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  1. Hi guys! So, if everything goes right, this week we will have a confirmed hotel and date in Playa del Carmen. Our wedding will be in the beginning of August so here is my dilemma. I burn soo easily and we will be there on a sunday but probably won't get married until the thursday. This creates a huge stress for me because that means I basically can't do anything for most of my vacation there. I really don't want to have a red nose on my wedding day or red anything for that matter. Does anyone have any tips on trying to not burn? I try to put SPF as soon as I come out of the water and as often as I can but some tours make it really hard to fit the SPF application in. I'm the type that if you miss a spot you can bet it will be burned in an hour. I know it's so silly to be stressing out about this!
  2. Hi everyone! I'm wondering if anyone had a DIY photobooth at their reception. I know there is a topic on doing one at the at home reception, but I'm interested in what kinds of things I would need to bring to Mexico and if it would even be possible? Here's what I was thinking: I have a SLR camera with a remote control, a tripod and I was thinking of bringing light and simple things for the backdrop, plus, of course, any props for the actual pictures. What about the light? Do I need anything else? Any help is appreciated!
  3. TinkerSofi

    Azul Fives 2016/2017

    I second what @@snswedding2016 said. We booked in May of 2014 so that was a while back. The only company that does chartered flights to AF from Canada is Air Transat so we went with them as well. Sometimes your TA is able to negotiate better promos or deals but it really depends on the time of booking. Who are you using for TA? Does she have a lot of experience with Karisma? Originally we wanted to go with Gran Caribe in Cancun, but our TA hadn't really worked with them and so when we got their quote we didn't like their terms. Among other things, they also only offered every 21st free. That's when our TA suggested AF and she had already worked with them many times. Anyway, when she said they would give us that deal, that was just another things among the many reasons why we chose it. I just got an email from Karisma yesterday saying that every 6th person is free with some conditions. I imagine it's only for US brides, but maybe they're willing to cut you a better deal than the 21st person for free.
  4. I downloaded the video from their website using an app. I believe I used Apowersoft Video downloader for Mac. There should be one for PCs as well if that's what you have. I tried many applications but that was the only one that worked
  5. TinkerSofi

    Post Wedding Sale!

