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So many people had different things to say about the food. I'm really big on food. So I ended up going with Jamaica because I went last year and the hotel we stayed at we didn't really have to leave the property. In addition the food was great. They have four different restaurants and a buffet. And they have activities  at the pool and nightly entertainers.

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I choose Mexico for price point, as I like to switch up places I visit my choice was the Dominican.  But I wanted my guests to come lol!!  We ended up choosing the Grand Sirenis and then found out tonnes of people I know have stayed there and one married there, so I feel very comfortable with the decision.  Now to get this Air Canada flight situation solved and we are on our way!


Do you mind me asking how you booked it yourself ? Did you ring the hotel direct. I just feel £1695 is a lot to pay when the other packages are £1099 or slightly more.

 

I emailed them and asked for their packages (my travel agent also helped when the first response was slow), then when I had decided on the resort I filled out all the required paperwork, sent them my credit card, and it was booked. Was quite simple!

 

I am not sure your currency, but for us the basic package was about $1900 -- free if you have the 10 double rooms.  I preferred this because there was so much fluff in the other packages I didn't care for, so I spent money on the upgrades I wanted.


Saksbride - absolutely beautiful!!!!!

 

I tried on alot of dresses too, but for me it was the tops I didn't like. I went in swearing up and down I didn't want a strapless dress, but alas I bought one.  I narrowed mine down to two -- one was beautiful, but too formal in lace and way way over my budget.    This was the one I got, but in ivory, I love it -- it's exactly what I had pictured for my beach wedding.  The beading goes all the way around and down the train.

 

http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Chiffon-Soft-Gown-with-Beaded-Lace-on-Empire-Waist-V9743_Bridal-Gowns-Features-Destination-Wedding-Dresses

 

This is my bridesmaid dresses, but the color is pink (called begonia) on their site.

 

http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Strapless-Chiffon-Dress-with-Layered-Skirt-F14169_Bridal-Party-Bridesmaids-All-Bridesmaid-Dresses


On blood tests - not sure the cost. We have decided to have a symbolic ceremony, and get married in Canada (shhh don't tell anyone)... so our wedding cost was cheaper.

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Oh many thanks I've email Andrea just awaiting reply. So what is a symbolic wedding ?! Is it much cheaper. And are u getting married after or before mexico.

The dresses are beautiful

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I choose Mexico for price point, as I like to switch up places I visit my choice was the Dominican.  But I wanted my guests to come lol!!  We ended up choosing the Grand Sirenis and then found out tonnes of people I know have stayed there and one married there, so I feel very comfortable with the decision.  Now to get this Air Canada flight situation solved and we are on our way!

 

I emailed them and asked for their packages (my travel agent also helped when the first response was slow), then when I had decided on the resort I filled out all the required paperwork, sent them my credit card, and it was booked. Was quite simple!

 

I am not sure your currency, but for us the basic package was about $1900 -- free if you have the 10 double rooms.  I preferred this because there was so much fluff in the other packages I didn't care for, so I spent money on the upgrades I wanted.

Saksbride - absolutely beautiful!!!!!

 

I tried on alot of dresses too, but for me it was the tops I didn't like. I went in swearing up and down I didn't want a strapless dress, but alas I bought one.  I narrowed mine down to two -- one was beautiful, but too formal in lace and way way over my budget.    This was the one I got, but in ivory, I love it -- it's exactly what I had pictured for my beach wedding.  The beading goes all the way around and down the train.

 

http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Chiffon-Soft-Gown-with-Beaded-Lace-on-Empire-Waist-V9743_Bridal-Gowns-Features-Destination-Wedding-Dresses

 

This is my bridesmaid dresses, but the color is pink (called begonia) on their site.

 

http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Strapless-Chiffon-Dress-with-Layered-Skirt-F14169_Bridal-Party-Bridesmaids-All-Bridesmaid-Dresses

On blood tests - not sure the cost. We have decided to have a symbolic ceremony, and get married in Canada (shhh don't tell anyone)... so our wedding cost was cheaper.

That was going to be my next question on this board! We are also having a symbolic ceremony and have been debating whether we should come clean or not with our guests. Also we have been debating when we should 'actually' get married! I asked Andrea a few questions about this - I was wondering if guests would be able to tell from the format of the ceremony that it was symbolic. She said that you still sign a paper just you don't have a witness sign it as well.. I haven't seen to much discussion on this site about symbolic versus legal but I know on another site most of the members were outright rude to those who were planning a symbolic ceremony..

Andrea also said that we don't have to show any documentation of actually being married before we go so now I am wondering if we should actually get married after the ceremony instead of before like we were originally planning.

