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#2341 Fabi

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    Posted 21 May 2009 - 11:33 PM

    Camie

    Do we really have to be there 3 days before the BIG DAY if we are also getting married in the US before arriving to Mexico? Do you think 2 days before the wedding is enough time for last minute changes?

    PS Thanks for all of your help, I appreciate it so much

    Sincerely

    Fabi Cortez

    #2342 Camie78

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      Posted 22 May 2009 - 09:04 AM

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      Camie

      Do we really have to be there 3 days before the BIG DAY if we are also getting married in the US before arriving to Mexico? Do you think 2 days before the wedding is enough time for last minute changes?

      PS Thanks for all of your help, I appreciate it so much

      Sincerely

      Fabi Cortez
      Hi Fabi,

      This is a great question and one I unfortunately do not know the answer to. We were told from the start that we would need to arrive 3 days prior (Mexico law) but that was well before we had decided to get married in TX and just have the Catholic ceremony in Mexico. Additionally, our WC always told us that we would need to be there at least 3 days prior but I can't say if she ever put two-and-two together to realize we were not actually getting married there.

      I'd recommend posing this question to your travel agent. He/she could look into the Mexico laws (other countries have similar laws like the Bahamas) and see if there is a loop hole there... unless someone else on the forum knows

      If you can arrive less than 3 days, then the answer to your question is yes, having 2 days to prepare is more than enough time.

      Happy Friday!

      Camie

      #2343 TinaM2b

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        Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:27 AM

        Camie and other recent brides.

        I am finally in contact with the WC (Kelena) and my original plan for the day is sort of shot because of some things I didn't know. (Arrecifes is not open before 6p.m. and the only other option is for a late lunch at the Italian buffet place, Manglar, that closes at 4:30). I don't like wasting my dinner reservation with my wedding on a very SHORT lunch buffet.

        My question, Did you eat at this place and how was the atmosphere? I don't think I have seen anyone mention Manglar. I have been taking notes from brides for a couple months on recommended restaurants and it has never been mentioned.

        Another question, If I don't do a dinner immediately after, I would have a down time from after the wedding that starts at 2:00 till 5:00 when we will have a cocktail party from 5:00 - 10:--- . We are getting married in the Bugambilias Gazebo. Would the Nizuk Lobby Bar be a convenient location to have guests meet up with us after photos for a toast while we are waiting for the Cocktail Party to start at 5:00? Is there a better place to meet up after photos?

        Fabi, We did ask that question to our TA. Moon Palace still said we needed to be there three days before (as long as we arrived the 3rd day before a certain time). We are getting married before in the states and just doing the ceremony there.

        #2344 Camie78

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          Posted 22 May 2009 - 01:17 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by TinaM2b
          Camie and other recent brides.

          My question, Did you eat at this place and how was the atmosphere? I don't think I have seen anyone mention Manglar. I have been taking notes from brides for a couple months on recommended restaurants and it has never been mentioned.

          Another question, If I don't do a dinner immediately after, I would have a down time from after the wedding that starts at 2:00 till 5:00 when we will have a cocktail party from 5:00 - 10:--- . We are getting married in the Bugambilias Gazebo. Would the Nizuk Lobby Bar be a convenient location to have guests meet up with us after photos for a toast while we are waiting for the Cocktail Party to start at 5:00? Is there a better place to meet up after photos?

          Fabi, We did ask that question to our TA. Moon Palace still said we needed to be there three days before (as long as we arrived the 3rd day before a certain time). We are getting married before in the states and just doing the ceremony there.
          Tina,

          We had our welcome dinner at El Manglar and the atmosphere was that of a buffet and very bright as there are a ton of windows. They state that it is Italian but honestly the only Italian about it was the 'make your own pasta bar'. The rest of the buffet was a variety of food.

          We also ate at Arrifeces which is Fogo de Chao-esque (obviously not at that level though) and the atmosphere was much more 'sit down, eat, drink, and conversate' and is much more dimly lit and more intimate.

          If I had to chose between the two, I'd recommend Arrifeces soley based on atmosphere.

          As far as where to meet prior to the cocktail hour, I'd ask everyone to meet you at the cocktail hour site if you are having a private cocktail hour. The last thing I would want to do is hussle from the photo location (in your case, most likely Sunrise) to the Nizuc lobby bar to the cocktail site. The day goes super fast so I recommend minimizing all unnecessary stops. Keep it simple - your guests will find the cocktail hour site:) I appointed two friends to scope out our cocktail hour site and lead the group there at the appointed time and it worked out perfectly.

