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  1. Hello ladies! I got married at the RIU Palace 6 years ago and absolutely Loved it! I’m going back there in two weeks!! I know it was hard trying to plan since I had never been there and they only have so many pictures on line. So if you need me to video a spot like the Baja Norte or a restaurant you are thinking of having your reception in, just shoot me a Facebook message, I would be happy to help. Kary Przybylo Jasmund.
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    2012 Riu Palace Brides

    I'm so glad I could help you decide!!! I brought the pink chair sashes with me. Bought them from tablecloth factory.com for like .40/ea. The huppah was decorated by the florist, she does a fantastic job. I sent her pics of what I wanted and she made it happen. Happy planning everyone!
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    2012 Riu Palace Brides

    I'm so glad I could help you decide!!! I brought the pink chair sashes with me. Bought them from tablecloth factory.com for like .40/ea. The huppah was decorated by the florist, she does a fantastic job. I sent her pics of what I wanted and she made it happen. Happy planning everyone!
  4. HI CaboWed, The rehearsal is very short and basic...Since they do this multiple times a week they keep it quick. I don't even think they require one, but I asked to have mine because I had 18 people in our wedding party. I scheduled mine for 7:00 the night before then we all went to dinner afterwards. You will most likely meet with your WC to go over everything the day after you get there. I would at least request that if its not offered so you know that you took care of things and can relax. I saw a few of you asked for pictures of the Baja Norte as well, please see above
  5. Hello CaboWed, I got my hair and makeup done at Suzanne Morel's salon. She is pretty expensive, but i was HIGHLY satisfied with her team. I showed them a picture of the the hair I wanted, and they did it perfect. I also didn't do the trial run, and I'm glad I didnt because they are really good and I think its a waste of money. I would say to book early with her, as she gets pretty busy. It was only a 5 minute cab ride from the RIU. Some of my bridesmaids did get their done at the RIU salon, and it turned out cute. No one got their makeup done though, so I can't comment on that. Good Luck
  6. Hi Iliketa. I got married at the RIU in May...It was amazing! You will LOVE it there! You really won't get to choose much until 2 months before. Even though your travel agent said beach wedding, you can still request to have it under either gazebo. The florist you will work with is great, her name is Alina and she was very patient and did a great job. Its really hard not being able to know exactly what your wedding will look like until 2 months away, but you just have to trust that they do this all the time and are great at their jobs. As for the semi-private vs. private locations: Its VERY confusing! Its like they need to come up with a flow chart so you can understand all of their policies. However, I think after planning my wedding for 18 months I got the jist- Private locations: 1. Mar de Cortes (Steak house) (rent the whole thing if you have enough people to rent the whole place...I forgot how many that was I think 60 or 80 people is the min to close it) 2. Mar de Cortes (Steak house terrace): This is on the ground level, and you can walk out to the beach from here 3. San Jose (Mexican Restaurant): I think most people rent the terrace of this which is above beach level. I wouldn't want to rent out the inside of the restaurant because its enclosed vs. the steakhouse which is not enclosed and has a nice open air feel, but does have a ceiling. 4. Misaki (Japanese) This restaurant is enclosed as well. I don't think many people rent this out. 5. Medano (Buffet) Why would you want it here? 6. English Garden (This is the terrace of the Buffet) I don't think a lot of people rent this, its probably pretty busy around there especially since its around dinner time. 7. The Pacific Ball Room- inside 8. Baja Norte/Baja Suhr:Poolside I had mine at the Baja Norte. The only difference is that the Baja Norte is the quiet pool by day, and the Baja Suhr is the activity pool by day. So, its a little more private at the Baja Norte. I Loved having it pool side because it was beautiful and you are overlooking the beach and ocean as well...there was NO One around us once the reception started at 7:00 which was very nice. 9. The Beach: The set up tables right on the beach, either right by the Steakhouse restaurant or right by the Mexican Restaurant- This option looked nice, but i think i would rather have my tables on solid ground. 10. Disco Semi Private 1. Steakhouse Terrace 2. Mexican Terrace 3. Japanese 4. Buffet For the semi-private you only get these for one seating...either the early seating 6:30 or 8:30 I think they are both for 2 hours. If you want both seatings you have to pay for it. Good Luck!
