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#351 Llama

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    Posted 25 October 2009 - 11:06 PM

    Amandseth,

    Somehow I missed your last two posts, never got the update...? How was your legal ceremony!?!?! Congrats on now being a Mrs! And so close to your trip! I am so excited and happy for you! Can't wait to see some pics! Have a wonderful time!

    Same goes for you Forevermexico! Have a blast! You must both be glad to be escaping a chilly Albertan fall!

    #352 amandseth

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      Posted 26 October 2009 - 12:31 PM

      My legal ceremony was just perfect! We drove out to my nana and papa's, who witnessed for us. Had the ceremony in their living room. Mom had got us a bouquet and boutenier, so cute! Follwed up with wine, pictures and then dinner out. Nana and papa had brought a little cake to the restaurant beforehand, so we even had a wedding cake. tee hee. Then went out to a local pub we used to hang out at all the time, and had drinks with friends. I asked the band to play a Johnny Cash song for our first dance and they played 'I still miss someone', lmao. Totally inappropriate, but we got a good laugh out of it. Drank too much retsina, thinking it was just pungeant wine, and got more drunk that I think I've ever been. Had a blast nonetheless.

      11 days til I fly outta here! SOOOO excited!! :)
      Annie and Wes, 11.11.09, GRP

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      #353 SuzyQ76

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        Posted 26 October 2009 - 12:47 PM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by amandseth
        My legal ceremony was just perfect! We drove out to my nana and papa's, who witnessed for us. Had the ceremony in their living room. Mom had got us a bouquet and boutenier, so cute! Follwed up with wine, pictures and then dinner out. Nana and papa had brought a little cake to the restaurant beforehand, so we even had a wedding cake. tee hee. Then went out to a local pub we used to hang out at all the time, and had drinks with friends. I asked the band to play a Johnny Cash song for our first dance and they played 'I still miss someone', lmao. Totally inappropriate, but we got a good laugh out of it. Drank too much retsina, thinking it was just pungeant wine, and got more drunk that I think I've ever been. Had a blast nonetheless.

        11 days til I fly outta here! SOOOO excited!! :)
        AWE I'm sooo happy for you that sounds amazing!! Hope you didn't have too bad of a hangover!! lol
        So cute that you had flowers and cake too!! SO Fun!!! Your Nana and Papa must have been so happy and proud to be a part of that special day!
        Our Wedding Day, April 29, 2010
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        #354 Shanny

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          Posted 23 November 2009 - 03:19 PM

          Hi All,

          Haven't posted in a while, just wanted to give an update. Our wedding is booked to take place at the Grand Sunset Princess Resort on April 23, 2010. We are arriving in Mexico on April 20th and leaving on April 27th.

          I just recently booked with Playaweddings to do our Trash the Dress photography..WAHOO!! We are really looking forward to that experience. We chose not to do full photography during the actual ceremony and reception as i'm sure we will have enough photographs taken by our guests. We are more interested in different kind of wedding photography, not just the standard formal wedding pictures...more relaxed, casual and fun.

          The package we chose with the resort is the "Royalty Package". We are also having a private beach reception as we are expecting between 50-55 guests in attendance.

          And that's that, so far! Any information and/or tips would be great!

          Only 5 more months to go!!!

          Happy Planning All!!!

          #355 AusCan2010

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            Posted 24 November 2009 - 12:43 AM

            I have just booked my wedding here for July 27th 2010

            I am excited. But I definately have some questions for those of you also plunging here or have.

            We are doing simple as we dont have the budget for a private beach party or private reception.

            We are thinking of just going to one of the bars/clubs after dinner for dinner and drinks is/has any one else doing/done this

            any advice?

            #356 amandseth

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              Posted 24 November 2009 - 02:52 PM

              I'm back! And had an amazing time at the Grand Riviera Princess. I will be putting together my review over the next few days, so stand by. I'll post the link here as well.

