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#2031 brebuisson02

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    Posted 03 August 2013 - 05:07 AM

    I agree! That's awesome though. I had just seen some pictures from the website (i think) and it looked like it was just a 1 layered basic square cake so I'm glad to see it had a couple tiers. Looked really nice. What flavor did you end up going with?! Also what happened with the White Party after the weather got really bad.. did they postpone it for another day or just cancelled it? 



    #2032 Chrestena

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      Posted 03 August 2013 - 08:55 AM

      Claire! You looked absolutely beautiful!! I am so happy to hear you had a lovely wedding day!!!  Congratulations to you, and your new hubby!!  (I still can't get used to calling mine that...but I love the sound of it). Your bridesmaids all looked amazing as well :) Thank you for sharing your pictures with us :)

       

      XOXO  Chrestena



      #2033 jengullage

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        Posted 03 August 2013 - 09:49 AM

        McBride- We actually paid for the royal suites (when we booked) and we sent an email about 2 months before the wedding to an email that Carlota gave me, but I don't have that email saved unfortunately!! So for our room, we knew we were getting the royal suites rooms, but we wanted to have "the best" of the best as some rooms are bigger and laid out differently than others.  We ended up getting a room at the back of the building (7030) which has two balconies, as it is on the corner of the building.  We had a living room, hallway, big bathroom, and big bedroom.  It was also in the modern colours (purple/white) not the traditional old style that you see in some pictures.  Our jacuzzi was extra big (bigger than our guests' that stayed at the white sands) and it was on one of the balconies.  We did peak in other rooms in the royal suites (when they were getting cleaned-just from the door) haha and we could see that other rooms were more like one big room with pillars and not a division of separate rooms.  So we were really happy about getting that room!  I can't say for absolute sure that it was the biggest/best that they offer but it was absolutely the best that we saw or any of our guests had.  So I would try to get that room.  Plus, from our balconies you can see the ocean in the FAR distance haha.  This resort is definitely back from the ocean so it wasn't much of a view in terms of ocean, but very pretty still.



        #2034 photoisforever

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          Posted 03 August 2013 - 11:00 AM

          Sounds like you had the Perfect Room for you guys - well done! also thx for all the info - it's sure to help other Grand Palladium couples researching their venue.......great job:)  would love to see some wedding pics when you get them !

           

           

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          #2035 MyTye2B

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            Posted 04 August 2013 - 07:45 AM

            Claire that cake really is gorgeous and big!  I didn't think I really cared about cake too much, and I was pretty sure that they said just a simple cake for 8 people was included and then it was $8 per person for more, so I said just to make a two-tiered cake for 24 (even though we have 60 people going!) but now I'm doubting my decision.  I'll probably email Vanessa today and ask.  I'd love to have a beautiful three-tier if we can.  Even if it's not for 60 people because I personally don't even like cake (crazy, I know - but I'd kill for carbs and salt, lol) and I know we can't take any home with us, but just a bit bigger would be nice.  It was beautiful.   

             

            You ladies are a wealth of knowledge because I also thought I'd just be happy with the Mayan Suite that we booked long ago in the White Sand section.  All of our guests are staying in White Sand but hearing Jen's description of the Royal Suites I may send that email just in case.  If we're not upgraded oh well, I know we'll still have a gorgeous room, but it sure would be nice to stay like Royals!  One of you mentioned too that you can just call for a cart from the Royal section whenever you need it?  That sounds much more convenient than having to try and track one down every time!  Especially since our guests will all be in another section.  I guess whatever happens will be right. 

             

            I am starting to feel like I'm missing something now.  We leave in 9 days and aside from packing which has barely begun, I feel like I'm almost done everything!  I still have my last fitting for my dress, but it isn't until Saturday.  We leave on Wednesday so there are only 2 days if anything goes wrong - yikes!  I am waiting to hear if she can actually have it done by Friday because if it's possible I'd like to fly home to Ontario next weekend just for the night to pick up some last minute stuff that's at my parent's house and in Michigan.  I don't know how I would have afforded this wedding if not for having a bridesmaid in Michigan I could ship everything to for cheap lol. 

             

            My bathing suit issue is resolved x6 lol.  I was able to find a few online (that fit!) and La Vie en Rose actually had a ton that were really nice and all on sale!!  Our OOT bags are completed, everything for our entrance table is almost done.  I may print out some of the pictures I've taken of how I want some stuff set up, like our guest book etc. 