    I think I paid $300 or 350 for set up costs. I can put one hell of a christmas lights display for $2500 here at home haha. I had a lot of decor, but what brings up the set up fee is if they have to hang anything, rather than if they just need to put things on tables and stuff like that. I still don't regret it though
  6. Heads up for the ladies who are recently married (or about to be married and would like to save this for the near future). Groupon has a discount for Photobook Canada. You can get $27 worth for only $5, and there's other offers, where you can pay a little more to get a bigger photobook. It goes all the way up to $27 for $85 worth. As someone who bought hers full price, you definitely want to get your hands on this! Happy shopping!
  7. It takes sometime between 40-50 seconds. I know someone had timed it, but honestly when you're there that's the last thing on your mind haha. My song was longer than that, but they just faded it out when I got to the front. You could watch the past videos and get an average from that. That's what I had done
  8. we met I think on the third day we were there. The appointment took a couple of hours and you will really go into all the details then . The main thing for now is for you to have all the things you have to pay for, but then you go over your timeline in detail and you will get a chance to make any last minute changes if you wish. We signed the waiver, but as I was getting my hair done Lucely came over (our coordinator) and told us the forecast was clear so we would go ahead and do everything outside. That was such great news. Then Claudia, the Lomas coordinator, asked me if I wanted to add chair covers from the vintage elegance theme for the ceremony for $100. This was also as I was getting my hair done and I said yes. We had 35 chairs and I thought it was a good deal at the time. I was glad I did that because I didn't have much decor, and it added a nice touch when I got up there .
  9. We did a sweetheart table and then the bridal party sat with their significant others. The reason why we did that was because we only had 30 guests and it would have been 7 of us at the imperial table, so I felt like the rest would have looked a little empty. Certainly give them a call to finalize your details before you pay. I didn't have a final call, I think it's something new that they do now. I would go through your summary in detail and make sure you're paying for the right things. Don't make any payments unless everything is correct. They take a long time to refund your money so you don't want to give them extra. I paid $200 over and they took so long to refund it that I just spent it at the spa at the resort Also, we didn't pay before my deadline. No one was answering my e-mails so I paid about a week late. They didn't say anything. I wouldn't be too worried , especially if you've been trying to get a hold of them and they are the ones not answering.
  10. It is! I found when the center pieces came together that I could finally picture what it all would look like. i'm kind of regretting not using gold haha. it looks so pretty
  11. @@Kjmenden I'm really sorry that you had that experience. However there are certain things that bothered me about your "review". I understand I'm a bit late to the party, but I feel like I need to say what I think. 1- Your bridesmaids "thought things wouldn't get set up on time" so they did it. You forget these guys do this day in and day out. I am sure your wedding would have been set up wonderfully had you let them to their job and not jumped the gun based on when and how you thought things should have been done. 2 - "The reviews from inside bloggers" - I'm sorry, but with only 3 posts and one of them being this super negative one, the one that seems to be getting paid is you, not us, who have planned this wedding down to every detail on these forums. There is no way you can prove that people are getting paid to write reviews and while I am sorry that you had a bad experience, it is not universal. 3 - "The dump of a room that your husband got" - My husband actually got one of the new rooms. It was very nice. So again, your experience is not universal. All you had to do was politely ask for another one, if you were that picky. 4 - Room service - yes, if you call at 1:30 AM it usually takes them longer because, well, you're not the only one who orders room service. 5 - People got sick from the welcome dinner - This seems to me like it should have read "I suspect that it was the food" because you can't prove it. Some of our guests also got sick, but we narrowed it down that it was probably due to us using tap water to brush our teeth. We also can't prove it, but hey, it's what happens when you travel sometimes. I can't blame the resort and neither did my guests. 6 - What exactly do you expect by posting this review? I understand that you are angry, but honestly, just because you had a bad experience it doesn't mean that everyone will. It is also not the place to hijack someone's thread, who by the way, has pretty much her whole wedding planned out, just to voice your opinion and make others second guess their choice. I supposed that had you stopped thinking about yourself for one second and actually checked out the forums you would have realized that. Too much to ask I guess. I could go on, but honestly, what for. I don't expect you will read this, because you're obviously just going around and ranting in random places, but at least know that your kind of negativity is not welcomed here. @@ashhtayy i'm loving the centerpieces. I think the mason jars turned out really well! I also had a bit of a disappointing run with spray paint. it's a lot harder than I thought! haha. I can't wait to see it all with the flowers
  12. Juan has a fade, so yeah, it was totally an issue for him. One of his friends is a barber, so she cut his hair while we were there haha. When we went to Argentina for 2 weeks he ended up walking into this place and he didn't like the haircut. He's very picky and he wanted to just go anywhere in town when we went to Mexico. As someone who is also picky with her hair, I strongly suggested against it haha.
  13. @@ashhtayy it was totally fine for us. No one was using their phones to look at their meal. We didn't rent anything else. The string lights were just for decoration but they don't light up the place much. I didn't feel like it was too dark.
