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#10111 sunnywinters76

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    Posted 17 September 2010 - 10:05 AM

    Photography is covered.  I'm bringing mine with me.  I'm actually a wedding photographer in Houston and I'm having one of my fellow photographer friends shoot my wedding.  I trust him!  I'm planning on hiring a DJ.  I think I'm going to just have the Ipod play my favorite songs for the ceremony and cocktail part.  That's what makes me nervous.  My wedding planner said that's what most people do, so I'm sure it will all work out okay.  Just curious if anyone else has done this and how I should prepare for this.  I thought the musician rates were a bit steep $500 for 45min.  For that amount it's usually for a few hours at least.  DJ is a must though.  Did you use a DJ through Lomas Travel?



    #10112 JaimeCF2BR

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      Posted 17 September 2010 - 10:22 AM

      There quite a few Houstonians on here!  Do you work for a photography company or is it your own business?  Just curious, as I'm always keeping my ears open for good BD & Engagement photographers.

       

      Regarding music, I'm planning on using my ipod for my cocktail & reception and will have one of our guests be in charge the whole night.  I'll have the songs prepared in order and let them control the stopping, starting, fixing, volume.  Just put someone you trust in charge of the ipod and enjoy your perfect day! 

       

      I think lots of girls use the ipod since its the cheapest route!  ($100-$200 to use speakers i think...dont quote me).  Sorry, I dont have info on their DJs, but I know others on here definitely do.
       

      Originally Posted by sunnywinters76 

      Photography is covered.  I'm bringing mine with me.  I'm actually a wedding photographer in Houston and I'm having one of my fellow photographer friends shoot my wedding.  I trust him!  I'm planning on hiring a DJ.  I think I'm going to just have the Ipod play my favorite songs for the ceremony and cocktail part.  That's what makes me nervous.  My wedding planner said that's what most people do, so I'm sure it will all work out okay.  Just curious if anyone else has done this and how I should prepare for this.  I thought the musician rates were a bit steep $500 for 45min.  For that amount it's usually for a few hours at least.  DJ is a must though.  Did you use a DJ through Lomas Travel?





      #10113 amandamarieb

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        Posted 17 September 2010 - 11:01 AM

        Ladies who have visited. Did you make any trips into town? I want to but something local, perhaps some local candies or treats, to add to the OOT bags. Just wondering if you have any suggestions.

         

        Thanks!

        Amanda


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        #10114 murmel

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        Posted 17 September 2010 - 12:04 PM

         

        Originally Posted by MaggieandJay 

        It so weird how sometimes you get inspired all of the sudden out of no where to figure out a task for the wedding. Last night I was playing around on Itunes and all of the sudden i was inspired to figure out the processional and what I am walking down the aisle to. I already knew what I wanted to walk down with my brother to so I just needed a song for the seating of the parents since we don't have a bridal party. Ended up in the bagpipe music (Weird I know) I found a really short version of Scotland the Brave by the NYFD Pipe and drum core. Since my step dad is primarily Scottish and a professional firefighter and in my little girl wedding of my dreams there was always going to be bagpipes. I listen to that then segued into my song with my brother and it just seemed perfect.

        Are bagpipes too weird for mexico wedding. I swear I wasn't drinking LOL

         

        Sorry just had to share and get thoughts since you ladies understand better than anyone


        Not strange at all. I spend my teenage years growing up on the east coast of Canada, and right now my plan is to walk down the aisle to fiddle music!
         

        Originally Posted by beaz2be 

        So ladies, I just wanted to give everyone a heads up on this.  I got an email from my TA last night (and I've checked the news a bit online to confirm).  Seems that as of about this week Mexico has made new policies regarding currency and is only accepting PESOS from now on.  That means, no US Singles accepted at all-inclusives for tipping etc.  No USD of CDN funds for excursions.

         

        From what she said credit cards are all still fine b/c they just change the currency into pesos.  I haven't looked into how this affects the wedding planning stuff because I know karisma and lomas have always seems to quote and charge everything in USD.  But I just thought I'd share that news with you all.  Especially those ladies with weddings soon will probably want to get some $$ exchanged to have with them on their trip. If someone confirms any more information on this from Karisma/Lomas and their TAs or WCs I'd love to hear about it too.

         

        Hmmmm....will have to check this out. I am heading down to Mexico with some friends mid October to celebrate my birthday, I 'll keep my eyes open and see what people are using.
         

        Originally Posted by amandamarieb 

        Ladies who have visited. Did you make any trips into town? I want to but something local, perhaps some local candies or treats, to add to the OOT bags. Just wondering if you have any suggestions.

         

        Thanks!

        Amanda

        We plan on buying most of the treats when we are down there. A cab can be a little pricey, and we plan on renting a car again for a day or two. We have used Excellence Car Rental, and had a very good experience. Their prices are fair, they pick and drop you off at your resort for free, and all insurance is included in the price. Now some of the cars might not be the newest, but less fear of someone stealing it or breaking in. They also offer a 'tourist card', you have to ask for it, but it is suppose to help you incase you get stopped by police, ie. let you off with a warning.

         


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        #10115 MaggieandJay

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          Posted 17 September 2010 - 12:28 PM



          Originally Posted by sunnywinters76 

          Photography is covered.  I'm bringing mine with me.  I'm actually a wedding photographer in Houston and I'm having one of my fellow photographer friends shoot my wedding.  I trust him!  I'm planning on hiring a DJ.  I think I'm going to just have the Ipod play my favorite songs for the ceremony and cocktail part.  That's what makes me nervous.  My wedding planner said that's what most people do, so I'm sure it will all work out okay.  Just curious if anyone else has done this and how I should prepare for this.  I thought the musician rates were a bit steep $500 for 45min.  For that amount it's usually for a few hours at least.  DJ is a must though.  Did you use a DJ through Lomas Travel?


