there?

    Just thought I would share a few tips on Grand Cayman:  CI$1=US$1.25. Always. Most prices are listed in CI dollars, so you have to watch out. It makes everything more expensive. You can pay for nearly everything with US dollars. You will get CI back in change.  Mondays Papa John's has "Beat the Clock" beginning at 6pm. The time you call is the price you pay. It's usually crowded in there right around 6, because that's an amazing deal for the island.  Wednesday nights you can get 25 cent wings at the Dog House, which is next to Brick House in Grand Harbour.  Thursday nights the Grand Old House has "Sunset Jazz" with a plate of cooked-to-order pasta for CI$10 (US$12.50). We try to do this at least once a month. http://www.grandoldhouse.com/  Friday nights several restaurants have a happy hour special where you buy a drink and then get unlimited access to their free buffet. Well worth it. It usually starts around 5pm. Current restaurants include the Wharf, Fidel Murphy's, Triple Crown, and Hard Rock Cafe.  Cracked Conch is very nice, but expensive. They also have Macabuca at the same location, which is the bar and grill part of the restaurant. They're currently closed for a few more weeks due to slow season. http://www.crackedconch.com.ky/  Red Sail Sports offers a free catamaran sail from Seven Mile Beach (SMB) to the Rum Point Restaurant twice a week. It's on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can download the schedule here: http://www.redsailcayman.com/en/activities/sailing/schedule.html  Hurricane season is May-November. Tourist season is December-April. Last January it got pretty cold down here. If Florida is getting record cold weather, bring a sweatshirt or jacket!  Make sure you book a trip to Stingray Sandbar! It's around 3 feet deep in most places, and almost any tour company you go with will provide or at least offer rental of a mask and snorkel. Bring a waterproof camera!  There are "buses" that run up and down SMB on what seems to be their own schedule. During the day, you can flag one down for CI$2 (US$2.50) each way. It's the cheapest way to travel on SMB without a car.  Nearly everything is closed on Sundays. There are a few restaurants and gas stations open, so don't plan on doing any shopping of any kind on a Sunday.  Hope some of that helps some of you enjoy your trip to Cayman more! Let me know if you have any questions, and I'll do my best to answer!
  3. Quote: Originally Posted by brigopens We had everyone book their rooms (and air if desired) through a travel agent. We didn't put down any money to hold rooms, simply paid our own deposit for our portion of the stay and wedding. It is a huge resort, and while there's no way to guarantee that it won't sell out, you should be safe. If you have responsible guests who are going to commit to coming and book soon, I wouldn't give them any money except for your own deposit. Whatever you do, don't let it ruin your weekend. You can figure it all out on Monday! We did the same thing, only my mom ended up helping everyone book their rooms. It's not that big of a deal if people end up in different buildings. We even had people book different levels of rooms, so my guests were all over the place!
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    January 2010 Grand Cayman

    Congrats! Cayman is gorgeous! I just moved there, and it's going to be so hard not to be tempted to go to everyone's wedding!
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    Any Cayman Island brides out there?

    I'm not a Cayman bride, but I do live there now! It is absolutely beautiful, and you will have the most amazing pictures! Congrats to all of you!
  6. Quote: Originally Posted by Jen & Josh Thanks!! Do they have a gazebo? EDR is a popular resort around here. Search "El Dorado Royale" or look in the Mexico sub-forum. There's an entire section for Riviera Maya. Many of us have posted pics, including ones of the various gazebos, so that should get you started! Also, I think they have slightly relaxed their outside vendor fee, reducing it from $500 or a 3-nights stay to a 2-night stay, but don't quote me on that!
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    Small Mexico Wedding

    Dayla, don't forget that with 3 guests, you will probably have to pay for the wedding package, rather than get most of the "free" ones offered by the resorts.
  8. Don't forget to check out EDR! Did you ever get a chance to go see any of the other resorts while you were down there? Also, we ended up swinging by the Riu Palace in front of the Santa Fe. It seemed a little nicer, but of course we weren't able to eat in the restaurants.
  9. Wow, we just had a candidate come to town for a last-minute speech. They had it 2 blocks from our house Sat night. ALL night Friday night they spent setting up, testing the sound system (!!!), letting the bands practice, etc. I'll be glad when this is all over!
  10. Quote: Originally Posted by BandE2008 Despite everyone saying Fuentes is better for food, we are going with El Cocotal. I hope its okay. Now I cant decide between creme brulee or french style apple pie for dessert! Help! Not the creme brulee!!! It was the worst we had on the resort. I don't know if we got a bad batch or what, but it was almost greenish and not sweet at all. Ew!!!
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    help decide beck's user title

    Quote: Originally Posted by Morgan no wait that doesn't work. how would you write mandylicious. does mand*y*licious then make you say "Y" i don't know the grammar of the *'s Maybe we should write the grammar. Oh yeah, I'm in the medical field, I can't even spell, let alone do grammar. Nevermind. But in Spanish, the y sounds like ee. So I gues that would work?
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    help decide beck's user title

    Quote: Originally Posted by Morgan i've got to get back to work (reading papers on a saturday night) a LOL cat break always helps BTW, you need a better user title. full member doesn't cut it I noticed the "licious" trend. I feel like I'm missing out. But is Mand*a*licious interesting enough?
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