  14. I hesitated so much about posting this planning thread, but reading other people's has helped me a lot, so here is mine. I hope I didn't make it too long. I love threads with tons of detail. I tried to organize it as best I could but I have so many ideas running through my head that sometimes they're hard to organize . How we met: Juan and I met 7 years ago when a friend invited me to smoke some hookah and Juan happened to be friends with some of my friend’s friends. The second I walked in and I saw him, I remember thinking to myself “That’s one good looking guy!” We talked for a bit and when it got home at around 1:30am, I go on facebook and see that he has added me as a friend. Unfortunately timing was a bit of an issue for us. At the time we met he had a girlfriend, even though things weren’t going well between them and we definitely had a mutual attraction, I decided to walk away and not talk with him anymore. Fast forward 5 months, I went out with a girlfriend to celebrate that the school year was over and there he was! Up until that point I thought our attraction was something temporary, which was long gone, but the second we saw each other it was literally like a movie, and all those feeling came rushing back in one second. The best way I can describe it, it felt like pure chemistry, like we had known each other for ages. There was only one problem: I had a boyfriend then. Anyway, I decided to follow my heart so I broke it off with my boyfriend and decided to give this relationship with Juan a chance. Never in a million years would I have thought we would be here today. one of our first pictures together: Our engagement: Originally his plan was to propose on a trip we were going to take down to Mexico. He had reserved a private beach dinner for us. However he had some issues with a summer class he was taking and he needed to stay, right on the week of our trip! So that was wrecked proposal #1. Juan really dislikes celebrating his birthday but I wanted to do something nice for his 30th, so I planned a glow in the dark surprise party. My now MOH and I spend months planning this thing haha. As we were setting things up I get a call from Juan, and he asks “Sofia, are you planning a party for me?” he sounded so disappointed so I had to tell him the truth. He even sounded a bit mad, which I couldn’t understand why. When he gets to the party he’s not mad at all, he’s actually super appreciative of it. As we were dancing he says to me “tell them to turn down the music, I want to say something” and my response (which, to this day I feel pretty dumb about about haha) “wait! I love this song!” *facepalm. So anyway, we turn down the music, and he starts off by thanking my friend and I for putting together the party and saying that he wanted to do this a while back, while in Mexico, but that he couldn’t… and that’s when my mind goes blank because it started freaking out haha. All I remember was that he went down on one knee and everyone was cheering while I was trying to keep it together and not cry. I couldn’t say yes, I could only nod and hug him. Out of all the people at my house he had not told anyone he was going to propose, so there are barely any pictures. I think everyone was as shocked as I was haha. Then the truth comes out, he had actually planned a romantic dinner that night, he had reservations, flowers arranged, everything. He knows I like to celebrate birthdays, and since he doesn’t like celebrating his, then he thought that at least I could celebrate our engagement that day J. Then he found out I had planned the party so he had to go and cancel everything. That’s why he sounded so disappointed on the phone haha. So, that was wrecked proposal #2 but I guess the third time is the charm! haha This is the only semi-decent picture we have of that night right after he proposed: The e-ring: I chose my own ring. We were supposed to go see what I liked one day so he’d have an idea when he actually went shopping. As soon as we came out of the store he says, “I bought the ring”. I was like “what!?” (btw he sucks at keeping surprises a secret). Anyway, he upgraded the diamond from the one I had picked and I have to agree it looks nicer J. Here is a picture of it: Our idea for a wedding: Juan told me he wanted a DW ever since we started talking about marriage. He was super determined about this, no budging. I didn’t really care either way so we went with it. However, I did not want a super intimate wedding, with a simple white dress, my hair flowing freely in the wind with our toes on the sand. That’s what scared me a little bit about a DW at first because these were the only type that I had seen. Then luckily I found this forum and began to realize that DW are as varied as any other event. We soon came up with our wishlist. Our resort needed: · A venue for the ceremony that was not on the sand, a gazebo, or even better, some kind of terrace would be perfect · We needed to fit around 50 people · Affordable – we were thinking at around $1500 · Probably somewhere family friendly. We’re at the age when everyone is having kids so we didn’t want to leave anyone out. · A place where we could have a private reception · Somewhere close to an active nightlife We ended up choosing Mexico, mostly due to costs but also because we like it. It’s also a fairly short flight compared to other destinations. Choosing the resort: I think finding the resort was one of the hardest parts, and me second-guessing everything did not make it any easier. I went through these forums doing research and narrowed it down to 3 places. We were planning a trip to Cancun so we thought why not check them out? We pretty much picked one hotel when we came back but it was still too early to book so we waited another year (longest wait, ever!) As we got closer to at least the year we’d be getting married in, we decided to look for a TA. A member here in the forums recommended us LaurieLee so we met up with her. We were sold after the meeting with her so we didn’t shop around or anything for other TAs. We told her about the hotel we had seen in Cancun. Unfortunately when she got prices for us it was not good news. The price was right, but this resort wanted Juan and I to put down $150 for each guest (non refundable) in order to reserve the spots, so it was back to the drawing board because we didn’t want to take that risk. I was pretty frustrated that we wasted that trip checking out hotels, which none ended up working out, but oh well. So my suggestion, get a TA first, even if your wedding is far away. Our TA suggested a couple of resorts to us and we totally fell in love with Azul Fives, or at least I did. I just needed that terrace! If Juan wanted a DW, I wanted to have it on a terrace overlooking the ocean. The hotel itself was $100 more expensive than our original budget for the cheapest room but I just couldn’t resist, and Juan “agreed” haha. How the weddings work at Azul Fives: I was beyond confused about all of this. I think I spent a week trying to figure out if we could even afford having a wedding at this beautiful hotel. Their website is so not user friendly and there was such little info out there when we booked! This is why I'm including this. This resort doesn’t have predesigned packages like a lot of other hotels. You pay the basic and then it’s pretty much all a la carte. Long story short, unless you’re in the States, you pay $950 for a basic ceremony (which is free for US residents). I thought this was free for Canadians as well but their small print wasn’t clear enough, and there’s no arguing now. Then the fun begins because you can truly blow that pesky budget out of the water if you let yourself have everything you desire. There are so many upgrades, so many things you can rent out that you can truly go crazy. For starters, you can have one of their packaged ceremonies for $3000. They’re beautiful, you