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#1951 swankster77

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    Posted 04 October 2009 - 09:21 PM

    OMG! This thread has been soooo helpful! It's taken me over 2 weeks to read everything.. but I'm so glad I did. I'm getting married at GBP - Tulum on June 12, 2010.. can't wait! Here are a few questions...

    1. The wedding reception dinner... if choosing the a la carte option (vs. private reception)... how do we go about mentioning to our guests that they need to save/use one of their dinner coupons (or whatever they are) for our wedding? I'm especially concerned with the small group that are coming for only 4 nights and will have only one. What have the other brides out there done/plan to do?

    2. Documents needed... I'm divorced... blah. So I'm pretty sure I need a birth certificate and divorce decree... but do I also need my previous marriage license? And does EVERYTHING need to be translated into spanish and apostiled?

    3. The resort photographer... The wedding packages come with either 5 or 10 pictures... this seems absurd to me. Does that mean printed pictures or do they only take 5 or 10 pictures? I was hoping to hire someone from outside the resort but a few recent posts mentioned this possibly not even being an option anymore. Booo to that.

    To you other ladies heading out in the next week or so... good luck and congrats!

    Thanks in advance for any help :)
    Kirsten

    #1952 emme

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      Posted 04 October 2009 - 10:27 PM

      Thanks for the congrats Janet!! And thanks for the tips on name changes...this is perfect and cheaper and less hassle! I will go in with the Mexican marriage certificate and see what they say first. The worst they can say is "no" and then I'm back to my original plan of doing the translation...
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      #1953 Jananaz

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        Posted 04 October 2009 - 11:13 PM

        Hi Kirsten - another Bahia bride! Welcome and congratulations!! This thread is just getting longer and longer... good for you for making it through it all

        About the reception dinner question, I wouldn't worry about breaking the news to the guests about the limited number of a la cartes. None of our guests seemed to mind the limited number of a la carte meals and in fact, none of the guests bothered to use their a la cartes. Check with your WC on how many a la cartes each guest will have. Our guests that stayed 4 nights got 2.

        If you're feeling badly that your guests won't be able to try another restaurant, rent a cab and take everyone over to Akumal. It's only a 5 min. drive away and you can treat them to dinner there. My recommendation would be one called the Buena Vida which has a beautiful view of Half Moon Bay, swings at the bar, little "treehouses" in the palm trees where you can grab a drink, and great fish tacos.

        #1954 BahiaBride16

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          Posted 04 October 2009 - 11:22 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by swankster77
          OMG! This thread has been soooo helpful! It's taken me over 2 weeks to read everything.. but I'm so glad I did. I'm getting married at GBP - Tulum on June 12, 2010.. can't wait! Here are a few questions...

          1. The wedding reception dinner... if choosing the a la carte option (vs. private reception)... how do we go about mentioning to our guests that they need to save/use one of their dinner coupons (or whatever they are) for our wedding? I'm especially concerned with the small group that are coming for only 4 nights and will have only one. What have the other brides out there done/plan to do?

          2. Documents needed... I'm divorced... blah. So I'm pretty sure I need a birth certificate and divorce decree... but do I also need my previous marriage license? And does EVERYTHING need to be translated into spanish and apostiled?

          3. The resort photographer... The wedding packages come with either 5 or 10 pictures... this seems absurd to me. Does that mean printed pictures or do they only take 5 or 10 pictures? I was hoping to hire someone from outside the resort but a few recent posts mentioned this possibly not even being an option anymore. Booo to that.

          To you other ladies heading out in the next week or so... good luck and congrats!

          Thanks in advance for any help :)
          Kirsten
          Congrats Kirsten!

          1) As far as the a la carte restaurant, I made up brochures for everyone with things to do in Mexico, our itinerary, guests names, etc. And I included the information on the A La Cartes on one of the pages as well, stating that our reception will take up one of their dinners :-) Plus they are there for our wedding so I don't think anyone will really mind! I made these using Vista Print (really cheap prices)

          2)I am not completely sure about the docs you need if your divorced sorry, but they will let tell you if you email them!

