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February 2012 Brides!!!!!!

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I would love to overpack but the costs of checking a 3rd and subsequent bag is crazy anymore so I am only taking the bare minimum because my FI will be the problem. For Christmas, my Mom got us Mr. and Mrs. luggage tags and they come in 3's. (2) Mrs. and (1) Mr. so my mom took a piece of white double sided tape and covered up the s in the Mrs. so it was (2) Mr. luggage tags because he is so bad.!  LOL.

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You are so right - these airlines are getting ridiculous with all the additional fees for luggage.  OMG that is too funny about your FI!!!!!  I love it!  That must be a great joke in your family.  Good move for your Mom to alter the tags to suit him!   plane.gif
 

Originally Posted by mowrer1943 View Post

I would love to overpack but the costs of checking a 3rd and subsequent bag is crazy anymore so I am only taking the bare minimum because my FI will be the problem. For Christmas, my Mom got us Mr. and Mrs. luggage tags and they come in 3's. (2) Mrs. and (1) Mr. so my mom took a piece of white double sided tape and covered up the s in the Mrs. so it was (2) Mr. luggage tags because he is so bad.!  LOL.



 

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Yeah, but for us we only pay $30 for one extra checked bag (which isnt bad considering), he and I get one checked bag free, the one we are paying for is filled with our OOT bag items.

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Bride2012 - What airline are you flying down to Punta Cana that is giving you each a free checked bag? Just wondering, because we are flying down to Punta Cana on AirTran for our wedding next Saturday (Feb 18) and I think we have to pay for all of our checked bags. (We'll have 3 or 4 I think.)

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Gotcha. I have 10 guests flying down on American too... I arranged a 5% discount on American, and a 10% discount on AirTran.... and the AirTran flights ended up being $200 cheaper than American (from Chicago), so that's why we went with them. But we'll probably spend $100 each way on checked bags.

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Hi Ladies! We got back on Monday from our wedding (Friday) and vacation. It was amazing! The first couple of days were a little stressful with getting everything done and organized (OOT bags, family arriving, etc)

There are a few things that I wish I did differently but really only I would know

 

- in Punta Cana, fans are NOT needed on the beach! It is sooo windy!

- Wish that I took more pics in my veil, I only had it on during the ceremony and I wish I used it more with the professional photographer

- Paid better attention to the budget…that is my own fault

- Wish I was more direct with the hair stylist (majestic elegance), I had lots of pictures but the side hair cluster was higher up and more just ‘off centered†looking- again, if I was more assertive when she was doing it, this would not have been an issue. My friend ended up moving it down somehow. However, my mother and nieceâ€s hair looked great and was exactly what they wanted!

- Be VERY specific with what you want. I knew in my head I only wanted plain white canopy/alter and gave the coordinator pictures of that; however, she added fans as ‘décor†and I never liked that in the pictures that I saw. In the long run, it really was only me that noticed.

 

For suitcases, we had 2 large checked bags which were not extra on American Airlines (not extra on Delta, they are extra on USAirways) I carried my dress, had a wheeled carry on and my fiancé had a full backpack and also another carryon- they allowed it.

Everything will be amazing, try not to stress too much! I think I was more stressed about my family all being in one resort than anything, haha!

We now have to plan our big June reception in Minnesota, I really donâ€t want to! We had the wedding of our dreams in Punta Cana and couldnâ€t ask for anything more.

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Awwww! I have been waiting you and Tori's updates on your wedding! Congratulations MNtoMX!!! I am so delighted you enjoyed your time, we leave for ME at 7am in the morning tomorrow!!!! Any helpful tips about the resort?

 

And most importantly...PICTURES!!! :) I cant wait to see them!!!

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The resort was great! Everyone loved it. I did get sick at the end but I was there for a week and drinking a lot (although I really tried to watch the sugary drinks)!  We never ate at the big “Flavors†buffet. One morning we tried to eat breakfast around 9am at the beach restaurant See and Sea and it does not open till 9:30am.  We did not have a wedding coordinator there as we had our wedding at the Jellyfish. I gave my dress to the laundry people and it was returned with more wrinkles than before. They did not return the hanger which lifted my train so it did not get crumpled in the bag, so it was left in the bag for a few hours getting more wrinkled. This was on my wedding day and I was nearly in tears but oh well! It all worked out in the end!

The French and Italian Restaurants were really good. I never ate at the steak house (I donâ€t eat steak), Japanese was good but I was a little freaked out by cross contamination (scooping out raw meat then using same spatula to immediately serve the fried rice)! Haha, it probably happens in all the restaurants but to see it in front of you scared me a bit. And the See and Sea wasnâ€t bad either (I had grouper and lobster there)

Overall, it was one of the best all inclusives we have been to. The staff was great and the bartenders would pour you extra when you wanted.  We were on the adults only (Elegance Club) side, which was nice. Our friends tried to upgrade when they arrived and it was going to be $70 per person/ per day- NOT worth that. Really the perks included snacks during the day, free computer/internet, and bottles of alcohol in the room we never opened (or only opened one)

 We did not pay the $300 outside fee for our photographer so we met them on the beach right next to ME before heading to the Jellyfish. I will post pics from that (or try to, sometimes I have problems with pics) Have a couple friends ask to re-direct traffic while taking pictures.

Snorkels and windsurfing are free but you have to ask at the hut by the volleyball court. Not much to see in the designated swim area…

Ok, I will try to put up some pics…


 

Originally Posted by Bride2012 View Post

Awwww! I have been waiting you and Tori's updates on your wedding! Congratulations MNtoMX!!! I am so delighted you enjoyed your time, we leave for ME at 7am in the morning tomorrow!!!! Any helpful tips about the resort?

 

And most importantly...PICTURES!!! :) I cant wait to see them!!!



 

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