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Thank you! My colors were orange and blue, and I can put some more up if there is anything you want to see! We got ready at the elegance (dress and all!) and headed to the jellyfish at 3. I met K there, and we did our first look pictures as soon as my groom arrived. I did not have her come to the resort because we did not want to pay the outside vendor fee, and my cousin took getting ready shots of me. (they were not really a priority for me, but the ones he took are definitely fun. I'm sure anyone could take a few of your dress, shoes, etc. if you wanted. I wanted more time with K at the jellyfish!) And the first look. I wish I could better put into words what it felt like! I was just so incredibly happy to share that moment with JUST my groom. I didn't even realize how much I missed him until I finally got to see him waiting there for me. It made everything so real. K came in to Maytes office and told me he was already crying, which was the biggest surprise of the day! So as I walked up to him, I immediately got emotional too! All of my bridesmaids watched from afar, and there was not a dry eye around. It was so special to get to see, talk and hug him before our wedding. It so relaxed me and we felt much more "us" for the rest of the time, as opposed to a "bride and groom" if that makes any sense at all? And after the first look, we we able to take all of our bridal party pictures pre-ceremony, so we could better enjoy our cocktail hour ;) never mind that the boys had already grabbed a beer while the else watched us take our first look pictures! It ended up being such a fun little hour and a half while the bridal party had full reign of the jellyfish, and we all caught up with ecahother! So, jellyfish had sent two vans for the bridal party, and at 4:30, picked up all the rest of the guests (70, with the big bus and one van) Everyone was on time, and although the bus was hot, they enjoyed the ride over. We only rented the downstairs, because our dance floor etc. was outside, and this worked perfectly for us. I think there were two couples eating upstairs. I hid upstairs when the guests started arriving, which was fun, because I peeked down a few times. k was able to come up and take some special pictures of us girls waiting, which was really nice. (so I do, actually, have a few getting ready shots, as my makeup was retouched, etc.) My ceremony was scheduled for 5:30, but the rain came, and we probably did not start til 6:15. The sun did begin to set after the ceremony during family pictures, but f course this depends on your time of year. Your photographer will be able to guide you and help you set up a timeline. My day, if it helps 11:00 hair apt (they had another wedding, so they didn't take us until 12! But it works out fine) 2:00 makeup (friend did it in my room) 3:00 bridal party vans to jellyfish 3:30 arrive at jellyfish for pictures 4:30 guests picked up 5:00 guests arrived, two welcome drinks 5:30 ceremony The bus rides home were actually the only issue of the night. The big bus was leaving at 12:30 (ended up leaving at 1) but people with kids and some older guests wanted to leave earlier. I had figured that the one van would be enough to make a few round trips for those leaving earlier, and I was wrong. The van holds 10 or so, and made probably 4 round trips, which left some people waiting around to leave. In retrospect, my parents and I agreed we should have just discreetly paid a cab fare to send those guests back who were standing around waiting to leave. I had heard that the guests discussed calling a cab but had not brought any money (probably a 40-50$ cab ride) Of course if they had said that to anyone in my family, someone would have paid, but I know they did not want to bother any of us. Really, it was not that much of an issue, but just something to think about. :) no one was unhappy, so not to worry! Whew, think I got it all :)

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Oops just realized my bus ride home thing is misleading! 40 people did not leave early, haha. The few early vans that left were not ever full, just a few guests at a time that happened to grab the van when it returned!

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Li282 - Thank you so much for your great review! It pretty much sounds like what I had in mind for my wedding (a little less than a year away). My one concern is that I've been trying to reach Mayte for several weeks now, but have yet to receive a response to my emails. I'm sure she's incredibly busy, but I just had 1 simple question. Just wondering .... How was communication with Mayte during your planning process? Any recommendations or tips? Thank you!

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Li282 - Thank you so much for your great review. Your wedding sounds very similar to what I had in mind for mine so I'm so happy it all worked out well! Although my wedding is a little less than a year away, I've been trying to get a hold of Mayte for the past couple weeks, but have yet to receive a response. I'm sure she's extremely business planning amazing wedding, but it would be nice to get my one simple question answered. Just wondering... How was your communication with Mayte during your planning process? Any recommendations? Thanks!

