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Hey Gail... great letter. I'm still fighting the good fight and trying not to change my wedding plans. However, I am getting tired of "educating" people about this "outbreak." You would swear I work for the CDC.

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Hey! I thought I could help answer some of your questions. I'm getting married on the Lindo/Maya side this June. Swine flu or no swine flu!

I'm not sure about the number of people that can fit in the gazebos and chapel. But here is a pic of the Lindo/Maya gazebo that I got from the WC. We will be having 22 guests plus us.

For a reception, we are having dinner at the Steakhouse on property and then renting a private room for dancing, the Los Vitrales room. It is costing us $50 plus $6 per person per hour for open bar. I will try to post a pic of this as well.

Thanks so much! I was not able to open up the PDF (I keep getting a message saying that I don't have enough point?) We are guessing that we will have between 60-80 guests so hopefully we can fit somewhere. We don't really want to do the beach and all the other locations are so pretty!

So the cost of Los Vitrales was $50 flat fee not $50/person right? We have been leaning towards the Iberostar because it seems like it is so much cheaper to have a private reception.

Thanks again for your help. I'm hoping to hear back from the WC soon, but I imagine with all the "Swine" craziness she is getting overloaded with emails. I'm not scared at all and just want to set a date!! I'm so excited!!

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Danielle,

I feel you r pain and heart ache and I have 5 wks. I also have tried to keep positive, saying no matter what we are going. But, how many times can we be kicked down. Half of my guests are flying from Baltimore and half from Pittsburgh. The Balt charter has already been cancelled. My TA says as we get closer ours may cancel also. Apples charter (USA 3000) they cancel if plane not full as many others do. Well, you know people are going to cancel. CAN"T TAKE IT.

I say we all go together and have A GROUP WEDDING AND PARTY OUR ASSES OFF and f... everyone and everything else.

I sent this e mail today after working nights and being up over 24 hrs- when I still had hope! The VP today telling people not to travel on airplanes didn't help.




Dear friends & family,


Hello! First off, we are very excited about our upcoming wedding! However, we do want to address the "elephant in the room" - the "Swine Flu" which has unfortunately hit Mexico City. We want you all to know that we are on alert and are watching the situation closely. As you know, the U.S. media has a tendency to sensationalize these things.


So after many hours of frantic research, phone calls, and some serious soul searching... We have decided that we do not want to move the location of the wedding unless it is absolutely necessary. We still have a little more than 5 weeks, and we are praying that all of this swine flu stuff passes over. What we want for our wedding is to relax with you all in Sunny Mexico. If the situation does not get better, we may have to consider a different location. This is not the outcome that we want, but we are aware that the decision may not be up to us.


The situation in Mexico seems to change each hour.


As of right now there is NOT a travel ban to Mexico. A fellow "Destination Wedding bride" personally contacted the CDC and this is what she had to say:


"Greetings All!


I wanted to let all of you know that I just got off the phone with the CDC. I wanted them to clarify "non-essential travel" as it pertains to our situation. As of now they would NOT recommending that we cancel wedding plans as we have invested a lot of time and money in planning (therefore it is essential to us). I do understand that many of you have families that are your number one priority. Please know that we are monitoring this very closely. I will call the CDC back in a few days and will give you an update"


Please understand that this is just another strain of the flu. Every year 300,000-500,000 people world wide die annually from the "regular flu". Mexico City is not very clean (for the most part) and is the 2nd largest city in the world with 22 MILLION people! It is of course sad that some fatalities have occurred, however 150 out of 22,000,000 is not to be unexpected from a flu outbreak like this (in other words, it is not out of the norm).


Here is a good article from CNN: Regular flu has killed thousands since January - CNN.com


Every single person outside of Mexico has survived this flu and in fact has only reported MILD strains. They are not sure why it hit Mexico City so hard, but that is currently under investigation. Cancun is about a 30 hour driving trip to Mexico City. I checked with the resort on yesterday and business is running as normal. It is reported that even in Mexico City, the flu is beginning to level out. Our contact in Mexico City states that they will re-open schools and other public places on May 6th.


** So, all in all - as long as there is not a travel ban imposed on Mexico, and the situation doesn't worsen or spead to the Riviera Maya area-we plan on going! **


And as always, CNN is a great source for news. Please try and stay away from channels like FOX, etc. - they really feed off of sensationalizing these kinds of things.


