Any Grand Palladium brides?
Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:22 PM
Posted 29 July 2013 - 05:35 PM
Don't feel guilty Heather. I felt the exact same way and honestly before my shower but it's still your wedding and you should enjoy it without feeling guilty. I knew I'd get gifts at the shower but I truely did not expect anything at all at the AHR that we'll be having. My issue about the gift thing was with my bridesmaid giving a sizable gift to our other friend who had a DW and then saying to me just so you know no one will get you anything. Haha, yes I DO know that, I just thought it was rude to say.
Anyway, I'm so close to my wedding and so excited to be married and so happy that everything is coming together that I could care less if I got another present from anyone. I think with destination weddings you're right, we have to let go of a lot of the traditional rules and make our own. We may not have as nice a toaster at the end of it, but we'll sure have the nicest pictures and memories won't we?!
Posted 30 July 2013 - 07:19 AM
Hi girls, I just wanted to show a couple of my projects I've been working on - or I should say Tyrel's been working on. I made the chapstick labels but he peeled and put and I made the dinner menu and seating cards but he cut and glued lol The seating cards aren't done yet, I'll be spray painting the small starfish blue and tying twine/ribbon in the hole and hanging on the board that Vanessa is letting us borrow. The chapsticks are part of the 'in sickness and health' stuff in the OOT bags. Sorry they're kind of blurry. iPhone, lol. We just printed the labels on the computer (only 2 sheets!) onto full sheet sticky paper that I bought by Avery at the drugstore. Easy!
I'm working a night class today which feels weird, but first I have an appointment with the life insurance guy which feels even weirder! Growing up and getting married, haha!!
Posted 30 July 2013 - 12:56 PM
I agree with Heatherlynn that I don't want people to feel that I will be expecting them to give a gift after they're already spending a lot of $$ just to be at our wedding, but like Chrestena said I also would not attend a wedding without giving something. It's such a tricky subject .. Lauren you are SO right when you say 'we may not have as nice of a toaster, but we'll have the nicest pictures and memories' .. I always think about how amazing of an experience it's going to be to be in Mexico with my closest friends and family for a week and also how gorgeous the wedding pictures will turn out with the ocean right there & all the palm trees. And for me, that's more important than a nice toaster. haha
Lauren, I love your DIY projects that you're working on.. especially the chapstick! Super cute. Where did you order the plain chapsticks from?
Thanks Lauren and Chrestena for your input about the AHR. I still have a little while before I have to make solid plans but time seems to just be flying by and I'm sure before I know it, I'll be getting close to leaving for Mexico!
Posted 31 July 2013 - 06:03 AM
We are in the process of trying to find a photographer in Mexico as a friend of mine who I always imagined shooting the wedding is going back to school to get her masters. Really bad timing for us I wanted to know of any of you hiring a photographer from Mexico. Who are you going with and roughly how much did it cost? I have gotten a couple quotes from places that were quite a bit different in price. Just wondering what the average price range is.
Posted 31 July 2013 - 06:50 AM
Bre thanks so much for the compliment about the chapsticks. I didn't actually order clear chapsticks, I found some cheap ones and peeled the labels off of them. They are all SPF 30 too! Usually I found chapstick at drug stores to be super pricey, but surprisingly enough, I found the ones I bought at the airport at one of those little booths in the secure area just by the departure gates (not an actual store) and they were selling 3 for $3 and then as an employee I got another 25% off so I felt that it was a decent price for them. It worked out to be $20 for the amount that I needed. I'm just doing one per bag. I'm not sure what city you're in, but this was in the Calgary airport, D wing.
Melissa, we are bringing our own photographer from home for our wedding day, but I kind of wished I had looked around more first. I have found that the prices range quite a bit, depending on who you go with. I was quoted $5000 by a photographer in Mexico which freaked me out so I ended up going with someone I've worked with before at home for $2000 although she originally quoted me $2500 too. I feel like upwards of $2000 is standard these days. I know there is a lot of work that goes into it, but I'm still spending a lot of money on this wedding and wanted Trash the Dress, Engagement pics and a videographer too, so I couldn't justify $5000. That being said, a lot of companies will offer you a deal if you want videography and photography.
Anyways, I wanted to do Trash the Dress, but I wanted to do it with a photographer local to the resort and not my photographer from home because I figured they'd be able to take us to some of the cool locations like the cenotes and things. So we ended up hiring Cancun Wedding Photo: http://www.cancunweddingphoto.com/. I can't vouch for their work yet, since we don't use them until August 21st, 2 days after our wedding (omg that's in 3 weeks and I'll already be married!!) but I can tell you that their prices were MUCH more affordable than the rest. I got quotes over 6 months ago, so I'd recommend emailing them, along with a few others. That is what I did when I first started looking and they were all really great about getting right back to me with quotes. They all want your business, so it makes sense to email back right away. I found the same with the DJ's (if you're looking for one I'm finding DJ Mannia who we are working with to be incredible with communication which makes me very happy!) Cancun Wedding Photo I believe originally quoted less than $2000 for the wedding photography, $400 for just TTD (and some other places were quoting $2000 JUST for TTD) and they had a really good deal for both together, but I had already signed a contract with the girl from home. Good luck! Let us know what you decide.
Posted 31 July 2013 - 07:42 AM
Originally Posted by caseylynndavis
Has anyone done or thought of doing a pub crawl and/or scavenger hunt? I am having a hard time being creative, and don't want to "plan" too much, but thought this would be a fun welcome night as someone else had mentioned a while back.
Carlota....have an amazing time and a safe, quick flight! Can't wait to see your pictures!!!
I was married on April 5th at GP and it was fabulous, we stil talk about how beautiful our wedding was.
We did a pub crawl and it worked out really well. Gave a organized way of each family to meet eachother. I kept it super simple and we gathered in the Lobby after dinner at the Whitesands, We took the train and a cart since there were so many of us all the way to the end, I can't remember which resort is at the end, Had a cocktail or 2 in the lobby. My husband & I had brought white t-shirts and markers and had a contest to see who could get the most signatures. (be careful, I ended up with marker on my favorite bra). Then we walked to the next place which I think was the Colonial ( not sure) but they have the entertainment show happening so some of the children watched that and we continued with drinks and just getting to know eachother. We then hit the sports bar in the same location, but they had snack food so everyone could get a bite to eat if they wanted. From there some people (mostly the older guests) went home and we continured by train to the Riviera where we again had a drink in that lobby. It all ended around 11, well that is when we left, there were a lot of people still having fun, some stayed there and others went on to the Disco. It wa so much fun, a highlight of the week. I did not have a rehersal party or cocktail party so this was a fun way to get everyone together before the wedding.
We also did a scavenger hunt which didn't go as well. The kids did have fun with it though.
Congrats on your engagement and choice of venue, we loved GP.
Posted 31 July 2013 - 08:17 PM
I can't believe I've missed so much since I last posted. Unfortunately, I had to study for my boards but now that I've passed I can go back to my favorite past time...hearing/sharing wedding plans
Carlota- I know you won't see this till you are back--- CONGRATULATIONS!! I hope you are having the time of your life. You have been so great sharing all your knowledge and wedding plans.
Melgoody- I've only reached out to 3 photographers and they were pricey. I will look for the package information in my email and will share with you shortly.
Lauren- I love your projects! It is nice to have the FI help
Good night ladies!
Posted 31 July 2013 - 11:44 PM
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