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    2012 Riu Palace Brides

    Hi Mmisa, The hotel needs your final guest list about a month before so they can confirm how many people you are actually having at the wedding/reception and to determine your bill (you won't pay or get your final bill till you arrive.) We had 52 people come with us, and decided to use a travel agent to make it easier on bookings. We were able to get a group rate with the RIU through our travel agent. You have to shop around. We were also given credits based upon how many people booked. For instance, I think we got back $25.00 for every person that booked through our agent. We went through Apple vacations, but I know delta has a similar program. It really helped cover our travel costs. Good luck! Kary
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    2012 Riu Palace Brides

    Hi Valerie! Yes I ended up getting the room upgrade, but I had to ask for it. We had a GREAT view from our room, # 3063...See pic below. It was also by the quiet pool and nice because it was right off of the lobby (the Lobby is on the 3rd floor) Just a heads up, I pretty much think if you were on the 3rd floor, you had a view of the ocean. My inlaws paid for an ocean view room, and were on the 2nd floor and were mad because everyone else didn't upgrade, and they had a better view than their "ocean view room." You can also go to the front desk every morning and give them the list of your guests that are arriving and request for them to be at least on the same side of the resort as you. The resort is HUGE, so its nice to have people close, or at least your bridesmaids. You may even want to go the evening before if you have a lot of people coming in the same day. Happy Planning! ~Kary
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    2012 Riu Palace Brides

    Hi Terbear, I know Suzanne Morel's salon has airburshing...Its expensive there though: $125.00 for face and body and $105.00 for body bronzing. I don't think the Spa at the RIU had it...Its a super small spa, I was very surprised. I was told the RIU Santa Fe Spa is larger than the one at the Palace, but we never checked it out so I couldn't say for sure. ~Kary
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    2012 Riu Palace Brides

    Hi Ojosuerdes! Unfortunatley the cruise ships do go to Lovers beach quite often...However, there were not any there the day of my wedding...Just got some teaser pics back, check em out!!! http://blog.glezweddings.com/2012/06/riu-palace-los-cabos.html?spref=fb As for the water taxis-I don't remember seeing them while the ceremony was going on, so I don't think they were a problem. The beach in front of the RIU is very high, so even if they were there close to shore, you would not have been able to see them very well. Even the vendors who sit on the beach all day moved for the ceremony, which was nice. Congrats! I wanna go back and do it all over!!!!
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    2012 Riu Palace Brides

    Hi Tara and Jess! Thanks for the nice things you had to say about my wedding! Tara: As far as the fishing- They booked though Patti (The Apple Vacations rep that works at the RIU) and the charter they took was through BJC. The was no minimum but the less people you have on the boat the more money it was. They had 8 people and it was $110/pp, for a half day charter from 6:30-11:30 am. I believe they ended up with 2 boats since there were so many of them. For the tequila, I know Michelle brought in a bunch of good Tequila for her reception, so I don't see any problem with you bringing in your own. We really liked Don Julio (?) they served it at the resort, and it went down real easy! Ended up buying some at the duty free at the airport for $45.00/bottle to take home to enjoy! There is a liquor store right outside the gate of the RIU that you can walk to, or the Walmart is a 5 minute cab ride. As far as adjoining rooms, I didn't see any. The way the rooms are set up makes me think that they wouldn't have any, but you can always call the 800 # to the RIU and ask them, or your WC should know. Jess-The old RIU florist contact information: floreriatreboles@yahoo.com.mx Keep in mind that they speak very little English! I happen to work with a guy who is Spanish, so I would have him write to them in English, then follow it in Spanish so we could communciate. I assumed that my parents would be going to a floral shop to pick up the bouquets, but I am pretty sure it was his house. Either way, they gave me what I was looking for at a very good price as flower prices are outrageous in Cabo! There is also a Costco right by the RIU and we considered having them do our flowers, but never got around to asking the local Costco how much it would be, just a thought. As for the freeze dried rose petals: I ordered them off of two different sites: www.silkrosepetals.net I ordered the ones called pathway petals