A lot can and is expected to happen in the next 5 weeks. We of course have all of you in our thoughts and in the end it is your decision. We will continue to keep ourselves educated and updated on the situation, and hope you will do the same. If you choose to cancel we understand, but at this stage feel it's premature.


FOR THOSE THAT ARE INTERESTED:

***There are 2 anti-viral medications which have proven very effective in treating this strain of the flu: those are 1) Tamiflu and 2) Relenza***
These MAY BE TAKEN AS EFFECTIVE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES if you are concerned! Just go to your doctor and tell them you are visiting Mexico and request a prescription. And hey - we don't mind if you want to wear masks - would make for some interesting photo ops!


We hope to have alleviated some of your fears, and let you know that we are thinking about everyone. We do not feel at this time that there is need for worry. Remember: "Fear" can be the worst 4 letter word out there!



Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in Mexico!!!


Love Cary and Gail
I dig the email it's awesome! I wouldn't worry in 5 weeks this will all blow over - Mexico's numbers are already dwindling (and now it's starting in the Usa more... Plus, flu season will be ending in a couple weeks so you'll be golden)!!! I sent an email out too not as detailed I just said go to these sites and the wedding is still on, well that was Tuesday... But I don't know as of today, still no word if we can get a plane to fly us down in time. I don't want people to have to change their dates from 5 nights to 4 and still be on usa 3000?!?! We are scrambling and I got all my eggs in one basket with american airlines cuz otherwise we are bascally screwed. So as all can go wrong and HAS, I am planning for that swarm of locas and hurricane to hit Mexico I went and bought bug spray and a pool raft LOL my FI is gonna have a nervous breakdown though which is usaully my department but we switched roles - fuuny! that's all I can do at this point is laugh (and drink) I think that's all any of can do - can't get upset or cry.

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I actually laughed OUT LOUD at this... ooooh I so want to send this to my guests they might freak out even more I should send them this and a face mask now that would be funny sh*t (it might be nice to watch them squirm) HAHA!

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I actually laughed OUT LOUD at this... ooooh I so want to send this to my guests they might freak out even more I should send them this and a face mask now that would be funny sh*t (it might be nice to watch them squirm) HAHA!
Shut the front door! I seriously just sent this to a bunch of my guests. My BM sent it to me and I forwarded it on! Haha! great minds think alike!

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Thanks so much! I was not able to open up the PDF (I keep getting a message saying that I don't have enough point?) We are guessing that we will have between 60-80 guests so hopefully we can fit somewhere. We don't really want to do the beach and all the other locations are so pretty!

So the cost of Los Vitrales was $50 flat fee not $50/person right? We have been leaning towards the Iberostar because it seems like it is so much cheaper to have a private reception.

Thanks again for your help. I'm hoping to hear back from the WC soon, but I imagine with all the "Swine" craziness she is getting overloaded with emails. I'm not scared at all and just want to set a date!! I'm so excited!!
No problem! Glad to help. I believe it costs 50 points to open an attachment. Looks like you have about 40 so just one more post and you'll probably have enough.

Yes, the Los Vitrales is $50 flat fee. However, I think maybe it only holds 40 people cry.gif I'm not sure what you do for more than 40 people. I know you can do the Disco, but I've heard it is not good for a reception because it is a Star Trek theme or something. I'm not sure if the convention center would be available for a Lindo/Maya wedding. I'm sorry I'm not much help, our group is only 24. That's great that you have so many people coming!!

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Hi all, My name is Katie and I'm getting married on June 15, 2009 at the Tucan. I have spent a lot of time reading, you ladies are awesome. I would love if you all could fill up my inbox with all of the resources you have. I've seen boarding passes to pictures of restaurants. I'm really laid back and haven't done much. I know I'm so close and it's time to get it done. Please help!undecided.gif My email addy is kbear1274@yahoo.com.

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Hi all, My name is Katie and I'm getting married on June 15, 2009 at the Tucan. I have spent a lot of time reading, you ladies are awesome. I would love if you all could fill up my inbox with all of the resources you have. I've seen boarding passes to pictures of restaurants. I'm really laid back and haven't done much. I know I'm so close and it's time to get it done. Please help!undecided.gif My email addy is kbear1274@yahoo.com.
Hi and welcome. Can you tell us what you need help with, specific questions so we can answer. Don't know much about tucan. the wc there was at del maar and she was great to correspond with via e mail her name is gabriella.

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