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Originally Posted by Mwise17 View Post

MURMEL!!!!

 

I got Erin Blackwood on the phone today, we are going to set up a boudoir shoot for 3-4 weeks from now!!  :)

I am pretty sure at dinner you said that you just got the proofs and did it through snap fish?  If I plan this root, how much time should I give to put it together/order?

:)

So pumped I got her!!!!!

Awesome!!!woot.gif I ended up ordering the CD ($80 I think) and then using the images from the CD to order from Snapfish. If I remember correctly, did the photos end of November, got my disc first week January. Made the Snapfish book on Sunday (took me about 2 hours), did priority shipping and it was on my MOH doorstep on Monday afternoon (I didn't want to ship it to my place, just in case hubby got curious!) 

 

Have fun! Erin is amazing and fantastic at hair and makeup. If you need any other help or advice, just let me know!
 

 



Originally Posted by allysmi View Post

You guys are awesome! It means so much that past brides still come on here to offer advice. I changed my menu to the petit gourmet and will be using bridesmaid bouquets as the centerpieces. That was an awesome idea. I now don't feel so bad about using the ipod. Thanks for saving me some money!!!! I still have 3 months to go, I hope I don't change everything again lol

 

Couple more questions -

What are you guys using for your processional throw? Rice, bubbles or rose petals?

Anybody doing authentic maracas as a favor? Where can you find them on the island for a reasonable price? My coordinator didn't recommend shipping them to the hotel.

Anyone doing a welcome kit? We have bags for each guest with the weekend's itinerary of events along with a custom coozie. I'm thinking of having them delivered to the guest's rooms or given out at check-in.

What are your thoughts on custom champagne flutes and the cake serving set? I keep going back and forth. I don't want to bother with having to transport it down there but I also don't want to regret not having it as a memento as there are so many things we won't get to bring back (i.e. cake, bouquet, etc.)

 

Thanks again!

Ally

 

Didn't bother with a processional throw. They do include a free bag of rose petals, which they placed on the aisle for me just before I walked down.

We did welcome bags. I highly recommend trying to find out when all your guests will arrive and personally meet them in the lobby to welcome them. It really has an impact on making them feel important and stressing how much you appreciate them coming down for the wedding. (plus it saves you a lot of money-the resort charges $4 /bag for delivering them) We had a small welcome booklet (week itinerary, map, hints), snacks, first aid stuff, bag.

Don't bother with the champagne flutes and cake serving set. It's more stuff to drag along and then stress out about using. That's one of those details that when you look back, it really won't matter if you use a monogramed cake server or a resort knife! 
 

 

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Hi ladies, I'm getting married on July 30 (yes, one week) at Azul Beach.  I am very last-minute and trying to schedule a group tour for 12 to the ruins at Tulum and then shopping and dinner in Playa del Carmen.  My travel agent got a quote for us from Lomas Travel for $95 per person.  This includes roundtrip transportation from the hotel to Tulum then Playa in a Mercedes Benz Sprinter that seats up to 17 (still $95 pp though), guided tour of Tulum, and a snack. 

 

It seems really expensive-- anyone looked into this kind of tour or done one down there?  I'm wondering if what other pricing or tour options are out there.  I thought I saw someone on here (months ago) post that they spent $400 for this kind of tour, but I can't find the post now...

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by LauraMinn View Post

 

Hi ladies, I'm getting married on July 30 (yes, one week) at Azul Beach.  I am very last-minute and trying to schedule a group tour for 12 to the ruins at Tulum and then shopping and dinner in Playa del Carmen.  My travel agent got a quote for us from Lomas Travel for $95 per person.  This includes roundtrip transportation from the hotel to Tulum then Playa in a Mercedes Benz Sprinter that seats up to 17 (still $95 pp though), guided tour of Tulum, and a snack. 

 

It seems really expensive-- anyone looked into this kind of tour or done one down there?  I'm wondering if what other pricing or tour options are out there.  I thought I saw someone on here (months ago) post that they spent $400 for this kind of tour, but I can't find the post now...

 

Thanks!

I really don't know what the going rate of the tour would be. But to make it cheaper you could just get the transportation van through Lomas (I am sure it would likely run you about $250 for return travel), then entrance fee to the Tulum site was $4 US /person (I was there last about 3 years ago, but doubt it's changed much). And there is a wonderful market (one of the largest in the area) just outside the entrance of Tulum. I would think you could easily have all your guests sit down at one of the little restaurants (mainly in the center square) and have lunch and drinks for about $15/person. So that would be just under $500 (if my prices are still right). Only thing missing is a tour guide, and you can hire a private one at Tulum for about $30US (again it's been a few years...but I doubt it's that different)

 

I would email Lomas transfers and get an estimate for the transfer from the hotel, drop you off at Tulum and pick up later that day. (I dealt with a lady named Valeria and she was fantastic) By the way, you should also take your swimsuits and a towel. There is the most stunning beach below the ruins!

