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#1661 danak71

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    Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:44 PM

    Amanda, I'm getting married at EPM on March 23, 2013 as well! What time is your wedding?

     

    Lynn
     

    Originally Posted by Amanda Gardner 

    Thanks for the information girls on the TA. I just feel like it would be better to have someone communicating with all my guest and the resort. We are expecting 20 people not alot but enough I don't want to be called about every little thing.

    Just started planning wedding is March 23, 2013!!!



     



    #1662 danak71

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      Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:40 PM

      @Sharon99,

       

      What is the approximate cost of the catamaran cruise? How many people do you have going? We are interested in providing some type of excursion for our guests and were thinking about possibly taking everyone to Margaritaville after our wedding reception. But I do like the idea of a catamaran cruise or sunset cruise.

       

      Lynn
       

      Originally Posted by Sharon99 

      We are planning on doing a catamaran cruise for our guest the day before. It will either be in the later afternoon or a sunset cruise for an hour or so. We had originally planned to just meet at the lobby bar for some cocktails & would mention to everyone where we would be eating dinner. That way if they didnt want to join they didnt have too but we thought the cruise would be be so much fun & also a thank you to our guests for coming with us.
       



       

      Whats your date in May? I am May 3!

       

      I have been to this resort twice & the food was always delicious! Of course it wasnt whats in the dinner options but I dont think you have anything to worry about!
       



       



       



      #1663 danak71

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        Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:05 AM

        Hey ladies are you doing a civil or symbolic ceremony? I really want to do the civil ceremony but not sure if I want to go through all the red tape. What are you ladies doing?

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        #1664 danak71

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          Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:25 AM

          @Iciz I LOVE your chair signs...do you mind if I ask where you had them made?

           

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          Originally Posted by lciz 

          Sharon99,

           

          We brought $200 in 1 dollar bills and we are tipping the waitstaff at the resort here and there depending on their service. Some people just do their job and walk away, those we may leave a dollar or nothing... Others go far and beyond for anything and everything you could ever ask for and you become close friends with them, those people we take care of... Then we never wait for anything at all, ever! Its worth it...

           

          We did not tip N, we will send her a gift when we return to the states. At the wedding we tipped each of our bartenders and waitstaff $15 each. They deserved it. We did not tip the officiant, we just used the resorts... I say if you bring your own officiant in to the resort, you should tip them some.

           

          We are sending our photogs a tip or a gift after we receive our photos... The tipping can get out of control, so just give when you think it is well deserved. We tipped a waiter when we first got here and he was not nice to us and later again, still not nice to us. So we are saving our tips for those that really go out of their way.

           

          As far as the rehearsal dinner goes, I really didnt feel it was necessary to spend the extra money when we are already at an all inclusive. We had ours at the Mexican Fiesta and they put all the tables needed together for us so that everyone had room and we were all together, so it was just like a rehearsal but without the extra costs. We sat everyones welcome bags there for them... Well, N was supposed to set all this up for us but when we arrived no one had told the waitstaff about our rehearsal dinner there, good thing I showed up early and we threw everything together quickly... Our guests never knew the difference. It ended up being a blast!! 

           

          I wish I knew where N was, Id make her email you all back!!! Again, she left at our reception and was never to be found again, she was supposed to help with the cake cutting and all of that, we had to locate a knife ourselves and just get what we needed done, done.

           

          We had vanilla with vanilla, carrot cake (my husbands fav) with vanilla, chocolate with vanilla.... Everyone swooned over the vanilla and vanilla... I am craving it right now actually!!

           

          We got the curtains for $50 for the gazebo and it really made a difference. totally worth it! morefrommel.JPGsenor.JPGalter.JPG dadandme.jpg

           

           



           



          #1665 Jass7

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            Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:02 AM

            I can't believe they threw your top cake tier away! Did they at least apologize? Should I ask for any left over cake be brought to my room? That's really not nice of them, specially if you asked them to keep it.

             

            Originally Posted by lciz 

            Oh man Sarakafka, Im sorry, I know that is frustrating :(

             

            I came on here to tell the girls to make sure that they understand that the top cake tier will be thrown away after one day. We told them that we wanted it for our last night here and they said they would freeze it for us, then I called down for it tonight and they said they threw it away, no one told us :( So just an FYI...

             

            Then I read your post Sara and I felt your pain. I was pretty upset about the no organization thing and the having to also push play for my own first dance and father/daughter dance... I was running around like a crazy person hoping that no one but me noticed that. They ran out of our meals and among other things.... I just had to stay positive and take in all the love around us and even with all the issues I still wouldnt have traded it for a wedding back home, it was still magical and romantic... I just had to deal with a lot of things I thought I wouldnt have to... But like you said, make the vows meaningful and notice all the things right with the day.

