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#161 cr8zyteach

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    Posted 12 January 2009 - 12:03 PM

    I am trying to book my wedding at the GP however the Travel agents keep telling me the prices aren't in yet so I am getting a bit frustrated. How is everyone booking so far in advance??

    #162 coppergoddess13

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      Posted 12 January 2009 - 12:08 PM

      When are you trying to book your wedding for? I booked for May in June or July of this year, so I was within a year- that might be the issue, if you are trying to get more than a year out?

      #163 Mrs.Captain

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        Posted 12 January 2009 - 04:21 PM

        Hello! We fly out in 5 sleeps (Jan 17th - the day before Tara)! We're so excited. I just need to pack, buy a couple of last minute items at Wal-Mart, keep going to the tanning salon and show up at my mani/pedi appointment. Everything else is done!

        I had my shower/stagette on Saturday night. We had a blast! And then last night, our staff Christmas/annual party took place. So, I'm now exhausted. I'm too old to go out late 2 nights in a row anymore *lol*.

        I found Rocio got back to us faster if our travel agent sent in the request. I only waited a day or so when it went through her and a few days if we sent it ourselves. Be patient, she will get back to you.

        We aren't really planning on doing a first dance, etc. We haven't planned for any of the "traditional stuff" beyond the dinner. It's a wing it and see what happens. I'll post pics/details about the locations when we get back.

        Cheers!
        Jen
        Jennifer & David
        January 22, 2009
        Grand Palladium, Riviera Maya, Mexico

        http://i411.photobuc....100_4747-1.jpg

        #164 Jojo

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          Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:02 AM

          Jen,

          You're almost a married woman soon! I can't wait to get there...when I have all the planning done. I need to find a TA who would communicate with the WC. Would you recommend the TA that you use? Would you mind sending me a PM with her contact.

          JO

          #165 Jojo

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            Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:10 AM

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            Originally Posted by coppergoddess13
            Jo- I'm glad the thread helped you! When I first posted a few months ago, I felt really alone because no one else was getting married at the GP- it feels better now that there are a bunch of us!
            I don't quite understand how the reception works. Correct me if I'm wrong. I gathered that it's free to have a reception in a section of an ala carte restaurant. Is it only for 2 hours? What do most wedding groups do after dinner? Do they get kicked out after 2 hours? Would you be able to have a first dance and cake cutting there? Would you be able to have your own music playing throughout dinner seeing that it's shared with other guest?

            For a private reception, I gathered that it cost between $45-$55. Is that also for 2 hours before other ppl join in? Does the restaurant turn into a dancing area after dinner when other join in?

            JO

            #166 Ashleykmorgan

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              Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:12 PM

              Jo,
              If you have a private reception it will not be at one of the ala carte restaurants, it will be at Gran Azul or La Laguna- the public will not be allowed , just your guests. You can check out pics of these places at the Addict Site. The cost is 45-65$ and this is the option people usually pick if they are having more than 40 people. For a private reception you may have your own music, most brides use their speakers and bring an ipod, we are having a dj. They also have a band you can hire. You can have this areafrom 7pm-11 pm privately, no other people.

              For the reception at one of the ala cartes, most people move to the Disco after dinner, you cannot have your own music there, but sometimes there is a trio playing during dinner in some of the ala cartes that may play a song for you, yes you can do your cake cutting there.

              I hope this answers all of your questions!
              Ashley...The bride that cannot make decisions!

              #167 Ashleykmorgan

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                Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:15 PM

                So where are all of my legal ceremony people at? Is anyone having conflicting answers from Rocio and other resources on what exactly you need to bring? From what i have gathered from researching this site is you need the following
                1. Certified Birth Certificates of bride and groom WITH apostille- apostille you get from the state department in which you live.'
                2. Passports
                3. Tourist Cards
                4. Witnesses 4 of them
                5. Be in Mexico 4 business days prior to wedding.

                Am I missing anything?

                I am also hearing horror stories of getting back to the states and what you need to do here as far as registering the marriage with the state. etc., like where to bring your marraige license and what documents you neeed from Mexico....
                Ashley...The bride that cannot make decisions!

                #168 Mrs.Captain

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                  Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:41 PM

                  We're doing a legal ceremony down there. In the wedding package information there are 2 options provided for what you need to bring. Please excuse the formatting as I am just copying and pasting from the Word document. We're doing option #1 as it doesn't require the legalization/apostille.

                  WEDDING INFORMATION FOR 2009.

                  REQUIREMENTS FOR A WEDDING IN MEXICO:

                  There are two options of documentation that you can bring in order to be married here in Mexico; but through my experience I recommend option # 1 since it is easier and it is not necessary to leave any original documents in the government office here in Mexico.