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Originally Posted by li282 View Post

 

Thank you! My colors were orange and blue, and I can put some more up if there is anything you want to see!

We got ready at the elegance (dress and all!) and headed to the jellyfish at 3. I met K there, and we did our first look pictures as soon as my groom arrived. I did not have her come to the resort because we did not want to pay the outside vendor fee, and my cousin took getting ready shots of me. (they were not really a priority for me, but the ones he took are definitely fun. I'm sure anyone could take a few of your dress, shoes, etc. if you wanted. I wanted more time with K at the jellyfish!)

And the first look. I wish I could better put into words what it felt like! I was just so incredibly happy to share that moment with JUST my groom. I didn't even realize how much I missed him until I finally got to see him waiting there for me. It made everything so real. K came in to Maytes office and told me he was already crying, which was the biggest surprise of the day! So as I walked up to him, I immediately got emotional too! All of my bridesmaids watched from afar, and there was not a dry eye around. It was so special to get to see, talk and hug him before our wedding. It so relaxed me and we felt much more "us" for the rest of the time, as opposed to a "bride and groom" if that makes any sense at all?

And after the first look, we we able to take all of our bridal party pictures pre-ceremony, so we could better enjoy our cocktail hour wink.gif never mind that the boys had already grabbed a beer while the else watched us take our first look pictures! It ended up being such a fun little hour and a half while the bridal party had full reign of the jellyfish, and we all caught up with ecahother!

So, jellyfish had sent two vans for the bridal party, and at 4:30, picked up all the rest of the guests (70, with the big bus and one van) Everyone was on time, and although the bus was hot, they enjoyed the ride over. We only rented the downstairs, because our dance floor etc. was outside, and this worked perfectly for us. I think there were two couples eating upstairs. I hid upstairs when the guests started arriving, which was fun, because I peeked down a few times. k was able to come up and take some special pictures of us girls waiting, which was really nice. (so I do, actually, have a few getting ready shots, as my makeup was retouched, etc.)

My ceremony was scheduled for 5:30, but the rain came, and we probably did not start til 6:15. The sun did begin to set after the ceremony during family pictures, but f course this depends on your time of year. Your photographer will be able to guide you and help you set up a timeline.

My day, if it helps

11:00 hair apt (they had another wedding, so they didn't take us until 12! But it works out fine)

2:00 makeup (friend did it in my room)

3:00 bridal party vans to jellyfish

3:30 arrive at jellyfish for pictures

4:30 guests picked up

5:00 guests arrived, two welcome drinks

5:30 ceremony

The bus rides home were actually the only issue of the night. The big bus was leaving at 12:30 (ended up leaving at 1) but people with kids and some older guests wanted to leave earlier. I had figured that the one van would be enough to make a few round trips for those leaving earlier, and I was wrong. The van holds 10 or so, and made probably 4 round trips, which left some people waiting around to leave. In retrospect, my parents and I agreed we should have just discreetly paid a cab fare to send those guests back who were standing around waiting to leave. I had heard that the guests discussed calling a cab but had not brought any money (probably a 40-50$ cab ride) Of course if they had said that to anyone in my family, someone would have paid, but I know they did not want to bother any of us. Really, it was not that much of an issue, but just something to think about. :) no one was unhappy, so not to worry!

Whew, think I got it all :)

Ok, that's too funny that your colours were orange and blue - so are ours!  The similarity continues!  So now I want to see basically everything!  :)  Do you have any pics that highlight the different decor that you had (basic ceremony, entrance table, centrepieces, cake table, etc?)  I'd love to see your flowers too.  Could I ask what your name is on the facebook page?  That might help me find your pics!  If you don't mind sharing, I'd love to see a couple of your first look pics too... just to get an idea of what it would look like at the JF.

 

Yes, getting ready shots are of low priority for me too (good idea to have a friend take some while you get ready though).  Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about the first look.  I am leaning more towards this option, especially after your thoughts.  I like the tradition of not seeing each other, but I am more tempted by the special moment that is just the two of you.  Thin it might help make me less emotional during the ceremony (i'm a crier!).