             



             



            #1666 Amanda Gardner

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              Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:05 AM

              Danak71 We had to move our date from march 232013 to march 152013 because the 5oclockwedding time was taken. So we are doing march 15 at 5. We are going to do the civil ceremony. Hopefully it will not be to much red tape. I'm already started getting all my paperwork together. Are you hiring a DJ?

              #1667 Jass7

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                Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:06 AM

                Honestly, have I not been at EPM or ERC before, I would be freaking out right now. Excellence is better than that, and they need to get it together. Weddings are huge deal to us brides, and we are paying them a good amount of money to help us have a great day. I have no doubt my day will be special, and realize things are probably not going to go exactly as planned, but having a realiable WC is important, specially when one is planning a destination wedding.



                #1668 May12

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                  Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:22 AM

                  We were back and forth with this, and we decided on doing a civil ceremony. About a year or so ago there was a TON of red tape, but now it's super easy. Here is the info Nayeli gave me about this:

                  The requirements are:

                  - Both passports and tourist card (you will receive them at the airport)

                  - The form that is enclosed to this e-mail (I will attach the form for you)

                  - Blood test, which is $200 in cash to pay directly to the Dr. it’s going to be on May 16th at 11am (this is the Wednesday before our wedding that is on a Saturday)

                  - 4 witnesses that needs to be at the hotel on May 16th before 4pm because we are going to do all the paperwork on that day, on the 17th we send it to the Civil Register Office.

                  Unfortunately our Judge does not speak English and she will just come in order to legalize it but I will be doing the ceremony.

                   

                  For us, this was the way to go...we didn't want to have 2 anniversary dates.

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   


                   

                   

                   

                   

                  Originally Posted by danak71 

                  Hey ladies are you doing a civil or symbolic ceremony? I really want to do the civil ceremony but not sure if I want to go through all the red tape. What are you ladies doing?



                   

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                  #1669 Jass7

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                    Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:25 AM

                    We are on the fence with this. Thanks for providing all that info. So the ceremony will be read in spanish, and then english by two different people? What about time frame to get a certificate back from the courthouse?


                    And what about translating the birth certificates? I am not able to open your attachment to read it.

                    Originally Posted by May12 

                    We were back and forth with this, and we decided on doing a civil ceremony. About a year or so ago there was a TON of red tape, but now it's super easy. Here is the info Nayeli gave me about this:

                    The requirements are:

                    - Both passports and tourist card (you will receive them at the airport)

                    - The form that is enclosed to this e-mail (I will attach the form for you)

                    - Blood test, which is $200 in cash to pay directly to the Dr. it’s going to be on May 16th at 11am (this is the Wednesday before our wedding that is on a Saturday)

                    - 4 witnesses that needs to be at the hotel on May 16th before 4pm because we are going to do all the paperwork on that day, on the 17th we send it to the Civil Register Office.

                    Unfortunately our Judge does not speak English and she will just come in order to legalize it but I will be doing the ceremony.

                     

                    For us, this was the way to go...we didn't want to have 2 anniversary dates.

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     


                     

                     

                     

                     



                     



                     

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                    #1670 May12

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                      Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:16 AM

                      Sorry, don't know why it won't open. :( It's a very simple form...Groom and Bride info: complete name, nationality, Age, Occupation Address, Place of Birth. Parents of Bride and Groom info: complete name, nationality, address, occupation. Then 4 wittness info: name, nationality, age, occupation, address marital status and relationship with Bride/Groom. My favorite is this at the end:

                        MARRIAGE AGREEMENT:

                      A) Joint Posessions (If divorced must split properties 50% each

                      B) Separate posessions(If divorced each party keeps their own property

                      PLEASE CHOOSE AN OPTION:

                       

                      Ha! Love how they throw that in at the end and keep it simple...cracks me up! I filled it out with all of the required information and Nayeli said it was correct.

                       

                      When you do everything 3 days before the wedding, that will be sure that you have the marriage certificate (in Spanish) before you leave. I believe we can have it translated once we get back.(especially for the name change) As far as a birth certificate, we were told that we no longer need to bring ours. This is where there were changes from a year ago. Only some states in Mexico require your birth certificate, and I am assuming that in Quintana Roo, you do not. I've asked this question a few times but I'm sure I'll ask it again...just want to be on the safe side!

                      The judge will be there and then Nayeli will be translating. I have seen a lot of fingerprinting in pictures down there...I think that's part of it too...

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       






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