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#21 islandbride317

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    Posted 21 September 2009 - 06:26 PM

    Welcome aboard!

    As you most likely already know, you will LOVE this incredible forum!

    #22 lrdavis23

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      Posted 21 September 2009 - 08:55 PM

      Congrats and welcome !
      Married June 18, 2010 @ Dreams Punta Cana

      #23 Vikki

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        Posted 22 September 2009 - 02:22 AM

        Hi Susan,

        I'm laughing because you sound like me. I hate leaving things to the last minute and "hoping it will work out".

        I think it's wonderful you're helping Josie with the planning, the date is sneaking up so fast for us November '09 brides!

        Just relax and remember, it will be a wonderful wedding and enjoy the special time with Josie as you plan it. Some of my favorite parts of planning my wedding have been the time spent with my Mom. Take lots of pictures for memories later.

        Happy planning and welcome!

        #24 ImSusan2

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          Posted 22 September 2009 - 08:47 AM

          Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome. (I did not see our last name in there anywhere but perhaps Josie had the moderator take it out already... sorry about the faux pas.) Yes, I am new to any type of forum and the search feature is certainly very helpful. Congratulations to everyone on their engagements. I have been married for 31 years.....it has it's rough spots and it's times of smooth sailing but is well worth while if you stick with it and just muscle right through any heavy lifting. Ha Ha.

          Thanks to those of you who said "No to the mailing stuff to Mexico." Guess that plan will be shelved but with all the extra charges for additional luggage on the airlines, I wonder how expensive it will be and how many suitcases and bags we will end up needing to haul all the stuff down there? Oh well. We need to buy more suitcases!! (Josie can't you ask for that for your shower... ha ha ha... just kidding)

          Has anyone seen the disco... or does anyone have some pictures of it? We have a few from the resort but would love to see the layout of it. What a great idea to go down there in advance and scope it out. Wish we had thought of that but with 2 of Josie's best friends getting married and all their showers, engagement parties and our own stuff we have had so few weekends.

          Have fun everybody!! Aren't you just so thrilled that you were born girls I know I am. I wouldn't be a guy for anything....ha ha ha...

          #25 ImSusan2

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            Posted 22 September 2009 - 08:49 AM

            Oh, here is something I forgot to ask. Did any of you "ask" the front desk if they would hand out your OOT bags or put them in the rooms of the guests for you, or are you just assuming they will? Thanks... Susan

            #26 ClintsGurl09

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              Posted 22 September 2009 - 09:19 AM

              Congrats and welcome to the forum!!!

              #27 KarenM

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                Posted 22 September 2009 - 09:19 AM

                Welcome to the forum, Susan/Josie's mom! It's so great you're on the site & helping with the planning!
                We're getting married in Puerto Vallarta and the hotel will pass out the welcome bags upon check-in or deliver them to the rooms, but they charge per bag to do that. I think maybe $3/bag? I would check with the wedding coordinator at the resort, or whoever your/Josie's contact at the hotel is.

                #28 JOSIE

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                  Posted 22 September 2009 - 09:42 AM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by ImSusan2
                  Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome. (I did not see our last name in there anywhere but perhaps Josie had the moderator take it out already... sorry about the faux pas.) Yes, I am new to any type of forum and the search feature is certainly very helpful. Congratulations to everyone on their engagements. I have been married for 31 years.....it has it's rough spots and it's times of smooth sailing but is well worth while if you stick with it and just muscle right through any heavy lifting. Ha Ha.

                  Thanks to those of you who said "No to the mailing stuff to Mexico." Guess that plan will be shelved but with all the extra charges for additional luggage on the airlines, I wonder how expensive it will be and how many suitcases and bags we will end up needing to haul all the stuff down there? Oh well. We need to buy more suitcases!! (Josie can't you ask for that for your shower... ha ha ha... just kidding)

                  Has anyone seen the disco... or does anyone have some pictures of it? We have a few from the resort but would love to see the layout of it. What a great idea to go down there in advance and scope it out. Wish we had thought of that but with 2 of Josie's best friends getting married and all their showers, engagement parties and our own stuff we have had so few weekends.