I love your dress! It does have a very beachy feeling to it! My bridesmaid dresses are very similar! Our wedding party is our daughters so my daughter will be my bridesmaid (maid of honor according to her! :) ) And my fiances daughters will be standing up with him.

 

These are the dresses that we picked:

http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Short-Crinkle-Chiffon-Dress-with-Front-Cascade-F14847?cm_vc=PDPRCTV

 

http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Sleeveless-Short-Mesh-Dress-with-Side-Cascade-JB5657?cm_vc=PDPRCTV

 

My daughter was not impresses she didn't get the same dress as other girls so we tried to match it up as close as we could. We went with the spa color.

Oh many thanks I've email Andrea just awaiting reply. So what is a symbolic wedding ?! Is it much cheaper. And are u getting married after or before mexico.

The dresses are beautiful

 

Welcome to the site Gibbs. A symbolic ceremony is a ceremony with no legal . It will look the same as the legal ceremony except for that you won't have a minister marry you- I am not actually sure who preforms the ceremony. Some places you need to be legally married before going to do a symbolic but Andrea said that you don't need to be at Grand Sirenis.

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Hi I've been in contact with Thomas wedding agent and she said she couldn't give me the contact of the wedding coordinator at the Sirenis, she's saying I can only book through her??!!! Do you mind me asking how much difference in the cost for symbolic wedding from the legal ceremony one. Not sure what do do as I really love the look of the hotel but the wedding package is on the pricey side for what you get.

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Hi, I booked originally gold package via Thomson and was going to upgrade to presidential with hotel once I started liasing with wedding coordinator. This is not an option and you can only upgrade via your travel agents once you have booked original package. Sorry i can't comment on Thomas Cook as not sure what rules they have. To be honest if your thinking of saving a few quid I would just book your wedding via the hotel as once you pay deposit with travel agents your in hotels hands! The wedding coordinator is fab and she has really put my mind at ease! I have presidential package and cost is £4,295. I wanted this as there are around 40 of us and I want it more private and pics of palapa look stunning! Blood tests you have to pay extra for £120 roughly for the two of you! Good luck! X

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Hi I've been in contact with Thomas wedding agent and she said she couldn't give me the contact of the wedding coordinator at the Sirenis, she's saying I can only book through her??!!! Do you mind me asking how much difference in the cost for symbolic wedding from the legal ceremony one. Not sure what do do as I really love the look of the hotel but the wedding package is on the pricey side for what you get.

 

If you send me your email I can send you all the information I have received from the resort as far as pricing and packages and such.

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Saksbride - your first bridesmaid dress is the one I wanted, but I let my bridesmaids choose as they are the ones wearing it!!!  I found that one much more slimming than the ruffly one they choose.

 

great choices too :)

 

 

There is a large price difference between symbolic and legal, as the legal has a minister and there are blood tests that need to be done, etc.  Another big thing to keep in mind is that if you do go for the legal you HAVE to be in Mexico approx 4-5 days before you wed, where as the symbolic you don't.

 

Saskbride - all I can recommend is that, because you both have kids, do it when you are willing to accept the CRA will ding you for being married HAHAHA   I have kids too, I know once I list myself as married I lose all my benefits, so I plan to definitely get married in January. We are thinking about the weekend before.  Since my wedding in Mexico is in January, that makes sense anyways.... 

 

Personally I wouldn't tell your guests.  I have one friend who's been to a destination wedding who has already questioned my wedding date with our arrival date, but I told her that they gave me the dates to choose from LOL!!!  It's our little secret.  The witnesses I use in Canada WON'T be at the wedding (I planned this once I knew who was/wasn't coming, so there are no slips). 

 

My friend did the same this year, but in Cuba, she said her justice of the peace here was only $125, which is much cheaper!!  So we have no regrets with this.


EDIT: depending on the package, the cost difference between symbolic and legal was anywhere from 6000-10000 pesos

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Gibbs150- I hope you found that information helpful. Let me know if you need anything else.

 

Calgarybride- How many bridesmaids do you have?

 

I feel that our weddings are very similar- I wish you were coming the week in December that there is 3 of us on here getting married! lol

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Gibbs150- I hope you found that information helpful. Let me know if you need anything else.

 

Calgarybride- How many bridesmaids do you have?

 

I feel that our weddings are very similar- I wish you were coming the week in December that there is 3 of us on here getting married! lol

3 wow!!! Any on the same day?

Don't know anyone yet in January. I looked at early December but with Christmas was worried noone would come lol

 

My RSVP/group booking is about to end. Can't believe how many people booked in this week :)

 

I have 3. And then my kids are the flower girl/ring bearer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone ask if they will book all your guests together one night in an Ala carte for a welcome dinner? Some packages include them but mine doesn't.

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