I finally have some time to myself - it was an absolute whirlwind before we left and has been since we returned as we have our AHR just a week after we got back. I am soooooooo pleased we got married in Mexico and wouldnt have changed it for a thing. Heres a quick run down of my day.
I shared the bed the night before our wedding with my 'HUSBANDS' sister she was one of your BMs and he spent the night in his brother room. We woke up and it was very warm but very overcast. I didnt really care as long as it wasnt raining! I went and got my nails done at the hotel spa at 9am as this was the only appointment they had and then met all the other ladies at 11am and we went down to the marina and watched the dolphins etc and had a spot of lunch. By lunch time a few in the group had a bit of the mexico tummy so were popping the immodiums - I suddenly got a very 'bubbly' feeling in my tummy which I convinced myself I should take an immodium for but everyone told me it was nerves. I hadnt felt nervous all week; we were getting married on the 10th day; then all of the sudden I was quite literally feeling like I was gonna poop my pants! Yes it was happening I was getting married today and it felt very surreal like it wasnt happening to me. Our WC told us they would come to my room at 3.45 and get me, my dad and 2 BMs so we went to the room at 1.30 to get ready. Honestly girls leave yourself so much time we only left 2 hours as the photographer was arriving at 3.30 and it flew by. So we waited for the WC assistant to walk us to the wedding ceremony site but the judge hadnt turned up yet!!! We were due to get married at 4pm and the judge turned up at 4.10. Then I had to walk around the pool area to get to the wedding ceremony site - soooooooooo embarassing everyone woo hooing and shouting things like 'go girl' - before I knew it - my shoes were off and I was walking barefoot down the aisle on my way to MY wedding. I couldnt tell u anything about walking down the aisle - its all a bit of a blur as I was pooping my pants. As soon as I got there it was fab; a relaxed ceremony lovely words and a few laughs as well. Buster tried to put my wedding ring on the wrong hand as I had moved my engagement ring to my right hand; he said 'u told me it goes on the same ring as your engagement ring' right in the middle of the service - everyone including the judge was laughing.
The ceremony lasted approximately 20 minutes, we then had champagne on the beach, followed by the photos. We paid extra to have a private reception in the pure chill out bar. It was perfect, BBQ on the beach, then the speeches, cutting of the cake and our first dance. We then had a disco from music i downloaded onto the ipod; numerous shots and then onto the hotel disco. It was perfect. The sun came out for our wedding and our pictures are amazing and I can honestly say the 15 people who came with us all said it is the best wedding they have ever been to. Relaxed, sun and a perfect setting. Honestly your guests will love it.
For me getting married at 4pm was fab; you have the day to relax and as the sun is setting you can get some amazing pictures. One thing I would say is try and make some time for you and your husband on your wedding day as everyone will want a piece of you. We did something quite unique and unplanned and will stay with us forever. After leaving the nightclub at 3am - we went down to the beach and threw Busters wedding ring into the sea; some of you may remember we got one for £5 from Argos as he wasnt going to wear it - he threw it into the sea at about 4am and we layed on the beach talking about how we felt leading up to the day and how the day went - yes we had a bit too much to drink - lol - but it was a full moon, the stars were out and we could hear the sea in the background. We then headed to the 24hr snack hut and ate a mountain of food, went back to our room which had a bath on the balcony; by this time it was 5am; sat in the bath drinking champagne and calling our friends back at home to tell them we were now married as they were all at work at it was 11am back here in the UK.
We took loads of things with us but didnt have anything for the tables; word of advice dont bother trying to transport centre pieces etc; buy them out there - we got some mini mexican hats; one for each table and then got some maracas and a shot glass for everyone with a hand painted mexican design and put them in a circle around the hat - everyone loved it including Pilar. Also dont worry about anything - if it goes wrong you honestly wont notice - as I was walking down the aisle Pilar who was the sweetest person I have ever met started cyring, Buster asked her what was wrong and she said she had forgotten to put the coloured chair sashes I had given her on the chairs. He told her not to worry - I didnt even bloody notice until they told me afterwards. Getting married in Mexico was the best decision we ever made and is the happiest day of my life; I didnt care about the small details that I was worried about before - no-one will notice honestly. I will try and add a few photos for those of you who havent seen them on FB.
Any questions please just ask - I've been there and done it - woo hoo - love Mrs Stopps!! xx
Hope all your plans are coming together and hope you have half as much fun as I did x