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#1501 Betsy


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    Posted 18 January 2009 - 04:34 PM

    Camie - we had the cocktail hour for 1 hour (free b/c we booked enough rooms) but then we were having so much fun - we asked how much it would be to extend it, no one really knew, so we gave either our WC or the bartenders?? I don't remember? Anyways we gave one of them $20 and they let us stay until I think 11:30. It was awesome! SO I don't know if that is customary but it worked for us!

    Cindy - Your food sounds great! The cocktail party is lighted - they are on lampposts and it looks amazing at night - I will show you a pic - not a very good one - but at least you get the idea - We had the Bugambilia sp? terrace and it was in the middle of the resort with an ocean view. So we had the lights from the resort too - it was still in a private area - very nice.


    Here it is in daylight

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    And not a very good pic - but far away at night (Our reception)

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    One of the tables that was set up (no charge of course)

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    AND a pic of the buffet and not a great pic of me LOL! I was HUNGRY :)

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    [I didn't do a mock hairstyle - I just brought some pictures in and she did a great job on my hair - but I wouldn't do the makeup - I haven't heard very god things about it - I just did my own!

    As for the pictures, we chose the biggest package because we will have those forever! We got the CD with the negatives and we also asked for a copyright release which they gave us. I have had no problems reprinting them at target.com or walmart.com. I even blew up one of them to an 18x24 at target.com and it was like only $16!! No problem but I would ask for a copyright release when you go to pick up your pics. FYI they didn't have the option then to photograph the reception.

    #1502 Cindy&London

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      Posted 18 January 2009 - 07:51 PM

      Thank you so much Betsy!! You are a God-send :)

      Those pictures are great and it's exactly what we are looking for. Interesting that the Hor D'Ouerves are served Buffet Style.. I like that!! The lighting looks great.. I'm really excited.
      Thank you for the heads up on the make-up.. I will do it myself!! As for the hair.. I just am scared that they won't do a great job, but from what I can see in your picture.. Yours looks amazing :)

      Thank you for putting my mind at ease and giving me some pointers.

      P.S. We went and bought our Wedding Bands today!! One less thing to worry about!!

      #1503 Camie78

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        Posted 18 January 2009 - 08:41 PM

        Originally Posted by soon2bemsleblanc
        I think having a cocktail reception without a formal dinner is a great idea and also a money saver!! Does anyone know what time the sun sets in July? I am trying to decide on what time for the ceremony.

        I remember seeing this picture of a sunset wedding with the aisle runner lined with candles on both sides. It was so beautiful!!
        I was wondering the same thing as I was just in Cancun and the sun was setting at like 4pm and I freaked out because our wedding is at 6 and I didn't want it to be pitch dark. I did a Google search for 'cancun sunset time' and clicked on the first link (below) and per this website, the sunsets around 715 in May and 730 in July.

        Sunrise and Sunset for Mexico – Quintana Roo – Cancºn – coming days

        Hope this helps,

        #1504 Cindy&London

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          Posted 18 January 2009 - 08:49 PM

          Camie!! Thanks for posting that :) I was wondering that as well!! Our wedding is at 6pm in May too. We will be taking out pictures around the same time the sun is setting.. Perfect :) That's exactly why I wanted our wedding to take place at 6pm!!

          #1505 Cindy&London

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            Posted 19 January 2009 - 05:47 AM

            Ok, sorry for the double post, but now I'm in wedding mode!! We bought our wedding bands today and I'm trying to work on our brochures.
            We are having a Welcome Dinner on the Saturday that most ppl will be arriving. So, I need to let everyone know that we are having a Welcome Dinner before they leave. My dilema ~ Should I mail a seperate pre-wedding brochure just to let everyone know about the dinner or should I just make one brochure with everything included and mail that out?
            Do you think it's tacky to send out the brochure and ask everyone to bring it along with them to Mexico?
            We aren't planning anything besides the Welcome Dinner on Saturday and then the Wedding on Monday. After that.. everyone is on their own. So, I'm thinking it's just a waste of money to print up 2 brochures when I can fit everything on one.

            #1506 Dana_C

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              Posted 19 January 2009 - 08:33 AM

              Hey Anthony's Girl- I don't think it's tacky to ask people to bring their brochures with them BUT I think some people may forget them or lose them before coming down, so you may need extra anyway...depending on when people arrive, do you think it would be enough of a heads up to just place the brochures in the rooms? I mean if I were going to a wedding, I prob wouldn't make plans to go out right away, so if guests arrive early enough it might work out well that way...

              #1507 SunnyBride

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                Posted 19 January 2009 - 11:00 AM

                With the photo packages, for anyone who has already been to the Moon Palace, does the photographer usually take some family/bridal party shots and then just the bride and groom on their own? I'm trying to set out a wedding day itinerary and want to make sure I tell all the right people when they need to be around for photographs.

                #1508 nibsmom

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                  Posted 19 January 2009 - 04:41 PM

                  Gosh, I was gone for a weekend and missed so much!

                  I love the idea of a cocktail reception. My wedding is at 1pm, and I am really struggling to figure out what to do between the wedding and dinner - but now I am wondering if I just scrap the formal dinner and do cocktail stuff, then move to a restaurant for our 'included dinner'. I'll have to talk it over with FI.

                  I think it sounds like a a great idea for a later wedding though!!

                  #1509 Betsy


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                    Posted 19 January 2009 - 04:58 PM

                    SunnyBride: The photog basically lets you have whoever you want for pics - we had pics w/ each set of parents, grandparents, kids, basically everyone!

                    Cindy: I just typed up a little Welcome Letter for everyone - thanking them all for coming, and then put a little timeline like the welcome dinner, and wedding day timeline. It was only 1 page, printed on regular paper with a little flip flop border around it. I just gave them to people as I saw them w/ the OOT Bags.

                    #1510 Dana_C

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                      Posted 19 January 2009 - 05:15 PM

                      Nibsmom- I was actually thinkning of doing the same thing b/c our ceremony is early too...I was thinking of just doing an extended cocktail hour, provided that they will replenish the food...I don't really think that everyone will miss the sitdown dinner since we're at an AI with 24 hour room service, KWIM?

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