          3)As far as the free photos, from what I understand is that the resort photographer wil take a ton of photos of your ceremony and photo session and then you get to choose the 5 or 10 photos that you like. But Im not completely sure if you have to purchase the minumum standard package in order to recieve the free photos as well!
          We are actually using the resort photographer and buying the standard package (b/c you have to purchase this at the minimum) with includes 36 photos for $540usd plus the 10 free photos that we get in our package.
          With the Standard package they will take pictures at your ceremony and then your photo session, but if you would like them to be at your reception dinner,cocktail party or trash the dress sess. etc, it is $200 extra per event.

          Hope this helps a lil! I'll be able to tell you a bit more when I get back! Good luck:-)

          Nic.

          #1955 ~Keira~

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            Posted 05 October 2009 - 11:16 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by swankster77
            2. Documents needed... I'm divorced... blah. So I'm pretty sure I need a birth certificate and divorce decree... but do I also need my previous marriage license? And does EVERYTHING need to be translated into spanish and apostiled?
            First, I would like to say Congratulations Kirsten and welcome!!

            A little while back I posted the response I got back from Karla about the required documents. I've quoted it below so you can have a look. There is a bit there about being widowed or divorced so hopefully that helps out!

            Have fun with you're planning!!

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by KLee147
            Ok so that was alot easier to find then I thought it would be. Blackberry, I love you. lol

            So here is what Karla wrote to me when I asked about the required documents.

            REQUIRED DOCUMENTS


            Valid passports. In case the bride's name is not the same in her passport than in her birth certificate and she wants to get married with the same name of her birth certificate she should bring her birth certificate (original) apostilled by the government of her country and translated into Spanish by a Mexican official translator (stamped). Driver license will not be accepted by the official.

            If the bride is widowed or divorced is necessary to bring her birth certificate (original) apostilled by the government of her country and translated into Spanish by a Mexican official translator (stamped), according to Mexican Law the bride must be 12 months divorced before remarrying. If the groom is widowed or divorced no additional documents are required.

            Tourist Card. Clients get this card upon arrival at the airport in Mexico.

            Medical Documentation: Blood tests (Sexually Transmitted diseases - VDRL, HIV, Blood Type) and medical certification stating that all results were negative and patient is physically in good health. Blood tests have to be done here in Mexico, we have a clinic at the Resort - (approximate cost: 90.00 USD per person).

            Four witnesses: two for the bride and two for the groom with valid passport. The witnesses have to be older than 18 years. All witnesses must come in person to the appointment with the wedding coordinator with their valid passport and tourist card at least 4 labor days prior to the wedding date.


            Kind regards,

            Karla Rabadan


            So thats it. Sounds like our resort is pretty accomidating and doesn't require much fuss. Thumbs up to that.

            ~Keira~**formerly KLee147**

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            #1956 Jananaz

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              Posted 06 October 2009 - 11:12 AM

              bwahahha Keira - your costume is so awesome!! (tho maybe it needs a NSFW disclaimer? )

              #1957 Julie2011

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                Posted 06 October 2009 - 11:23 AM

                This is exactly what I was looking for. Im so glad to have found all you Bahia Brides =)
                Not getting married till May 2011, how far in advance did you guys book it? is it cheaper to wait?

                #1958 ~Keira~

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                  Posted 06 October 2009 - 11:28 AM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Jananaz
                  bwahahha Keira - your costume is so awesome!! (tho maybe it needs a NSFW disclaimer?
                  This is exactly what I was looking for. Im so glad to have found all you Bahia Brides =)
                  Not getting married till May 2011, how far in advance did you guys book it? is it cheaper to wait?
                  I booked over a year in advance. You can't predict the future but for us the price went up about $300 pp and so it worked out great for us, Remember too that if people don't book before the "held" spaces are booked the pricing with fluctuate. It happend to my Aunt who procrastinated and ended up having to pay the $300 extra.
                  ~Keira~**formerly KLee147**

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                  #1959 Jananaz

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                    Posted 06 October 2009 - 06:23 PM

                    Got around to posting pics finally... here they are...http://bestdestinati....ml#post1012419

                    #1960 ~Keira~

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                      Posted 06 October 2009 - 09:50 PM

                      Oh you're pictures are sooo beautiful!! oooo I just can't wait!
                      ~Keira~**formerly KLee147**

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