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Am I over reacting about the flower cost? Looks like for me & FI, 3 bridesmaids & 3 groomsmen will cost me about $1000 or more. I know flowers are expensive but REALLY? Is this typical? I am wondering if I need to get silk flowers... though I am not sure if it's that much cheaper. Any thoughts? Am I over reacting about the price?

Chong

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Wow that's a lot of money, Chong, just for that!! Mine and my MOHs bouquets were 50 each. Even though they were the same price, mine was much much larger. Huge really. The boutonnieres were 25 each. Same with corsages for the moms. You must be getting some really stellar flowers! I know they raise prices every year but the price you gave seems a little out of control. If you throw in all the decoration flowers I could see it, but for just your stuff, no way!

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Lindz, LOVE LOVE LOVE the engagement pictures you've put up!!! You look amazing and have the most beautiful hair!

Oh, don't you worry about your FI and the BD book. There's no way he could not like it. There isn't a man alive that wouldn't appreciate a gift like that, and coming from you who's such a hotty, I'm sure you'll take his breath away!
Thank you soooo much!! I was really happy with the pictures...I'll post the link for you guys to see!!!

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Lindz, those pictures of you and your FI are so beautiful! Love love love them!
THAAAAAANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Meredith - Multi-quoting is easy, just click MQ on the bottom of the post instead of Quote and click MQ on all the ones you want to respond to then click quote when you're ready!

Wendy - I totally thought of you when I was typing about the Mrs. Club, I was like... "I think Wendy will know what I'm talking about" haha, so nice to know I'm not the only cheesy one here LOL!

Lindz - I know I already BBM'd you my love of your engagement photos but the one in your siggy makes me feel so happy and warm inside, it's so obvious you two are so in love, I love pictures like that <3
You're SO sweet :)

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Oh and Lindz regarding the BD book... my FI didn't really get it when I was telling him about it too. It doesn't matter, when he sees your hot photos, there will be ZERO confusion on the subject :)

I was hanging out with one of FI's groomsmen and my MOH on Saturday night and he was telling me that after Daylen was delivered his book by my Matron of Honor, she took him outside on the patio to look at it, he ran back inside to the boys and say... that book is the most AMAZING thing I've ever seen and you'll never see it... but it's incredible! He said he was just glowing, I love it :)
ok GOOD!!!! I was getting really worried!!! Hope I look as hottt as you did!!!!!!!! SMOKIN!! wink.gif

Speaking of...I feel like my photog has fallen off the face if the earth...I have gotten my engagement pics but not my BD. UGH!!!!!

I'm supposed to be attending a conference here in New Orleans but it seems as though I just came here to eat and drink! cheers.gif

That's the best thing to do in New Orleans :)

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Ok girls, if you guys want to see my engagement pics...

 

Go to Lauren Harris Photography and click "enter site." Then click "client proofing." Then UNDER "enter password," type nola and click "submit." There a TON!!! Oh, and you can totally tell how nervous we were in the first few, but they get better as you go through them. Her blog website is Lauren Harris Photography, but she has not posted on her blog yet, so you will have to go through all 500 pics. wink.gif

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Ok Ladies!! I am going to take over the To Do's!!! Everyone send me your to do's, and I will add them to the list!

 

STARTING Monday, May 31, 2010 ENDING Friday, June 11, 2010

We will check in with what is done either as it’s done or every other Friday and start a new list!

 

The futuremrslutz's (Lindsey) To Do's:

1) Send envelopes to Etsy to get addressed

2) Assemble and mail invites

3) Order OOT stuff

4) Decide on OOT bags...they sent me the proof but I can't decide if I like it...I'll share with you girls

5) Figure out what the hell is going on with my photographer, so I can book her flights...she has fallen off the face!!! UGH!!! I will post that in a second

6) Pay for our trip in full

7) Book DJ

cool.gif Reserve private area at Coco Bongo...yesssss!!

9) Email Bridesmaids about passports, etc

10) Update website

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Ok my photographer...I need advice!!

