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#111 jandl2013

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 07:29 AM

Originally Posted by Kate G 

Just got married in May and have learned a lot through the process!

 

- I definitely agree with those that said people you thought would be there won't --- hardly any of my extended family came to my wedding and it was really hard. BUT I can honestly say on the day of the wedding, I wasn't thinking of any of them :)

- Don't expect things to go entirely smoothly the day of; they probably won't...but it's okay!

- Friendships might be challenged and you may feel that you aren't being made to feel as special for your wedding because a lot of people can't come, so they act like they don't care that much.

- SPRING FOR GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY. I can't stress enough how important this is. We hired a photographer from my home state and flew him to Mexico, but it was worth every penny. Same goes for video. The photographer and videographer gave us priceless works of art that we will have for the rest of our lives...we could have saved a lot using the vendors at the resort, but to us, it was so worth it to spring for the good stuff! Here's our wedding film: http://vimeo.com/70227492

- You will most likely have to hunt people down for their RSVPs!

Beautiful video Kate and congrats to you and the Mr on your gorgeous wedding.  It was so heartfelt!

 

That's why we're springing for photography and video also....i definitely want to have beautiful memories of everything that weekend.



#112 KK2013

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 07:37 AM

Originally Posted by Kate G 

Just got married in May and have learned a lot through the process!

 

- I definitely agree with those that said people you thought would be there won't --- hardly any of my extended family came to my wedding and it was really hard. BUT I can honestly say on the day of the wedding, I wasn't thinking of any of them :)

- Don't expect things to go entirely smoothly the day of; they probably won't...but it's okay!

- Friendships might be challenged and you may feel that you aren't being made to feel as special for your wedding because a lot of people can't come, so they act like they don't care that much.

- SPRING FOR GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY. I can't stress enough how important this is. We hired a photographer from my home state and flew him to Mexico, but it was worth every penny. Same goes for video. The photographer and videographer gave us priceless works of art that we will have for the rest of our lives...we could have saved a lot using the vendors at the resort, but to us, it was so worth it to spring for the good stuff! Here's our wedding film: http://vimeo.com/70227492

- You will most likely have to hunt people down for their RSVPs!


I got a tear in my eye when your groom saw you!  Very sweet!



#113 Kate G

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    Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:23 AM

    Originally Posted by Jessica Correa 

     

    aww your wedding film was beautifully done! I absolutely loved it. 

    I was questioning whether to get the videographer but after reading all these testimonies, I decided I will go the extra mile and get it! 

    Thank you so much! You definitely should, you won't be sorry!



    #114 Kate G

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      Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:24 AM

      Originally Posted by jandl2013 

      Beautiful video Kate and congrats to you and the Mr on your gorgeous wedding.  It was so heartfelt!

       

      That's why we're springing for photography and video also....i definitely want to have beautiful memories of everything that weekend.

      Thank you! Yes you will definitely be happy you spend a little more on that, it is so worth it!



      #115 Kate G

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        Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:24 AM

        Originally Posted by KK2013 


        I got a tear in my eye when your groom saw you!  Very sweet!

        Thank you!! Every time I watch it I cry hahaha.



        #116 Kate G

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          Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:26 AM

          Originally Posted by NJBride2014 

          Congrats Kate! Your video was so beautiful and moving I loved the emotion you both had on your special day.  Your dress was also so whimsical you looked gorgeous.  I might have to steal some of your decorations I got some really good ideas. 

          Aw thank you so much :) Yes steal away! Hahaha



          #117 Kate G

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            Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:27 AM

            Originally Posted by brownsugarbride 


            I loved your video, all of the amazing emotions...everything! Your dress was like a dream!

            Thank you very much!



            #118 AmandaPadilla

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              Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:09 AM

              Things I learned: Don't try to over plan activities for guests, they will appreciate the time you give them, but they also understand that you have other things to do. Give OOT bags, all of my guests loved them and used them all week long, it gave the wedding trip a special touch. If you are not using a DJ, download the Wedding DJ app, it is super simple, you plan all of your own music, and it is nearly impossible to mess it up! Be careful of tan lines until after the wedding, they don't look very good in wedding photos! If you are not using a professional videographer, check out WeddingMix http://www.storymixmedia.com/weddings/ they send cameras, you and your guest record and send it back in, and they arrange it into a beautiful video for you (I will post when it is finished!). Don't even try shoes on the sand! I brought 2 different wedding shoes (wedges for sand and heels for party) and wore them only for photos and went barefoot the whole day... 



              #119 missde09

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                Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:17 AM

                Love this thread! Thanks for all of the great advice ladies! I am eagerly counting down the days until we leave for our wedding in paradise :)



                #120 NJBride2014

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                Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:32 AM

                Originally Posted by AmandaPadilla 

                Things I learned: Don't try to over plan activities for guests, they will appreciate the time you give them, but they also understand that you have other things to do. Give OOT bags, all of my guests loved them and used them all week long, it gave the wedding trip a special touch. If you are not using a DJ, download the Wedding DJ app, it is super simple, you plan all of your own music, and it is nearly impossible to mess it up! Be careful of tan lines until after the wedding, they don't look very good in wedding photos! If you are not using a professional videographer, check out WeddingMix http://www.storymixmedia.com/weddings/ they send cameras, you and your guest record and send it back in, and they arrange it into a beautiful video for you (I will post when it is finished!). Don't even try shoes on the sand! I brought 2 different wedding shoes (wedges for sand and heels for party) and wore them only for photos and went barefoot the whole day... 

                Great tips!! I'm going to have to check out WeddingMix. 


                43 guests plus bride and groom.... ;)

                 

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