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About TraceyT

  • Birthday December 28

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    Calgary, AB

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  • Wedding Date
    January 14, 2014
  • Wedding Location
    Playacar Palace, Playa del Carmen
  1. Wow!! I wasnt expecting so many responses! I'm so excited for way more options now. Thank you thank you thank you everyone!!! I honestly hadn't heard about/considered Platinum Yucatan Princess, Mayakoba, Now Jade, Now Sapphire, El Dorado Seaside, El Dorado Maroma, and Generations, but I will definitely be adding all of those to my watch list now. They all sound like what we are looking for. @@calgarybride2015 Thanks! I had it custom made (by a lady in the states for a really great price) based on a dress I loved but wasnt made anymore, and I had to add the colour in I looooooove it! We are going to go back one day and do a trash the dress session in the cenotes, so I will get to wear it again!
  2. My husband and I are planning a trip for Jan 2016 as an anniversary/My 30th Bday/Recovery celebration and I need some help. We got married at Playacar Palace in Jan 2014 and honeymooned at Cozumel Palace and loved it at both places, they were nice, small, great food and service, and had very fun places to visit/explore around them. For this trip I'm open to some other options and was wondering what you guys would suggest? The issue; I'm having ankle surgery in Sept, so I will be 4 months into the 6 month recovery which is where I have hit the wall as far as planning. I had the other ankle operated on last year and know 100% that there's no way I could handle walking a mega resort at that point....So I need some advice on nice smaller resorts to look into. The places I've looked at/considered Akumal Wellness Resort and all of the Palace resorts except Moon. Requirements (in order of importance): - Caribbean/Mexico (east side) - Small size - All inclusive - Nice beach - Good food/service - Pool (not manditory) - Near a town/touristy area for shopping/cultural stuffs The goal is basically to go relax on the the beach, drink, eat, and not do too much else I can't really do many excursions sadly (it honestly makes me so sad because other then a cenote/ek balam tour (which I highly highly recommend), we didn't get to do much on the Riviera side during our wedding because we were busy), but if you have ideas on anything like boat tours or stuff that didn't require much walking, that would be greatly appreciated too So! Any experience at the places I've looked at? Or suggestions or recommendations for other resorts? Thanks!
  3. TraceyT

    Canadian Newbies !

    Quote: Originally Posted by mcbride3 Hey ladies, Just wondering if anyone can help me out. I'm from B.C. and I'm having a legal cermony in mexico and I'm just confused on the legal documents that are required to have the legal ceremony in mexico. The part I'm confused about is the apostile document. What is this, do I need it and where do I get it? So I got some more info on this now. If you get your birth certificates notarized, you can then take them to the mexican embassy closest to where the birth certificates were issued (Mine in calgary, FI's was in drumheller, so we can go to the embassy in calgary) and they can officially notarize them for you and it will be recognized in mexico. A little easier then sending them to ottawa.
  4. I got them off amazon. I just bought a cheap lamination machine at walmart (I got the Scotch one that was only $34 and I'm going to sell it to my mom after for her work.), ran the tags through it a couple of times. It didn't need the paper protector even, just ran the plastic right through, I think because its 10mil, it needed to go through more then once (I found 3 times worked the best) And I just bought DIY business cards at Staples and printed them myself. The last pic is the ones I made, the other side has the persons name, address and phone number printed, but it would be just as easy to print simple lines and have them use a permanent marker to add their info in. They look better in person then in the pic. I'll have 35 left for sure.
  5. I will have about that many left (when I'm done this week) that are for laminating. They come with the plastic loops. I don't know what shipping would cost, PM me if your interested.
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    How long to wait for the AHR

