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#771 Espejo2be

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    Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:35 PM

    soontobemrsdow: CONGRATS!!!! :) Thank you so very much for the extra info, i have been back on fourth on weather we should spend the extra money on the private reception or not.  It seems as if we'll have about 40 or more people coming now so i'm thinking that we may go ahead and do that if it's still available.  Did you have an "MC" at your recepetion? seeing there was a podium and mic... We're thinking about getting someone to say grace and say a few words, besides us saying our thank yous.  Was your dance still at the gazebo or was it in the resturant? Did you give the DJ CD's of certain music to play? I was thinking about bringing a USB stick of music when I go but wasn't sure if he actually had anything to plug it into or if he just plays good music on his own.  Thanks again for the template info, what a great idea!

    akua420 - I agree with missy&eric2011, i think it would be great if you had a song afterwards that you and you FI's dad and him and your mom could dance to, then everyone is involved :)

     

     

    Well i finally got some things figured out... the TA got back to me today saying that the resort sold AirCanada Vacations enough rooms for my bridal party and immediate family but anyone extra will have to take their chance if they aren't on the list already... i can't believe that the resort would be booked up in August so fast?! I thought it would be "low" season...

     



    #772 toesinsand30

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      Posted 27 January 2011 - 06:04 AM



      Originally Posted by tris 

      JayKay,

      All the brides I've spoken to who hired the band said it was the best thing they did. We are having them play at our champagne ceremony after the reception so the hour makes sense for us. You could always have them for the hour and the half hour after the ceremony just have guests mingle, say their congrats' and enjoy the music?


      Congrats on booking the day!! With most of us getting married within the next few months you'll have tons of reviews to go of off :)



       

       



      Originally Posted by JayKay 

      Hi girls!

       

      We have booked our wedding date!  Its super exciting.  One year from tomorrow!

       

      Anyways my FI and I were discussing wedding music and we thought maybe we would want to hire the steel drum band.  We are going with the free wedding package, so we don't have the champagne after the ceremony.  When you book, you must book the band for at least one hour, which is $400.  We don't know if it would be worth it to book the band as it would just be for our wedding ceremony, which I don't imagine would be longer then about a half hour.  It just seems like a lot of money for a few minutes worth of music!  If you used the steel drum band would you recommend it or do you think it would be worth the money? 



      Hi JayKay

      We are getting married oct 18 of this year at the Bahia, also hired the steel drum band for one hour only because ive been to a couple weddings away now and they ceremony last maybe 30 mins if that.  So the one hour is enough adding another 30 mins would be great since you can mingle with the guests afterwards and have the champange, I am doing the free package too (with some add ons, like chair covers, etc) but our champagne toast is included in the free package. 


      October 18, 2011 Gran Bahia Principe Runaway Bay Jamaica
      I married my bestfriend with 60 of our closest family and friends

      and I would do it all over again :D


      #773 erindegagne

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        Posted 27 January 2011 - 06:26 AM

        soontobemrsdow - Congrats!! thank you so much for all the info on the private reception, i am really thinking of doing this as well!! how many guests did you have?, also, how much time did you have in the restaurant for dancing etc....thanks a lot!!



        #774 toesinsand30

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          Posted 27 January 2011 - 08:06 AM

          Any one getting married the week of October 15, 2011 ?

          My wedding date is October 18 :)

           


          October 18, 2011 Gran Bahia Principe Runaway Bay Jamaica
          I married my bestfriend with 60 of our closest family and friends

          and I would do it all over again :D


          #775 soontobemrsdow

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            Posted 27 January 2011 - 08:31 AM


            Hey Akua if you want the whole song to play then 5 minutes is too long. If you don't mind it being cut off then you'll be good! My song was like 1:40 and we ended a bit early so maybe like 1:30 I guess it depened on how fast you walk. We started slow but as we got closer I started to cry and my husband was crying my parents, his were, bascially all 40 of us at the wedding were crying lol so we started walking faster near the end. I would use the same general guideline though for 1:00-1:30 per couple who has to walk down the asile before you to pick a song for them. Mine was 4:30 and I don't know exactly where it got cut off but it was long enough for 3 sets of people.


             

            Originally Posted by akua420 

            Soontobemrsdow - CONGRATS!  So glad it went smoothly Mrs. Dow!  My walking in song is 5 minutes long, think that will be long enough??

