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That's too bad that we'll miss each other!! Planning is going good, I think :) I still have lots to do though. I'm pretty sure we're going to go with the Steakhouse. I saw a picture of another girls reception there and it looks like it is kind of private. What about you? Have you decided? How's your planning going?

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I'm getting married at the Lindo on November 7. Up until recently all my communication with the wedding coordinators has been through my travel agent. I had some additional questions so we can wrap up our plans now that we are close to a final guest count. I just got the ceremony from the WC today if anyone needs/wants to look at it. I am going to start working on my programs and needed to know the order. We are going to confirm our ceremony location once we get to Mexico, but as of right now it will be in teh gazebo. Initially, we were going to do the beach, but I was afraid about all the sunbathers in the background of our pictures. We will be having about 30 guests so I think we should be OK with the gazebo since I think it holds 40 people. Our ceremony starts ar 4:00 PM and we are just doing the symbolic. We are going to take pictures afterwards, and then have a cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 PM and then dinner in the Steakhouse at 6:30 PM with dancing in the Vitrales room afterwards. If any of the '09 brides need any info or want me to take pictures of anything while I am down there please let me know. We are going to be staying at the Lindo for the first few days up until the wedding, and then will be switching to the Grand afterwards for our honeymoon so I will have access to all the resorts (except the Quetal and Tucan I believe).

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Hey Michelle! I also would love to see the wedding ceremony. I think we are leaning towards the steakhouse as well but I've heard the Italian is really good too! Was there a specific reason you chose the Steakhouse? Araceli recommended the Steakhouse for our group size (right now, 55 people). Do you have confirmation on your time from the Judge already?

 

My friend got married at the Lindo in January and said they are pretty good at keeping people away (or at least out of photos) during the beach ceremony. It is definitely a concern of mine but she said that they have "security guards" making sure people don't walk behind/too close.

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I am getting married at the Del Mar on May 13, 2009. We were just there at the end of April, and I love it! The chapel is beautiful. Now we're trying to decide on where to have the wedding dinner and reception. And, not to mention that my whole family hates the fact that I want a DW, so that's fun too : )
I've seen pics of the chapel, it looks so gorgeous! I almost switched my hotel to the del mar so I could have the tropical restaurant for my reception - I love it! My family's all on board for the DW, so I'm lucky that way.

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We are renting the Tropical restaurant. We haven't decided between the Gazebo and the Beach. I want the beach....my other half wants the gazebo. Guess will duke that out when we get to Mexico.

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Here is the ceremony, I have it in a word document if anyone wants me to email them the attachment send me your email address. The WC said the sand ceremony could be added, and you can write your own vows if you'd like.

 

Marriage Celebration of

and

Cancún, Quintana Roo, México

 

GATHERING WORDS

We have come together, family and friends, in the presence of God, to uphold you

and ,as you make your vows of marriage. We celebrate

with you the love you have discovered in each other, and we support your decision to commit yourselves to one another for the rest of your lives.

Marriage is a holy estate born in the love of God. Our ceremony today is based on the relationship that you and share, and on your faith in God, for it is a covenant. We affirm this love you have for each other as part of Godâ€s will for your lives.

Let us pray.

OPENING PRAYER

O Lord Almighty, we ask you to bless this marriage, and seal the commitment of these, Your children, with Your divine love. We pray that the words and spirit of our gathering may be filled with meaning, which will deepen with the passing years, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

CHARGE TO THE COUPLE

and ,today is a very special day in your lives. Now you have decided to live your lives together as husband and wife, promising to face the future together, accepting whatever may lie ahead. Soon you will be declared man and wife, but you will have to decide each day that stretches out before you that you truly want to be married.

Love makes the burdens lighter, because you divide them. It makes joys more intense because you share them. It makes you stronger so you can reach out and become involved in life in ways you dared not risk alone.

 

 

SCRIPTURE LESSON

As a matter of fact the word of God shares much with us about love and specifically how we are to love one another. I would like to read a passage from the 13th Chapter of the first book of Corinthians. This chapter is called the Love Chapter. Pay close attention to the part where it gives us instruction as to how we should love one another; and may this be your guide throughout your life together.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, love does not parade itself. It is not proud. It is not rude. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.....

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these ........is love.

DECLARATION OF CONSENT

The covenant of marriage is one that can be entered into only by persons who are both legally and spiritually free to offer themselves to one another.

,do you come of your own free will and with a conscious desire to be united in marriage with ?

Answer: I do

,do you come of your own free will and with a conscious desire to be united in marriage with ?

Answer: I do

and do you both promise to care for each other in the joys and sorrows of life, come what may, and to share the responsibility for growth and enrichment of your life together ?

Answer: We do

EXCHANGE OF VOWS

Minister to Couple- Will you please, facing each other, now join hands ?

Minister to Groom- , please repeat after me:

I, ,TAKE YOU, TO BE MY WIFE.......TO HAVE AND TO HOLD.......FROM THIS DAY FORWARD......FOR RICHER OR POORER...IN

SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH......AND FORSAKING ALL OTHERS......GIVING MYSELF ONLY TO YOU.......FOR AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE......