    We are getting married on January 14, 2014 and have our AHR planned for April 12th. Originally we were going to have it in Feb, but that date wasn't available at our venue, so we decided to wait until everyone important would be able to come (FI's has several family members that fly south for the winter, so they will be back by april). I was concerned that it would be too long after the wedding, but who cares, they get to party, they'll enjoy it regardless of if its a couple weeks or a few months after. I just have to make sure I still fit my dress....
  7. My post above was supposed to include this..... Quote: Originally Posted by RachelHolmes21 June 14 2014 My WC is Alejandra.
  8. That's awesome! What all have you gotten planned with her so far? I feel like I am soooo behind. I've only picked my private events (including reception and stuff) and the meals for them. And that's about it, I'm stuck and I'm only 3 months away.....
  9. So, I did something a little different for my out of town bag shopping, and I highly suggest it if you live near a border and are ordering a decent amount of stuff. This is long, which is why I hadn't posted anything yet, even though we did this weeks ago I found this site www.kinek.com you sign up with them for free and they give you an American address to ship to near the border (they have lots of pick up locations all along the border). In my case, I am in Calgary and had my stuff shipped to Babb, MT (5 min over the border). They will hold your packages for 30 days and charge between $4-$7 per package (US Cash only). They will apparently hold for up to 90 days if you call and arrange it (and pay a little extra). It opened up many more options to choose from since anything and everything would ship within the states. I still need a few more things for the bags, but they can all be ordered on ebay/dhgate from china, so I wouldn't have saved anything having it shipped to the states. It was a 2.5 hour drive from Calgary, but we stopped in Lethbridge had lunch, visited FI's brother and met with the jeweler making our wedding bands (same guy who made my engagement ring). Crossing the border was easy, just tell the US guys you are picking up packages of supplies for your wedding (the officer cracked a joke to FI asking if he had any say in the matter, he just laughed and said, no he just had the credit card). Coming back into Canada was very easy. The daily limit is $200 per person, so if your over, you just pay duty on the amount you were over. Tell them you picked up packages of wedding supplies (I had to explain the out of town bag concept because they didn't understand why I needed hand sanitizer and stuff for a wedding hehehe), have your invoices all ready, they will have you come inside and pay the taxes you owe and any extra duties. We had 2 people, and $600 worth of stuff plus he $100 in shipping/kinek charges, so we only paid duties on $300. The customs officer had me check where the sandals were made because if they're made in the states you pay less. The place seemed sketchy as hell at first (tiny town, no one around, tire place seemed like it was out of business but I don't think it actually was), but the lady who took care of the Kinek pickups was super nice, everything is locked away in an office/garage, and lots of people seem to use it, I was very surprised how many packages the lady was holding for other people. Most of the stuff we ordered had free shipping inside the US so altogether we only paid $60 on $600 worth of stuff. We got all the individual medicine packets, lip chap, hand sanitizers, 100 pack of DIY luggage tags, blank waterproof labels to print labels for the tumblers, 5 pairs of sandals (mine for the wedding, my MOH's, our flower girls, and 2 pairs just because they were only $10 and they looked awesome), my FI took advantage of the situation and got some new fog lights for his jeep and replacement bubs for his other lights. I wish I had known about it sooner since we were just down in Waterton in the summer and Babb is only an hour from there, it would have been even easier to pick up. I know it seems like a long drive, but honestly, we made it there and back on a tank of gas ($60) and paid $70 in taxes/duties (for what we went over on our personal limit). So we bought everything off of amazon in one payment, it shipped in 8 packages and we paid $60 tank of gas $70 taxes and duties $32 Kinek cost (8 packages @ $4) $60 shipping costs $235 FI's lights & bulbs (saved $155 compared to what they cost here) $200 5 pairs of sandals $20 blank waterproof labels for tumblers From Amazon.com (I wrote what they are the equivalent of in brackets) $11.41 Medique Medi-Meclizine 50x2 packs (Gravol) $0.22 per packet $14.76 Medique Diamode 50x1 packs (Immodium) $0.30 per packet $15.59 Medique Diotame 50x2 packs (Pepto Pills) $0.31 per packet $24.40 Blistex Mint SPF 15 24 pack $1.01 per stick From MFASCO Health & Safety on amazon $6.75 Medi-First Non Asprin 125x2 packs (Tylenol) $0.05 per packet $4.95 Medi-First Ibuprofen 50x2 packs (Advil) $0.10 per packet $2.91 (per box) Medi-First Hydrocortisone Cream 25 packets (2 boxes) (Afterbite) $0.12 per packet $3.65 (per box) Medi-First Triple Antibiotic Ointment 25 packets (2 boxes) (Polysporin) $0.15 per packet $3.05 (per box) Water-Jel First Aid Burn Cream 25 packets (4 boxes ) (Solarcaine) $0.12 per packet From MedVetInternational on amazon $14.95 Purell 2oz Hand sanitizer 24 Pack $0.62 per bottle From PLEXSUPPLY on amazon $16.99 100 Luggage tag laminating pouches w/loops Net total (stuff) $590 Grand total (with shipping, kinek, gas, taxes/duty) $812 OOT bag med supplies $120 (not including shipping) We have 24 confirmed guests so far for our wedding in January, and I can have at least two packets per person per bag for every medication I got. Now, considering the cost to get any of that shipped directly to my house would have been waaaaaay more, as well as the fact that the cost to buy it would have been more in the first place, and some things you couldn't even buy from here, I am pretty happy with it overall. I don't think it's worth it if you only have a couple things you want, but they hold your packages for a long time, and if you can do just one run and get most of your stuff, it's worth it. My only regrets? That I didn't find it sooner so I could have saved on a lot of other things (I probably would have gotten my tumblers, bags, and some of the decorations), and that my MOH didn't have her passport so she couldn't come with us and help us save on duties. And one last thing, if you decide to do this, don't speed in the states (at least if you're going to Babb), the guy who was in front of me at the border got pulled over right away and he was only doing the typical 10km over coming up to the border....... So don't make a speeding ticket a part of your wedding costs.....
  10. I am too Rachel! Jan 14! When is yours? Whos your WC? I have Daniela.
  11. Hey Lynz! Are you doing a buffet on the beach for your reception? I just ask because I was just looking through the private events brochure I got and $12 per person was the set up fee for that or "difficult to access areas" maybe that's what the charge is?
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    Canadian Newbies !

