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#1 LuckyGal4

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    Posted 02 June 2012 - 09:13 AM

    First of all I want to say how much these threads have helped me in my planning process... Trey and I got engaged on May 14, 2011. We had both been married before and had done the whole big wedding thing in our hometown so we knew right off the bat that we wanted to have a destination wedding. We had origannly thought of going to the Dominican Republic as neither one of us had been there before but, after a lot of careful consideration we decided on Playa del Carmen! It is such a beautiful place, its not to far from Texas and is really budget friendly.. I wish picking a resort would have been as easy as picking a country! It seemed like we looked at 100's before finally deciding on The Royal & The Gran Porto Real. Reason we choose here: LOCATION it is litteraly in the middle of downtown, PRICE we went thru a travel agent (which I highly reccomend!) and she got everyone a great deal, KID FRIENDLY both my sister and future SIL have kids so they could stay at The Gran Porto which is family friendly but still be right next door to the people staying at The Royal (all adult).

     

    Like I said, we went thru a TA and she did all of the booking for us and our guests... We did a "group vacation" thru a trvel company called GOGO Vacations. This worked out very well for us bc all of our guests were leaving from the same airport and staying the same amount of days. Basically the more people you have in your group the better the deal. We have 40 people going so it should be fun with all of us on the plane together! Our guests are staying 4 nights 5 days and we are gonna stay 9 nights 10 days. I also got everyone shirts to wear at the airport!! Um ok so Glenna whcih is my TA got me set up with Maritza which was my on site wedding coordinator. She then contacted me and we began to set everything up. Let me say that I have heard on here that some of the WC are horrible but Maritza was wonderful!! She always replied back to my emails within a day or 2. She answered all my questions even tho I had a million of them!! We got the date, location, and time all set and then it was time to sign the contract!! I kinda let that all sit in for a month so that we could send out our STD and get our engagements photos done. I sent out our STD 6 months prior, now I know that seems like not enought time as I have seen other girls send theirs out loikie 12 months prior but all of our friends already knew what was going on so it worked out well for us! Here our our STD, we got them at weddingpaperdivas.com

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    We liked the postcard idea, plus stamps are cheaper :-)

     

    OK so back to planning with Maritza... You have to make certin deposit amounts like 90 and 45 days out. I think the first one was like $300.00 we decided on the Eternal Romance Wedding and then added a cocktail hour and a private reception. So just to let you know, everything comes standard. Fro example I am getting married on the beach so white chairs and a huppa draped with with linens will be provided. If you want to add color, that is something that you need to provide. The hotel does offer color chair sashes but they are so pricey so I ordered mine online and then Im just gonna take them with me. The wedding team will make sure they decorate the chairs and huppa for you! Centerpieces for the reception are these little boxes with sand, rose petals and a candle thing. Personally I dont really care about center pieces so I am going with the ones that they provide. Ok so here are some pics that Maritza sent to me...

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    This is a standard ceremony on the beach and then you add all the "extras" if you want! Speaking on getting married on the beach, we decided that we were not gonna go a leagal ceremony in Mexico as it just wasnt work out for us. They have some stipulations on how many days you have to be there prior to the weding day and that didnt work for us. So we are gonna go to the JP as soon as we get back. Also they wanted to charge us $600.00 for someone to read the ceremony. I thought this was crazy esp since it wasnt even going to be egal. So we have a friend that is very special to both Trey and I so he is gonna do the ceremony for us! I put together a ceremony by piecing things that I found on the internet. He doesnt have to be ordained since it is not leagl and since he is staying at the resort they wont charge you that $600.00 fee!!!

    Centerpiece.jpgThese are the centerpieces that they provide. I printed all these pictures and are gonna take them with me so that I can  make sure that I get what they told me I would!! I am adding a sash down the middle of the table to give it some extra color. Our ceremony is at 4 on the beach then we have a 4:30 cocktail hour and a 5:30 dinner and dance party... Unless you want to pay an arm and a leg you have to have these back to back. The cocktail hour isnt really that necessary but I figure we would take pics right after the ceremony so that would give the guests something to do! I paid $10 a guest for the cockail hour which kinda sucks esp when its a All Inclusive hotel but whatever I learned that the more nice I was the more helpful everyone is!! That includes hot and cold appetizers and a full bar so that is nice.