              AusCan 2010- after our Ala Carte dinner at La Fondue (I definitely suggest La Fondue or Las Olas for the atmosphere) we went to the courtyard bar for our first dance. We waited around awhile and tried to get them to play our CD, and were told they weren't set up for it. So we had to pick a song from the singers list. It was something by Neil Diamond. lol, picked for being slow and short by my new husband who doesn't like the spotlight.
              Then we all headed to the Sunset lobby bar. Wes and I took off around 11 or 12, but quite a few people did head out to the disco shortly after that.
              It was a great time, and no one seemed to mind the fact that we hadn't done something more formal. :)
              Annie and Wes, 11.11.09, GRP

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              http://bestdestinati....-review-52769/Planning Thread http://bestdestinati....nscious-52815/

              #357 AshleyBrendan

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                Posted 25 November 2009 - 06:29 PM

                We are back!! I am going to write a novel here because I have so many good things to say about this resort, our wedding, the service provided by Sandra and Patricia and our super fabulous photograhers from BlueLensCaribe Photography (please see the link at the bottom to see some of our favourite photos...though we ended up with 900 from our photographer lol).

                Brendan and I were married on November 18, 2009 at the Grand Riviera Princess. It was absolutly PERFECT! Our Packages were the Royalty Package and the Private Beach Party (2009 Package): Total: $5,200.

                We arrived on Saturday night, to our guests who were already there asking where in the world did we find this amazing place. All of our guests say they are going to return (as we did after our first time here).

                We entered our room and the front desk had let my maid of honour go in a decorate our room. It was beautiful! Hearts all over the bed. We were also greated with a bottle of champagne on ice with champagne flutes, compliments of the hotel.

                Monday morning I met with the lady who was preparing all of the legal work and received our blood tests. It was smooth and easy and the blood tests were gentle... not a bruise or a mark!! We then met with Sandra and Patricia to go over all of the details and itinerary for the wedding.

                After that I had arranged an appointment with my outside photographers Dennis from BlueLensCaribe Photography to go over details for the wedding. We were a little worred because what people have said on here but, Dennis showed up exactly on time and was full of energy and ideas. We just knew he was great and are so happy with our choice.

                Monday night we had our "Welcome Dinner" which was the dinner included in our Royalty Package. There were only 28 of us and we ate a Mamma Mia. We had the veal menue and it was REALLY GOOD!! Everyone was so impressed. Everyone who didn't know eachother got to meet eachother too which was great. We also gave everyone lime green mugs with our logos on them so that you could regonize eachother. It worked out so well!!

                Wednesday at noon my maid of honour and I went for our hair and make-up. I was really worried because of the language barried, but I brought my own picture and she did the EXACT same!! I couldn't have asked for more!!

                My photographers Dennis and his assistant for the day Jack (i think) came around 2:00 pm and took pictures of us girls getting ready and then pictures of the boys. They were so funny and had us laughing. They got some amazing candid shots. Then they headed with us down to the beach for the cermoney.

                The Ceremony was in the gazebo at 3:00 pm. We brought our own lime green and brown sashes and fans and gave them to Sandra at our Monday meeting and said to have them do whatever looks nice. I also asked them not to put down that red carpet and gave them CDs with all of our chosen music. They did a beautiful job!!! Everything was organized and set out perfectly!! We were legally married in about 20 minutes. We had both of our parents as our witnesses which we loved as well!!

                Following the Ceremoney we all had some pictures taken on the beach. We had group shots and single shots. Then the guests were asked to head to the lobby to the Ibiza Lounge for the 1 hour cocktail reception. Brendan and I stayed for more photos for a bit and then we can make an entrance to the cocktail reception, The Just Married Cart waited for us to finish.

                Again, we had such an amazing time with Dennis. If we weren't smiling enough.. he made us laught.. if he wanted us to kiss.. he made kissing noises. It was so fun and we had so much direction (which we really needed lol).

                We then went up to the lobby and had some champagne and drinks with our guests. It was so much fun. We retook some of the group pictures because people we squinting in some which was great. We were so happy the photographer caught that and knew to redo some for us!!

