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  1. I know this is an old thread but hoping someone knows... Are there any wedding planners in Mexico that can help with a Sikh ceremony? The resort the wedding will be at has never done one before, so some outside help would be fantastic.
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    Calgary Brides!

    Hi ladies!! I got married in Feb and then have been MIA from this site for a while. Just wanted to drop in and say hi . Congrats to those ladies who got married after me... I was looking through the pics posted here, and you all looked beautiful! I'm glad all your weddings turned out the way you wanted. This thread seems to have died over the last few months!
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    Silly question about Trash the Dress

    lol my husband was shocked too... he was like "you're going to do WHAT!!?!". But I figured the dress was already full of sand (and theoretically ruined) so I had nothing to lose! The dress was satin and tulle with lace appliques and lots of beading
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    Silly question about Trash the Dress

    I'm sure I will horrify people by saying this... but I came home, turned my dress inside out, and put it in my washing machine (front load... i wouldn't do this with top load) on the hand-wash cycle... and it looks brand new again. We did the same with hubby's linen suit, looks good as new. Give it a good rinse in water as soon as you get out of the ocean though. Dont want to leave all that salt sitting in your clothes.
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    Calgary Brides!

    Natalie -- beautiful pictures!! You looked stunning... and your photographer is just amazing. Wow. other Natalie (hehe) -- love that cake topper, it is SO cute! Sandy -- so excited it's almost your turn!! Ahhh its been so long since I was on this forum, lot to catch up on lol. Hope all of you are doing well. I will FINALLY post a planning thread this week in case it may help those of you who are still planning.
  6. cookiemunchkin

    Calgary Brides!

    Yay, see you ladies then! And thanks for the PM to let me know... I haven't been checking in here very much anymore now that the wedding is over lol. I started working on that planning thread though, will post over the weekend
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    Calgary Brides!

    Congrats Sandy!! That's exciting news Linds, you look beautiful!!
  8. cookiemunchkin

    Calgary Brides!

    I made my own Passport invitations because... well I dont really know why haha, we just didn't want to pay $8+ per invitation. Can send you my template if you felt like doing it yourself as well. I'll be posting it in the template section once I have a chance to remove all my personal info from it too . If you decide to go that route, just know that it is a lot of work. The 30th is pretty much the ONLY night that week that I am busy, going to the hockey game that night! Any chance we can meet on the 29th instead?
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    Uh oh....

    Oops hit submit too quickly there! What we had told our family members that didn't support our decision was that we understand that not everyone will be able to (or want to) travel for our wedding and that we completely understand if they dont come, as much as we want them there. We thought this would ease any bad feelings, but sadly it didn't. Some extended family members thought (and still think) we were inconsiderate for choosing someplace so far away. Thankfully though most of them understood that we wanted something different and special and were just sad that they were unable to make it. We realized though that whether you get married at home or someplace far away, you will never be able to please everyone. So work on pleasing yourself, because you and your fiance are the ones who need to look back on this day and be happy with what you decided.
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    Uh oh....

    Parents... we told them that we wanted a small, intimate wedding and it was too hard to narrow down a guest list if we did it at home. Destination wedding was our way of being able to invite everyone (and not offend anyone by not inviting them) and still know that we would have the small wedding we wanted. Plus, even though it ultimately cost way more per person, our overall cost was about half of what it would have been if we got married at home and that was a huge factor for us since we were paying for the wedding ourselves. The size part won over one set of parents, and the cost part won over the other set lol. Family members that didn't support our decision... unfortunately we are still dealing with that and our wedding has passed. I feel worse for our mothers who are incredibly offended and angry that their families didn't come to our wedding, and there has been a lot of fighting going on between them and their siblings. That part sucks
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    Calgary Brides!

    Ditto!
  12. We bought a color laser printer for home because we figured we could spend the same amount at a print shop or we could buy the printer and still have it for future use. We bought a Brother (9000 series, cant remember the exact model number) for around $400 on sale at Staples and printed out 100 passport invitations (cardstock cover and 2 double-sided sheets on the inside), welcome letters for the OOT bags, tags for the favors and a whole stack of other documents to take on our trip and STILL have not used up the toner that came in the box.
  13. My father-in-law broke it down the best for our guests. His opinion: flight to somewhere nice would usually cost around $800 anyways. So really for about $130 a day, you are staying in a beautiful room (which someone cleans for you every day) at a 5-star resort right on the beach, eating as much great food as you want, and drinking all you want and enjoying free entertainment each day. Not too bad when you look at it that way!
  14. Things I would do again: join this forum get married at Dreams Tulum! We couldn't not have chosen a better resort book with TA Becky make my own guestbook... ours had photos of us and romantic quotes throughout the book, but most pages were blank and templated for people to tell us how they know us, where they came from, and leave us a message. We also took along an instant camera and had someone take a picture of each person to glue onto their page of the guestbook. Tons of compliments on this! extend the trip to stay a few days after all the guests leave... we really had no time to relax while everyone was there and badly needed some quiet time to ourselves afterwards spend our extra days at a different resort! Resort #1 felt empty once everyone else had left take a photographer from home... we were comfortable with her because we got the chance to know her and i think it comes through in our pictures trash the dress session! soooo much fun not stress about who did or didn't come... that majority of our families didn't come (mainly our friends that came) and neither of us were bothered. As long as our parents and some friends came, we were happy. custom order my wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses from a seller on dhgate custom order my husband's suit and groomsmens clothes from studio suits have our wedding rings custom made... they are very "us" passport invitations... people loved them, and we got a ton of compliments on our "keepsake" invitations OOT bags... people were so appreciative of the thought, used everything in it, and it really didn't cost us all that much after some smart shopping hire DJ Doremixx (Ivan). He was great and brought some really good energy to our reception. Such a pleasant person to work with! get legally married before leaving Canada. Much simpler than all the things we would have had to do in Mexico (blood tests, 4 day requirement, translations, etc) Things I wouldn't do again: fly with Sunwing allow my mother and MIL to be bothered by who didn't attend DIY invitations... we did passports and I now fully understand why it costs so much order them. A LOT of work! buy two wedding dresses before finally having the perfect one made (oops lol) procrastinate! I kept convincing myself I had a lot of time and one day realized I had very little time left order centerpieces from the resort... way overpriced and not what I had in mind Things I wish I had done: give the photographer a list of specific pictures to take... I completely forgot I wanted one big picture of everyone and dont remember taking some other pictures I know I wanted to get videography... it would have been nice to see the ceremony and hear everything over again, it was all such a blur the day-of spent more time on the beach! The days before the wedding were spent running around, and the days after were spent making sure we had some quality time with each person... there was very little "do nothing" time exercised more beforehand... I was totally not in the shape I wanted to be, and its because of pure laziness
  15. Just wanted to add our review as well, we were SO impressed with Studio Suits! My husband ordered pants, vest, shirt and jacket and we ordered shirts and pants for the groomsmen. All were linen blend and custom sizes and everything fit perfectly! We mentioned to Studio Suits that we needed to have these by a certain date, and they made sure we had everything by that date. They did contact us once to say that one of the measurements seemed off and asked us to retake it, so there is definitely some quality control happening when they make each piece of clothing. I would highly recommend them! And order swatches before you decide what color you want. We didn't do that (just ordered based on website colors) and his suit was lighter than he had hoped. It still looked great, but if we had time to order swatches first we probably would have done that. He's so impressed with the quality and fit that he will order from them again. No one can ever tell by looking at it that it was a $99 suit!
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