     

    For the dinner/reception I got to pick 1 entree, 1 salad, 1 garnish and 1 dessert. Now, I have seen that alot of brides give their guest options but Martiza said I could only pick one so I picked the beef fillet and lets face it all my guests are from Texas so it worked out well. Also know that if you have 2 different entrees you have to have place cards for everyone and something that helps the waitstaff know who gets what. Again I am simple and didnt want to do place cards so the 1 entree was fine for me. A signature cake was included in my package so I just picked one (as I have heard that not many people pay attention to the cake) it is white and the inside is tres Lesches which heard is amazing. I paid the $700.00 for the light up dance for cause we LOVE to dance!! I also went ahead and piad for DJ Jvan (who Ive head is amazing) and that was $950.00... Kinda pricey but hey you only live once right! They do have a standard dance floor that is free I think it just like a plain brown wooden dance floor. They also have a hook up for your IPOD if you wanna go that direction. I think there is speaks that come with it. We just didnt want to have to deal with that so thats why we got the DJ... The lady that works for the DJ will send you an email with songs that you can pick out to  have them play. Also they keep the party flowing with cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss. Our reception is 3 hours which is what the package comes with. You can add extra hours but the price is RIDONKULOUS!!! Ok so I think that is about everything that I can tell you right now about the reception.

     

    I did want to say something about the flowers... The package that I got comes with a bridal bouquet and a bout for the groom. If you go thru the resort to get the rest of your flowers, let me just say that you better have your check book ready!!! I wasnt going to pay $80.00 for my BM bouquets so on here I found Marvin from Maya Floral. He is awesome and way less exspensive!! I contacted him thru email and we were able to get all the details worked out. He is going to meet me in the lobby at The Royal the day of the wedding with the flowers. I did it this way so I would avoid the vendor fee. He has a pay pal account so I just went ahead and paid for everything up front. He is really nice and thru in 2 bags of petals for me for free!!! These are for my BM's I love Gerbre Daisys. My BM's dresses are all different colors so thats why I went with the white.

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    The package I got comes with a hair syle, mani and pedi... I booked my hair appt with Maritza and then she gave me the contact info for the spa as my BM's are gonna pay to get their hair done and therefore they cant be booked by the WC. Anways so I emailed the spa and was able to set up appts for everyone. I also booked my mani and pedi but after reading some of the bad stories on here I think I am just gonna get it down the day before we leave. Oh make sure you take some pictures of how you want your hair done. I have heard that they dont speak alot of english but can look at a pic and do a great job!

     

    We have a friend who is a photographer and her and her husband are going with us so I didnt have to worry about finding someone down there. Basically me and her made a deal. She took our engagements, my bridals and the wedding day so we are paying for her and her husbands trip!!! It worked out perfectly esp since it saved me money! I have heard that Del Sol is really good but kinda pricey. Plus you have to pay a vendor's fee if you have someone like that come. Since our photographer is staying at the resort, I didnt have to pay that.

     

     

    I really just wanted to give ya'll an idea on certain things. You may have a different WC so some things might not be the same for you as it was for me. I really didnt argue to much as I felt that everything I as told was legit. You may be able to get better deals on things which is great!!! Again I am very simple and planning this was really stress free for me. Just relax, you are planning a wedding in an amazing place and just know that everything will work out!!! Please if you have any quesitons let me know. I will try to answer them as best as I can!!! I am down to 19 days and I cant wait!!!!



    #2 Kristin Ri

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      Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:02 PM

      I love your STD! Looking forward to seeing more pics!



      #3 marooon13

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      Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:47 PM

      Thanks for all the tips- We just booked for April 2013 and cant wait!! Excited to see pictures when you get back! Have a blast!



      #4 LuckyGal4

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        Posted 04 June 2012 - 07:14 AM

        You are welcome... It goes by soooo fast so just make sure you stay on top of things! I will def post pics as soon as I get back. Now onto packing



        #5 LuckyGal4

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          Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:52 AM

          OK so I kinda went about it backwards and all my stuff is gonna be just randonly on here but oh well I figure as long as I get evrything on here it doesn matter what order right? lol ok so I wanted to share some of our enagagement pics (even though you can see some of them on my STD's) and my bridal pics as our photographer is a good friend of mine and Trey's. We had our engagement pics made in The Stockyards of Ft. Worth, TX

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          Burney Wedding-0074.jpgBurney Wedding-0078.jpgOK so I hope you enjoyed those... We had a blast doing them even tho it was sooo COLD that day and those dresses didnt help my situation at all! It was pretty funny they were filming an expisode of America's Most Wanted while we were down there so it was kinda weird with having so many people watch us while we were taking pics!

          Here are some of my bridal pics... They were done in my hometown at 2 different locations. The first location was in a friend's backyard (AMAZING BTW) and the other location was at the Lake House... You will notice that there is a blue heart on the back of my dress. My future MIL cut out a heart of one of my dad's old shirts and sewed it into my dress. I lost my dad a few years ago so this is something that I wanted to do no matter what!!

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          #6 JayKay

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          Posted 06 June 2012 - 09:11 AM

          I hope you have an amazing wedding!!! Congrats!



