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  1. Here are some photos of our wedding that I would love to share with you all... (Thanks for your help with posting the pictures Josie!) Pictures by lisgeo09 - Photobucket ~Lisa
  2. Quote: Originally Posted by MegaShay Congrats and thanks for the review! Post pics when you get a chance! I would love to share some! I tried posting some pics but didn't have much success. I noticed they can't be in jpg and all of mine are. Should I change them into bmp or is there another way?
  3. Hi everyone! Thank you all so much for all the helpful tips and information that you have provided here on this forum as I was planning my wedding for the past year. Our welcome coolers, welcome books, song lists, etc etc all turned out fabulous! Thanks again for all your input! We got married in Aruba at sunset on May 11th on the beach in front of the Marriott Stellaris Casino & Resort and it was amazing! Our reception was there as well on the La Vista patio on the beach. Our 39 guests are still talking about it and everyone had such an awesome time! We are so grateful for everyone who had a part in making our special day and evening perfect for us in Aruba. We have nothing but wonderful things to tell you about all of them and really wanted to share this with you if you are considering or planning on having your wedding in beautiful Aruba. :-) Here are some details....Our wedding coordinator was Desiree Bikker at the Marriott and she did an excellent job satisfying all our expectations and going above and beyond for us overall. The ceremony & reception set up was perfect for us and everyone's feedback has been nothing but positive of course! As part of our ceremony we had a sand mixing ceremony, cut our cake on the beach, and did the signing of the certificates. My long bouquet of calla lillies for myself and my 2 bridesmaids were exactly what I pictured & always hoped for. The cake we cut on the beach was decorated with the lillies too...so beautiful. For our reception, we had a cocktail hour with butlered hors d'oeuvres. After cocktail hour, we did our introductions, first dances, and toasts. For our dinner, we had heavy hors d'oeuvres on cocktail tables and a few long tables so people could eat and dance continuously. We had slices of cheesecake and slices of pineapple cake delivered to each seat after dinner for dessert. Our wedding cake we cut on the beach was brought up to our room after we cut it, but it was much bigger than we thought so we were able to share it with our guests the rest of the week! We thought all the food we selected worked out great...it was all delicious!! Doing heavy hors d'oeuvres made it a little more difficult to figure out how much food we needed so I think we had a lot that was not eaten. I am glad we decided on doing it this way though... we are just sorry that we didn't take all of our left over food with us after the reception. :-) Victor Winklaar was our photographer and he did a wonderful job. He is so professional and such a nice guy. He just went with the flow and was very flexible with his time with us as well. We are currently in the process of picking our photos from the proofs he sent us and it is quite a challenge since he took so many great ones. We had him take pictures 2 hours before the wedding as well so we didn't have to take so many after the ceremony, and we could head to our cocktail party soon after. I strongly recommend this if you don't mind seeing your bride or groom before the wedding. It provided us with many more pictures. Us, our parents, and our wedding party even were able to hang out at the bar in La Vista for 30 minutes when we were finished with the pre-wedding pictures, & we all relaxed before the ceremony. Unfortunately, one thing we forgot to do is make a list of picture requests to give to our photographer. I was so focused on other things that I forgot to do this and overlooked it. I would recommend doing this if you have specific pictures that you want. Reverend Robert Gibson was superb! Our guests couldn't stop saying how great of a job he did and how it was the most beautiful ceremony they have ever attended. He is such a great guy and we are so happy that he could perform our wedding ceremony. George Jacobs was our videographer and we are thrilled that we hired him. Before we left the island, he brought over our finished video so we were able to take it home with us. We gave him a cd with 5 songs on it and he set it to those. It was great because after we returned home from our honeymoon in Ireland, we had an At Home Reception in our town in Virginia and we showed the video for all our friends. Everyone loved it!! He did a really good job. We went through the Marriott for the steel pan drummer and he was awesome! Very pleased. We were so excited to have him play at our ceremony and for our cocktail hour. I'm not sure what his name is but can definitely get it for you if you need it. Also, we thought the DJ that Desiree had selected for us was awesome & all of our guests thought so as well! He worked for DJ Cool Pro. He played most of our songs on our list, and the songs he played were so our style. He knew just what kind of songs we loved and since most of our guests were in our 30's, we danced and partied all night long. Even the hotel guests were dancing on their balconies! There were 2 guys there DJing...and I apologize for not having their names on hand, but if you are interested, I can always ask Desiree. :-) Our bartender Dufi was a big hit at our wedding reception. He was so much fun and provided fantastic service to us and our guests! All of the staff that worked the wedding and cleared our plates for us were so pleasant and so friendly! What can we say...the Marriott did a fantastic job!! A few things in addition, we had our Welcome Reception the night before at Moomba's and they did an awesome job!! We also did a Post-Wedding Brunch at La Vista. Their brunch buffet is delicious!! Also, the Mandara spa at the Marriott did a fantastic job with my updo & manicure and we got our dresses and men's outfits steamed by Arlette (she has her own company, which I can get you info about through the Marriott). The night after the wedding, we all did the Kukoo Kunuko Party Bus....a must!! Needless to say, we had a blast with all of our wedding events and would do it all over again if we could!! We do have one bit of advice that we wish we would have been more mindful of during the planning and which we would love to pass on to you. We booked some of our services directly, instead of through our resort...which still worked out fine. However, most can only accept cash when you arrive on the island. The credit card doesn't go through in time and they can't cash checks. Our advice is to either take care of it through pay pal before you leave, or bring lots and lots of cash. We wish we would have had this taken care of before we arrived. If you have any questions or need any information, just let me know! I had so much fun with our planning and I am happy to provide you with our experience to make it easier for you! We are grateful and think it was so awesome to have this forum to come to for more ideas and information! Thanks so much! ~George and Lisa
  4. Thanks ladies! We are buying most of our snacks at a price club when we get on the island but we are buying the rest of our items before we go so I do have 2 questions. We want to buy the advil packs in bulk and chapstick with spf. Can anyone tell me where we can find these? We already checked Costco but no luck. Thanks!
