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Quick question for all of you....did you use a DW specialist to book your travel and group and wedding? I am currently using destinationweddings.com and have ZERO complaints with my TA..she always gets back to me..explains everything..etc....
BUT..I'm thinking it is possible she might be overcharging...my sister has a TA friend and tried pricing out the hotel for the same days and it was A LOOOOOT less. Did any of you switch TAs and is there any special etiquette for doing it? It comes down to price for me...and I don't want my sister's friend to do all this work for nothing...so if she can save me $$$ I would switch....Thanks
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I would think if your sister's friend can get a better price, tell your TA at destinationweddings you want the best possible price. If she can't get that price, what can she possibly do to help elsewhere? Perhaps get you a better price for your wedding package? If she can't match it, I would say go with your sister's friend, since your guests will appreciate the best prices available.
Yup, negotiate with your TA and see what she can do. Booking with DW.com comes with other perks and promotions, so if you like what they're offering outside of room price, that could offset the price.

Otherwise, switch TAs. There's no harm and you're perfectly within your right to do so. There's no special etiquette involved; your DW.com TA will know it was b/c of price.

Come to think of it, I'm surprised pricing is already out for 2012. Lucky you getting an early start!!

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Welcome back meghan! I am so happy everything was fabulous.

 

Well Ladies, with work and studying and just life I rarely get the opportunity to talk with you all. I do check up a few times whenever i can't sleep but so sad i can't get on as much as i like. But I must say when i start to second guess everything some post a great review of their wedding and it reconfirms that I'm doing the right thing. So Thank you ladies!!

 

I will need to be added to the to do list here next month after the big exam!!! I will be home free and ready to so some serious planning! FYI i'm a dental student and taking my National board exam for my DDS. Plus working to help pay for the wedding of my dreams. So keep me in your prayers and hopefully by the end of August I have good news to share!! Thanks for all your post ladies and talk to you all more here soon!!

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Welcome back meghan! I am so happy everything was fabulous.

Well Ladies, with work and studying and just life I rarely get the opportunity to talk with you all. I do check up a few times whenever i can't sleep but so sad i can't get on as much as i like. But I must say when i start to second guess everything some post a great review of their wedding and it reconfirms that I'm doing the right thing. So Thank you ladies!!

I will need to be added to the to do list here next month after the big exam!!! I will be home free and ready to so some serious planning! FYI i'm a dental student and taking my National board exam for my DDS. Plus working to help pay for the wedding of my dreams. So keep me in your prayers and hopefully by the end of August I have good news to share!! Thanks for all your post ladies and talk to you all more here soon!!
GOOD LUCK! You will do great!!!

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Meghan - Welcome back and congrats Mrs!!! I saw your photos, that dress is gorgeous, everything did look perfect!

 

Amanda - I'm pretty sure Chris can make whatever you want :)

To upload a picture into your signature go to the CP area and click 'edit signature' browse and upload a picture. To share pictures, like Nicole said, just upload into photobucket and copy and paste the 4th code underneath the image and paste it.

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Welcome back meghan! I am so happy everything was fabulous.

Well Ladies, with work and studying and just life I rarely get the opportunity to talk with you all. I do check up a few times whenever i can't sleep but so sad i can't get on as much as i like. But I must say when i start to second guess everything some post a great review of their wedding and it reconfirms that I'm doing the right thing. So Thank you ladies!!

I will need to be added to the to do list here next month after the big exam!!! I will be home free and ready to so some serious planning! FYI i'm a dental student and taking my National board exam for my DDS. Plus working to help pay for the wedding of my dreams. So keep me in your prayers and hopefully by the end of August I have good news to share!! Thanks for all your post ladies and talk to you all more here soon!!
Good luck on your exams!

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Quick question for all of you....did you use a DW specialist to book your travel and group and wedding? I am currently using destinationweddings.com and have ZERO complaints with my TA..she always gets back to me..explains everything..etc....
BUT..I'm thinking it is possible she might be overcharging...my sister has a TA friend and tried pricing out the hotel for the same days and it was A LOOOOOT less. Did any of you switch TAs and is there any special etiquette for doing it? It comes down to price for me...and I don't want my sister's friend to do all this work for nothing...so if she can save me $$$ I would switch....Thanks
I didn't go through DW.com like a lot of the ladies here did and I am not getting perks like having someone negotiate prices for me. My TA however is great and got us a really good deal and does come to my rescue when I'm not getting my way so I stayed with her. My #1 reason for even getting married in MX (St. Thomas was our 1st choice) was price for my guests. So I guess it depends on what you're willing to sacrifice. I can say that if people know they can get it cheaper somewhere else and still come, they will, and that may wind up hurting your perks in the long-run anyway.