             

            I don't know if Im going to do the father daughter dance, because my FI's mom passed away right before we met, and he won't have his mom to dance with.  So I'm still thinking about it, but I'm pretty sure we'll just nix it, but then that will hurt my dads feelings a bit I'm sure so I am so confused about that.  And I don't want to have my FI just standing around as I'm dancing with my dad, and if he danced with my mom then his dad would be standing, ugh I just don't know.

             

             

             



             Hey Espe & Erin,

             

            we had 40 people total at our wedding including myself and my husband. My husbands brother was supposed to be our mc but with a month before the wedding we found out he actually couldn't attened so we totally forgot to replace him but luckily Bev did it for us, but for sure you can have an MC! We had our dinner at the italian and there are kinda like 2 seperate room areas so one area was for dinner then we all went into the other section that they cleared everything out of and made our dancing area and bar in there. It was pretty cool. We had brought a cd for the dj to play some of the songs we liked and he also mixed in some he liked. It was a really fun time and we were supposed to only have the restaurant from 6:30-10 but they actually let us stay until about 10:45 because we were all dancing like crazy! A bunch of us went to the disco after and even though my and my hubby left there around 12am we heard everyone else pretty much stayed until it closed!

             

             

             

             

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            Originally Posted by Espejo2be 

            soontobemrsdow: CONGRATS!!!! :) Thank you so very much for the extra info, i have been back on fourth on weather we should spend the extra money on the private reception or not.  It seems as if we'll have about 40 or more people coming now so i'm thinking that we may go ahead and do that if it's still available.  Did you have an "MC" at your recepetion? seeing there was a podium and mic... We're thinking about getting someone to say grace and say a few words, besides us saying our thank yous.  Was your dance still at the gazebo or was it in the resturant? Did you give the DJ CD's of certain music to play? I was thinking about bringing a USB stick of music when I go but wasn't sure if he actually had anything to plug it into or if he just plays good music on his own.  Thanks again for the template info, what a great idea!

            akua420 - I agree with missy&eric2011, i think it would be great if you had a song afterwards that you and you FI's dad and him and your mom could dance to, then everyone is involved :)

             

             

            Well i finally got some things figured out... the TA got back to me today saying that the resort sold AirCanada Vacations enough rooms for my bridal party and immediate family but anyone extra will have to take their chance if they aren't on the list already... i can't believe that the resort would be booked up in August so fast?! I thought it would be "low" season...

             



             
            Originally Posted by erindegagne 

            soontobemrsdow - Congrats!! thank you so much for all the info on the private reception, i am really thinking of doing this as well!! how many guests did you have?, also, how much time did you have in the restaurant for dancing etc....thanks a lot!!





            #776 katelynn

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              Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:28 AM

              Congrads Mrs Dow!

               

              Thanks for your wonderful review...it sounds like everything was amazing and went as planned for you. Looks like we will be asking you lots of questions too, haha.

               

              Cant wait to see your pics!


              Today I marry my bestfriend, the one I laugh with, the one I love.

              #777 lsmith211

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                Posted 27 January 2011 - 11:43 AM

                Thanks Mrs Dow - and congratulations!!  That's great advice about length of time needed per person to walk down the aisle, although besides my 3 bridesmaids I'll have a 2 year old flower girl and ring bearer, so I should probably give a bit more time for them - I forsee at least one of them having a meltdown half way down the aisle lol!



                #778 ames9782

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                  Posted 27 January 2011 - 04:44 PM

                  as many others have said, Congrats Mrs. Dow! sounds like you had a wonderful time.  my one question is, for the ceremony who plays the music for you? is there a specific person (dj) there to change/start/stop the music? or do we have to have someone do that for us? maybe a silly question, but just so i know.



                  #779 MIssdonne

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                    Posted 27 January 2011 - 05:30 PM

                    Hi Everyone

                    I'm from Montreal!

                    I'm getting married in GBP the week of june 11-18 2011!

                     

                    Did anyone get married this week?



                    #780 mekanabr

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                      Posted 27 January 2011 - 06:35 PM

                      Mrs Dow- another question for you :)  I'm trying to figure out what to wear for shoes... heels or sandals.  I really want to wear heels... but I'm not sure if it will make sense.  So... what did you wear?  Is it paved everywhere that we need to walk (minus pics on the beach?)  I can't really tell from the pics if the walkway to the gazebo is paved or not so any info would be great! Thanks!!!!






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