for the guests to throw on us, and to use for the aisle way in the Tropical Blend. It was only $47.00 for 64 cups. I had about 32 people throwing the petals so not a ton left over for the aisle way like I would have liked. I would have ordered more for the aisleway if I had to do it again. I also ordered www.flyboynaturals for the tables. I think I also ordered 64 cups from them, and have some left over for our AHR since we only had 6 tables to decorate at the Baja Norte. These were somewhere around $75.00 I think. They are real roses, but freeze dried for you. They still smell like roses so they are fun! I ended up putting them in a bag in my suitcase with my cloths and put all of my bathing suits on top of them. I am just assuming that customs would have given me issues since you are not supposed to bring in flowers, fruits, etc, into MX. Jazz was also really glad that they were not the silk ones, otherwise she would have had to pick them up off of the beach and throw them away. The freeze dried ones are natural, so no worries on cleaning them up ~Kary
  12. Hi Ladies! I just posted a REALLY long review of my beach/Baja Norte wedding in the 2012 RIU Palace Brides thread...I think its this one:http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/t/76627/2012-riu-palace-brides/50#post_1772972 Thanks! Kary
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    2012 Riu Palace Brides

    RIU Palace Royal Wedding Package 52 Guests (all adults) Wedding: 5-12-12: Beach of the RIU in front of the quiet pool (Baja Norte Side) Reception: Poolside Baja Norte WC: Jatziri (she goes by Jazz) Well Ladies I’m back! With a full report for you all too! I know that I utilized this site A LOT while planning, so I would like to give you my full review. Please keep in mind that I discovered that I am a complete Type A, detailed oriented psycho bride along the way, so I warn you that this will probably be a long review! I also wanted to note that it was very hard for me to plan in the beginning as far as a budget goes since you don’t typically know how much things cost…I am not being tacky, but I have included the costs in a lot of these areas. When I originally began my quest to plan a destination wedding, I thought we would only be spending around $4,000…Costs add up real quick and we were at $8,100.00 when all was said and done…this didn’t include makeup, hair, travel, hotel stay, gifts, decorations or any other costs that comes up… We arrived at the Palace on Tuesday May 8th. Ladies- This resort is AMAZING!!! I loved it, absolutely loved it. You have such a beautiful view of the rocks, and although you can’t directly see the arch, you get a beautiful view of the rocks around it. I have to say that I had my doubts…I got annoyed a lot at the RIU policies, and them trying to nickel and dime me. I had the thought many times “Should I have chosen Dreams instead?†No way… The RIU was great. I will go into my Dreams review later, as we stayed there for our honeymoon. The staff at the RIU was also great. For the most part, they spoke very good English which was very helpful. They also keep this property super clean. The bartenders at the pool bar are so fun! I can’t tell you how many times my guests went behind the bar, got on top and started pouring tequila shots into our mouths. They didn’t care at all! Super laid back. We had 52 people and about 42 of them are around 32…big drinkers. We for sure would have been kicked out of many other resorts, but the RIU was great to us J Wednesday: I had already arranged to meet with Jazz prior to going to Cabo. I was very anxious to meet her, as she was my new WC. Keep in mind that I had been talking to Adriana since January of 2011, so I was quite nervous that she was so new to my needs. I brought down 2 suitcases full of decorations for her ( I know, over the top right?!) I could not help it, this site gives you so many ideas that I got carried away. I could see her getting a little overwhelmed while I was pulling things out, explaining to her where everything went. It’s a good thing that I was crazy planner and had a power point presentation already made up for her showing where everything went! (I have attached this; it was very helpful to her) The meeting lasted about 2 hours, but I’m pretty sure it was because I had so much stuff to go over with her. I only had one issue at this meeting: Originally we were going to do the Civil Ceremony but then decided not to since they wanted you to translate and get your birth certs appositled. I thought this sounded like too much work so I had e-mailed her and told her that we were going to switch to the Religious Ceremony so we wouldn’t have to worry about it-She said no problem. Well I never got an e-mail from the people that actually make this change for you at the RIU, so we would have had to pay a fee to make this change since the judge was already booked for our ceremony. I panicked b/c neither one of us