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@@smileitseb :D  :lol: YOLO it is!! I am in the same boat with the budget - that's why i am loving everyone's DIY projects shared on this blog. I need to pull some things in and save where I can! LOL.  

yes...the survival guide is hot! I think it's a good idea to mail it too. How many mailers did you end up sending out?

We did an e-save the date for the younger folks and printed some fun save the dates via walgreens and had our mothers distribute the hard copies to the folks who do not use email so frequently (we saved on postage that way)! We plan to mail out our invitations and the is potential to send out a final reminder a month before the wedding. However, I like our wedding site because it sends push notifications etc. so we may use that technology to provide updates, etc.

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@@smileitseb Thanks for sharing your info! LOVE the "all white' theme for your party!! Great idea!! I have pretty much the same appetizer choices too! I hope the food is as delicious at is sounds.

 

I don't think I'm eligible for the free cocktail promotion there were running for new brides, as I booked before the promotion was advertised. :( I'm going to inquire about it and see how it goes - although I'm doubtful I'll get it for free. When I first began planning for a destination wedding, I really thought the resorts offered more complimentary add-ons and I see DRC doesn't seem to do that. We really should be getting the welcome party complimentary considering we are bringing so many guests and spending so much!! I'm going to try my best and negotiate as much as I can. Have you had any luck negotiating any of your extras or upgrades?

 

I attached a pic of the chocolate rattan lounge set-up: It's $400 + tax and includes 4 sets of 8 people each.

 

If your WC says no to your inquiry about the free welcome party, you should negotiate and see if they will throw in the set-up complimentary for you! I'm going to try and do that!

 

@@phdtck1 Thanks for your advice! Your right, no more dining out for me! LOL Have to cut corners if I want my dream destination wedding! Please let me know if your TA is able to get you the cocktail party for free - I hope so!!

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@@fhk815 I asked my WC and she said I'm not eligible :(. But I hope it works for you. She did however give me lower prices on certain things, specifically the lighting and the extra hour we added to our reception and some signs she's printing for us.... Mainly because I told her things I REALLY wanted and told her my budget that had a strict limit and she made it work! I really like that layout you are getting!!!!

Oh yea and she didn't charge me for the buffet dinner and I heard the new brides have an upcharge if you want buffet? So I am thankful for the things they have discounted

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OH. Where to begin... stay tuned... this is going to be a LONG review...

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You looked gorgeous!!! So happy to hear that your wedding day went well minus the glitches with your WC at your meeting. can't wait to see more!

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@@fhk815 Does the  chocolate rattan lounge set-up come with the cocktail tables and chandelier lights too as illustrated in the picture? 


@@pddcmc you were absolutely stunning!! Can't wait to see more pictures!!  You confirmed that the hair and make-up artists may actually know what they are doing..hehe. I was really nervous about that.  I feel alot better now. :)  Glad to see the non-upgraded version of the bride's bouquet too. It was gorg! How many people were in your wedding party? Did you order extra bouquets for the ladies?


@@fhk815 I asked my WC and she said I'm not eligible :(. But I hope it works for you. She did however give me lower prices on certain things, specifically the lighting and the extra hour we added to our reception and some signs she's printing for us.... Mainly because I told her things I REALLY wanted and told her my budget that had a strict limit and she made it work! I really like that layout you are getting!!!!
Oh yea and she didn't charge me for the buffet dinner and I heard the new brides have an upcharge if you want buffet? So I am thankful for the things they have discounted

@@smileitseb Oh no!! The cocktail hour would have been nice! But it is good to know that she was able to work out other things and add special touches in your package.  So are you paying for your cocktail hour now? Or will you make it casual and have folks take over one of the bar areas?

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@@pddcmc you looked beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous. The WC not being on it is kinda concerning but I'm so glad in the end it all turned out great. I'm going to print out everything because we have gone back and forth about so many things. How did you transport the sound system? That saves so much money and I really wish I would have went that route but now I think it's too late for me to order it. Where did you get it? And who did you have controlling the music?

 

@@phdtck1 so I was never having a cocktail hour on our wedding day. I'm just having our guests go to the lobby bar while we takes pics. I was always planning to pay for our welcome cocktail so honestly I'm not really I'm not really let down that they said no because I never expected a yes

@@Sheaka I couldn't find yscampbell...you're not under your first and last name on fb?

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@@Lbrennan0 so my bridesmaids called me yesterday to tell me that conducting the bachelorette on NYC is cost prohibitive for some so I suggested we have it in Atlanta. I was super excited about NYC but I want to be everyone does not feel a cost brides when time to travel to Mexico

 

 

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@@smileitseb which maracas design did you go with? I am corresponding with maracas Mexico and it turns out the design I love the most is $6.70...

 

 

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