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#4031 Sunshine2680

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    Posted 09 April 2011 - 02:17 PM



    Ya - I'll probably go with doing that - even if it costs an extra couple hundred $ - its worth it to have who I want for a photographer

    Originally Posted by meows 

    Got a letter from Bahia. Arrecife studios that it. It appears there is no problem bringing an outside photographer as long as the photographer stays at the resort like the the rest of the guests. Hotel will require some information about the photographer, but overall - it shouldn't be any problem.


     



    #4032 cdlillad

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      Posted 09 April 2011 - 06:11 PM

      I ended up paying for the trip of one of my friend's to be the supplemental photographer.  My friend is not a professional photographer, but he has a nice camera.  So I'm paying $714 for my friend's flight and 3 nights hotel and he will take pictures for free.  I still want to use Arrecife for the ceremony, but I'm only planning to buy 75 from them instead of 140.  I just can't justify spending that much for pictures and I want someone to take pictures of my dinner (cutting cake) and cocktail party (first dance).  If I wanted Arrecife to take pictures at my dinner and cocktail party, that would be an additional $400 + $15 per picture.

       

      I wasn't initially planning to do OOT bags, but I got inspired by so many great ideas on this forum. And the discussion on here lately really made me want to buy insulated mugs.  I think have cold drinks is important! :-)  Then I saw some totes I wanted, and my fiance started saying "what about the budget"...which we have already gone way over budget.  But luckily my fiance pointed out that I shouldn't give a tote bag to each guest, I could give one to each couple/family.  He said in general, guys don't carry beach bags. So what do you girls think about this? For those of you giving bags, are you giving it per person or per family?



      #4033 Andree

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        Posted 10 April 2011 - 05:24 AM

        Hi girls,

        Help ;o) Does anyone have pictures of the poolside reception (set up, tableclothes, colours, meals,...) ?

        I received a quote for the mixed grill but don't know what it looks like....

        Thanks !

         



        #4034 Sunshine2680

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          Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:01 AM


          I haven't seen any pics other than the gazebo ceremony - so ya - it would be nice to see what the options are for everything else.

          WE JUST BOOKED to this resort for our 2012 wedding! Not wedding date yet - but sooooo excited!!!

          I have a feeling once I'm put in touch with Jazmin - she'll be able to send me all the files to start choosing!! yay!

          But ya- in the meantime if anyone can post pics of the ceremony and reception set ups that would be great!
           

          Originally Posted by Andree 

          Hi girls,

          Help ;o) Does anyone have pictures of the poolside reception (set up, tableclothes, colours, meals,...) ?

          I received a quote for the mixed grill but don't know what it looks like....

          Thanks !

           



           



          #4035 futurewifey2011

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            Posted 10 April 2011 - 10:33 AM

            We are doing bags per couple/family. Your fiance is right, most guys won't carry them! We are doing insulated mugs with everyones name on them, snack crackers for in the room in case they need a little snack, small bottles of Aloe Vera, a votive candle in a glass that says "Thank you for sharing in our special day", box of matches that says "Drew and Amy...a perfect match", a little fan for the day of the wedding, and gum. I've been to this resort and a few others before and these are all a must! They say no burning candles, but sometimes the humidity just gives the room a little smell, so the little candles are perfect! I got cheap stuff! Some people may want to do more than us, but I just wasn't going to put out a lot of extra money for stuff people may or may not use! The beach bags I got are from Oriental Trading, they were like $10/dozen. They are fun little bags! Perfect for the beach because they can get wet and sandy and it doesn't matter. People may take them home or could pitch them if they wanted...and since they were so cheap it doesn't matter to me! The insulated mugs I got from Dollar Tree (for $1 each), and wrote their names with puff paint. All of the women in pink like the girls will wear for the wedding, and all men in blue like the guys in the wedding as well. Went to WalMart for the match boxes which were like 97 cents for 8 mini packs with 32 matches in each pack. Made my own labels and glued them on. Was able to get good votive candles at Yankee Candles on sale. Absolutely love their candles! I got a lot of summery/beachy named candles. And the glass votive holders, I made my own labels for out of clear address labels that I typed on the computer. Cheap, easy, and fun. I'm all about DIY...adds a special touch for me! I've had a blast working on stuff for our guests and of course the wedding too! Hope all this helps!!

