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Thanks for all the lovely comments!  Sorry, I'm not sure how to do the "quote" and "multi quote" thing yet!

 

The photos are from Caribe photo.  This should give all you girls who are just using the photographer that they provide with the wedding package an idea of their work. We booked the gold wedding package and the photographer was part of that.  He was with us for an hour, starting from the Ceremony.  We did think about paying extra and getting more time but, in the end, we didn't bother, because a friend/guest was going to be doing photos for us as a wedding gift and we just let him do the photos throughout the reception etc.

 

They did a great job, however, don't expect anything artistic or anything like that.  I can't help feeling a little envious when I see some other peoples photos, because as much as I love mine, it's the "what could have been" that goes through my head!  I know I sound like a right moany cow, but I'm not, honest!  I'm just being as honest as I can with you, so you know what to expect.

 

I do sort of wish we had paid extra to have the photographer there longer.  Am not sure if they would have done better photos if he'd had more time.  My husband gets annoyed at me when I say this, 'cause he thinks they're fab considering we got it as part of the package!

 

I have stuck most of my photos in my album on here, think if you click on my profile pic, it should take you there?

 

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Shannon, I think your photos are great!!  I've actually been too nervous to book Caribe because of mixed reviews, but after seeing your pictures, I'm going to send in my request today!  Your right, they aren't crazy artistic, but I think the price/quality match and I would be thrilled if mine turned out like yours (and had $ leftover for other things!)

 

Did you have one or two photographers?  I was considering doing the 5 hour package and order a second photographer during the ceremony.

 

Originally Posted by mshannon2b View Post

Thanks for all the lovely comments!  Sorry, I'm not sure how to do the "quote" and "multi quote" thing yet!

 

The photos are from Caribe photo.  This should give all you girls who are just using the photographer that they provide with the wedding package an idea of their work. We booked the gold wedding package and the photographer was part of that.  He was with us for an hour, starting from the Ceremony.  We did think about paying extra and getting more time but, in the end, we didn't bother, because a friend/guest was going to be doing photos for us as a wedding gift and we just let him do the photos throughout the reception etc.

 

They did a great job, however, don't expect anything artistic or anything like that.  I can't help feeling a little envious when I see some other peoples photos, because as much as I love mine, it's the "what could have been" that goes through my head!  I know I sound like a right moany cow, but I'm not, honest!  I'm just being as honest as I can with you, so you know what to expect.

 

I do sort of wish we had paid extra to have the photographer there longer.  Am not sure if they would have done better photos if he'd had more time.  My husband gets annoyed at me when I say this, 'cause he thinks they're fab considering we got it as part of the package!

 

I have stuck most of my photos in my album on here, think if you click on my profile pic, it should take you there?

 



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Shannon...your photos are beautiful...they do make me feel better about using Caribe...

Jaime..I was thinking the same as you...nervous about using them..


If I happen to win the lottery..I would LOVE to hire an outside photographer...but caribe is so reasonable and the pictures are good...
 

Originally Posted by mshannon2b View Post

Thanks for all the lovely comments!  Sorry, I'm not sure how to do the "quote" and "multi quote" thing yet!

 

The photos are from Caribe photo.  This should give all you girls who are just using the photographer that they provide with the wedding package an idea of their work. We booked the gold wedding package and the photographer was part of that.  He was with us for an hour, starting from the Ceremony.  We did think about paying extra and getting more time but, in the end, we didn't bother, because a friend/guest was going to be doing photos for us as a wedding gift and we just let him do the photos throughout the reception etc.

 

They did a great job, however, don't expect anything artistic or anything like that.  I can't help feeling a little envious when I see some other peoples photos, because as much as I love mine, it's the "what could have been" that goes through my head!  I know I sound like a right moany cow, but I'm not, honest!  I'm just being as honest as I can with you, so you know what to expect.

 

I do sort of wish we had paid extra to have the photographer there longer.  Am not sure if they would have done better photos if he'd had more time.  My husband gets annoyed at me when I say this, 'cause he thinks they're fab considering we got it as part of the package!

