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#691 kay2015

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:17 AM

Oh that's so great to hear! I am so excited! Have you already started planning or booked it yet?

I started writing things down if that counts lol, looking at different resorts and what they have to offer I want to book in May 2014 to lock dates in. Any tips that you may have in the planning process please share as it is helpful lol thanks

#692 jolene028

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Lydia1120 
 

Obviously, I like lists, lol.....I'm not worried about forgetting the big items, ie get my dress, duh, I know I'm not going to forget that...it's the small things that give me the anxiety

 

Carina, I'll definitely come back and let you know how my big day, actually big week goes and I'm trying to keep on ongoing Planning log, but went off of it for a bit...are you guys doing that?

 

I finished assembly my OOT bags that I am giving out this weekend...here are a couple of pics...I have a thread here with all the details:

 

I'm excited to see/hear people's reactions...can't wait

 

I would like to be a guest at your wedding, these bags are amazing I have been following your other thread as well! I was going to do them I really wanted to but as soon as my guest list hit 30 and then went to 50 I had to cut them but I want to hear all about the reaction after your party this weekend!



#693 csho

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:49 AM

I started writing things down if that counts lol, looking at different resorts and what they have to offer I want to book in May 2014 to lock dates in. Any tips that you may have in the planning process please share as it is helpful lol thanks
 When I first started looking I knew I wanted the ILA. I did look into other resorts and almost went to another one but the spa terrace just did it for me. I could not see myself getting married anywhere else but on that terrace! Also I know every year it changes and it depends where you are flying from, but when we got our group quote end of April 2013 we got an amazing deal $1177 taxes included from Halifax and now she continues to send us the quotes and its up to $1514 so I'd recommend checking for pricing in April 2014! Oh and congratulations on your engagement!!!

#694 jolene028

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 07:06 AM

Kay2015,

 

You sound like you are starting off right, that is what I spent the most time on, writing things down, picking what was the most important to the two of you... location, price, amenities things like that! That was probably the hardest thing for me, there are so many things to think about, for us Cuba was easy to get legally married and we love the beaches and the people, plus we figured that it would be a treat because most people haven't travelled there! Not to mention how awesome thins site is, you have come to the right place!



#695 kay2015

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:55 AM

Thanks for your thoughts... I love Cuba but unfortunately we won't be getting married there where most of the same people that attended the wedding we went to will be attending ours and we wanted a place where no one been. Well a place where most people haven't been. We have decided on Jamaica and I'm looking into the Iberostar chains down there and what they have to offer. Our plan will be to book in early 2014 (April or MAy )



#696 kay2015

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 10:25 AM

I dont know where to start planning? lol I am starting to look  different resorts and whatnot and prices and my plan is to book in April/May 2014 so I can then send the save the date outs. Thats as far as i got lol...Where i was at this resort for a family wedding I will not be getting marrid there but we are looking to the iberostar in Jamaica where most of our guest havent been.. I am just waiting for the 2015 to come out so I know what I am looking at.



#697 jolene028

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 12:08 PM

I picked my destination first I considered how easy it was to get married there, prices and so on, then once I chose Cuba I spoke with my TA and together we picked 4 resorts, from there it was a matter of what I wanted my guests and myself to pay, for us we got the Iberostar Varadero from Calgary for $1490 including taxes it is sold out now but a few weeks ago it was over $2200 per person so we lucked out, another advantage to using a TA is that there are usually deals for group travel, ours was for every 20 rooms we got the 21 free so with our 49 guests we got 2 free rooms which is awesome because since we are going for 2 weeks we had a big bill to pay so those room credits really came in handy!

 

Don't worry it is a lot at first and overwhelming but you will get there!

 

Congrats and happy planning



#698 kay2015

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 12:22 PM

Thank yo

I picked my destination first I considered how easy it was to get married there, prices and so on, then once I chose Cuba I spoke with my TA and together we picked 4 resorts, from there it was a matter of what I wanted my guests and myself to pay, for us we got the Iberostar Varadero from Calgary for $1490 including taxes it is sold out now but a few weeks ago it was over $2200 per person so we lucked out, another advantage to using a TA is that there are usually deals for group travel, ours was for every 20 rooms we got the 21 free so with our 49 guests we got 2 free rooms which is awesome because since we are going for 2 weeks we had a big bill to pay so those room credits really came in handy! Don't worry it is a lot at first and overwhelming but you will get there! Congrats and happy planning

thank you great advice.... I'm in the process now at looking into resorts so I can book in the new year

#699 Lydia1120

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 06:05 PM

Carina and Jolene, I can't tell you ladies how much fun we had at our Jack N Jill this weekend!  There was a surprise Flash Mob "Grease Lightening" that literally moved me to tears...all the girls in PINK LADIES jackets and the guys in T-BIRDS shirts/jackets...it was sooo much fun!  I had our photographer there taking pictures so I can't wait to see them..here is one from a friend's camera where my sister did the best Photo BOOM ever! LOL....

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The guests LOVED the Welcome Bags and were super thrilled and the best part was that we raised enough money that the price dropped from $92.22 per person for the Catamaran down to $32 per person for the entire group!  Can't wait to share this with my guests in my Fall Newsletter.


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#700 csho

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:02 AM

Carina and Jolene, I can't tell you ladies how much fun we had at our Jack N Jill this weekend!  There was a surprise Flash Mob "Grease Lightening" that literally moved me to tears...all the girls in PINK LADIES jackets and the guys in T-BIRDS shirts/jackets...it was sooo much fun!  I had our photographer there taking pictures so I can't wait to see them..here is one from a friend's camera where my sister did the best Photo BOOM ever! LOL.... * The guests LOVED the Welcome Bags and were super thrilled and the best part was that we raised enough money that the price dropped from $92.22 per person for the Catamaran down to $32 per person for the entire group!  Can't wait to share this with my guests in my Fall Newsletter.

Ohhh Lydia! That's sooooo awesome to hear! And looks like you guys had a blast! That's so awesome that they organized a flashmob! Soooo much fun! I can't wait to see some more photos!!!!




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