Hi Ladies! Itâ€™s been a while and my crazy month of March at work is finally over. Once the class I was teaching finished I flew back to Ontario last weekend and spent 3 days with my mom and bridesmaids and it was absolutely wonderful! I feel like I finally got to sit down and start doing some real wedding planning and DIY fun while wine drinking and gossiping â€“ it was exactly what I needed! We were able to do some iron on transfers for the OOT bags. Here are a couple of them:
I also got to go try on my dress again (not my actual dress but the style with the hair flower I ordered) and it was so great! Iâ€™m even more in love with it. J I did have a bit of drama this week though too, mainly some miscommunication with the bridal store over the hair flower â€“ seems minor but I actually had my first bridezilla moment lol. It all worked out though, although I was annoyed that I was having to chase them down once I was back in Alberta and there was the time difference and I was busy with work hours. The other drama was with our TA (who doesnâ€™t have drama with their TA lol??) but thatâ€™s sorted out too. It puts us back $1500 which my fianc© wants to pay for his brothers and sisters to help them out, and Iâ€™ve decided itâ€™s not worth the argument since itâ€™s going to happen anyway. He said thatâ€™s all he wants, except for the DJ haha, and I can order as many chairs and lanterns as I want. So weâ€™re going with that.
Girls I asked the question in another thread but I didnâ€™t get any response so Iâ€™m hoping you guys can help me out. I want one of those tree fingerprint guestbooks â€“ a hand drawn picture of a tree and underneath are your names and wedding date. My date is a fantastic artist so as a gift he is going to do one up on a canvas that we can frame at home and put on our picture wall. The guests will â€˜leafâ€™ their thumbprints in ink in our colours and sign their names just above the print by their leaf. I am wondering what kind of ink remover I should have? Will a little basket of alcohol wipes work? With a little garbage on the floor? I certainly donâ€™t want our guests to be walking around with inked fingers all night in their nice attire, haha. Has anyone heard of something that will work?
Carlota I am just now realizing your wedding is on Aug. 6! Mine is on August 19 but we will be arriving on August 15. I see that you will be there for 2 weeks after your wedding as a honeymoon so it looks like we will be there at the same time. J Also I agree that you got an incredible deal on the hotel! I think your timeline sounds good - the beach party fits in really nicely and would be a great way to end the evening. Did they say it would be ok to start it that late at 11pm?
Casey I was sort of wondering the same thing as you about the elderly family members. Iâ€™m not sure if my Nana will actually be able to make it, but it would be nice to guarantee that there is something there to help her out if she can. Please let us know if you hear back from Vanessa. Iâ€™d say just to email her about that. She is fantastic about replying to emails. The one time she didnâ€™t immediately respond within a couple of days to me I was worried something was wrong and she ended up writing back about a week later and she said she had to fly to Mexico city and felt SO badly when it wasnâ€™t a big deal in the least. She is great. As for your other question about the reception prices, that $50-$60 is per person. None of the receptions are included. L Youâ€™re right, it sure adds up. We have 42 confirmed right now, so just above the limit and I have a feeling weâ€™ll be closer to 55ish when all is said and done.
I donâ€™t have a wedding day timeline to share but here is what weâ€™re doing â€“ 4:00pm ceremony which will last about a half hour. Then the Spanish Trio will be playing for 45 minutes and the champagne will be served. Weâ€™ll go to take pictures leaving the guests with about 2 hours to themselves before the reception starts at 7pm at La Laguna. On our website (if you want to check it out its tyrelandlauren.ourwedding.com) and in the welcome packages I have written something like â€˜time to freshen up and have a few drinks but donâ€™t eat too much because there is a lot of food to come. Iâ€™m worried about the pace of dinner because the one wedding I went to before at Grand Palladium was wonderful but it was sooooo slow! It was like after dinner was over there was barely time for dancing and there were only 40 at that wedding. We have hired a DJ as well for 4 hours so Iâ€™m kind of wondering how to use him appropriately. I just have an iPod for dinner music but maybe he can man that and then it seems weâ€™ll probably only get 2 hours of dancing. At least weâ€™ll have the mike available during dinner for speeches and things. Any suggestions from anyone on that aspect of things?
Maybride I have heard great things about El Dorado Steakhouse. Actually a couple of people including someone I work with who had her wedding dinner there said that the steak can rival Alberta beef and that is saying a lot! I think youâ€™ll be happy with it there.
Welcome Kathy and Bre, more Canadians! I canâ€™t wait to discuss all the plannings with you two. I know it will take a loooong time, but Iâ€™d totally suggest heading back through this thread when you have some time and reading what the others have said. They have been so helpful. Or else just ask again, haha. Weâ€™re here for you!
Jen and others - I feel your pain about the new Karen Busson packages. They are so classy! I hate though that you canâ€™t change the colour scheme. One of the reasons I was attracted to Grand Palladium was that you could personalize so much and without the outside vendor fee. It seemed like a lot of other resorts you had to go with their prepackaged stuff and if you wanted to change anything it would cost a fortune. Donâ€™t get me wrong, lol, this is still costing a fortune, haha. Initially Vanessa did tell me that they would be eventually available but since we didnâ€™t know when I wanted to start planning I just decided not to worry about it and go with the vow renewal. I loved, loved, loved the Mayan Pearl package and the Tropical one too. My biggest thing was that I really wanted the tiffany chairs which I agree look so elegant. I ended up ordering them from an outside vendor Latin Asia at Wedding Cancun where I also ordered a crystal backdrop for the gazebo. Iâ€™m really happy about it but of course it wasnâ€™t cheap. Mostly the delivery charge! Our colours are turquoise and I have already purchased the lanterns, and the girlsâ€™ have their dresses and itâ€™s too much to change now. I really love in the packages how the gazebo can be decorated and Iâ€™m bummed that I wonâ€™t be able to have that â€“ and the beach bashes sound so fun, but we are pretty stuck with what we have now so Iâ€™m going to go with it. My suggestion would be the same as Sarahâ€™s which is to look at some outside vendors for the few things your fianc© really wants. J Sarah, I also loved your suggestion about not waiting for the prices to go down especially when it comes to group rates. Iâ€™m in the industry and it never happens and disappoints people all of the time. The last minute stuff is for flexible dates usually. Grab those early bird discounts when you can.
Karen certainly youâ€™re not online right now but I want to say that I hope you had the most fantastic day! Iâ€™m sure it went off without a hitch just like they always say it will. Mikeycelle, Maybride and Chrestena you guys are in my thoughts right now as your days are just about here!!! How are your nerves? Chrestena youâ€™re funny that your table is all piled with stuff. Youâ€™re so organized! And with killer shoes like that you have nothing to worry about. I absolutely canâ€™t wait to see your pictures ladies, you are so beautiful as is your weddings are going to be gorgeous! Is there anything last minute we can help you with?