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  1. Girls, Like I had said earlier, we just got back on Sunday and our entire group is fine. I work in a hospital and I can reassure you that the media can really pour things on thick. I'm not saying that you shouldn't be careful, but you need to remember that the drug wars are in a couple bordering cities, not the tourist areas and that the swine flu is predominantly in and around Mexico city. None of these issues are in or around the resort. Most of the workers that we talked with are from Puerto Morelos or Cancun, again no where near mexico city... just some food for thought. As it was, the resort did seem to slow down a bit at the end of our last week, but I think you should all still go and not worry about it. If you want to take precautions, get masks for your trip back since you don't know if anyone is coming back from Mexico City area, but don't let this ruin things for you!!! The infection rate is no more serious than the common flu infecting less than 1% of the population where SARS was infecting 10% of the population... it's all perspective. As for the airport in Cancun and Toronto, there were no precautions taken then, that's not to say there are not any changes made now, but none of the customs officials were taking any precautions or anything either! I hope this helps!!! Julie
  2. Hello Ladies, Well, I'm finally married and it was a blast!! Thanks to everyone for all your support, advice and for just listening to ranting when needed!!! Everything really did turn out wonderful (my rose petal aisle was looked over, but it was truly okay)!!!! Missy, I realized once I was down there that I'd forgotten our sand ceremony wording which we had used about 4 different ones to get the wording we wanted, and then it struck me ask Perla for Missy's... so I explained the whole forum thing and told her that you would more than likely be okay if she could lend me your wording so we could have a base to work with yet again, and she tried so hard to find it all the while saying how sweet you were and how organized you were, she even showed me that she still had your last email "final email to Perla" or something like that. It was so nice, she thinks highly of you!! Anyway girls, I just wanted to say thanks, you were all so helpful and for a while I was wishing I'd done this another way... as in get married here in Canada, but in the end, I wouldn't change a thing!!!! It really was perfect!! Once we have our pictures back, I'll try and post some... JulieS
  3. lauren, thanks so much, that site is fabulous... i'm just looking through it all, it has everything mark and i were looking to do!!! thank you thank you thank you!!! 1 MONTH AWAY EXACTLY.... CRAZY!!!!!!!!!! woohoo... i'm so excited!!!!!!!!!!
  4. thanks girls!!! good to know... i knew it was on the 2nd largest coral reef, but i didn't know it was protected... good to know!!! did you do any tours that you would reccomend to others?
  5. thanks yamille!! have you been to the resort yet? we never did a site visit, so we're trying to figure it all out over email and with some help from our travel agent and a whole lot of help from this forum!!!!
  6. question girls... is the snorkeling included at the resort? did anyone do a day trip to have a shore lunch and snorkle?
  7. Wow girls... that's crazy that Missy is banned... sounds so harsh... i read the PSA: points for noobs... i'd say someone over reacted... what's the point of the option of donating points? i'm confused... oh well, i just feel bad that more brides to be are going to miss out on her advice/knowledge. i thought this forum was to come together as brides and brides to be and help each other out... that just seems like a power struggle for someone!! i better watch what i say... i'll be banned too... this whole banning is ridiculous!! they should verify that the person that received donated points is active in the thread and then make a decision... i'll stop rambling!!!
  8. Hey Ladies... I'm very very upset!! I've had correspondences with Perla in the past and when I had received my confirmation of the JUDGE from her, she had said that we would meet down there prior to the wedding to arrange stuff. Not once in all our emails did she send me a 'wedding planning guide' or a 'romance wedding calculator'. Well last night (37 days before the wedding) she sent me these with an email that answered all my questions from a week and a half ago and with instructions that I'm to choose everything now and get it to her at least 3 weeks before the wedding. I even went and read every email we've had and there was nothing about this in any of them. She had always answered my questions, and that was it. I am wondering how you all chose your flowers without seeing them, your cake without seeing the options, the chairs... etc I am so mad that she had never sent me this information before and why she would have told me we choose stuff when we're there... I'm frustrated!!!!
  9. egsarah, i like that post... that's something mark and i have been discussing, and we have no idea... i wasn't sure how to ask the question about tipping, so i'm glad you did!!!
  10. missy that spreadsheet was great to see... thanks for sharing! i've been told there's a costco and a walmart near by for flowers and centerpiece stuff... true or false? what are the chairs like that are included without coverings?? are they bad??
  11. Will someone please tell me that we can pay by credit card?? We have it all laid out to pay with our credit card and then work it out when we get home....
  12. FutureMrsC I found Mark's suit at AHFashion online, it's 100%irish linen, it's nice and cool and it's really nice!! it's a natural beige colour, so it's light and airy, also, I found suits for our boys to match from Children's Place. Jake will be 3 at the end of April and Josh will be 1 in a couple weeks, and they both have little natural linen suits to match their Daddy, it's too cute!!!
