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Originally Posted by mrsnova View Post

 

 

I did send save the dates as soon as we got the date figured out, pictures done, and had them made (about a month or so ago). I have had many people tell us they want/probably will come, several we know we can count on, and a few that have flat out said we won't be able to make it. I think it will really come down to the last few months before we will know who is seriously coming (when they put their money down!). This makes it hard to determine your budget without knowing how many guests you will have : /.  Hopefully we will get a better idea once we send the invitations out with an RSVP date (which will not be sent out until next month and RSVP January). I guess we have to be flexible! 

Thank you for getting back to me! I'm anticipating the same thing happening to us. I want to give people lots of time, but I guess i'll just have to deal with the fact that some people might not decide until later, hard for the planner in me, LOL

 

Thanks again!

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Yes, I think it would be about an hour otherwise with the courses, dessert and cake.  Yes, there are desserts along with the cake!  cheesy.gif  We had no idea and I did not have any as I was already so full but everyone who tried them said they were delicious!

Originally Posted by mrsnova View Post

Thank you for sharing! Would you say the dinner was about an hour if you didn't have too many speeches? 

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Originally Posted by FireyNurse View Post

 

 

Hey Heidilynn, just thought I would toss my 2 cents in here regarding rsvp's and numbers of people attending. We sent out our save the date EARLY (about 11 months in advance) to let people know it would be a destination wedding and we heard from a ton of people "oh my god, I am so excited, we will be there for sure" type responses and then once our official invites went out and our Travel Agent messaged people as a group to let them know she was at their service people completely dropped off the face of the earth, it was like they'd never known us! LOL! From some other threads I have read on here I have noticed that this isn't completely atypical, though, and it often happens that people say they are in and then never book. Your friends may be different, though, but this is something that may happen too I guess.

Thanks so much, i'm glad i'm not the only one that wants to send out save the dates 11 months ahead of time. We're aiming for the first week of November 2013 for the wedding and I hope to get the invites out the beginning of January. People we've talked to already are super excited, but i'm thinking the same thing will happen, some will be super excited and then when it comes down to putting their money where their mouth is, it will be a different story LOL

 

A friend of a friend had her guests email RSVP to the save the date, with Yes, No or Maybe and then she only sent the formal invites to the Yes and Maybe's, I'm thinking of doing this as well, of course confirming with the No's that they are FOR SURE no, so they aren't insulted, thinking maybe to send them an email in response to their RSVP with the wedding website address so they could get the info if they decided to change their mind. We have about 130 people to invite, so that's 65 invites, and it seems silly to spend the money sending invitations to people who have clearly expressed they won't be coming, thoughts?? 

 

How many months in advance did you send the official invites out?

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Also, all of our guests stayed at the Palace so while we were taking photos, our guests went to the Carey bar for snacks and drinks.  We did not have a cocktail hour which I am glad as the Carey bar had snacks all day and top shelf alcohol.

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Originally Posted by Brenners View Post

 

Here is a picture of our wedding ceremony.  We opted for no arch due to the added cost and I do not think it takes anything away from our pictures or our wedding.  For reference, our ceremony was held at Coral Beach.

 

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Beautiful photo! Looks gorgeous as is, I don't think the arch is going to be necessary for us. Thank you so much for sharing the photo :)

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Originally Posted by Brenners View Post

 

Also, all of our guests stayed at the Palace so while we were taking photos, our guests went to the Carey bar for snacks and drinks.  We did not have a cocktail hour which I am glad as the Carey bar had snacks all day and top shelf alcohol.

 

We are planning to do the same thing. I have heard others do that instead of the cocktail hour and seemed to work out great. Good way for your guests to pass time/be entertained while you take pictures and its free! :) 

 

Thank you Brenners and Avens for the help! Good to have an estimate to know how the day will go and to time my playlist out.

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Originally Posted by slarso13 View Post

 

Has anyone heard of or had a reception at coco beach? We recently booked and were then told that our only options were the pool or coco beach.

I am not sure where Coco Beach is. In this website where people are talking about Coco beach it sounds like it is in front of Coco bar but I could be wrong. Here is the link : http://www.unofficial-barcelo-maya.com/forum/index.php?topic=26154.0

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Originally Posted by slarso13 View Post

 

Has anyone heard of or had a reception at coco beach? We recently booked and were then told that our only options were the pool or coco beach.

 

 

pretty sure its the beach between the palace pool and the ocean

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