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Well Ladies, with work and studying and just life I rarely get the opportunity to talk with you all. I do check up a few times whenever i can't sleep but so sad i can't get on as much as i like. But I must say when i start to second guess everything some post a great review of their wedding and it reconfirms that I'm doing the right thing. So Thank you ladies!!

I will need to be added to the to do list here next month after the big exam!!! I will be home free and ready to so some serious planning! FYI i'm a dental student and taking my National board exam for my DDS. Plus working to help pay for the wedding of my dreams. So keep me in your prayers and hopefully by the end of August I have good news to share!! Thanks for all your post ladies and talk to you all more here soon!!
Hey, we missed you! I understand how boards can be an hope that you are trying to stay stress free considering. Good luck and it will all pay off in the long-run!!

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Quick question for all of you....did you use a DW specialist to book your travel and group and wedding? I am currently using destinationweddings.com and have ZERO complaints with my TA..she always gets back to me..explains everything..etc....
BUT..I'm thinking it is possible she might be overcharging...my sister has a TA friend and tried pricing out the hotel for the same days and it was A LOOOOOT less. Did any of you switch TAs and is there any special etiquette for doing it? It comes down to price for me...and I don't want my sister's friend to do all this work for nothing...so if she can save me $$$ I would switch....Thanks
I used The Wedding Holiday. THey are DW specialists and none of our guests could find a rate better than what they gave us. But if in your case they did, I would mention that to your TA.

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Okay, I uploaded them to Snapfish and I will pm you the link. If anyone else wants to see them, just pm me and I'll send the link over!

It was exciting but I was sooooooo nervous!!! I had a shot of Patron and two glasses of red wine to get me amp'ed up to do it! And even then you will see this nervous tense look on my face at times. I just kept thinking how excited FI would be to know I thought enough of him to do something special that took me out my normal box. :-) It was so hard to just let myself go and while my friend was really comfy and funny during the shoot, I kept finding myself trying to stay covered up! It was weird, almost like I didn't want to offend him by flashing him! LOL I went to HS with his wife and I kept trying to be "respectful" of her. LOL They are by no means the best of work and he's just starting out and I think it shows in some of the photos (or maybe it was just me). :-) Check 'em out!
I wanna see!!!!! You may have sent me the link but my inbox is full. I will empty it now1

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Can't wait to see your book! Your pix were soooo hot girl, Ryan's gonna die :)



Just saw them and wrote you back with my favorites! I love them, I don't think you look nervous at all, I think you're a very pretty girl and your FI is going to adore them!

How funny, I had a patron shot and I think 2-3 glasses of wine... my shoot was over 4 hours long! I brought my BF with me who convinced me to go topless and eventually naked... don't know how she managed that one but I'm happy I did it. That photo ended up going on my photographers blog smile41.gif you can't see my face or any parts but I think I fell out of my chairs when someone pointed that out. :)
Just got the link to my book!! WHOO HOO! That picture of you is HOT!!!!! You should blow that up and hang it in FI's closet! haha

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Thank you Amy!! I'm super bummed too. BUT the important thing is that I'm finding out early enough that we can make the changes we need to without completely screwing up the wedding. And I still get to marry the man of my dreams on the beautiful beaches of Mexico, so I'm beyond ecstatic about that! I was head over heels in love with Azul Beach, and yours and Wendy's weddings were SO beautiful and amazing there, but things happen for a reason :)

So our back-up plan is probably going to be Barcelo Maya Palace. It's a HUGE resort...the complete opposite of AB...but my TA has a lot of good things to say about it and I love that there are different options for the more budget-conscious guests. We'll just see where the road takes us!

I hope you gorgeous ladies have a great holiday weekend...don't set anything on fire with all the explosives around...I'm gonna keep my hose handy just in case!
I LOVE your attitude!!!! I need to take your road...the high road...and stop pouting about everything that goes wrong. Good for you!!! I know your resort will be sooo wonderful...but like you said, you will be marrying your FI on a beautiful beach in mexico! What more could you ask for??

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Meredith I totally felt the same way as you. I have SO many parts of my body that I absolutely hate, but I look at it this way: for some crazy weekend, my FI thinks I'm beautiful. I feel like it would knock his socks off to do this for him...he would TOTALLY not expect it, because I'm a total prude, and I want to surprise him. I'm going to do my BD shoot in October/November, which gives me a few months to whip my butt into shape and firm up some of my jigglies!
You can do it!! And you will look beautiful! He loves you for YOU!! In my book I was going to have her airbrush any "jiggles" or blemishes or whatever, but in the end...I decided not to. Like I said, they love us for who we are...imperfections and all!