basically get a ceremony fit for a beach princess, but we couldn’t justify spending such a huge chunk of our budget on something that is over so quickly. We’re going for something simple in terms of décor, but I’ll get into that later. The thing about Azul Fives is that you can have pretty much anything you want, but it all comes with a cost, so beware. I still wouldn’t change the hotel. As much as I sometimes complain about their high prices for everything, this is really my only complaint so far. It has pretty much everything that was on our wishlist and the communication with my WC is great, everything seems to be smooth sailing so far. Choosing the colors: I think I changed our colors every week at the beginning haha. Juan was of no help here because I think all men are partially color blind. They only see primary and secondary colors. I kept asking him and his response always was, “as long as it’s not red I’m good”. You know how many freaking colors are on a color wheel that are NOT red?! When I saw the pictures for one of Karisma’s packages I immediately decided, I loved the vintage elegance theme. It just kind of goes with who I am and Juan was just kind of like “whatever you want, they all look nice”. This is what it looks like: Colors were set, theme was sort of set. In hindsight maybe I should have gone with more of a common color, because a lot of things would have been easier to find, but I still love it. Getting people booked: We’re in Canada, which means that we usually get our hotel, flight and transportation bundled into one. The first thing we did was reserving the date for our wedding. Our TA took care of that. Once that was confirmed and we had an actual date, then she made the room block for 30 people with the tour company, Transat. Our guests had 90 days to put a $150 deposit and now they have until June to pay the full balance. Our TA provided us with an electronic save the date. It wasn’t anything crazy really. I created a canned message on gmail and then added a little message for each person before sending it off. LaurieLee has been amazing so far about getting people booked, etc. so if anyone needs a TA in the Calgary area I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her, especially if you're thinking of using a Karisma resort. Our website: We made our website before we sent our STD so we could include the link on there. It was hard to choose a website. We decided to go with Weddingwire. Again, sometimes my color choices came to bite me in the ass. It was hard to find a website that had similar colors. The main purpose of the website was to get people to book. I had included pretty wording, etc. until I realized people don’t really read so I changed the information to be point form in some parts. You can check it out here: www.weddingwire.com/sofiaandjuan The process of making the invites: We handed out invites about a month before our booking deadline. Most of our guests live in the same city, so we personally delivered them and mailed out a few. We didn’t really shop around for invites. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on these because most people just throw them to the garbage, so I’d rather spend that money on the wedding itself. We decided to go the boarding pass route and DIY. My mom is pretty creative and she designed them on photoshop. In terms of printing, I tried printing them in the two printers we have but since the background was colored they looked pretty amateur. We sent them to be printed at Staples, I can’t remember exactly how much we paid but it was less than $1 per page, and we had two invites in each page. I chose a glossy cardstock. They cut them for us, we just had to go through and cut the rounded corners with a puncher. We made the invites only one page each. In hindsight, I really wish I had included more information and made them more than one page long. For the envelopes, I bought some pearly ivory paper at Michael’s (with a coupon of course), and printed each envelope with the guests names at the back. Our envelopes were pretty simple, they didn’t have a slit or anything like that but, meh. There are definitely some nicer ones out there in these forums. My mom has an embossing machine and I thought, “why not use it?” It took quite a few tries because I kept getting crease of the edge of the folder on the envelopes. Thanks google for the solution for this. I loved how that turned out and so did our guests. It was time consuming, as I had to roll each envelope through the little machine twice. But it was worth it. We made a joke with my mom that I looked like I belonged to the Ingalls family haha, so low tech. I used a bone folder to create the creases and fold the envelopes for them to look cleaner. I had bought a Martha Stewart glue pen to put them together. What a piece of crap, don’t waste your money. The envelopes started to come off within a few hours, even though we left them pressed for a whole night under some books for the glue to stick. The pen also dried out after two uses. We had to glue the envelopes all over again, this time with old school glue. I used the useless pen by dipping it into the glue and then brush it over the envelopes. That did the trick and they looked fine. Here's us in our little invite making party: I bought some stamps from Michael’s as well that were travel related, so we stamped the invites and the envelopes. Then I made little ribbon bows and I glued them with a hot glue gun to close the invites. This was the finished product: Everyone really liked them. They’re not the nicest ones on this site but at the end of the day they’re just invites and I can bet you ¾ ended up in the garbage. Then the waiting began…. About a week before our deadline the only people booked were us, my family and 4 friends (my family because I basically sat them down one day and forced them to book, I told them that they needed to make me feel better hahah). We sent out text messages to everyone reminding them that the deadline was that week and that otherwise they would lose the special pricing. We only sent these to the people who expressed some interest in coming. Most people booked in the last couple of days. I was freaking out, thinking no one would be there but most came through in the end J. Right now we officially have 42 people and 3 kids and still waiting for quite a few more, so this could explode any minute. Otherwise I’m more than happy with 45 people. Next, the fun really begins with all the planning!
  15. @@calgarybride2015 haha, I thought no one replied to this . It's good until May
  16. We got the memorable moments package and still brought our own decor. I had some string lights to put behind the gazebo and I think that's what brought our set up fee a little higher. We paid $250-300, I can't quite remember. Definitely hanging things up is what brings the cost up haha, otherwise it's not that much. They did explain to us that the money they charge is just divided up between the guys that actually do all the set up (so the hotel doesn't keep that money) and that's why they ask for cas. They did a great job so I didn't feel like it was unfair.
  17. TinkerSofi