  5. Wow...can you even believe how close we are ladies?! I feel bad I haven't posted in a while but I've been trying to catch up with everything going on and keeping up with your posts. I got my last dress fitting last weekend. My dress was 2 sizes too big but my seamstress is a miracle worker (thank god). My dress originally came in in November so with all the holiday eating, didn't realize-haha Saturday is my shower and bachelorette party. It's so crazy...I've been to so many showers, bachelorettes, etc so it's weird to think it's my turn! :-) We've been mostly working on our DJ play list. We want to give him atleast our favorite songs that we definitely want to be played. The list is soooo long though so I need to do some deleting! Here's our schedule: 6:15 ceremony cake cutting sunset pics Reception 7-11: 7pm-8pm cocktail hour (butlered hor doerves) 8pm-9pm dinner (heavy hors doerves) Kristy--I'm in your same boat regarding the AHR....ours is 5 days after we get home since the FI wanted to keep the celebration going-ha ha I decided to just hire a decorator to do my centerpieces so it would be less to think about it. Getting closer Ladies!!!!! Are we all ready?!
  6. Awesome "beachy" song suggestions! I'm going to spend this weekend listening to the ones I've never heard of. Can't wait! :-) Thanks!
  7. Thanks! These are all really great ideas for your Song Lists girls! Also ashey063009- Thank you for sharing that link to "secret wedding songs"...that was helpful! With a DJ--are we supposed to send him a list of songs we definitely want or don't want? Or are we supposed to let him play whatever? I think I may make a list and a CD with our faves that we definitely want played, in case he doesn't have them. Thoughts??
  8. Wow...Congrats! Sounds like you are doing great!! It took me a while to research about the photgraphers, videographers, Reverends, & music for our reception so it hasn't been as "bing bang boom" for us, but once certain decisions were made, I feel everything is coming together. I can't believe how time is flying! I'm not stressed thankfully....just can't wait to be married! :-)
  9. We are doing Welcome Books with only 6 pages: 1) Welcome Letter, 2) Schedule of Events, 3) Map of Resort, 4)Map of area outside resort (bars,restaurants), 5) Resort Activities & Island Activities, & 6) the Language of the Island. Does anyone have any feedback on how they did their maps? We are trying to label the places where our welcome reception, ceremony, reception, etc will be. I have a map from the resort but wanted to see if anyone has other ways they did it. Thanks!
  10. Great threads girls! I just read through them all and I'm so happy to get all the helpful feedback. In addition to the advil, welcome books, etc, we are putting 2 12 oz or 1 liter soda so people have mixers when they first arrive to the resort, since most people are packing liquor, etc. Plus, we are putting 2 cans of the beer of the island in there. Also, I think we are going to throw a couple packs of gum, pretzels, and/or granola bars in there as well. Hope that gives you all some more ideas. I wasn't sure about the Soduku books, but just reading about what a hit they were I am definitely going to include them now. Thanks!
  11. We sent our STD's out in early September & we are sending our invitations out early to middle March. I put down an RSVP date on the invites for 1 month before our wedding, (April 11th). I've been reading that some girls have their invites out already though...but I think anything goes with the destination wedding! :-)
  12. Yamille- Your DIY invites are fabulous! We are doing pocket folds too...but we are ordering ours. I give you and your FI so much credit...they really look great. Your guests are going to be very impressed!
  13. No worries...you are definitely not behind. You actually have a lot done. Great for you!! And you have a lot more done than I do...Now I'm feeling like I'M really behind!! Ahhh!
  14. I'm a May 11th too! We picked Monday night so people could arrive on Saturday and have time to chill before the big event. We are having our Welcome Reception on Sunday night, and another event on Tuesday night, so guests who can't stay for the week are leaving Wednesday. It's working out well (so far). I'm so excited and I know it will be here before we know it! I agree, after the New Year....full speed ahead!!
  15. Thanks so much! I think that's probably what we will end up doing as far as the invites go. We are going to see what we can do when we order our invitations, if they can print up a few separate ones for the people that we didn't invite to the wedding but are inviting to the AHR. Calling it "Mr & Mrs Party" is really cute!!
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