Hello dear ladies!
I'm back from Africa now so hopefully, will have more time to plan! I am going to try my dress today...In fact, I tried my dress in September while I was visiting Montreal. I ordered it in Vancouver in December after an intensive hunt, and no other dress was beating the Montreal's one. So, I never get the chance to try it again and it will arrive only in May. But the store really liked the dress (according to the pictures) and I just learned this week that they have ordered one sample in store! So I am heading there today to try it and chose a veil and the bridesmaid dress color. I hope I will have the same good feelings about the dress! So nervous now!
JessMarie, Congrats and welcome! Seems like according to your description, you won't need a wedding planner. I have read a lot of reviews about weddings there (Trip advisor) and I think that your resort will be able to manage everything for you. Yeah!
Wilsonj2, glad to see that the planning is going well. It's so good to see this thread being alive now.. I have waited so long! hahaha!
MEve, I think that you will like getting married in April. Less expensive and less crowded! "Rien n'arrive pour rien!" And more time to plan!
Believe me, I got engaged on Valentine's Day last year and the time flies by for sure!
JessM, congrats on your confirmed date! You will get married 9 days after us! Since I am back in Canada now, I will email back the resort and plan a phone meeting with Karolin. Are you taking the catamaran cruise or the sailboat ? I found the price very expensive for the catamaran so I need to work to find a compromise. I agree with you, a cruise would be the best thank you we could give to our guests.
And I agree with you all. There is always extra costs we need to consider. Set up, activities, champagne, etc. Even if my guests are AI, we need to pay a surcharge per meal (I think it's 50$ per person) for the wedding reception. It makes sense since the wedding meal will be more elaborated that the AI meal but I was wondering if it's the same for you. A lot of people think that the wedding does not cost anything to the married couple since everyone pay their own trip but after organizing my own wedding, I can see that this is not true!
Regarding the AHR, we really wanted to have one. When we choose to have a destination wedding, the idea of a AHR was reassuring to us. But because we were not sure of our schedule after the wedding (fianc© is working overseas) we decided to not put anything about it in the invitation. And I am glad I did. I do not feel the need now to do a big AHR! I do not know if it's because I want to really splurge with our guests in St. Lucia or the additional costs of having at AHR but.. I'm not feeling it now. I won't be able to beat or imitate my wedding at Jade Mountain in any AHR! And since our families are in Quebec, our friends in BC and all over the world, we would need to do many AHR or make travel our families for it. So, we are thinking to maybe do something really informal in our next trip in Montreal (outside BBQ or maybe a get together in a restaurant) to see everyone and share some pictures. I really think that AHR are great, I just do not think it would work for us so I am glad to spend more $ in St. Lucia with our guests.
I found my OOT bags, I got an awesome deal on it! I am a huge fan of LUG products. (I have them all ..almost!) So I have ordered at a special price the Eco Shopper reusable grocery bag. It looks very good and the color is unisex (I choose the grass green). I know that it would be the kind of product I would use myself after the wedding. It's not personalized but I will add some color and a tag on the handle or the front pocket.