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I PROMISE YOU ALL THOSE PPL WILL NOT COME lololol Don't stress...reality will set in when its time to start asking for money, all sorts of issues and excuses (sometimes) will come up about why someone you just knew would be there can not come... And yes don't worry they are able to budge and there is plenty of room for over 80...i'm sure they'll accommodate, but I'm telling you don't stress. You will see the numbers begin to dwindle the closer you get to the wedding date lol
 

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Interesting what you're saying. I'm so nervous about the 190+ we're inviting, I really don't want more than 75 and when we went through our list and highlighted the "most likelys" we came up with 89! I'm getting married on the sky deck (NO DOUBT ABOUT IT)..did it seem like the 80 figure might budge a little if needed? You've given me hope that my actual guest list will stay smaller than I'm thinking!!!

 

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ARe you positive you will have 150 ppl ? we sent out over 300 invitations and had 80 put down deposits and ended up with 60 ppl going...There aren't very many options for parties that large so if you are absolutely positive you're going to have that many ppl, then I believe its just the beach and the ballroom...if you're not sure than I wouldn't worry myself about location until you're pretty positive about the size of your group..I only say this b/c I stressed about this as well in the beginning, worrying we would have over a hundred ppl and I wouldn't get the sky deck...everything worked out in the end =)

 


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Yea don't worry about this either ...seriously, we sent out an email with food selection two weeks before the wedding and didn't give it to the WC until a few days before we left ...we finally  finished our detail sheet three days before our wedding. 

 

I would wait it out with offering ppl so many choices until your guest list is finalized. If you start giving them options way in advance they'll want to change and you'll have to keep going back and forth...it can become a headache.
 

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Awesome, okay! You obviously had people select beforehand? My WC said I could offer 3 pre-selected choices with 80+ people which I think we'll have but what if I give them 3 options and we only get 70 people? I guess that's a question for her...

 

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We chose the chicken and fish (mahi mahi) menu option. I think it was $18 pp.  Everyone enjoyed it and it was plenty of food. We also figured if anyone was still hungry they could go somewhere else ..its all inclusive...we were trying to stick to our budget.
 



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ONe more thing I would say is that you have to KNOW your crowd. I knew that my side of the family were not huge on traveling outside of the country. Having them come to my wedding not only involved them getting to Mexico but also obtaining a passport (an additional expense)...Even with this they all said that they were coming and were excited (AND Im pretty close to all of my family)...On my wedding day out of a party of 63 ppl only 8 were there from my family/friends (three of whom I paid for to be there) :/

My husband's family goes on at least two big family vacations a year with about 50-60 ppl...his family is even larger than mines and all of them were hell bent on coming but at the end still  were unable to make the sacrifice.

I don't want to discourage anybody but the thing that really kept me from stressing out and not enjoying my wedding planning process was to NOT HAVE TOO  MANY EXPECTATIONS...this way I wasn't so disappointed when things weren't going the way I wanted them too or ppl dropped out on me, etc. I was a very relaxed laid back bride and everything turned out amazing! So just relax, understand and EXPECT some individuals that you were positive would be there to probably say that they won't...

 

My advice- I think if you expecting a huge turn out  85-90ppl is a good place to budget....but once you're first deposit is in you'll have a better idea of where you will be anyway so just wait it out a bit...When you're in the beginning stages don't worry yourself too much about this issue bc so many things will change by the time you get to your big day.
 


 

 



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Michele - Check out this thread for ceremony scripts:

 

 

There are some really great ones there.  I teared up a little when I read through them!  It's making me seriously rethink our decision to do the legal wedding.

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for that link what amazing ideas. Definitely will help! X

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Thanks everyone for the comments on the size of our party. We're actually sending out invitations to 500+ people -- hence the reason for the destination wedding to begin with!  I didn't want too huge of a guestlist so keeping the wedding at home wasn't ideal for me.  We are both Indian and we operate where invitations go out to our communities... and my fiance has a HUGE family all of which have been wanting to do a family vacay for a while (and all of which have their passports and all)... plus our bridal party is 22 people... so I'm pretty sure a lot of the friends are coming too.

 

We also went through our guest list and identified who the most-likely people were to come, and came up with a little more than 200, so realistically, I'm thinking 150 will come.

 

Anyway, so it sounds like the only ceremony/reception sites that you think would accomodate a group this big are the beach & ballroom right? Do you think if we do a standing cocktail hour, we'd be able to use the sky terrace?! I love that place!!

 

Thanks again for all the reality checks!