                Near the end of the cocktail hour, Brendan and I went with the photgraphers for phots in the lobby and around the resort a bit and the guests were shuttled down to the beach for the beach party. Again, so much fun with the photos and such great ideas. He took some awesome sunset pictures. We finished with them and told them to take head down to the beach for the entrance and first dance pictures and if they would like, just stay for the dinner. Their time was up after the first dance, but they stayed for dinner anyway and actually took more pictures after.

                We then headed down to the beach for the beach party. Again, we had told them to use our brown and lime green and not the tuquiose they use. It was so BEAUTIFUL!! I couldn't beleive it. I usually have somethign to complain about, but it was so perfect. We had a huge buffett and 6 waiters who carried everyone's plates to the tables and the head table had their own waiter. Champagne was unlimited, the service was INCREDIBLE. Everyone couldn't beleive this was the reception. So when we entered the Reception, we did our first dances before dinner. We entered and cheered and the DJ (with his Mac Computer set up) started the music and we danced barefeet in the sand. It was so romantic and more than I could have asked for. We then did the dance with our parents.

                We sat and had some drinks and then the waiters went to each table and told them that they could go up and eat. It was so organized it was unbeleivable. The food was amazing. It was a line of salads and veggies and fajita table and then at the end a chef bbqing the meat and fish. I could beleive how professional everything was. You would have thought this was a really expensive wedding reception.

                We ate and drank and then cut the cake. The cake was beautiful. With white chocolate starfish and shells all over it. Everyone actually ate the cake! lol Since Dennis and Co. were still there they took some photos of us cutting the cake which was really great too.

                Then came dancing time. Everyone had their shoes off and we all danced in the sand for 3 hours. The DJ had an assortment of Music and also let you play your own IPOD and selections. We had all of us up dancing and it was amazing. We even had the waiters dancing and brought some people watching from the bridge over!! It was so much fun!! My mom even ordered tequila shots for the whole party and the waiters delivered them around for everyone. It was great. People who never really party... partied hard that night!! Brendan and I had a rule of only 2 shots (and only clear drinks for me) that day though because we wanted to remember our wedding.. and we are so happy we did.

                We ended up clearing off the beach around 10:30 and all headed to the lobby for drinks before the disco. We ALL of our guests in their dancing around. It was amazing. Our parents and aunts, uncles, friends.... all of us dancing around. It was hilarous and so much fun. My wedding dress is filthy, but it was so worth it!!! I think we ended up heading back to our room until around 2:30 am.... and we were up very late. lol

                The next morning we had room service breakfast to our room. We picked the omlettes, but Sandra gives you a big menue to choose from!! You can also order as late a noon which is good lol

                So all in all, the wedding was more than I ever expected. Our guests said they have never been to a wedding like this and couldn't beleive how organized and perfect everythign was. They and We will recommend this resort to anyone and everyone and we HIGHLY recommend that you have the beach party. It was a movie star party!!

                If you have any questions, please send me a message!!

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                #358 TATrisha

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                Posted 25 November 2009 - 07:57 PM

                I too just got back from this resort, and you guys have made a great choice! The resort is GORGEOUS! Very large, but beautiful. It had SO many photo ops that we just didn't want to stop taking pictures.
                I do have a bunch of photos of the resort if anyone would like to see them.

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                #359 sasse75

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                  Posted 25 November 2009 - 10:47 PM

                  Ashley, I'm so glad to hear how perfect everything turned out! You have put my mind at ease when it comes to hair/make-up. I am curious to know....when you were walking down the aisle could the music playing be heard? I know it sounds like an odd question - but I plan to walk down the aisle to "Somewhere over the rainbow" and if the sound is washed out by noise I would rather leave it till our 1st dance

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                  #360 AshleyBrendan

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                    Posted 25 November 2009 - 11:59 PM

                    That is what I walked down the aisle to as well!! Yes you could fully hear it.. even standing on back on the bridge!! It sounded great and was prefect for the atmosphere!




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