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Hi Guys:

Quick etiquette question - I want your opinion.

We've already provided each of my 5 bridesmaids $300 each to assist with travel expenses to the wedding. Do you think its necessary I get them each bridesmaid gifts as well?

Also if someone has the Spa services menu, could you please post it?

thanks! I'm 6 weeks away! Hard to believe.
I think you are fine but if you want to give them something little that wouldn't hurt. Maybe a necklace for the wedding or a picture frame... you dont have to spend a lot for those items but I think it would be a nice touch.

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Originally Posted by mmmissyyy View Post
Hi Guys:

Quick etiquette question - I want your opinion.

We've already provided each of my 5 bridesmaids $300 each to assist with travel expenses to the wedding. Do you think its necessary I get them each bridesmaid gifts as well?

Also if someone has the Spa services menu, could you please post it?

thanks! I'm 6 weeks away! Hard to believe.
Personally I think a wedding at ASP is more of a vacation, I think by providing them the money that should be a gift enough. You may just want to write individual thank you notes so it helps keep it personal.

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I see your wedding is in almost a month Jackie / Christ! Have you guys finalized everything with your WC. Decorations and Locations of events? Or are you going to do it when you get their? If you have finalized everything you should post a summery for us! I am soo sooo soo excited, I still have ten months, so i'll live vicarously threw your wedding lol.

I will probably provide them with a detail list down to the T, but then again I love planning stuff.
Yes, sooo excited tomorrow is 1 month till I leave...
Since I switched to a private dinner I do have all my locations picked out for the ceremony, cocktail hour & dinner. FYI: this needs to be done in advance if you are going with a private event.

I also made dinner reservations for a welcome dinner 2 nights before the wedding and a "rehersal" dinner the night before. There is no extra charge for this but the restaurants are limited to 3 choices & the seatings times are also limited. Though it would be a nice way to get everyone together.

I picked out my table linens, since I only have 2 tables I'm upgrading to a colored linen I thought it was in an inexpensive way to personalize my day. I chose my wedding colors. (lime green table cloth, chocolate brown chair bow & chocolate brown napkins) Besides that I'm not doing any other decorations. I figure the resort will be so beautiful it won't need it anything else.

I have also confirmed the mexican trio for my cocktail hour, this need to be done atleast 30 days prior to the event.

I have checked the palace wedding website and it looks like I'm the only wedding that day which is super exciting :)

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After a week of waiting for her reply, Dulce finally contacted me to let me know that we cannot use an outside photographer or DJ for the wedding. She recommends using the resorts services. I know there is a no outside vendor policy, but I also know that lots of brides have used outside vendors. Did anyone have this problem? Ive already spent weeks talking to photographers and a DJ and I am ready to sign contracts, but I dont want to lose out on my deposit if they are truly not allowing outside vendors. Any advice?

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I'm pretty sure they are going to be strict with the no outside DJ policy. But for a photographer...we just didn't tell them. We told them we wouldn't be needing their resort photographer and then requested day passes for Del Sol and they just showed up as "guests". Someone a while ago sid it best, "it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission" for something like that imo!!

but otherwise...it's clearly in the contract from the beginning that they do not allow outside vendors.

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Yes, sooo excited tomorrow is 1 month till I leave...
Since I switched to a private dinner I do have all my locations picked out for the ceremony, cocktail hour & dinner. FYI: this needs to be done in advance if you are going with a private event.

I also made dinner reservations for a welcome dinner 2 nights before the wedding and a "rehersal" dinner the night before. There is no extra charge for this but the restaurants are limited to 3 choices & the seatings times are also limited. Though it would be a nice way to get everyone together.

I picked out my table linens, since I only have 2 tables I'm upgrading to a colored linen I thought it was in an inexpensive way to personalize my day. I chose my wedding colors. (lime green table cloth, chocolate brown chair bow & chocolate brown napkins) Besides that I'm not doing any other decorations. I figure the resort will be so beautiful it won't need it anything else.

