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  1. FtcMacBride thank you for the amazing review! There have been a few bad reviews on tripadvisor the past month and it has had me and my hubby-to-be a bit concerned! Our wedding itinerary seems similar to yours so I'm super excited :-) We leave Saturday! I will definitely post a review and pictures when I get back!
  2. Shera - I'm also flying out of Ottawa on May 17th! We are having the wedding on the Monday May 19th but we are doing a symbolic ceremony (doing things a bit backwards, AHR in Ottawa on May 3rd which will include the legal ceremony). For photographers, we are bringing ours from Ottawa. They are friends who are professional photographers and after lots of back and forth, the resort FINALLY agreed to wave the 300 fee because they will be staying for 4 days. Definitely bringing that e-mail with me! If you are looking for a deal on photos my friend's got married last November in Mayan Riviera and their photographers were really great and also very cheap - I think they only paid 1500 for 2 photographers. Take it photo http://www.fototakeit.com/blog/. Jenny - thanks for the tip on the officiant! I wonder if it's possible to meet with them beforehand.... I'm also wondering if for a symbolic ceremony you really have to use their officiant? I'm going to ask... As far as things going to plan, ie following schedule and stuff, my friend who used to work for resorts in Mexico a few years ago gave me a pretty good tip. She said I should set aside a couple hundred dollars, give the wedding coordinator 100 when I get there and tell her another 100 is waiting for her as long as everything goes according to plan. Apparently what they will usually do then is tip from that who they need to to make sure things go well. I'm hoping that this will resolve some of the unecessary mixups I've read about like the DJ not following the playlist... and now with you Jenny, the officiant not following the program - JEEZ!
  3. Thanks for the tip! We are actually staying a fair bit South of Playa Del Carmen, in Akumal. Staying at the Grand Sirenis. I appreciate your advice and information!!!
  4. Hello! So you are saying that photographers have exclusivity agreements with the locals that manage the cenotes? My friends are professional photographers and will be doing the shoot. Do you have this agreement for most cenotes? We were going to scout out spots when we get there the first day and find a spot....
  5. Ladies! I am bringing a photographer from home and we want to do a cenote TTD shoot. Problem is, not being from there, we don't know where the good spots are! If you find any great cenotes for photoshoots that aren't too crazy busy with tourists, I would love love love the feedback!
  6. Hey! Where did you end up going? I'm looking for one right now... Thanks!
  7. Hayley - the e-mail I send to is weddings.mx@sirenishotels.com - always get a response! Janelle - once you book with put down a deposit, the WC will send you all the forms you need to complete and I believe they ask for you to send the details 3 months prior to the wedding. Although I have read on here that you can send it closer to the date :-)
  8. OMG Jenny your pics are BEAUTIFUL! I just got chills and am SO happy and excited about my special day now! Would you consider selling the kissing balls at all? I have the exact same colour scheme as you!
  9. I second that! I booked the group vacation through Flight Centre, which was awesome, but after that I was put in communication with a coordinator at the resort and I email her all the time. She was very quick with her responses from the get go, evenwhen it was 14 months away. Also, it's important to bring any e-mails that are important and if the communication is directly with the resort they can't argue what was previously agreed to (which I've heard can be an issue when dealing with a middle party).
  10. I can't wait to see what you all think of the BBQ menu because we have a lot of picky eaters as well and were thinking of going that route!
  11. Hello fellow brides! I am getting married at the Grand Sirenis Riviera in the Mayan Riviera May 19th 2014. A friend and colleague of mine just got engaged and is planning a wedding in Punta Cana either this Spring or next winter! We have been chatting (and by chatting I mean mostly venting) about the stresses associated with planning a destination wedding and providing eachother with moral support. It's been SO helpful to talk to someone who knows what you're going through!!! From the stress of choosing a destination and resort, to family feuds and expectations, it has been great to vent and encourage eachother. I had an idea to start a destination wedding support group in Ottawa, and my friend was all over it. So we are looking for a few more destination brides to get together with once a month for either brunch or dinner to talk about our planning, our ideas, our hurdles, and our frustrations. As wonderful as my hubby-to-be is, he just doesn't get the pressure associated with wedding planning that is generally put mostly on the woman! If you are interested, please PM me! Thanks!
  12. Leelou2000

    Greater Ottawa Area BDW Brides

    Hey there! I actually just posted a thread to see if any Ottawa brides wanted to start a support group to have dinner together or brunch once month. Not only am I also driving my fiancé crazy, but he JUST DOESN'T GET IT! lol. And my friend and I find it therapeutic to speak to someone experiencing the same thing about the stresses and family issues and everything that go along with destination wedding planning. E-mail me at leelou_2000@hotmail.com if you are interested!
  13. Leelou2000

    Ottawa Brides - Support Group!!

    Hello fellow brides! I am getting married at the Grand Sirenis Riviera in the Mayan Riviera May 19th 2014. A friend and colleague of mine just got engaged and is planning a wedding in Punta Cana either this Spring or next winter! We have been chatting (and by chatting I mean mostly venting) about the stresses associated with planning a destination wedding and providing eachother with moral support. It's been SO helpful to talk to someone who knows what you're going through!!! From the stress of choosing a destination and resort, to family feuds and expectations, it has been great to vent and encourage eachother. I had an idea to start a destination wedding support group in Ottawa, and my friend was all over it. So we are looking for a few more destination brides to get together with once a month for either brunch or dinner to talk about our planning, our ideas, our hurdles, and our frustrations. As wonderful as my hubby-to-be is, he just doesn't get the pressure associated with wedding planning that is generally put mostly on the woman! If you are interested, please let me know! Thanks!
  14. Hello fellow brides! I am getting married at the Grand Sirenis Riviera in the Mayan Riviera May 19th 2014. A friend and colleague of mine just got engaged and is planning a wedding in Punta Cana either this Spring or next winter! We have been chatting (and by chatting I mean mostly venting) about the stresses associated with planning a destination wedding and providing eachother with moral support. It's been SO helpful to talk to someone who knows what you're going through!!! From the stress of choosing a destination and resort, to family feuds and expectations, it has been great to vent and encourage eachother. I had an idea to start a destination wedding support group in Ottawa, and my friend was all over it. So we are looking for a few more destination brides to get together with once a month for either brunch or dinner to talk about our planning, our ideas, our hurdles, and our frustrations. As wonderful as my hubby-to-be is, he just doesn't get the pressure associated with wedding planning that is generally put mostly on the woman! If you are interested, please let me know! Thanks!
  15. Can't wait for your review!!! Ahh so excited!!!
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