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#11 ahollo02

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    Posted 06 December 2009 - 08:56 PM

    P.S. Those pictures were awesome!!!!!

    #12 Woodsylou

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      Posted 07 December 2009 - 01:02 PM

      oh my goodness your wedding looks perfect, so casual and romantic and wonderful. i hope my wedding is like yours! gorgeous!

      i totally agree with you about not stressing and it's 'our' day and all that, you have the same outlook as me :)
      a UK bride :)

      35 fabulous people booked! 31 at The Moon Palace, 4 offsite! YAY!

      My planning thread! http://bestdestinati....k-bride-61178/

      #13 jayla

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        Posted 08 December 2009 - 03:22 AM

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        Originally Posted by Sarah Do
        Jayla,


        Honestly, I have no clue what kind of system they had set up. That was the least of my worries. All I know is that we gave them our ipod with the wedding songs on a playlist and they played them accordingly. Other than that, you got me.

        As far as a formal contract goes,I wouldn't worry. Over all, they are very organized there. Ariadna is great at what she does and there is only one wedding on any given day. That way things don't get messed up.

        As a side not to anyone planning a destination wedding, if you are a super controlling type A personality, this is not a good choice for you as a wedding. I am really laid back and I went with the flow. Here is how I see it. It isnt "my" day. Its "our" day. And when you get down to it, its really only 15 minutes of "our" day. No need to get too worked up over stuff. The important part is the marriage itself. Not the wedding. Wow....I sound like an after school special.

        Anyway, let me know if you have any other questions.
        Those pictures were beautiful--I am seriously all fluttery inside from them and can't wait until I'm on that beach getting married too! You looked wonderful, and I loved those starfish barrettes! Was your bouquet from the Valentin, because it was gorgeous!

        Fortunately, I am not a Type A person--but I am paranoid about money! I'm more worried of hidden fees or prices changing drastically without a contract. Like I want flower petals for the runner but don't think I can afford the Once In a Lifetime package. Ariadna told me there is a $550 fee for bringing your own flowers. Did you just bring those petals yourself?

        Ok, now I realize I do sound like a control freak--but trust me, I'm not, I just really want those petals! :)

        #14 Sarah Do

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          Posted 08 December 2009 - 12:28 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by jayla
          Those pictures were beautiful--I am seriously all fluttery inside from them and can't wait until I'm on that beach getting married too! You looked wonderful, and I loved those starfish barrettes! Was your bouquet from the Valentin, because it was gorgeous!

          Fortunately, I am not a Type A person--but I am paranoid about money! I'm more worried of hidden fees or prices changing drastically without a contract. Like I want flower petals for the runner but don't think I can afford the Once In a Lifetime package. Ariadna told me there is a $550 fee for bringing your own flowers. Did you just bring those petals yourself?

          Ok, now I realize I do sound like a control freak--but trust me, I'm not, I just really want those petals! :)

          We only did the moonlight package. $8999usd. Included basic beach set up- no extra frills. I figured the beach was a pretty enough set up and I didn't need all of the flowers, etc. We were just as paranoid about money, which is also why we did it this way. The bouquet was from the resort. Ask ariadna to send you the booklet to pick it out. They have PLENTY to chose from that are included in your package, no reason to bring your own. The music being played at the beach was also included. Ariadna gave us rose petals on the beach as our "present" from her. When you get there and meet with her, tell her you really want petals and ask what she can do for you. She WILL work with you.

          Another way to save money is to just go out and eat with your family at the restaurant you want and eat off their menu. Getting individual reception meals is expensive. If you are unsure about what restaurant you like, ask her to send you the menus of the restaurants and you can pick with your FI.

          Also, there were no hidden fees at all. The package was $899 and we only paid $899. BUT, and this is a big but, we did not get a bunch of extras. We just didn't need them.

          Believe me ladies, when it comes down to it, all the extra crap you get means nothing. You will be so happy to be married to the one you love, the rest will seem like small potatoes.

          #15 ML YoungLove

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            Posted 08 December 2009 - 08:24 PM

            Everything looked fabulous! Your pics were amazing! Congats Mrs!!!
            Mrs. Young

            #16 jayla

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              Posted 08 December 2009 - 10:05 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Sarah Do
              We only did the moonlight package. $8999usd. Included basic beach set up- no extra frills. I figured the beach was a pretty enough set up and I didn't need all of the flowers, etc. We were just as paranoid about money, which is also why we did it this way. The bouquet was from the resort. Ask ariadna to send you the booklet to pick it out. They have PLENTY to chose from that are included in your package, no reason to bring your own. The music being played at the beach was also included. Ariadna gave us rose petals on the beach as our "present" from her. When you get there and meet with her, tell her you really want petals and ask what she can do for you. She WILL work with you.

              Another way to save money is to just go out and eat with your family at the restaurant you want and eat off their menu. Getting individual reception meals is expensive. If you are unsure about what restaurant you like, ask her to send you the menus of the restaurants and you can pick with your FI.

              Also, there were no hidden fees at all. The package was $899 and we only paid $899. BUT, and this is a big but, we did not get a bunch of extras. We just didn't need them.

              Believe me ladies, when it comes down to it, all the extra crap you get means nothing. You will be so happy to be married to the one you love, the rest will seem like small potatoes.
              Whew! That's a sigh of relief! Araidna has been very helpful and prompt so far over email, so I will just put faith in things and trust it will all work out in the end.

              And you're right, when it comes down to it, it is small potatoes. I think I will adopt that as my new mantra!

              #17 cait713

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                Posted 09 December 2009 - 07:03 PM

                Sarah-Thanks for posting your review and your website. Your pictures are absolutely lovely! I'm glad everything went well for you! Congratulations!!!

                #18 Sweetpea_Mtl

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                  Posted 09 December 2009 - 10:16 PM

                  That's a fantastic review! So glad to see how everything went smoothly. Congratulations!

                  #19 DDBentley15

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                    Posted 10 December 2009 - 01:15 AM

                    Congrats! Great Review!

                    #20 barcelo1162010

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                      Posted 10 December 2009 - 03:18 AM

                      Sounds like you had a wonderful time. The photographers being good sounds like a good surprise. I am getting married at a different resort and relying on family photos and possibly the resort photog if they turn out good...hope I am as lucky as you!




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