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Originally Posted by chong View Post

I need help... what are you guys doing for the guest book? I've been the post card, thumb print tree, book, etc... I am really torn between just not having anything to something creative and fun. initially I wanted to have a photo book...always wanted to have the actual photo booth for that's not going to happen. I got less than a month to finish up last minute stuff and I have not decided on what to do. Any suggestions? Am I over-thinking this?


 

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We are getting postcards to put into our OOT bags with a little note. Please fill in a postcard with your favorite memories of the trip or well wishes for the couple and then have them put it into the mail.

 


 



Chong, we really struggled with this as well.  We wanted something that would be really personal to us so that we would actually go back and look at it over the years.  Since Dr. Seuss holds a special place in our relationship, our guests all signed a copy of Oh the Places You'll Go!  They got really into it, finding certain quotes and adding to it, finding an appropriate page that really spoke to them and writing stories.  It worked out great!

 

I absolutely LOVE the postcard idea and if I'd known about it before we'd gotten our Dr. Seuss book, I probably would have done that.

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Thanks ladies for the suggestions.

 

Wendy, I think the book idea is really personal and great idea.

murmel, I do think the postcard idea is very creative but we just don't thin that's for us.

Maggie, we might just end up doing the book with photos like you suggested. going to hobby lobby or michael's today to get a book.

 

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Are you guy doing father/daughter and son/mother dance? we are thinking of not doing it all or just have it done at the same time... haven't talk to our parents to ask for their opinion... what if they say they would like to and we don't want to????

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Hey chong!! Ryan had a guest book made of our engagement pictures. If you are interested, lemme know, and i will get you the company's name that he used. It turned out gorgeous! My other thought was to have a little photo booth set up. Just get a cute polaroid camera and have people take pics of themselves and write a little note. You could do a video guest book as well. I also did the postcard thing. I put an addressed postcard in the oot bags and had everyone write a note and mail it back to us. However, out of 50 people, I've only gotten 3 back. Hope this helps!

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Originally Posted by chong View Post

 

Are you guy doing father/daughter and son/mother dance? we are thinking of not doing it all or just have it done at the same time... haven't talk to our parents to ask for their opinion... what if they say they would like to and we don't want to????

 

We did, both to the same song.  First my dad and I started out and then DH and his mom joined us. 

 

I think that if your parents want to then you should consider doing it.  It may mean a lot to them (you only get to dance at your son/daughter's wedding once!), and agreeing to it would be one of the easiest things you could do to make them happy.  Waaaaaay easier than trying to figure out gifts :)

 

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Originally Posted by JaimeCF2BR View Post

 

Oh, I wish I could lie and say I did these myself.  I had tons of great ideas in my head, but could not get them on paper.  No artistic ability at all! 

Well, IMO, it was worth going over budget. They're really nice!
 

Originally Posted by TLGnhci View Post

Ooh, yay, got my junior member status too!  :o) Guess I'm official now.  Ha ha

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HI I specifically remember talking with Cecile about this and made sure I saved the email. BUt I was told that as long as you are having a private event the day passes were free. You may want to talk with you WC about this :)

I hadn't heard of this, but if anyone finds out, can you update us?!
 

Originally Posted by savvybride2010 View Post

 

Hi taylorwd,

 

Their target date is December 1st to fully reopen.  Congrats on your wedding when's your Anniversary?  I know I couldn't believe it when our TA sent us the pictures (her colleague was just in the area last week)!  We were so bummed, because we had fallen in love with AB, I cried for 2 days!  I mean I'm sure its going to be beautiful and better once the renovations are complete but unfortunately for us they won't be done by October.   And we just can't take the risk that all of our guests won't be at the same resort, so we had to cancel.  The frustrating part about it all is that we had asked them before we booked if there were going to be any off-season construction going on and they completely down played it, telling us/our TA there would only be 10-15 rooms closed for interior renovations.  It was only when we couldn't get two extra rooms that we realized the extent of their renovations.  I also hear that they own the Hidden beach resort next door to AB and that that resort is completely closed for renovations as well.  I just hope that other brides get informed about it, its really unfortunate. 

I'm sorry you had to cancel everything. hug2.gif What's your new location?
 

Originally Posted by JaimeCF2BR View Post

Hey girls.  Have any of you ever inquired with your WC why the Lomas website shows Caribe and Royale are the approved photographers, while the Azul website shows Caribe and Matias?

I noticed this too but was told it was only Caribe and Matias that we could choose from. Never really got an explanation although I did inquire.
 

Originally Posted by chong View Post


Meredith,

I hope you find something special for your mom. My mom hasn't been the most excited person for me about this whole thing... sad.gif (for many reasons) but I am happy to hear about your mom's support and love. We are probably just getting both our parents a framed wedding picture...