    Calgary Brides!

    @@ashleynv I sent you a PM! If I had to do it again I wouldn't go to the same place for alterations for me (where I bought my dress). I feel like they way overcharged me. My mom got her dress altered with a lady that lives by our house and she paid a lot less for a lot of work haha and it looked great! I can ask for her name and phone number . I haven't heard anything about Sonia's
  18. Thanks ladies. Yes, it was a lot of fun, partying till the sun came up pretty much haha. @ thanks, I can't take the credit for the decor. My mom and aunt did everything. My aunt has a home decor store and she is very crafty. She teaches painting and crafts classes, so you can imagine haha. It was all on the simple side, but she's awesome at taking a couple of things and making it look beautiful .
  19. @@snswedding2016 yeah, I wish we would have been able to do a honeymoon right after. I agree with you, I didn't feel like we rested much while we were there haha. It was still so awesome to see everyone and i'm so happy we went with a DW. I had totally forgotten about the wedding part too while we were there haha. I think that's what helped me to relax on the day of, that I had been hanging out with these people for almost a week and it was never a dull moment. I knew the wedding would be awesome I don't blame you! I'd be reading those vows every day too ahah. Juan actually wrote his that morning....on a hotel notepad bahaha. I actually burst our laughing when he pulled that out during the ceremony. It was just so him though and I loved it .
  20. OMG!! as I was reading your review I couldn't help but to also think about my experience, both being so wonderful. You both looked amazing and just so happy!! It's funny, I used the same way to describe our wedding day. It was better than I could have imagined. That's frustrating about the excursion on rehearsal day, but hey, it could be worse! Juan actually planned an excursion for us on the rehearsal day. They sold it to him like it was 4 hrs (to which I reluctantly agreed after a LOT of pressure from him), but when we got in the van they told us it was the whole day. I was fuming. I get back at like 5pm, I had a bunch of messages from my bridesmaids who thought we'd be back at like 12 and hadn't heard anything from me. No one knew what was happening and I had to plan all the little things out. Then I had Juan who could not understand how I could possibly still have so many things to do, so he obviously didn't get why I was so mad haha. To sum it up it was not such a sweet day before our wedding day. I was basically pissed off at Juan haha. I absolutely loved your vows. And...this is why I hate writing things, because I could never come up with something so beautiful. Both of your vows were so heart-felt. I loved them I also loved the first look pictures , I love his reaction. That's always my favourite part hehe. Don't you wish you could go back and do it all over again?!
  21. Can you believe I just saw this? I didn't see that there was a new reply on this thread It went great! It was so nice to have such a big family reunion. There's a lot of us, so it's hard for everyone to be under the same roof. Everyone was super excited. We danced until 5am haha. The place was great, the food was amazing!! I was so happy, I got to dance with my grandpa. He was so happy too, it totally made my night . Overall it was also a great two weeks. Juan fit into my family like he had known them for ages haha. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. I was a bit stressed about this because, you never know haha. He totally wanted to stay there forever! more pics!! I was afraid it would freeze if I tried to upload all of them at once haha oh, PS: Ironically enough, I made it the whole night on my wedding dress, in Mexico, when it was like 32 degrees but not in Argentina . Half way through the reception I got extremely bloated for some reason and I couldn't breathe in my dress anymore. Luckily, I had my backup dress. Turns out I got a stomach flu that lasted 3 days, but at least I didn't get it badly until the day after the reception. When the party ended my stomach started to hurt and I felt disgusted by everything (perfect cue for my whole family to ask whether I was pregnant already haha). There was something going around. 6 guests who were coming from out of town had to cancel because all 6 got a super strong stomach flu. My mom, grandma and aunt were also sick the day before, even though no one ate the same thing. Super weird.
  22. TinkerSofi