                  IT IS ALSO REQUIRED BY THE GOVERNMENT OFFICE THAT THE BRIDE, GROOM AND THEIR 4 WITNESSES MUST BE HERE IN MEXICO AT LEAST 3 WORKING DAYS BEFORE THE WEDDING DATE IN ORDER TO PREPARE ALL THE DOCUMENTATION AND THE BLOOD WORK WHICH TAKES 24 HRS. FOR THE RESULTS. PLEASE NOTICE THAT THE WORKING DAYS ARE FROM MONDAY UNTIL FRIDAY FROM 9:00 AM UNTIL 3:00 PM.

                  Please be sure to continue checking with your wedding coordinator on site in case of any requirement changes; and for people who have been previously widowed or divorced please check with your wedding coordinator since there are some additional requirements for them and it is better to DOUBLE CHECK ALL INFORMATION IN ORDER TO AVOID MISUNDERSTANDINGS OR THE CANCELLATION OF THE WEDDING BECAUSE OF MISSING INFORMATION OR DOCUMENTATION.

                  OPTION 1)

                  Bride & Groom must bring:
                  •Passports (Current)
                  •Tourist Cards (Provided on arrival to Mexico)
                  •Photocopy of Birth Certificates (Without any Translation or Certification)
                  •Blood Work (on Arrival)***
                  •Sign and complete some forms with basic information upon meeting with wedding coordinator on arrival.
                  ***Must contain: Blood type, R&H factor, Syphilis test and HIV test. They must be done as required by the government office once you arrive to Mexico by a Mexican doctor. Blood test, results and certification may be obtained also by a local laboratory.

                  US$200 to be paid in cash directly to the doctor. (This is not included in the wedding package price). The wedding coordinator on site will make an appointment and on your arrival you will be notified of the date and time of your appointment. This blood work is done on the facility so it is more convenient for bride and groom because they do not need to go outside of the resort. IN MEXICO, INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HIV POSITIVE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BE MARRIED.
                  The 4 witnesses must bring:
                  •Passports or Id with picture (the ID it’s just In case they do not have passports)
                  •Tourist Cards (Provided on arrival to Mexico). It is very important that the last name of the passports or IDs match with the last name of the tourist card or they cannot be witnesses.
                  •They will need to sign some forms the day of the meeting with the bride & groom and also during the ceremony.
                  ** Witnesses must be older than 18 years and can be relatives including parents.

                  OPTION 2)
                  Bride & Groom must bring:
                  •ORIGINAL Birth Certificates (Long Form) with an official translation and a Certification/ Apostille from the Mexican Embassy in their country. **
                  •Tourist Cards (Provided upon arrival to Mexico)
                  •Blood Work (upon Arrival)***
                  •Sign and complete some forms with basic information upon the meeting with wedding coordinator on arrival.

                  ** The ORIGINAL Birth Certificates will be kept by the civil register office and will not be given back since they are used for the records here in Mexico. (Apostille, is a form of certification, of an American authority, usually the Secretary of State, from the state where they originated, who attaches this Apostille to the document).
                  ***Must contain: Blood type, R&H factor, Syphilis test and HIV test. They must be done as required by the government office once you arrive to Mexico by a Mexican doctor. Blood test, results and certification may be obtained also by a local laboratory.

                  US$200 to be paid in cash directly to the doctor. (This is not included in the wedding package price). The wedding coordinator on site will make an appointment and on your arrival you will be notified of the date and time of your appointment.
                  This blood work is done on the facility so it is more convenient for bride and groom because they do not need to go outside of the resort.
                  IN MEXICO, INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HIV POSITIVE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BE MARRIED.
                  The 4 witnesses must bring:
                  •Passports or Id with picture (the ID is just in case they do not have passports)
                  •Tourist Cards (Provided upon arrival to Mexico). It is very important that the last name of the passports or IDs match with the last name of the tourist card or they cannot be witnesses.
                  •They will need to sign some forms the day of the meeting with the bride & groom and also during the ceremony.
                  ** Witnesses must be older than 18 years and can be relatives including parents.

                  I hope this helps you.
                  Jen
                  Jennifer & David
                  January 22, 2009
                  Grand Palladium, Riviera Maya, Mexico

                  http://i411.photobuc....100_4747-1.jpg

                  #169 Mrs.Captain

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                    Posted 13 January 2009 - 06:22 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by Jojo
                    Jen,

                    You're almost a married woman soon! I can't wait to get there...when I have all the planning done. I need to find a TA who would communicate with the WC. Would you recommend the TA that you use? Would you mind sending me a PM with her contact.

                    JO
                    Sorry, I wouldn't recommend her and don't plan on ever using her again. Do you have a uniglobe travel there? They usually have a destination wedding section.
                    Jennifer & David
                    January 22, 2009
                    Grand Palladium, Riviera Maya, Mexico

                    http://i411.photobuc....100_4747-1.jpg

                    #170 coppergoddess13

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                      Posted 13 January 2009 - 09:02 PM

                      I'm a little worried about the whole process of getting legally hitched down there as well- I'm almost ready to throw in the towel and just not tell anyone that we are getting hitched before we leave and do a symbolic ceremony down there. The legal thing is starting to seem like quite a headache!




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