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    Originally Posted by RyGuysBride View Post


    So I've never heard of Etsy until a few days ago and I've become obsessed!

    I'm thinking about ordering a custom clay cake topper from a seller called "Enchanted You"... I'm considering a customized "Back to the Future" cake topper... yes, my fiance has a bit of a nerdy side! The woman said the cost would be about $250 plus $25 shipping. This seems a little high to me but there is a lot of detail she'll be putting into it. Is this a reasonable price?




    RyGuysBride -


    We also had a clay cake topper in which we paid $200 plus an extra $20 for a rush charge.  Our lady on etsy (http://www.etsy.com/people/annacrafts)  did an AMAZING job and our cake topper is probably one of our most treasured details.   I'm attaching a few pictures of our cake topper. :)  It included myself, my (now) husband, his camera (he's a photographer), my bouquet, and our two pups.  We LOVED it  and it still means so much to us. :)  BTW - anna was amazing and we received our topper about 3-4 days (from S. Korea) after getting it.  She was super responsive and hit every single detail I requested :)












  2. Hi Ladies!!

    Well, it's been almost 2 months already since we've been married!! Our wedding at Aventura Cove Palace was absolutely unforgettable -- despite all the bumps!!




    The resort grounds and pools are absolutely beautiful!  We very much enjoyed the pools - and the little pizza huts near them are definitely great as well!  They were clean, big, and when we were there, not packed at all! ;)  Let's not forget the drinks, drinks and more drinks that were readily available for those who were busy sunbathing and working on their tan! ;) 


    Although the restaurants on the Cove Side were good, I would definitely say that the restaurants on the Spa Side are better.  We enjoyed dinner at Mundaca, Ventanas, Momonohana and La Trattoria.  Out of those four, I would say La Trattoria (Italian) was my favorite!!  However, with that said, each restaurant offered it's own appeal and the food delicious and the service was impeccable!

    We held our Welcome Dinner at Las Ventanas and it was great!! We used our promotional dollars to upgrade the wine list and to buy Moet Champagne for our toast!  The staff was amazing and worked diligently to make sure everyone wa shappy and the drinks kept flowing...



    The day of our wedding the weather was absolutely PERFECT!!!  I was a little nervous about Cristina getting everything right since I Had brought so much over and was so meticulous about everything, but she nailed it on the head!!  However, although everything worked out great and we had an amazing time, there were a few mishaps that I wish would've never happened....


    We used to the Spa on the Spa Side for our hair and make up.  My 2 bridesmaids, my mother, mother in law and myself went to get our hair and make up done at the Spa.  One thing I will say is that we were lucky that we spoke spanish because these ladies, although they get the job done, do not really speak/understand much English....


    I used Hugolina for hair and make up and she did a great job!!   I brought most of my make up over to Mexico just to make sure I would be happy with the colors used, however, although at the trial my eye-shadows were exactly what I wanted, I quickly noticed I didnt' agree with this anymore the day of my wedding.  Hugolina was able to save the day and applied some other colors for eye-shadow... she pulled off the romantic look I was aiming for!! :)


    Hair -  My hair was also done by Hugolina and she did an amazing job.  I wanted a loose hairstyle, and she definitely pulled that off for me.  I did a hair trial two days before my wedding day and was in love.  She definitely hit the nail on the head.  HOWEVER, I will say that I believe that Hugolina (or someone from the salon/spa) should've guided me a little better when it came to my hair.    I know that Hugolina did what I requested of her, but what I didn't know was how awfully windy it would be in the gazebo!!! By the end of my ceremony, my beautiful curls were completely loose and hanging down my back.  I don't know if it was the lack of bobby pins, or how loose my hair was put together (again, by request but I mean, I should've had some guidance :()... but the wind along with my veil made my head feel like my hair was ripping out of my scalp....... needless to say, this was definitely a con for me.  We quickly got some shots (and yes, thank God I had a veil on to cover the fallen mess...) and then I rushed back to the bridal suite to fix my hair and completely pinned it up.  Phew. 