 

Good luck! And have fun, your family and friends will love this!

 

 

 

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Jaime these are great.  I LOVE the one you both on the bar!

Originally Posted by JaimeCF2BR View Post

Our TTD session got featured!  yay!  Maria Angela really was an amazing photographer.

 

http://destinationinspirations.com/2011/07/15/trash-dress-jaime-talis-playa-del-carmen-mexico/

 



 



Beautiful pics!

Originally Posted by melfaybik View Post

Hi!

 

We just got a some Teaser photos from our photographer! Samuel Luna was our photographer...  www.SamuelLuna.com

 

Let me know if you have any questions about him. We booked him for 8 hours on the wedding day and TTD/Honeymoon photos.

 

I can't wait to get the rest of our photos and our video!

 

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Hello my bridal twin!  Your pics are stunning, just like you were on 05/28!  Also, check your personal email...I sent you some pics! 

Originally Posted by bigboponthebeach View Post

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Hi MishMash!  I used the salon at AS and was styled by Edgar.  He did a WONDERFUL job and I didn't have a trial.  We met the moment of my appointment on my wedding day and he was exceptional!
 


Hi Ally!  One here!  :-)  As you'll read above, I used AS's salon for hair and make-up and was BEYOND PLEASED!  I really kind of let the hair and make up thing fall under faith after figuring out that none of our guests could help me.  Another bride PM'ed me about sharing a hair / make up stylist, but she never wrote me back, so I just booked an appointment in the AS salon and I am thankful I went that route.  I packed all of my MAC make up, flat iron, and curling irons in the event that I hated the results of the salon and needed to make my own "repairs" or "touch ups".  I didn't feel like doing a trial because it was more important to me to be with our guests the day before (and we also had our Welcome Cocktail Party the day before our wedding.)  I booked my appointment through the WC's and had no clue who I was going to be assigned to.  When I arrived at 1pm, I was introduced to Edgar.  I showed him two pictures of how I wanted my hair (a low messy chignon / bun) and he did a BEAUTIFUL job.  I also brought all of my MAC make -up, but he had his own and I believe he actually had better colors than I had in my own personal stash.  :-)  All I said to him was, "I'd really like natural looking make up," and he nodded and went to work!  :-)  All I had to do was wash and blow dry my hair the morning of our wedding, arrive at the salon with a clean face, and Edgar took care of the rest.  We just recieved our wedding slideshow this past Friday and our photog blogged us.  I will post more pictures when we receive our CD.  I have posted some photos of my hair below so that you can see Edgar's work. I cannot tell you how many compliments I received regarding Edgar's work on my wedding hair and make - up.  Everyone who has seen our slideshow always asks who did it and is impressed.  Ask for him and please tell him I sent you!  He is a Sweetie Pie!!!!
 

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If I can make a suggestion for those concerned about fussy kids???  Just order them chicken fingers and fries through your WC.  They will add it to your detail sheet and you don't have to pay for it during your private reception.  We had 3 children at our wedding, order them chicken fingers and fries, and that was $70 plus dollars we saved on adult priced plates.  We didn't know this until we asked because we knew although they were 12, 10, etc.... they were not eating stuffed this or drizzled in sauce that. Just my two cents....
 

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We didn't have an MC and I don't think one is needed.  Our DJ announced us, our dance, our father daughter dance, speehes, cake cut, garter / bouquet toss, cigar roller table, etc......
 

 



Hi Amylou,  We had the legal ceremony.  We did not have a script, but our judge performed our ceremony in English.  We have it on DVD, but I don't know how to put it on the computer for you to see.  It started with the signing of the documents, fingerprints and witnesses.  One of my sister's sang Ave Maria while we were doing that part.  After that, he talked about our two lives becoming one, and then we did the sand ceremony.  After that he talked about effective communication, then we did the rings, the kiss and it was over.  I want to say it was about 20 minutes.  The only way that we personalized it was with our own music for the ipod, with my sister singing, and adding my step-son to the sand ceremony.  It was a little weird in the beginning because there was about a minute of silence, and I remember saying "What are we waiting for?"  I thought the judge did a good job, and I was so pleased that he performed it in English so we did not have to go through translation.  The only negative thing I can say about the legal ceremony is that we still have not received our translated marriage certificate to file here in the States to make it legal. They said they would have it federal expressed to us in 31-60 days, and the 60 day deadline is rapidly approaching.  For the $500 we paid for a 20 minute legal ceremony you would think they would move faster so we can legalize things in the States.  Life changing events for employment, insurance, etc. are for 60 days at  my job.  Fortunately, they let me make changes with the Spanish documents and I have to just give them the English ones when they come.  It is not the same for my husband's job, and he cannot make any changes until we have our translated documents.  We got married 05/28 so we are waiting patiently.  Best wishes for your upcoming wedding!