 

I hope you get what you vision for your wedding. We decided to go with just plain chairs - FREE. Sounds like you are looking at every detail to make sure it's perfect. Good luck!!! Don't stress out about it though.

Thanks Chong. The ladies here had some good suggestions, so I'm going to pay for my mom to have a massage at the resort when we get there and I'm going to go shopping while in Houston. I think I'm also going to do the engraved picture frame with our pic after the wedding.

 

Originally Posted by chong View Post

I need help... what are you guys doing for the guest book? I've been the post card, thumb print tree, book, etc... I am really torn between just not having anything to something creative and fun. initially I wanted to have a photo book...always wanted to have the actual photo booth for that's not going to happen. I got less than a month to finish up last minute stuff and I have not decided on what to do. Any suggestions? Am I over-thinking this?

I gave this task to my MOH and she found a place that does custom books and you can customize the pages. I didn't want a book where people just sign their names. I wanted something where people could write out messages/advice. Here's the site http://www.jennibick.com/. HTH!

 

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Originally Posted by thefuturemrslutz View Post

Hey chong!! Ryan had a guest book made of our engagement pictures. If you are interested, lemme know, and i will get you the company's name that he used. It turned out gorgeous! My other thought was to have a little photo booth set up. Just get a cute polaroid camera and have people take pics of themselves and write a little note. You could do a video guest book as well. I also did the postcard thing. I put an addressed postcard in the oot bags and had everyone write a note and mail it back to us. However, out of 50 people, I've only gotten 3 back. Hope this helps!

That Ryan! Always has good ideas!

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You guys have amazing engagement pictures to make an awesome guest book. We didn't do engagement pictures. I've been actually having trouble finding good pictures of us from recent trips... Ah. It's been hard. I do LOVE the idea of the customized guest book. Thanks for the tip!

 

Originally Posted by thefuturemrslutz View Post

Hey chong!! Ryan had a guest book made of our engagement pictures. If you are interested, lemme know, and i will get you the company's name that he used. It turned out gorgeous! My other thought was to have a little photo booth set up. Just get a cute polaroid camera and have people take pics of themselves and write a little note. You could do a video guest book as well. I also did the postcard thing. I put an addressed postcard in the oot bags and had everyone write a note and mail it back to us. However, out of 50 people, I've only gotten 3 back. Hope this helps!



You are right. I've been struggling with the idea but I should just do it. I need to find a song that fits all of us and have it done short and sweet :) Thanks for the advice!!!
 

Originally Posted by taylorwd View Post




We did, both to the same song.  First my dad and I started out and then DH and his mom joined us. 

 

I think that if your parents want to then you should consider doing it.  It may mean a lot to them (you only get to dance at your son/daughter's wedding once!), and agreeing to it would be one of the easiest things you could do to make them happy.  Waaaaaay easier than trying to figure out gifts :)
 



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Meredith,

That's a great idea. My sister (MOH) will be in Houston for a month doing one of her residency. I need to get with her to figure out this whole guest book thing. I am super excited!!! Thanks for the info and suggestion!!!

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Ladies, I have more questions...

1) Did you pay to feed your photographer(s)? How does that work? Since I am using a Mexico based photographer for 5 hrs... I am not sure what to do. I am planning to ask him but wanted to see others did first. Any suggestions?

2) How long did you guys take pictures between the ceremony and reception? An hour? two hours? How long is enough to take all the pictures you need?

3) How early should you get your hair & makeup done? My ceremony starts at 530pm... I hear it takes about an hour to do the hair. An hour before the ceremony? What's a good time?

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Originally Posted by chong View Post

 

Ladies, I have more questions...

1) Did you pay to feed your photographer(s)? How does that work? Since I am using a Mexico based photographer for 5 hrs... I am not sure what to do. I am planning to ask him but wanted to see others did first. Any suggestions?  We negotiated it so that our photog's food was included in the vendor fee.  There were two and they both ate with us (same menu as all the guests).  It's common practice to feed your photographer.

 

2) How long did you guys take pictures between the ceremony and reception? An hour? two hours? How long is enough to take all the pictures you need? 1/2 hour of group pictures then a little over an hour of just us.  The time with just us flew by and I would have been sad if it were shorter.  Ceremony ended at 4:30 and the reception started at 6:30.

 

3) How early should you get your hair & makeup done? My ceremony starts at 530pm... I hear it takes about an hour to do the hair. An hour before the ceremony? What's a good time?  Definitely allow more than an hour before the ceremony.  Hair is about an hour.  Then there's the makeup.  Then you need time to get dressed.  Starting 3 hours before your ceremony is pretty common.  My appointment was at 1:00 for a 4:00 ceremony and there was no downtime in those 3 hours.

 

 

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