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#221 babyg

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    Posted 23 December 2008 - 10:49 AM

    Hi All
    We leave on Dec 26th and our wedding is Dec 29th. I am getting excited. I think I am all ready for both our wedding and Christmas dinner I am hosting at my house.

    Things were a little difficult with the planning. We had a number of glitches. The last one was that the tour company canceled our flight from Friday Dec 26th and tried to move it to Sunday Dec 28th. Our Wedding was booked at Playa Costa Verde Cuba for Dec 29th and because we are getting married the week after Christmas and the week of New Years there were no days to change the wedding to so they were not going to be able to marry us. The wedding is our reason for spending all this money on this trip. By the way we booked all this in April and this change occurred way after the final payment was due end of Oct. These kinds of travel industry games make it impossible to plan a destination wedding. I was told my flight was full since the end of Sept. How the heck do the cancel a full flight unless that was a lie to begin with. My wedding logo didn't have the destination on it so I was lucky that the items I had ordered and made were not garbage. I hadn't printed up my welcome book, etc, yet. Whew!

    I was about to cancel everything when the travel agent found us a new resort - Melia Las Dunas - for the same flight dates and same wedding day and pretty much the same costs. The resort looks amazing so I am happy.

    My group started out with 23 people who booked and paid deposits in April to our final numbers of 12.... so we have a small intimate group. The only sad part is neither of our parents are able to come (health issues). This is both John and my second wedding. We thought this wouldn't bother us so much not having our parents with us but it is a bit. We bought them digital picture frames for Christmas and will make a nice wedding album when we get back.

    I had hesitated writing in the forums for a bit as I didn't want to discourage/ scare other brides planning a DW. It all works out in the end.

    Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
    Terri
    Terri and John

    #222 babyg

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      Posted 23 December 2008 - 10:49 AM

      Hi All
      We leave on Dec 26th and our wedding is Dec 29th. I am getting excited. I think I am all ready for both our wedding and Christmas dinner I am hosting at my house.

      Things were a little difficult with the planning. We had a number of glitches. The last one was that the tour company canceled our flight from Friday Dec 26th and tried to move it to Sunday Dec 28th. Our Wedding was booked at Playa Costa Verde Cuba for Dec 29th and because we are getting married the week after Christmas and the week of New Years there were no days to change the wedding to so they were not going to be able to marry us. The wedding is our reason for spending all this money on this trip. By the way we booked all this in April and this change occurred way after the final payment was due end of Oct. These kinds of travel industry games make it impossible to plan a destination wedding. I was told my flight was full since the end of Sept. How the heck do the cancel a full flight unless that was a lie to begin with. My wedding logo didn't have the destination on it so I was lucky that the items I had ordered and made were not garbage. I hadn't printed up my welcome book, etc, yet. Whew!

      I was about to cancel everything when the travel agent found us a new resort - Melia Las Dunas - for the same flight dates and same wedding day and pretty much the same costs. The resort looks amazing so I am happy.

      My group started out with 23 people who booked and paid deposits in April to our final numbers of 12.... so we have a small intimate group. The only sad part is neither of our parents are able to come (health issues). This is both John and my second wedding. We thought this wouldn't bother us so much not having our parents with us but it is a bit. We bought them digital picture frames for Christmas and will make a nice wedding album when we get back.

      I had hesitated writing in the forums for a bit as I didn't want to discourage/ scare other brides planning a DW. It all works out in the end.

      Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
      Terri
      Terri and John

      #223 kevsgirl

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        Posted 24 December 2008 - 12:47 AM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by babyg
        Hi All
        We leave on Dec 26th and our wedding is Dec 29th. I am getting excited. I think I am all ready for both our wedding and Christmas dinner I am hosting at my house.Terri
        Glad to hear everything is working out for you. We had crazy stuff happen on way down and back up, and with the room/booking but we got married and had a fab time.
        I hope you have the time of your life down there.

        #224 Simistar

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          Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:26 PM

          Hey Gals!

          Just finally posted my review! It's long and detailed and probably of no interest to anyone other than future Secrets Maroma brides, but here it is! :-)

          http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t34046

          Hope everyone's recovering nicely:-)
          Happy New Year!!!

          #225 arhoyaltres

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            Posted 06 January 2009 - 08:45 PM

            Happy New Year to everyone!!!!!

            I know I am slowly trying to get adjusted to everything after the wedding and the holidays and going through this name change process is a BEAST!! It also doesn't help that I'm working on arranging a couple of AHRs (which has made me not be a good BDW member). How's everyone else doing?

            #226 Simistar

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              Posted 07 January 2009 - 09:59 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by arhoyaltres
              Happy New Year to everyone!!!!!

              I know I am slowly trying to get adjusted to everything after the wedding and the holidays and going through this name change process is a BEAST!! It also doesn't help that I'm working on arranging a couple of AHRs (which has made me not be a good BDW member). How's everyone else doing?
              Haha...that's why I'm not changing my name :-)
              I told him if he wants us ot have the same last name, he can change his

              We're still on the fence about having an AHR... I really want to, but DH isn't too into it... I'm looking into some different venue options right now, so it will likely come down to cost... as in, if it's low enough, I'll be able to convince him to have an AHR :-)

              How's everyone doing with thank you cards...?
              I ordered mine from a girl who makes them in Seattle awhile ago, but b/c of all the crazy weather, she was only able to send them out today:-)
              So, hopefully our guests don't think we're rude :-)

              (although, according to Emily Post, you have three months to send thank you cards...so at least we're not THAT late:-))




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