 

I have stuck most of my photos in my album on here, think if you click on my profile pic, it should take you there?

 





Originally Posted by JaimeCF2BR View Post

Shannon, I think your photos are great!!  I've actually been too nervous to book Caribe because of mixed reviews, but after seeing your pictures, I'm going to send in my request today!  Your right, they aren't crazy artistic, but I think the price/quality match and I would be thrilled if mine turned out like yours (and had $ leftover for other things!)

 

Did you have one or two photographers?  I was considering doing the 5 hour package and order a second photographer during the ceremony.

 


 


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Originally Posted by amandamarieb View Post

Here is what I HAVE done in the past few weeks:

 

1st dress fitting (I found a tailor that will do it for $700...more than I wanted to spend but way less than the $1100 I was originally quoted)

Bought FI's ring (HE LOVES IT...good deal in LA's diamond district)

Sent brouchures to guests

Ordered wedding shoes

Ordered  wedding place card frames

Ordered custome OOT tote bags

Almost done with my "Weekend Warrior Kits" aka Hangover Kit

Purchased all but 2 frames for family photos

Made, ordered and recieved welcome postcards for the OOT bags

Made, ordered and recieved hang tags for the flower petal bags

Ordered dried lavendar for the aisle

Ordered jordan almond and favor bags

Bought sticky paper for custom chapsticks (still need to put those together)

Ordered and recieved table number holders

Been working out finally (down 5 lbs! onlya couple more to go)

Got groom's tie

Ordered and recived ring bearer pillow

 

Here are some things that I need to do:

Finalize centerpiece choices

POssibly order candles and votives for centerpieces

Get string lights for the Zavaz Plaza

Get fabric for custom table runners, send to my aunt to sew

Figure out ceremony music

Figure out cocktail reception music

Figure otu reception music

Seating chart

Table numbers, place card frames

Get approval on signtaure drink

Print menus

Put together ceremony program (and print it)

Do custome chapsticks

Write the ceremony

Finish fittings

Order jewelry for the bridesmaids

bridesmaids and groomsmens gifts

get veil

get accessories

get groom's pocket square

get my son (the ring bearer) a suit

 

Ok...so nevermind...I think I answered it for myself but please do let me know if you think that I am leaving anything off. Wow, that's a long list. Man, I have to get to it. FI has his bachelor party this weekend. Here's hoping I can get a ton done while being home alone with a wild little 13 month old. :)

 

Wish me luck!

Wow, you have done a ton of work. And even though there's some left, you should manage it no problems! Only thing I would possibly add...check now that your passports are good to go. And getting any medications you may need to take with you. Good luck and keep us posted!

 

 

 

 

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I know!  I saw you after I made my post!  Did you book with the wedding holiday?  They have "special" upgraded pkgs that include decor and also more than 12 chairs for guests (a pkg that I can change with no problems)...I'm not picky colours - my bridesmaids will be wearing black - but I am prefer simple elegance - a turquoise background is something we've both agreed would be what we prefer.   How did you arrange your decor - I assume you are going w lomas???? 

Funny your guests will be travelling w us!   I think we are at 30+ and counting leaving the same day - but I haven't checked with the agent - just going by the replies!  Did you meet any others travelling to our resort the same time?   We are a pretty crazy bunch - look forward to having a tequila or two on the beach!!!  

 

We booked with Weddings By Oceans. We will be using Lomas for the decor at the wedding gazebo and flowers. But since FI and I are heading down a couple of days early, we had planned on buying some simple decorations to use as centerpieces. Much cheaper than what they offered. I will find out how much they will charge to set up. We are also bringing down paper laterns to decorate the area (the plan is 30, in turquoise, lime and white-10 of each). Right now I think we have about 21 guests out of Toronto, the rest from other locations. Can't wait! We'll talk more about sharing stuff!