    We were not able to enjoy not even a few minutes of our cocktail hour because we were busy taking pictures!! Sadly, I do not have any pictures to share of our cocktail hour *bummer* but I heard the food was really good and the set up was amazing!!  This is what I chose for our cocktail hour:

    1.  Chicken Tacos
    2.  Prosciutto with Melon
    3.  Shrimp with Pineapple
    4.  Roast Beef Board
    5.  Salmon with Cream Cheese
    6.  Mini Beef Kabab
    7.  Sushi




    Our reception was held on the Cove Terrace and although the view was beautiful and everything was set up exactly the way I wanted it... (minus the candles being lit because it is sooo extremely windy up there... *thumbs down*), I will say that I was a little disappointed when I got up to the Terrace and saw how dark it was up there!!  The Cove Terrace was perfect for our party size (30) - but thankfully, our DJ had provided some light because if not, we all would have been sitting in the dark!!!  I didn't let it get to me though because as I said, we had some extra light from the DJ but had I known of this light issue up there before the wedding, I definitely would have picked another location.  All in all, our reception turned out beautifully!  We had a great, unforgettable time with our families and the service was impeccable.  I didn't get to enjoy much of the food because we were so busy dancing and all, but I did see our guests filling their plates with the deliciousness of it all!! ;)



    1.   Chicken Saltimboca with Marsala Sauce
    2.   Stuffed Chicken Breast - Cordon Bleu
    3.   Beef Lasagna
    4.   Mixed Ceviche
    5.   Mushroom Risotto
    6.   Cesar salad with Chicken
    7.   Chefs salad with variety of dressings
    8.   Fried Rice
    9.   Mashed Potatoes
    10.  Russian Style Potatoes
    11.  Sauteed Vegetables
    12.  Bread & Butter
    13.  Banana Rolls
    14.  Chocolate Mousse cake with Pistachio
    15.  Arroz con Leche


    Cake:   I won't say that it wasn't what I wanted... however, it wasn't exactly what I asked for.  I had asked for a 2 layer PLAIN WHITE square cake and had provided 4 orchid blooms to be put onto the cake.. what I got was a 2 layer square cake that had branches drawn on it connecting to where the orchids blooms were attached.  Not an awful looking cake, just not what I wanted.  So okay, that's fine, not a big deal - one major major downfall??  I am not sure where our cake topper had been sitting, but when I went to look at our cake there were ANTS all over it.... thankfully, it was only a few of them, but you can imagine the embarassment Thomas and I went through.  None of our guests saw the ants, and thankfully we had gone with the fondant that you peel off and do not eat, but had we chosen the buttercream or if our guests had seen it, I am not sure I would be so nice about this review.... Fillings were chocolate mousse and tres leches.  We only got served the tres leches even though the top layer (chocolate mousse) was for us... our guests though got a mixed bag  - some got chocolate mousse, some got tres leches.. even tho the tres leches was their part.  One other thing... there were strawberries in our cake - not a big deal, however, 1. it wasn't requested and 2. we don't like fruit in our cake :(


    DJ - the dj was okay but I definitely wish we would have skipped paying for it and just doing the iPod dock.  I was not happy with them as I felt everything was soooooo rushed (when speaking of first dances, mother/son, father/daughter) - there was no break in between anything   and we would have appreciated it being a little bit more spaced out.   Also, I requested that a song be played for my mom (I wanted to dance it with her) and was told it wouldn't be a problem -- it was never played. 


    The wedding ended at 10:30 PM due to the time restrictions when holding an event outside.  I am not sure there was anything else going on the day of our wedding even though I was told there would be ... I didn't see anything and this upsets me a little bit because due to the fact that there were other events being held on the same night, we had no other choice of locations for our reception and were therefore, not taken around to see the spots.  


    One word of advice is to please make sure you go around and check the locations out.  I am not sure if our wedding Co-ordinator was overwhelmed or what was going on, but I know that she never offerred to take us around to the locations we had picked and I was too busy explaining everything to even think about mentioning it. 