    Toronto (Gta) Brides Meet Up?!

    excellent! I look forward to being added . I just PM'd you with my name and @@calgarybride2015, I added you
  23. TinkerSofi

    Toronto (Gta) Brides Meet Up?!

    Could everyone please pass me their fb names? I'll put the group together
  24. TinkerSofi

    Toronto (Gta) Brides Meet Up?!

    Juan and I are totally on board. I do agree with @@calgarybride2015 that $4000 per person might be a bit much for us hahah, especially if I end up going back to school (which i'll hopefully find out about in the next couple of months). Early 2017 works for us and I'm sure we can find a good price point for a resort. I might be biased but the Karisma resorts are really high on my recommendation list and some of their resorts are at decent prices. The food alone there is just amazing. I have been to the RIU Cancun. It's nice, it's close to all the clubs which is a huge plus. We walked there every night and back. The good thing is that if, for example, we stay at the RUI Palace las Americas (right next door to RIU Cancun) we can go visit and eat at any other RIU. With so many people I don't know if that will even be an advantage or if it's just better to stay at our resort every day and save a couple hundred bucks. With that said, the beach is much nicer at the RIU Cancun than the one in Palace las Americas. I would also love to go back to Playa del Carmen. We didn't have a chance to go visit the town when we were there, but we can always rent a car while in Cancun and drive down there for the day. It's not a big deal. Adults only works for us, we're not planning on kids for a few years so we're good. But if anyone wants just a regular family resort, we're ok with that too. Should we make a fb group? Maybe it will be easier to keep the discussions more organized and we can have polls about price points/resorts/locations etc. I can open one up.
  25. @@ashhtayy hahah, oh men. I'm lucky that I have a guy who loves to shop and who loves expensive things (for better or worse haha). I still ended up scanning a bunch of things that he didn't agree with, and vice-versa. His response was, well, if we don't ask for the good stuff now when are we going to do it? Plus, we get 10% off for a year on the stuff that people didn't get us, so we kept in mind things and price ranges that we would be able o afford later on. We needed absolutely everything since neither of us lived on their own, so that made it a little easier. Our registry ended up being 12 pages long! I had a lot of fun doing it, but I definitely did what the assistant told you. I added a bunch of things in store but then I found similar products for half the price on their website, so I added those and deleted the very expensive items. Just make sure you have a bit for every price range. Don't take it too seriously, after all it's just a wish list, but it doesn't mean you're going to get all those things . A girl can dream right? I really like your rings, and I like the idea of engraving it. I was going to do the same, but in the end we decided to take that money to Mexico and spend it there. The wedding plus a move in the horizon kind of limited our funds haha. Maybe for our first year? I think it's a very cute idea, and useful, you know, for those moments when one of you forgets your anniversary date but you're too afraid to ask bahahah (in our case that would be Juan )