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AnoTher thing I heard about OOT bags and goodies shipped or carried on you must remove the stickers that say made in china or else they will be confiscated if you have them in bulk. Claudia told me this when I visited.

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Hi Girls

 

I took all my Oot Bag items in a seperate suitcase. I seperated everything in gallon bags, then once we checked in I quickly got everything together. The way I looked at it, it was cheaper to pay for an extra checked suitcase, than it was to ship to the resort. I actually had one extra check bag, and one extra carry on. The day before we left, I had talked to all of our guests, and there was quite a few not taking a carry on so I was able to give that to someone to stroll on to the plane. Most airlines allow you to take onto the plane one carry on and one personal item (purse, laptop bag, back pack) Remember that your wedding gown will count as either your personal item or carry on. I gave mine to my mom to take on because she was only taking her purse. Through Airtran & USA 3000, it was $25 for an extra check bag. I had heard horror stories prior to us leaving of girls shipping boxes to the resort and 1. it getting held up in customs (if they get backed up, they get backed up & if anything is questionable, like if they think you may be sending the stuff to sell there, they keep it forever!) 2. How much some girls ended up paying - one girl mentioned she had to pay almost $300 between the cost of shipping it, customs taxes, then tipping the WC for picking it up and holding it. So, I really felt $25 was worth it. We got lucky on the way there, our airport lost power, so our flight got delayed and they waived all baggage fees. I do suggest to keep your receipts on you of your items, just in case. The only thing I had a problem with was the sand ceremony jar. That was on the way back cause since it was full, I wanted it in my carry on. Not till we got back into the US did customs question it cause I guess through the xrays, the sand looked like drugs. All the TSA agents were laughing when they opened it up and found pink, green, and orange sand and all the other wedding stuff around it. Other than that, no issues.

 

You girls that are bringing your own photographer, I would definatly ask for more than gazebo decorations. I know the decorations are roughly $300 - they are saving alot more than that for you not using their photographer. Maybe a TTD session? I needed 3 bridesmaids bouquets, and they were about $150 each, so I swapped out my centerpiece and the red carpet. I didn't want a red carpet and they charge you $80 to use a white one, so I decided NO carpet.

 

Those of you that got the ultimate - I do not suggest getting the make up done! No way, no way...Swap it for another spa session - nails, pedicure...Not unless you have a trial session done. That's just my opinion..They made me up like I was getting ready for a vegas show! I know I said neutral colors....I know I did, what that may have meant in spanish, I have no idea!

 

Another thing, if you are bringing your own sashes, table scatter, stuff like that for the reception, make sure when they give it back to you, that you check it. I somehow was shorted 10 sashes, all my star fish, about 5 napkins, and a few other things...Not that it really matters after the wedding, but I felt...hmmm...well, I paid for that stuff!

 

Besides all this stuff, this is all just little stuff - my wedding was the wedding of my dreams! From the start of the ceremony, to the end of the reception, it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined it to be.

 

I think thats it for now - I still have to get my review up!!!

 

 

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Originally Posted by cricket2168 View Post

 

Hi Girls

 

I took all my Oot Bag items in a seperate suitcase. I seperated everything in gallon bags, then once we checked in I quickly got everything together. The way I looked at it, it was cheaper to pay for an extra checked suitcase, than it was to ship to the resort. I actually had one extra check bag, and one extra carry on. The day before we left, I had talked to all of our guests, and there was quite a few not taking a carry on so I was able to give that to someone to stroll on to the plane. Most airlines allow you to take onto the plane one carry on and one personal item (purse, laptop bag, back pack) Remember that your wedding gown will count as either your personal item or carry on. I gave mine to my mom to take on because she was only taking her purse. Through Airtran & USA 3000, it was $25 for an extra check bag. I had heard horror stories prior to us leaving of girls shipping boxes to the resort and 1. it getting held up in customs (if they get backed up, they get backed up & if anything is questionable, like if they think you may be sending the stuff to sell there, they keep it forever!) 2. How much some girls ended up paying - one girl mentioned she had to pay almost $300 between the cost of shipping it, customs taxes, then tipping the WC for picking it up and holding it. So, I really felt $25 was worth it. We got lucky on the way there, our airport lost power, so our flight got delayed and they waived all baggage fees. I do suggest to keep your receipts on you of your items, just in case. The only thing I had a problem with was the sand ceremony jar. That was on the way back cause since it was full, I wanted it in my carry on. Not till we got back into the US did customs question it cause I guess through the xrays, the sand looked like drugs. All the TSA agents were laughing when they opened it up and found pink, green, and orange sand and all the other wedding stuff around it. Other than that, no issues.