                  Have fun everybody!! Aren't you just so thrilled that you were born girls I know I am. I wouldn't be a guy for anything....ha ha ha...
                  Mom, I already sent you a few pictures of the disco.... you are posting this in the wrong place, you'll have to ask the RIU RM or RIU Yucutan girls specifically...
                  11.28.2009

                  #29 jetsbride

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                    Posted 22 September 2009 - 09:43 AM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by ImSusan2
                    I'm the mom of Josie who'll be getting married at The Riu Riviera Maya on 11-28-09. We are so excited and can't wait for the day to arrive. My biggest problem is that I am an advance planner so am a little nervous thinking of all the things I would like to have "set" and not leave to chance.

                    However, it sounds like other members weddings have gone off fantastically without a whole lot of advanced planning. Yet it is kind of confusing..... without knowing in advance where different activities would be, how did you make up a program to give your guests so they would know where to meet and when? We'd like to put together a program that would say what bar to go to meet at for the cocktail party, etc. Like the previous bride mentioned, we don't want to be trying to be get the word out to the guests verbally while they are all out trying to enjoy their vacations.

                    Another question I had was for people doing the out of town bags. Did the resort deliver these bags to the wedding guests when they checked in, or did you have to go to them individually and give them to them?

                    I saw that quite a few people did the maracas at the reception.... love it... and many have posted that they purchased them while there for $1.00 each. I guess I am just worried that we would get there and there wouldn't be any maracas there to buy or they would be very expensive?? Was it easy to find them in town? Could you buy more than 50 easily?

                    Did anyone try to ship anything to the resort in advance? For instance, if we purchase bows for the chairs, travel mugs etc... are you allowed to ship them direct to the resort and have them just hold them there for you?

                    Has anyone done a planned excursion for the guests to one of the ruins or nature preserves? If so, did you just pay in advance for everyone and let them do it at their leisure? Or, did you just send out a note to everyone or include a note to everyone that there would be an optional excursion on such and such a date at such and such a time?

                    I have seen several references to a "casino". Is there a casino at the resort (I did not see it on the website) or is there a casino at one of the sister resorts that is easy to get to?

                    Who has been to the disco and what is it like? Has anyone had their reception "after party" at the disco? If so, will they play your personal music play list for you there or will they only play their own music? (If you rent out the disco that is) If you do rent out the disco can you still allow anyone to come in including your own guests but also resort guests as well? Will the DJ announce the wedding party as they enter the disco? How far is the disco from the resort and is the path to get there easy to find and follow for those who want to walk?

                    I heard that the music they provide at the wedding is " cheesy"... Can you ask them to play your own play list as far as music goes for the actual ceremony?

                    Thanks for bearing with all the momly questions. Hi Josie!!
                    Sincerely,
                    Susan
                    Hi Josie's Mom!! Welcome! It is so awesome that you are helping Josie with all her planning. I am actually getting married at the Riu Palace Riviera Maya a couple weeks before Josie.

                    If you talk to Ael (the weddiing cordinator at the rprm) she should be able to tell you where you are having the cocktail hour, then all you need for your program is
                    Wedding Ceremony - time
                    Cocktails - Time
                    Reception - Time
                    If you did it like that it should be clear to everyone.

                    As far as the OOT bags go, this is what I got back from Ael:
                    Is it possible to get gift bags given to guests as they arrive at the hotel, either at the front desk or in their rooms? Is there a charge for this? You may bring your own gift bags with labels and rooming list to hand to the front desk manager. This are sent to the rooms on check-in day and although a fee does not apply, our staff will be delighted to assist you if you give them a token of appreciation.

                    We are also doing Maracas as our favour, however because of the uncertainty of sending stuff to the hotel I had mine delivered here in Canada and then I am taking all the stuff in bags between myself and the wedding party. I have heard from other brides that you can get the maracas down there but I did not want to stress about it once I get there.

                    I have not heard anything about a casino so I can't help you there. Also for the disco, we will probably end up going there as a group but we are not renting it out. just whoever wants to go after the reception will go. I don't know how far the walk is.

                    This is what Ael told me about the music:
                    What is the music that is played during the ceremony? Popular weddings songs like: Canon in D, Wedding March, Here comes the Bride, Somewhere over the Rainbow etc... You will have the opportunity to select the songs you like on the day of our interview.

                    I am not sure what the music is for the reception but I am going to make a list still and hopefully I can get those songs played.

                    That's all the info I have for now, if you have any more questions I am happy to try and help.

                    Lisa

                    PS sorry for such a long posting!!!

                    #30 O'Driscoll Photography

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                      Posted 22 September 2009 - 01:46 PM

                      Welcome Susan, and congrats to your daughter Josie!

                      Best wishes,
                      Tod




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