 

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ONe more thing I would say is that you have to KNOW your crowd. I knew that my side of the family were not huge on traveling outside of the country. Having them come to my wedding not only involved them getting to Mexico but also obtaining a passport (an additional expense)...Even with this they all said that they were coming and were excited (AND Im pretty close to all of my family)...On my wedding day out of a party of 63 ppl only 8 were there from my family/friends (three of whom I paid for to be there) :/

My husband's family goes on at least two big family vacations a year with about 50-60 ppl...his family is even larger than mines and all of them were hell bent on coming but at the end still  were unable to make the sacrifice.

I don't want to discourage anybody but the thing that really kept me from stressing out and not enjoying my wedding planning process was to NOT HAVE TOO  MANY EXPECTATIONS...this way I wasn't so disappointed when things weren't going the way I wanted them too or ppl dropped out on me, etc. I was a very relaxed laid back bride and everything turned out amazing! So just relax, understand and EXPECT some individuals that you were positive would be there to probably say that they won't...

 

My advice- I think if you expecting a huge turn out  85-90ppl is a good place to budget....but once you're first deposit is in you'll have a better idea of where you will be anyway so just wait it out a bit...When you're in the beginning stages don't worry yourself too much about this issue bc so many things will change by the time you get to your big day.
 


 

 


 


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Oh geez, okay, good to know. 45 days is very differnt than 3 or 4, haha!

Ok, maybe we'll wait to ask people their entree selections, that feels better...thanks!
 

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Yea don't worry about this either ...seriously, we sent out an email with food selection two weeks before the wedding and didn't give it to the WC until a few days before we left ...we finally  finished our detail sheet three days before our wedding. 

 

I would wait it out with offering ppl so many choices until your guest list is finalized. If you start giving them options way in advance they'll want to change and you'll have to keep going back and forth...it can become a headache.
 

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Awesome, okay! You obviously had people select beforehand? My WC said I could offer 3 pre-selected choices with 80+ people which I think we'll have but what if I give them 3 options and we only get 70 people? I guess that's a question for her...

 

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We chose the chicken and fish (mahi mahi) menu option. I think it was $18 pp.  Everyone enjoyed it and it was plenty of food. We also figured if anyone was still hungry they could go somewhere else ..its all inclusive...we were trying to stick to our budget.
 


 


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Holy Smokes...your going to have a heck of a wedding!!!  Can I come too?

 

The Sky is supposed to be for ceremonies only, but given how much business you will be bringing the resort, you might be able to do a lot of negotiating!  Tell them you'll only have your wedding there if you can use Sky for cocktail hour.  That line wouldnt work for most of us...but might for you ;)

 

Also, between the conference room and beach for your reception, I would HIGHLY recommend the beach.  No chance of it feeling too crowded at all.

 

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Thanks everyone for the comments on the size of our party. We're actually sending out invitations to 500+ people -- hence the reason for the destination wedding to begin with!  I didn't want too huge of a guestlist so keeping the wedding at home wasn't ideal for me.  We are both Indian and we operate where invitations go out to our communities... and my fiance has a HUGE family all of which have been wanting to do a family vacay for a while (and all of which have their passports and all)... plus our bridal party is 22 people... so I'm pretty sure a lot of the friends are coming too.

 

We also went through our guest list and identified who the most-likely people were to come, and came up with a little more than 200, so realistically, I'm thinking 150 will come.

 

Anyway, so it sounds like the only ceremony/reception sites that you think would accomodate a group this big are the beach & ballroom right? Do you think if we do a standing cocktail hour, we'd be able to use the sky terrace?! I love that place!!

 

Thanks again for all the reality checks!

 

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ONe more thing I would say is that you have to KNOW your crowd. I knew that my side of the family were not huge on traveling outside of the country. Having them come to my wedding not only involved them getting to Mexico but also obtaining a passport (an additional expense)...Even with this they all said that they were coming and were excited (AND Im pretty close to all of my family)...On my wedding day out of a party of 63 ppl only 8 were there from my family/friends (three of whom I paid for to be there) :/

My husband's family goes on at least two big family vacations a year with about 50-60 ppl...his family is even larger than mines and all of them were hell bent on coming but at the end still  were unable to make the sacrifice.

I don't want to discourage anybody but the thing that really kept me from stressing out and not enjoying my wedding planning process was to NOT HAVE TOO  MANY EXPECTATIONS...this way I wasn't so disappointed when things weren't going the way I wanted them too or ppl dropped out on me, etc. I was a very relaxed laid back bride and everything turned out amazing! So just relax, understand and EXPECT some individuals that you were positive would be there to probably say that they won't...