had our birth certificates with us-We ended up calling home and had them brought to us so it worked out. Lessoned learned though: Make sure you bring your e-mails with you…I had my ipad so it was helpful when I needed to refer back to prior communication. Jazz got them translated for us, I think we ended up paying $45.00 for this, so not a big deal. (You also get a copy of your wedding certifications in English as well.) Thursday: When you are doing the Civil Ceremony you have to give blood- They do this right on the RIU property. Jazz walked us down to the Dr. Office and it took 15 mins. We were not charged adt. Money for this, I think it’s included in the cost of the Civil Ceremony. Friday: After much kicking and screaming; we had our rehearsal dinner on the terrace of the Mexican restaurant at 8:30 for 22 people. ( I arranged this 2 months ahead of time with Jazz) This was a battle- If you are having a private reception at an area such as the Baja Norte, Baja Sur or the beach, you are supposed to be able to have a semi-private dinner for all of your wedding party (keep in mind it’s based on which package you chose-The Royal is 15 people so they will charge you $25.00/person over the 15) since you are paying the $500.00 site fee and paying per plate. I don’t know why this was such an issue, but it was. They will do whatever they can to make you have it in the buffet, but I didn’t want it there. I really should have requested to have it earlier so we could watch the sunset, but I wasn’t thinking. If given the opportunity I would request a 6:30 seating since the sun sets at 7:30ish this time of year. It was nice to have this dinner, although to be honest this was my least favorite restaurant in terms of food. They had us order off of the regular restaurant menu. Some of my guests that were not in the wedding party were able to make reservations for the same restaurant so it was nice that they were able to kinda join us. Saturday: Wedding Day!!! Hair and Makeup: Suzan Morale- Let me tell you, this lady has it together….She wasn’t going to let me or my sister leave the salon until we were 100% satisfied. Her workers do not speak English, but all I gave them were 2 hair style pictures I wanted, and I got exactly what I wanted. She comes and goes and tells them yes or no, and what to correct. She does an excellent job. Is this place expensive? Hell yes, I paid $230.00 for my hair and makeup, and another $120.00 or so for my sisters hair. Was it worth it? I think so! I got lots of complements! A cab ride to her shop only takes about 5 minutes. You have to ring this buzzer when you get to the shop, but our cab driver seemed to know what he was doing. My apt. was at 11:30 and I was out of there by 1:30. Here is a pic of my hair and makeup: Flowers: Alina, RIU Palace contracted- Alina did an excellent job! She was very good about getting back to me very fast, which I really appreciated. The only thing I used her for was my bridal bouquet, rental of 4 vases for my centerpieces and the Huppah. Because we are having an at home reception next month, I was really trying to cut costs in Mexico. So, I went back in forth about just using the arch the RIU provides for you to get married under, or paying for the huppah. I am so glad I chose the huppah! The arch is kinda beat up, has some paint chips in it. Overall my costs to her was $482.00, which included the $50.00 set up fee for the huppah. I brought down my own beads to decorate with, you can see them in the attached picture. I got them from Hobby Lobby (in May right before I left) for $10.00 each. Keep in mind that these go on sale for $5.00 or ½ all the time or you can also use the 40% off coupon. I also brought Alina preserved orchids I got off of saveoncrafts.com to add to my bridal bouquet since they wanted a fortune for real orchids. For my bridal bouquets the RIU wanted $60.00 each…I ended up contacting the old RIU florist and got them for $30.00 each. When you have 8 BM’s you need to save somewhere! My mom and dad had to go to a questionable neighborhood to pick them up, but they worked out great. I think I would have been charged the $300.00 vendor fee had I wanted them delivered. Photographer: Marcel Kaiser of Glez Photography-I spent hours online researching for photographers…I just wasn’t into the RIU one. So, finally I came across Marcel. I really liked his work, and he was very good at getting back to me within a few hrs of contacting him. I have only received one teaser pic from him, so I can’t say right now how they turned out-I should be getting them in June. What I liked about Marcel: He was very flexible. I didn’t know how long I wanted him for, and originally only hired him for 4 hours. Well, when you get married at 4:00, and your reception starts at7:00, things don’t get crazy till after dinner. So, he was really cool and would come up to me every hour past our contract and ask me what I wanted to do. I ended up keeping