    You're welcome!
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    Canadian Newbies !

    I actually just found the answer to your question yesterday since I am just starting all the paperwork now My mom works with the provincial government and looked it up. So! Apparently Canada didn't sign the Hauge (sp?) agreement so we don't do Apostilles here. The process is, get your documents photocopied and notarized (by a notary or registry) then send your documents to the address on this site (the website has the rest of the process) http://www.international.gc.ca/department-ministere/authentication-authentification_documents.aspx?view=d#Certificates_of_birth It takes about 3 weeks, they will mail the documents back if you provide a prepaid (best to use UPS or something you can easily track) envelope. Then you can mail your newly internationally certified documents to your resort. The notary will likely cost something but the international certification (equivalent to the apostille) is free, just give yourself the time needed to receive it. If you go with one of the companies online that provide the service, all you're really paying for is for someone else to do all that. Hope that helps you!
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    Canadian Newbies !

    I actually just found the answer to your question yesterday since I am just starting all the paperwork now My mom works with the provincial government and looked it up. So! Apparently Canada didn't sign the Hauge (sp?) agreement so we don't do Apostilles here. The process is, get your documents photocopied and notarized (by a notary or registry) then send your documents to the address on this site (the website has the rest of the process) http://www.international.gc.ca/department-ministere/authentication-authentification_documents.aspx?view=d#Certificates_of_birth It takes about 3 weeks, they will mail the documents back if you provide a prepaid (best to use UPS or something you can easily track) envelope. Then you can mail your newly internationally certified documents to your resort. The notary will likely cost something (a lot of government officials are registered notaries, ask your MLA, MP or alderman possibly) but the international certification (equivalent to the apostille) is free, just give yourself the time needed to receive it. If you go with one of the companies online that provide the service, all you're really paying for is for someone else to do all that. Hope that helps you!
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