Originally Posted by Soon-to-be-McRae
Wedding plans are slow so far but i have chosen my bridesmaids dresses and my own dress and paid my deposit :-) looking at my accessories and a dress for the evening to change into and bookmarking and choosing other bits and bobs like ring cushions, favours etc not buying much really until i have finally booked and it feels real :-)
I carnt book until around September/October this year, for November 2011.
We have decided to book the wedding direct with first choice although it was a bit more expensive than booking direct with the hotel, the reason i chose this was because we have had some messing about being passed from one coordinator to another at the hotel and i feel it gets a bit confusing and also the added assurance if anything goes wrong either end we have someone we can go back to or if there is any type of "Ash Cloud" etc we will be covered to get the money back from First Choice for the wedding where as if we book direct we won't get anything back!
We sat and went through the packages and decided to go with the Luxury package and just upgrade particular things like the photography and buy extra bouquets etc for the bridesmaids, we totalled everything up that we wanted using a cheaper package and it came out more expensive. Our final package choice will be dependant on how many people join us because i really want the private reception but i think there needs to be a minimum of 20 people.
What plans have you made so far? Its a bit of a struggle when you feel so far away from it doesn't it?
Hi Vicki, we were also looking at the Luxury Package it seems to include most things we would like. I agree with booking everything through First Choice for assurance, i know that when i spoke with them they said that they know of some hotels that have cancelled weddings due to double booking and the brides didn't know anything until they turned up. First Choice said that they wouldn't be able to do this if we book through them because they have to sign a contract with First Choice.
When i was speaking to the WC at The Gran Caribe she told me that you need to have a minimum of 30 people to have a private reception, but i'm sure they can be flexible.
I haven't managed to book anything because I can't until the prices come out with First Choice next year May, but I know my colours (aqua and white) and so I am currently looking for bridesmaid dresses, i've seen a couple of nice styles so I just need to make sure my BM like them. I've got a contact of lady that has been making wedding/BM dresses, grooms/ushers suits etc for the last 30 years, she is apparantly very good, reasonably priced and highly recommended and since my BM sizes range from size 6 - 20, it will be difficult to find a dress in a shop that will fit all so i will be getting them made.
Other than that i've been getting loads of ideas from the ladies on here and i'm just enjoying the planning stage, although I am getting extremly impatient and just want to book the wedding so it feels more real.x
Originally Posted by Soon-to-be-McRae
We have chosen a golf club, we havent booked an exact date yet because i am looking for the cheapest possible dates for Mexico as we are not fixed on date really but looking around 26th November for AHR as going to try and book for the 10th or 12th for the wedding.
Love the luggage tags hun they are cute.
Jo.....The T-Shirts are fab like many of the others have said i am sure the in laws will see the funny side
Mel....Welcome to the thread.
My AHR is the only thing that I am able to get excited about at the moment, one of my BM is the manager of a Golf Club and she has said that as her present to us we can have the venue for free for our AHR with hot/cold buffet provided for free too. The venue is beautiful and she has saved us a small fortune. We have penciled in a date which will be confirmed once I have booked the wedding.
Originally Posted by josietoms
Thats the best thing about getting married abroad you can go out of wedding season here in the UK and then get a great price on the AHR venue - our hire charge was only £450 but June - September its in the region of £950!!!!
This is our venue - we are not having a full sit down meal just nibbles (though I have noticed people like to call them canapes these days - lol) - but loads of booze xx
Ah that looks absolutely beautiful xx