him until 9:00 I think. He is also very responsive at getting back to you. I also had him shoot a TTD of us as well, and he was there and ready to go before we got there. So far I only have one teaser pic: We also ended up hiring his videographer as well. It was nice because he was able to take still shots as well as the video. I won’t get this back until mid June, so if you are curious as to how it turns out, contact me then. He was only $300.00 for 2 hours, but he ended up staying 6 hours! What I didn’t like about Marcel: I didn’t feel like he was giving instructions as to what photos to take next. He really left it up to me. I am sure he got the idea that I knew what I wanted, especially since I gave him shots that I wanted the day before. However, I got really overwhelmed giving orders to our wedding party of 20 people, so I needed someone to take over and give directions for me. I think it added more stress to my day. I am sure the pictures will be fantastic though, so no worries. I will say that getting married at 4:00 and having the reception at 7:00 was nice…I felt like we might have too much time in-between, but by the time my husband and I were done taking pictures it was 6:30. I am pretty sure the rest of the guests just hung out at the lobby bar and drank while this went on, I have no idea! The ceremony: My wedding was scheduled for 4:00 on the beach in front of the quiet pool. Jazz had all of the guests meet in the lobby bar at 3:30. She took all of them down and had them seated around 3:35…I must say this-it was 93 degrees and sunny out so most of them were not happy to sit and wait that long. I know they do this to keep things and people on time, but I’m pretty sure I was running behind since Marcel was still taking pictures of me…I think they sat and waited for a good 40 mins. As the bride you don’t realize this, and I don’t think there is much you can do. I would say to bring the raffia fans for the ceremony if possible, b/c at least they had those to use on themselves. The ceremony was set up perfectly, and it was great. There was only 2 small things: 1. I had bought and snuck in through customs freeze dried rose petals that the guests were to throw on us while walking back down the aisle. Well no one threw them on us, so I got on the mike and had a fake re-do so we could capture the pic. Just make sure if you have these, tell someone to announce it to the guests before the ceremony starts so they know what you want them to do with them. 2. The Champaign toast- I hadn’t thought of this, so I just grabbed the mike and said thank you for coming and announced the group pic that I wanted to take. Had I thought about it, I would have had my dad make a toast. It was just awkward! Here is a picture of the set up: Signing the docs The Baja Norte Reception: This was such an awesome place for the reception! There is no one around you. They rope off the entire Baja Norte Bar (this is the pool bar by day) and you get the whole area to yourself. Jazz did an amazing job decorating with everything I gave her! I sent 2 of my bridesmaids to help make sure that everything was correct. I highly suggest this if you are a crazy planner like myself-then you will know it is done right. We had dinner option #3: Cesar salad, cream of broccoli soup, almond chicken and a brownie for desert…It was delicious! ($35.20/pp I think) After seeing others pictures I was worried that the area would not be bright enough, and I also want somewhere to hang my paper lanterns that I had bought…So, I went to Big Lots and bought 8 boxes of lights for $10.00 each and brought a whole suit case of them down! This is just me being crazy, but I was glad that I did because I really liked my lanterns and how it all looked. Jazz had her men put them up, and I wasn’t charged any extra for having them. Looking back though, I think the DJ lights would have been bright enough, but nowhere to hang the lanterns. Here are some pics: Baja Norte Guest Table Set Up Tequila Shots! Part of the Head table First Dance! The cake: I had white cake with strawberry filling. I was really stressed that I wouldn’t have enough cake for all 52 of my guests, and was considering ordering more. I am so glad I didn’t pay the $8.00 per person for more because they didn’t even cut and serve the cake! We cut it for the picture, but then ended up taking the entire cake back to our room. I am pretty sure that the servers were having too much fun dancing with us that they forgot to cut and serve it! Everyone was up dancing after dinner anyways, so I am pretty sure no one would have ate it anyways. Cake Table pic: The DJ: Jazz set him up from the RIU. I don’t remember his name, but he was GREAT! I was worried after reading reviews, and was very happy with him. We made a playlist to play during dinner and after that he was on his own. I was super impressed, and danced all night-everyone did, it was so much fun! We were going to have our friend