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  1. Hi Lianna, I am from Winnipeg but I worked with a girl named Alexis from a company called Travel Best Bets which is based out of Vancouver. She was excellent! Great customer services and I was really pleased with the prices she got for us. Most of my guests are flying out of Calgary and Edmonton and they found booking with her very easy. I haven't found it to be a problem not having her in the same location as me and dealing were over the phone and through email. The nice thing about Travel Best Beta that worked well for me is they were able to get me a group rate without having to have all my guests fly out of one gateway. They combined all my guests flying out of multiple gateways to secure the group rate which was perfect for me because I am having a smaller wedding. I would highly recommend them. Kathy
  2. Boy, I had a lot of catching up to do! Clair0701- congratulations! your pictures are gorgeous! You look stunning and I LOVE your bridesmaid dresses. Such wonderful memories! Mytye2b- That is a lot of packing! I am trying to picture all the luggage carts you will require at the airport. You are so creative and have thought of everything. Your wedding is going to be amazing. Best wishes! Carlota- I am so sorry I missed you before you left. I am thinking of you and I am sure your wedding will be wonderful! I hope that you enjoy your trip and your wedding is all you hoped for. Kathy
  3. BridetobeABCD and TaraB - sorry for the delay in responding. I haven't been on the site in a while. It is great to hear that your plans are well underway. January will be here before you know it! After all my thoughts on the Barcelo and Iberostar, we ended up booking at the Grand Palladium Colonial. Our date is February 5, 2014...less than 6 months away! There will be 23 of us in total going to Mexico which is wonderful. As of right now, we have pretty much all the major things purchased and booked. We are just working on the smaller details like getting formal invitations so everyone knows the time of the wedding, dinner etc. We sent out a std in April and all our guests booked based on that so we don't really need RSVPs now. We are also busy downloading music and creating playlists on our iPods as we have opted to use an iPod dock rather than hiring a dj. I have to get my dress fitted too, but still have time for that. Other than that, I think we have everything covered. At the end of the day, I decided that for my own sanity, simple was better and so I have opted not to worry about loads of decorations or oot bags. That has brought my stress level down significantly. The only thing I am contemplating is whether or not to purchase maracas and put our names and wedding date as a souvenir for our guests. The other option I have is to have the photographer take pictures of each family and then send each guest their family picture after the wedding in our thank you card. Not sure what to do yet. I am not sure about everyone else's experience, but the most difficult part for me was choosing the resort. Once that was done, everything else just seemed to fall into place. Good luck fellow brides! I am sure everything is going to be beautiful and amazing! Kathy
  4. Mjones- I am from Winnipeg, but most of guests are flying out of Calgary. We at staying at the Colonial in February. Our rate all in p/p was $1667 out of Calgary. Hope this helps. Kathy
  5. Welcome to the forum iamlizzygrace. We are getting married February 5, 2014, so we will be at the resort at the same time! We are staying at the Colonial and we too are having a 6 pm dinner at Portofinos. There is about 22 in our group and we decided to do the beach bash. Good luck with your planning! Kathy
  6. Christena, Thank you so much for sharing your experience. You look stunning! I really enjoyed your pictures. You have some amazing shots already and this is only a sample. Congratulations! Kathy
  7. Welcome Heather, welcome Amanda! I am getting married February 5, 2014. We have chosen to do a vow renewal instead of a legal ceremony and similar to others we will treat the wedding in Mexico as our real wedding date for anniversary purposes. We have told a few people we are getting legally married here. it doesn't seem to make a difference to most people, but I wish we had kept it a secret. We have chosen the Pure Paradise package as it had almost everything we wanted. I loved the decorations and Gerber daisies are my favorite. We also felt that for our purposes, it met everything we wanted and e price was right. We have also opted to to the beach bash. It sounds like a fun way to spend the evening and enjoy the surroundings for a destination wedding. Kathy
  8. Thanks or the info and stories on the photographer. I have e-mailed the wc to see whether or not he policy has changed. HeatherLynn - they are ceremonies after 2:00. I just had my symbolic ceremony confirmed for 4:00 in February 2014. I wonder if it is just the day you were looking for or the type of wedding. I would definitely get your TA to ask.
  9. Thanks Carlota. Excellent points. I have read wonderful things about Claudia Photo too. I look for the moments and emotions in pictures too. Kathy
  10. Hi ladies, Does anyone know the outside vendor policy for photographers ath the GP? Also, does anyone have a sense of he package prices for the resort photographers? I have tried using the link to their website and I just get a blank screen. thanks, Kathy
  11. Thanks brebuisson! I just got an e-mail yesterday so we have sent in the information to put down our deposit. February 5, 2014! We have our travel booked now to and just sent the travel info out to our guests. We just need to find a photographer now. I am finally feeling like I am top of things. Kathy
  12. Hey 2014 brides! I am just curious whether anyone has received confirmation for their 2014 wedding date yet. I received an e-mail from Vanessa a couple of weeks ago saying my name was on a waiting list and that they would begin confirming 2014 dates in a couple of weeks. I am thinking they should be starting now, if they haven't begun already. I am anxiously awaiting confirmation as I have booked our travel and want to send out the details to our guests. Just curious as the waiting is killing me! Thanks!
  13. Karen - congratulations! Thank you so much for the review and the pictures. You looked stunning!
  14. Yes, I think the packages are pretty much set. I do believe there is one package option which allows you to choose your favorite elements from all the package so it is pretty close to customizing. The beach bash is going to be like my reception. I didn't want the evening to end at dinner so I am hoping to have the beach bash. The hotel sets up loung furniture, tiki torches and lanterns on the beach as well as a bonfire. You can hire a dj or just use your iPod to play music. The hotel also provides a bartender to serve drinks and snacks. It sound like fun and just extends the night a bit. I don't have a wedding date confirmed with the hotel yet, but I have asked for February 5, 6 or 7, 2014. When is your wedding?
  15. Yes, I think the packages are pretty much set. I do believe there is one package option which allows you to choose your favorite elements from all the package so it is pretty close to customizing. The beach bash is going to be like my reception. I didn't want the evening to end at dinner so I am hoping to have the beach bash. The hotel sets up loung furniture, tiki torches and lanterns on the beach as well as a bonfire. You can hire a dj or just use your iPod to play music. The hotel also provides a bartender to serve drinks and snacks. It sound like fun and just extends the night a bit. I don't have a wedding date confirmed with the hotel yet, but I have asked for February 5, 6 or 7, 2014. When is your wedding?
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