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kwink

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About kwink

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  • Location
    Cincinnati, OH

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  • Wedding Date
    May 23, 2014
  • Wedding Location
    Gran Caribe Chapel
  1. We just received our pictures and they are RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING!! I am so freakin excited
  2. Hello Again! For those that are having a Catholic wedding in the Chapel would you please consider sharing your program with me? I am so stumped for how I want to design it and what should be included. An example I could start with would be so helpful! Thank you
  3. If you search for Gran Caribe Reviews...you will find brides that reviewed the Spa among everything else. Most brides seemed happy with the Spa. Most loved their makeup and were happy with their hair even though it may not have looked exactly like the picture they provided.
  4. I blocked 20 rooms (10 at Hyatt and 10 at GC) but I had to go through my TA. I received a special rate for those booking through my TA as a result. Even once all of my rooms are booked (only two more to go!) my guests will still be able to take advantage of my rate given rooms are still available at the resort no matter the resort price up until a month out. I forgot to mention an important detail...I had to pay a deposit per room I blocked. That is why I got such a great rate. But once someone books they pay the deposit and what I paid goes back into my balance. Once all the rooms on the block are booked then we get a full refund (unless we decided to pay the deposits of some guests...which we did) I am getting my makeup done at the spa but bringing my own hairstylist. She will be there as a guest so no vendor fee. My bridesmaids and I have natural hair so I am sure they wouldn't be able to straighten it With a wedding package you do get free stuff like massages, dinner on beach, wedding night suite upgrade among other things which is kinda like a discount BUT no where near the other discounts resorts where offering.
  5. I haven't been warned at all. Just informed that if I came in with outside flowers they would not help me set up. Which was a deal breaker for me because the last thing I want to be doing is setting up for my own wedding when it should be stress free :-/
  6. To be honest I believe that is an idle warning but previous brides may be able to add more insight. From what I understand you can definitely bring in real flowers but they won't help you with them. But they aren't going to encourage you to go outside of them. Now I do know that they do have restrictions on decorative petals but I can't remember what it is, whether they can't be real or the can't be fake. There are a couple of brides on this forum that have successfully avoided the vendor fee but I think its a bit of a hassle.
  7. Every outside vendor will cost $350. The only way of getting around that is by either ordering and bring everything yourself from home (assuming all fake flowers) OR meeting your vendor offsite and picking up the flowers yourself. You can avoid the vendor fee but will have to decoration yourself as the resort's staff will not help with offsite flowers. We are just going to pay the fee.
  8. Quote: Originally Posted by macyhickman09 I'm still struggling with a photographer. I am kind of down to 3: Ivan Luckie, Juan Navarro, & Samuel Luna! Does anyone have any recommendations? It is such a huge decision! I am using Erick Rodriguez. I love his pictures and his personality. I was considering Sweet Fire Photography before him but his work is just as good for was less. Good luck. http://www.rockin-photography.com/
  9. Quote: Originally Posted by sweetjess88 Hello ladies! Can anyone recommend a floral company? I have tried Maya Floral as well and their prices are way over my budget, im wondering if there are any other companies that do a great job but are less expensive and more helpful than Maya floral. Thank you and happy planning! =) Marvin will certainly work within your budget. Just let him know what your budget is and the type of look you are going for and ask him for recommendations. You could also have him do something simple like a pomander sitting on top of a vase and then order natural touch cascading lilies (bring with you) and have them put the lilies in the pomanders. This will save you so much money and still be beautiful and dramatic. Good luck.
  10. Marvin will certainly work within your budget. Just let him know what your budget is and the type of look you are going for and ask him for recommendations. You could also have him do something simple like a pomander sitting on top of a vase and then order natural touch cascading lilies (bring with you) and have them put the lilies in the pomanders. This will save you so much money and still be beautiful and dramatic. Good luck.
  11. Cinematographer: GallardoFilms Photographer: Rockin Photography (Erick Rodriguez)
  12. I am having the saxophonist at the ceremony and we told him what songs we would like.
  13. I know you aren't asking me but they way I look at it is that I am not really saving THAT much money overall doing it in Mexico. I have a fairly large group planning to attend and I am hosting an event each day. The great part is that I am spending just under what it would cost to have a nice wedding in the states (which would only last for 5 hours) to have several events over three days in paradise. It was all about the experiences vs. the cost savings to us. We wanted our wedding to be a celebration and time for our families to truly connect.
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