          #2345 pyxystyx

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            Posted 22 May 2009 - 01:49 PM

            Hello everyone!

            I've only posted on here a couple times before, but since it's getting closer to our wedding date I have a feeling I'll be on here much more frequently now. :)

            Is anyone else on August 8th? My coordinator in Miami is Janina, she told me there were 7 weddings that day, including mine. She also just assigned me Maribel as my on-site coordinator yesterday! I'm SO excited! FINALLY an on-site person!!!
            I feel like I still have so much to do, so I sent her a pretty big introductory e-mail, but sadly... she's out until Monday.

            Well, just wanted to kind of say "Hi"- and thanks for all of your guy's suggestions, I'm deffinitely benefiting from some of the previous brides' reviews in this thread.
            The Future Mrs. Castro

            #2346 TinaM2b

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              Posted 22 May 2009 - 03:32 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Camie78
              Tina,
              As far as where to meet prior to the cocktail hour, I'd ask everyone to meet you at the cocktail hour site if you are having a private cocktail hour. The last thing I would want to do is hussle from the photo location (in your case, most likely Sunrise) to the Nizuc lobby bar to the cocktail site. The day goes super fast so I recommend minimizing all unnecessary stops. Keep it simple - your guests will find the cocktail hour site:) I appointed two friends to scope out our cocktail hour site and lead the group there at the appointed time and it worked out perfectly.
              Our wedding is at 2:00 and our coctail hour is from 5:00 - 10:00 so we are actually going to have some downtown between. This is why we thought we could have everyone meet somewhere for a drink and toasts. Do you still think people should go directly to the cocktail hour site? When did you find out where you activities were being held? (I asked again this morning if we could move the wedding to 3:00 or 4:00 but I have asked before and they told me no)

              I know this is odd but it sort has to be this way if we want our dance to go into the night, which is most important to us. It sucks that the nicer restaurants are not open any earlier. We are going to start with coctails and snacks, have the cakes brought in about 6:30 and then start dancing around 7:00 - 8:00

              #2347 nibsmom

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                Posted 23 May 2009 - 10:29 AM

                Hey all! For anyone who's been to the MP, are room keys actual keys or cards?

                I was thinking of getting those coil bracelets to put in my OOT bags so people can put their keys on them - does the MP already hand anything like this out?

                #2348 nibsmom

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                  Posted 23 May 2009 - 10:34 AM

                  Tina, I know we've been talking about this a bit via PM, but I'm also having similar issues with the time of my ceremony. Ours is at 1pm.

                  So, if we can't get our ceremony moved up we are going to probably do this:
                  1 - 130 - Ceremony
                  130 - 230 - Pictures
                  230 - 4 - Bride Touch Up Time/Informal gathering at the bar for everyone else
                  4 to 6 - Cocktail Hours with food
                  6 to 9 - Dancing, Cake, Tosses, Dances, Speeches

                  We've heard that the cocktail hour has enough food that we shouldn't need to do a dinner, so I think we are going to go with that. We are planning on using our free reservation for our welcome dinner the night before. I would totally be fine doing away with all the dancing, but my fiance's family may die if we don't do it!! LOL.

                  #2349 CitrusBride

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                    Posted 23 May 2009 - 01:08 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by nibsmom
                    Hey all! For anyone who's been to the MP, are room keys actual keys or cards?

                    I was thinking of getting those coil bracelets to put in my OOT bags so people can put their keys on them - does the MP already hand anything like this out?
                    Nibsmom -

                    The MP Room keys are cards. If I remember correctly they give you a small paper wallet to put it in. Maybe you should skill the coil bracelets and try and find small business card holders or flip wallets.

                    Hope that helps!

                    #2350 Eureaka

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                      Posted 23 May 2009 - 02:58 PM

                      August 1st is at 7:26pm



                      Camie - Thanks! This is awesome!


                      Tina - The only reason I'm thinking Tucan will be cooler is because the chapel has the glass, which is nice, but prevents the ocean "breeze" (probably more like wind tunnel) from coming in. I would just prefer Tucan over the Bugambilia since it is the closet to the Grand Moon section as this is where we will be staying. It will be a hike otherwise, but one we will be making if needed!

                      What is everyone's thoughts on make up? I'm fine doing my make up day-to-day, but not super confident in doing it myself for the wedding. I've been reading mixed reviews on the website. I was just wondering what everyone was thinking in this department...




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