 

Thanks for the tips about the transportation home.  It's been a concern of ours as well and it's good to know that they have vans available too instead of just the big bus.  Did you decide on the 12:30 departure before the wedding day itself?  Would it have been easy to arrange for a cab?  I'm guessing that you could ask Mayte to call one and slip her the payment?  

 

Sorry for all the questions!  This is sooo helpful though!!

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And after the first look, we we able to take all of our bridal party pictures pre-ceremony, so we could better enjoy our cocktail hour ;) never mind that the boys had already grabbed a beer while the else watched us take our first look pictures! It ended up being such a fun little hour and a half while the bridal party had full reign of the jellyfish, and we all caught up with ecahother!
Private cocktail hour for the bridal party, what a great idea! Wish I'd thought of that ahead of time!!

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Originally Posted by li282 View Post

 

Thank you! My colors were orange and blue, and I can put some more up if there is anything you want to see!

We got ready at the elegance (dress and all!) and headed to the jellyfish at 3. I met K there, and we did our first look pictures as soon as my groom arrived. I did not have her come to the resort because we did not want to pay the outside vendor fee, and my cousin took getting ready shots of me. (they were not really a priority for me, but the ones he took are definitely fun. I'm sure anyone could take a few of your dress, shoes, etc. if you wanted. I wanted more time with K at the jellyfish!)

And the first look. I wish I could better put into words what it felt like! I was just so incredibly happy to share that moment with JUST my groom. I didn't even realize how much I missed him until I finally got to see him waiting there for me. It made everything so real. K came in to Maytes office and told me he was already crying, which was the biggest surprise of the day! So as I walked up to him, I immediately got emotional too! All of my bridesmaids watched from afar, and there was not a dry eye around. It was so special to get to see, talk and hug him before our wedding. It so relaxed me and we felt much more "us" for the rest of the time, as opposed to a "bride and groom" if that makes any sense at all?

And after the first look, we we able to take all of our bridal party pictures pre-ceremony, so we could better enjoy our cocktail hour wink.gif never mind that the boys had already grabbed a beer while the else watched us take our first look pictures! It ended up being such a fun little hour and a half while the bridal party had full reign of the jellyfish, and we all caught up with ecahother!

So, jellyfish had sent two vans for the bridal party, and at 4:30, picked up all the rest of the guests (70, with the big bus and one van) Everyone was on time, and although the bus was hot, they enjoyed the ride over. We only rented the downstairs, because our dance floor etc. was outside, and this worked perfectly for us. I think there were two couples eating upstairs. I hid upstairs when the guests started arriving, which was fun, because I peeked down a few times. k was able to come up and take some special pictures of us girls waiting, which was really nice. (so I do, actually, have a few getting ready shots, as my makeup was retouched, etc.)

My ceremony was scheduled for 5:30, but the rain came, and we probably did not start til 6:15. The sun did begin to set after the ceremony during family pictures, but f course this depends on your time of year. Your photographer will be able to guide you and help you set up a timeline.

My day, if it helps

11:00 hair apt (they had another wedding, so they didn't take us until 12! But it works out fine)

2:00 makeup (friend did it in my room)

3:00 bridal party vans to jellyfish

3:30 arrive at jellyfish for pictures

4:30 guests picked up

5:00 guests arrived, two welcome drinks

5:30 ceremony

The bus rides home were actually the only issue of the night. The big bus was leaving at 12:30 (ended up leaving at 1) but people with kids and some older guests wanted to leave earlier. I had figured that the one van would be enough to make a few round trips for those leaving earlier, and I was wrong. The van holds 10 or so, and made probably 4 round trips, which left some people waiting around to leave. In retrospect, my parents and I agreed we should have just discreetly paid a cab fare to send those guests back who were standing around waiting to leave. I had heard that the guests discussed calling a cab but had not brought any money (probably a 40-50$ cab ride) Of course if they had said that to anyone in my family, someone would have paid, but I know they did not want to bother any of us. Really, it was not that much of an issue, but just something to think about. :) no one was unhappy, so not to worry!

Whew, think I got it all :)

Oh, one more question!  :)  Did you get your hair and makeup done at the ME?  Who did you book your appointment through?

 

Thanks!!

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