 

 

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 Does anyone have the most current wedding date list?  I canâ€t seem to find it, and Iâ€ve gone backwards quite a few pages!   Iâ€ll be at Azul next weekend, and Iâ€m interested to know if anyone on the forum will be having their wedding!

 

Also, does anyone have anything they need me to check on or take pictures of while Iâ€m there?

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Originally Posted by amandamarieb View Post

Ok ladies...so I have been MIA. I was having some trouble logging on to the site and at 46 days until the wedding and 41 until I leave for Mexcio, I've had to really focus on all things wedding. (Not that I actually have...in fact, to be very honest, I am sort lost not sure what I need to do next and thus, have been ignoring the wedding.)

 

I am trying to catch up on everyone's posts but here's a little info that I can share off the top of my head.

 

A wedding between 10 and 20 is so doable. You need to work it but so doable. I am having 65 ppl and am doing the sky deck, cocktail reception, recpetion, dj, centerpieces, you name it and at just under 17,000 with travel and group excursion included. But when I say you must work it, I mean it. I pushed and pushed for every discount I could get. Ultimately, I got the free wedding package, the bride and groom stay free promotion, free cocktail reception, 20% off all food and $10 chivalri chairs. (Please don't rat me out about the chairs, this was a hard one and one I really pushed for.)

 

For those of you who have made decisions on decor and flowers, congrats! One thing, make sure you are running those pics past your WC and asking for a quote from Lomas. I thought I had a lot of things nailed down and when I get an official quote had to make some changes. In fact, I am still working out the centerpieces. And my final payment is technically due tomorrow.

 

Great to know about the hair. I am getting my hair done there even though the price is very steep. I am going to practice with a bridesmaid and maybe she'll be able to pull it off for me. That would be great.

 

Ok, so for you ladies who have already been married, please let me know what I need to be working on! I think next step is picking music, writing the ceremony and figuring out seating arrangmenets. Here is what I HAVE done in the past few weeks:

 

1st dress fitting (I found a tailor that will do it for $700...more than I wanted to spend but way less than the $1100 I was originally quoted)

Bought FI's ring (HE LOVES IT...good deal in LA's diamond district)

Sent brouchures to guests

Ordered wedding shoes

Ordered  wedding place card frames

Ordered custome OOT tote bags

Almost done with my "Weekend Warrior Kits" aka Hangover Kit

Purchased all but 2 frames for family photos

Made, ordered and recieved welcome postcards for the OOT bags

Made, ordered and recieved hang tags for the flower petal bags

Ordered dried lavendar for the aisle

Ordered jordan almond and favor bags

Bought sticky paper for custom chapsticks (still need to put those together)

Ordered and recieved table number holders

Been working out finally (down 5 lbs! onlya couple more to go)

Got groom's tie

Ordered and recived ring bearer pillow

 

Here are some things that I need to do:

Finalize centerpiece choices

POssibly order candles and votives for centerpieces

Get string lights for the Zavaz Plaza

Get fabric for custom table runners, send to my aunt to sew

Figure out ceremony music

Figure out cocktail reception music

Figure otu reception music

Seating chart

Table numbers, place card frames

Get approval on signtaure drink

Print menus

Put together ceremony program (and print it)

Do custome chapsticks

Write the ceremony

Finish fittings

Order jewelry for the bridesmaids

bridesmaids and groomsmens gifts

get veil

get accessories

get groom's pocket square

get my son (the ring bearer) a suit

 

Ok...so nevermind...I think I answered it for myself but please do let me know if you think that I am leaving anything off. Wow, that's a long list. Man, I have to get to it. FI has his bachelor party this weekend. Here's hoping I can get a ton done while being home alone with a wild little 13 month old. :)

 

Wish me luck!


Amanda!!!!!  Oh my gosh 41 days!!!!!!  How exciting!  Now that the tickers are gone we don't get to see the countdowns anymore. 