Minister to Bride: ,please repeat after me:

I, ,TAKE YOU, TO BE MY HUSBAND.......TO HAVE

AND TO HOLD......FROM THIS DAY FORWARD.....FOR RICHER OR POORER.....IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH...... AND FORSAKING ALL OTHERS........GIVING

MYSELF ONLY TO YOU ........FOR AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE......

You and have pledged your devotion to each other. I must remind you however, it is not these words that make your marriage real, but the God of love who has welded your hearts together as one. What God has joined, let no man separate.

What token of your love and affection have you to offer each other ? These rings.

Minister to Groom: place this ring on ´s finger. Now while holding her hand please repeat after me. I give you this ring......as a symbol of my solemn vow.....with my heart and soul.....and with all that I am.....and all that I have.....I honor you.....in gratefulness to you.....for the love that you are.....and for your presence in my life....With this ring I thee wed.

Minister to Bride: place the ring on ´s finger. Now while holding his hand please repeat after me. I give you this ring.....as a symbol of my solemn vow.....with my heart and soul.....and with all that I am.....and all that I have..... I honor you ....in gratefulness to you..... for the love that you are..... and for your presence in my life.....With this ring I thee wed.

A ring is a fitting symbol to represent the covenant you are making today, a circle, the emblem of eternity, reminding you that your love, devotion, and commitment to one another are to be forever.

and your lives are now joined in one unbroken circle.

Wherever you go may you always return to one another. May you grow in understanding and in compassion. May the home that you will have together be always full of love, laughter, family and friends. May these rings on your fingers symbolize the spirit of love that is in your hearts.

We thank God again for this time of celebration and ask for His continued blessings in your lives as you now live together as one. We also give thanks for the moment that brings and together in marriage. We celebrate with them the hopes they have for their life together.

We give thanks O Lord, for the relationship here celebrated. In your presence we are humbled by the recognition that today they face a new future, one which love has unfolded and is unfolding before our very eyes. Often marriage is viewed as the union of two persons. In reality, marriage is much broader. It is always a joining of two families.

All love is nurtured and guided by the love of others. Each of us counts on relatives, friends and neighbors for the caring and concern that replenishes our own ability to love.

and are joined together in a new way this day, in the midst of the affection and friendship of you all, and most especially, in the presence of God and those whose love has been their life´s companion, their families.

A beautiful American blessing says:

“Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. May happiness be your companion, and your days together be good and long upon the earth.â€

PRONOUNCEMENT OF HUSBAND AND WIFE

Because you and , have exchanged your promises of faithful love, and because in our presence you have also exchanged symbols, which make your covenant visible, we now recognize before God and the community that you are husband and wife.

You have kissed many times, but today the feeling is new. No longer simply partners and best friends. You are now husband and wife.

Today your kiss is a promise.

You may kiss your bride.

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Hey Michelle! I also would love to see the wedding ceremony. I think we are leaning towards the steakhouse as well but I've heard the Italian is really good too! Was there a specific reason you chose the Steakhouse? Araceli recommended the Steakhouse for our group size (right now, 55 people). Do you have confirmation on your time from the Judge already?

My friend got married at the Lindo in January and said they are pretty good at keeping people away (or at least out of photos) during the beach ceremony. It is definitely a concern of mine but she said that they have "security guards" making sure people don't walk behind/too close.
We picked the Steakhouse for the wedding dinner since from the pictures I have seen that seemed to be the most private. Most of our guests are big steak fans so it was a win win. However, my FI and I are not. That was one of the questions I had for the WC since we wanted to request chicken for our dinner, steak for everyone else except for FI's parents and kids. FI's parents do not eat meat on Fridays so we had to request fish for them. I also asked about a kid's menu and she said they offer chicken nuggets, hamburgers, pizza or pasta for the kids. She said we could placecards so the servers would know who got which dish. I thought it might be an issue to do the special meal requests since they require having the pre-selected menu. She also said the appetizers and desserts are buffet style. We haven't decided if we are doing a rehearsal dinner just for parents and wedding party, or a welcome dinner after the rehearsal for all guests staying at the resort or what. If do a dinner though I think we are going to pick the Italian restaurant for that.

I also asked if they could do a cupcake tower for the cake. Araceli was going to check with the chef to see if they could do it, and was going to let me know. OTherwise, she said an outside baker could do that, but it would be an additional charge. I really like the cupcake tower cakes, but I don't know how I feel about paying extra money for one since we get the standrad cake in the package so I'm still debating on that. I guess it will depend on how much the cupcake tower would be.

Another question I had was regarding the table decorations and centerpieces. They do not have colored linens so any napkins, table runners, etc. that you would want you would need to bring them. She was going to ask the florist if they had clear glass vases for the floral arrangements for the table centerpieces so I wouldn't have to bring more glas items down with me. Any candles or other centerpiece items you need to provide. I did buy clear glass starfish shaped tealight holders, and small tealight holders that I am bringing, but I felt like the tables needed more decoration. I don't know what I want to do though, and I really don't want to have to bring more stuff with me. Has anyone thought about centerpiece ideas yet?

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Thanks for all the info Michelle! I wanted to do glass vases with a starfish and ribbon around the middle, but I keep second guessing myself cause I really can't figure out how I'm going to get all this stuff down there.

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