DJ with a play list so we didn’t have to pay the $640.00 (yes, they raised this as I was originally quoted $540), but it was totally worth it. I would also suggest that you get the lighting package, I think its $640.00 vs. $600.00 and it was worth it. Here is a picture of us getting down! Fire Dancers: This was a last minute addition to our plans. We wanted to surprise our guests so we hired two dancers… a little note- both Mawiko and myself hired 2 fire dancers, and they sent 3 of them instead. This is a nice bonus. They were $400.00 for 20 minutes. The DJ knows exactly what music to play for their performance. They were really cool, but I think most of my guests were too drunk to remember them! Overall my assessment of Jazz is that she is AMAZING!!! She was my new BFF! She works extremely hard, usually from 11-11 every day except Sundays. I really appreciated her hard work, so be sure to tip her as well if she does well for you. We also went to Walmart and bought her a bottle of Jagermiester, as this is her Favorite! Just a warning, I could not find thank you cards @ Walmart, so be sure to bring one from home. Here is a picture of what she looks like: Misc Info: We decided to greet our guests as they arrived…we were able to coordinate with the Apple rep and she would tell us when they were in route. I didn’t want to sit around in the lobby waiting, so it was nice. Our guests also really appreciated it. The resort is HUGE so it also may have been hard for them to find us as well. We handed out our welcome bags as they arrived as well, so it was nice to get that out of the way. Our welcome bags: Reservations: They will let you make reservations for a few days in a row. Make sure to tell your guests this. The buffet was really good, but the specialty restaurants are great. You literally have to be up at 7 am to get into Crystal, but make them if you can, the food there is really good. Enjoy your day!!!! I was so preoccupied with how everything was going to turn out, and so worried about every detail that I never really took the time to appreciate my day. It goes by so fast ladies, so please please sit back and enjoy it! Additional Info: I was curious before we left about what types of fun things there were to do while we were in Cabo. We ended up doing a few things: 1. Went downtown to Cabo Wabo. This was really fun. It’s expensive though…like $45.00 for a bucket of beer. They had a great band and I’m glad we went. We also went to another bar where they hang you upside down and feed you shots…this was fun! We felt safe…there was a group of about 10 of us. Like any city, I would just stick together. 2. My husband and 7 others went deep sea fishing the day of the wedding. They caught a ton of fish and the resort cooked it for us. It was very very good. I think it was about $100.00/guy 3. Lovers Beach: This place is amazing! So fun to go swimming and to take pictures. You have two options to go here: 1. You can book through Apple at the resort for $40.00/person which includes your transportation to the marina, the water taxi ride, a cooler (empty you must bring your own beer and ice from the resort) and an umbrella. 2. Take the water taxi right from the RIU beach for about $10.00/pp. 4. Zip lining: We booked this through the Apple Rep for $99/pp. It was SOOOOOOO FUN! Wow, I was worried but it was great. Just a suggestion-do the early morning trip (they pick you up around 8:30 and you are back by 12:00) You are in the desert and its HOT there. I can’t imagine if we were out there past 1:00 it would be really hot and miserable. 5. Sun Set Da Mona Lisa: Wow, this restaurant was amazing. It has the best views of the arch and you can actually see the sun set as well. Make sure you call and make reservations. We made them for 6:45 and the sun set at 7:30 so it was perfect. Dreams Review: We stayed here for our honeymoon from Monday-Friday. I have to say that it’s a nice resort, but I really liked the RIU better overall. There are a few reasons, but the biggest one is that it’s far from downtown and you don’t have the view of the rocks. The ocean is also really rough so there are no water taxi’s out front like there are at the RIU. The food was very good here and I did like that you could have a sit down meal for lunch instead of the buffet like the RIU. There were more kids at Dreams also, which I was surprised at. I also didn’t like that you had to get up kind of early to reserve a chair, where the RIU had bigger pools so this wasn’t an issue. The resort dies down a lot at night, so we were kind of bored past 9:00. ~I have a ton of pics on facebook, so let me know if you need more and you can find me on there.~ Ugh! Thats it for now, sorry for such a long review, I hope this helps! ~MRS. Jasmund! For Jazz set up for ceremony and reception!.pptx
  14. I called ups and to ship a box from MI to cabo with a weight of 50 lbs was over $300!
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