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#141 EricaG

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    Posted 08 September 2008 - 12:20 AM

    This is a great thread. Not only are there things that many people agree that they would do again or wouldn't do again, I like seeing the things that depend on the person. It just goes to show that everyone is different and what works for one person doesn't always work for another.
    I will have to add to this after Iget back in Dec.
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    #142 Bisha

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      Posted 08 September 2008 - 01:33 PM

      I can't belive I JUST NOW found this thread! :) This is great!
      Here are mine:

      Would do again in a heartbeat:
      •Finding BDW! This was by far the best source of info!!!! Thank you to all who post! 
      •Having a DW! Despite the grief we got from some family members, it was the best decision and something we will never forget. The entire vacation was a blast!
      •Getting simple, yet elegant and cheap invitations
      •Having the dress I really wanted made and not listening to my mom who said I should just use the same dress as I wore for the AHW
      •Having an AHW. Although I swore up and down that I would not have an AHC or AHR, we would up doing both and sooooo glad we got to celebrate with everyone who couldn’t make it out to Cancun. Still glad, even though we kept getting teased about having 2 weddings!  LOL
      •Dreams Cancun: really enjoyed the resort and the grounds made for phenomenal pictures and overall setting
      •Having Erik from Claudia Rodriguez as our photog – best decision ever!
      •Having a cocktail hour. At first, I was debating on whether or not we need one but, glad we did since it gave our guests something to do while we finished our photo session
      •Having the Mariachi trio during cocktail hour. It was absolutely a last minute decision and we are glad we did it! Our guests really enjoyed them.
      •Hiring a DJ! I know a lot of the girls said that they are glad they didn’t and just used their IPod, we were glad we did. It just felt more wedding-like and stress free and more like a party than a job of managing an Ipod.
      •Hiring a videographer.
      •Hubby’s attire: no suit just white linen pants and white cotton shirt.
      •Making hubby take dance lessons for an unforgettable first dance.

      Would have done differently/not done at all:
      •Would NOT have a DW TA – for me personally, was not worth it. It was more of a hassle than help. I remained the middle man and instead should have had everyone book through whichever source they wanted, which is what everyone wound up doing anyway! The only thing she was useful for was getting my date finalized. We finalized our contract and all the little details 3 days before the wedding, face to face with the wedding coordinator!!!
      •Would have NOT paid for FILs trip! Didn’t even get a thank you! But, this is a story for another thread
      •Would have bought FIL a shirt in addition to the pants we got for him or asked him what color shirt he got. He wound up wearing a white shirt (did not expect that at all) and that just pissed me off! I let it go because it wasn’t like I could tell him to go change 5 mins before the ceremony!  Don’t assume people will know what’s appropriate to wear, tell them what you expect!
      •Not stress about the date. It took us forever to decide on a date since I kept getting crap from different people. Should have just set the date without asking anyone anything; those who wanted to go found a way and those who didn’t want to go, found excuses. No date or anything else would have changed that!
      •Would have decided on the songs for the wedding video and brought them with us on a CD. It was a hassle to deal with later on since the music we chose was not readily available and that delayed us getting our pictures and video.
      •Would not buy travelers checks. Looking back, it was not worth the $. I don’t like cash in general, let alone traveling with several thousand dollars in my pocket and I thought the travelers checks would be a piece of mind but, they were not worth the hassle or the $ they cost to have.

      #143 Celina

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        Posted 08 September 2008 - 02:38 PM

        Hmm...very interesting Bisha! I love hearing everyone's thoughts after the fact!

        Thanks for sharing!
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        #144 soon2bePowers

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          Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:19 PM

          This has been a very helpful thread. I am going to look into the mug idea for the OOT bags. I am thinking maybe a bag and koozie or mug. Then just the welcome letter, map, etc.

          Right now I am stressing over the price and some guest reaction! I think girls are more prepared to spend money on a wedding than guys. All of my best friends weddings have cost me around $1000 and that we without a vacation!! Our package is around $1300. My girls are fine but FI's guy friends are shocked, I guess that is because they can be in a wedding for only a couple hundred bucks!

          Thanks so much.

          #145 Liz and Mike '09

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            Posted 13 September 2008 - 02:51 PM

            Great thread! We're looking at Cabos resorts for our weddings and found a wealth of information in this thread.

            #146 lilz125

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              Posted 14 September 2008 - 10:25 AM

              Kashmira,

              Your dress was phenomenal!!!!

              Who is the designer?
              We're married!

              #147 rodent

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                Posted 14 September 2008 - 10:34 AM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by lilz125
                Kashmira,

                Your dress was phenomenal!!!!

                Who is the designer?
                I'm pretty sure it is monica lhuillier- scarlet

                #148 Maura

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                Posted 14 September 2008 - 10:43 AM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by Morgan
                I'm pretty sure it is monica lhuillier- scarlet
                actually, its monique lhuillier

                #149 rodent

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                  Posted 14 September 2008 - 12:44 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Maura
                  actually, its monique lhuillier
                  he he, i was trying so hard to get the last name right because it's the hard part

                  #150 ACDCDCAC

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                  Posted 14 September 2008 - 01:46 PM

                  wow good call on the most discussed dress ever, BDW style :) she did have a beautiful dress. too bad we dont see kash around much anymore




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