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Thanks so much! Yeah I def will get a trial. One of my guests is actually a hairdresser...but I don't want to bother her to do my hair on her vacation. Although I plan to enlist her services if they mess it up.

Did you get your hair and make up done in the room? Did you stay in the suite? If so do you have any pictures of the room? When we did our site visit we were transfixed with the Villa but ultimately have decided against the villa in lieu of the suite for more privacy.
Haha, I WISH we had stayed in the Suite!!! It was out of our price range. We stayed in a Deluxe room, one of the middle ones that juts out the farthest on the second floor. It was very spacious and we loved it! Only no jacuzzi tub sad.gif

Right now hair/makeup/nails is done in a converted suite, Room 701 if I recall. By the time you have your wedding the brand new spa might be open. It's set to open in 2011. Lucky you!!!

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i just read your review...I hope there isn't construction of the spa going on during my stay!
I don't think it would be a big deal if there were. They're not building a brand new structure. They're converting one they already have (a theater area). So it's not like there'd be any big cranes or bulldozers.

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I don't think it would be a big deal if there were. They're not building a brand new structure. They're converting one they already have (a theater area). So it's not like there'd be any big cranes or bulldozers.
Ohhh I know exactly where you are talking about! I asked Mayra about that room...seemed like they should use that for something! Thanks! This was so helpful!!

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Thanks ladies. I guess we have to make the reservations for us. I am not sure how we can coordinate that with our guests but they are only staying 3 nights... so my guests might not even make it there. Do you know if any other restaurants require reservations? Or just Le Chique?
Chong
No other restaurants are reservation only. You wouldn't have to make previous reservations unless you wanted a bunch of people to eat together, then they have to arrange tables and whatnot.

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About ceremony... Does the officiant has a typical ceremony script that they share before the wedding? I have found some awesome ceremony script and was wondering if anyone asked their officiant to read the ones they have written? Thanks!
chong
I wrote my entire ceremony word for word and had personal vows as well. We also included a hand ceremony in there and opted out of the sand ceremony. My WC let me know the minister may ask "Who gives away this woman" even though I had not put it in my ceremony and she did, glad I was forewarned about this because my Uncle (who gave me away) came up with a good response.

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Oh.. another question.
Did anyone run through the ceremony stuff to make sure that everyone knows where to stand, where to go, etc? I don't think it will be too difficult but you never know. Any suggestions?
Chong
Yep, we were late to the ceremony rehersal on the Sky Deck but made it up there and did it in the dark regardless, which was actually pretty fun. When I say dark, I mean DARK. The moon wasn't showing for any light but it took less than 10 minutes and everyone had a blast. I was planning to do a reception entrance rehersal but forgot, we still did the entrance just reverse the order and dance in, simple!

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I have a question for those married already - did you use the hotel's hair and makeup people? I see that LOMAS has a specialist or I saw on other threads that girls had MAC artists come to them. Does AB (or AS) allow vendors such as hair and makeup people come if its not from them or LOMAS? Also do flowers and stuff have to come from LOMAS?
I used neither, based on past bad reviews and me and my Type A thing going on. I decided to buy good makeup, practice and do it myself. Interesting enough, people asked me who did my makeup because they loved it! My hairdresser is a long-time friend who ended up coming to the wedding and doing my hair so I got lucky.

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Just so you AS girls know... there is some sort of construction there every day. I'm not kidding something is always being fixed, repaired etc. It didn't ruin anyone's stay or upset or inconvenience anyone. No one even mentioned it to me, it's just very obvious.

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Did you do a symbolic or legal ceremony? I was told that you can not change the script if it is legal....
It was symbolic - so I decided that we'd just find someone else to do the ceremony if we can into trouble with the minister!

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Just so you AS girls know... there is some sort of construction there every day. I'm not kidding something is always being fixed, repaired etc. It didn't ruin anyone's stay or upset or inconvenience anyone. No one even mentioned it to me, it's just very obvious.
For you AB ladies, I was just reading on tripadvisor that AB is about to start construction in August. More than what I just mentioned about the spa. Apparently they're revamping the rooms and expanding the resort to bring the total count to 128 rooms (adding 30 rooms). I think it said Aug-Dec 2010. Most of our AB brides on here don't have weddings until 2011, but Sara's (dirtymartini) is in November this year.

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I asked my WC and she sent me the ceremony. It is actually very nice, thought it is religious, I know some preferred to leave the religion out. But I thought it was very nice, and I am not very religious. We just changed our vows and added a sand ceremony saying (we found on the internet and tweeked to our liking) and then added a hand blessing (also found on the internet). We also added a reading for my sister in law to read. It really was beautiful. Unfortunately since it rained on us, they weren't able to use the microphone, so people could hardly hear what was said, so I emailed all of our guests the ceremony and I plan on printing it out and putting it on display at our AHR. As for a rehearsal, we didn't think this was necessary. The WC gives everyone the run down before the ceremony begins and there was no confusion.
Hmm... Do I need to request for microphone? I thought it comes with the ceremony package. No? Do I need to ask my WC?

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We wrote our entire ceremony. DH met with the minister right before the wedding and gave it to her, she read through it and he told her if she had something she wanted to ad lib, that was fine, but we did not want any religious references. She was fine with that. She was fantastic and I was so happy with her (I was really nervous that we'd get a very religious minister and run into a problem).
I love this idea. I found so many great ceremony script and sand ceremony script. We are not religious so we wouldn't feel comfortable using something that refers to religion. Thanks!

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No other restaurants are reservation only. You wouldn't have to make previous reservations unless you wanted a bunch of people to eat together, then they have to arrange tables and whatnot.
OK. I think I will take care of that when we get to the resort. FIRST THING!!!


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I wrote my entire ceremony word for word and had personal vows as well. We also included a hand ceremony in there and opted out of the sand ceremony. My WC let me know the minister may ask "Who gives away this woman" even though I had not put it in my ceremony and she did, glad I was forewarned about this because my Uncle (who gave me away) came up with a good response.
Hand ceremony? I have to see what that is. We are doing sand ceremony. We bought the frame sand ceremony kit. I am excited!!!


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Yep, we were late to the ceremony rehersal on the Sky Deck but made it up there and did it in the dark regardless, which was actually pretty fun. When I say dark, I mean DARK. The moon wasn't showing for any light but it took less than 10 minutes and everyone had a blast. I was planning to do a reception entrance rehersal but forgot, we still did the entrance just reverse the order and dance in, simple!
I guess I have to talk to my WC to schedule the ceremony rehearsal. Sounds fun doing it at night :)


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I used neither, based on past bad reviews and me and my Type A thing going on. I decided to buy good makeup, practice and do it myself. Interesting enough, people asked me who did my makeup because they loved it! My hairdresser is a long-time friend who ended up coming to the wedding and doing my hair so I got lucky.
I am really no good at make-up. I was going to do the trial run. I hope I like it cause I don't have much option if I don't like it. I might have to start practicing...just in case.

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Haha, I WISH we had stayed in the Suite!!! It was out of our price range. We stayed in a Deluxe room, one of the middle ones that juts out the farthest on the second floor. It was very spacious and we loved it! Only no jacuzzi tub sad.gif

Right now hair/makeup/nails is done in a converted suite, Room 701 if I recall. By the time you have your wedding the brand new spa might be open. It's set to open in 2011. Lucky you!!!
Haha. We are staying in the Jr Jacuzzi Suite in AS. Figure there is no need to spend money on the room that we are not planning to stay in too long. I heard that bridal suite has max occupancy of 3 or 4. Doesn't sound fun if I can't have anyone else to join me as I get ready.
Chong

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