I have also confirmed the mexican trio for my cocktail hour, this need to be done atleast 30 days prior to the event.

I have checked the palace wedding website and it looks like I'm the only wedding that day which is super exciting :)
Just had to jump in here and give a post bride prospective...
-You actually don't have to confirm location for a private event in advance. Technically, they aren't even confirmed until after you get down there and have your meeting. You can request them if you have your heart set on one in particular but it's not a confirmation. Also, if you get down there and want to change the location...as long as it's available, they let you.
-Your table decorations sound amazing!! They have SOOO many to pick from when you get down there, I was really overwhelmed. They come from Moon Palace and get delivered on the day of your event. Our problem with this: the WC didn't communicate between resorts and they rented our color out to someone at Moon Palace. But we did have way more tables than 2 and they gave us a great color to make up for it. The little bursts of color make such a difference-yours will look great!
-Love, love, loved the mexican trio!!!!!!
-And not to be debbie downer but they don't update the website. Ours said we were the only one too and there were 2 other weddings that day. BUT...we hardly noticed and it takes no attention away from you what so ever if there are other weddings.

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After a week of waiting for her reply, Dulce finally contacted me to let me know that we cannot use an outside photographer or DJ for the wedding. She recommends using the resorts services. I know there is a no outside vendor policy, but I also know that lots of brides have used outside vendors. Did anyone have this problem? Ive already spent weeks talking to photographers and a DJ and I am ready to sign contracts, but I dont want to lose out on my deposit if they are truly not allowing outside vendors. Any advice?
I already booked Del Sol and paid. I am getting two day passes. If its truely a big deal i'll book them a room technically they wont be outsiders, but guests staying at the hotel. I don't plan on saying anything. From what I hear the resort is huge. I don't think two photographer will be as noticable as DJ's making noise.

If the resort photographer did the type of work I wanted, I would have booked them, but they don't. I have a specific style I am looking for.

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Just had to jump in here and give a post bride prospective...

-Love, love, loved the mexican trio!!!!!!
I would love to hear more about the Mexican Trio. I've asked my wedding coordinator, but she hasn't repsponded to any of my questions yet. What does the trio consist of? Is it all singers or are there instruments involved? Did you have them for the ceremony or just your cocktail hour or reception?

Thanks!

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Here are pictures (by Del Sol) of the Mexican Trio. Basically it's a small mariachi band. You get them per hour so you can have them where you want them, for how long you want them.

 

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Just had to jump in here and give a post bride prospective...
-You actually don't have to confirm location for a private event in advance. Technically, they aren't even confirmed until after you get down there and have your meeting. You can request them if you have your heart set on one in particular but it's not a confirmation. Also, if you get down there and want to change the location...as long as it's available, they let you.
-Your table decorations sound amazing!! They have SOOO many to pick from when you get down there, I was really overwhelmed. They come from Moon Palace and get delivered on the day of your event. Our problem with this: the WC didn't communicate between resorts and they rented our color out to someone at Moon Palace. But we did have way more tables than 2 and they gave us a great color to make up for it. The little bursts of color make such a difference-yours will look great!
-Love, love, loved the mexican trio!!!!!!
-And not to be debbie downer but they don't update the website. Ours said we were the only one too and there were 2 other weddings that day. BUT...we hardly noticed and it takes no attention away from you what so ever if there are other weddings.
Thanks for the insiders perspective!
Dulce had told be that private events needed to be booked 30 days in advance. I had to sign a private event contract. I wanted particular locations maybe thats whyhuh.gif

I'm excited to hear the mexican trio was fantastic, we really wanted to have them for our cocktail hour. Dulce also told me that the mexican trio as well as the horse & carriage needed to be resewrved 30 days prior. Either way I reserved them just to ensure they will be there. Hopefully thats the case.

I'm ok with not being the only wedding I just thought it would be an added bonus to be the only wedding, that stinks they dont update their website.

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