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#21 jolene028

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 04:54 PM

I am booking at the Iberostar Varadero, I had like 3 different travel agents get me pricing, I have one that I use all the time but I was worried that I should be using someone that has experience with destination weddings but she came in the most expensive I couldn't believe it, and what do you know the one that I use ever year came back with the best pricing! I am excited I was worried I didn't want my guests paying huge money!



#22 Lydia1120

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:30 AM

I am getting married on Nov 20, 2013 at the Blau Marina Varadero resort, formerly the Barcelo Marina.  My future brother-in-law has been there and he said that it was beautiful and the food was awesome for Cuba!  We are flying through Transat and the tickets were just over $1,000 pp which is perfect.  I wanted to stay in that price range to make it affordable for our guests.  Well it worked...we have 74 deposits so far and it's only January....The hotel does charge extra ($1,000) for the co-ordinator to work with you, flowers, hair, etc.   Transat also offered every 21st person for free and only pay the taxes of just under $300, so we are using the freebies for us and one of our son.    The resort also charges an additional $20 pp for the meal after the 20th person.  Overall, it is still significantly cheaper than a wedding here at home and definitely going to be much more fun in CUBA!!!!


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#23 jolene028

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:49 AM

That is an awesome price, man I wish that I was travelling from Ontario, I have family there and our trip is about $300 more from Alberta then theirs is!!! I cannot believe that you have so many people booked that is awesome, we are at 29 to date and we know that there are going to be at least 10 more if not 15 more, and actually that is more than I origianally thought that there were going to be so I wont complain!

And you are right about the wedding being cheaper then doing it at home, it is actually unbelievable how much destination weddings save the bride and groom!

 

where are you with your planning? You are getting married around the same time as me? I pretty much havent really done that much I have my dress, the website and I got a few wish lanterns in the mail last week other than that I havent done anything... what about you??? there arent a lot of Cuba brides on this site so it nice to come across one!



#24 Lydia1120

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:58 AM

Hi Jolene028

 

I've done a bit given that we own a cottage resort on Rice Lake so I won't be able to do too much from May to September.  We decided on a destination wedding as we love to travel.  We’ve been to Belize, Cuba, Dominican, Barbados, Mexico, Jamaica and Cayman Islands and I have to say that Cuba has pretty good beaches.  We also chose Cuba as it is the most cost effective for our guests and has the best nightly entertainment (Costa Rica comes in 2nd).   

 

I'll elaborate a bit and provide some pics.

SAVE THE DATE CARDS

We immediately ordered our Magnet Save the Date cards from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUYS ATTIRE:

My fianc© wanted to wear Cuban attire for the wedding.  I did plenty of online surfing before I found a reasonable price

 

 

I ordered the Leis in black and white to match the girls dresses from ebay.    

I've ordered my wedding dress and can't wait to get it in April.  

I'll start another response to show you my invitations and what I bought for my OOT bags.


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#25 Lydia1120

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:25 AM

For the invitations, given that we have such a large party going, I made 30 "Messages in a Bottle" for those people who had already put down a deposit to travel and sent cards to the others. The postage for the Bottles are $10 each so I had them all prepared before Christmas and handed them out personally during the Holidays. 

 

The bottles I purchased from Michael's for $.74

Sand - from our own lakefront (lol)

Shells - ordered from Florida Shells and Gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

The straw is from a Hawaiin skirt I bought at the dollar store and just cut it and the Tags I created in Powerpoint.


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#26 jolene028

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:40 PM

Wow this is unbelivable I cannot believe that you have done so much, it actually makes me feel a little guilty that I havent done more! Everything looks so good I love your invites they are great I bet your guests loved them. I was going to wait until April when my dress comes in to start looking for bridesmaid dresses I would like to find simething super summer like!!! Are you you guys doing OOT bags? I was going to but we have about 30 people already and more to come, so I may just grt everyone travel mugs or something like that!! Again everything looks so great!! I am very jealous

#27 Lydia1120

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:59 AM

 

 

Originally Posted by jolene028 

Wow this is unbelivable I cannot believe that you have done so much, it actually makes me feel a little guilty that I havent done more! Everything looks so good I love your invites they are great I bet your guests loved them. I was going to wait until April when my dress comes in to start looking for bridesmaid dresses I would like to find simething super summer like!!! Are you you guys doing OOT bags? I was going to but we have about 30 people already and more to come, so I may just grt everyone travel mugs or something like that!! Again everything looks so great!! I am very jealous

Thank you!  Yes, the guests absolutely LOVED the invitations!  When we initially planned a destination wedding, we figured that we would probably have about 35-40 people attending.  To date, we have 74 people who have put their deposits to attend and of course, I had already started on the OOT bags so needless to say, they are costing me  soooo much more than what I had budgeted for but the good thing is that Transat has given us our tickets for free given the amount of people we are bringing.  Also, I'm only going to give one OOT bag per family.  But don't feel guilty....I have so much done as we own a business and I won't be able to do anything from April to September so I'm trying to get as much done in our off season months.  So far, I have the following:

 

1. Personalized flip flops for all the ladies (same as picture above)

2. Bridal Entourage T-shirts (I cleared out Walmart in the fall, when they had black halter tops on clearance for $1.00 and picked me up 25 black and 1 white for me) Then I ordered the "Bridal Entourage" Rhinestone Iron Ons from E-bay for $3.99 each and the "Bride" for $4.99. 

3. I made my own Luggage Tags and ordered the clear plastic from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this is only one of the pages but I have 12 pages in total

 

 

 

I'll post more as I complete the projects.  All in a big tote so that I can work on them in February, lol. 


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#28 jolene028

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:04 PM

Again awesome job, I will stay tuned for more!

 

does the waresdirect ship to Canada? I have been looking everywhere for luggage tags, so if they do that will be a big help!!!

 

thanks for the insperation I will have to get craking now!



#29 jolene028

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:04 PM

Another question, how did you get the words on your travel mugs or did you just make a tag for them?



#30 Lydia1120

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

Originally Posted by jolene028 

Another question, how did you get the words on your travel mugs or did you just make a tag for them?

 

Originally Posted by jolene028 

Again awesome job, I will stay tuned for more!

 

does the waresdirect ship to Canada? I have been looking everywhere for luggage tags, so if they do that will be a big help!!!

 

thanks for the insperation I will have to get craking now!

Waredirect does ship to Canada but it's very expensive.  I know that Staples also carries them and much more afforable than having them delivered here.  As for the travel mugs, you can buy full sheet label paper at Staples and then print them out and stick them on the mugs or make tags.  I don't like to put permanent personalizing on items as most people won't use them after the wedding.  I'm tagging my mugs. Here is the pic...let me know if you want me to email them to you.

 

 

 


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