Itâ€™s been a while since Iâ€™ve been here and as usual Iâ€™ve missed a lot while I was away! Here is a picture from my weekend. It was awesome to get to do the â€˜legalâ€™ stuff in a fun and romantic way. It was actually a lot more meaningful than I thought it would be, saying the vows in a back seat of a limo lol. But I donâ€™t want to tell too many people about it since we want it to be special and real in Mexico. To us, that is our real wedding, we were just lucky enough to make the paperwork part fun.
Welcome Sarah, and congratulations on your wedding and choosing Grand Palladium! Although I havenâ€™t been married there yet, I can tell you honestly that it is a beautiful resort, that I have nothing but positive things to say about Vanessa, our coordinator, and that Iâ€™ve heard only great things from the other brides who have had weddings here. I hope you find this forum to be a valuable resource as I know we all have as we plan for our weddings. If you read back a loooong way, a lot of your questions are sure to be answered and we can certainly help with anything you need to know as well.
Also welcome to tengotulove. I wish you all the best in finding a resort that works perfectly for the both of you. J Honestly we are not the biggest nightlife people. Weâ€™ll party a whole lot during the day lol, and then wear ourselves out. I do think that Cancun would have the good night life that your fiance is looking for, but I havenâ€™t researched too much into what the nightlife is like at Grand Palladium. Vanessa our coordinator did send information about organizing a group trip to Coco Bongos (Iâ€™ve actually been there when I was a lot younger and it was a blast I just donâ€™t think I could handle it these days, haha) so I do know that it is possible and I really donâ€™t think itâ€™s too much at all. If you decide to get married here I do think youâ€™ll love the resort and the people! We booked through a TA and Iâ€™d recommend it. In this case itâ€™s nice to have someone else do the work and itâ€™s hard to coordinate all of the people especially when itâ€™s a time you donâ€™t want to be stressed. Our guests ended up paying just under $1400 each although thatâ€™s in August and itâ€™s not a prime time. Come back and let us know what you decide!
Jen thatâ€™s awesome that youâ€™ve had so much luck with Michael for the hair and makeup. Youâ€™re smart to get stuff organized now because trust me life will get busy lol. And anyone who is that great with communication is a good thing. You donâ€™t want to worry on your wedding day whether they will show up so I am so happy to hear that theyâ€™ve been so open with you and you trust them. J
Mikeycelle it was SO nice to hear from you again! Your picture from Del Sol is gorgeous! Obviously, haha â€“ their work is incredible! I am so happy to be reminded again of what a perfect day you had. I hope all the months since have been just as perfect. J Thank you for reminding us not to over pack. Haha, Tyrel and I are allowed 4 bags each for free up to 50 pounds and I am having trouble figuring out how Iâ€™ll fit it all in, even with that allowance! Itâ€™s good to know that Walmart is so easy and close. Your video was awesome! Thank you so much for sharing. I had to watch it without sound haha, because Tyrel is sleeping but aside from the fact that you were stunning, the cake was gorgeous, the fireworks during your dance were amazing, the scenery looked so perfect! Iâ€™m so glad that we got a videographer too to capture our day. Now I am wishing they were there for longer to capture the party too! Haha, unfortunately I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s in the budget but your video is so great!
Carlota I have to listen to the Piano Guys song but I am on my laptop in bed and Tyrel is sleeping so I donâ€™t want to wake him up. I will have to listen to it tomorrow. We also just finished putting most of the songs that the DJ wonâ€™t play (so for the ceremony) on the computer but now I have to make sure they are all good and put them on an iPod. I think I will use that My Wedding DJ app. But like you, I just have to do it! Lol. Also about the weather I am SO glad that they will wait until 3 pm to finally decide. It seems like it would be a LOT to put together in just about a half an hour if they wait that long, but I bet they can do it. Weâ€™ll just keep praying for no rain!
I have to say your dress is soooo beautiful!!! I love the extra line of beading, what a smart decision. It really makes the dress and will pull you all in I think. Your guest seating cards are so nice too. I have been working tonight on my seating chart. I think in the end we will have 7 round tables plus our head table with 10 people at it. We have 60 people now booked officially. Phew! Some of the round tables will not be full though, one we only have 5 people at and 2 others will only have 7 people. Do you think that is ok? It is just how it worked out with families and couples.
For our menu cards Tyrel and I have to work on them this weekend. Carlota your message in a bottle menus sound amazing. Please share a picture when they are all done! I would have loved to do that but it sounds like so much work. You are much more patient than me haha. I am also trying to put last minute things together for our OOT bags but now that we have so many more people coming I need to go buy extras of things like the Tylenol, which I originally found at the Dollarama and I only bought 15 of, but now we will have 27 rooms so I need 12 more, but I canâ€™t find them for cheap anymore. Iâ€™m debating if I should wait to see if they get them back in stock for cheap or just buy the more expensive ones? I am also finding the same thing with the TUMS and a few other items that I still need to purchase. Right now I feel like I am running out of money big time. Itâ€™s our first full month in our new house so we are now getting all of the bills like our first cable bill, our first utility bill and the property taxes have been reassessed and we owe $600 more so Iâ€™m kind of freaking out that this is all happening 3 weeks before we leave for the wedding haha! I also have to bring all of the money in cash to pay for my alterations for my dress which I go see on Saturday (canâ€™t wait for that though! Thatâ€™s way more exciting than property taxes haha!)
Were you able to find strapless bikinis? I have been looking for a white bikini, but as Iâ€™ve mentioned before I have a big old bum and no regular bathing suits seem to fit me. Iâ€™d love to be able to find a S, M, or L that actually fit me but even XL bottoms donâ€™t (I have a M top) so the only real bathing suit store in town is Swimco where the prices are stupid, like $200+ for a bathing suit that comes in big booty size which Iâ€™d probably pay since it is for the wedding but I donâ€™t even like the styles, theyâ€™re all ugly. So in Las Vegas I saw an awesome white, strapless bathing suit with like a gold rope chain across the chest â€“ it doesnâ€™t sound nice but it was so sexy! But the bottoms didnâ€™t fit (obviously). I should have just bought the top, and then looked for separate bottoms here, but I was all mad so I didnâ€™t haha. And now I regret it. Tonight I just found this online:
It almost seems too good to be true since it was so cheap, simple, free shipping from the UK to Canada (I will pay duty) and came in size big butt! I am praying it will fit me, since I was really, really leery about ordering a bathing suit online. I used to do it all the time from Victoriaâ€™s Secret but my body was different back then. Weâ€™ll see! They do allow you to return too. Maybe when Claire gets back she can tell us if UK sizes fit like Canadian sizes, haha. It even says it will be here in 9 days. We leave in 21 for the wedding so I hope it comes!
Well I'd better get to bed too! I have 2 more classes to train at work, one next week and one the week after, and then from August 10th I am off and we leave on the 14th. I can't wait!!
Goodnight, Ladies! Lauren