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I bounced around to alot of threads that interested me, but the one I have spent the most time in lately is the OOT thread section. I am looking for ideas and since I am beyond cheap/frugal, I wanted to see what type of deals the other ladies were getting. I also figured if we started buying OOT stuff now, we could save alot of cash. So anywho, that's where a huge chunk of my posts lie, with the exception of this thread! ;-)

If I can do it, you can do it! I know it is totally a personal choice, but I am sooooooo out of shape and still carrying baby weight from giving birth years ago! I started losing weight shortly after I had her and then the death of her father just took me over the edge. Because I was busy tending to her needs, I ate everything in site to cope. I just came to terms last year with the fact that I'm an emotional eater. But I'm working on getting back down to my pre-birth baby weight. And it's been way too long and I have no more excuses!!! Probably TMI, but I tell you all that to say if I could show a little skin, I'm sure you'd be alright! ;-) I didn't go totally nude because I was too embarrased of certain "problem areas." But I said if I lost all the pounds I wanted to, I'd do it again later and get a little more adventurous!



I sent it to you! It was a great experience, but I needed the help of patron and a glass or two of wine to calm me down! ;-)



I don't know anything about that new resort you mentioned, but I do have my fingers crossed for you that your transition from AB works out better than you planned! Have a great 4th as well!!!!



I too have alot of problem body areas. Drives me nuts! But at the end of the day, I tell myself that those are the things that make me, me. And if I don't change them, it will never happen. And like you said, if your FI thinks you're beautiful.....well then that's all that matters! My FI will not expect it either and will be totally shocked!!! We did them when he was out of town for work, so he will be completely caught off guard.
You are SO right! AND most of the time...those areas that we think are problem areas, our FI's love those areas the most!!

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Wow, that is a steal!

Chris helped me put together a GORGEOUS book for DH as well, I love working with him.

We shot his session at his house believe it or not in his room. It was actually really comfortable, his wife was downstairs and she's the coolest chick ever. Those two are so cool and accommodating, I can't recommend him highly enough.
Yes, he is wonderful!!!

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Hey everyone, we are back and soooo happy!! Thank you all for the good wishes...we had AMAZING weather! We flew into a storm and every day just got better and better. Our wedding day was actually the only day that we had not one drop of rain. We didn't think we could get married on the beach the day before our wedding, because it was sooooo windy, but the night before the wedding coordinator told us it would be great, and it was. It was the most beautiful day ever and I want to do it all again!
I"m so tired right now, so I'm going to be short, but all I can say is it is a FANTASTIC place to get married. No one has any reason to worry at all. I will post pictures as soon as I get some from friends. If anyone wants to add me on facebook to see pics, please do (meghan yao!)




we used an ipod and it was amazing. I would not spend the money on a DJ. The wedding coordinator acted as an MC, but my brother did as well and he was amazing. We also did not have to operate the ipod. The sound system guy did. Sound system was fantastic! I was quite impressed actually, and I good music was really important to me. Everyone danced and rocked out right till we were cut off at 11.



It is Zavaz Plaza. That is where we had our reception, and we had the blue glasses as well. We asked to have that other thatched roof area, but they do not allow people to use it for private events anymore.




I think it is $9 per covered chair, and $4 dollars for each bow. Not sure what the cost is for uncovered chairs...maybe $4?

we didn't have additional lighting, and didn't need it. The sound system is $250, but we rented it for an extra hour and a half to take us to 11 pm for another $75. $325 in total....super good sound!
AHHH Meghan your pictures were absolutely beautiful!!! You looked like a gorgeous DOLL!!! CONGRATS MRS!!

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Quick question for all of you....did you use a DW specialist to book your travel and group and wedding? I am currently using destinationweddings.com and have ZERO complaints with my TA..she always gets back to me..explains everything..etc....
BUT..I'm thinking it is possible she might be overcharging...my sister has a TA friend and tried pricing out the hotel for the same days and it was A LOOOOOT less. Did any of you switch TAs and is there any special etiquette for doing it? It comes down to price for me...and I don't want my sister's friend to do all this work for nothing...so if she can save me $$$ I would switch....Thanks
I started out with dw.com but switched later. I noticed too that they were a lot more expensive. However, if you like your TA, just send her the cheaper options you found, and she should be able to match it. I even sent my TA now some cheaper options on Orbitz and she matched. IF you are looking for a new TA, I HIGHLY recommend Wendy Hicks @ BDW (Wright Travel Agency). SHe is SO SO SO SO SO SO AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I didn't go through DW.com like a lot of the ladies here did and I am not getting perks like having someone negotiate prices for me. My TA however is great and got us a really good deal and does come to my rescue when I'm not getting my way so I stayed with her. My #1 reason for even getting married in MX (St. Thomas was our 1st choice) was price for my guests. So I guess it depends on what you're willing to sacrifice. I can say that if people know they can get it cheaper somewhere else and still come, they will, and that may wind up hurting your perks in the long-run anyway.



Hey, we missed you! I understand how boards can be an hope that you are trying to stay stress free considering. Good luck and it will all pay off in the long-run!!
Yes, you are so right about the perks. I think having a good agent with a competitive price is CRUCIAL!!

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