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I've been looking at this list since I joined BDW last year. I've been keeping a to-do list in my head but with less than 2 months to go I think I need to see something in writing to I can get my butt in gear so please add me to this list. Here's my to-do list:

1. Buy tiara
2. Find and buy comb/barette
3. Find and buy jewelry
4. Find and buy bridesmaids jewelry
5. Get heels on shoes cut down
6. Make reception playlist
7. Buy placecard holders
8. Print menus and placecards
9. Buy unity sand set
10. Order programs
11. Decide what to do for centerpieces
12. Order paper lanters
13. Order bridal party t-shirts
14. Buy OOT bags and contents
15. Order reception favors
16. Order ceremony stuff- bubbles/tissues/rose petals
17. Pay for Ty's wedding band
18. Finalize ceremony script
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I am so excited! I said yes to the dress this weekend :) Its so weird I feel now that this is really happening hahah!
OMG I love it! How exciting!! Can't wait to see the pictures, that is definitelly the first time I felt like a bride in a dress, best feeling ever :)

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Ok I thought that was a little bit ridiculous and what's even more ridiculous is that all I asked for were lemon drop martinis and french martinis. Any bar should have the ingredients for both of those drinks so I shouldn't have to pay anything for them.
Yeah, I doubt they'd charge you onsite. I literally told them, this is what I want with the exact recipe and they even said they'd make a sign for me with my drink name. Also, no one pay for champange, if you want champange poured for your guests while they MOH & BM etc. give their toasts, just requets it, it's free. It's just house champange but better than having to overpay for a bottle of something only slightly better.

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I think some of the girls pushed back and got them included for free. I feel like the more you talk, the more you get. You might not get anywhere with the Miami coords, but the Mexico ppl will sort you out. Pull the "past brides have done this and there was no charge" line as well.

So, yes, I think I want to go back to Mexico for my honeymoon and really enjoy it. Adventura spa palace is booked solid in Aug & Sept (crazy). But there are some good deals on Expedia so I might just try to do a week somewhere - and not look at Trip Advisor. How does anyone book a trip anymore with Trip Advisor making you second guess every decisionhuh.gif
Being very patient and understanding and boarderline overly nice is what helped me the most. I wasn't rejected on anything except fireworks. AND, everything can be negotiated, everything! Kiara was the negotiations queen, we became great friends actually and she'll kick ass for you if you let her :)

I know right, I still use Trip Advisor even though I kinda hate it. I chose LeBlanc because I loved the chic look and it was one of my original wedding spot choices. I don't know what you want to do on your honeymoon but it's very upscale there and they really treat you like kings. The food here is UNBELIEVABLE too... wow.

Also, another resort I'd go back to which is practically next door was The Royal in Cancun. OMG, if you go here, screw the honeymoon suite, stay in the Royal Swim Up Jacuzzi Suite... wow.

I highly recommend both. I did the Zip/Cenote trip with Selvatica too which was awesome, great experience.

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Here is a suggestion: come to Le Blanc the week of August 7th and come to my wedding!!! haha It's a Palace resort like Aventura, but a step up. But yes, trip advisor can be disheartening sometimes...however, it is a good spot just to get names of different places. We were thinking about switching resorts, but decided not to. There are some really cool ones: Banyon Tree Mayakoba, Grand Velas, Rosewood Mayakoba, The Tides, Fairmont Mayakoba, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita (my future bro-in-law just got back from here and said it was ahhhhhhmazing!!!), etc etc etc!! Also, Playa Del Carmen has some really cool boutique hotels...very unique!
HOLY JEALOUS FRIEND! :)

I wanna come to your wedding Linds... soooo bad! It's so cool that you can literally go to any of the Palace Resorts with your wristband and eat at any of the restaurants.

Zoetry was my total #1 spot to go get married but yikes, I'd be the only one there it's $$$$$

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There are some really cool ones: Banyon Tree Mayakoba, Grand Velas, Rosewood Mayakoba, The Tides, Fairmont Mayakoba, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita (my future bro-in-law just got back from here and said it was ahhhhhhmazing!!!), etc etc etc!! Also, Playa Del Carmen has some really cool boutique hotels...very unique!
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Zoetry was my total #1 spot to go get married but yikes, I'd be the only one there it's $$$$$
I just checked out this place and WOW! It has me written all over it!

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I am so excited! I said yes to the dress this weekend :) Its so weird I feel now that this is really happening hahah!
Congratulations! That was the very first thing I purchased once we put the deposit down for the wedding. The hardest part is done... the rest should be easy (actually I thought the dress was the easiest part... but felt great to get it out of the way) cheer2.gif

I have my 2nd fitting in 2 weeks. I lost 10 pounds already and going for another 10 pounds (if I can... 5 pound is more realistic). Horay!!!!

Chong

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Yeah this took forever... I actually never decided on shoes, that's how hard it was. My designer bought my shoes for me and I rolled with it. They were pretty basic, nothing crazy, made shoe clips for them and that was that. I ended up with them off halfway through the ceremony anyways. :)
I know... the price for my fabric is ridiculous. But too much work to buy something that's perfect for the canopy. DONE! I am committed to pay for them sad.gif


I have already ordered multiple shoes and been returning them. I just got one today and NOPE! I am returning it. I hope I find something soon.... hopefully before my 2nd dress fitting...

FYI - I am so glad that I am not the only one going crazy looking for shoes. Thanks for the encouraging words!

