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Im sure this has been discussed but as I am working on details of planning some questions have come up:)  Im starting to have anxiety about packing things..lol..I know im less than 6mos. away, but I am a planner.  For those of you that did welcome bags, how did you pack them.  did you wait till you got there to put the items in the bags??  also, many of you have said there is not an issue when travelling with so much stuff, but If i chose to divide up my stuff to some of my family members to travel with, will they all be stopped and asked why they have maracas, candles, etc.???  I know someone mentioned showing reciepts to the staff in the airport, but if I divide up the stuff will everyone need to show reciepts??  Thanks for the help:)  also, when is the meeting usually scheduled with the wedding coordinators at the resort?  We want to schedule some things and Im afraid they will mess up my meeting. 

 

Tara-I'm not sure how far in advance you are flying in, but would it be possible for you to buy a few things there?  There is definitely a Costco in the Cancun area (for example) and depending on how far it is, that might be an option in case you are facing issues with overweight luggage, etc.

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Im sure this has been discussed but as I am working on details of planning some questions have come up:)  Im starting to have anxiety about packing things..lol..I know im less than 6mos. away, but I am a planner.  For those of you that did welcome bags, how did you pack them.  did you wait till you got there to put the items in the bags??  also, many of you have said there is not an issue when travelling with so much stuff, but If i chose to divide up my stuff to some of my family members to travel with, will they all be stopped and asked why they have maracas, candles, etc.???  I know someone mentioned showing reciepts to the staff in the airport, but if I divide up the stuff will everyone need to show reciepts??  Thanks for the help:)  also, when is the meeting usually scheduled with the wedding coordinators at the resort?  We want to schedule some things and Im afraid they will mess up my meeting. 
Hi! So we just got back from our wedding and I was really worried about those things as well. I did have my mom and my MOH take the jewelry for the bridesmaids and I gave them receipts but they didn't have anything checked. When my husband and I got there they asked if we had any gifts and we told them about some stuff but they never asked for receipts but we did have them just in case!! it was actually really easy going through customs. We packed all the stuff for the welcome bags and then just put them together when we got there and it was way easier that way. We did have an issue with the coordinator meeting but they fixed it. You don't find out when your meeting is until the day you arrive and they had scheduled it during my hair trial. They wouldn't change it at first but after a few phone calls they did so it worked out. I would make your appointments and specifically ask your wedding coordinator you are working with now to make sure they let the coordinator in Mexico when your appointments are. Everything was amazing so just relax and know you are going to have the time of your life!!!!

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One more month to go before I fly to Azul!!!! Getting super excited but still so much to do.  I have a few questions hoping that past brides can help.

 

Where did you guys to your TTD?  We are thinking of staying at the resort to do TTD.  Is there a specific pool or beach area with less people?  I guess early morning would have less traffic right?  I'm travelling with 34 people and I was wondering if past brides stayed near a specific area all the time so that people can find you.  Or did you just roam about?  Was it hard to coordinate lunches and dinner with different groups of family and friends?  OR did you have to pre-plan meals with different groups?

 

DId anyone pay for wifi for their guest? Was it worth it because I've been to other resort but the wifi was weak?

 

Thank you in advance!

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Originally Posted by bubblez View Post

 

One more month to go before I fly to Azul!!!! Getting super excited but still so much to do.  I have a few questions hoping that past brides can help.

 

Where did you guys to your TTD?  We are thinking of staying at the resort to do TTD.  Is there a specific pool or beach area with less people?  I guess early morning would have less traffic right?  I'm travelling with 34 people and I was wondering if past brides stayed near a specific area all the time so that people can find you.  Or did you just roam about?  Was it hard to coordinate lunches and dinner with different groups of family and friends?  OR did you have to pre-plan meals with different groups?

 

DId anyone pay for wifi for their guest? Was it worth it because I've been to other resort but the wifi was weak?

 

Thank you in advance!

 

Hi! We are considering going to the Cenotes in Playa del Carmen to do the TTD photoshoot. It's a little daring for me but my travel agent recommended going there, and stressed how amazing it is! She said the Cenotes are about 15 minutes away from the resort. If we go, then we have to arrange transportation. Upon returning to Azul, we'll probably walk down the beach a ways where the 'nicer' beach is, and do some more shoots there. My goal is to try and capture either some sunset or sunrise photos - they are so beautiful I think.

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Well, I made my final wedding payment today, my FI left for his weekend long bachelor party in FL a few hours ago, and we leave in exactly 30 days for Mexico!! Yayyy!!!! I can't believe it's finally the last month and my wedding is literally right around the corner! Thank you ladies for all your help- I could not have a planned this wedding without you!

