Originally Posted by slstriednig
If you don't mind, can you respond here? Shannon & I are all ears on any tips at all.
we just got married on the 10th of May this year and we sent out our save the dates a year in advance. This whole process was a good experience for me, but for some reason was very stressful for my husband. I guess it was due to the online planning and not being able to physically be there. But when it came to it everything fell in to place and was beautiful.
Here's what the days leading up to our wedding was like:
May 7th: we arrived at the airport and my husband and I were given a private transfer to the hotel which was really nice! When we arrived at the hotel we were given an upgrade due to the number of people we had booked for the week. Our room number was 0047, though it looked like the rest of the rooms, it was conveniently located near the pool on the first floor which was nice especially if you needed to use the bathroom, it was closer than it was to walk to the restroom at chili's. That night we got a note to meet with the wedding planner at 930am
May 8th: we met with the wedding planner Erica. Erica is da bomb-diggity! She was really nice and very accommodating to our needs. ADVICE... this meeting is where everything is planned from the flowers to the songs being played at the wedding and wedding package. Make sure you know exactly how many people are going to be attending where they charge for the private meals/reception per person and also they need a head count for chair on the beach. They do not however charge for kids which is great!.
ALSO YOU MAY WANT TO CHOOSE THE ROYAL WEDDING PACKAGE INSTEAD OF THE CAPRICE..WE INITIALLY PICKED THE CAPRICE AND SWITCHED TO THE ROYAL AND SAVED ALMOST $700 JUST ON THAT...EVEN AFTER PAYING THE EXTRA PER PERSON CHARGE.
Here is what we picked for our wedding:
500pm--Beach wedding w/ harpist (who was amaz-ballz. Highly recommend him!)
530-630--semi-private happy hour at the lirico bar with mariachi band
630-830-semi-private dinner (yes semi private at this time) at Chili's--chili's was the only restaurant that was able to accommodate the size of our group. The food I thought was really good and our guests seemed to like it.
830-1130-private reception w/ DJ at the daiquiri...we initially wanted to do a fire show but cancelled it, however some else had paid for the fire show and we were able to see it from the daiquiri bar. Initially we were concerned about the DJ, but he was very good and played current music from the US and spoke English well.
after meeting with Erica, we decided to go with Adventure Photos for the pictures. We met with him and picked out our photo package.--I would also recommend Adventure Photos! The price was reasonable and they did an awesome job.
After we met with Sergio from Adventure Photos we were done planning our wedding day.
NOTE: ALL PAYMENTS ARE DUE 24 HOURS BEFORE THE WEDDING
We paid for the wedding on the 9th...we had contacted our bank to advise them of our travel so we could use our debit card in Mexico..however we didn't tell them we were going to be dropping several thousand dollars in one transaction. According to our bank for security reasons they only allow 3,000 withdrawal per day. MAKE SURE YOU LET YOUR BANK KNOW ABOUT THE LARGE TRANSACTION prior to paying the bill...it was slightly embarrassing but they allowed us to use their phone at the front desk to call our bank that's when we found out about the 3,000 dollar amount.
Like I said in the beginning when May 10th came around, everything fell in to place and the wedding was perfect! Erica was awesome and you can tell she works her butt off!!! So the only thing you should be worrying about prior to the wedding is, should you have a mojito or Miami vice at the pool.