 

My advice- I think if you expecting a huge turn out  85-90ppl is a good place to budget....but once you're first deposit is in you'll have a better idea of where you will be anyway so just wait it out a bit...When you're in the beginning stages don't worry yourself too much about this issue bc so many things will change by the time you get to your big day.
 


 

 


 

 


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Thanks, yeah, we have a wedding planner and a TA so I'm letting them handle the negotiating! I just love hearing what all of you guys are getting too so I can give them ammo to have those conversations! :)

 

The only issue I see with the beach is walking on sand with Indian clothes on; everything is intricate so I know a lot of parents won't feel comfortable walking in the sand. So my question is, do you guys think its possible for them to put down mats or something over the sand and have the seating set up on those mats? Totally fine if no one knows, because well def ask the WC, but just curious if you guys have seen these types of set ups!

 

Thanks again... we haven't booked our dates yet because we're debating between Sensatori & Moon Palace right now... but just reading your convos are really helping us know what is and isn't possible at Sensatori!

 

Originally Posted by JaimeCF2BR View Post

Holy Smokes...your going to have a heck of a wedding!!!  Can I come too?

 

The Sky is supposed to be for ceremonies only, but given how much business you will be bringing the resort, you might be able to do a lot of negotiating!  Tell them you'll only have your wedding there if you can use Sky for cocktail hour.  That line wouldnt work for most of us...but might for you ;)

 

Also, between the conference room and beach for your reception, I would HIGHLY recommend the beach.  No chance of it feeling too crowded at all.

 

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Thanks everyone for the comments on the size of our party. We're actually sending out invitations to 500+ people -- hence the reason for the destination wedding to begin with!  I didn't want too huge of a guestlist so keeping the wedding at home wasn't ideal for me.  We are both Indian and we operate where invitations go out to our communities... and my fiance has a HUGE family all of which have been wanting to do a family vacay for a while (and all of which have their passports and all)... plus our bridal party is 22 people... so I'm pretty sure a lot of the friends are coming too.

 

We also went through our guest list and identified who the most-likely people were to come, and came up with a little more than 200, so realistically, I'm thinking 150 will come.

 

Anyway, so it sounds like the only ceremony/reception sites that you think would accomodate a group this big are the beach & ballroom right? Do you think if we do a standing cocktail hour, we'd be able to use the sky terrace?! I love that place!!

 

Thanks again for all the reality checks!

 

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ONe more thing I would say is that you have to KNOW your crowd. I knew that my side of the family were not huge on traveling outside of the country. Having them come to my wedding not only involved them getting to Mexico but also obtaining a passport (an additional expense)...Even with this they all said that they were coming and were excited (AND Im pretty close to all of my family)...On my wedding day out of a party of 63 ppl only 8 were there from my family/friends (three of whom I paid for to be there) :/

My husband's family goes on at least two big family vacations a year with about 50-60 ppl...his family is even larger than mines and all of them were hell bent on coming but at the end still  were unable to make the sacrifice.

I don't want to discourage anybody but the thing that really kept me from stressing out and not enjoying my wedding planning process was to NOT HAVE TOO  MANY EXPECTATIONS...this way I wasn't so disappointed when things weren't going the way I wanted them too or ppl dropped out on me, etc. I was a very relaxed laid back bride and everything turned out amazing! So just relax, understand and EXPECT some individuals that you were positive would be there to probably say that they won't...

 

My advice- I think if you expecting a huge turn out  85-90ppl is a good place to budget....but once you're first deposit is in you'll have a better idea of where you will be anyway so just wait it out a bit...When you're in the beginning stages don't worry yourself too much about this issue bc so many things will change by the time you get to your big day.
 


 

 


 

 

 


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      Whether you aren't the sentimental type or you're just savvy, selling your used wedding dress is an easy way to recoup some money from your wedding. If your dress is in good condition, consider listing it online over selling it to a thrift store, where your listing will reach a greater volume of potential buyers and can be more easily shared and promoted. A used wedding dress in great condition and under two years old can usually sell for 50 percent of the retail price. And, if your dress is a more recognizable brand like Oscar de la Renta or Vera Wang, you could make closer to 60 percent of its retail value. Even if your gown isn't designer, don't give up hope—since there's a large demand for all kinds of second hand wedding dresses, a designer label doesn't necessarily mean your dress will sell faster. Not to mention, mermaid dresses are also in high demand, so you shouldn't worry if you're not a sample size. Tips for Buying Used Wedding Dresses
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