            Amy

             

            Originally Posted by cdlillad 

            I ended up paying for the trip of one of my friend's to be the supplemental photographer.  My friend is not a professional photographer, but he has a nice camera.  So I'm paying $714 for my friend's flight and 3 nights hotel and he will take pictures for free.  I still want to use Arrecife for the ceremony, but I'm only planning to buy 75 from them instead of 140.  I just can't justify spending that much for pictures and I want someone to take pictures of my dinner (cutting cake) and cocktail party (first dance).  If I wanted Arrecife to take pictures at my dinner and cocktail party, that would be an additional $400 + $15 per picture.

             

            I wasn't initially planning to do OOT bags, but I got inspired by so many great ideas on this forum. And the discussion on here lately really made me want to buy insulated mugs.  I think have cold drinks is important! :-)  Then I saw some totes I wanted, and my fiance started saying "what about the budget"...which we have already gone way over budget.  But luckily my fiance pointed out that I shouldn't give a tote bag to each guest, I could give one to each couple/family.  He said in general, guys don't carry beach bags. So what do you girls think about this? For those of you giving bags, are you giving it per person or per family?



             



            #4036 cdlillad

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              Posted 10 April 2011 - 08:00 PM

              Futurewifey - Thanks! Those are good ideas.  So there is no problem putting all those matches in your checked luggage?  I don't want them to think I'm trying to blow up the plane.  Maybe you should put the candles in a separate suitcase, just in case. lol I have a fear of fire.  So have you lit candles in the hotel before and it didn't make the smoke detector/sprinklers go off?

               

              Which fans did you get? I was thinking to buy the fans that I saw some others get on oriental trading, but I can't find them. Maybe the don't carry them anymore.  They were the assorted straw or rattan fans.



              #4037 cdlillad

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                Posted 10 April 2011 - 08:08 PM

                Andree and Sunshine - Tlseege posted some pictures of her reception on here a while back.  I will try to link to the picture

                 

                http://www.bestdesti...er_id/1170#8373



                #4038 sposa

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                  Posted 11 April 2011 - 08:19 AM

                  Hello ladies!

                  we have just come back today from two weeks in paradise and a fantastic wedding.

                  I will post a review very soon and some pictures.

                  In the meantime let me just tell that the coordinators and photographers in the resort are really profesional and your day will be smooth and great.

                  See you soon!!!

                  Valeria



                  #4039 Andree

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                    Posted 11 April 2011 - 12:49 PM

                    Hi Valeria,

                    Congratulations !

                    And welcome back ;o)

                    So happy to hear everything went well and you had such a great time !

                    I can't wait to see your photos and hear your review.

                    AndrĀ©e



                    #4040 futurewifey2011

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                      Posted 11 April 2011 - 04:19 PM

                      There's no problem in the checked luggage...it would just be a problem in your carry on, but good thinkin! Yes, we have lit candles in the rooms and we have never had an issue. We are doing pink and blue, so I will add the link to the fans we got. Nothing crazy fancy, but they will definitely get the job done!



                      Futurewifey - Thanks! Those are good ideas.  So there is no problem putting all those matches in your checked luggage?  I don't want them to think I'm trying to blow up the plane.  Maybe you should put the candles in a separate suitcase, just in case. lol I have a fear of fire.  So have you lit candles in the hotel before and it didn't make the smoke detector/sprinklers go off?

                       

                      Which fans did you get? I was thinking to buy the fans that I saw some others get on oriental trading, but I can't find them. Maybe the don't carry them anymore.  They were the assorted straw or rattan fans.



                       

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