          For my Welcome Party I am bring my own Ipod Deck

          For My ceremony my Ipod and I am renaming the songs so they say Procession Song 1, Bride Song, Recessional. My WC assures me that they do it hundreds of times a year and it will be good.

          For my reception the DJ wasn't in my budget but a friend of ours who is coming is a DJ so I rented the Sound system and mic from the resort ($250) and he is bringing his Ipod and laptop and will be our MC for the evening.


          Jamie, What part of Houston do you live in? I live in midtown

          Originally Posted by JaimeCF2BR 

          There quite a few Houstonians on here!  Do you work for a photography company or is it your own business?  Just curious, as I'm always keeping my ears open for good BD & Engagement photographers.

           


          Maggie and Jay GOT married on May 15th 2011 at Azul Sensatori. Best International Wedding EVER!

          #10116 JaimeCF2BR

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            Posted 17 September 2010 - 12:48 PM


            Im by the Galleria.  I actually walked there just now to do some shopping.  Its so sad, I've lived her over a year and this was my first time walking there...it only took 7 minutes!

             

            Love the midtown area!

            Originally Posted by MaggieandJay 



            Jamie, What part of Houston do you live in? I live in midtown





            #10117 daniepps

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              Posted 17 September 2010 - 04:35 PM



              Originally Posted by sunnywinters76 

              Photography is covered.  I'm bringing mine with me.  I'm actually a wedding photographer in Houston and I'm having one of my fellow photographer friends shoot my wedding.  I trust him!  I'm planning on hiring a DJ.  I think I'm going to just have the Ipod play my favorite songs for the ceremony and cocktail part.  That's what makes me nervous.  My wedding planner said that's what most people do, so I'm sure it will all work out okay.  Just curious if anyone else has done this and how I should prepare for this.  I thought the musician rates were a bit steep $500 for 45min.  For that amount it's usually for a few hours at least.  DJ is a must though.  Did you use a DJ through Lomas Travel?


               

              I got married at the resort in July and I used my iPod for the welcome reception, the ceremony and the reception and it all worked out fine. I just made playlists beforehand.  When met with the WCs I showed them the ceremony playlist and told them what songs were supposed to play when a particular person/group walked in.  They wrote everything down and it worked out.
               



              #10118 Mahalo79

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                Posted 17 September 2010 - 07:16 PM

                I have welcomed lots of newbies, but Im still only under 70 posts *sigh*  back to work, lol, getting out of noob status is hard work!



                #10119 chong

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                  Posted 17 September 2010 - 11:10 PM


                  Maggie,

                  Lucky you! I am still looking for the music. I am almost in a panic mode trying to put together the music for the ceremony and reception.

                  I do agree that bagpipes music sounds bit out of place for mexico wedding but who cares! It's your day :)

                  Originally Posted by MaggieandJay 

                  It so weird how sometimes you get inspired all of the sudden out of no where to figure out a task for the wedding. Last night I was playing around on Itunes and all of the sudden i was inspired to figure out the processional and what I am walking down the aisle to. I already knew what I wanted to walk down with my brother to so I just needed a song for the seating of the parents since we don't have a bridal party. Ended up in the bagpipe music (Weird I know) I found a really short version of Scotland the Brave by the NYFD Pipe and drum core. Since my step dad is primarily Scottish and a professional firefighter and in my little girl wedding of my dreams there was always going to be bagpipes. I listen to that then segued into my song with my brother and it just seemed perfect.

                  Are bagpipes too weird for mexico wedding. I swear I wasn't drinking LOL

                   

                  Sorry just had to share and get thoughts since you ladies understand better than anyone



                  I am getting married on October 10. 22 days till our wedding!!! I am nervous since I've never been to the resort but I heard so many good things about.
                   

                  Originally Posted by sunnywinters76 

                  I'm getting married at Azul Sensatori on Jan. 29th and I'm freaking out since I have not seen the location first hand.  I've found so many amazing photos so I know that it will look amazing. Im just starting to freak out about all the little details.  Anyone else getting married there anytime soon and feeling the same?



                  Oh my gosh... no USD? I need to do little more investigation. Thanks for the tip!
                   

                  Originally Posted by JaimeCF2BR 

                  Wow...thanks for the info!  I definitely hadn't heard anything about this.  There were zero problems using USD for anything and everything 2 weekends ago.  Depending on where you go, I did notice that EVERYONE takes credit card...so that part is good.  My banks charged a small conversion fee...but nothing big (like $2 on a $120 charge). Tips was the only thing we actually used cash for, and I have a feeling nobody would reject a tip no matter what the currency :)

                   

                  Thanks again, and keep us posted if you hear anything else!
                   


                   




                  #10120 mshannon2b

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                    Posted 18 September 2010 - 05:04 AM



                    We had our Ipod for music at our cocktail party and reception.

                    It was totally fine, we just made up a playlist before we went, so we did not have to keep going back and forward to change songs or tracks.

                    We were charged $250 for the use of the amp and speakers, as we were told it would be $2500 for a DJ! 

                    Originally Posted by sunnywinters76 

                    Photography is covered.  I'm bringing mine with me.  I'm actually a wedding photographer in Houston and I'm having one of my fellow photographer friends shoot my wedding.  I trust him!  I'm planning on hiring a DJ.  I think I'm going to just have the Ipod play my favorite songs for the ceremony and cocktail part.  That's what makes me nervous.  My wedding planner said that's what most people do, so I'm sure it will all work out okay.  Just curious if anyone else has done this and how I should prepare for this.  I thought the musician rates were a bit steep $500 for 45min.  For that amount it's usually for a few hours at least.  DJ is a must though.  Did you use a DJ through Lomas Travel?








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