Chong

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Good morning ladies. I have a question for former AS brides. Did anyone who had a signature drink at their reception have to pay for the drink? I was told that the drink would be $6 which I really don't understand because first of all we're at an all-inclusive resort and secondly I'm paying for open bar at the reception! Everything has been smooth sailing with my planning so far. I hope I didn't come this far for stupid stuff to start happening.
We are also having signature drinks!!! We don't know what we want (we are pretty easy to please and actually we cannot agree on one drink) except that we want to have mojitos. My WC told me that some drinks cost extra and some drinks are included. We decided to pick our signature drinks once we arrive to the resort. There is no cost (or yet). We have made a note to have a taste testing for our signature drink(s). I am going to fight for no cost with the onsite WC if they are planning to charge us.


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I just reached Member status! Yay for me!!!!
oh wow.. i am just waiting to be a junior member status. Congrats!!!

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No way, no charges for me and I had two signature drinks! One at the ceremony spot, one at the reception. The coordinator even called us one day and said the restaurant manager wanted to set up a tasting for our reception signature drink. During our coordinator meeting earlier that day they brought in our ceremony signature drink for us to try. They made us feel very special and offered up different options to our drink to make sure we had exactly what we wanted.
I LOVE that idea. Having signature drink at the ceremony spot and one at the reception! I have to ask my WC once we get to the resort. Thanks for the info.

Chong

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I think I will have to go with the "past brides" approach and good luck to finding a honeymoon spot. Do you want to stay on the east coast of Mexico? What about Cabo?
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Maroma in the RM is consistently voted one of the top beaches in the world. That's where I'd go if I were you! We looked at some great intimate resorts in that area back when we were choosing. Aventura Spa is a huge resort. Do you want big or AB size again?
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Not sure if I did the quote right. I've heard that the Maroma is GORGEOUS and also the Royal Hideaway Playadelcar is to die for as well. (for what it's worth)
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Here is a suggestion: come to Le Blanc the week of August 7th and come to my wedding!!! haha It's a Palace resort like Aventura, but a step up. But yes, trip advisor can be disheartening sometimes...however, it is a good spot just to get names of different places. We were thinking about switching resorts, but decided not to. There are some really cool ones: Banyon Tree Mayakoba, Grand Velas, Rosewood Mayakoba, The Tides, Fairmont Mayakoba, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita (my future bro-in-law just got back from here and said it was ahhhhhhmazing!!!), etc etc etc!! Also, Playa Del Carmen has some really cool boutique hotels...very unique!

Oh wow thanks for all the suggestions. (and yours too Amy, I was too lazy to go to the next page and MQ). LeBlanc sounds super nice! Lindz I would totally crash your wedding too but I cant go until the end of the August - booo. Secrets Maroma sounds like a favorite on the boards here too. I might see where I can get the best rates. I really want a place that has the beach palapas and beach butlers like that had at AB. They were like heaven lying there.

Oh - and did I tell you guys we had wedding crashers in mexico? These 3 people walked past the reception, did a double take, and came in for a dance on the dance floor! It was hilarious! We were like "who are those people?" and someone started laughing "wedding crashers!!!" and they laughed and I think took some pictures with my guests. It was hilarious.smile120.gif

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Yeah, I doubt they'd charge you onsite. I literally told them, this is what I want with the exact recipe and they even said they'd make a sign for me with my drink name. Also, no one pay for champange, if you want champange poured for your guests while they MOH & BM etc. give their toasts, just requets it, it's free. It's just house champange but better than having to overpay for a bottle of something only slightly better.
Thanks for the info. I want to ask about getting the room service (drinks) while we are getting ready and everything. Do you just ask for a room service? Awesome that they put the drink name too. House champagne? Sounds good. We decided not to have champagne bottles since my FI don't drink champagne. That's why we got the signature drink.

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Being very patient and understanding and boarderline overly nice is what helped me the most. I wasn't rejected on anything except fireworks. AND, everything can be negotiated, everything! Kiara was the negotiations queen, we became great friends actually and she'll kick ass for you if you let her :)
So.,.. I am wondering when do you negotiate. I have put my basics (food, setup, etc) down with Miami WC. If you want more or extra, do you just talk to the onsite WC when you get there? Don't bother negotiating with Miami WC? Who is Kiara? Is that your TA?

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I highly recommend both. I did the Zip/Cenote trip with Selvatica too which was awesome, great experience.
We are looking at excursion... Selvatica looks great. Did you book with them at the resort or did you guys book before going to Mexico? I love the cenote... we are planning to do a photo shoot at one of the cenotes. We will see what they will charge for that.

Chong

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I have my 2nd fitting in 2 weeks. I lost 10 pounds already and going for another 10 pounds (if I can... 5 pound is more realistic). Horay!!!!
Congrats! Thats awesome!!!

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Oh - and did I tell you guys we had wedding crashers in mexico? These 3 people walked past the reception, did a double take, and came in for a dance on the dance floor! It was hilarious! We were like "who are those people?" and someone started laughing "wedding crashers!!!" and they laughed and I think took some pictures with my guests. It was hilarious.smile120.gif
That is hilarious!!! Wedding crashers :) I hope you guys took some pictures with the wedding crashers.smile117.gif

I saw a picture of groom & bride with some random swimmers at the bar. So perfect for the beach wedding pictures... random picture with some not so attractive swimmers :)

Chong

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