 

You girls that are bringing your own photographer, I would definatly ask for more than gazebo decorations. I know the decorations are roughly $300 - they are saving alot more than that for you not using their photographer. Maybe a TTD session? I needed 3 bridesmaids bouquets, and they were about $150 each, so I swapped out my centerpiece and the red carpet. I didn't want a red carpet and they charge you $80 to use a white one, so I decided NO carpet.

 

Those of you that got the ultimate - I do not suggest getting the make up done! No way, no way...Swap it for another spa session - nails, pedicure...Not unless you have a trial session done. That's just my opinion..They made me up like I was getting ready for a vegas show! I know I said neutral colors....I know I did, what that may have meant in spanish, I have no idea!

 

Another thing, if you are bringing your own sashes, table scatter, stuff like that for the reception, make sure when they give it back to you, that you check it. I somehow was shorted 10 sashes, all my star fish, about 5 napkins, and a few other things...Not that it really matters after the wedding, but I felt...hmmm...well, I paid for that stuff!

 

Besides all this stuff, this is all just little stuff - my wedding was the wedding of my dreams! From the start of the ceremony, to the end of the reception, it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined it to be.

 

I think thats it for now - I still have to get my review up!!!

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the info Cricket2168! Cant wait to see your pics!

 

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Thank you so much!!! I am going to do the same thing with my oot bags and ceremony/reception deco. Just makes more sense to me!!! Can't wait to see your pics!!!!! pinkie.gif

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Thanks Cricket!  Thats very helpful!  I was considering taking an extra bag, but I havent decided on exactly what Im going to include in them yet, so that may determine how easy it will be to fit in a suitcase.  What all did you put i yours?  Does anyone else have ideas or suggestions??  And what about the actual bags used for the OOT?  I havent found any I like or that are affordable and decent quality just yet.

 

Cricket do you have pics of your table decor?  That seems hard to squeeze in suitcases as well, but I was going to bring my own chair bows, tablecloths, etc.... not sure if i can fit centerpieces too!  But based on what they charge, I may need to!

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Hi Ladies...

        I am trying to think of centerpieces. So far I am bringing cylinder paper lanterns (fucshia) I figure they are light weight and we can use battery operated tea lights with the wind and all.  Placing them on Large Chargers with shells, starfish etc. I just don't know  how much deco to bring? Am I going to need to bring table clothes? What do they provide with the ultimate pkg? I already purchased our chair bows for the ceremony. Do they place those same chairs @ the reception? Getting Excited... nervous etc. and my wedding isn't until October!!!! smile41.gif  ehehehehehehehehehe

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My wedding is November 10, 2011! I still have so much to get done and I've been working a ton of overtime lately so planning has been hard.  I'm so glad to hear all these great and exciting stories or post because they really lift my spirits.  I went back and forth for a long time about which resort to pick, so when I hear that someone had a good experience I just can't wait to go.  I can't wait to see more reviews and pictures!

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Oh, and I was also wondering if anyone knows how much material or what type( ie. organza,???)images-1.jpeg I may need to bring for the beach canopy. We are having our ceremony on the beach and would like to add some more color to our canopy but am not sure how much to order and bring. I have seen some gorgeous photos of weddings were brides have brought some different colors that incorporate there wedding colors on it.  

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Hi ladies! Back from my amazing wedding at Dreams! everything was perfect!! I had my hair and makeup done at the resort and it was perfect!! Much better than i have ever had it done before!!

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