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Hello ladies! I figured I need another reason to procrastinate at work, and as such, I can start documenting my wedding plans for our DW in Cabo.

 

A little bit about myself and my FI: My name is Ana and I'm currently living "cohabitating" (as the priest likes to call it) with my FI Michael in Vancouver. Michael and I met in Ottawa where I was finishing my undergrad, and I moved in with him in Vancouver 8 months later after I graduated.

 

We decided to do a destination wedding for two reasons, (1)our families are on opposite coasts of Canada, and our friends are scattered all around the world...we wanted to give people a destination that would be fun and exciting and where we could spend more time with everyone, rather than just a couple of days; and (2)we (and by "we" I mean "me") didn't want to have to do alot of planning. We wanted a quick, easy and virtually stress free wedding.

 

I went into this process thinking that we would pick a resort, pick a wedding package and that's it. Well I guess the anal/bridezilla zide of me came out because I've now trashed the whole "package" idea, and decided to pick each individual detail separately...lol! Fortunately, I have an extremely understanding and loving fiance who lets me do whatever I want, and just asks that he be kept in the loop as to the crazy plans that I decide to make. He's probably the most easy going person ever, and is just happy to pick his favorite idea out of the ones I present to him.

 

So first thing is first, it took us about a month to find a travel agent that we liked and felt comfortable with. We finally found Deborah from Roseway Travel here in Vancouver. She is absolutely amazing, and more imprtantly, calm...she kept me in check when I was stressing about picking the right location. We looked at every possible resort in the Mayan Riviera, until realizing that perhaps our problem stemmed from the fact that we picked the wrong coast of Mexico. So we changed it, and moved the wedding to Dreams Los Cabos. Funny enough, this was the first resort that Michael picked out of the brochure, way back in December when we first started looking at destinations. So he got his wish :)

 

The second issue we had was picking a date. With so many people, some in university, some buying houses, etc... it was hard finding a date that was good, and that also provided for favorable Cabo weather. But we did eventually pick April 1st of 2009. Although, its 4 months later than we initially wanted, what's 4 months in the greater scheme of things?

 

After these decisions were made the rest was pretty simple. I called Yesica and had her book us in to the Oceana Terrace for the reception at Dreams. I called the Mision de San Jose de Cabo Auiti and spoke with Padre Juvencio, and secured the date with him. (I tend to like using the phone more than email...again the crazyiness comes out).

 

So here is what we've got so far:

 

Church in Cabo: booked for April 1st, 2009 at 3pm; I'm thinking of doing something like this for decorating the church:

 

Church in Vancouver: had first meeting with Father Dion and starting Marriage Prep courses tomorrow

 

Dress: Ordered a Marisa dress from Ritche Bridal in Toronto, its being made in NY in a silk satin cafe color and will be here in the summer some time. Here's some pics, but this was a sample that was a bit big and in silk taffeta. I'm really excited and curious to see what the final product will look like :)

 

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Resort: Dreams Los Cabos - currently have 16guests booked, with more to come :)

 

Reception: Oceana Terrace for both cocktails and dinner/dance.

 

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Here are some pics that I'm using for inspiration for colors etc..

 

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Photographer: Juan Carlos - we are just waiting for the contract; we're going to have him booked for 8 hours and hoping that's enough :)

 

Wedding Coordinator: Maye - just working out the contract with her and will deposit with her asap. I'm super excited to have someone else do the vendor arrangement and research...my head is spinning already

 

Also, we're using Yesica from Dreams as well, so we'll have two people helping.

 

Invites: we're in the process of designing these. My MOH and future sister in law is designing them along with the STD cards.

 

Wedding colors: light pink, gold, kiwi and cream; we're also using a gold starfish to "brand" the wedding. My FI gave me a starfish Tiffany necklace for our frist Christmas and I love it so much. So I wanted to incorporate it into the wedding, since its something that is part of my every day life.

 

That's all I've got so far! I will keep everyone posted on ideas and planning as I go along! :)

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So funny...you and me had the same idea...go to mexico quick and easy, pick a place and your done. I feel like all i do now is plan this wedding, what did i do before?

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lol yea I thought it would work out to be really relaxed, but I hate the "factory-like" weddings that all the resorts provide, so I started doing everything separately. It helps to get an organizer I find, and a WC. Once I hired Maye I felt so much better. It might be a bit of a mind barrier too, now I feel like I don't have to be on watch for everything. I can just pick out all the ideas I love, send them to her for pricings, and then decide what I like best. I'll be curious to see what happens too and how it all works together in the end..lol! I keep saying "after this one thing we're done" but it never is. First it was picking a TA, then a resort, then the Church, and on and on... sad.gif

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I think your right about the WC. I have been in contact with one WC that has been sooo helpful. But I find that I can't let go of things, I want to do it all even if it is a lot of work. I guess i'm kind of a control freak.

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you can still do most of your own searches etc... but just have someone there to make sure it goes smoothly. I'm still researching the vendors and contacting myself first (for most things) but then I have Maye there to organize them and to do the setups. Plus I've found a couple of instances where I've needed someone there to contact either the priest or one of the vendors because I don't speak Spanish, so it worked out pretty well.

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