  13. Becks, I read a post that stated you had an excel to-do-checklist. I'm in works of making mine, and I'm wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing yours with me. I've been going through previous pages, looking for the downloadable version of it, but I can't find it. If anyone else has one as well, if you're up for sharing your list, it would be helpful... i want to make sure all my ducks are in a row... you get so far and then you feel like you're forgetting something...
  14. wow... that is pricey... ouch!!! i think i'll get my teacher friends to bring a projector with them and shoot it on a wall or something... i'm 45 days to the wedding, i'm feeling very out of control... every time something gets accomplished, there's something else that i hadn't thought of...agghhhhh
  15. Lauren, Good call on the question about shipping in advance, I was wondering that myself. Also, my aunt is doing a power point presentation, so I'm wondering if anyone knows if we can get the projector and screen from them and how much it costs to use it?
  16. Kelly, i'm so glad you reminded me about that. the correspondence Perla and I had had in the past had only been a few, however, I did send one to her with numbered questions and she indeed wrote back with answers to all of them in the original text only her answers were in a different font colour.... it's all coming back to me... slowly... so thank you for that! i appreciate all the advice!!
  17. Missy, thanks for sharing your sand ceremony wording, there is definitely a few lines in there that I'd like to use, they say forgery is a form of flattery... is this alright??. I've been able to read your vows as well, which were very very nice!! I don't have enough points to open the others, so once I have enough, I'll check them out!!!
  18. Thanks for the answers ladies. I'll definitely check with Perla about reserving the tequila terrace (which is what I meant by room/beach bar) I wasn't sure what that was called. Mark and I are going down the week before everyone arrives for our 'honeymoon' first... LOL... so I'm hoping to get a lot accomplished that week too. But after reading all this, I've got a lot of info jotted down with tons of questions for Perla, so I'll be emailing her about it all in a couple days. I'm looking forward to your wording on the sand ceremony. Which ceremony did you all choose? We're doing the legal ceremony and I was curious about the length of the ceremony and if it's okay that we do our own vows and perhaps have a friend read one of her writings (basically like a religious reading except not from a scripture or anything)? I know I've said this before, but thank you, thank you, thank you... you have been helping more than you could ever know! CDN Groom, we'll be going quite low key for our ceremony... I'm definitely finding it quite overwhelming, but with all the information on here, it's definitely eased a lot of stress. It's nice to hear that other people are keeping things simple too!!
  19. Kelly, Could you explain to me how your welcome dinner went. I didn't realize they have seperate rooms with shows in them with buffets as well. This sounds perfect for what I'd like to do. Is this just part of the regular all inclusive package at the resort, or did you arrange this ahead of time and pay extra for it? Either way, did you request this before you went down or once you arrived? Thank you, Julie
  20. By the way, I forgot to ask about this vendor fee thing I've read so much about. My photographer is Claudia and I was not aware that we had to pay to have her come on the resort to do photos... why is this? If I want that place on the beach for dinner/reception (tequila something?) do I need to book it ahead of time or just when I'm down there? Okay... here come the questions... Can I just book that room/beach bar (whatever it is exactly) for an hour or two after the ceremony or do I need to have our dinner there too??
  21. Hi Girls, Thanks for the warm welcome!! I'm slowly breathing easier as I continue to read and realize that things will go smoothly.... Mark and I are doing the sand ceremony, but I'm having trouble with the wording. I've googled it and checked with the place I purchased our vases and sand from, but I haven't found much, do you have any examples of wording on the sand ceremony? Also, about baggage... did you all pay for extra bags or did you manage to get it all there within the baggage restrictions? We have about 50 guests which are mainly couples and we've done up loot bags per couple. Now it's a matter of getting them down there (and I'm considering getting centerpiece material here and bringing it down) any suggestions??
  22. Hello Everyone, I've spent a good part of today reading through this thread. I don't know what to say except... Holy Crap!! I'm in trouble!!! I had no idea about most of this stuff. I'm set to be married on April 20th. Perla is my coordinator and we've emailed a few times in the past, but I haven't had any correspondence with her in so long, mainly because she said we choose everything when we're down there and that there's not much to do ahead of time. Boy did I just get a rude awakening... I am truly scared, not only at the amount of stuff to do, but at the cost of all of this... we were planning on a destination wedding to keep the cost down... Missy, you are incredible... an unbelievable help... even answered questions I hadn't even had in the first place!! LOL... I still have so much reading to do, and then I'll try and post some questions I might have after reading everything. Thanks to all of you for all the information I've already taken in... this is incredible... what a fantastic forum... I wish I would have found it a lot sooner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  23. Thanks for such a nice welcoming!! I'm trying to work my way around the site and get as much as I can out of this. So far so good!!!
  24. Hello Everyone, My name is Julie and I'm getting married on April 20, 2009 in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico at the Paradisus Riviera Cancun Resort. It's so close and I feel like there's still so many things I need to do...
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