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Originally Posted by Tara Steve View Post

 

Im sure this has been discussed but as I am working on details of planning some questions have come up:)  Im starting to have anxiety about packing things..lol..I know im less than 6mos. away, but I am a planner.  For those of you that did welcome bags, how did you pack them.  did you wait till you got there to put the items in the bags??  also, many of you have said there is not an issue when travelling with so much stuff, but If i chose to divide up my stuff to some of my family members to travel with, will they all be stopped and asked why they have maracas, candles, etc.???  I know someone mentioned showing reciepts to the staff in the airport, but if I divide up the stuff will everyone need to show reciepts??  Thanks for the help:)  also, when is the meeting usually scheduled with the wedding coordinators at the resort?  We want to schedule some things and Im afraid they will mess up my meeting. 

You are allowed $300 worth of goods per person. Even though it was clear my box was for a wedding, my parents were thoroughly searched and had to present receipts. (They had them). I was also searched (separate arrival) -- including my dress. Just lucky I guess.

 

We assembled the bags in the room because it was easier to pack things flat.

 

You'll find out your meeting time when you check-in. Mine was scheduled during my hair trial  -- I assumed it would've been communicated -- but they allowed me to move the meeting. Plan for it to take 45 minutes to an hour. My original time was 10 a.m., rescheduled time was 4 p.m.

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Originally Posted by bubblez View Post

 

One more month to go before I fly to Azul!!!! Getting super excited but still so much to do.  I have a few questions hoping that past brides can help.

 

Where did you guys to your TTD?  We are thinking of staying at the resort to do TTD.  Is there a specific pool or beach area with less people?  I guess early morning would have less traffic right?  I'm travelling with 34 people and I was wondering if past brides stayed near a specific area all the time so that people can find you.  Or did you just roam about?  Was it hard to coordinate lunches and dinner with different groups of family and friends?  OR did you have to pre-plan meals with different groups?

 

DId anyone pay for wifi for their guest? Was it worth it because I've been to other resort but the wifi was weak?

 

Thank you in advance!

The resort is small enough that you'll probably run into everyone often. We spent most of our time at the swim up bar in front of Zavas restaurant. This connects to the premium pool, which made things easy as most of us had access to that. It is not adults only but I don't think I saw more than a handful of kids. It's also good for non-swimmers as they can sit at the upper bar and look at the ocean. Families tended to stick to the pool by building 4 and Zocalo. I never went in that or the adults only pool -- though we did opt for that bar most evenings.

 

We received free wi-fi as bride and groom and had no complaints. Not super fast but adequate. The signal was available in most of the restaurants and when at the premium section of the beach (close enough to the building).

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Originally Posted by kathryn83 View Post

 

You are allowed $300 worth of goods per person. Even though it was clear my box was for a wedding, my parents were thoroughly searched and had to present receipts. (They had them). I was also searched (separate arrival) -- including my dress. Just lucky I guess.

 

We assembled the bags in the room because it was easier to pack things flat.

 

You'll find out your meeting time when you check-in. Mine was scheduled during my hair trial  -- I assumed it would've been communicated -- but they allowed me to move the meeting. Plan for it to take 45 minutes to an hour. My original time was 10 a.m., rescheduled time was 4 p.m.

So when you say "box"  did you bring all your stuff in a box, not a suitcase??  If so, do you know who much it cost to do that??  also, do you think im ok if I make copies of the reciepts to give to my family that is helping me take some of the items??  Hope that makes sense:)  Thanks for the info!!

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Originally Posted by Tara Steve View Post

 

So when you say "box"  did you bring all your stuff in a box, not a suitcase??  If so, do you know who much it cost to do that??  also, do you think im ok if I make copies of the reciepts to give to my family that is helping me take some of the items??  Hope that makes sense:)  Thanks for the info!!

Yes, my mom packed a cardboard moving box with decorations and welcome bag items. She was traveling with my father so they were able to use the box as his one free checked "bag" and there was no extra charge as it was within normal suitcase weight guidelines. If they both had had suitcases the charge to bring the box on the plane would've been $40 or $50 -- whatever the airline charged for a second bag. 

 

Copies of receipts should be fine. 

 

I do think the box caused them to be pulled aside for searching -- she did not have the chance to push the button beforehand. (In Cancun you push a button -- if its green you walk through, if it turns red you get searched.) But even with that, because we were not taking any of those items home she didn't have to worry about having an extra suitcase to deal with on the return.

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Hi Ladies!

 

First off, I just have to say that this Blog is amazing... Its so helpful and you guys are great! 

 

We are getting married at the Azul Sensatori on May 3, 2014... And I have a few questions.  We originally booked and chose to have a legal ceremony, but now I am questioning whether to do it in the Chapel...?   I am a practicing Catholic and my Fiance is pretty much non-denominational.  He did make his baptism, but he hasn't made any other sacraments... Does anyone know what we would need to do in order to get married by a Catholic priest in Mexico?  Is it even an option considering my FI is not a Catholic?

 

Also, does anyone know if the script for the Catholic ceremony can be altered at all?  I'm under the impression that the Legal Ceremony script is not able to be changed at all? 

 

Thanks so much for the answers in advance!  We are within the one year mark and other than putting down the initial deposit and getting the group contract pricing done and booking our trip, I haven't had time to do anything else yet... Panic mode is beginning to set in!

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