             

            I have emailed the DJ to confirm things, the TTD photographers to confirm a time and pick-up, the videographer.  I've paid what I can pay ahead of time and we just need to contact the bank this week to make sure they can access all of the US money we need.  Growing up on a border city I never had to contact them ahead of time, but out here in Calgary they need advance notice for large amounts.  Just a heads up for any brides out my way!  I've also written out all of our instructions for the cat sitters we hired.  I've photocopied almost all of the emails between Vanessa and I and with all of our vendors/contracts and put them in separate folders to take down.  I also printed all of our PayPal receipts just in case. 

             

            Ladies who have had weddings before me, did any of you get the 'red light' at customs in Mexico?  I kow you have to press the button and it randomly selects whose bags they go through.  I've never cared before but I know this time we're going to have SO much stuff including two big plastic tubs taped up and filled with all of our decorations and OOT bags etc.  I'm paranoid we're going to get the red light and it will take hours to go through everything and then have to pack it all up again.  I also heard a rumor that you have to have receipts for everything you're bringing in that is for gifts etc. (like OOT bags would be) and I honestly don't have the receipts still for half of the things like little kleenex and Dollarama purchases) so I am scared of what will happen.   

             

            This is my last week of work, and the course I was supposed to train got cancelled too so I have a pretty easy week!  I am going to try to hit the tanning salon a bit.  I still have a weird boob tan from Vegas that I'm trying to get rid of.  I didn't think it would stick around so long!  And I have a few girly appointments, hair, nails, eyelashes etc.  What else am I forgetting???

             

            Thanks for your advice and help girls!  I'm getting so excited! 

             

            ~Lauren



            #2036 normas09

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              Posted 04 August 2013 - 04:25 PM

              Claire0701,


              Thanks for sharing your experience with us. You look stunning in your wedding dress! And those BM dresses they are just gorgeous! I'm sorry to hear about the wait time at the restaurants...I agree with you when you are holiday you don't want to have to stop beachin' it to get ready for dinner. 
               

              One question- did they upgrade you to the Mayan Suite in the Kantenah side? We are trying to figure out what room we are going to choose. I would like a suite since I want to do what you did and have all the bridal party get ready in the room :)

              ~Norma



              #2037 normas09

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                Posted 04 August 2013 - 04:27 PM

                Originally Posted by brebuisson02 go_quote.gif

                I agree! That's awesome though. I had just seen some pictures from the website (i think) and it looked like it was just a 1 layered basic square cake so I'm glad to see it had a couple tiers. Looked really nice. What flavor did you end up going with?! Also what happened with the White Party after the weather got really bad.. did they postpone it for another day or just cancelled it?

                The white party is only on Monday's right? 



                #2038 normas09

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                  Posted 04 August 2013 - 04:37 PM

                  Lauren!

                   

                  You are sooo organized!! I wouldn't worry to much about not having receipt for the small stuff since it sounds you have receipt for most things. 

                  As far as the cake, adding an extra layer to the cake may be a safe way to go. By the way, I'm like you I will take salty things over sweets any day :)


                  ~Norma



                  #2039 MyTye2B

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                    Posted 04 August 2013 - 04:54 PM

                    Thanks Norma!  We spent all day packing and already have 3 big tubs now with all of our decorations and things, 3 suitcases (2 for me, 1 for him) and one box!  I definitely think we're going to hit our 8 bag limit since we're at 7 already haha.  It's going to be so embarassing walking into the airport like that haha. We got all of the music downloaded today but we still don't have it on an iPad or thumb drive yet.  Luckily tomorrow's a holiday! 

                     

                    I'm not sure the answer to when the White Party is but I think I did hear just Mondays.  We are not doing a White Party since our wedding is on a Monday.  :)  I have just been reading some of the info about the spa beginning to charge in November.  :(  What a bummer!  I definitely agree that it doesn't hurt to ask.  I would suggest emailing the spa directly to see if they can help you with who to ask.  The only person I know to contact there is Rosealba Flores?  I'll double check on her name but she is the one I booked our services through.  If I remember correctly from being there 6 years ago, it is adults only in the spa as well.  If any of you have younger kids with you who were planning on participating I'd ask the about that too.  Good luck!

                     

                    ~Lauren



                    #2040 jencadiz

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                      Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:47 AM

                      Hey ladies,

                       

                      I've been thinking about the reception and photo booths came up since this is such a popular thing to do these days.   Thinking about doing the work for a photobooth that will travel to Mexico sounds a bit crazy, and maybe I'm just tyring to logistically figure out how to get it done....Anyway, thought I'd throw this out to the forum.  Is anyone else toying with this idea, or have done/seen it done in the past at a destination wedding?

                       

                      Jen






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