 



Originally Posted by amylou1983 View Post

Has anyone given the legal ceremony / personal vows some thought?  I have looked at the legal ceremony script and I am not keen on it at all.....I just don't agree with half the things the Judge will be referring to!! I wanted to add in some information for example ' foundations of marriage, symbolism of rings, our own vows etc'.....apparently you cannot alter any of the wording.  I'm panicking because the vows and order of service / ceremony script is the most important part of a wedding (to me anyway!).

 

Advice please ladies

 



 

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I'm back...everything was wonderful.  Thanks so much to everyone on here for all the great ideas, suggestions and support.  I'll work on a review, but in the meantime, some thoughts:

 

As many on here have said before, don't sweat the details.  I met with Claudia (on-site coordinator) the day before the wedding, and went over everything I wanted.  I ended up changing my bridemaid, groom & best man flowers, beach location, and the cake.  I think dealing with the Miami coordinators prior to arriving at AS created undue stress.  Just my opinion.  Claudia will do whatever she can to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams (her words).

 

Regarding the dress code - Mark wore pants to Le Chique, and nice shorts the rest of the places.  Even at Le Chique, we saw a guy wearing a t-shirt, jeans and flip flops.  Not my idea of appropriate attire for an elegant restaurant, but from what we saw, no issues with dress code anywhere.

 

Champagne flutes/cake knife/server - I saw some comments on this.  I decided to bring them.  We had a whole suitcase we checked that was just wedding stuff.  We had fans, bubbles, sand ceremony (with 3 extra vases for the kids, plus 5 colors of sand), OOT bags which contained a picture frame, bottle opener, spanish guide, customized lip balm, and customized plastic drinking cups.  We had some sand toys for the kids as well.  Instead of a guest book, we brought an 11x17 mat that everyone signed, so that was a carry-on.

 

We did the Spoon dinner for our wedding reception, and it was fantastic.  It was honestly the best meal of the week.  We had other great food (Le Chique and Tapaz for sure), but we were really pleasantly surprised by Spoon.

 

I had my hair & makeup done by Edgar, both the trial and the day of, and he was fantastic.  Although I have to say that the two hairstyles were different.  I did the trial the day we had reservations at Le Chique, which worked out well.  If you can stand it, save yourself some money and just book hair and makeup for the wedding day.

 

Patiently waiting for the proofs from our photographer (we used Matias Cano) but here are some a friend took:

 

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Beautiful....let us know when you post your review!

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Glad to hear everything was wonderful...

Congratulations!

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Originally Posted by karlaandmark View Post

I'm back...everything was wonderful.  Thanks so much to everyone on here for all the great ideas, suggestions and support.  I'll work on a review, but in the meantime, some thoughts:

 

As many on here have said before, don't sweat the details.  I met with Claudia (on-site coordinator) the day before the wedding, and went over everything I wanted.  I ended up changing my bridemaid, groom & best man flowers, beach location, and the cake.  I think dealing with the Miami coordinators prior to arriving at AS created undue stress.  Just my opinion.  Claudia will do whatever she can to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams (her words).

 

Regarding the dress code - Mark wore pants to Le Chique, and nice shorts the rest of the places.  Even at Le Chique, we saw a guy wearing a t-shirt, jeans and flip flops.  Not my idea of appropriate attire for an elegant restaurant, but from what we saw, no issues with dress code anywhere.

 

Champagne flutes/cake knife/server - I saw some comments on this.  I decided to bring them.  We had a whole suitcase we checked that was just wedding stuff.  We had fans, bubbles, sand ceremony (with 3 extra vases for the kids, plus 5 colors of sand), OOT bags which contained a picture frame, bottle opener, spanish guide, customized lip balm, and customized plastic drinking cups.  We had some sand toys for the kids as well.  Instead of a guest book, we brought an 11x17 mat that everyone signed, so that was a carry-on.

 

We did the Spoon dinner for our wedding reception, and it was fantastic.  It was honestly the best meal of the week.  We had other great food (Le Chique and Tapaz for sure), but we were really pleasantly surprised by Spoon.

 

I had my hair & makeup done by Edgar, both the trial and the day of, and he was fantastic.  Although I have to say that the two hairstyles were different.  I did the trial the day we had reservations at Le Chique, which worked out well.  If you can stand it, save yourself some money and just book hair and makeup for the wedding day.

 

Patiently waiting for the proofs from our photographer (we used Matias Cano) but here are some a friend took:

 

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