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Katie-that dress is soooo pretty!!! I love the neckline and I agree with the girls-it will look beautiful on you!!!

 

Everything has been good so far with my guests. I haven't had anyone else cancel. I found out later that my brother and SIL had not canceled yet, my SIL just said that-ugh! She still says that they are not going unless that CDC says it is safe for non-essential Mexico trips...they are just waiting. Also, I have a friend and her husband waiting to see what happens as well. I think the hype has died down alot, but the CDC still hasn't changed their update! I will keep y'all posted.

 

I have my BD pics today!!! I am sooo nervous!!!

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Don't worry Desiree - I'm sure the CDC will change the alert in the next 2 months! I can't believe your wedding is SO close!!! I'm happy that the SIL & bro are not officially cancelled wink.gif

 

I had an awesome weekend wedding-wise! I went back to have a few other girls try on the orange dress I liked, and it was 1/2 off!!! All the girls loved them and they were exactly what I wanted, so I bought them. Literally they were $25 dollars each!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So here are my actual BM dresses!!!! (i am really fortunate all my girls are really small, cuz this dress was in the juniors section!) I'm guessing it was originally for homecoming or prom or a HS dance, and now that school is almost out and prom is over....they're all on sale!

 

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Oh Josie, I love that one! They must have all changed their mind about the color. I love the detail under the bust, it will look exceptionally pretty in the sun!

 

My drama has been settled as well! I just decided that I'm going to buy these girls their dresses and they can shut their mouths about whether they like it or not. I turns out that when we got them, they all liked them anyway, the just didn't love the picture online. It's much prettier in person. This is what we went with...

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Dave has to give up the tie he loves, but he said my sanity was more important.

 

Desiree, I think people are starting to realize that the swine flu thing was pretty sensationalized. I'm happy to hear that nobody actually cancelled their trip!

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Kelly- That is so pretty and flowy- perfect for the beach! Plus you still get your green color tied in!! My girls definitely came around after they saw it. I think hearing the word "orange" people automatically get freaked out. I have a few girls who are kind of pale, and they thought it would wash them out, but in person it was much brigther and slenderizing! yay!

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Hello All!

 

I want to apologize for leaving you all hanging. This Tuesday, I found out that I passed the NYS bar Exam!! My family, friends, and I are so excited and relieved! Nonetheless, we've been celebrating non-stop. Now its back to reality: 1. job hunting; and 2. wedding planning.

 

PICS

Here is a link for the pics that I took during my site visit. Mexico 2009-Riu Palace RM site visit pictures by msbettybern - Photobucket

 

Just my and your luck, The FI and I actually got the chance to see an actual wedding take place at the Gazebo. I took pics. We then went to Chilli's restaurant for supper and noticed that the upstairs of Chill's was being set up for an 18 person wedding reception. I took several pics of the set up for y'all. The idea of having an outdoor reception is great and the fact that it is secluded from the rest of the guests at the hotel is perfect. I also got the chance to see an actual semi-private wedding reception at Botofogo's. I have pics of Botofogo's Restaurant, but not of the actual reception (didn't want to be too intrusive). The set up was to the far left of the restaurant, along the wall. Has anyone ever been to dinner at a restaurant w/ several family and friends? Well, that is what a semi-private wedding reception at Botofogo's is like. Even though there are other hotel guests dining while your wedding reception is taking place, the fact that you're guests are facing one another and the set-up is towards the rear of the restaurant, along the wall, keeps it kind of intimate. For me, my idea of a wedding reception is a sit down dinner, music and dancing. But, seeing an actual semi-private reception at Botofogo's---It wasn't terrible at all. The WC stated that if your reception is semi-private at Botofogo's--music and dancing is not permitted. A private reception would be perfect, but FYI--to have a private reception at Botofogo's you must have a minimum of 40 guests attending and it costs an additional $600.

 

Cocktail Hour

As you guys may recall, I was totally opposed to having a cocktail hour in the hotel lobby b/c I thought that it wouldn't be intimate enough and that hotel guests would be all up in my business. When the WC showed me where the cocktail hr would take place, I reversed course and was totally on board. It takes place towards the rear of the lobby, not too far from the bar, and it just looks nice. This area is actually the location where you must go between the hours of 12pm-3pm to make reservations for the specialty restaurants. As for how the cocktail hour food tastes, I can't tell ya. I read somewhere that it wasn't all that. But, its a nice touch if you have a gap betw the ceremony and reception---so go for it!

 

Flowers

WC said that they can replicate your preferred floral arrangements, the only concern is if the particular flowers are in season. She stated to just email her a pic of the arrangement. Other than that you should fine.

 

Chapel

Not sure if I said this b4--chapel is located at the Riu Palace Mexico. The architecture and decor of the chapel looks great---reminds me of a Roman Catholic Church. However, its small and probably fit only for a party of 15-20 guest.

 

Gazebo

Ceremony at the Gazebo is the way to go. Just loved it. The ceremony that we saw took place at 3pm. It was hot as heck!! The guests were burning up in the sun. I noticed one of the guests holding a parasol over an older lady and I thought that it would be nice to provide all of my guests with sun coverage.

 

Wedding Cake

WC said that they can replicate my preferred cake, just email her a pic. If the pastry chef cannot replicate it, they do work with a local bakery called "Pasteleteria"

 

If there are any other questions ask me!

 

Review of Hotel----On its way--this post would be too long if I added it

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Betty, you're the best! Thank you so much, it's so nice to have real pictures without other people's wedding decorations. I never knew Chili's was all blue and yellow. So, its a good thing I saw some picks before I brought all this green stuff. You and your FI make a cute couple BTW!

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Katie-that dress is soooo pretty!!! I love the neckline and I agree with the girls-it will look beautiful on you!!!

Everything has been good so far with my guests. I haven't had anyone else cancel. I found out later that my brother and SIL had not canceled yet, my SIL just said that-ugh! She still says that they are not going unless that CDC says it is safe for non-essential Mexico trips...they are just waiting. Also, I have a friend and her husband waiting to see what happens as well. I think the hype has died down alot, but the CDC still hasn't changed their update! I will keep y'all posted.

I have my BD pics today!!! I am sooo nervous!!!


sounds promising for you.are you posting your bd pics for us to see lol?

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Ms.Betty- Thanks and Kelly is right....you and your fi are adorable!! It was SO HELPFUL to read your review and gave me so much piece of mind knowing and seeing how things go!! I was also undecided on the cocktail hour, but now think maybe it's a good idea!

 

I love the gazebo location............looking at the pics made me SO EXCITED!!!! Also so great to see Chilis & Bogo, I wondered what to plan on.

 

last but not least, CONGRATS ON PASSING THE BAR!!!!!!!!!!!! That is such a HUGE accomplishment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

THANKS AGAIN, FOR EVERYTHING! We're not doing a site visit, so this was so so so so helpful to me!

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soontobemsbettyl,

 

what does the nys bar exam qualify you to do.what career would you like?

 

thankyou sooo much.i have drove h2b mad he knows your name as i kept sayin oh no it must be bad news msbettyb not logged on yet hehe.this really helps will look forward to hotl review.you have made my mind up about the gazebo.we were split between beach+gazebo and hotel emailed us saturday to confirm our wedding time was 4pm (which i am glad about) and they had us down for the beach but we could,nt make our minds up.

 

regarding the flowers,cake etc if you want them to replicate things does it cost any extra do you know?also what was the sea like rough or calm?silly question i take it that you can choose which restaurant you want you reception in?sorry

 

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