    Yes, we had a whole lotta problems on our day, however, it was beautiful and unforgettable!! As you've read many brides say on here... you cannot sweat the small stuff... even if the small stuff really is big stuff -- what you need to remember always is that your wedding day is the beginning to the rest of your life next to your husband... and NOTHING at all can ever compare to that which revolves around that sentiment alone......




    The resort promotion dollars are such a great perk!!  We were able to use most of our vacation dollars on the spa and were able to do a few tours.  Tommy is a photographer so going to Chichen Itza was a definite MUST for us!  If you are into history and culture, than the 3 hour bus ride ( cheesy.gif) is worth it... if not, skip to the next trip. Haha...  We also went to Tulum which was also breath-taking - the beach there behind Tulum is beautiful!! We skipped the dolphin excursion because we had recently done that, and also skipped the zip-lining.  We didn't feel too crazy about the fact that the trip to the zip-lining place was longer than the actual tour itself...     We also enjoyed a romantic coupleâ€s massage, hot stone pedicure, manicure and Tommy even got a hair cut! cheesy.gif




    Since there is no beach at ACP/ASP we did hop on the complimentary shuttle to Playacar a few times.  Let me tell you, the beach there at Playacar palace is beautiful and def worth the 20 minute trip there! :)




    Being that my husband is a photographer, we knew we had to have the ultimate best for our wedding pictures!! That is why from the very start, Del Sol & La Luna became our favorite group of photographers!  Not only was La Luna very responsive to every single question we had before the wedding, they were also very professional, responsible and not to mention, easy to work with once the wedding day actually got here!  We felt very comfortable with Rachel and immediately loosened up for some amazing shots!  We could not be happier with the pictures we received and are so grateful for the beautiful captures she photographed as pictures were one of the most important things to us!! Pictures last a lifetime!!  Thank you to the entire team for helping us re-live our day through our pictures!! Our TTD and Wedding Day pictures are absolutely stunning!! Hereâ€s a link to our amazing slideshow…




    We also took advantage of booking the Resortâ€s Videographer and getting the Master DVD through them – letâ€s just say that Iâ€m happy we got the Master DVD because the Edited DVD wouldâ€ve highly upset me had we only gotten that from our wedding… From using someone elseâ€s ceremony audio (including saying names during the ceremony that were obviously not ours) to making the edited video 7 minutes vs. the 15 promised contractual minutes for the dvd… we were not happy at all with them and were highly relived that we used the vacation dollars instead of actually paying for this service..  Iâ€ll leave it at that…



  3. Well, it's almost that time ladies!! We are all packed and ready to go! We leave tomorrow morning so I wanted to check in before all the craziness starts! LOL... I cannot believe how quickly it came! I am so looking forward to getting down to beautiful Mexico and marrying the love of my life!!


    Thanks for all the advice and ideas along the way! I'll try my hardest to post a review upon return asap!!!


    woot.gifwoot.gifI'M OFF TO GET MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!woot.gif woot.gif



    Originally Posted by jszy10 View Post


    Yeah, I actually just planned on passing off a carry on to either my maid of honor or bridesmaid to take on the plane for me.  I'm sure your father-in-law will look great with pink luggage! lol





    Yup, that's what we're doing - Best Man + Hubby + Bridesmaid/Me or FIL... :)


    Originally Posted by adales View Post



    Luckily, we have 12 people on our flight with us so I plan on tasking each of them to take a carry-on.  I also went and bought 3 large rubbermaid bins that have the lock on lids (that are in the checked baggage size requirements) and I plan on filling those up.  That way if I need to leave them behind after the wedding, it won't matter.  I got them on sale at Target for $6.99 each. 





    We also have 12 people flying with us so I'm assigning luggage to them to take as well! ;)  I didn't know you could check in rubbermaid bins!! That's awesome, I would've done that had I known you could do that.. what airline are you flying?



    Originally Posted by jszy10 View Post


    ahhh!! I'm a little afraid of my luggage situation.  I actually grabbed out a carry on the other day and started putting in my OOT bag stuff and it was full before I knew it!!  Do you think they would let you bring your wedding gown, a purse AND a carry on!?!?!  I'm doubting that would be allowed...



