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#131 angelnjewels

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    Posted 22 September 2012 - 06:47 PM

    Hi All, I kinda feel stuck! I just met with some of my family members and it seems like everyone has something to say.... Do this or do that!!!! They want a summer wedding and some can't travel in the summer. Ugh!!! Anyway, how long do you give your guests to prepare for the wedding? Do you mail your save the dates a year or 1 1/2 in advance??? We kinda want to have a wedding next summer but are not sure if it is sort notice or if we should do it 2014 LL I will pm you my email address... Thanks for your help! :) Angel

    Can't wait to marry my best friend and love of my life...

    #132 erica12

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      Posted 23 September 2012 - 06:01 AM

      Hey Angel


      We sent out our save the dates a year in advance, My feelings on it are if someone really wants to go they will make it happen and if not they wont. Its about what you and your fiance want and you have to do what is best for you! Good luck with the planning!

      #133 EVKnowsitall

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        Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:34 AM

        Hey Angel, I agree with Erica . It's tough and I'm actually being pulled in different directions as well. My mother made a comment that she wanted "just one of her daughters to have a real wedding" and I said "so because it's away and less people are coming its not real?" How's this for backlash- both of my sisters helped me reach the decision to do a destination wedding, were all for it & now that it's time to book rooms are saying I'm out of mind because it's too much money and I'm inconsiderate. We also sent our Save The Dates a year in advance. People pay for vacations and all sorts of other extravagances. We also used a travel agent and people only had to pay a $50 deposit and the rest is due 2 months before the wedding. People can pay as they go. Ultimately everyone will have something to say so I resolved myself to saying- Elvin and I will be there whoever wants to join us- please come, whoever can't make it- look at pictures. People who can't come have the rest of your married life to see other life milestones. A wedding is one day. If I listened to everyone else- we would not do a destination wedding. And FYI- our budget for our wedding in DR is $20,000- that's for flights, hotel, photography, DJ, church fees, premarital class, boarding our dog (I'm sad she can't come lol), souvenirs, all the bells and whistles. A wedding stateside was $20,000 for the catering hall alone so in total it would have been $40-50,000. I'd rather save our money and buy a house! Plus you cannot beat a week long celebration in paradise! Ultimately it's what's best for you and your fiancĀ©. Don't let anyone sway you. Close your eyes and dream about your wedding. However you envision it is the way you should execute it. Start your lives together on your terms not anyone else's.
        Happily married to the love of my life- since July 5, 2013

        #134 Suzhen

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          Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:36 AM

          Hi Erica. Thanks for the great tip about flying with your wedding dress. I will definitely look into this. We will be flying from nj so the costs should be somewhat similar. Where are you having your cocktail hour? And are u having a private rehearsal dinner? We are still waiting for confirmation for the big day. Hopefully we will here this week. Suzanne

          #135 angelnjewels

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            Posted 23 September 2012 - 05:47 PM

            Hey ladies, Yes you're right we have to do what makes us happy. we really want to save money for a house and hopefully having little ones... :) Do you know any vendors that have great deals on save the dates and invites? I can't wait to see paradisus in January... :)

            Can't wait to marry my best friend and love of my life...

            #136 cara24

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              Posted 24 September 2012 - 08:35 AM

              Hi.we used magnet street.com we got the save the the dates and the invitations through them and very happy.. give it a look

              #137 LL117

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                Posted 24 September 2012 - 05:55 PM



                Wedding Paper Divas always seem to have some sort of coupon or promotion going on their website... I'm thinking of doing the save the dates from there. I found the perfect invitations by searching on etsy.com for wedding invitations. They had so many different options! I purchased several samples (much cheaper than some websites) and found the ONE :) 

                #138 Sarah W

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                  Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:00 AM



                  Can you also email me any photos and pricing you have for reception sites?   swatts000@gmail.com


                  If anyone else has photos or add on costs please share! 


                  I've had a hard time getting complete answers from the Miami office and it's been 20+ emails for all of the details but still unsure as to what hte reception options look like.



                  #139 CaribbeanWed

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                    Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:08 AM

                    Does anybody know how many weddings a day they have?  I have heard some conflicting information and I'm trying to avoid feeling like I am in a wedding factory for my special day!


                    Also, I just received their price list, it seems a little high versus some of the other DR resorts... am I overlooking something that the other resorts don't include?

                    #140 MissyBee

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                      Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:20 AM

                      I was told they have 2 weddings per day

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