 

I'd say you've pretty much got the To Do's covered!  I can't think of anything you're missing.  Except maybe scheduling a massage for yourself right before you go wink.gif  Oh, don't forget to make your final beauty treatments appointments if you need them: hair cut/color, nails, and wax.
 

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These make me feel better about Caribe as well. 2 of my guests are professional photographers but I wanted to make sure they have a good time too so I got one of the smaller Caribe packages as well. I think they look great!

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Thanks for all the lovely comments!  Sorry, I'm not sure how to do the "quote" and "multi quote" thing yet!

 

The photos are from Caribe photo.  This should give all you girls who are just using the photographer that they provide with the wedding package an idea of their work. We booked the gold wedding package and the photographer was part of that.  He was with us for an hour, starting from the Ceremony.  We did think about paying extra and getting more time but, in the end, we didn't bother, because a friend/guest was going to be doing photos for us as a wedding gift and we just let him do the photos throughout the reception etc.

 

They did a great job, however, don't expect anything artistic or anything like that.  I can't help feeling a little envious when I see some other peoples photos, because as much as I love mine, it's the "what could have been" that goes through my head!  I know I sound like a right moany cow, but I'm not, honest!  I'm just being as honest as I can with you, so you know what to expect.

 

I do sort of wish we had paid extra to have the photographer there longer.  Am not sure if they would have done better photos if he'd had more time.  My husband gets annoyed at me when I say this, 'cause he thinks they're fab considering we got it as part of the package!

 

I have stuck most of my photos in my album on here, think if you click on my profile pic, it should take you there?

 



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Married ladies...what did you walk down the aisle to? Tradition "here comes the bride music" or something else? I am struggling with this big time. I think I know what we are doing for the wedding party's entrance, The Beatles' "In my life". Thought about making my entrance to a cut version of Stevie Wonder's "You and I" but not sure if that would be cheesy....or worse, too long! Nothing worse than stalling down the aisle to make sure the lyrics time out. Then as we exit the sky deck, I think we might do Stevie's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered". It's such an upbeat happy song, we love Stevie and it suits the occasion...but I am hesitant...too many lyrics? What did you do? Thanks!

 

My SIL adapted our ceremony music to the violin.  I walked down to "She" by Elvis Costello.  Our recessional was "Kahala March" by the Ali'i Luau.  Our first song was "Lucky" by Kat Edmonson (she's local to Austin).

 

 

 

Originally Posted by JaimeCF2BR View Post

 

 Does anyone have the most current wedding date list?  I canâ€t seem to find it, and Iâ€ve gone backwards quite a few pages!   Iâ€ll be at Azul next weekend, and Iâ€m interested to know if anyone on the forum will be having their wedding!

 

Also, does anyone have anything they need me to check on or take pictures of while Iâ€m there?

 

Nichole and the list are MIA.  Off the top of my head I can't think of any Labor Day weekend brides.  Fun for you!!!  Have you been before?

 

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We only had one photographer.  Again, this is because you get the bare bones when you are just using the package deal and not paying yourself.  If you were paying yourself, Im sure there will be a whole range of options available! xx

 

For info, they also have a facebook page.  If you put in Caribe photo into the search section of face book, you will be able to see pages and pages of pictures. x

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      Buying a used wedding dress can be a bit of a gamble, but as long you're cautious, it's a thrifty way to snag a designer wedding dress for half the retail value. Plus, if you get lucky and buy a wedding dress from someone with a similar body type, you may not have to make too many alterations, which also cuts down on your costs. As long as the gown you found looks to be in good condition (if you can't see it in person, make sure photos show it clearly from all angles or ask to Skype with the seller to get a better look), a used wedding gown can be a terrific deal. A few tips: Since your dress will have to be custom-tailored to your body regardless, a larger size is easier to work with where alterations are concerned. Fabric can always be subtracted, but adding more fabric that perfectly matches the rest of the gown can be difficult (not to mention expensive!). And because you're getting the wedding dress for a steal, you can put some of the money you save toward making sure it fits like a glove (and some extra dry-cleaning if necessary).
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