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Hi Girls!!! Thanks for the warm wishes :)

 

I brought my laptop and am on to email the coordinator some stuff, thought I'd sneak in and say hello! (FI's napping)

 

The weather here is perfection, not a grey cloud in site since we arrived!! Everything has gone completely smooth and my meeting with the coordinators today was amazing, they have their shiz in order for sure.

 

The resort is gorgeous, the service is amazing, just thought you AS b2b's would love to hear some good news from onsite. Tipping is definitely how to get ahead here, just keep that in mind.

 

I'm gonna get started on the OOT bags now.... I'm really already having a blast and guests arrive tomorrow and I can't even wait!!

 

Stilll can't believe I'm really here :)

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Hey Taylorwd! Finally got a chance to look through all your pictures...they are AMAZING! Andrew you did such a fantastic job and I am TOTALLY jealous :)

Taylorwd I don't remember if you talked about this earlier in the thread, and if you did I am SO SORRY, but remind me again: did you bring your own fabric for the chair ties/aisle runner and just pay the set-up fee, or did you rent them from the venue? I'm looking through my package trying to get a feel for our budget and I don't know what would be more cost-effective. And I know we've all heard 100 different quotes on prices for set-up, etc...so I'd love to hear directly from you if you don't mind :)
Thank you Celina!! We are just over the moon about our pictures. I'm sure Andrew would jump at the chance to shoot your wedding in January wink.gif

We used their fabric for everything. Colored fabric costs more than white, fyi. Our jute runner was $40, the pink fabric draped over the wall was $75, the two white pieces of fabric over the beach gazebo in the background were $75 each, and the chair fabric was $4 each. Why the jute runner was only $40 but the other, smaller piece of pink was $75 is beyond me!

The set-up fee we paid was $40 onsite to the WCs. My understanding is that that was only for the decorations we brought with us (mostly reception stuff). There shouldn't be a charge if you're not bringing anything extra.

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taylorwd your photos are amazing! it makes me even more excited!
what time are you all getting married? we are thinking of 3pm so we can go straight into our reception but whatever time we choose is going to be mega hot!x
Thank you!! I agree, looking at everyone's pictures is so much fun and definitely adds to the excitement.

AmyB asks a good question, what month is your wedding? Our ceremony was at 4:00 and sunset at 7pm. We did that on purpose so that we wouldn't have long shadows in our pictures. For us it was:
4:00 Ceremony
4:30-5:00 group pictures
5-6:30pm our pictures
6:30 Reception start

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The weather here is perfection, not a grey cloud in site since we arrived!! Everything has gone completely smooth and my meeting with the coordinators today was amazing, they have their shiz in order for sure.

The resort is gorgeous, the service is amazing, just thought you AS b2b's would love to hear some good news from onsite. Tipping is definitely how to get ahead here, just keep that in mind.
Aw, now see, I knew the weather would behave for you!! YEA!!!!!!!

Yes to all you b2b's out there, tipping is the way to go. We tipped handsomely and were rewarded in kind.

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Celina, you can see how my set up looks too. I went with the uncovered & no bows on the chairs and have larges vases of gladiolas at the base of the gazebo. I should have pictures posted in 4 weeks - Ahh crazy to say that!

Oooooh so soon!!!! Are you our next bride?

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Hi Girls!!! Thanks for the warm wishes :)

I brought my laptop and am on to email the coordinator some stuff, thought I'd sneak in and say hello! (FI's napping)

The weather here is perfection, not a grey cloud in site since we arrived!! Everything has gone completely smooth and my meeting with the coordinators today was amazing, they have their shiz in order for sure.

The resort is gorgeous, the service is amazing, just thought you AS b2b's would love to hear some good news from onsite. Tipping is definitely how to get ahead here, just keep that in mind.

I'm gonna get started on the OOT bags now.... I'm really already having a blast and guests arrive tomorrow and I can't even wait!!

Stilll can't believe I'm really here :)
You crazy girl! What are you doing on here?:) So gald you are there and everything is working out. Can't wait to hear more about the wedding and your stay at AS. Have an amazing time and remember to take your time and enjoy every moment.

AHHHH! I CAN NOT WAIT to see your pics. :)

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Some days I am just crazy. I am throwing my budget to the wind. (At least in my mind.) I think I should stop stressing about money and just go for it. Doubt FI will agree with me though. Hmm...I guess it wouldnt be a good thing to just do it and not tell him. Right? Wink.

 

I am getting married on the sky deck and as beautiful as it is, I really want to do it up with flowers. I think I will have about 5 or 6 rows of chairs. I am going to do hanging bouquets on every other row on the inner most chair. Then I am thinking about doing two large planters filled with the same flowers in front of the arch. Do you think rose petals on the aisle would be too much? Probably? Hmm..ok no petals.

 

And I havent decided what to do with the top of the arch. Flowers? Fabric? I am thinking maybe if I do the planters (even though I got quote $250 each) I will not have to do anything to the rest of that monsterous wooden thing. :) What do you think?Hmm..I also found this gourgeous vintage/french crystal chandleier on saveoncrafts.com that is super cheap. I am think that would be really pretty to hang above us but not sure how to make that work.

Paris Flea Market Crystal Hanging 26" Metal Chandelier Candleholder $28.99

 

To save money, I am moving all of the hanging bouquets and bridesmaids bouquets to the reception space and using them as centerpieces. I am going to get the gold blume boxes for each to go in. I also got some really great vinatge fabrics with cool floral designs and I am having them cut into the same size squares to go over the table cloths to add a little flare. I am going to use 3 or so different patterns.

 

Also, I am really obsessed with the chivarly chairs. I want to order them and hedge my bets that if I tip enough, I can have the chairs moved from the ceremony to my reception location while the cocktail party is going on. Brides that have already had their weddings, what are your thoughts on this?

 

Also, has anyone done or seen the butterfly release? I don't know why but all the sudden I'm interested. Not sure if it will be super inhumane though.

 

Ok, enough word vomit. Sorry, not sure where this sudden surge of inspiration has come from.

 

One last thing you so you can get a better idea of where I am going with all of this...my theme is antique'd romance. I am going to try and figure out how to post pics and I'll put up the images of the bridesmaids dresses, flowers and planters I am talking about.

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Thank you Celina!! We are just over the moon about our pictures. I'm sure Andrew would jump at the chance to shoot your wedding in January wink.gif

We used their fabric for everything. Colored fabric costs more than white, fyi. Our jute runner was $40, the pink fabric draped over the wall was $75, the two white pieces of fabric over the beach gazebo in the background were $75 each, and the chair fabric was $4 each. Why the jute runner was only $40 but the other, smaller piece of pink was $75 is beyond me!

The set-up fee we paid was $40 onsite to the WCs. My understanding is that that was only for the decorations we brought with us (mostly reception stuff). There shouldn't be a charge if you're not bringing anything extra.



Thank you!! I agree, looking at everyone's pictures is so much fun and definitely adds to the excitement.

AmyB asks a good question, what month is your wedding? Our ceremony was at 4:00 and sunset at 7pm. We did that on purpose so that we wouldn't have long shadows in our pictures. For us it was:
4:00 Ceremony
4:30-5:00 group pictures
5-6:30pm our pictures
6:30 Reception start
Love the pics too!! Gave me mucho inspiration! So we have a 4pm ceremony planned, 1 1/2 hour cocktail and then 6-6:30 reception ..what did you guys do when your reception ended? Did they cut it off exactly at the end of the reception (4 hours right?)? Did ya'll continue to another bar?? Wasn't sure if that ended it too early, not early enough, just right??

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