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I havn't been on in a long time, I hope everyone is planning is going good. My planning is yet to be done i have less than 5 months so i'm going to a busy bee for the next 4 months. I 'm not really feeling the urgency yet though. Can't wait to catch with everyone.

 

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LOL Wow yea well like I said know you're crowd lololol anyway ...I didnt realize that you havent booked and are still deciding...are you only interested in all-inclusive? The reason why I ask is because I remember when I was looking and the 100+ ppl was an issue for me there were a few other hotels that had beautiful venues for large parties and for w/e reason there werent outside vendor fees ...meaning you had the ability to really create the wedding you wanted and use outside furniture, decorations, flowers and props that were not exclusive to that hotel. I think the few that were my tops were Le Meridian, JW Marriott, and The Ritz. The ppl at Le Meridian were very very nice and were totally willing to negotiate with lots of things...

I don't think they will allow you to have a cocktail hour on top of the terrace due to some type of emergency hazard...when we asked about this in a nutshell they said its too dangerous to have drunk ppl on top of a roof :/  BUT YOu should still ask =)

 

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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!

 

Originally Posted by mzgillis316 View Post

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, will do! Yes, we're only considering all-inclusive resorts. I don't really want to be responsible for providing food and drinks for all of our guests for a 3-4 day trip :)

 

I also love the Moon Palace. I've heard that if you bring your vendor with you (i.e. photographer, etc), and they are guests of the hotels then you can get around paying the vendor fees. I have a feeling we'll need to bring a lot of the decor with us to create what we want, but my wedding planner and TA seem to think it's very do-able. And although I haven't met an Indian DW bride yet, I'm sure we're not the first... it's just MUCH more challenging than we originally expected! :)
 

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LOL Wow yea well like I said know you're crowd lololol anyway ...I didnt realize that you havent booked and are still deciding...are you only interested in all-inclusive? The reason why I ask is because I remember when I was looking and the 100+ ppl was an issue for me there were a few other hotels that had beautiful venues for large parties and for w/e reason there werent outside vendor fees ...meaning you had the ability to really create the wedding you wanted and use outside furniture, decorations, flowers and props that were not exclusive to that hotel. I think the few that were my tops were Le Meridian, JW Marriott, and The Ritz. The ppl at Le Meridian were very very nice and were totally willing to negotiate with lots of things...

I don't think they will allow you to have a cocktail hour on top of the terrace due to some type of emergency hazard...when we asked about this in a nutshell they said its too dangerous to have drunk ppl on top of a roof :/  BUT YOu should still ask =)

 

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Originally Posted by SChica927 View Post

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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Originally Posted by mzgillis316 View Post

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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I'm not recommending the travel agency we used - but they have done Indian destination weddings - maybe they can provide some references?  This is the link to their website:

http://www.theweddingholiday.com/www.TheWeddingHoliday.com/Indian_Weddings.html 

 

I know that they had a destination wedding at the Azul Sensatori a couple months ago with about 120 guests (Indian wedding).  I also know that they could not have the reception at the resort because of the size of the party and I think it was 10-10-10 - a popular wedding day - making it even more difficult.

 

Hope it helps... 

Originally Posted by SChica927 View Post

Thanks, will do! Yes, we're only considering all-inclusive resorts. I don't really want to be responsible for providing food and drinks for all of our guests for a 3-4 day trip :)

 

I also love the Moon Palace. I've heard that if you bring your vendor with you (i.e. photographer, etc), and they are guests of the hotels then you can get around paying the vendor fees. I have a feeling we'll need to bring a lot of the decor with us to create what we want, but my wedding planner and TA seem to think it's very do-able. And although I haven't met an Indian DW bride yet, I'm sure we're not the first... it's just MUCH more challenging than we originally expected! :)
 

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Originally Posted by mzgillis316 View Post


LOL Wow yea well like I said know you're crowd lololol anyway ...I didnt realize that you havent booked and are still deciding...are you only interested in all-inclusive? The reason why I ask is because I remember when I was looking and the 100+ ppl was an issue for me there were a few other hotels that had beautiful venues for large parties and for w/e reason there werent outside vendor fees ...meaning you had the ability to really create the wedding you wanted and use outside furniture, decorations, flowers and props that were not exclusive to that hotel. I think the few that were my tops were Le Meridian, JW Marriott, and The Ritz. The ppl at Le Meridian were very very nice and were totally willing to negotiate with lots of things...

I don't think they will allow you to have a cocktail hour on top of the terrace due to some type of emergency hazard...when we asked about this in a nutshell they said its too dangerous to have drunk ppl on top of a roof :/  BUT YOu should still ask =)

 

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Originally Posted by SChica927 View Post

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!

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by mzgillis316 View Post

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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So I am told our reception has been moved in between buildings 3 and 4 basically on the opposite side as the zavas plaza. I'm still really disappointed but I want it to be beautiful so I'm going to try and make the best of it. I feel that we should get 20% off the private event since they messed up. Any ideas for decorations to make it pretty. They say it is like the zavas plaza area minus the gazebo in the middle.

 

Also, does anyone know how much it is for brdiesmaids to get their hair done. I have the spa menu but it doesn't specifically say I don't think.

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Also, does anyone know how much it is for brdiesmaids to get their hair done. I have the spa menu but it doesn't specifically say I don't think.

 

 

I just asked my WC today...it is $86 +10% surcharge for bridesmaids hair ($94.60). 

 

That seems like a lot...but I think I'll be doing that for my BMs...wanted to do hair and makeup for them...but think makeup is the same price and that just seems kind of ridiculous..

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Hey girls,

 

Just checking to see if anyone knows of any products for puffy under eyes.  I have awful allergies and have been on allergy shots for about 8 months now, weekly.  But, my eyes are still really awful with dark circles and puffiness.  I would like to find something that can help before the wedding. 

 

Thanks!!

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So almost 200 for hair and makeup that is a little ridiculous. I think some may want to get their hair done but some won't.
 

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Also, does anyone know how much it is for brdiesmaids to get their hair done. I have the spa menu but it doesn't specifically say I don't think.



I just asked my WC today...it is $86 +10% surcharge for bridesmaids hair ($94.60). 

 

That seems like a lot...but I think I'll be doing that for my BMs...wanted to do hair and makeup for them...but think makeup is the same price and that just seems kind of ridiculous..



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This is awesome Jessie, thanks for sharing... ugh, the first one made me cry! haha!

Originally Posted by Jessie View Post

Michele - Check out this thread for ceremony scripts:

 

http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/thread/21660/share-your-ceremony-script
 

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.
 

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Does anyone have any ceremony scripts they can share? Or links I can view on the forum?


 


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