    Worst case scenario, I'll just hand off my carry-on to someone else although I do not plan on taking a purse... Tommy will probably hold all of the important stuff we'll need with us... but I guess I should think about that, hmmm, my father in law won't mind rolling around a pink carry-on, right? ;)



    Originally Posted by sxcT View Post


    OMG I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!  Can't wait to hear from you when you get back and I'm dying to see pictures. 



    I can't wait to have that feeling and get to pack and have everything done and ready to go.  6 months to go LOL.





    Thank you so much hun!!! :)  Trust me, time is going to fly!!  Your turn will be here soon enough!! :D

  6. OMGGG I Can't either!! Officially at single digits!!! :)  I am getting so excited, last night we packed everything, and thankfully, although I'm bringing so much, I was able to pack most of it into 3 carry ons and 1 extra suit case... LOL.. we are having my parents help us with other stuff, and I actually decided I am going to pack the flowers (3 bouquets, 5 bouts, 2 small bouts and 4 blossom heads, ayi ayi ayi!! LOL) in my carry-on.  I told Tommy that if TSA makes me pull everything out for inspection I'm just going to have to do it! :)  I know that everything will fall into place and everything will work out... in the meantime, gel mani/pedi this weekend, last session of tanning, waxing and then off we goooooooo! :)  I can't wait, these days are just flying by!!

    Originally Posted by jszy10 View Post

    Omggg I can't believe you get married in less than 10 days!! :o)  You must be getting so excited to leave!!


    I honestly was planning on taking my bouquet in my carry on (as were my girls), but after realizing that they do have wire in them and also a pin that holds the ribbon on, I'm a little afraid to.  Each of my girls is taking their own, so that I have more room for other things.  I think just to be safe we are going to pack them as nicely as possible in our checked luggage, and fix them once we get there.  My Aunt told me that if we bring spray starch or hairspray and a hairdryer, that we can move and adjust them any way we want.



  7. Thank you so much ladies!!! :)


    Originally Posted by camelina65 View Post

    Mind me asking how much she charged you?  Did you provide the photo or did she?  They're beautiful!

    Hey hun, for 40 postcards she charged me $88... a little pricy, but they truly are beautiful and of great quality so it was worth it! :)    She provided the photo, she actually has more than one you can choose from!


  8. So happy to read this - we are having our reception on the Cove Terrace and picked it mainly because we are having an intimate wedding (30 people) and of course, the view!!! :)

    Originally Posted by J-me View Post

    I'll answer on her behalf since I recently did a site visit :)


    Yes! It's Cove Terrace that we see in her beautiful pics!

    It IS a great spot for smaller receptions and/or welcome dinners...it's also got an AMAZING view!



  9. Matt, thank you SO much for your help with this and calming my stress and worries.  Thomas and I are so very excited about working with La Luna and couldn't feel more confident or happy about our choice of photographers!  We are relieved that this issue has been pretty much resolved, and again are appreciative of the quick response you gave us.   :)


    Originally Posted by Matt Adcock View Post

    I had to do a few back flips within their organization and asked for this to be better taken care of and within minutes, I had several emails from Palace apologizing for any problems.  

    I think with most LARGE organizations, its a little bit about communication and sometimes there are breakdowns.   What is a FACT on this planet is that we have reached out and made a union with these people and they are doing whatever they can to help us help our clients (or at least their emails say that) so over this spring, we shall see if they "show us the money" and keep the process going smoothly.

    Smooth Smooth Smooth planning, sounds awesome eh?   We hope so!



    See U Nov & amiga!



  10. Hi ladies!! I am selling my Sandalwood Fans (still brand new and in box) that I purchased from theknot.com.  I decided to go with another style of fan (turquoise in color since they match our theme better)... but these are just as gorgeous! ;)  I was planning on tying a pretty ribbon around them as I've seen many girls on here do...

    Asking price is $25 for 25 fans, plus shipping! Please let me know if you're interested!  :)


    Thank you!



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