So, here is the deal. My photographer is AMAZING!! SO SO SO talented...AND we just clicked!! Well, I feel like she has really flaked on me...I can't get her to respond to emails or texts or phone calls or anything, and I don't know what to do. I will get a random text every few weeks that says she is soooo sorry she hasn't posted the pics...blah blah blah...and will send me the pics and other things "first thing monday morning." Then I never hear from her. Also, this is so stupid, but it just confirms her flakiness to me. She borrowed my garmin to get back to the airport for our enagement pics 1 MONTH ago. Well, I have given her my fed ex acct number and address and everything like 5 times. She keeps saying she forgets to send it, and now just won't respond to me. Like, I said, I know this is dumb to worry about, but it just seems really shady on top of everything else. Get what I am saying? And in my job (I drive about 300-400 miles everyday all over the state of Alabama), a Garmin to me is equivalent to a hair dresser not having a blow dryer! haha It is almost impossible to get around these tiny towns everyday without one. I had to go buy a new one. So, to make a long story even longer, here is the bottom line: I am spending more money on my pictures than I can even stomach. Paying her fee, her travel, her travel to NOLA for engagement pics, etc etc etc etc has gotten WAAAAY out of control. BUT it is worth it to me. However, this shadiness is scaring me to death!!!!!! What would you guys do? And she blocked me on facebook from seeing her status updates. Ok, that sounds so stalker-like, but it is true...

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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.

I saw that also...and called my TA to see if she knew anything about it. Supposedly she called her contact at the hotel and he said he was unaware about the construction and would look into the trip advisor post. Not sure what to believe but I kind of hope that trip advisor is worng and its just the spa.

I like that its a small hotel...and one of the main reasons I chose it!

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Ok my photographer...I need advice!!
So, here is the deal. My photographer is AMAZING!! SO SO SO talented...AND we just clicked!! Well, I feel like she has really flaked on me...I can't get her to respond to emails or texts or phone calls or anything, and I don't know what to do. I will get a random text every few weeks that says she is soooo sorry she hasn't posted the pics...blah blah blah...and will send me the pics and other things "first thing monday morning." Then I never hear from her. Also, this is so stupid, but it just confirms her flakiness to me. She borrowed my garmin to get back to the airport for our enagement pics 1 MONTH ago. Well, I have given her my fed ex acct number and address and everything like 5 times. She keeps saying she forgets to send it, and now just won't respond to me. Like, I said, I know this is dumb to worry about, but it just seems really shady on top of everything else. Get what I am saying? And in my job (I drive about 300-400 miles everyday all over the state of Alabama), a Garmin to me is equivalent to a hair dresser not having a blow dryer! haha It is almost impossible to get around these tiny towns everyday without one. I had to go buy a new one. So, to make a long story even longer, here is the bottom line: I am spending more money on my pictures than I can even stomach. Paying her fee, her travel, her travel to NOLA for engagement pics, etc etc etc etc has gotten WAAAAY out of control. BUT it is worth it to me. However, this shadiness is scaring me to death!!!!!! What would you guys do? And she blocked me on facebook from seeing her status updates. Ok, that sounds so stalker-like, but it is true...
Oh yikes! I haven't commented on this thread yet, but am considering AS so I read it frequently. I am so sorry your photog has gotten so flaky! I went to her website, and it appears to me she's unorganized. Her portfolio says a new website will be launched Jan 15th....it's the middle of May sister! I also looked at her blog and it has a post about "if you're trying to get a hold of me and I haven't answered, try again" or something like that. Eek. I'm not sure that communicates professionalism to me. I think you're perfectly justified to be nervous about her accountability. And to not return your Garmin?!? wtf.gifYes, I'd be pissed too. If nothing else, she does owe it to you to respond and get that back to you.

She does do good work, and your e-pics look gorgeous....I guess my advice would be for you to decide if the drama she adds is worth her work. Good luck and again, I'm sorry you have this added drama.

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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.
Ooooh thanks for the heads up Wendy! My wedding is barely into 2011, so we may be affected by this (honestly, how often does construction end on time? Rarely!) but that's pretty neat that they'll have more rooms available and that the current rooms will be re-done.

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Lindsey...fantastic pics!!! My fave one is 5255...love the light coming through.

 

It totally sucks that your photog is being pretty sketch. All of that shadiness would worry me, too. If it continues, I would look into doing a dispute with your credit/debit card company (if you paid her with a card) to see if you can get some of your money back, for services not rendered.

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