Originally Posted by speedy130
I am less than 5 months away now, and starting to panic a bit and everything I need to do. I am debating on the OOT bags. I really want to give the guests something, but I am not so sure how useful they would find it. What do you all think? For recent brides with OOT bags, did the guests like them? Are you glad you spent that money? Any suggestions outside of the normal stuff that they really enjoyed? Some people are only coming for a 3 or 4 day weekend, so I feel like some of the stuff won't be useful to them. Maybe it would be better to go with another type of gift...
We chose not to do OOT bags. We wanted to and think its a really nice idea, but its not in the budget. We are doing thank you gifts for the bridal party and an AHR.
Originally Posted by GC2008
so has anyone started to doubt or second-guess their choice on where to have the destination wedding? ive booked the royal month ago and i find myself looking at other resorts questioning if i made the right choice. now im obsessing over Tensing Pen in Jamaica and wonder if it would have been a better choice. i think im stressing becuase 1/2 of my guests have decided to stay at other hotels, not at the royal nor the grand porto and wondering if would have been a better experience to have done it at a place where everyone would have stayed at.....looks like you book the whole property at tensing pen and about 45 guests can take over the place.
anyways, its definitely way too late to make any changes to our wedding....but just wondering if others have experienced the doubts beforehand....
We only second guessed our self before we booked the Royal. We looked at So many other resorts, the Riu's, other Royals, Palaces, Dorado, Iberostar. But no one could beat the location. With its sister resort right next door and 5th ave across the street! We did look at a place like tensing pen, it was in Jamaica. You booked the whole place and it was just you and your guests. Which at first we thought was great! But then thinking of it, their are going to be times when you just want to be alone and get away from everyone and at a place like that you can't.
Originally Posted by risa1818
I have not posted on here for quite some time because I was going through some major issues with my family and the wedding. Basically, my Dad and a few others expressed deep concerns with going to Mexico. I understand this is silly, but they were really pushing it on me to re-think everything. I know what most of you are thinking, this YOUR wedding..which I agree with, but to not be sure if my father would be there and some of my closest friends was really difficult for me to handle. I didn't sleep for a few days, was super stressed out and just really freaking out about everything since we had some people booked, we were booked, photographer booked, etc. It took a while but we finally decided to change the location. This was a very difficult decision but it was really due to people dropping out and my worries that my own father would not be there. It's not always in my favor, but I am the type of person that likes to make othere people happy. I had already had some guilt with knowing that planning a destination wedding meant people who wanted to be there would spend a lot to go and then others would not be able to. I knew that I definitely still wanted to do a destination wedding, so we finally sat down and felt it was in everyone's best interest if we just changed everything to Aruba.
I have a lot of mixed feelings. I am sad that we will not be going to The Royal anymore because we were definitely looking forward to it, but I am happy about the new location. I found a great wedding planner who did my friend's wedding there and a beautiful location for the wedding. It is costing a little bit more than what we budgeted for Mexico but we knew that would happen. I am hoping that Kevin and I can go to the Royal PDC for our 1st. aniversary.
I just wanted to say that I still stalk this board! I have gotten so many wonderful ideas from you ladies and I love seeing all of your beautiful pictures and amazing details leading up to your wedding. I know all of you will have a gorgeous wedding there! I'm sad that I am not part of the Royal PDC bride family anymore
Even though I will still pop on here to see what all of you are up to, good luck with everything to all of you. This is a really wonderful group of ladies and I am so happy I could be a part of it.
With many happy marriage blessings,
I'm really sorry to hear that you had to change your plans because of other people. I'm really happy it all worked out for you though. Origionally we were thinking about Aruba but it was over our budget. Hope you still check back in with us. I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say we still want to hear how everything is going for you during your planning and of course seeing your pics!