          #7 LuckyGal4

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            Posted 06 June 2012 - 09:21 AM

            Thank you JayKay!! Love your dress BTW :-)



            #8 JayKay

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            Posted 06 June 2012 - 09:41 AM

            Thank you!

            Originally Posted by LuckyGal4 

            Thank you JayKay!! Love your dress BTW :-)



            #9 LuckyGal4

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              Posted 06 June 2012 - 10:02 AM

              Alright so I thought I would share some things that I have purchased on Etsy as well as other places! I didnt know much about Etsy until planning the wedding but I am so glad that I found it cause I got some really neat things!

              OK, the first thing I want to share is my sign that my ring bearer will be wearing as he walks down the aisle. Got these at "Our Hobby To Your Home" I love how the back says "Thank You" that way we can take pics and then I will have some thank you cards made when we get back with the pic on them.

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              The next thing that I got was my hanger that my dress will be on. Im not sure if I am really fond of the ribbon on the top but they did a great job with the name!! I got the hanger from "TwoBroadsDesign"

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              Alright next on the list was the sand unity vases... I looked forever trying to find the best one cause I knew that it would have to bring it back with me and I didnt want the sand to get all messed up! I finally went with this one cause the cork in the top seemed to be the best way to keep the sand from moving around. Some people said that they had melted wax over the top of the sand and that helped it stay in place! I got these from EtchArt, they did a great job and were extremely FAST!

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              I have one more Etsy product that I am waiting for and that is my cake topper. As soon as it get's in I will post a pic of it!

               

              Now onto my other finds.This first one is my MOH/bridesmaids gift. I am kicking myself for not taking more pics now but oh well that time as come and gone! So I got the bags at The Knot.com and at a VERY good price I might add. I have 5 girls all together and I had each of their initals put on the bag in the color of their dress. I got the bags for $5.99 a piece which was great considering they were regularly $24.99

              DSCN0646.JPGInside the bags I included. A towel with their names embroidered on them, a set of earings for them to wear at the wedding, a pair of flip flops, a tumbler cup, a passport/ID/CC/Boarding Pass holder, and I forgot the rest oops!! I stuffed them with tissue paper and handed them out to the girls at the couples shower. Speaking of bridesmaid's I wanted to share with you how I asked them to be a part of the wedding. This is just one of boxes, they all had a little something different about them.

              DSCN0365.JPGThe stamp didnt turn out that great, I would suggest using like a cardboard box material as I waited 2 weeks for the stamps to dry and they never did!!

              DSCN0363.JPGThese shirts are soooo exspensive so I just went to Wal-Mart and bought black tanks for like $3 and then bought the iron on's from Hobby Lobby for like $2. So instead of paying $20 a shirt I made them for $5

              DSCN0362.JPGSo this is what it looked like once they opened it all the way. The card that says " I found a man but still nee my girls" had a little poem in it. Under that I had a list of who else would be joining them and then under that I had a swatch of fabric with their color and told them to have fun shopping they could pick whatever dress they liked. There is also a make up case in there and this one is for my bestie who wont drink anything else but Grey Goose. So I figured this fit her pretty good. The other girls had little bottles of wine and these wine glasses that I made! They were so cute I cant believe I dint take a pic of them dang it. Oh well :-)



              #10 LuckyGal4

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                Posted 06 June 2012 - 10:18 AM

                For some more of finds!! These are the koozies that I had made. They are gonna be put in their OOT Bags which I will post later. I got these from Custom Koozies and I think that they turned out great. We have 4o people going to the wedding so I ordered 100 that way we had extra's for the people who couldnt make it.  I got 50 Teal and 50 pink

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                Next we have some fans that I wanted to have for the ceremony that way people would have something to cool them off with!! I cant remember where I got them from or how much I paid for them. I do know that I looked forever before deciding on these :-) I am gonna have them placed on the guests chairs for the beach ceremony.

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                These are the sashes that we will use for the chairs, huppa, and reception tables. All of the chairs will have pink, the huppa will have all 3 colors and then I will be using the pink and aqua ones for table runners.

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                Ok so the last thing that I have for now is our t-shirts! Since everyone is leaving on the same flight I thought it would be fun if we all had the same shirt on. Plus I've heard that you get treated much better if they know you have a big group! My TA was nice enough and split the cost of the shirts with me. I made the design online sent her the info and then she had them made. She knows a lady who does them for like $6 a piece which isnt bad. I ordered a M as I didnt want it to be too tight and it turns out that it is really really big on me so I am gonn have to do some t-shirt alterations!!

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                Umm so I guess that is all I have for now!! I an trying to finish up my OOT bags so as soon as I get those done, I will get them posted! Please let me know if you have any questions.






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